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Spring and Summer Programs at USC Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park

By Kevin Brown

Spring is here, summer is right around the corner and the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair is ready with a full schedule of programs for every member of the family.

After a fall and winter that saw some closures due to the pandemic, the Center is moving ahead to provide local residents with a much-needed outlet for activities and exercise.

“In February, once we started to really get our momentum going again, we saw more people coming in, along with a lot of new people,” said Melissa Lindberg, Marketing/Membership Services supervisor. “They were feeling like they just couldn't be in their houses anymore. They decided to come in and tour and they saw our focus on safety. I think it really helped them feel okay with making this their first place that they truly could go out and be able to enjoy the Center again.”

The Center follows recommended guidelines for cleaning and social distancing to protect members, continues a constant cleaning schedule, and maintains multiple locations for hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes for equipment, and hand-washing stations. Changes that were made last year in creating a larger fitness area and utilizing the lobby space are still in effect.

The Center is now fully open and offers members an indoor lap pool, leisure pool and resistance channel, fitness areas with exercise equipment, basketball gym, group exercise areas, and a playroom. Some restrictions apply. Those planning to visit the Center should check the Center’s website at www.twpusc.org/recreationcenter for more information. Outdoor walking trails and play areas are also available to members.

The Center is open to both members and residents of Upper St. Clair. Anyone can become a member regardless of residency. In addition, camps, classes, and programs are also open to non-members. Facility hours are Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Advanced reservations are required for some activities including adult pick-up basketball, indoor leisure pool, lap pool, group exercise classes, the playroom, and pickleball. Visit the Center website at www.twp.usc.org/recreationcenter for more information and to make reservations.

Spring programming at the Center includes activities for kids and adults. Among the kids’ activities are babysitting training, dance classes featuring ballet, jazz and tumbling, dog training, running, outdoor soccer and the ever-popular JumpBunch sports training. Also included are basketball, a mini-med school, soccer training, track and field, and kids’ cooking.

Swim lessons by age group along with swim activities for the whole family are being offered. Lifeguard certification courses for ages 15 and up are available and include in-person training as well as online learning.

Adult activities include swimming, group exercise, basketball, and pickleball, among others. Virtual live group exercise classes and on-demand classes are also available via Google Meet and YouTube. A full schedule of classes is available on the Center website at www.twpusc.org/recreationcenter.

Looking ahead to summer programming for kids, Melissa said that they are focusing on summer camps where most of their activity will be. “Summer camps have been proven to enrich the lives of children through interaction with their peers, learning from positive role models like camp counselors, and the numerous opportunities to grow and learn while having fun. Whether a child has an interest in arts, sciences, outdoors, or sports, there is something for them to enjoy this summer,” she said.

Camp St. Clair, a popular summer program for kids, will return. “Camp St. Clair, for children entering grades one through seven, runs every day, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can choose to do a half-day option, whether it be morning or afternoon or they can do a full day,” Melissa noted.

“Another new fun thing that we're doing this summer is that we have partnered with the Audubon Society of Western PA to offer preschool programs,” Melissa said. “Participants actually get to meet and interact with live birds.”

More information will be available soon on senior programs available this summer. Check the Center’s website for more information.

As the pandemic slows and we start seeking more opportunities to get out, Melissa recommends that people just start “dipping their toe back in.” “You don't need to come into the building every day,” she said. “We have the luxury of being in an amazing park here. We really want people to get out and exercise, just enjoy the outdoors by coming and playing on the playground, playing with their kids on the athletic field, or walking the trails with their family. All of that is part of our recreation programming as well, even if it's not structured the way our camps, classes and exercise programs are,” she said.

A full list of activities and registration information is available on the Center’s website at www.twpusc.org/recreationcenter. The Center can also be reached at (412) 221-1099.



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