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Penn Hills Summer Playground Program offers outdoor opportunities for kids

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7:27 p.m.
Sidney Davis | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Jackie Mackowski of Penn Hills gets sprayed down by volunteer firefighters after participating in the annual Penn Hills Parks and Recreation Department's 'Mud Decathalon' at Duff Park in Penn Hills. The decathlon is an annual event for playground program participants.

What is it?

Parents looking for a little peace and quiet around the house once school gets out can enroll their children in the Penn Hills Parks and Recreation Summer Playground Program. Children will have a chance to get outdoors and participate in summer activities at several of Penn Hills' parks.

When is it?

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays.

What's available?

Parks and recreation director John Scaglione said children will have access to a variety of games, sports, arts and crafts. “Penn Hills Park offers the opportunity for nature hikes, and Universal Park is pretty wide open and great for sports,” Scaglione said. Special events, including a visit from a Penn Hills K-9 officer and the program's annual mud decathlon, will take place throughout the summer.

Who's in charge?

Scaglione said children will be under the supervision of instructors who are all college-aged or older, who help lead the day's activities. “We don't call it a daycare or program it that way. It's more of a classic summer playground program,” Scaglione said. The program is geared toward children ages 6 to 12.

Where do I sign up?

Interested parents can sign up at the parks and recreation building, located at 6600 Leechburg Road. The fee is $50 for the first child, and $40 for each additional child. For more information, call 412-798-2147.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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