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Updated DelGrosso’s water park to open Memorial Day weekend

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park recently announced plans to break ground on a $12.5 million water park and front entrance expansion project, which is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park recently announced plans to break ground on a $12.5 million water park and front entrance expansion project, which is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend. Photo provided

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park’s $12.5 million water park and front entrance expansion project is almost complete. Opening day for the park is May 7, but the water park won’t open until Memorial Day weekend.

The project is the largest in the park’s 68-year history.

A 311,500-gallon, 14,604-square-foot wave pool and 1,178-foot, 2.4-feet-deep lazy river will be added to the current Tipton Waterworks and Rapids Water Park, which will be renamed Laguna Splash.

The water park expansion project also will include three food venues, including a pasta area featuring DelGrosso Foods’ signature sauces and other Italian dishes; a steak shop that will carry Philadelphia-style cheesesteaks; and a grill building that offer char-grilled chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs.

The expansion will create about 100 to 130 seasonal jobs.

Light it up

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced that 37 projects will share $5 million as winners of the Knight Cities Challenge.

Each project helps cities “attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunities and create a culture of civic engagement,” according to a release.

The Make Space’s John Stitzinger will be awarded $51,450 to do a community collaborative ice luminary project. The Make Space is located in downtown State College.

The project’s goal is to create “civic engagement through a maker event that encourages residents to make ice luminaries, share the mold for the luminaries with their neighbors and set a record by lighting up the town.”

More than 4,500 ideas were submitted for the challenge in the 26 communities where Knight invests.

Feeding the hungry

A program to put food grown by Pennsylvania farmers into the charitable food system that was established six years ago but never funded will finally get off the ground with the 2015-16 state budget, according to Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

In a news release, Redding announced the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank as the winning bidder to implement the program, known as the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System.

Pennsylvania’s budget makes $1 million available to implement the program statewide.

“Hunger impacts every county in Pennsylvania,” Redding said. “We have an estimated 1.8 million Pennsylvanians who struggle with where their next meal is coming from, and nearly 600,000 of those people are children. In a state with an agricultural industry as robust as we have here in Pennsylvania, that is simply unacceptable.”

It’s a celebration

Cintas-State College, located at 2700 Carolean Industrial Drive, will have a flag raising ceremony to celebrate the acceptance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program Star award.

“VPP is a program designed by OSHA to recognize a company and employees who have shown exemplary occupational safety and health,” a release said. “We are only the second facility in Centre County that has been given this award and one of only a select group in the entire state of Pennsylvania.”

The celebration, from 1-3 p.m. Monday, will include a VPP flag raising, several speakers and refreshments.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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