It all started in 1929. A. B. (Abram Burton) and Lyda Carter Egolf, Bedford Borough residents, donated approximately ten acres of land situate in Snake Spring Township to Bedford Borough, to be used by all as a public park. A. B., a lumber businessman, bank director, and community-minded citizen had just purchased the Fyan farm on the east side of Bedford. The Bedford community and surrounding area lacked a large outdoor facility for gatherings and the Park soon became a popular public outdoor area with a large pavilion and a safe playground for children. Family reunions, community picnics, and events for the school children were held on the grounds following its dedication ceremony on August 22, 1929. By the late 1970's the Park went into a slow decline. In 2010, Bedford Borough decided to sell the Park. However, local citizens, family descendants and Park neighbors objected and formed "Egolf Park Associates, Inc." (EPA), a non-profit organization. EPA eventually was able to lease the Park from Bedford Borough and in the summer of 2013 began the task of returning the Park to its former beauty. With this new vision and intentions, EPA renamed the Park "Egolf Park Preserve." The original pavilion now has a new roof and has been painted. Brush, trees, and grass is being trimmed or removed. The restrooms were redone and a new parking/driveway was completed by local Eagle Scouts. Subsequently picnic tables and benches were added. In 2016 electricity was installed in the Pavilion. A new nature trail was prepared and the 2015 Adult Leadership Class expanded upon it for use by those who enjoy walking, bird-watching, or just the serene beauty of the Park.
You are invited to come out and enjoy Egolf Park Preserve.
Some of our accomplishments in 2013:
A logo for Egolf Park Preserve
Email address established
Raffle ticket sales - all successful
T-shirts with logo sold
New driveway/parking created
Scouts work on:
New pavilion roof & eaves by Wakeman Construction
Mowing/trimming by "Butch" Crawley
First picnic held
Christmas swag sale - successful
Nature trail created - wood chips & pine added
Removal of old dumped materials
Meetings held nearly every month
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The work begins-May, 2013!
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2016 Ice Cream social with music by Biscuits & Gravy
August 26, 2017 fundraiser - successful
Music by: Lizzie & the YeeHaw Gang
Nathaniel and Nicolas Semanek work on trail.
Good food; good company! Chamber's
"Business After Hours" - 2015
Scout Brad Hockenberry paints the pavilion.
Scouts Levi Felix (center), Elder Bashen (L);
Elder Perkins (R) paintingrestrooms.
A Park for the People
Located just off Route 30 (Historic Lincoln Hwy.), Bedford, PA.
At long last--electricity has arrived at Egolf Park. Here we're packing up after our 2016 ice cream social with the group "Biscuits & Gravy" performing. A GREAT EVENING!
Some of our Accomplishments for 2015
Two large dead trees removed - Borough permission
Stumps also removed
Adult Leadership Class - additional work on nature trail
Kiosk structure built - housing glass bulletin board
Egolf Park 1939 monument repointed
Membership drive held - successful
May Yard Sale - successful
Gutter & spouting installed in front of pavilion
Girl Scouts & Egolf Park hosted Chamber's "Business After Hours" in July
"Light Up Egolf Park" ice cream fundraiser held with
music by John Topper
Permission received to install park grill
Facebook account establised
Christmas Swag sale & mini-Christmas yard sale held
18 dates were reserved for renunions, family picnics,
and a club organization
Some of the 2014 yard sale crew: L to R: Kim Wess, Vera Leydig, Gwen Ray, "Ronnie" Cessna,
(grandchildren), Tom Cessna, and Jim Baklarz.
President Bill Popovich (on right) presenting
check to Isaac Kline, winner of the logo contest.
We will be hosting a FARMERS' MARKET
the following dates:
June 10, July 8, August 12 & September 9
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHOO-HOO: Thanks to Scott Wakeman & volunteers, picnic tables were completed & installed 6-20-2014. Plaques attached. THANK YOU DONORS!
OUR MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR 2016:
CHRISTMAS WREATH & SWAG SALE
(dates to be established)
Sheryl Ritchey & Stacey Wakeman
dip the ice cream.....
NEW TO EGOLF PARK
Gwen was thrilled to accept the
Heritage Preservation Award from Chamber President Jim Gonsman on behalf of Egolf Park Preserve. What an honor for the Park!
Ella May Rose, Stacey Wakeman, "Ronnie" Cessna & Kim Wess enjoy the Biscuits & Gravy entertainment and good friends.