JOHNSTOWN, Pa .– After breaking park usage records again in 2021, operators of the Quemahoning Family Recreation Area have revamped their website to allow customers to book their own reservations online.
And separately, this group, Summer’s Best 2 Weeks, established two funds in memory of the late Kenneth Dranzik, who managed the site from its inception through years of expansion and growth.
âKen dedicated his life to the recreation area – not only making sure people followed the rules, but also making sure their needs were met when they visited,â said Jason Smith, Property Manager of Summer’s Best 2 Weeks and longtime colleague of Dranzik. .
Dranzik, 54, died in November of complications from COVID-19 – a sudden loss for those who worked alongside him as well as his family, Smith said.
Smith remembered “Big Ken” as a hardworking and loyal, jack-of-all-trades “and master of many” who first became involved in church camp as a volunteer in the 1990s.
Among his family, he leaves behind a son, Ben, now a high school student. Through spotfund.com, a college fund was established last month with a goal of $ 10,000, allowing people to make tax-free contributions for future education. As of Friday, 14 donors had already pledged more than $ 4,000 in contributions.
In addition, through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, a a commemorative scholarship was created to provide annual scholarships of $ 1,000 to a graduate of North Star High School, the family’s home neighborhood, or Greensburg Salem High School, Dranzik’s alma mater. The fund’s target amount is $ 24,000, park officials told the Cambria Somerset Authority.
CSA President Jim Greco said, “Ken had been there at Quemahoning Family Recreation Area from day one – he was part of this place.”
The CSA owns the Quemahoning Reservoir Land which Summer’s Best 2 Weeks operates as a Quemahoning Family Recreation Area.
At the Cambria Somerset Authority’s February meeting, the board will consider making a donation to support the college fund, Greco said.
The website address for the Quemahoning Family Recreation Area will remain the same this year, but it is getting a facelift and will allow customers to book tent and motorhome pitches, as well as lodges, online in 2022.
This was a necessary decision due to the increase in use the park has seen in recent years – often blocking phone lines from the best 2 weeks of summer and making reservations tedious.
From January 17, reservations can be finalized with a few clicks of a button at quefamilyrec.com.
âIt will be a lot like booking a hotel or a flight,â Smith said, âand the site is much more user-friendly.â
A park map allows website visitors to choose the location of their RV, tent, or lodge location.
The telephone number for Que reservations will remain for those who are not so Internet savvy. This number is 814-233-9512.