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Fall Programs at the Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center
By Kevin Brown


If you’re looking to shed those few extra “pandemic pounds” or just want to get out of the house, look no further than the Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center. Registration is now open for Fall programs at the 90,000 square foot fitness, aquatics, recreation and community center, located along Mayview Road in Upper St. Clair.

Although it was closed from mid-March to July 1 due to the pandemic, the Center has been up and running since then with a few exceptions, according to Melissa Lindberg, marketing/membership services supervisor.

 

“We've actually seen a lot of our members coming back and we've also had new memberships,” Melissa says. “People are starting to realize how essential these services are in their life, whether it’s for fitness or just for recreation with the family. Our park has seen the highest usage I think I've ever seen.” The surrounding 475-acre Boyce Mayview Park offers walking and nature trails, among other outdoor amenities.

 

In spite of the spring closure, the Center saw one of its most successful summers ever, according to Melissa. “We were one of the few recreation departments in the area to offer a full summer camp option. Our seven-week camp, Camp St. Clair, started in June. “We felt we could safely provide opportunities for kids in Upper St. Clair and surrounding communities to go outside and socialize in a way that we could control,” she explains. Melissa adds that the outdoor pool opened at the end of June and served nearly 450 members and residents per day during the summer weeks.

 

Although some changes have been implemented due to COVID-19 precautions, the Center is focused on moving forward. Melissa encourages members to resume workouts and participation in favorite programs and activities. “We understand there may be some hesitation due to COVID-19, but we want to support our members and help them get back to normal routines,” she says.

 

“We are offering as close to our full range of amenities and services as possible,” Melissa says. “The only facilities that aren’t open currently are our basketball courts. We are also using a reservation system for the indoor and outdoor pools for social distancing.”

 

Visitors to the Center will notice changes such as a new fitness area in the lobby. “We split our fitness center into two separate areas. We removed half of our cardio equipment from the upstairs fitness area and replaced our lobby furniture with fitness equipment, so we now have two designated areas for fitness. Instead of closing off equipment or taking equipment away, we just found a better use of space,” Melissa notes.

 

Like most facilities and businesses, the Center put in place precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “We want to keep all our members as safe as possible, so we ask them to wear masks when indoors,” Melissa says. “We also encourage frequent use of hand sanitizer and hand-washing and have added more hand-sanitizing stations throughout the building. We also placed directional signage on the floors to encourage social distancing and one-way traffic through our entrance and exit points. All the fitness equipment is distanced apart.”

 

In addition to switching to a stronger disinfectant to clean equipment, the Center implemented new cleaning standards. “We have our fitness attendants on a continuous cleaning schedule and we encourage our members to help us as much as they can by cleaning equipment before and after using it,” Melissa notes.

 

Any current member or prospective new member who is worried about COVID-19 precautions can take a personally-guided tour with a Center team member. “We invite any member or non-member who is considering joining to walk through the Center with us to show them the precautionary changes that we have made,” Melissa says.

 

The Center’s Fall programs are divided into sessions one and two with session one running through September and October and session two starting in November. Visitors to the Center’s website can find the session one program guide along with a link to register for individual programs and activities. Here’s a listing of the Fall session one programs:

 

TODDLER and PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Little Hands, Big Art Ages 3-6

Enjoy creative time with an adult caregiver.

 

Family Members & Me Dance Ages 3-4

Move to the music and learn rhythm with a family member.

 

Bicycle Balance Class Ages 3-5

Progress through a series of balance exercises necessary to ride a bike.

 

T-Birds T-Ball Ages 3-4

Learn the basics of throwing, catching, fielding, and batting in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere.

 

Hummingbirds Soccer Ages 3-5.5

Dribbling, passing, trapping, shooting, and positioning taught through fun drills and non-competitive games.

 

Toddler Sports Age 2

Socialize and develop hand-eye coordination.

 

Pre-K Sports Ages 3-5

Experience sports-based activities using colorful, safe equipment.

 

Parent & Child and Preschool Swim Lessons Ages 6 months-5 years old

American Red Cross swim lessons focus on water adjustment and basic swimming skills.

 

YOUTH and TEEN ACTIVITIES

Dek Hockey Ages 4-6 and 7-10

Learn basic skills and participate in non-competitive games. No equipment needed.

 

Autumn Adventures Grades 1-7

Based on Camp St. Clair, enjoy nature hikes, crafts, games, sports and more.

 

Ballet and Jazz Ages 5-7

Learn a variety of movement styles, and grow self-confidence.

 

Girls on the Run Grades 3-5

Develop self-respect and healthy lifestyle choices through running.

 

Rookie League Baseball Ages 5-7

Practice basic fielding, throwing, and hitting skills.

 

Bicycling Ages 5 and up

Learn all facets of safe bicycle operation and trail riding.

 

Strength & Conditioning Ages 12 and up

Develop agility, power, core strength, speed and improve flexibility.

 

C&RC P.E. Grades 1-4 and 5-7

Experience a fun, safe workout through team-building exercises.

 

Youth Swim Lessons Ages 6 and up

American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program

 

Babysitter Basics Ages 11-13

Safely and responsibly care for younger children.

 

ADULT ACTIVITIES

Adult Learn to Swim Ages 16 and up

Beginners learn basic aquatic skills and intermediate swimmers improve stroke proficiency.

 

Dog Training Ages 16 and up

Obedience training, basic care, and housebreaking techniques for dogs of all ages.

 

Watercolor Workshops Ages 13 and up

Learn watercolor painting techniques.

 

Fitness Swimming Ages 16 and up

Advanced workout class and stroke technique.

 

S.N.A.P. Ages 16 and up

Fun, socialization, and physical activity for individuals with special needs.

 

Lifeguard Certification Ages 15 and up

Recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies, and provide care for other medical emergencies.

 

Friday Afternoons in the Park Ages 62 and up

Meet up with friends (and make new ones) at this fun, social program for seniors

 

Group Exercise Classes

Hydro Strength, Pilates Reformer, Cycling, Cardio Boot Camp, Athlete's Workout, TRX, Power Flow Yoga, Dance It Out, Aqua Intervals, Total Body Sculpt, Mat Pilates, Boomer Bootcamp, Aqua HIIT, All Levels Yoga, and so much more.

 

NEW! Young Adult Group Ex Ages 16-23

Yoga, Pilates, Cycling, and Dance classes TBA soon.

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Family Art in the Park All Ages

Enjoy creative time together working on a family art project.

 

Coming Soon!

C&RC Family Time

Play games in the gym or take an all-ages group exercise class. Details available this fall.

For more information and to register for all programs, activities and events at the C&RC, visit their website at www.twpusc.org/crc/registration and click on the image of the 2020 Fall Program Guide. You can also reach the C&RC at (412) 221-1099.



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