Borough of State College
Help Plant a Rain Garden

Help Plant a Rain Garden

Through the Sustainable Community Collaborative, both the Agriculture and Environment Center and the State College Borough partnered to engage the community through stormwater workshops. As a continuation of these efforts, a demonstration rain garden will be planted at Easterly Parkway Elementary School to serve as a lasting example of a best practice for managing stormwater in the community.

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to noon, to help with planting this rain garden on the Easterly Parkway Elementary School property. The rain garden will not only be a learning tool for students at the elementary school, but for the community as well.

Parking is available in the school parking lot. Feel free to bring along your garden gloves and trowels. Snacks and drinks will be provided.


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Trails

Hidden Rock Garden

Robert Morris of Legion Lane took what was a leftover pile of rocks and turned it into one of State College Borough's hidden gems. Mr. Morris' property is bordered by Lederer Park on two sides. Rock blasted during construction of Kemmer Road was left in the park near his property in a portion of the park that has not been developed for the public due to its small size.

For the last four years, Mr. Morris has moved one rock at a time to create meandering stone lined paths, adjacent to the main path that leads to the larger portion of Lederer Park across from University Drive. Mr. Morris explained that he would simply move the smaller rocks, one rock at a time, and connect them to the rocks that he couldn't move until a plan for each path took shape. While traversing the property, it feels as if time has slowed. What would have been just a shortcut to the larger portion of Lederer Park, has now become a mindful labyrinth in which to explore and meditate.

Mr. Morris claims that local children play in this part of the park because of the different rock formations that he has created. He imagines that neighborhood children pretend these rock formations are ancient ruins, perhaps, built by the Aztecs before they moved on to Mexico. He cares for and maintains this piece of property with the help of his daughter who also placed a sign on his own property marking the way to the trails. When he happens to find broken bottles or trash, he picks it up and clears away the debris.  

Why does he do this? Mr. Morris says that it seemed like a good way to get some exercise.

Robert Morris
The Robert H. Morris Castle and Palace:  Nestled between Kemmerer Road and Lederer Park lies a hidden gem created by Robert Morris of Legion Lane, State College.

ABC Dinner

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the State College Borough Council hosted the 2015 ABC Appreciation Dinner at The Ramada Conference Center. This annual event recognizes the contributions of the Borough’s more-than-100 volunteer members of its Authorities, Boards, and Commissions. In addition to the appreciation dinner, several individuals received special recognition for their contributions to the State College community.

Ron Quinn received the 2015 Legacy Award for his work to provide food, shelter, homes and housing to State College residents. This award is given each year to a group or an individual who has made not only important, but lasting contributions to the quality of life for State College Borough residents. Since 1988, Mr. Quinn has served as the Executive Director of three local non-profits: Housing Transitions, Temporary Housing Foundation and State College Community Land Trust.

Richard and Sally Kalin received the 2015 Ingrid P. Holtzman Award, which is presented annually to recognize a worthy individual, organization, company or corporation who has enhanced, promoted or maintained the aesthetic appearance of the Borough of State College. The Kalins received the award for their public art contribution to the community, Downtown Eugene Brown.

Marcia Patterson received the 2015 XYZ Award, which is presented to an individual who has provided outstanding community service through their membership on one or more advisory boards. Ms. Patterson served on the Board of Health for 15 years and currently serves on the Community Development Block Grant Citizens' Advisory Committee.

2015 ABC Dinner
2015 ABC Dinner

Borough Council Meeting on May 4

Borough Council's May 4, 2015 Regular Meeting agenda is available online. Council will discuss the various options for the use of 224 South Allen Street (the former verizon building) and review the public record from the hearing held on the Collegiate Housing Overlay (CHO) Zoning Text Amendment. At this meeting, Council is being asked to approve the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and 2015 Annual Action Plan and approve the University Park Undergraduate Association's nomination of Shawn Bengali to serve as the UPUA Non-Voting Student Representative to Council. More details about the meeting can be viewed on the Borough's website.

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Household Hazardous Waste Event

Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority Household Hazardous Waste Collection event will be held on Saturday, May 2. This is an opportunity to properly dispose of household items that are hazardous, corrosive, reactive, toxic and flammable. This includes items such as insecticides, weed killers, pool chemicals, cleaners, poisons, oil based paints, CFL bulbs, fluorescent tubes and most other other household chemicals.

It is important to regularly dispose of household hazardous waste to safeguard children, pets and emergency responders, and to protect our environment from hazardous pollutants.

Date: Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823 (Near the Nittany Mall off Route 26)

Cost: Free

Day of Play

Day of Play

The Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority invites you to celebrate the Grand Opening of Oak Hall Regional Park with a “Day of Play” for the entire family.

This memorable event will include:

  • Centre Region Adult Softball Tournament ~ 9 a.m.
  • The Official Centre Region "Pitch, Hit & Run Contest ®" (for Ages 7-14) ~ 10:30 a.m.
  • Park Dedication Ceremony ~ Noon to 12:30 p.m.
  • Inaugural Walks on the 1-mile perimeter trail ~ (Time pending)
  • Kickball “Homerun Derby” (with classes for all ages) ~ 1 p.m.
  • A special "Kite Fly-In" will be held (time pending) with aerobatic demos (wind-permitting), so please bring your kite to join the fun!
  • Lunch & snack items will be available for purchase on-site from "Here's The Beef" and from Kader's KONA Ice Inc.
  • Several community groups will also be providing displays with regard to their efforts, including The Rock Hill School at Linden Hall (with information about the 8th Annual Linden Loop Bike/Run/Walk scheduled for May 3, 2015)

Make it a family outing and participate in additional activities that will be scheduled throughout the day, including a variety of local youth and nonprofit organizations with informational displays and activities.

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