Public Meeting Set to Discuss Recommendations for Centre Region Parks and Recreation Plan
November 12, 2019 4:45 AM
by Geoff Rushton
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The second and final public meeting for the Centre Region Comprehensive Recreation, Parks and Open Space Plan will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the State College Area High School cafeteria.

Consultants from Yost Strodoski Mears and Recreation Park Solutions will provide an overview of progress to date on the plan, including topic areas, inventories, key person interviews and community survey results. They also will share some of the recommendations  for the future of parks and recreation in the Centre Region for core areas such as parks maintenance, funding strategies, programming ideas and facility needs.

Centre Region Parks and Recreation staff and the consultants will stay after the presentation for any additional public input.

Participants should use the high school’s central plaza entrance, then take the elevator or stairs to the second floor and follow the signs to the cafeteria.

A steering committee was established in 2017 and after selecting the consultants the planning process began in November 2018 with the goal of evaluating and developing recommendations for parks and recreation opportunities — with a focus on facilities, programming, funding, and governance — in the six Centre Region municipalities: State College Borough and the townships of College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris and Patton. 

The Centre Region Council of Governments General Forum approved the consultant team in October 2018, with a budget of $75,000 funded by a $37,500 state grant and $37,500 from COG. 

An initial public meeting about the plan was held in January. Randomized surveys were sent by mail to some Centre Region residents and also made available online.

“The steering committee is pleased to be at this point in the process, and they hope the community will join us for the second public meeting to hear about the study’s progress,” Pam Salokangas, CRPR director, said in a news release. “This will be the final opportunity to share any input with the consultants before the final plan is drafted.”

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