Peoples Natural Gas Park is used for a wide variety of public and private events. Since its 2012 opening, the park has been host to a wide range of annual JAHA-produced events, including the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival, summer concerts, Path of the Flood Races, and more.
Other public events held here include Thunder in the Valley, a major motorcycle rally produced by the Johnstown/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau in late June each year; community concerts; and various small festivals.
Private events have included weddings; company picnics; class reunions; church meetings; and more.
Features of the park include:
The Community Foundation Oilhouse. This former industrial building has been completely renovated. This two-level space (which includes a wheelchair lift) includes restrooms that serve up to 700 comfortably. Capacity of the room is up to 500; or up to 350 when set with a small stage and audience seating. Alternatively, it can be set with tables and chairs, buffets, and displays. It features garage doors that open onto a concrete apron out into the park lawn. In 2019, acoustic panels were installed, drastically improving the building’s sound quality for live music or speaker presentations. The building features a small, enclosed kitchen area as well.
The Polacek Pavilion. Adjacent to the Oilhouse, the pavilion includes a stage, stage lighting, small green room area, and can be set with up to 600 seats. A green room adjoins the stage space. This flexible space can also be set with tables and chairs for dining, displays, or left open for dancing.
Lawn area. The park’s extensive lawn area is landscaped and includes sidewalks throughout. This space can be left open, or can be used for vendors, bouncy houses, portable toilets (if needed for larger crowds) and other activities appropriate to your event.
Small parking lot. The site’s small parking lot includes several handicapped spaces. For larger crowds, parking lots are available across the street from the train station.
Other amenities include:
The Stone Bridge. This historic bridge is adjacent to the park lawn and has been lighted with colorful LED fixtures. For an additional fee, your rental can include the opportunity to choose the color of the lights for the evening.
Bars set to your specifications. We work within PCLB regulations to provide a full bar, or wine and beer only.
ATM. The Community Foundation Oilhouse includes an ATM that can be available for public functions when appropriate.
Details on renting the park can be found on our facility rentals page.