Parks and recreation manager receives first statewide award:
Greene County Parks and Recreation Manager Pam Blaker last week received her first excellence in recreation and parks award from the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Inc.
Blaker accepted the award at a ceremony held Tuesday, March 15, during the 69th annual PRPS State Conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs. The Department of Recreation was honored for the “UP STREAM” program held as part of the 2015 Greene County Summer Day Camp.
Funded by the Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation, "UP STREAM," or "YoU being Physical in Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art and Math," was held for the first five weeks of Day Camp. Each of the four Day Camp sites across the county participated twice a week. Lesson plans consisted of interactive, simple discussions explaining lesson themes and hands-on activities that engaged campers to use their creativity and apply their new knowledge in constructing various arts and crafts. Lessons included crystal and fossil formations, molecules and polymers, plants and honeybees, human skeletons, rockets, and wind, storms and the travel of light.
Campers had the opportunity to improve their strategizing and problem-solving skills and conduct various experiments that helped them see science in a fun light. Activities were broken into two age groups, ages 5-8 and 9-15. After the lesson and activities, campers then participated in a game or sport related to the lesson for the promotion of physical activity.
The program capitalized on the increasing interest in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – that have been identified as key growth areas for jobs, with the potential for kids to establish an early relationship with the fields that may turn into a career path.
Since 2006, the Department of Recreation has been recognized with 10 excellence in recreation and parks awards. According to the PRPS, award recipients must demonstrate outstanding quality, innovation, range and value of appeal, community support, and efficient use of funding, human and material resources in the development, delivery and use of programs, special events, publications and promotions.
Nominations are rated based on how well they demonstrate the POWER principles, which include how the entry positions public parks and recreation as an essential community service, its outcome and wow factor, how it effects change and how it utilizes resources.
The PRPS is the principal state organization promoting quality recreation and park training, networking and leadership opportunities for those working and volunteering in the field. Headquartered in State College, Pa., the PRPS is a nonprofit membership association with more than 1,700 members statewide. For more information, visit www.prps.org.
Pictured: Pam Blaker (left), Greene County parks and recreation manager, accepts a Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Inc., excellence in recreation and parks award from Barry Bessler, chair of the PRPS recognition and awards committee, at a ceremony held March 15 in Seven Springs, Pa.
Recreation Office Overview:
The mission of the Recreation Department is to develop and implement policies and procedures that will enhance the county’s recreational staffing to better serve the residents of Greene County in a more timely fashion. In doing so, the Recreation Office will then be able to intensify efforts to continue established programs in addition to the introduction of a variety of new programs throughout the county so as to accommodate all persons and county residents as well as tourists.
Specifically, Parks and Recreation will provide adequate facilities and programs that will create a variety of activities enabling the general public to spend their leisure time within Greene County; Tourism will enhance the existing attractions and develop nuances that will entice non-residents to visit Greene County; Fairgrounds Administration will create a clean and safe environment that will enable the facilities to be fully utilized to maximum potential; and the Airport Administration will continue existing measures to provide the aviation community a clean, safe and efficient environment enhancing the recreational and/or working relationship with the county.
The Department of Recreation Director reports directly to the Greene County Commissioners. The director of Greene County Department of Recreation is charged with the direction and overall administration of the operation, planning, development and maintenance of all Countyp-owned recreation facilities and programs. The Director is also in charge of overseeing the Community Services Coordinator, the Fairgrounds Manager, the Airport Manager, the Program Coordinator, Park Maintenance and Recreation Services.
Until 2005, the Greene County Office of Tourisn was under the direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation. But Tourism is currently a stand-alone entity/office that is housed at the Greene County Airport. The Tourism Office receives funding from the county budget, hotel taxes, and from events sponsored by the county -- and is under the Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency (www.greenecountytourism.org).
Recreation Department In the News:
Greene County Recreational Development Grant Application By creating a funding source for municipalities located within Greene County, we hope to initiate the process for the construction of additional recreational facilities or the enhancement of existing recreational facilities throughout Greene County... click here for application and instructions (Application deadline: March 1, 2014)
Hunting Hills Hawkeyes wint 40 State Medals June 20, 2013 | News Release DILLINER, PA Thirty-four members of the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene County’s Scholastic Clay Target Program team, received a total of 40 medals during the Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship, held Saturday, June 15, at Hunting Hills in Dilliner.
Recreation Director Receives Seventh Consecutive Statewide Award Apr. 4, 2013 | News Release WAYNESBURG, PA For the seventh consecutive year, Greene County Recreation Director Jake Blaker has received an excellence in programming award from the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Inc.
Frequently Asked Questions:
FAQ Parks and Trails:
1. What activities are available at county recreation sites?
Swimming, playgrounds, ball fields, roller skating, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, tennis, trails, airport, fairgrounds, pavilion rental and drag racing.
The department is a member of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (www.prps.org/)
2.How can I get a trail map?
Informational brochures and information can be found at the following resources:
We have no launching areas in county parks. For boat launching locations, visit www.fish.state.pa.us
6. Where can I play tennis?
The county’s tennis courts are located on Rolling Meadows Road in Waynesburg. For more information, Tennis Brochure
The Cumberland Township Recreation Board has a tennis court located at Wana B Park in Carmichaels.
1. How many pools are in Greene County?
There are four public pools located in the county. Three are operated by the County of Greene, and one is owned by the state and located at Ryerson Station State Park. The county pools are located in Waynesburg, Carmichaels and Greensboro.
2. Can the pool be reserved for a private party?
Currently, the Eastern Pool located in Carmichaels can be reserved for a private party from 7-9 p.m. during June and July. The Alpha Aquatics -waterpark in Waynesburg offers a community room to be reserved for those special occasions from 1-3 p.m., and 4-6 p.m. Swimming is offered during normal business hours only. Mon View located in Greensboro does not offer private reservations.
3. Can food be brought in to the pool areas?
The Alpha Aquatics waterpark does not permit outside food to be brought in. The Greene Grill features many appetizing selections. The Easter pool has several local vendors who will deliver food to the site. Food may be brought in for special events and parties. Pavilions are located nearby and can be reserved. GLASS is not permitted at any of the pool locations.
4. Are there passes available for purchase?
Yes, please contact the department for current rates. Seasonal and daily passes are available. Passes purchased at Alpha Aquatics can be used at the Eastern and Mon View pools. Passes purchased at the Eastern pool can be used at Mon View pool.
5. Can I leave the pool and return the same day?
Yes. Wristbands are selected each day to help identify patrons, and to accommodate entering and exiting
6. What are the ages for children to attend the pool without a parent?
Children under age 9 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
FAQ Swim Lessons:
1. How much is swim lessons?
$25 per student, classes Monday-Friday
2. What levels are offered?
Parent and Child, Pre-school, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6.
3. How long is a swim lesson?
Swim lessons range from an half hour long for infants and toddlers, an hour long for levels 1-3, and an hour long for levels 4-6.
4. What happens if a swim lesson is cancelled?
The swim lesson curriculum can be covered in four days, leaving the fifth day for a makeup day. If several classes are cancelled, the class may be rescheduled for another week.
5. How do I know which class to register my child?
The department of recreation gives an overview of class descriptions in their swim lesson brochure which can be found at Swim Lesson Brochure.
The department recommends a consultation with one of our certified water safety instructors to properly place the child in a class based on their skill level.
6. Can I drop my child off at the swim class and then pick them up when it is over?
Yes. We do provide a seating area for those who wish to stay. We ask that the parents refrain from interacting with the child during the swimming session. Instructors are Red Cross certified. For more information on the Red Cross, visit their site at www.redcross.org
FAQ Fairgrounds Building Rental:
What are the hours for renting a building?
The contract hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
What is included in the rental?
Certain buildings may have a set amount of tables and chairs. The #10-4H building’s lower level contains a refrigerator, stove and sink.
FAQ Day Camp:
What is Day Camp?
Day camp is a six week program beginning the third week in June to the last full week in July. Day camp runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily except for July 4.
What is offered during day camp?
Programs are scheduled at five day camp sites starting at 10:30 a.m. A free hot lunch is provided. Swimming begins at 1:00 p.m. with a $2 admission fee except for Ryerson swimming pool. A snack is provided prior to end of camp.
When can I sign my child up for day camp?
A pre-registration is scheduled on the Friday before the start of day camp. Children can be registered at any time during the six week session.
Does my child have to attend every day?
No. Certain programs offered during day camp require an attendance minimum to be eligible for group trips.