Department of Economic Development for Greene County
Contact Persons: Robbie Matesic, Executive Director of Economic Development
49 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5300 / Fax: 724-852-2944
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., MondayFriday
Greene County has a niche market, which is to utilize and promote its most precious assetsits rural beauty, open spaces, and recreational attractions.
Greene County has an abundance of recreation and outdoor destinations located within the County that should be recognized and utilized to their fullest extent. Recreation Planning is a vital part to our community, involving our parks, trails, greenways, and more. It is our vision to continue maintaining these recreational venues that already exist at the same time adding more places of recreation to the residents of our county.
On-Street Bikeways are paved segments of roadways that serve as a means to safely separate bicyclists from vehicular traffic. The bicycle community in Greene County has been crucial to the designation of six County bicycle routes, including Waynesburg Workout Ride, The Road to Prosperity, the Crucible Cruise, The Ryerson Roundabout, The Brave Ride, and Mount Morris to the Monongahela.
These routes are in addition to the state designated BicyclePA Route A.
BicyclePA Route A: doubles as BicyclePA Route A and traverses Greene County in a north-south direction through Waynesburg. BicyclePA Route A is one of seven officially designated bicycle routes located in Pennsylvania. The bikeway is approximately 199 miles, beginning in Greene County at the Pennsylvania / West Virginia border and ending at Lake Erie in Erie County, PA. Of the 199 total miles, about 26 are located within Greene County. For more information click here
Greene County Bicycle Paths: The Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency publishes a bicycling map for the County that depicts six bicycle rides located along public roadways. Each route provides access to areas of beautiful scenery. The names of the six routes, length, and degree of difficulty are as follows:
Waynesburg Workout Ride - 11 miles; somewhat easy
The Road to Prosperity - 35 miles; Moderate difficulty
Crucible Cruise - 12.6 miles; Moderate difficulty
The Ryerson Roundabout - 19 miles; Moderate difficulty
The Brave Ride - 34 miles; Moderate difficulty
Mt. Morris to the Mon - 37.5 miles; Challenging
Click here for the Greene County Bicycling Maps for the above rides.
Future Recreation Program Building
Parks and other venues:
Greene County Department of Recreation owns and operates eight recreational facilities, which includes three swimming pools:
Foundation Coal Aquatic Center: located in Waynesburg and is equipped with snack bar, special events room, bath house; competition-sized swimming pool, 12' diving pool, 40'x40' play area, spiral water slide, straight water slide, lazy river with tubes for floating. Parking is free.
Dreamer Memorial Park: is located along Majorsville Road in the northwest corner of Richhill Township. Donated to the County by the Dreamer family, the park occupies approximately ten acres of property, most of which is wooded. The park consists of a large stone monument, approximately 25 feet tall with an eagle on top, which pays tribute to four wars: Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish American War, and World War (I). Four small stone memorials recognize the Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Nurses. Also present is a small family (Dreamers) cemetery.
Eastern Pool Complex: is located on a ten-acre parcel adjoining the Wana B Park in Cumberland Township. The pool was constructed in 1980 in a Z-shaped configuration and is handicapped accessible. Swim lessons and various competitions are held at this facility. A wading pool is located next to the main pool. Also located on the complex are a concession area, restrooms, and a large pavilion. The pavilion is available to all residents for rental fee.
Greene County Airport: (The county airport is included as a recreation facility due to the fact that recreational events are held at the site and it has the potential to expand its recreational capacity). Approximately 30 percent of the area at the Airport is mowed. The Airport is utilized for recreation as host of Airport Days, plane rides, and by Waynesburg University and Waynesburg High School for their womenís Cross Country teams.
Greene County Fairgrounds: located along Roy Furman Highway (PA Route 21) in Franklin Township, east of Waynesburg. The fairgrounds encompass 47 acres and are also home to the Greene County Department of Recreation.
Mason-Dixon Park: Approximately 287 total acres, Mason Dixon Park spans across state borders from Greene County, Pennsylvania into Monongalia County, West Virginia. The West Virginia side of the park encompasses 153 acres and is more developed. The Pennsylvania portion of Mason Dixon Park is approximately 134 acres and consists of beautiful wooded hillsides and open space. Dunkard Creek transverses through the park and contains large mouth, small mouth, and spotted bass. The barn located on the park is a rental facility, equipped with a commercial-grade kitchen, stage with a wooden dance floor, celing fans and restrooms. The museum building is closed and the log house and log cabin are presently not used for any activities. Other park amenities include: a basketball court and baseball field, an amphitheatre with lights, Purple Martin houses, and more. A ramp festival is held annually in the part that draws a large crowd.
Mon View Park: on June 2, 2005 the ownership of Mon View Park was transferred from the Greensboro-Monongahela Township Volunteer Fire Company and Monongahela Recreation Federation Inc. to Greene County. Facilities at Mon View Park include two ball fields, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, a swimming pool, a roller rink, a bath house, six pavilions, a concession stand, restrooms, and playground equipment.
The Roller Rink and Community Center was officially opened on April 11, 2008 and welcomed over 200 skaters for its opening night. The facility has a snack bar / concession area, skate rental area, updated sound system, a large wooden skate floor, and newly reconstructed ceiling. The facility can house special events such as parties and larger community events (concerts, speakers, etc.) of over 250 persons.
Greene County Tennis Courts: were relocated in 2007 and are currently being utilized by many parties including local residents, athletes traveling from outside the county, as well as the local school districts. The surface is state of the art and contains three new courts, new fencing, and a new lighting system. Later this year the Department of Recreation will be adding bathrooms that will be available to the public.
Trails within and through Greene County:
Trails are targeted for specific audiences, such as walkers, bicyclists, joggers, mountain bicyclists, motorized vehicle (ATV / dirt bike) users, equestrians, etc. Each of these trail users require special design considerations during trail construction to accommodate the intended use or uses and also comply with ADA accessibility standards. Other factors that affect the feasibility and ultimate success of trails are topography, space requirements, noise, conflicting uses and site restraints.
Park Trails are multipurpose trails located within greenways, parks, and natural resource areas. These trails focus on recreational value and harmony with the natural environment. Park Trails located in Greene County include the Greene River Trail, the Warrior Trail, the Catawba Path, and the trail system located in Ryerson Station State Park.
The Greene River Trail is a rail trail that runs adjacent to the Upper Monongahela Water Trail greenway providing a tranquil view of the river for its users. The trail is owned and maintained by the Greene County Department of Recreation. The trail was designed to accommodate those individuals interested in walking, jogging, and bicycling. A twelve-foot wide right-of-way with fencing along most of the periphery provide a variety of trail users and adjacent property owners with a sense of safety and security. The trail has a smooth crushed gravel surface that is very well maintained by the parks crew. The Department of Recreation continuously monitors the trail for areas of erosion, downed or hanging trees, over-grown weeds, debris, and trash along the trail.
the Greene River Trail extends 5.1 miles along the abandoned Nemacolin Mine railroad bed, beginning near PA Route 88 and Ten Mile Creek in Jefferson Township and ending near the old Crucible Ferry in Cumberland Township. Trailheads are located at the beginning of the trail at the Greene Cove Yacht Club and in Rices Landing Borough.
The Department of Recreation owns the Crucible Site and has plans to develop a riverfront County park, which will double as a trailhead.
Subsequent phases to extend the Greene River Trail past Crucible are in the planning stages. Current plans include following the abandoned railroad bed from the Village of Crucible south to the Village of Nemacolin. The railroad ends at Nemacolin, where there are two potential routes. The preferred route is to extend the trail through the Hatfield-Ferry Power Plant site, although an alternative route exists west of the site along the ridgetop. Once through the power plant, the trail is planned to follow the north ten foot shoulder of State Route 21 across the new Masontown Bridge into Fayette County. The trail will be allowed to occupy State Route 21 right-of-way through a PennDOT-issued highway occupancy permit. Proposed trailheads include one at the Village of Nemacolin and another at the Hatfield-Ferry Power Plant site.
The northern portion of the Greene County River Trail is planned to be extended north from Greene Cove along Ten Mile Creek to State Route 88. The trail will then follow State Route 88 across a new proposed bridge over Ten Mile Creek into East Bethlehem Township, Washington County. Once in Washington County, the trail is proposed to loop under the new bridge and follow State Route 2039 approximately one-half mile to a trailhead at Ten Mile Creek Park, a Washington County Park.
The Warrior Trail is a 45-mile trail that follows along a ridgetop in an east-west direction across Greene County from Greensboro on the Monongahela River to the border with Marshall County, West Virginia approximately five to six miles north of the Mason Dixon Line. The trail extends an additional 22 miles farther to the western terminus on the Ohio River in Flint Ridge, near the town of Zanesville. The trail is recognized as one the Major Greenway Corridors in Pennsylvania by DCNR.
The trail is located entirely on private property and marked with yellow paint blazes. Milepost markers are also located along the trail, as depicted in the photo to the right. The trail is partially maintained by the Warrior Trail Association and trail users hike at their own risk. The Warrior Trail Association was founded in 1965 by W. Bentram Waychoff, of Waynesburg.
While the Warrior Trail will continue to provide a primitive hiking experience, portions should be cleared and marked to promote trail safety.
The trail is unique for several reasons. It is estimated that the trail has been in use for over 5,000 years, first used by Native Americans to obtain supplies of flint from the Flint Ridge area in Ohio. Evidence of the path includes old maps, historical accounts, and a two to three foot deep rut near Nettle Hill that was worn into the soil from the many years of usage. The trail has been the site of much interest and was first studied in the 1930ís by Waynesburg College professors and others who have conducted numerous archaeological digs along the trail. The trail does not cross a single body of water for its entire length in the County.
Catawba Path runs in a north-south direction from New York through Pennsylvania to Morgantown, WV. The path then continues on to the Carolinas, Kentucky and Tennessee. Within Greene County, the Catawba Path is approximately 17 miles long. The Catawba Trail within Greene County is located entirely on private property and is not marked or defined. Outside of the Mason Dixon Park, there is no clear path or maintained trail in the County. Within the park, the trailís surface is grass and for hiking only.
At the southern most portion of the Catawba Trail in Mason Dixon Park there is a monument located in the center of the trail indicating the Mason Dixon line that was dedicated in 1883 between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Just north of the monument is an Adirondack shelter with a grill made of stone. Those hiking the trail can spend a comfortable night in the shelter protected from the elements.
Ryerson Station State Park Trail System has 11 miles of hiking / cross-country skiing trails throughout the park that are open year round. The trails include:
Pine Box Trail
Polly Hollow Trail
Three Mitten Trail
Iron Bridge Trail
Tiffany Ridge Trail
Fox Feather Self-Guided Trail
The trails allow for park exploration on foot during spring, summer, fall and on cross-country skis in the winter. The trails traverse many habitats, like mature forests, wet valley bottoms, evergreen plantations and fields in ecological succession.
Connector Trails: Connector Trails are multipurpose trails that emphasize safe travel for pedestrians to and from parks and around the community. The focus of connector trails is as much on transportation as it is on recreation.
The Greene River Trail meets the criteria for a Park Trail, but also meets the criteria of a Connector Trail. As the County continues to extend the Greene River Trail, locations such as Crucible and Dilworth Mines, Jessop Boat Club, the village of Nemacolin, Sheepskin Trail in Fayette County, and Ten Mile Creek County Park in Washington County will be connected to Rices Landing Borough. Likewise, the Catawba Trail connects Rices Landing Borough to State Game Lands 223 and the Kirby interchange of Interstate 79.
Proposed future trails:
The Greensboro Trail project consists of a trail extending approximately one-mile north along the Monongahela River, from the former Lock No.7, along Water Street to Second Street, to Diamond Streen, extending along the road shoulder to Mon-View Park. The plans are to design the trail to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.
The Central Waynesburg Trail project is to be developed for hiking and biking along Ten Mile Creek from the Waynesburg University fields at East View to Evergreene Technology Park near the airport. The trail would connect Central Greene High School, the Greene County Fairgrounds, the Greene County Airport, the Greene County Historical Museum, the Wal-Mart store off Murtha Drive, and other recreation and community sites.
All-Terrain Bike Trails: are off-road trails for all-terrain (mountain) bikes. Although there are no trails exclusively for this purpose, mountain bikers, like other bicyclists, can use the Greene River Trail.
Cross-Country Ski Trails: are trails developed for traditional and skate-style cross-country skiing. Examples in Greene County include the trails in Ryerson Station State Park, where there are 11 miles of hiking / cross-country skiing trails that are open year round.
Equestrian Trails: are trails developed for horseback riding. Currently there are no public equestrian trails have been designated in Greene County.
Water Trails: are boat routes suitable for canoes, kayaks and small motorized watercraft (Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, 2006). The Natural Infrastructure Project of Southwestern Pennsylvania identifies the Monongahela River, Ten Mile Creek, Whiteley Creek and Dunkard Creek as streams or rivers suitable for these types of uses (SPC, 2005). As of 2006, the Upper Monongahela Water Trail is the only officially designated water trail in the County.
Upper Monongahela Water Trail: is recognized as one of the Major Greenway Corridors in Pennsylvania by DCNR. The trail is a project of the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce Vision 2020 and the Upper Monongahela Water Trail Special Interest Group. Spanning a 65-mile section of the Monongahela River, the trail begins in Fairmont, West Virginia and travels north to Ten Mile Creek just north of Rices Landing in Greene County, Pennsylvania. The trail may be accessed in Pennsylvania from numerous sites on both the Greene County and Fayette County sides of the river. Besides the beautiful scenery and good fishing, there are many historical places to visit and several areas that offer overnight accommodations.
Off-Highway/Road Vehicle Trails: are trails developed for motorized vehicles. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) defines off-highway vehicles (OHV) as ďany motorized vehicle not eligible to be registered for highway use and designed for or capable of cross country travel on or immediately over land, water, sand, snow, ice, marsh, swampland, or other natural terrain.
This term does not include motorboats, golf carts, aircraft, automobiles, construction machines, trucks or home utility machines; military, fire, emergency and law enforcement vehicles; implements of husbandry; multipurpose agricultural vehicles; vehicles used by Commonwealth agencies; or off-road vehicles not generally used for outdoor recreation." (www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/sfrmp/glossary.htm)
Snowmobile Trails: In addition to the eleven miles of hiking and crosscountry skiing trails, Ryerson Station State Park also allows snowmobiling. The park contains a six-mile snowmobile trail which is open for use with registered snowmobiles from the day following the close of deer season in December until April 1, weather permitting.
ATV Trails: Currently, there are no public ATV trails located within Greene County. There is however one privately owned ATV park located in Greene County, the Mason Dixon Riders Association Park.
Mason-Dixon Riders Association (MDRA) Park: is a privately owned 150-acre facility located in south-central Greene County. The Mason Dixon Riders Association is a private association with a membership fee. The park is very rural and primitive with ATV, motorbike, and mountain bike trails. There are three to five miles of novice trails, 24 miles of aggressive trails and a practice motorcross track.
"A greenway is a corridor of open space. Greenways vary greatly in scale, from narrow ribbons of green that run through urban, suburban, and rural areas to wider corridors that incorporate diverse natural, cultural and scenic features. They can incorporate both public and private property, and can be land- or water-based. They may follow old railways, canals, or ridge tops, or they may follow stream corridors, shorelines, or wetlands, and include water trails for nonmotorized craft.
Some greenways are recreational corridors or scenic byways that may accommodate motorized and non-motorized vehicles. Others function almost exclusively for environmental protection and are not designed for human passage. Greenways differ in their location and function, but overall, a greenway will protect natural, cultural, and scenic resources, provide recreational benefits, enhance natural beauty and quality of life in neighborhoods and communities, and stimulate economic development opportunities." (-Pennsylvania Greenways: An Action Plan for Creating Connections)
The Warrior Trail, the Catawba Trail, the Greene River Trail, and the Upper Monongahela Water Trail comprise the major spokes of the network. Both the Warrior Trail and the Upper Monongahela Water Trail are recognized by DCNR as Major Greenway Corridors in Pennsylvania. The trails combine for over 130 miles of linear greenways.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: What are the plans for future recreation programs?
Answer:Greene County has a unique opportunity to capitalize on its many recreational assets such as the Monongahela River, the vast amount of state game lands, Ryerson Station State park, County Park System, its numerous historical sites, and the cultural/environmental amenties that can be a part of an outdoor experience.
Question: Is there a comprehensive recreational plan in place for the county?
Answer:Yes, click here to view the latest Recreation Plan.
Question: Whose involved in recreational plan for the county?
Answer:In 2008, a steering committee was established to assist in the plan's development and included representatives from various Greene County government departments, each of the five school districts, all municipalities, as well as recreational and community organizations. In additional to the steering committee, the public involvement process included stakeholder interviews, a county-wide public survey, and regional public meetings. The public involvement process is summarized in "Chapter 5: Needs Assessment" of the Recreational Plan.
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399 Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370