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Scottdale Parks and Recreation Committee set for Olympics

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 7:31 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.

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