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Recreational Events
Department of Recreation for Greene County


Contact Persons: Jake Blaker, Director
Pamela Blaker, Parks and Recreation Manager


Greene County Fairgrounds
107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5323 / Fax: 724-852-5356
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday

The Recreation Programs offered both year-round and seasonal offered to the residents of Greene County. New programs are continuously being established to introduce a variety of new programs throughout the county so as to accommodate all persons and county residents as well as tourists. Our Recreation Department and County Commissioners hope that you enjoy our many programs. Click here for individual informational brochures.

Note of Appreciation:
A special thanks to our Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman — Chairman, Dave Coder, and Archie Trader, and PA State Representative Pam Snyder, for their continued support of Recreation in Greene County.

Have a Program Idea? Greene County is always interested in offering new and innovative programs to our community. Do you have a skill or talent that you would like to share? Would you lied to teach or volunteer? If so, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323 with your idea and to discuss opportunities.

Recreational Programs:
The following annual events and programs are offered through our Department of Recreation. Our Program Cancellation Policy: The Greene County Department of Recreation reserves the right to cancel classes or activities due to insufficient enrollment or unforseen circumstances.

January February
  • All Night Skate on New Year's Eve
  • Fly Tying courses
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's
  • Fly Tying courses
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's
  • Motorcycle Swap Meet

March April
  • Fly Tying courses
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's
  • Championship Bull Riding

May June
  • Dock-to-Lock 5K/10K Race
  • Flashlight Drags
  • Greene County Pools open
  • Greene County Sheep & Fiber Festival
  • (Memorial Day weekend) SWPA Saddle Club Charity Horse Show
  • Flashlight Drags
  • Swim Lessons

July August
  • Flashlight Drags
  • Swim Lessons
  • Waynesburg Lions CLub Fireworks Celebration/Display
  • Jacktown Fair
  • Flashlight Drags
  • Greene County Fair

September October
  • Flashlight Drags
  • Power Pull Truck & Tractor Pulls
  • Mon View Roller Rink opens
  • Aerobics classes
  • Zumba classes
  • 4-H Market Hog Show & Sale

November December
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's
  • Aerobics classes
  • Zumba classes
  • Breakfast with Santa (Greene County Fairgrounds)
  • Christmas Homecoming & Craft Show
  • Fly tying courses
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES & EVENTS:

Rec Department offering Essentially Yours Classes
Thankful Thursdays presented by Essentially Yours and the Department of Recreation kicks off this Thursday (August 17) at the Greene County Fairgrounds in the upper level of the 4-H Building. Class is $5 per person and you can register by calling the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.
  • Thursday, September 7th Topic:   Take Time to Focus, join us for an evening that will help spark your focus on the positive. We will be making aromatherapy jewelry that can be worn to help increase your mental awareness and focus. Make and take Aromatherapy Jewelry.
  • Thursday, October 5th Topic:   Make Over Your Laundry Room, come learn ways to make natural essential oil based products that will help you to incorporate more natural ways and less chemicals into your daily washing routine. Make and take Laundry Room Helpers.
  • Thursday, November 2nd Topic:   Beautify Naturally, come learn different ways to add essential oils to your everyday hygienic routines. we will discuss many ways to incorporate more natural methods daily. Make and take Essential Oil-based Deodorant or Body Wash.
  • Thursday, December 7th Topic:   Christmas Make-and-Take Workshop, join us for several opportunities to make Christmas gifts for your family and friends. This event will include one free item that is included with your class fee. There will be other items for sale as well that you can make as gifts.
Series hosted: Kelly Mackey. Click HERE for event flyer or call 724-852-5323 to pre-register.

Oct. 8-November 16, 2017 — Fall Exercise Classes

The Greene County Department of Recreation and the County Commissioners present the fall exercises classes: Buti Yoga, Cardio Kickboxing, Core De Force, PiYo, and Yoga, all held at the Greene County Fairgrounds. HERE for event flyer. FMI or to pre-register, call 724-852-5323.

Oct. 8, 12, & 22 and Dec. 3rd, 2017 — Fall Crafting Classes
The Greene County Department of Recreation and the County Commissioners present the four fall classes, all held at the Greene County Fairgrounds.
  1. Sunday, October 8 at 2PM — Fall Wreath/Centerpiece Class with instructor Ashlee Grandstrand (4-H Building downstairs)
  2. Thursday, October 12 at 6PM — Fall Distressed Wood Painting with instructor Casey Clark (4-H Building downstairs)
  3. Sunday, October 22 at 1PM — Mommy and Me Paint & Sip "Art & Apple Juice Class" with Casey Clark (4-H Building upstairs)
  4. Sunday, December 3 at 2PM — Christmas Wreath Class with with instructor Ashlee Grandstrand (4-H Building downstairs)
Click HERE for fall brochure of additional information. FMI or to pre-register, call 724-852-5323.

2017-18 SKATE & DANCE FRIDAYS:

Held every Friday night at Mon View Roller Rink, operated by the Department of Recreation. Skate hours are 7-9:00 PM and Dance hours are 9-11:00 PM every Friday night (with the exception of April 14, 2018), unless otherwise announced. Admission is $8. Hold fundraisers for businesses, it's a great way to raise money, increase physical activity, and boost morale amoung co-workers, as well as support local business.

Also roller skating lessons are available, meet new people in the community by joining in lessons. Bring a friend (lessons by appointment only).

Click HERE for brochure and/or HERE for event flyer. Prices, times and restructions are subject to change.

Interested in having your event at the rink: party rentals are available. FMI, call 724-852-5323.

2017 Greene County FLASHLIGHT DRAGS:

Street racing without the jail time! — held at the Greene County Airport.

Scheduled race dates: May 21 ✦ June 18 ✦ July 23 ✦ August 27 ✦ September 17, 2017. Dates are subject to change, rain dates will be held on the following weekend if schedules permit! Gates open at 12:00 noon, race starts at 2:00 p.m. Cost: $30 to race/$6 to watch.

Click HERE for Flashlight Drags brochure with racing rules, and HERE for event flyer.

2017 Cache Me if You Can (Geocaching):

The Greene County Department of Recreation has launched it's 2017 "Cache Me If You Can" — geocaching game, which involves eight recreation sites across Greene County, including:
  1. Mon View Park, Greensboro, PA
  2. Wana B Park, Carmichaels, PA
  3. Greene River Trail, trail head in Millsboro, PA
  4. Greene River Trail, Cruible, PA
  5. Greene County Airport
  6. Greene County Tennis Courts, Waynesburg, PA
  7. Greene County Fairgrounds, Waynesburg, PA
  8. Alpha Aquatics, Waynesburg, PA
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game using global positioning system (GPS) software and GPS-enabled devices, such as smart phones. Prizes or other items of interest are hidden at specific sets of GPS coordinates, and participants are challenged to find each geocache. Participants will receive an official "Cache Me If You Can" DOR T-shirt (adult sizes only). Game expires Dec. 1, 2017. Click HERE for brochure with pass code application and/or HERE for event flyer. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

Greene County Scholastic Clay Target Program:

The Department of Rec is now accepting a limited number of new students to join the 2017 Sporting Clay Team! School age youth eligibility. Registration will be from 1-3:00 pm on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) developed and administers the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). SCTP activities are designed to incorporate two indispensable elements: Safety and Fun! The program is held at the Hunting Hills Shooting Range, certain feew, rules and regulations may apply. Program is sponsored by the Greene County Commissioners and the Hunting Hills & Friends of the NRA. Click HERE for brochure with directions and instructions, and/or HERE for program flyer. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

"Canary Library Program" — What a Program Idea:
The Greene County Commissioners and the Department of Recreation are partnering with the Greene County Library System to pilot a new summer reading program called “Canary Library."

Throughout the summer, carts containing library books for all ages will be available at each of the three Greene County pool sites – Alpha Aquatic Center in Waynesburg, Carmichaels Pool in Carmichaels and Mon View Pool in Greensboro. Children and adults alike will be encouraged to take a book, read and enjoy it, then either return it to the pool or keep it – all for free and without a library card. The carts will host a variety of book interests for adult and child readers.

Pictured are Pam Blaker (left) and Debbie Bristor representing the Carmichaels Crusaders at the Carmichaels pool. The book cart is part of the Canary Library. The idea behind it is that while you are enjoying the County-operated pools this summer, you can take a book and/or leave a book. This service is FREE to everyone. If you would like to donate money or books toward the project, please call Pam Blaker at 724-852-5323. FMI, click here to read the canary library news release.

"Little Free Library Program" — Coming to Waynesburg: (May 2016 article)

A tiny library that would make Stuart Little feel right at home is coming to Waynesburg.

Greene County’s Department of Recreation is preparing to open the first "Little Free Library" in this area that allows patrons to drop off an old book they no longer want and "check out" a new one.

The book-sharing phenomenon is hitting many other areas as the wooden outposts, which are about the size and shape of a large mailbox and can hold dozens of books, are popping up in thousands of towns across the world.

Similar miniature library dropoff locations were installed in Peters and North Franklin townships.

"You have something you really enjoyed and loved, and you’re hoping someone else will take it and enjoy something that you’re passionate about," parks and recreation manager Pam Blaker said of the book-sharing concept.

The newest location will be near Waynesburg Borough’s parking lot No. 4 facing High Street. Borough Council approved the request to allow the location Monday night, although it delayed a decision on whether to also offer a $500 sponsorship for the program.

The location is within walking distance to Margaret Bell Miller Middle School. Where Blaker is hoping it will be a stopping point for students on their way to and/or from class. "On a nice day, that could be a little trip for the grade school (students) to walk up and get a book," she said. No library card is needed and the honor system applies to checking out or returning books.

With the first location now secured, the department will now purchase the materials and build the mini-library, although Blaker did not know when it will be installed and ready for books. Blaker said depending on the success of the Waynesburg outpost, they could expand to other locations around the county that do not have a library nearby.

"You can put them in strategic areas so people have access to them 24/7," Blaker said. "They’re in locations where people don’t have access to a library."

The concept expands the Department of Recreation’s "book cart" (Canary Library Program) that was stationed at the county’s three swimming pools in 2014 and last summer as a way to get children interested in reading. The success of that program spurred the miniature library idea, Blaker said.

Blaker said they will once again roll out the book cart when the pools open for the season later this month. "With all the technology, people do like to have a hard copy in their hand, even though everything can be accessed through smart phones and the internet," she said. "People like that quiet time and we wanted to incorporate it in the day camps."

For more information about the "Little Free Library" outposts, go to www.littlefreelibrary.org.

(Article & little library photo courtesy of the Observer-Reporter, 5/12/2016)

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


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