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Prize Catch At 2013 Commissioners Fishing Derby

Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz shows-off the “prize catch” of a little girl who participated in the 2013 “Commissioners Fishing Derby” held on May 4 at McDade Park.  Over 125 individuals participated in the fun-filled event.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Cut Ribbon At Covington Park

The Lackawanna County Commissioners, Covington Township Supervisors and other local officials will cut the ribbon on Thursday, May 9, at 9 AM 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.   

County Fishing Derby

The Lackawanna County Commissioners and the parks & recreation department finalize plans for the 21st annual fishing derby at McDade Park on Saturday, May 4. The event is limited to the first 250 children and costs $5 to register. There are two tiers of fishing times – 11 am to 12:45 pm for kids 4 – 8 years old; and 1:15 pm – 3 pm for those 9 – 12. Call the park office for details (570) 963-6764.

L-r, William Davis, deputy director for the parks & recreation department; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien; Bobbi Baillie and Johnny Denunzio, park staff; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; and Andy Kudzinowski, park staff.