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Upper St. Clair Plans Limited Reopening Beginning Memorial Day Weekend

USC Recreation - Wednesday, May 20, 2020
As the region manages its way through the first week of the “yellow phase” under the Pennsylvania guidelines, Upper St. Clair Township and School District are set to begin the gradual reopening of the community’s outdoor resources.

This Friday, May 22, 2020, tennis courts and sports courts in Upper St. Clair will reopen for use. Singles play is encouraged. Also beginning on Friday, the Upper St. Clair School District will permit use of tracks, fields and outdoor basketball courts at all district buildings. Due to ongoing construction, access to the Upper St. Clair High School turf field and track will be limited to 4-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. All users should follow guidelines and social distancing recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

As directed by Pennsylvania’s “yellow phase,” organized athletics, programs and permit-based activity are still prohibited on all Township and Upper St. Clair School District fields and within facilities. In addition, all playgrounds as well as the Community & Recreation Center (C&RC) remain closed through the “yellow phase” until further notice. Once the region enters the “green phase,” and upon further guidance from the Pa. Department of Health and Allegheny County Department of Health, additional decisions will be made regarding summer aquatics and organized athletics. The C&RC continues to waive membership fees through the closure.

“The Upper St. Clair community and region as a whole has worked extremely hard to get to this point permitting managed outdoor activity,” said Matthew R. Serakowski, Upper St. Clair Township Manager. “We want to thank everyone for your understanding and patience during this response. We ask that you continue to be respectful of one another, practice appropriate social distancing and enjoy the outdoors.”

Upper St. Clair administrators will continue to review available information and consult with local leaders regarding additional permitted activities. 

“It is our hope that we will be able to offer more overall access as the summer progresses,” Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said. “Upper St. Clair is a community filled with caring individuals who work together for the greater good and find ways to help their neighbors through challenging times. I am certain we will emerge stronger than ever.”

May 6 Upper St. Clair COVID 19 Update

USC Administration - Wednesday, May 06, 2020
As we look forward to the reopening of businesses in Allegheny County and the southwestern Pennsylvania region, we remind residents that Upper St. Clair staff is available to respond to calls for inquiries regarding permitting, tax payments and other related matters. The municipal building, tax office, community development office and public works building all remain closed to in-person service beyond Friday, May 8, 2020 and until further notice. 

The Community & Recreation Center will remain closed in the red and yellow phases as set forth by the guidelines contained in the Commonwealth's Process to Reopen Pennsylvania.

We remained encouraged, as a region, to move into the yellow phase of the Governor's plan, and what that may provide for our residents and business owners. As information is made available to Upper St. Clair staff and clarity is provided as to what activities are permissible, we will advise the community. Until then, we remind those who visit our parks, walking trails and essential businesses to be kind and respectful to others by practicing proper social distancing and following CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines. 

PA Authorizes Construction Activities Starting May 1 and USC Extends Closures Through May 8

USC Administration - Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Beginning Friday, May 1, construction business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is permitted to maintain in-person operations. Allowable construction activities include new construction, renovation and repair, land development and subdivision and design-related activities. This may be accomplished under specified guidance through the PA Department of Health. Upper St. Clair inspectors also will be available for construction inspection activity. While the Township of Upper St. Clair municipal building, tax office, community development office, and public works buildings all remain closed to in-person service until further notice, the staff is available during normal business hours under the “drop box protocol” for the processing of permits, tax payments, questions, and phone calls.

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s “Process to Reopen Pennsylvania,” unveiled on April 21, Pennsylvania is in the red phase with stay-at-home orders and life-sustaining operations only. In consideration of those directives, the Community & Recreation Center (C&RC) and the Upper St. Clair Library will remain closed through May 8.

C&RC membership fees for the month of April were waived for all active members. Upper St. Clair staff is pleased to announce this waiver will continue into the month of May, as long as the C&RC remains closed. The “Process to Reopen Pennsylvania” states that all “indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities (gyms, spas) and all public entertainment (casinos and theaters)” are to remain closed through the red and yellow phases.

Room rentals at the C&RC and the McLaughlin Run Activity Center through May 8 are canceled and deposits will be refunded. All recreation programs and activities are also canceled through May 8.  Recreation staff, as always, is available to answer questions by phone at 412-221-1099.      

The library will continue to not assess fines during the closure. Residents should continue to keep items at home until such time the library reopens. Access to the library’s e-resources remains available, however the ability to hold items is temporarily disabled through the Allegheny County Library Association due to high demands.

Upper St. Clair leaders are diligently reviewing all available information, including state and federal guidelines, as Allegheny County and our region draw closer to the yellow phase. In the interim, playgrounds and sports courts in Upper St. Clair remain closed until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, all playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, outdoor hockey courts, sand volleyball, etc. Park walking and hiking trails remain available for residents and visitors. Park users are asked to follow the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines and practice proper social distancing.

Upper St. Clair staff remains encouraged that each day and week we get closer to realizing the reopening of local businesses and facilities. There is much work to accomplish as we continue through the spring and prepare for the summer determining as to what those operations may entail. As the C&RC staff posted on the main window of the building, it goes for all municipal operations, “We Miss You,” and look forward to once again engaging with our residents, friends and neighbors. 

Continue to visit this website and the Upper St. Clair Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for updates.

Upper St. Clair Community Day Canceled

USC Administration - Thursday, April 02, 2020

Upper St. Clair Community Day – a 40-year springtime tradition – is the latest casualty to the COVID-19 virus. Upper St. Clair leaders have made the difficult decision to cancel the event, which was set for Saturday, May 16, 2020.

“The decision is not taken lightly,” said Matthew R. Serakowski, manager of the Township of Upper St. Clair. “We made this decision out of concern for the safety and health of our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Community Day is an annual, collaborative effort between the Township of Upper St. Clair, the Upper St. Clair School District, the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department, Tri-Community South EMS, community groups and local businesses.

“We thank all the organizers and volunteers who have already put so much work into planning this year’s event,” said Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of the Upper St. Clair School District. “All those efforts will be used to make next year’s Community Day even better.”

Previous Community Days have proceeded despite heavy rain, extreme heat and even some light morning snow flurries. This year marks the first Community Day cancellation since its debut on May 20, 1978.

Upper St. Clair’s Community Day 2020 was to include a fun run/walk, a parade, community game and food booths, and more.

Rec. Center and Library Closures Extended and Playgrounds Closed

USC Administration - Monday, March 23, 2020

The closures that are currently in place for the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park (C&RC) and Upper St. Clair Library will extend through Monday, April 13. C&RC membership fees for the month of April will be waived for all active members. Room rentals at the C&RC and McLaughlin Run Activity Center through April 13 are canceled, and deposits will be refunded. All recreation department programs and activities are also canceled through April 13. Recreation staff is available to answer questions by phone at 412-221-1099. The Upper St. Clair Library will not assess fines during this closure. Please continue to hold items until the library reopens. Access to the Library’s e-resources remains available. Find answers to other library-related questions in the FAQ link or call 412-835-5540. Additionally, Upper St. Clair playgrounds and sports courts are closed. This includes, but is not limited to, all playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, outdoor hockey court, volleyball courts, etc. The USC playgrounds and courts will remain closed until further notice.  Lastly, the Informational & General Affairs Meeting of the Board of Commissioners scheduled for Monday, March 30, is canceled. For any other questions, call Township Administration at 412-831-9000.

USC Parks Remain Open and Officials Urge Caution

USC Recreation - Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Township of Upper St. Clair parks and trails are currently open, and being outdoors is a great way for the community to get much-needed fresh air and exercise.

As always, the safety of Upper St. Clair park visitors is a top priority. Guests who are sick are asked to refrain from visiting parks. Guests are also encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines during all visits by keeping a distance of six feet or more between guests.

Visitors should keep in mind they are using a public facility. Each surface is only as clean as the last person who touched it. Proper hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer are advised before and afterward.

Upper St. Clair administrators will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and share updates with residents on the Upper St. Clair website
www.twpusc.org and on Upper St. Clair social media accounts.

Allegheny County Health Department Recommendations
Visitors should take steps to protect their health by following Allegheny County Health Department guidelines:

-Wash your hands frequently with water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol. 
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If there is no tissue available, cough or sneeze into your shoulder or sleeve. 
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
-Avoid shaking hands.

Here are some websites to visit with more information on coronavirus/COVID-19:

-Allegheny County Health Department: www.alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department
-CDC: www.cdc.gov

Winter Blast Set for Fifth and Sixth Graders

USC Recreation - Friday, February 07, 2020

All fifth and sixth graders who reside in Upper St. Clair are invited to the Winter Blast from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park.

The event is sponsored by USC Cares for Kids, an initiative of the Youth Steering Committee of Upper St. Clair. Winter Blast offers a safe and fun time for kids to gather with a variety of activities including dodgeball, bingo, giant Jenga, inflatable attraction, live DJ and more. Refreshments – including pizza, cookies and other snacks – are included with admission. Gym shoes are recommended.

The cost is $10 per student with a family maximum of $20. The admission fee is waived for families who wish to chaperone. All chaperones must have clearances. Payment (check or cash) will be collected at the door. Make checks payable to Upper St. Clair School District.

Pre-registration is highly recommended. However, registration will be available at the door.

-Pre-register your child(ren)

-Sign up to volunteer

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or personal care item in support of the USC Parent Teacher Council food drive to benefit the South Hills Interfaith Movement. A box for donations will be located in the lobby. 

Community Service Projects Galore on MLK Day

USC Recreation - Monday, January 20, 2020

While many folks had the day off, a group of 100 volunteers made MLK Day a day on! 

The annual MLK Day of Service took place at the Community & Recreation Center. Volunteers took turns performing a variety of community service projects, including the making of cookies for the unsheltered and disadvantaged; snuffle mats and toys for dogs, cats, and bunnies at rescue agencies; blankets for head start programs; T-shirt bags for food pantries; cards for VA Oakland patients and senior citizens; treat bags for VA Oakland patients; and valentines for senior citizens.

A big thank you for everyone involved. It's work and dedication like your's that makes our Pittsburgh community so great! 

Participants Brave Weather During Winter Wellness Dash

USC Recreation - Monday, January 20, 2020
The wintery mix falling from the sky did not detract about two dozen racers from performing exceptionally well during the Winter Wellness Dash.

The annual one-mile race was held on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Community & Recreation Center. Runners of all ages and abilities ran through a very cold rain. A special congratulations to the first place finisher, Heath Piper, who finished the mile in five minutes, 37 seconds.

Race Results

State Representative Presents Check to Upper St. Clair

USC Finance - Tuesday, January 07, 2020
State Rep. Natalie Mihalek, R-Upper St. Clair, presented Mark D. Christie, president of the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners, with a $150,000 grant during the January Board of Commissioners meeting. The money will be used to connect the Morton outdoor athletic complex to the Boyce Community Gardens with the Perimeter Trail in Boyce Mayview Park. 

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