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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 PA State Representative Pam Snyder, and our Greene County Commissioners Chuck Morris— Chairman, Archie Trader, & Blair Zimmerman 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
  • Greene County Child Fest

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

Recreation celebrates the holiday season with annual Santa breakfast, letter-writing program:

Santa Claus will be the focus of two upcoming activities hosted by the Greene County Department of Recreation.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be the special guests at "Breakfast with Santa" from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The breakfast starts at 9 a.m. on the lower level of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 per person and includes a delicious breakfast catered by the Greene County Career & Technology Center Culinary Arts Program. Children will receive a picture with Santa, a Santa hat and a special treat. New this year, children attending will decorate cookies, including a cookie Christmas tree ornament.

Also, now through Wednesday, Dec 14, local children are invited to send letters to Santa in care of the Department of Recreation. Any child wishing to receive a personalized letter from Santa can simply send a letter with a completed letter request form to Greene County Department of Recreation, ATTN: Santa Claus, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370.

Letter request forms include the child’s contact and basic information, including gender, age and any gifts requested from Santa, and must be completed by a parent or guardian. The "Dear Santa" templates are listed below:

|Santa letter 1 (Santa) | Santa letter 2 (snowman) |
| Santa letter 3 (sledding) | Santa letter 4 (candy cane) |
| Santa letter 5 (scroll) | Santa letter 6 (mistletoe & stocking) |
| Santa letter 7 (presents) | Santa letter 8 (stripes) |
| Santa letter 9 (dots) | Santa letter 10 (snowflakes) |

A completed form must accompany each letter, and please limit one request per child. Children should receive the letters before Christmas. There is no cost for a letter from Santa as funding has been provided through various sponsors and fundraising efforts the Department of Recreation holds throughout the year.

The holiday activities are sponsored by the Greene County Commissioners, Department of Recreation and Chapman Corporation.

For more information on "Breakfast with Santa," or the "Letters from Santa," call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

Holiday Escape:

Held on Friday, December 30 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Mon View Skating Rink in Greensboro, PA. All children must be accompanied by an adult! Free skating and food, games, and prices. Event is sponsored by the Greene County Commissioners, Human Services Department, and the Greene County MAGIC Collaborative, Family Stability Community Team. FMI, call Department of Rec at 724-852-5323 or Human Services at 724-852-5276.

Click here for event flyer.

Scheduled County Event Information — Department of Recreation:
Flashlight Drags
June 19 at 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$30 to race | $6 for spectators (Rain Dates: in the event of rain on the scheduled date, the make-up date will be determined jointly by Greene County Rec Department and AG Events, LLC.

FMI, go to: www.flashlightdrags.com.

  Quarterly Electronics Events

Co-sponsored by the Greene County Commissioners & State Representative Pam Snyder


GEOCHACHING GAME

'Cache Me if you Can'
The Greene County Department of Recreation has launched it's 2016 "Cache Me If You Can" — geocaching game, which involves eight recreation sites across Greene County.

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. Entries will be drawn each month. Click here for a full brochure of GPS coordinates and clues.


"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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