Community Park is Almost Ready for the Public

For over a decade,  Centre Hall Borough, Gregg Township and Potter Township have been working together to build a community park. This project began in 2007 when the municipalities purchased the land located in Potters Mills off Upper Brush Valley Road. They bought the land from Penn State – after receiving $315,778 in funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – and $215,778 from a PennVest grant as well as a $107,891 loan. Tri-Municipal Park Inc stated, “There were so many hurdles just to get our feet off the ground.” All the preliminary work of getting permits and legal permission set the project back.

The work has been slow going ever since they broke ground last August. But since they started, they’ve added a one mile handicapped accessible walking trail and two athletic fields. They have recently seeded the athletic fields and are projected to be ready for use next fall. As for the walking trail, it runs around the two athletic fields.

This is only the beginning of a long list of projects the board would like to have installed. The park board would like to construct a pavilion for families and teams to utilize. As well as, restrooms and additional athletic fields to be used for softball, baseball, soccer and flag football. In addition to sport related features, the Park will also include a rain garden, orchard and a limestone meadow.

Whether these features can be built depends on stable funds and an adequate board to carry them out, “We’d like to have a board of 100 people that care, not just nine of us. It’d be nice to have as much community involvement as possible,” Shuey said, “…Too many times you have a board that acts as the community. You tell us what you want. We’ll try to find a way to make it happen.”