Recycling History at the Parks

Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority (CRPR) maintains and operates programs at 56 parks and facilities on 953 acres on behalf of five participating municipalities:  College, Harris, Ferguson, Patton Townships and State College Borough.  

Prior to 2010,recycling at parks in the Centre Region did not exist. However, that changed when CRPR began a pilot program in the summer 2010 which placed 25 recycling containers in 6 of the major Centre Region parks: Blue Spring Park, Circleville Park, Fogleman Field Complex, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center,Spring Creek Park,and Tom Tudek Memorial Park.

Based on the success of the pilot, recycling in Centre Region parks has grown significantly.

In addition to the 6 major parks, containers for recycling bottles and cans are now available at the 2 regional pools, Park Forest and Welch Pool,and the John Hess Softball Field Complex, Bernel Road Park,the Spring Creek Education Building (at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center) and Oak Hall Regional Park.

In 2015, Welch and Park Forest Pools began organics recycling. Food waste and pizza boxes are collected and taken to the State College Borough Compost Facility to be turned into compost.