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Community : Recreation

Recreation

Recreation activities available in Antis Township are provided by local and state government, non-profit organizations and local businesses.  With a wide range of activities for those of any age you are sure to find several ways to spend your leisure time.  Explore the following information to find your recreational past time!

If you would like to speak with the Assistant to the Township Manager directly, please call the Municipal Office during regular business hours.

Bellwood-Antis Park

The Bellwood-Antis Park is a beautiful 9.77 acre facility. It contains baseball fields, a public swimming pool, basketball court, pavilions and playground equipment. In addition to the amenities described below, the park is bounded on the southern side by Bells Gap Run, which is a state approved trout stream.

The Bellwood-Antis Park boasts of a full sized pool as well as a zero entrance for our little guests. The pool is managed by the Hollidaysburg YMCA. There are a number of aquatics programs offered each summer, which include swim lessons, Aquatic Fitness Programs, lap swim, lifeguard training and more. There are several special events planned throughout the summer including after hour splash hops. 

The pool may also be rented for private parties. Pool Rates and Discounts

The Bellwood-Antis Park offers three pavilions for use by the public. The Pavilions are cemented and have cement walkways for better access by wheel chair and strollers.  Pavilion amenities include electric and water supply along with charcoal grills. Pavilions are open for use seasonally from May to September. 

Pavilion Rates

Amato Pavilion (Large)

Electric/water/grill/cement floor
Occupancy Approx. 150 persons
$100.00 per day or $20.00 per hour.

McCaulley Pavilion (Medium)

Electric/water/grill/cement floor & walkway Occupancy Approx. 75 persons $50.00 per day or $15.00 per hour

Kensinger Pavilion (Small)

Electric/water/grill/cement floor & walkway Occupancy Approx. 40 persons $30.00 per day or $10.00 per hour

The Bellwood-Antis Park also offers enjoyable activities to keep the little ones occupied in two playground areas.  The toddler’s playground is for children up to six years of age and the larger playground area is for children ages six and above.

The Bellwood-Antis Park is home to three different sized ball fields for all ages.  In Bellwood-Antis there are several local leagues providing organized sports for the community’s youth. 

For many years the Bellwood-Antis Park and Recreation Authority has been working diligently to meet the recreational needs of all the residents of Antis Township and Bellwood Borough.

The “George O. Martin Memorial Field became a reality in 1999 when the Park Authority signed a lease with Martin Oil Company.  The field is located on Cambria Street in Bellwood, close to the Bellwood-Antis Park. Since that time many volunteers and organizations have donated their time and energy to construct the field, dugouts, batting cage and concession stand.    
 

DelGrosso's Amusement Park

The DelGrosso's Amusement Park Office is open form 8 a.m. until the park closes on days the park is open during the regular season.

In the off-season, the Park Office is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Website : www.mydelgrossopark.com

In order to contact the Park Office, please call 814-684-3538 or
toll-free at 1-866-684-3538.

Physical Address
DeGrosso's Amusement Park
4352 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Tipton, PA 16684

Mailing Address
DelGrosso's Amusement Park
PO Box 335
Tipton, PA 16684

Northern Blair County Community Recreation Center

Physical Address
4080 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Altoona, PA 16601

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 118
Tipton, PA 16684

Phone
814-742-9500
Fax
814-742-8511

Location
Old Route 220
Tipton, PA 16684

Website : www.nbcrc.com

Monday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5th Street Park

James Whitey Stevens Memorial Park, located at 900 North Fifth Street, Corner of 5th and Lock Streets. The Park area is over 1/2 acre with swings and a cement floor pavilion.

Rails to Trails Park

There are two “parts” to the trail. Approximately 2 miles of the trail is owned by Rails to Trails, and is officially the Bells Gap Rail Trail. However, the trail continues onto State Game Lands 158, adding an extra 3 miles. The Rails to Trails portion of the trail is made of crushed limestone; the Game Lands portion is slightly less improved.

In the 1850s, the Bells Gap Railroad was built to connect northern Pennsylvania with the Mainline railroad. The spur connects to the mainline in the town of Bellwood, and was originally built as a narrow-gauge rail line. It was eventually converted to a standard-gauge line in 1872. The Bells Gap Railroad remained in use until the 1930s, when Route 865 was improved and the railroad became obsolete. Because the rail line had to be kept at a grade below 4%, it now offers a relatively flat, level trail that is excellent for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Close to the upper entrance of the trail, on the Game Lands, you will pass the Lloydville Run Acid Mine Drainage Remediation System. This is an artificially-created wetland meant to neutralize the pH of the water seeping from a coal mine on top of the mountain. This project was completed in 1998 and was a joint effort of the Juniata Valley Audubon Society and the Blair County Conservation District. Along the trail near the wetland, there is a small kiosk with more information about the remediation project.

Shortly after the wetlands, the stunning vistas begin. Take a moment to stop and look out at the surrounding mountains of the Allegheny Front. Many portions of the trail are also lined with abundant rhododendrons, which are especially beautiful when they are covered in snow. If you do go when there is snow on the ground, keep your eyes open for tracks as you walk, snowshoe, or ski. Some common sightings include deer, rabbit, or porcupine. You may even see the faint outline of the wings of a raven, indicating the spot where he has taken off from the ground.

When you get to Shaw Run, the trail dog-legs, and if you look down at the stream you will see a stone archway. Go down to the stream and get a closer look at the archway, but be careful, because it’s a steep slope. This is about the halfway point on the trail, and a good spot to stop for lunch or for a break to take photos. Around this area, there are also some more breathtaking vistas overlooking the Bellwood Reservoir.

Shortly after this point, the official Rail Trail owned by Rails to Trails begins. There are several other information kiosks talking about the history of the railroad, as well as some benches and small pavilions. The final portion of the trail runs through the outskirts of Bellwood and ends up at the Rails to Trails parking lot on Rt. 865. 

Parking for the trail can be found at the Rails to Trails parking lot off Rt. 865, north of Bellwood.  If you’re on 865 north, the parking area will be on your right. Turn right off Rt. 865 onto Igou Rd. at the village of Roots, and the parking lot will then be up ahead on your left. There is a small sign stating that it is Rails to Trails parking.

The Game Lands parking lot at the top of the mountain on Rt. 865 offers parking at the other end of the trail in the small village of Lloydsville. You can either do this hike as a shuttle hike or an out-and-back if you would like a longer outing. If you want to do a shuttle hike, you can start at either end. The trail is a slight (less than 4%) downhill from the Game Lands parking area, so starting at the top offers a slightly easier hike or cross-country ski.

  • Take Bellwood Exit 41 off of I-99.
  • Follow PA-865 for 2.7 miles to Igou Road which will be on your right.
  • Go .1 mile on Igou Road.
  • Turn left into Bells Gap trailhead parking lot.
  • Trailhead lot includes picnic table and picnic pavilion and a portable toilet.

For more information about the Rail Trail Park please use contact information provided below or visit the following website link provided along the left sidebar.

Bellwood-Antis Community Trust.
P.O. Box 336
Bellwood, PA 16617

814-742-8234
hab@blwd.k12.pa.us

State Games Land

Antis Township is situated in the Northern Hardwood Forest, the common forest of the Great Lakes Forest in Pennsylvania.

Antis Township is situated in the Northern Hardwood Forest, the common forest of the Great Lakes Forest in Pennsylvania.  In this tall, broadleaf deciduous forest, with a mixture of needle leaf evergreen trees, the dominant species include sugar maple, yellow birch, beech, and hemlock. Other woody species include American ash, mountain laurel, white pine and American basswood, white and red oak, and cherry.
Large portions of State Game Lands #158 (8,835 acres) and #108 (4,948 acres) are located in western Antis Township, and a small portion of State Game Land #166 (407 acres) is located in southeastern Antis Township.
For more information about State Game lands please use contact information provided below or visit the following website links provided to the right.

PA Game Commission-South Central Office
8627 William Penn Highway
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Phone: (814) 643-1831, (814) 643-9635
www.pgc.state.pa.us

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-South Central Office
P.O. Box 8475
Harrisburg, PA 17105

Phone: (717) 705-5956
lyeich@pa.gov
www.dcnr.state.pa.us