STATE COLLEGE — Golf legend Arnold Palmer will visit the area Thursday to help launch The Village at Penn State’s newest project.
At noon, Palmer Park will be introduced to residents and the public. It will be the first Palmer Park in the country.
Palmer is a native of Latrobe. He was the PGA player of the year in 1960 and ‘62, and won seven major tournaments, including four victories at The Masters.
Facility Executive Director Ellen Corbin said Palmer Park will be a multipurpose outdoor recreation area with a 10,000-square-foot golf practice green; space for croquet, lawn bowling and gatherings; connected walkways; and a wellness area.
“As people age, we want them to keep an active lifestyle going,” Corbin said. “This is our opportunity to combine his design, and bring it into here and create many different things.”
Corbin said the facility is working with Liberty Lutheran and the Arnold Palmer Design Co., and initiated the idea about nine months ago.
A construction date has not been set yet, but Corbin said both Palmer and facility residents are excited about the project.
“They’ve had very positive reactions,” Corbin said. “Our whole mission is to design something that will keep them motivated.”
In addition, the grounds will include water features and a town clock as a central location to the park.
The Village at Penn State is a senior living facility located at 260 Lions Hill Road.
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact 877-412-4059.
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