Lakemont Park to reopen Memorial Day
Renovations on target to be complete for summer 2019
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Lakemont Park, which has been closed for two summers, is targeted to reopen by Memorial Day weekend, the Lakemont Partnership announced Tuesday.
Andrea Devorris Cohen, whose family co-owns the park with developer Ralph Albarano, said Tuesday that most of the older rides slated for removal have been removed. And construction on four new basketball courts will be commencing, she said.
Cohen offered the update at the Blair County commissioners weekly meeting, where commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb said he regularly fields inquiries about the status of the park’s renovations. While the county owns the park grounds, it leases those grounds to the Lakemont Partnership, which owns and operates the park’s rides, buildings and amenities.
Commissioners, in response to Cohen, praised the work that has been done and will lead to the reopening. Cohen said the park will open from Nov. 16 to Jan. 6 for the annual Lights on the Lake display.
By Memorial Day weekend, plans call for the park to have several new amenities:
A regulation-size mini-golf course with water features.
A kids’ mini-golf course with a woodland theme designed by local artist Michael Allison.
Newly themed children’s water play area.
New paddle boats.
A walking trail map designed in partnership with PA WalkWorks.
Four new basketball courts that will be home to the Central Blair Recreation Commission Men’s Summer Basketball League.
Two sand volleyball courts.
A children’s play area.
A large green area for open play, programs and events, including concerts, movie nights and theater presentations.
“I think it’s a well developed plan … that is going to make the park a nicer place,” Commissioner Terry Tomassetti said.
“Everything you’ve outlined seems to be top shelf,” Commissioner Ted Beam Jr. said.
In March 2017, the Lakemont Partnership, with the commissioners’ blessing, announced plans to keep the park closed that summer while working on improvements. In March, representatives for the partnership announced that the plans had moved slowly and they needed to keep the park closed for another summer.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Cohen said the organization has targeted Memorial Day weekend for returning the theme park to its roots as a community gathering center with some amusements, including the Skyliner and Leap the Dips roller coasters, the pool, waterslides and six pavilions for family reunions and company picnics.
It’s hoped that Lakemont Park becomes a community venue for concerts, fundraisers, basketball and volleyball tournaments, as well as summer camps and clinics, Cohen said.
Park Manager Melissa Vyborny said the renovations will reflect ideas and opinions solicited from a mix of community leaders, organizations and others.
“Over the summer, focus groups were conducted across multiple segments of the community, including seniors, millennials, moms with young children and Penn State Altoona students, providing important direction for the transformation of the park,” Vyborny said.
While entry to the park will be free, patrons will pay for reserving and using park amenities. Season passes will also be available.
“We want the community to come to the park for an ice cream cone and walk through the park on a summer evening,” Cohen said.
Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.