Greene County Recreational Events, Department of Recreation for Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

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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 fall exercise sessions and seasonal programs announced:

1. Recreation announces fall exercise session
The Greene County Department of Recreation’s six-week fall exercise session begins Sunday, Sept.18 and ends Thursday, Oct. 27. The one-hour classes offered weekly at the Greene County Fairgrounds include: Youth Conditioning for ages 5 to 12; new classes of Country Heat, “Fat Burner Meet Resistance” and P90X/Insanity Mash-up; and returning CIZE, P90X, PiYo, Turbo Kick and Zumba. Click HERE for 2016 Fall Exercise Class Schedule.

As part of the Healthy Lifestyles series, Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation is teaming up with the Department of Recreation to sponsor Country Heat on Mondays and Youth Conditioning on Thursdays. Free participation is eligible to individual who submit an entry form to the Recreation Office by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Ten winners for each six-week class series will be drawn the following day at 10 a.m. Entry forms are available at the Recreation Office or online at

All exercise participants must sign a release waiver and should wear sweat-absorbing clothes and good support shoes. Water and towels are recommended. P90X, PiYo and “Fat Burner Meet Resistance” participants will need to provide their own mat, along with light weights for P90X.

Individual classes are $5 per person with the exception of Youth Conditioning at $10. The “Hopper Card” is back by popular demand for the 2016 fall exercise classes. The $50 card allows participants to attend any twelve classes, excluding Youth Conditioning, within the session for a $10 in savings. Participants may purchase more than one card at the Recreation Office or any exercise class.

Classes may be canceled due to participation or inclement weather. Announcements will be made on WANB Radio. Due to the Columbus Day holiday, classes will not be held on Monday, Oct. 10 and are re-scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31.

Registration is required one day in advance of classes due to space availability. For more information or registration, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit

Recreation spices up the Fall Season with a variety of programs:

The Greene County Department of Recreation will offer several new fall programs as well as some old favorites beginning Sept. 13 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration is required one day in advance of classes due to space availability.

"Essentially Yours — Natural Solutions for a Healthier You" led by Kelley Mackey will introduce participants to essential oils and builds each week with additional methods for using oils in everyday life. The one-hour class is held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. beginning Sept. 22 through Oct. 27 in the upper level of Building #10 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. The class fee is $5 per week and includes a make-and-take project with samples. Participants may also win weekly prizes. For more information or registration, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323. Pre-registration is required one day in advance of classes due to space availability. Click HERE for class brochure.

A two-hour Creative Jewelry Making class will be held weekly on Sundays with instructor Angel Boyle beginning Sept. 18 in the upper level of Building #10. Participants will design different types of jewelry to take home. Topics include creating patterns and designs, Peyote stitch, beading and stitching techniques to add drama and flare. The class fee is $20 per week and includes materials. The class series ends Oct. 9. Click HERE for creative jewelry making brochure.

Boyle will also teach a one-hour Creative Jewelry Making at 6 p.m. on Mondays beginning Sept. 19 through Oct. 31 in Building #9. Class will not be held on Oct. 10 due to the Columbus Day holiday. Participants will make earrings or bracelets that explore basic beading techniques. Topics also include adding bling with Swarovski Crystals and gem stones, crimping techniques and a variety of bead structures. The $10 fee per week includes materials. Adults and mature children are welcome.
  "Creative Pastries" with instructor Von Lee begins at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 with subsequent classes held on Sept. 20 and 27 in the lower level of Building #10. The class will focus on building the skills necessary for the perfect pie crust including crimping, creating appliques and building lattice crusts for luscious fruit pies or hearty savory pies. Coffee will be served at the end of each class to enjoy the finished product. Each one-hour class builds upon the previous week’s topic. The fee is $20 per class and includes supplies. Click HERE for creative pastries brochure.

Lee will also lead a series of Cake Decorating class on Wednesdays beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the lower level of Building #10. Emphasis will be on basic buttercream techniques and six simple to-pipe flowers that transform ordinary cakes and treats to extraordinary creations. To pursue professional designs, an advanced follow-up class is held on Sept. 21. Aprons are optional and participants will need to supply a small to medium size container. The fee is $20 per class and includes the remaining supplies. The class series is offered again on Oct. 19 and 26. Click HERE for cake decorating brochure.

Classes may be canceled due to participation or inclement weather. Announcements will be made on WANB Radio.

For more information or registration, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit

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:

  Quarterly Electronics Events

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


'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

(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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