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! Assistant to the Manager, Ginger Patterson, can help residents with pavilion rentals and other park issues during regular business hours.

Bellwood-Antis Community 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. A new spur of the Bells Gap Trail, bordering Bells Gap Run was opened in Autumn 2020 as part of overall park improvements. The park will serve as the connection point for the Logan Valley Streetcar Trail and the First Frontier Trail. The projected opening of the new trails is early Summer 2021.

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

Pavilion Features Occupancy Price per Day Price per Hour
Amato Pavilion (Large) Electric/water/grill/cement floor Approx. 150 people $100.00 $20.00
McCaulley Pavilion (Medium) Electric/water/grill/cement floor & walkway Approx. 75 people $50.00 $15.00
Kensinger Pavilion (Small) Electric/water/grill/cement floor & walkway Approx. 40 people $30.00 $10.00

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.

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

Pass Type Resident Non-Resident Resident Non-Resident
Youth Pass $50.00 $95.00 $45.00 $85.50
Adult Pass $65.00 $100.00 $58.50 $90.00
Senior Pass $55.00 $95.00 $49.50 $85.50
Family Pass (5 Persons) $135.00 $195.00 $121.50 $175.50
Additional Family Members $20.00 $25.00 $18.00 $22.50
Day Rates Resident Non-Resident
Youth $4.00 $7.00
Adult $5.00 $8.00
Senior $4.00 $6.00

To be eligible for Resident Rates, one must show proof of Antis Township or Bellwood Borough residency.

Pool Pass Notes

May Season Pass Sales

  • Antis Township Office, 909 North 2nd Street, Bellwood – (814) 742-7361
  • Bellwood Borough Office, 516 Main Street, Bellwood – (814) 742-8591

Pass/Ticket Sales After June 1st

  • Bellwood Pool, 407 N. 3rd Street – (814) 742-7662
  • For Christmas Gifts – Call the Hollidaysburg YMCA and receive a 10% discount – (814) 695-4467

Other Pool Notes

  • Pool Hours are daily 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm – weather permitting.
  • After 4:00PM, admission is $2.00 for all ages.
  • Children under the age of 2 are FREE!
  • Open daily June 3-August 22.
  • Open the weekends of August 28-29 and September 4-6.

Private Pool Rentals

The cost is $70.00 per hour for residents, ($100.00 per hour for non-residents) for up to 75 participants. You may choose to rent for one, two or three hours. You may bring in your cake, food, etc., and use the picnic tables around the pool area. Lifeguards are provided! You may bring in a DJ to play music for the event. The pool is available after hours any night of the week. Call the pool office at (814) 742-7662 after May 25th to check on availability.

Other Parks

Delgrosso’s Amusement Park

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

Phone: 814-684-3538
Toll-Free: 1-866-684-3538

Website : www.mydelgrossopark.com

Regular Season Hours
8:00 a.m. – Close

Off-Season Hours
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Northern Blair County Community Recreation Center

Physical Address
Old Route 220
Tipton, PA 16684

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

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

Website : www.nbcrc.com

Hours
Monday – 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 Bells Gap Trail. Approximately two miles of the trail is owned and operated by Antis Township, and is officially the Bells Gap Rail Trail. However, the trail continues onto State Game Lands 158, adding an extra three 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.

Directions:

  1. Take Bellwood Exit 41 off of I-99.
  2. Follow PA-865 for 2.7 miles to Igou Road which will be on your right.
  3. Go .1 mile on Igou Road.
  4. Turn left into Bells Gap trailhead parking lot.
  5. 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:

Antis Township Parks and Recreation
909 North Second Street
Bellwood, PA 16617
Phone: 814-742-7361
Email: JFrederick@antistownship.org
Website: Bells Gap Rail Trail

State Game Lands

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:.

PA Game Commission-South Central Office
8627 William Penn Highway
Huntingdon, PA 16652
Phone: (814) 643-1831, (814) 643-9635
Website: 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
Email: lyeich@pa.gov
Website: www.dcnr.state.pa.us

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