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Hempfield residents can go online to register for programs, pavilions

| Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

Beginning Monday, Hempfield residents can go online to register for recreation programs or to reserve pavilions, said Parks and Recreation Director Jason Winters.

Non-residents can begin accessing the online Winter 2013 roster of programs, beginning Jan. 14, without traveling to the township office.

“This is my first big project that I wanted to do, along with a marketing program,” said Winters, who now has seven months at the helm as director of the department that offers an extensive list of activities.

“We are using Rec1, a fairly young company. Rec1 met all our needs,” Winters added. “One nice thing is that people don't have to come into the office and can register anytime during the day.”

All major credit cards are accepted online.

In addition, people can still register by mail, stop in the township office or go to the athletic complex, where there will be extended hours.

Chairman Douglas Weimer of the board of supervisors said the new online program has multiple benefits.

“We are excited to introduce this new cost savings feature in the Parks & Recreation Department,” Weimer said by email.

“The addition of online registration will provide the residents of Hempfield Township with better ease to see what programs are being offered, register and participate in our recreation programs.”

The township is in the middle of a website redesign that is planned for completion very soon, Winters said, and the next “Headlining Hempfield” magazine will highlight the new online capabilities.

Marketing postcards, detailing the multiple ways to register and to be kept informed, will be distributed throughout Hempfield Area School District.

These include using www.facebook.com/hempfieldtwppr and Twitter:@hempfieldtwppr or www.hempfieldtwp.com/parks.

Also new is the way a class can be accessed.

In the past, a customer had to sign up and pay for the eight-week class. Now, Winters said, a person can pay $6 per class or $25 for a block of five classes if those options are desired.

There are other changes in the works.

Coming in the next month or two will be a free membership card for residents utilizing the athletic complex to better track usage.

In addition, new programming is planned for the spring and summer, with more theme camps for kids, Winters added.

Winters began as head of the department July 9. He was hired 10 months after the former director was let go for financial irregularities with cash deposits. The money was paid back to the township and the former director is participating in a probation program that permits any criminal record to be expunged.

Rose Domenick is a freelance writer.

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