The State College Area High School renovation project presented a future parking issue between the school board and the Centre Region Parks and Recreation authority, but an agreement has been reached to provide parking on both sides of Westerly Parkway for the Welch Community Pool.
A May 2009 agreement between the board and CRPR stated that the school district would provide 106 parking spaces within 400 feet of the pool’s entrance on the south side of Westerly Parkway. State High project construction will eliminate most existing State High South Building parking spaces in the summer of 2016.
The board voted 8-0 to amend the 2009 agreement to provide parking on both sides of the street within 400 feet of the pool’s entrance in a special meeting Monday. CRPR had unanimously approved it Thursday.
A new parking lot on the south side of Westerly will have 60 to 70 spaces, and a newly constructed lot on the north side of the street will provide more parking.
The two sides also agreed to develop resolutions for concerns that include safe access for students and pool patrons crossing the street. A pedestrian-activated traffic signal, if approved by the state Department of Transportation, would be key in resolving safety concerns.
“I think for both parties this compromise could not come at the expense of safety for the school students or the pool patrons,” CPPR Director Ron Woodhead said. “Fortunately, now I think we have that resolution in place, and the focus on pedestrian safety will benefit everyone.”
Parking for the pool during construction is also a concern.
In other business, the board approved 8-0 the hiring of Centre Daily Times veteran reporter and editor Chris Rosenblum as the school district’s director of communications. He will join the school district Jan. 5.