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Centre Region "Park Partners"
Program Summary

Another Branch of the Gifts-For-Parks Program

The Centre Region "Park Partners" Program is an initiative by Centre Region Parks & Recreation (CRPR) started in 1998 that encourages public and private groups to assist with various improvements to municipal park areas. Volunteer projects have provided many valuable improvements to our park areas over the years such as the United Way's Day of Caring, Earth Day Park Spruce-ups each Spring, special projects and cleanups by scouting, community, and civic groups. Volunteerism is thriving in the Centre Region!  Here's a way your group can be involved in preserving the beauty of our parks:

Time & Effort...It's That Easy!
Park Partner groups may "adopt" an entire site, or a designated section or feature of a larger site, for a two-year period. At a minimum, groups are asked to plan, execute, and report on three organized group workdays per year at the selected site, with the primary interest of Spring, early-Summer, and Fall. The work days may coincide with community-wide volunteer events such as the Park Partner Day (each Spring) or the United Way Day of Caring (each Oct.). Of course, group members would also be encouraged to visit the park for impromptu spruce-ups as needed between work days. Groups are asked to provide 3 weeks advance notice to the CRPR Office with respect to requested work-day dates. During the two-year period, the Park Partner group works with CRPR staff to help keep their park site clean, safe, and attractive. Depending on the site, the group's responsibilities may include:
• picking up litter, debris, and downed branches,
• maintaining paths and trails (such as pruning a trail corridor or spreading woodchips),
• maintaining planting beds, raking leaves, and pulling weeds,
• assisting with special programs or maintenance at that park site,
• identifying and reporting any safety hazards at the park site.

"Park Partner" Group Benefits
A sign will be posted at the selected park site which indicates the name of the group involved with the site. CRPR expects to publicize in each quarterly Leisure Guide the groups and sites currently enrolled in the Park Partner Program. In addition, each Park Partner group will be awarded a Certificate of Appreciation at the successful conclusion of the two-year period.

How Your Group Can Become A "Park Partner"
This is a great opportunity for family or group involvement. All types of organizations can work together to improve municipal parks in the Centre Region. The following groups are eligible to become a Park Partner: • small and large businesses • service groups • scout troops • school groups • activity and youth groups • church groups • environmental groups • university groups • fraternities and sororities • senior citizen groups • neighborhood associations • family groups. At least 3 work sessions per year are required of each group.

Group Leaders are asked to coordinate their planned efforts with David Barnett, CRPR Staff Assistant - Park Operations at (814) 234-1657.
The Park Partner Agreement is posted HERE (PDF). The Park Partner Policy is posted HERE.

18 Current
Centre Region Park Partners
(as of 16 Aug 2016, in alpha order)

Current Park Partners
"Hall of Fame"
Partnership Dates
@ 2 yr. intervals
2014
Park
Workdays
2015
Park
Workdays
2016
Park
Workdays
1

Baha'is of State College
Partner Rep.: Robert Johnson
Holmes-Foster Park,
S.C. Borough

Jul. 2001 - Feb. 2004
Mar. 2004 - Feb. 2006
Mar. 2006 - Feb. 2008
Mar. 2008 - Feb. 2010
Apr. 2010 - Mar. 2012
Oct. 2012 - Sep. 2014
Oct. 2014 - Sep. 2016
26 Apr 2014
w/ 7 volunteers
25 Apr 2015
w/ 4 volunteers
4 Apr 2016 w/8 volunteers
2
Boy Scout Troop 31
Partner Rep.: John Messner
Thompson Woods Preserve,
College Twp. & S. C. Borough
Apr. 2005 - Mar. 2007
Apr. 2007 - Mar. 2009
Jun. 2010 - May 2012
Oct. 2012 - Sep. 2014
Oct. 2014 - Sep. 2016
13 May 2014
w/ 25 volunteers
16 Oct 2014
w/ 16 volunteers
16 May 2015
w/ 16 volunteers
22 Nov 2015
w/ 12 volunteers
17 May 2016 w/14 volunteers
3
Boy Scout Troop 380
Partner Reps.:
Jim Steff & Robin Lallement
Nittany View Park, Harris Twp.
May 2001 - Apr. 2003
Aug. 2003 - Jul. 2005
Sep. 2005 - Aug. 2007
Sep. 2007 - Aug. 2009
Apr. 2010 - Mar. 2012
Oct. 2012 - Sep. 2012
Oct. 2011 - Sep. 2014
Oct. 2014 - Sep. 2016
10 May 2014
w/ 20 volunteers
11 Apr 2015
w/ 12 volunteers
13 Sept. 2016 w/ 20 volunteers
4
Centre County
Youth Service Bureau

JUMP Program
Partner Rep.: Donald Burns
Circleville Park, Patton Twp.
Mar. 2015 - Feb. 2017
n/a

25 Apr 2015
w/ 8 volunteers


6 Jul 2015
w/ 6 volunteers

7 May 2016
w/ 8 volunteers

8 Sept 2016 w/16 volunteers

5
Cub Scout Pack 380
Partner Rep.: Scott Dash
Blue Spring Park, Harris Twp.
Apr. 2000 - Mar. 2002
Jan. 2003 - Dec. 2004
Jan. 2005 - Dec. 2006
Apr. 2007 - Mar. 2009
Apr. 2010 - Mar. 2012
Mar. 2013 - Mar. 2015
26 Apr 2014
w/ 20 volunteers
25 Apr 2015
w/ 28 volunteers

23 Apr 2016 w/27 volunteers

11 Sept. 2016 w/ 31 volunteers

6
Cub Scout Pack 383
Partner Rep.: Joe Viglione
    High Point Park,
S. C. Borough

May 2004 - Apr. 2006
Jun. 2006 - May 2008
Jun. 2008 - May 2010
July 2010 - June 2012
Oct. 2012 - Sep. 2014
Oct. 2014 - Sep. 2016 Oct. 2016-Sept. 2018

26 Apr 2014
w/ 31 volunteers
15 Nov 2014
w/ 35 volunteers
(Photo)

25 Apr 2015
w/ 33 volunteers

21 Nov 2015
w/ 35 volunteers

17 Apr 2016
w/ 24 volunteers

5 Nov 2016 w/30 volunteers

7
Girl Scout Troop #41256
Partner Reps.:
Kate May & Jennifer Fitzgerald
The Butterfly Garden
at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, College Twp.
Nov. 2014-Oct. 2016
6 hours contributed
by the Troop
56 hours contributed
by the Troop
10 hours contributed by the Troop
8
Ferguson Twp.
Lions Club

Partner Reps.:
Charles Poust
Cecil Irvin Park,
Ferguson Twp.
Sep. 2016-Aug. 2018 n/a n/a 14 Nov 2016 w/10 volunteers
8
Girl Scouts in the
Heart of PA
Service Unit #416

Partner Rep.: Tracey Dooms
Fairbrook Park,
Ferguson Township
Apr. 2011 - Mar. 2014
Oct. 2014 - Sep. 2016
-
28 May & 1 Jun 2015 w/ 26 volunteers
 
9
Hubert H. Humphrey
Fellowship Program
& Global Connections
Partner Reps:
Talat Azhar & Marc McCann
Sunset Park,
State College Borough
Sep. 2014 - Aug. 2016 2 Oct 2014
w/ 10 volunteers

25 Apr 2015
w/ 22 volunteers

1 Oct 2015
w/ 14 volunteers

23 Apr 2016 w/12 volunteers

20 October 2016 w/20 volunteers

10
Mom's Club
of State College
Partner Rep.:
Melinda Turner
Orchard Park,
State College Borough
Apr. 2007 - Mar. 2009
Apr. 2010 - Mar. 2012
Oct. 2012 - Sep. 2014
Oct. 2014 - Sep. 2016

26 Apr 2014
4 Oct 2014

25 Apr 2015
w/ 16 volunteers
19 Sep 2015
w/ 16 volunteers

23 Apr 2016 w/10 volunteers

15 October 2015 w/10 volunteers

11
Nittany Valley
Charter School

Partner Rep.:
Kara Martin, C.E.O.
Tusseyview Park
(adjacent to school)
State College Borough
Oct. 2011 - Sep. 2013
Oct. 2013 - Sep. 2015
Jun. 2016 - May 2018
-
30 Oct 2015
w/ school
students
 
12
PA Treatment &
Healing Inc. (PATH)

Partner Rep.: Kristi Gregg
Oakwood Park, Patton Twp.
Apr. 2009 - Mar. 2011
Apr. 2011 - Mar. 2013
Mar. 2013 - Feb. 2015
Mar. 2015 - Feb. 2017
-
10 Apr 2014
w/ 9 volunteers
5 Apr 2016
w/ 8 volunteers
13

Penn State
Master Gardeners

Centre Co. Coop. Extension
Partner Rep.: Molly Sturniolo
The Snetsinger Butterfly Garden
at Tom Tudek Memorial Park,
Ferg. Twp.

2000 - 2005
Apr. 2005 - Mar. 2007
Apr. 2007 - Mar. 2009
Apr. 2010 - Mar. 2012
Oct. 2012 - Sep. 2014
Oct. 2014 - Sep. 2016
26 Apr 2014
w/ 18 volunteers
25 Apr 2015
w/ 28 volunteers
23 Apr 2016 w/35 volunteers
14
St. Andrew's Church -
Youth Group
Partner Rep.: Julie Kwasnica
Sidney Friedman Parklet,
S.C. Borough
May 2000 - Apr. 2002
May 2002 - Apr. 2004
May 2004 - Apr. 2006
May 2006 - Apr. 2008
May 2008 - Apr. 2010
May 2010 - Apr. 2012
Mar. 2013 - Mar. 2015
-
4 Oct 2015
w/18 volunteers
 
15
Skills of Central PA., Inc.
Partner Rep.: Karry Carr
Nittany Orchard Park,
College Twp.
May 2004 - Apr. 2006
May 2006 - Apr. 2008
May 2008 - Apr. 2010
May 2010 - Apr. 2012
Oct. 2012 - Sep. 2014
Oct. 2014 - Sep. 2016

1 May 2014
w/ 12 volunteers
2 Oct 2014

29 Apr 2015
w/ 10 volunteers
01 Oct 2015
w/ 8 volunteers

23 Apr 2016 w/10 volunteers

6 Oct 2016 w/8 volunteers

16

State College Downtown
Rotary Club

Partner Reps.:
Jason Browne/Tracy Sepich
Lederer Park, S.C. Borough

May 1999 - Apr. 2001
Oct. 2001 - Sep. 2003
Oct. 2003 - Sep. 2005
Apr. 2006 - Mar. 2008
Apr. 2008 - Mar. 2010
Jun. 2010 - May 2012
Oct. 2012 - Sep. 2014
Jun. 2016 - May 2018
8 May 2014
w/ 12 volunteers
23 Apr 2015
w/ 18 volunteers
16 Jun 2016
w/ 35 volunteers
17
State College Lions
Youth Football

Partner Rep.: Jay Kisslak
Haymarket Park, Ferguson Twp.

Apr. 2006 - Mar. 2008
Apr. 2008 - Mar. 2010
Jun. 2010 - May 2012
Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2014
Feb. 2016 - Jan. 2018
26 Apr 2014
w/ 4 volunteers
3 May 2015
w/ 8 volunteers

23 Apr 2016 w/4 volunteers

5 Nov 2016 w/5 volunteers

18
Cub Scout Pack 375
Partner Rep.: Tory Jenkins
Graysdale Park,, PattonTwp.

Sept. 2016-Aug. 2018
9 Oct 2016 w/16 volunteers
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Call CRPR at 231-3071 for more information on the 
Centre Region Park Partner
Program,
or click here to view the official CRPR Park Partner Policy.

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