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In 1770, the William Scull Map of Pennsylvania included the 'Great Plains' label for the Penns Valley region. Fast forward to present day, and this parkland property is located in the center of the plains area.

In 2007, Gregg Township, Potter Township and Centre Hall Borough formed a municipal arrangement and purchased land from Penn State University with the help of a DCNR grant. The purchase agreement stipulated that the municipalities were to use/develop this land for citizens as a multi-municipal park known as Tri-Municipal Park. This park would be a recreational opportunity for the Penns Valley Region, including the school district. The purchase of this land was consistent with recommendations of the Centre County Comprehensive Plan, the Penns Valley Regional Comprehensive Plan, the Upper Penns Creek Watershed Assessment, the Spring Creek Rivers Conservation Plan and the Centre County Natural Heritage Inventory.

The Tri-Municipal Park, Inc. was established as a non-profit organization in 2018 to oversee and direct the park finances, function and long-term plans. A competitive bid was won by Ameron Construction to begin work on the new 165-acre park in Centre Hall, PA, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 11th. Funding was secured through DCNR and PennVest for the first phase of the park, which included two full size multi-purpose athletic fields, a one-mile walking trail, and two parking areas. Additionally, an 18-hole disc golf course was built in another section of the park.

Gregg Township withdrew from the park partnership and its ownership share in 2022. The park is now owned solely by Potter Township and Centre Hall Borough.

Up next, we have Phase II construction set to begin this winter 2023-24.