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).
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.
FAQ Pools and Swimming:
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:
1. What are the hours for renting a building?
The contract hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
2. 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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
Recreation Department In the News:
Recreation to host first Little Free Library September 1, 2016 | Press Release WAYNESBURG, PA The Department of Recreation will host their first Greene County registered "Little Free Library" in downtown Waynesburg.>>
Twenty-seven win awards at State Championship July 6, 2016 | Press Release GREENE COUNTY, PA Twenty-seven members of the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene County’s Scholastic Clay Target Program team, received a total of 32 awards during the Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship, held Saturday, June 18, at Buffer Creek in Somerset, Pa. >>
Parks and recreation manager receives first statewide award March 24, 2016 | News Release WAYNESBURG, PA 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. >>
Recreation offering women's introductory sporting clays class Aug. 18, 2015 | News Release WAYNESBURG, PA Just before the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Greene County Department of Recreation will offer a free three-day introductory sporting clays class for women. "'Women's Intro to Sporting Clays" will be held at ...
Hunting Hills Hawkeyes win 33 medals at state shoot June 30, 2015 | News Release HARRISBURG, PA Twenty-three members of the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene County’s Scholastic Clay Target Program team, received a total of 33 awards and medals during the Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship, held Saturday, June 20, at Blue Ridge Sportsman Club in Harrisburg, Pa.
'UP STREAM' program launches at county Day Camps June 22, 2015 | News Release WAYNESBURG, PA Thanks to a generous donation from the Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Greene County children ages 5 to 15 years old are enjoying a brand-new educational opportunity at this summer’s Day Camp program. >>>
More than 20 win awards at Hawkeyes benefit shoot May 20, 2015 | News Release DILLINER, PA Twenty-five individuals won awards during a benefit shoot hosted by the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene County’s Scholastic Clay Target Program team. The shoot was held Sunday, May 17, at Hunting Hills in Dilliner >>>
Recreation director receives ninth statewide award March 31, 2015 | News Release WAYNESBURG, PA Greene County Recreation Director Jake Blaker recently received an excellence in recreation and parks award from the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Inc.
Dec. 18, 2014 Donations "Greene County Programs receive donations from EQT"
Greene County Commissioners accepted two donations from EQT’s Local Giving Program during their Dec. 18 regular meeting. EQT made two $1,000 donations, one to the county’s Farmland Preservation program and one for Department of Recreation programming in 2015.
"EQT has a long-standing commitment to making a positive impact on the communities where we live and work, and we value being a good corporate citizen in our operating areas,” said Casey Durdines, EQT community advisor. “Giving back to Greene County’s Farmland Preservation and Recreation programs are examples of EQT’s commitment to our neighbors, whether it’s supporting economic development or community outreach initiatives."
Pictured above from l. to r., are Commissioner Chuck Morris; Jake Blaker, recreation director; Casey Durdines, EQT community advisor; Pam Blaker, parks and recreation manager; Commissioner Archie Trader; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
Pictured above from l. to r., are Commissioner Chuck Morris; Casey Durdines, EQT community advisor; Billy Cree, Farmland Preservation board chair; Commissioner Archie Trader; Laurel Rush, Greene County Conservation District agricultural technician; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; and Corbly Orndorff, Farmland Preservation board member.
Recreation has fourth successful sporting clays class September 2, 2014 | News Release DILLINER, PA The Greene County Department of Recreation recently wrapped up its fourth introductory sporting clays class for women. "Women’s Intro to Sporting Clays" was held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25, 26 and 28 at Hunting Hills in Dilliner.
Recreation offering women’s introductory sporting clays class Aug. 8, 2014 | News Release WAYNESBURG, PA During the last week of this month, the Greene County Department of Recreation will offer a free three-day introductory sporting clays class for women. “Women’s Intro to Sporting Clays” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, Tuesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Aug. 28, at Hunting Hills in Dilliner.
Renovated Mon View Pool to open Aug. 9 Aug. 5, 2014 | News Release GREENSBORO, PA Mon View Pool, which was closed this summer for extensive renovations, will officially re-open to the public Saturday, Aug. 9. The facility now includes a rebuilt 168,262-gallon pool with a 40-foot water slide; a children’s play area with a 4,000-gallon, zero-depth-entry wading pool, sprinklers and benches; and a 12-by-10-foot AquaClimb poolside climbing wall.
Hunting Hills Hawkeyes win 39 medals at state shoot July 1, 2014 | News Release FACTORYVILLE, PA Twenty-seven members of the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene County’s Scholastic Clay Target Program team, received a total of 39 medals during the Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship, held Saturday, June 14, at Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club in Factoryville, Pa.
‘Canary Library’ to take flight at Greene County pools May 22, 2014 | News Release WAYNESBURG, PA 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.”
More than 20 win awards at Hawkeyes benefit shoot April 8, 2014 | News Release DILLINER, PA Twenty-four individuals won awards during a benefit shoot hosted by the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene County’s Scholastic Clay Target Program team. The shoot was held Saturday, April 5, at Hunting Hills in Dilliner, Pa.
Hunting Hills Hawkeyes win 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.