The Co-op maintains the Yellow Creek sailing base with student employees, splitting the proceeds with the state. Anyone, not just students, can use the facilities for sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, and nautical crafts.
Dennis Hulings was a sailing instructor at the original base. He joined the Co-op in 1974 and given the task of developing the farm and Yellow Creek properties and programs for use. Now executive director and CEO of the Student Cooperative Association, Hulings notes that the current operation really became a model for the state.
Overall, he’s proud of how the parks have evolved and of IUP’s role in expanding their use.
“This demonstrates the university’s commitment to work with the community,” Hulings said. “Not a lot of schools can offer students access to a 270-acre park.”