Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of a nine-part weekly column about the Centred Outdoors program, organized by ClearWater Conservancy and community partners with funding from a Centre Foundation Centre Inspires grant.
Centred Outdoors invites you to the season’s fourth destination: Talleyrand Park from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. A gazebo, bridges spanning Spring Creek, statues, fountains and a sculpture garden are just some of the defining features in Talleyrand Park. This week, we’ll see these features and more while local experts describe the people and project that have helped the park become a cherished historic and cultural hotspot in the heart of Bellefonte.
Talleyrand Park has an interesting and inspiring history of community engagement with the outdoors. Beginning with Rob Fisher’s initial designs for the park in 1974, a variety of projects have encouraged locals to demonstrate and donate their talents to the park. A communitywide effort made it possible for brickwork to be laid around the iconic gazebo in 1976.
In 1993, the playground was added to the park with funding from local businesses and vo-tech students. And in 2011, the Edible Landscape Garden was created by the Talleyrand Park Committee to help educate and provide ideas to visitors about home vegetable gardening.
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Those who visit the park during the guided outings will learn about these projects and more by stopping at the “information stations” throughout the park. Come and learn about the train station from the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society, the ongoing stream bank restoration work and the future plans for the park, such as the Waterfront Revitalization Project and Kayak Museum. Children will especially enjoy visiting the ducks, fish and playground in the center of the park.
Talleyrand Park is located at 300 W. High St. The park is open from dawn until dusk, and parking is located on West High Street. Handicapped parking is available south of the park on South Water Street. The relatively flat trail is 0.7 miles long and will take about an hour to complete at a leisurely pace. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes, water and sunscreen, especially if it is a hot day.
All are invited and encouraged to join us exploring Talleyrand Park. We hope to see you for our fourth week of outdoor adventures.
Lanagan is a Penn State graduate in geoscience and science education. She is currently working for the National Parks Service.
If you go
What: Centred Outdoors guided outing
When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: 300 W. High St., Bellefonte