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Inquiries about renting/reserving space at Legion Memorial Park should be directed to the Hollidaysburg American Legion via Greg Mielnik at

Discovery Garden

Legion Memorial Park
Hollidaysburg, PA

Inquiries about renting/reserving space at Legion Memorial Park should be directed to the American Legion in Hollidaysburg via Greg Mielnik at 814-935-6078.

Discovery Garden Awards and Recognition

Since its inception in 2000, Discovery Garden has been recognized through nominations for numerous awards. Some of the most recent recognitions follow.

2009 Conservation/Beautification in the Community:
Best Continuing Community Involvement Award

The Discovery Garden/Project Playpark has been recognized by General Federation of Women’s Clubs Pennsylvania as Best Continuing Community Involvement project. In addition, Discovery Garden was submitted to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs International for their consideration at the 2010 National Convention in Omaha, Nebraska.

“I have always been so proud and moved by what the Discovery Garden means to our community,” says Donna Malone of the Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club. “This is a project that truly does continue to give back to everyone who experiences it and in so many ways.”

GFWC members contributed 338 volunteer hours to help plant trees and shrubs, attend community meetings and fund the renewal of the adjacent Project Playpark landscape in 2009.

2009 Blair County Chamber of Commerce
Committee Choice Award

Discovery Garden representatives accept BCCC Committee Choice Award Garden representatives accept the Committee Choice Award from the Blair County Chamber of Commerce.

On October 19, 2009, Discovery Garden was the recipient of the Committee Choice Award at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame banquet.

Receiving the award were Karen Claton, project and volunteer coordinator; Leslie Smith, steering committee member; John P. Stultz, Jr., president of the Hollidaysburg Borough Council; and Lori Lange, Skills public relations and development coordinator.

James and Dixon represent the HT Program Jennifer James and Skills staff member Cyndy Dixon enjoyed the banquet.

Representing Skills horticulture therapy program at the banquet were Jennifer James and Skills staff member Cyndy Dixon.

This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Discovery Garden in the Borough of Hollidaysburg. The Garden has grown to encompass a series of seven theme gardens, a 25-foot horizontal sundial, a wisteria covered entry arbor, and it is the cornerstone for Skills horticultural therapy program.

2008 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Community Greening Award

2008 greening award reception flag

In October 2008, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), along with the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful alliance (KPB), presented a 2008 Community Greening Award to Discovery Garden, a project of The Skills Foundation. The Community Greening Award received nominations this year from as far west as Sharon, PA and some from New Jersey and Delaware; the program honored Discovery Garden as one of its recipients.

This award recognizes and honors all those involved with Discovery Garden, including the Blair Garden Club, Borough of Hollidaysburg, Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club, community volunteers, and the staff and individuals served by Skills of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. (Skills). The recognition was for creating and maintaining Discovery Garden as a public green space that enhances the community.

discovery garden steering committee accepts award Discovery Garden Steering Committee representatives accept the 2008 Community Greening Award.

“We would like to congratulate all of the Community Greening Award participants for the impact they have made in their communities,” said Blaine Bonham, executive vice president of PHS. “Studies show quality green spaces enhance the health, beauty and economic vitality of an area and often serve as meeting places. This award represents a mark of excellence.”

Nominated by Linda Renney of the Blair Garden Club, Discovery Garden is one of only a few winners located in a rural area. Each entry is judged on total visual effect, community involvement, year-round beauty, first impressions, use of space, variety of plants, suitability of plants, horticultural practice, maintenance, and color.

visit Discovery Garden The wisteria-covered entrance arbor welcomes all to Discovery Garden.

Discovery Garden in Hollidaysburg Borough’s Legion Memorial Park has become a destination spot for weddings and gatherings. More importantly, the Garden serves as the cornerstone for innovative programs which promote inclusive and intergenerational activities, such as the horticultural therapy program offered through Skills vocational training services. The garden is dedicated to the memory of Courtney Leigh Claton, a young woman who lived in Hollidaysburg and worked at Skills vocational training services in Altoona. Courtney passed away in 1997. Her mother, Karen Claton, volunteers as project coordinator.