Crichton McCormick Park History
||The estate of Henry B. McCormick donated 14 acres to the Borough
with the deed restriction that it can be used only as a park.
original swimming pool is completed. It was preceded by an earthen dam
that was constructed in the 1920ís by local residents. The pool
construction was initiated by the Civil Works Administration and after
funding was exhausted, a dedicated corps of volunteers completed the
pool with many thousands of hours and borrowed equipment and materials.
||The original pool bathhouse was completed.
||The Portage Civic Improvement Association was chartered by the
Cambria County Court of Common Pleas.
||A Works Project Administration project, funded by the Civic
Improvement Association, started construction on a bridge, roadway,
athletic field, and landscaping.
improvements were made to the park by high school students, WPA workers,
the Borough, the American Legion, VFW, local businesses and service
clubs, and coal companies. A partial listing of the improvements
includes road resurfacing, new bathhouse and pool fence, picnic shelters
and tables, tennis courts, softball fields, basketball courts, horseshoe
pitch, parking spaces, band stand, street lights and water fountains,
and pool diving board and flood lights.
||Mrs. Rose Crichton donated 32 acres of land with the same
stipulation as the original donation; that it must be used exclusivley
for a park
||The entrance to what was now Crichton-McCormick Park was named Verba
Boulevard, in honor of John D. Verba, who guided the growth of the park
since its inception 35 years earlier.
||The Sonman Mine Explosion Memorial was relocated from Jamestown to
its present site in the park.
||This decade saw the rehabilitation of most park buildings,
structures, and landscaping.
||The Senior Class at PAHS dedicated its yearbook to the Park and the
Civic Improvement Association, which is indicative of the value the
facility has to the residents.
||The Little League field was reconstructed and floodlights were
installed for night games. The Pee Wee League field was constructed in
1976. Borough Council, with the aid of federal funding, installed 4
tennis courts and comfort stations and purchased 15 new picnic tables.
||The Rose Crichton Estate donates five more acres to the park.
||Another 3 acres were donated by the Rose Crichton estate, bringing
the Park to its present size of 62 acres.
||With the aid of state funding, a draining system was installed, the
playground received a major overhaul, shelters rewired, new restrooms
constructed, and more landscaping done.
||The PA Department of Environmental Resources closes the pool due to
its design and location with the floodplain.
||The Portage Area Joint Recreation Commission is created by the
Borough, Township and School District with three, three, and one member
||Nearly $500,000 in funding for a new swimming pool was secured and
an architect is commissioned to design a pool for the upper ballfield
||Pool is completed and re-opens.
Kids Place raises over $70,000 for construction of a new playground in
the Park. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, construction is
completed in May.
||Pirate Ship is added to Project Kids Place