Washington County is blessed with a wealth of natural beauty for all its citizens and visitors to enjoy year round. There are dozens of community, municipal, county and state parks along with sports activities, cultural and historic celebrations, events and festivals.
Washington Park, located within the Washington City limits, has athletic fields, an ice skating rink, tennis courts and many picnic areas and shelters. The park is also the site of the annual Pony League World Series. The Greater Washington Area Parks and Recreation Commission operates playgrounds and organized sports programs.
Cross Creek County Park has 2,600 acres of natural woodlands and a large lake to enjoy boating, fishing, and picnicking. Mingo Creek County Park has two of the county's charming covered bridges - a must see - as well as hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails and a trout-stocked stream. Ten Mile Creek County Park, located on the Monongahela River, features boating, hiking and horseback riding.
Anglers and boaters can enjoy Dutch Fork State Park, located near Claysville, and outdoorsmen can take advantage of the designated game lands throughout the county. Rabbit, fox, grouse, wild turkey, and white-tail deer are plentiful in Washington County.
Washington County has plenty of opportunities for citizens to enrich their cultural lives and enjoy nationally recognized talent. On Routes 18 and 22 is the 20,000 seat Coca-Cola Starlake Amphitheatre. It hosts several concerts and special events annually. Some of its more recent guests have included Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Hootie & the Blowfish, Jimmy Buffett and the Steve Miller Band.
The Arts Council of Washington County also sponsors and coordinates many cultural events and programs, as does the Olin Fine Arts Center at Washington & Jefferson College. Olin Fine Arts Center offers amateur and domestic art exhibits as well as dramatic and dance series.
Little Lake Dinner Theater of Canonsburg, the Washington Park Players, the Covered Bridge Artisans and many others offer their cultural talents throughout the County. Fine and visual arts programs and exhibits are also provided by the Washington Art Association and the Citizens Library and Cultural Center.
Washington County Schools have elevated their educational system to the highest level in recent years, resulting in enviable success. Advanced placement and honors courses are emphasized throughout the county's many school systems. There is also a strong focus on individualized programs, special needs services, and self-development and skills awareness. There are 14 public school districts in the county and the private school sector 16 elementary and five combined elementary-secondary schools.
Seventy-one percent of public high school graduates and over 65 percent of private school graduates continue on to further their education in post-secondary institutions. Two of the most respected of these, located right in Washington County, are California University of Pennsylvania and Washington & Jefferson College. The Washington Institute of Technology and the Western Area Vocational Technical School in Canonsburg offer vocational skills training to area residents.
There are 14 public libraries in the county, and county residents, in their quest for further knowledge and understanding, have access to the libraries at California University and W & J College.
Washington County residents are well served by some of the best health and wellness care facilities in the state. There are three full-service hospitals located in the county: Allegheny University Hospitals Canonsburg, Monongahela Valley Hospital, and The Washington Hospital. There are also clinics and medical centers located throughout the county.
The Washington Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility with 459 beds, including 90 extended care facility beds. It features special services such as nuclear diagnosis and therapy, coronary intensive care, hematology and pathology labs, respiration therapy, and an inpatient psychiatric unit. It is also a teaching hospital that includes a paramedical technology school, a diploma program for RNs and a residency program.
The hospital also operates medical services at the Waterdam Medical Plaza in Peters Township; the Neighbor Health Center and the Family Practice Center for primary care in Washington. The Washington Hospital also services the Occupational Rehabilitation Center for work-related rehabilitation and retraining.
Monongahela Valley Hospital also meets the health care needs of its community by offering the highest quality of services possible, including comprehensive oncology services, the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Regional Cancer Center for radiation therapy and chemotherapy; an Inpatient Unit for the treatment of cancer; psychiatric, critical and cardiac care; rehabilitation, emergency medicine, addictive disease treatment services; and a Same Day Surgery Center.
In Washington County, there are 119 doctors per 100,000 residents, 11 nursing homes and 63 personal care homes all ready to serve the county's health care needs.
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