In 2003, Valera Long Cupp, bequeathed $1,750,000 to four Millerstown community organizations with the stipulation that the money be used for development of a much needed park and recreational facility in the Millerstown area. These four organizations, Millerstown Area Jaycees, Millerstown Lions Club, Millerstown Fire Company, and Millerstown Recreational Committee came together to form the Millerstown Area Community Park. Approximately 40 acres of land was purchased adjacent to the Millerstown Community Swimming Pool for this development, and work began immediately to plan and develop the park.
Plans are to provide facilities for childrens’ playgrounds, walking, biking, and environmental trails, playing fields for youth football, baseball, and soccer, enhancement and upgrading the present pool facility, construction of new picnic pavilions and facilities to encourage family and community gatherings, construction of an amphitheater to hold entertainment venues and multi-purpose areas to hold community events such as carnivals, circus performances, car shows, flea markets and other events along the beautiful Juniata River. Plans also include many other active recreational areas which are included in a park development master plan that outlines future development in phases.
Phase 1 has just been completed which included a partial walking trail, childrens’ playground and amphitheater. A bridge has also been completed across the Cocolamus Creek making easy access to the park property owned on both sides of the creek. All money raised by the Recreational Committee through various projects will be used for future development and upkeep of the park facility.