Groundbreaking scheduled for NatureWorksPark

Site located at Route 36 and Bedford Street in Hollidaysburg

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Conservation District will break ground at 1 p.m. today for an educational and demonstration site called NatureWorksPark.

The park, to be created at the corner of Route 36 and Bedford Street, will include a walking trail, educational signage, demonstration gardens, riparian buffer plantings, a boardwalk and access to the Beaverdam Branch of the Juniata River.

The park also will feature two pavilions and an amphitheater.

The conservation district began planning the park in 2012 after buying the 15.3-acre site, known as the former Louis Kline farm, from Juniata Valley Bank, which acquired the land through a sheriff’s sale. While the site was considered at one time for residential use, that use never developed on what is mostly wetlands and flood plains.

In support of the proposed park’s development, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is providing a $250,000 grant, as announced in January 2016.

Conservation district leaders also have spoken in favor of building an administrative office on the site’s higher ground in what would be a second phase of development. Since the 1980s, the conservation district has been located in a small office building along Blair Street.

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