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White Oak Readies for Oktoberfest at WOAA

New playground features coming to Heritage Hills Park

By T.J. Martin
The Tube City Almanac
September 26, 2023
Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough is making final preparations for this weekend’s Oktoberfest to celebrate the community’s 75th anniversary.

At this month’s council meeting, fun was on the agenda — in the short-term, with plans for this Friday’s event at the White Oak Athletic Association, and in the long term with a project designed to provide residents with new recreational opportunities.

Councilor Julie Opferman, who chairs the borough’s Parks and Recreation committee, said the Oktoberfest begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the WOAA, 1798 Lower Hickman Rd.

Tickets have been on sale at the White Oak Municipal Building for $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. German-themed food prepared by the Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh is included in the cost of the ticket.

To hold those drinks, Opferman said Oktoberfest mugs made in Germany are available for $40 each at the Borough building. She said the ceramic mugs hold one liter, feature the 75th anniversary logo and are “heavy.”

Music is being provided by the Madel Jager Band and the Allen Schuhplattiers will provide dance performances.

In other business, Councilor George Pambacas, who chairs the Public Works committee, said the old playground equipment has been removed from Heritage Hill Park and new playground equipment should be in place by spring. In addition, one pickleball court will be installed next to the playground.

In Phase 2 of the project, which Pombacas said is contingent upon the approval of some grant requests, the borough plans to install two basketball courts and a deck hockey court on the now-vacant portion of the park where tennis courts were located until the late 1990s.

The restrooms and the park’s walking trail will be also be upgraded, Pombacas said.

T.J. Martin is a freelance writer from Trafford whose work has also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Irwin Standard Observer. This is his first story for Tube City Almanac.


Originally published September 26, 2023.

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