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McDade Park Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Recreational opportunities are plentiful in our community.  Small neighborhood parks and playgrounds offer youngsters the opportunity to hone their sports skills, make new friends, or take a ride on swings of all types.

There is one location in Lackawanna County where you can do all of these activities and more in an opulent setting – McDade Park in Scranton.

This truly magnificent icon is turning 40 this month, and it will be recognized in style.

To mark the milestone, the Lackawanna County Commissioners, former Commissioners and other dignitaries will celebrate the park’s anniversary on Sunday, July 30, at 11 AM, which is the exact same date in 1977 that it was dedicated as The Joseph M. McDade Recreational Park.

“This is truly a great day for Lackawanna County as we recognize the 40th anniversary of McDade Park.  It is a gem of an operation, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to relax, get together, or enjoy the natural vistas of the park,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

“Today celebrates our history,” explained Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.  “Our past leaders are to be congratulated for being innovative and taking a chance on enhancing our quality of life for everyone to enjoy.”

“Today’s anniversary of the park is a testimony to the foresight of our community’s leadership.  McDade Park is a beautiful facility that families and groups can utilize for any occasion,” noted Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

The development of Keyser Park, as it was originally known, began when then Congressman McDade secured $2 million for use by the Bureau of Mines for the restoration of mine reclamation areas.

A badly-scarred 126-acre tract of land owned by the County was selected for the project.  The funding was used for site rehabilitation and top soil seeding.  The work gained national attention.

Additional Federal and State grants were secured during the park’s start-up to further enhance its development.  The resources were used for roadways, a sanitary sewer system, electric service, support buildings, athletic fields, sports courts, and a children’s playground.

The U.S. Forestry Service planted trees and special shrubs, and the State participated in the park’s growth with the construction of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Museum along with other enhancements.

McDade Park has, over the years, witnessed tremendous growth and expansion.  Every administration, since the park’s initial development, has invested significant dollars into the facility.

Since its inception, over $5 million in lease-hold improvements have been made.  They include: the Coal Mine Tour attraction, which has gained national acclaim for the park and area; a Coal Mine Building; pavilions; boundless playground; stocked fishing area; trails; swim complex; bathhouses; Cancer and 911 Memorials; street lighting; Coal Miner statue; and a maintenance building.

The facility has become the “Crown Jewel” of the County’s park network.

The anniversary program will open with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by remarks from Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, comments by William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; and brief statements from other invited guests.

Deadline Extended For Lackawanna County 3-on-3 Tournament

The deadline for the annual Lackawanna County 3-on-3 Tournament has been extended to Wednesday, July 26, at noon.

Registrations will be taken at the Lackawanna County Visitors Center until noon on Wednesday. The tournament takes place this weekend, July 28-30.

The action “tips-off” on Friday at 5 P.M.  Games on Saturday will run from 9 AM – 7 PM.  Sunday’s action, if necessary, will start at 9 AM and run through completion. The games will be played on the 100-200 blocks on Wyoming Avenue.  Boys and girls will play Friday and Saturday.  Sunday has been reserved as the rain date.

A portion of the tournament’s proceeds will benefit local high school basketball programs and Coaches vs. Cancer.

The Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs will be on site providing a variety of information and resources.  Its message for the weekend will involve discussing the perils of drugs and alcohol abuse.

For more information, call (570) 496-1701 or visit www.visitnepa.org for a brochure and weather information throughout the weekend.  You can also checkout the County’s website at www.lackawannacounty.org for tournament data.

Lackawanna County 3 On 3 Basketball Tourney Slated For Downtown Scranton

The heart of downtown Scranton will be the basketball center of the northeast when Lackawanna County hosts its annual 3 on 3 tournament on July 28, 29 and 30.

The games will be played on the 100-200 blocks on Wyoming Avenue.  Boys and girls will play Friday and Saturday.  Sunday has been reserved as the rain date.

The action “tips-off” on Friday at 5 P.M.  Games on Saturday will run from 9 AM – 7 PM.  Sunday’s action, if necessary, will start at 9 AM and run through completion.

Players of all skill levels and ages are encouraged and invited to participate. The registration deadline is Monday, July 24. The entry fees per team are: $90 for Youth, $110 for Adults, based on a five-man roster.  T-shirts will be given to all participating players, and all teams are guaranteed a three-game minimum. Checks or money orders should be made payable to “LCCVB” – the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Once again, a portion of the tournament’s proceeds will benefit Lackawanna County high school basketball programs and NEPA Coaches vs. Cancer.

The Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs will be on site providing a variety of information and resources.  Its message for the weekend will involve discussing the perils of drugs and alcohol abuse.  The department will take team pictures free-of-charge at an on-site photo booth.  The pictures will feature a message about being drug and alcohol free.

The 3 on 3 tournament is being presented by PNC Bank.  Other sponsors include:  Lackawanna County; Fox 56, Lamar Advertising, The Times-Tribune, Lackawanna County Commissioners, Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, Coaches vs. Cancer, Scranton Tomorrow, City of Scranton, Sweda Advertising, Montage Mountain, The CW, Lackawanna County Parks & Recreation, My TV, Battaglia’s Sporting Goods, and Commonwealth Energy Group LLC.

For more information, call (570) 496-1701 or visit www.visitnepa.org for a brochure and weather information throughout the weekend.  You can also checkout the County’s website at www.lackawannacounty.org and the Lackawanna County 3 on 3 Facebook page for tournament data.