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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

2016-2017 Season — SKATE & DANCE Fridays at MON VIEW ROLLER RINK
PUBLIC NOTICE: The Mon View Roller Rink/Community Center will be closed for maintenance through January 27, 2017
Once Roller Rink has reopened, admission is $8 and event hours are from 7 to 9 PM skating & 9 to 11 PM dancing. Roller rink is located at 377 Stoney Hill Road, Greensboro, PA 15338. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323 or Mon View Roller Rink at 724-943-3440. Click here for brochure.

Get Fit in 2017:

The Greene County Department of Recreation’s winter exercise session kicks off on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. with a free Intro to Exercise class. Certified instructors will demonstrate each of their class formats for ten minutes allowing participants to learn more, try each format out and discover their favorites.

Exercise classes for the winter session include Body Blast, Country Heat, PiYo, Yoga and Zumba. Individual classes are $5 each or participants may purchase a Hopper Pass that includes 12 classes for only $50. Passes expire at the end of the winter session and can be purchased at the Department of Recreation or the Intro to Exercise class.

A minimum of nine registered and pre-paid participants are required to hold each class. Cancellations will be decided two days prior to class day. Drop-ins are welcome, but attendees are encouraged to call and verify the schedule.

All classes will be held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in the upper level of Building #10. Attendees should wear sweat-absorbing clothes and good support shoes and bring water and towels. Mats are required for Yoga and PiYo. Body Blast participants should bring a mat and light weights.

The winter exercise class schedule at the fairgrounds is:
  • Sundays, Jan. 8-Jan. 29: 3 p.m., Yoga; 4:30 p.m., Zumba
  • Sundays, Feb. 19-Mar. 12: 3 p.m., Yoga; 4:30 p.m., Zumba
  • Mondays, Jan. 9-Feb. 27 (no class on Jan. 16 or Feb. 20): 5 p.m., Body Blast
  • Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Jan. 31: 5 p.m., Yoga
  • Tuesdays, Feb. 21-Mar. 14: 5 p.m., Yoga
  • Wednesdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 15: 5 p.m., PiYo
  • Thursdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 16: 5 p.m., Country Heat
New to the program is Miranda Chapman leading Body Blast. It is the perfect combination of a full body work out that involves cardio to increase the heart rate and resistance training to sculpt arms, butt and core. All fitness levels are welcome!

Country Heat, instructed by Ashley Donaldson, will introduce a high-energy, easy-to-follow, low-impact, country dance-inspired fitness program that fires up the fun with dance to reshape the body, melt off the weight, tone and tighten.

PiYo, taught by Meghan Phillips, is a hybrid athletic workout that combines the mind and body practices of Pilates and Yoga as well as the principles of stretch, strength training, conditioning and dynamic movement.

Our Yoga class is a gentler style of Hatha yoga exercise that is great for beginners and senior citizens. It improves balance and overall health, while increasing flexibility and circulation. Shoes will not be worn during the class. Instructor Virginia Wainwright will teach all yoga sessions.

Zumba embraces all the fundamental principles of fitness with instructor Missy Brewer. Fun and music motivate the body to efficiently burn calories, tone all muscle groups, incorporates full range of motion and improves the cardiovascular system.

Classes may be canceled due to participation or inclement weather. Announcements will be made on WANB Radio and the Greene County Commissioners Facebook page.

Click HERE for the Get Fit in 2017 brochure. For more information or pre-registration, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit www.co.greene.pa.us.

Crafty Creation Series (Winter-Spring):

Choose from seven (7) classes, all Sunday afternoon classes, for all ages! Two mommy & me classes! Minimum participants required, pre-registration and payment required for each class. Held at the Greene County Fairgrounds, see class schedule below:
  1. January 15 at 2:00 pm — No Sew Sock Snowmen (ages 8+) with instructor Katy Misechok ($20)
  2. January 22 at 2:00 pm — Snowman Mason Jar Candle Holder (ages 9+) with instructor Katy Misechok ($20)
  3. January 29 aat 2:00 pm — Wintery Heart Wreath (adult class) with instructor Ashlee Grandstrand ($35)
  4. February 12 at 2:00 pm — Valentine Heart String Art (Mommy & Me class) with instructor Katy Misechok ($20)
  5. March 12 at 2:00 pm — Spring Topiary Tree (adult class) with instructor Katy Misechok ($20)
  6. March 19 at 4:00 pm — Spring Wood Painting (ages 8+) with instructor Ashlee Grandstrand ($35)
  7. March 26 at 2:00 pm — Popsicleeasterbasket (Mommy & Me class) with instructor Katy Misechok ($20)
All supplies included in pricing of class! Click HERE for Crafty Creation Series brochure and/or HERE for event flyer. FMI or to pre-register, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

Essentially Yours:

Spring forward into a Healthier You! Join us on Thursdays from 6-8:00 pm from February 23-March 23rd at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 4-H Building (upstairs). Five sessions, 'Essential Oil Classes' listed below ($5 per class) with instructor Kelly Mackey, pre-registration is required. Door pirze giveaway points!
  • February 23 — Essential Oils 101
  • March 2 — Perfume Workshop!
  • March 9 — Essential Oil Art Therapy
  • March 16 — Essential Wellness for your Pets
  • March 23 — Cooking with Essential Oils
Click HERE for Essential Yours brochure and/or HERE for the event flyer. FMI or to pre-register, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

Women's Self Defense:

Join us with instructor Mark Shrader on Sunday's at 1:30 pm from February 19-March 26, 2017 for a 6-week session. $75 for the six-week session, pre-registration is required. Mark Shrader has been the owner/instructor of the Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Washington, PA since 1994. A good self-defense class will expand the way you think about violence prevention, help you deal with your fears and enable you to feel more empowered in your life. Click HERE for course brochure and/or HERE for the event flyer. FMI or to pre-register, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

Ladies Dayz:

Join us for our Ladies Dayz vendor series (free event) happening on on Sunday's (2pm) & Wednesday's (5pm) beginning February 19, 2017, held at the Greene County Fairgroundsd (4-H building, downstairs). Come join in the fun, earn a chance to be entered into drawings with different consultants for amazing prizes. Event dates include:
      Sundays @: 2:00 pm Wednesdays @ at 5:00 pm
      February 19 February 22
      February 26 March 1
      March 12 March 15
      March 19 March 22
Click HERE for informational brochure and/or HERE for the event flyer. FMI or to pre-register, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

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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