About Us

The Fertigs Community Center is a 7 acre parcel open to the public 7 days a week during daylight hours.

Park Rules:fertigs-community-center-rules-sign

  • All park events, whether inside or out, must be over by 10pm.
  • No Smoking in the building.
  • No Alcohol permitted on park property
  • No pets permitted on park property
  • No motor vehicles permitted on the ball-field

Our grounds offer a baseball field, many children’s activity playthings, horse shoe pits, picnic tables, covered shelter and even a covered stage area!

Old Home Day 2016 Fertigs Community Center

Our covered stage & pavillion with portable bleachers.

We have a modern building that you can reserve (as well as the outdoor grounds) for your special event. The building is not open unless special arrangements have been made but the rest of the grounds is always available for the community to enjoy during hours of operation.

We are a 501C3 organization with elected board members, monthly meetings and yearly elections. Meetings are usually the 4th Monday of the month. Yearly elections are usually in March. Check our blog for updates. We also post meeting and event dates on our road sign beside the driveway.

Our meetings are open to the public and we welcome your attendance. We post the monthly meeting minutes on this site which you can easily read here from the comfort of your home at your convenience.

The current board members are:

President: Gary Davis
Vice President: Sawyer Stepp
Treasurer: Donna Hart
Secretary: Laura Shreffler

We encourage you to be active at the center and attend our meetings and fundraisers. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact us.

A little History:

The first board members of the Community Center were decided on 4-21-1959 and were :
President – Clair Schwab
1st Vice President – June Perry
2nd Vice President – Dorothy Burgdorfer
Secretary – Ella Mae Schwab
Assistant Secretary – Pleadiouth Stover
Treasurer – Don Master
Assistant Treasurer – Ross Davis

Community Center meetings were held at community members homes and garages on the fourth Monday of the month (we still meet on the fourth Monday of the month). When it was nice outside they would meet at the community center grounds for work nights.

The early days of the community center saw many different fundraisers; candy, dishcloths, greeting cards, pork sausage, holiday plates, Christmas trees and many other items were sold.

Rummage sales at the moose club and on the community center grounds were popular, as well as many ice cream socials at the community center.

The center was used to hold dinners for various organizations such as oil city postal employees, cranberry area teachers and the oil city area school district supervisors and principals. Meatloaf and ham dinners were among the most popular.

In April 1961, many community members showed interest and were in favor of erecting a building. In May of 1960 the community center was able to obtain electricity. (Upon completion of  installation, Bill and Donna Hart strung lights all around the grounds.) In July of 1960 a water well was drilled by Frank and Ross Davis.

In August of 1960 plans were put into motion to put up swings, the merry go round, sliding board, and see-saws. In September 1960 a deed for the picnic area was given to the board members from Don and Velma Master. Another deed was given to the board members in March of 1963. Both deeds were approved, recorded and incorporated.

In March of 1963 blue prints were taken to Harrisburg to be approved for construction of a building measuring 30 ft x 40 ft with a 20 ft x 12 ft kitchen.

The estimated cost for materials at that time would be $4,298.00. On August 3, 1963 the cornerstone was set for the building. The first meeting in the building was held one year after the start of the project, followed by a dedication dinner on September 28, 1964.

Fundraiser dinners followed and the chicken BBQ was a huge hit. The tradition of Chicken BBQ dinners continues to this day. In 2005 Gary Davis, Lee Weckerly and Jay Weckerly built a spit that is still in use today.