As QV Wrestling begins to prepare for a new season, they’ll be welcomed to their home of one year by a brand new wooden gym floor and their logo on the wall.
This summer, the Sewickley Community Center installed the new floor, replacing an old concrete floor that had been there since the gym was built in the 1960s.
It’s been a several years of great advances for the longtime Sewickley institution known as simply “the Center.”
A few years ago, the pool and building were in need of work. Now, in addition to the floor, a leaking gym wall was has been resealed and the roof repaired along with the pool repainted, and the tennis court refreshed.
The work has been done through the efforts of a small but hardworking and loyal board, whose members have fundraised and acquired grants but also donated their time and sweat to paint the pool, repair fences and clean inside and out.
The Center also has the assistance of many community members who provided new air conditioners, assisted with the cost of repairing pool equipment and donated funds through bequests.
Northway Christian Church members cleaned and repaired the pool desk area and Quaker Valley High School Technology Instructor Darren Mariano brought his computer class over to work on the computer room equipment. More recently, high school IT Director Karlton Chapman, under direction of Assistant Superintendent Heidi Ondek, brought his IT staff in to do computer updates.
The work still goes on and the center is offering new programs for the fall, including Journey Step by Step Childcare for before and after school and Tag It!, a program to turn illegal taggers into legal muralists.
Funds are still needed to implement more new programs. If you would like to help, the Center will have a booth at the Harvest Festival this Saturday to raffle off Steeler tickets — purchase one for $5 and five for $20.
Submitted by the Sewickley Community Center Board. Sewickley Harvest Festival runs from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.