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Fall and Winter Programs at USC Community & Recreation Center

By Kevin Brown

Keeping active and fit is a year-around endeavor and the Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park is making that easy with their fall and winter line-up of programs for the entire family.

With some changes from the pandemic still in place, the Center continues to offer as many activities as possible. Melissa Lindberg, the Center’s Marketing/Membership Services supervisor, advises that “We're keeping our equipment space, we are keeping our lap pool on a reservation system, and we're keeping our playroom, which is our babysitting service, on a reservation system with limited numbers.

The Center offers members, guests and visitors an indoor lap pool, leisure pool and resistance channel, fitness areas with exercise equipment, basketball gym, group exercise areas, and a playroom. Outdoor walking trails and play areas are also available.

It’s been busy at the Center, according to Melissa. “We've seen a good, steady flow of new members coming in, as well as existing members sticking it out with us as well. We really do see people coming back and getting into a routine into what I'd consider their normal routine, enjoying the facility, the pools, and participation in programs. I think we had better attendance in our summer camps and programs this year than we have ever had before,” she says.

For those concerned with COVID-19 precautionary measures, Melissa notes that the Center is adhering to current state mandates for social distancing and masking. The Center’s staff follows a continuous cleaning schedule, along with multiple locations for hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes for equipment, and hand-washing stations.

“People are feeling more comfortable coming back to a public facility like ours,” Melissa explains. “There was obviously a perceived threat with COVID-19 and our members were concerned about their health and well-being, but they consider the Center to be a safe place for them. We keep our cleanliness standards very high and, along with the reservation systems and equipment distancing, we are making it as safe and comfortable an environment as possible,” she says.

“One change we have made is to allow guests and daily visitors to come back into the Center on a limited basis,” Melissa says. “We are asking that you make an advance reservation for the day that you'd like to come on. And we are just allowing a limited number per day to come in.,” she notes.

Advance reservations are still required for some activities including adult pick-up basketball, 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.

Fall and winter programming at the Center includes activities for the whole family. Among the kids’ activities are babysitting training for ages 11 to 13, dance classes featuring ballet, jazz and tumbling for ages 3 to 4 and 5 to 7, Youth Fit Training for ages 8-17, indoor soccer for ages 3 to 4 and 5 to 6 and the popular JumpBunch sports program for toddlers and preschool-age children. Also included is a “Mad Science” program for ages 5 to 12.

Swim lessons by age group along with swim activities for the whole family are being offered. Check the Center’s website for more information about class dates and times.

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.

Anyone can become a member of the Center regardless of residency. 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.

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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