Ground breaking for phase one of the project was held in June 2004. Upon completion, the facility offered 6,500 square feet of year-round indoor recreation, featuring weight and cardio equipment and an area for class instruction. Initial seeding of adjacent playing fields was also completed.
Donations and contributions are welcome! The NBCRC is a 501(c)(3) organization, and as such, all donations are tax deductible.
Early in 2000, a group of Northern Blair County citizens initiated discussion regarding the lack of recreational opportunities in their area. After several informal meetings and some conversation with local government leaders, the decision was made to actively pursue the construction of a recreational center in northern Blair County. Thus, the Northern Blair Recreation Commission was founded. The response to their initiatives was met with positive results. The Altoona –Blair County Development Corporation offered a 15-acre parcel adjacent to business route 220, near the DelGrosso Amusement Park, for a significantly discounted price. Senator Robert Jubilirer, and business leaders worked diligently to secure funding. Senator Jubilirer was instrumental in securing a $50,000 grant from the PA Department of Economic and Community Development, and a $140,000.00 grant from the PA Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources. Efforts by the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation and First Commonwealth Bank provided the commission with a $450,000 tax exempt loan for construction purposes.
The NBCRC is a facility devoted to enriching the lives of local area residents through its fitness programs, sporting events, and exercise equipment.
Northern Blair County Recreation Center
With the gymnasium complete, the Northern Blair Rec Commission initiated many leagues and instructional sessions for youth in the area. Basketball, soccer and baseball clinics are now a vital part of the schedule. The Rec Center has been responsive to the interests of the community, adding many programs, classes and leagues based on requests. Basketball, soccer and football leagues, from school age children through adults, continue to grow in popularity. Each year, the leagues have grown in size and scope.
As the membership grew, the commission realized the need for an indoor basketball facility and upgrades to the outside recreational areas. Due to continued generosity from local businesspersons, the implementation of Phase Two development began in early 2005. The 10,000 square foot addition featured a large gymnasium and additional areas for physical training, cardio workouts and exercise classes. This phase also included the completion of the ball fields, with fencing, seating, and other physical improvements to accommodate a larger variety of activities.
Looking ahead, the Commission has established a list of goals, including further development of existing programs, the expansion of outdoor areas to include a large walking trail, development of adjacent wetlands to serve as an educational opportunity for local schools, and addition of more pavilions and picnic areas for family use. The Northern Blair Recreation Commission is pleased that the community has embraced their initiatives and looks forward to continuing to make the Center a focal point in the continued efforts to bring additional recreational opportunities to the citizens of northern Blair County.
In addition, local business leaders threw their support behind the project, injecting over $410,000.00 in funds and in-kind donations to assist in construction of the building, development of adjacent ball fields, and purchasing of exercise and weight training equipment. Major benefactors included the DeGol Family Foundation, Wolf Furniture and DelGrosso Foods. Seeing the impact that the project would have on the local area, Antis Township donated adjacent ground to the Commission, bringing the site to a total of over 50 acres.