Commissioners’ Bocce Tournament Set For June 8

The Lackawanna County Commissioners gather with organizers of this year’s 22nd annual Commissioners’ Bocce Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, June 8, from 9 AM to 7 PM at McDade Park, Scranton.  The event will feature 24 teams with over 100 players in men’s, women’s and mixed teams categories.  For information, contact John Rettura at (570) 961-2335 or the McDade Park Office at (570) 963-6764.

l-r, Sam Cortese, Bobbie Bailey, the County’s parks & recreation staff; William Davis, the County’s deputy director of parks and recreation; Commissioners Jim Wansacz; Jack Stets, Al Scheatzle, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Steve Evers, Silvio Mele, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Highlights From Lackawanna County’s 21st Annual Fishing Derby At McDade Park

William Davis, left, Lackawanna County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation, awards a trophy to Alexandra Kostik for the first “catch of the day” at the recent County fishing derby at McDade Park. Over 125 youngsters participated in the 21st annual event.
Nicole Zuzzio, right, was the big winner at the recent Lackawanna County fishing derby held at McDade Park. Ms. Zuzzio participated in the nine to 12 year old bracket and won trophies for largest fish caught and most fish caught – three. At left is William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation.
Joshua Wilkinson, right, displays his prize catch that earned him a second place trophy from William Davis, Lackawanna County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation, in the 21st annual fishing derby held at McDade Park in early May.
Pavel Vorozilchak, right, was the fourth place finisher in the 21st annual Lackawanna County fishing derby held at McDade Park. William Davis, left, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation, was in charge of the event, which drew over 125 participants.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Cut Ribbon At Covington Park

The Lackawanna County Commissioners, Covington Township Supervisors and other local officials cut the ribbon on May 9 to mark the unveiling of Covington Park’s $1.6 million construction and enhancement project.

“This was a great project and it represents our commitment to community reinvestment,” said Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien.  “It turned out tremendous and has something for everyone to enjoy.  You can walk the nature trails, play ball, relax with your family or watch your children have fun on the boundless playground.”

“This is a top-flight facility for the people of Covington and the surrounding communities to enjoy.  It was created to be the centerpiece for family-related activities, as well as community athletic events,” stated Commissioner Jim Wansacz.  “Once people see the park, they will want to keep coming back.”

“This is a great day.  The project turned out extremely well and it is an example of what can be accomplished when everyone works together,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.  “This has everything you would want in a family park.”

The 400-acre Covington Park is the latest crown jewel in the County’s recreation network.  The work done was funded by a combination of grant money from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the County’s Landfill Trust.

The work, which was done by various local contractors, involved the construction of a little league field, a field house with a press box, a pavilion, and handicap accessible restrooms.   The project also included building park offices, a soccer field, a basketball court, and a volleyball court.

A boundless playground, designed for children of all needs and abilities, was installed.  A large parking lot and access to the lake were also incorporated into this development.

On the drawing board for the future are a lake trail and additional nature hiking trails.

William Davis is the County’s Deputy Director for Parks & Recreation.