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March for Parks takes steps to keep county green

| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 8:24 p.m.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, Saturday is your chance to "keep Westmoreland County green ... one step at a time." The second-annual March for Parks, sponsored by the Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board, is set to kick off with a 9:30 a.m. registration at Twin Lakes Park, east of Greensburg.

According to Dan Carpenter, the bureau's assistant program coordinator, 200 walkers have already registered for this year's event -- nearly double last year's turnout. The 2003 walk raised $8,000 -- more than expected given the fact that "we put it together at the very last minute," said Carpenter.

"This year, the good news is we've already surpassed $8,000 in sponsors alone and we haven't even had the march yet," he added. "So, we've blown by our goal, and we're very happy about that."

The walk, scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to noon, will feature plenty of food, fun and prizes. As an incentive, participants who raise $50 will receive a T-shirt. Walkers who bring in $100 will take home a gift certificate to either Westmoreland Mall or Gander Mountain.

Additionally, everyone who attends will be treated to a pig roast picnic lunch. The event will conclude with a door prize giveaway and an awards presentation to the top individual and team fund-raisers.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Westmoreland Parks and Recreation Fund within the county's Community Foundation.

For more information, call 724-830-3950 or log on to www.co.westmoreland.pa.us to register online.

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