Residents are invited to two public meetings on Centre Region parklands

Date: January 22, 2019

Centre Region residents are invited to two public meetings this month to express your vision for new parklands.

The first—Centre Region Comprehensive Recreation, Parks, and Open Space Plan. 

7 pm Wednesday, January 30 in the State College Area High School South Building’s cafeteria. Interested participants may enter through the Central Plaza Entrance. The project consultants will provide a brief overview of the project and ask the public to comment.

CRPR and the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) will evaluate and create forward-thinking recommendations on parks and recreation opportunities in the six Centre Region municipalities, with a particular focus on facilities, programming, funding, and governance. The six participating municipalities include the State College Borough, and the townships of Ferguson, College, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton.

Through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the project’s Steering Committee chose Recreation Park Solutions and Yost Strodoski Mears to serve as the project’s consultant team.  Both firms offer years of consulting and experience with many other comprehensive studies, park planning projects, and peer-to-peer consulting. CRPR Director Pam Salokangas said, “The Steering Committee is very pleased with the team chosen to lead us through the comprehensive study. These consultants have experience with regional recreation and short- and long-range planning, and will bring a fresh perspective to the current operations.

This project is supported through a grant provided by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

If you are unable to attend the public meeting, a survey will be mailed at random to area residents. If you are among those receiving it, members of the steering committee thank you in advance for taking 30 minutes or less to complete the survey. Each completed survey will be entered into a drawing for prizes such as season pool passes, pool day passes, amusement park tickets, gift certificates and more! This survey also will be available online.

The second—Penn State University/ClearWater Conservancy: Musser Gap-to-Valley Land Preservation. 

6 pm Thursday, January 31, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Residents are invited to comment on a plan to preserve 365 acres of open space between Whitehall Road Regional Park and Route 45. 

If you are unable to attend this public meeting, you may write to the Penn State Department of Landscape Architecture with your suggestions.

Please plan on attending one or both public meetings and help plan the future of parks and recreation in your community!