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In an effort to give back to Trough Creek State Park, members of the Friends of Trough Creek and Warrior's Path State Park undertook its first major project. The group just Wednesday evening completed the rehabilitation of a 30-foot 60-foot volleyball court once located near Pavilion Number 1 at the historic park. The ground under an original volleyball court was left to grow back to sod after many years of disuse. The idea for the restoration of the volleyball court was that of member Pam Rhodes who felt the group needed to do something to give back to many park campers who, throughout the late summer months, have been purchasing bundled wood the group has been providing to raise funds to support the park with projects such as the volleyball court restoration. The wheels on the project began to turn after the group's August 13 meeting. Contacts were made with the U.S. Silica plant at Mapleton to obtain sand for the proposed volleyball court project. The company ultimately and graciously donated 46-tons of sand to the friends group. Permission to complete the project was obtained by park manager Joe Basil who thought it was a great idea. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Basil said earlier in the summer the park witnessed at least 10,000 people in the park over the Memorial Day weekend. Basil had park employees excavate the former volleyball court area in preparation of the sand that was dumped in two subsequent loads. Private contractor Brian Anderson of Three Springs hauled the two loads of sand for the group. Members of the group spent this past Sunday and Wednesday evening raking and leveling the sand within the volleyball court area. Volleyball net will be installed at the court as soon as it comes in. Rhodes said she thought that it would be nice to complete a project that would not only thank park camping patrons for supporting the group through its wood sales but to show them the funds they were donating were used to benefit the park. The group is anticipating not only rehabilitating another volleyball court near the camping area at Trough Creek, but restoring one at Warrior's Path State Park in Liberty Township just outside of Saxton on 2021. The group has also discussed rehabilitating some horseshoe pitches at both parks. These efforts are aimed at trying to give park patrons something to do beside hiking and biking the many trails in both parks. "I feel we needed to more than just go to the parks and clean up. We needed to complete a project to would give patrons something else to do and volleyball at the park was once a popular attraction," Rhodes said. Rhodes thanked fellow friends members for supporting her idea and helping to make the project a reality, park official's, Mapleton resident Mike Corbin for his assistance with the project, Brian Anderson and most of all the U.S. Silica plant for its gracious donation.
Historic Pavilion Gets New Roof
The Trough Creek Story
In 1998, author Jon Baughman in his book "Men of Iron," chronicled the history of the Iron industry in South Central Pennsylvania between the years 1785-1950. Included in the book is a chapter on the early history of Paradise Furnace or what is known today as Trough Creek State Park.
Last week Huntingdon County lost another part of her history with the destruction of two buildings in Trough Creek State Park that were built nearly a century ago when the park was a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp.
First Day Hike
Fifty individuals and seven dogs participated in the Friends of Trough Creek and Warriors Path State Park 's First Day third annual hike held Sunday, Jan. 1. The event was held for the first time at Warrior's Path State Park.
Trough Creek Playground Taking Shape!
Exactly one year after it was announced that a long-awaited playground project would get underway at Trough Creek State Park, the base pad and equipment was installed on Saturday. After a three-year aggressive wood-selling fundraising project, members of Trough Creek and Warriors Path State Park announced that the pad and necessary playground equipment has been installed. Work was completed on the project during the past week. The group hired Tanner Manspeaker of T&C Excavating and Trucking, Inc. of Saxton to come in last week and perform the initial excavation project work. The playground is being created at the campground inside the scenic park. Group member Steve Rhodes was appointed chairman of a committee to head the project after the group was given permission from state Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) to set the project in motion. Rhodes worked on the group's behalf with park manager Joe Basil in obtaining the necessary permits to allow the project to take place. "After three years of fundraising through wood sales, I'm very happy to finally have the project underway. I believe the entire group feels the same." Completed today (Saturday) was the forming and placement of the foundation components. The next step would be the pouring of concrete to complete the foundations and finish other site work. "Closer to the opening of the campground for the 2023 season, we will then place the equipment and spread mulch," Rhodes stated. Rhodes went on to say he was beginning to get frustrated with all of the delays the group had to endure. However, he’s excited to know the campground patrons will get to enjoy the playground this summer. A dozen members of the group braved cold temperatures to get the equipment foundation work started. This was required in order for Manspeaker to be able to come in this week and do additional work on his part. "I was very pleased that we were able to secure Tanner's services to come in and help us with this extremely important project. While we have sponsored many other projects including our first First Day Hike recently at Warriors Path State Park, this project has been a long time coming." "This project is something we set our sights on almost from the beginning and members worked very hard to achieve this goal. It took a lot of planning and discussion to get to the point," stated co-chairman Adam Watson. The group was formed in August 2019 to support projects in both namesake parks and has held several events since that time including first-day fishing fundraisers, participation in the CHIP committee's annual Street Scene event and of course it's largest fundraiser, the sale of wood that financed the playground project.
Finishing touches go on Trough Creek Playground!
Since it's formation nearly four years ago, members of the Friends of Trough Creek and Warriors Path State Parks have been dreaming of having a playground in the campground at Trough Creek State Park. On Wednesday, March 29, several members of the group made its dream a reality by putting the finishing touches on the playground that is located at the campground inside the scenic park. After a three-year aggressive wood-selling fundraising campaign, the playground equipment was purchased in the spring of 2022 and stored at the park until the necessary permits to install it could be obtained. Once the permit was received, the group received permission to install its framework. In the interim, group member Steve Rhodes was appointed to serve as playground committee chairman. Rhodes worked on the group's behalf with park manager Joe Basil to facilitate the project. However before the equipment could be assembled, there was a lot of things that needed done including the hiring of a contractor to prepare the proposed site in the campground. This task was laid upon Tanner Manspeaker of T&C Excavating and Trucking Inc. of Saxton who did an excellent job working with the park group with site preparation. Along with landscaping the playground site, Manspeaker installed a required walkway between the playground and a restroom facility located nearby. The playground equipment was assembled on a cold day in January followed by the pouring of concrete to permanently install it in the ground. In mid-March members assembled to rake seed and place straw over the playground area as well as to install landscape fabric as a moisture barrier to keep the playground area dry. One of the last steps was deliverery of a load of playground mulch that was placed and spread by group members on Wednesday. The state Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) provided the mulch for the playground project. "I'm glad we were able to pull together as a group to raise the necessary funds to not only purchase the playground equipment, but also pay to have the landscaping done. The group is hopeful the playground will be maintained by park management so it can provide many years of enjoyment for young park patrons," stated Rhodes. "This was a tremendous project that our group members put their hearts and souls into. It was one that obviously did not happen overnight and took a lot of work that many will never see," Rhodes said. "I commend Steve Rhodes for personally taking a lot of his free time to make this project happen. His management skills and knowing what needed done was a tremendous asset to this project," stated group co-chairman Adam Watson. Watson said the group as a whole suffered many adversities with this project but endured. The work ethic behind this project was second to none, something the public will never see. Basil also commented on the project. "Trough Creek and the Friends of Trough Creek/Warriors Path State Parks have worked very hard for park visitors. This has been a project that has been a long time coming and I'm glad to see it finally through to fruition." "I know the campers are going to be grateful to have safe play equipment located in the campground for the children's entertainment. This is a great improvement and shows the commitment to our visitors and improving their outdoor recreation experience at Trough Creek State Park." "I am really appreciative of the partnerships hard work of the Friends group to help make this project into a reality," concluded Basil. Since it formation four years ago, the group has taken on many projects including the creation of a soft boat/kiak launch at Warriors Path, the creation and installation of volleyball courts at each park, rehabilitation of park grills at Trough Creek and many others. It also sponsors several other events such as First Day hikes at both parks to promote hiking and good health and activities on the first day of trout season. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the playground will be held and will be announced at a later time.
Friends hold playground ribbon-cutting!
Members of the Friends of Trough Creek and Warriors Path State Parks and special guests assembled Saturday at the campground at Trough Creek State Park to cut the ribbon for a new playground created and installed by the group.
Trough Creek Dam Removal Story
Prior to the creation of recreational facilities on what would later be known as "Raystown Lake," there were recreational facilities at the scenic Trough Creek State Park or "Paradise" as it was more commonly known. Ten years ago in September 2013 a large stone, masonry dam that stood at the mouth of the Great Trough Creek stream at Trough Creek State Park was razed. The dam was removed by officials from River Logic Solutions of Wellsville. It was explained that the dam was being removed to return the Creek to a free-flowing state, to improve fisheries and to improve the stream to provide additional recreational opportunities. Some dredging work also took place in the stream above the dam to remove a silt bar that existed there. Prior to the dam being removed, a pre-construction meeting was held with River Logic Solutions officials to review plans for the proposed project. The project began immediately following the meeting and by late afternoon of that day, the dam was gone. A public meeting had been held at Trough Creek in mid-May of that year to discuss the project and little to no interest was shown by the public at the meeting. While it was stated at the time the project would not get underway until October, that date was given to give the project some lead time since funding for such projects tend to realize some delays until they are allocated. However, park officials announced that funding came in and they were ready to proceed with the project. They were anxious to get the project completed when water levels were low. It was also stated that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) also re eived a restoration waiver from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This was the last document needed for the project to proceed. Located on the Great Trough Creek stream, the masonry dam was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and originally formed a swimming area last open to the public in 1972. The area was once widely known as "Paradise Furnace." A beach located near the dam was closed following Hurricane Agnes that struck the region during the summer of 1972. The storm heavily damaged facilities at the park and deposited a large amount of sediment behind the dam. Following the Hurricane, there was some ongoing concern about the water quality of the stream. The beach and swimming area were permanently closed on year later in 1973.