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Greensburg Recreation department introduces four new programs

Jacob Tierney
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Marcello Valletta, of New Kensington, shoots a basketball during a game of 1-on-1 with his friend Luc Bouille of Greensburg underneath the blue skies in the evening of Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the basketball courts at Lynch Field in Greensburg.

Greensburg’s new recreation program manager has introduced four new programs for the summer, including options that could appeal to the young and old.

“I’ve seen a lot of these types of programs implemented in other parks and recreation departments that I’ve worked for, and they were really successful,” said Lydia Kinkaid, who previously served as director of CitiParks’ Brookline Recreation Center in Pittsburgh.

She started in Greensburg in March.

The first new program is KinderSports, which will provide a variety of games and activities for children younger than 6 and their parents.

“It’s a little bit of everything, so that kids can see what they like,” Kinkaid said.

The program costs $20 for city residents, $30 for nonresidents. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday mornings starting June 5.

Kinkaid hopes to offer a bingo in the park program on Wednesday evenings starting June 5. This is dependent on the city getting a bingo license from county officials.

Bingo will cost $1 a board. Winners will take in a percentage of admissions fees.

From June 17-21, the city will offer a basketball camp for boys in grades 3-9. Coaches and players from Greensburg Salem High School will show kids the ropes. The cost will be $50 for residents, $60 for nonresidents.

An all-ages hiking group will meet Saturday mornings starting July 27. The group will meet weekly at different area hiking trails. The cost is $10 for residents, $15 for nonresidents.

All programs are pending approval by city council. A vote on the KinderSports program, basketball camp and hiking group are expected to come at the meeting Monday.

The new programs will join the city’s existing summer offerings, including swim lessons, baseball and kickball.

Attendance in most city recreation programs is usually about 60 percent residents, with the rest of the participants coming from outside the city, said recreation manager Trudy Ivory.

The recreation department has a 2019 budget of about $1.4 million, which includes management and maintenance at Kirk S. Nevin Arena, Mount Odin Golf Course and Veterans Memorial Pool.

Upon approval, registration information about the new programs will be made available online at GreensburgPA.org.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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