Scottdale Parks and Recreation Committee set for Olympics
By Rachel Basinger
Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Members of the Scottdale Parks and Recreation Committee will again be offering the Olympics in the Park event to students in the Scottdale area soon after summer vacation starts.
Events will be held Saturday at Loucks Park and will get under way around 9 a.m. The day will include competitions in basketball, tennis and Wiffle ball as well as a punt, pass and kick football event.
In 2011, Councilman Andy Pinskey submitted a proposal to council as well as the Scottdale Parks Commission about several activities he would like to see implemented in the park over the summer.
At that time, parks commission officials thought they would only be able to handle one of the several suggestions to bring people into the parks and they went with the “Dog Days of Summer” event that former councilman William White organized that brought pets and their owners into the parks.
In 2012, the commission felt it would only be able to handle one big event and the idea of a local Olympics was chosen.
Last year, the committee utilized several different parks in the borough for the different activities, but this year they will stay at Loucks Park with the four main sport events.
“The simpler the events, the more participation we should get,” Pinskey said. “We just want to get the kids away from their computers, phones and video games and out into our parks.”
He added the commission hopes to make it an annual event, whether it's actually an Olympics or something else, to provide something to the community to participate in.
“We wanted to stick to the simpler events for now and then build on them based on those that are the most popular,” Pinskey said.
While the exact age groups have not yet been broken down, there will be age groups in which the children can participate. Certificates and possibly plastic medals will be given to those who place.
For more information or to register for the event, interested individuals can call the borough office at 724-887-8220. Those who would like to participate can also register the day of the events at 9 a.m. in Loucks Park.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- King: Southmoreland blessed to have Chuck Brittain
- Southmoreland middle schoolers raise ‘Eye Browse’ with invention
- Central Westmoreland tech center students prepare for FIRST Robotics meet
- 50 years later, Scottdale native marries college sweetheart
- Southmoreland senior youngest member of women’s football team
- New face takes helm of Everson