Fort Roberdeau Planning Improvements

By Christian Heilman

Published 07/09 2014 05:16PM

Updated 07/09 2014 05:45PM

ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY -- Fort Roberdeau is a destination for a lot of people, but the fort's director hopes some new improvements will bring a lot more people to the historic area.
Glenn Nelson, the director at Fort Roberdeau, said “It's always been a hidden treasure of Blair County and our goal is to take this rough gem and polish it up, spruce it up. “
And part of polishing it includes adding a pavilion, improved walking paths, and most importantly, a new park for kids.
“What we hope to do is give it a real revolutionary theme so that the kids feel like they're in the fort,” said Nelson.
That sounds like a good idea to Megan who's here for a summer camp. She says she'd want to visit more.
Megan Hamaty said, “I really do because it sounds awesome.”
She's one of more than 2200 students who visit the fort every year to learn what life was like during the Revolutionary War. The proposed improvements will not only be good for kids, but they'll be welcome for parents and camp counselors.
Elizabeth Hansen, a summer camp counselor, said “Kids have short attention spans and a lot of energy and any way we can use that and channel it to good behavior, we try to take advantage of it.”
The construction comes with a price: nearly $60,000 for everything. Right now the group is looking into using some of the Marcellus Legacy Fund, but keeping all options open.
“Improvements do not come without investment so we want to look at all kind of sources of funding,” said Nelson.
In the end, they're hoping that this will bring people to their valley.
Nelson said, “Centre County may have happy valley, but at the fort we like to think we have the scenic and peaceful valley, and it's just beautiful.”
If the funding comes through as planned, they hope to have some of the new improvements ready for their 40th anniversary celebration that will happen in the summer of 2016.

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