Summer Times: Recreation


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A successful Pittsburgh Marathon is in the record books, and now we move on to a spring and summer full of activities.

The biggest news in the local outdoor scene is the completion of the last mile of the Great Allegheny Passage, near Sandcastle, that connects the city to Washington, D.C. A June 15 celebration in West Homestead and Downtown Pittsburgh will mark the official completion of the 330-mile trail network.

The event called "Point Made!" will feature a ribbon-cutting near Sandcastle followed by a mass bicycle ride on the trail to Point State Park.

It also will feature a weeklong bike ride from Washington to Pittsburgh, leading up to June 15.

Here's a sampling of the races, matches and other activities.

RUNNING

• Greenfield Glide 5K Run Fitness Walk: Cross-country challenges in 31st annual race through Schenley Park. Schenley Park Overlook (8:30 a.m. June 2). Registration: Citiparks, 412-422-8885; www.greenfieldglide.com.

• Riverview Park 5K Run And Fitness Walk: Riverview Park Activities Building (7 p.m. June 7). 412-255-2493 or www.riverview5K.com.

• Pittsburgh Triathlon Adventure Race: 1.5K Swim, 40K bike, 10K run. Also, sprint course and adventure course. North Shore Riverfront Park near PNC Park (6:45 a.m. July 27-28). www.friendsoftheriverfront.org

• Brookline Breeze 5K Run/Walk: 5K run and fitness walk and 1-mile fun run. Brookline Boulevard at Pioneer Avenue (8:30 a.m. Aug. 10). 412-571-3222; www.brooklinebreeze.com.

• Run Around the Square: 1.5-mile fun run/walk and 5K run through Fern Hollow, Frick Park, includes musicians. Regent Square School (8:15 a.m. Aug. 24). 412-246-9506. www.runaroundthesquare.com

• Dollar Bank Junior Great Race: Race includes the 1-Mile Family Fun Run, the 50-Yard Tot Trot and the Diaper Dash. Downtown (noon Sept. 21). 412-255-2493.

• Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race: 10K race begins in Frick Park at Beechwood Boulevard and finishes outside Point State Park. The 5K will start at Fifth and Atwood in Oakland and follow the same route as the 10K to the finish line (8 a.m. Sept. 29). 412-255-2493. www.RunGreatRace.com.

BIKING

• Pedal Pittsburgh: Bike Pittsburgh presents this ride that ranges from 2 miles to 62 (Aug. 25). Registration opens June 1 and costs $25 for BikePGH members, $35 for adult non members, and $15 for children under 18. BikeFest 2013 kicks off with BikeFest Fundraiser Party Aug. 9 at Pittsburgh Opera (8 p.m.) www.bike-pgh.org, 412-325-4334.

• National Bike to Work Day: Join BikePGH and several thousand Pittsburghers (May 17). Go to www.bike-pgh.org.

• Tour de Cure: Rides of 8 to 100 miles. Benefits American Diabetes Association. Seneca Valley High School, Harmony (times vary, June 23). tour.diabetes.org.

For more information on biking events, go to www.bike-pgh.org or www.wpwbikeclub.org.

SWIMMING POOLS

Citiparks will operate the following 18 outdoor swimming pools June 14 to Labor Day:

Ammon (Hill District); Banksville; Bloomfield; Highland Park; Homewood; Jack Stack (Brighton Heights); Magee (Greenfield); McBride (Lincoln Place); Moore (Brookline); Ormsby (South Side); Phillips (Carrick); Ream (Mount Washington); Riverview Park; Schenley Park; Sheraden; Sue Murray (North Side); West Penn (Polish Hill); Westwood.

Individuals can purchase pool tags or pay a daily admission fee.

Each of these pools will sponsor a Citiparks swim team for children 6 to 18 years old. Teams will compete throughout the summer and the ultimate champions will compete at the Citiparks Championship Swim Meet on Aug. 3 at the Highland Park Pool.

Throughout the summer, children from preschoolers to teens can attend swimming lessons for a small fee. Citiparks will offer free two-week "learn to swim camps" at various pools throughout the summer for children 6 to 15 years old.

Pool information: 412-323-7928 and www.Citiparks.net

SPRAY PARKS

Cool off during the hot days of summer at Pittsburgh's coolest aquatic facilities -- "spray parks."

From the tiniest toddler to a pre-teen adventurer, and even those using wheelchairs, children of all ages and abilities enter with equal enthusiasm. Let your imagination run wild, as movement sensors cause sprayers to magically turn on and off this three-dimensional world of water.

Beechview (Vanucci Playground, Orangewood Street)

East Hills (East Hills Park, Wilner Drive)

Shadyside (Mellon Park, Fifth Avenue)

Troy Hill (Cowley Playground, Goettman Street)

FREE (late spring -- early fall)

Spray Park information: 412-323-7928 and www.Citiparks.net.

TENNIS

Citiparks' regional tennis courts are located in Frick, Highland, McKinley, Mellon, Schenley and West parks -- as well as dozens of neighborhood parks and playgrounds.

Summer programs include tennis lessons and summer tennis camps. Various fees.

Citiparks tennis tournaments:

Bob O'Connor Summer Tennis Classic -- seventh annual tournament

Tennis enthusiasts of all ages and abilities take to city courts for the seventh annual competition. Schenley Park Tennis Center and Stanton Avenue Courts (June 15-23)

Paul G. Sullivan Championships: This tournament remains a center stage of public park tennis in the City of Pittsburgh and is open to all players 16 years and older. Frick Park Red Clay Courts (July 8-21).

Frick Park Red Clay Junior Open: Boys and girls 16 and younger compete in the only junior tournament held on red clay in all of Western Pennsylvania. Frick Park Red Clay Courts (June 24-30)

Tennis information: 412-244-4188 and www.Citiparks.net

COMMUNITY CENTERS

Citiparks community centers offer a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for children, teens, adults and seniors. The 10 centers offer competitive sports, fitness programs, after-school activities and special events.

Ammon (Hill District)

Arlington (South Side)

Brookline

Jefferson (North Side)

Magee (Greenfield)

Ormsby (South Side)

Paulson (Lincoln-Lemington)

Phillips (Carrick)

Warrington (Beltzhoover)

West Penn (Polish Hill)

Beginning June 17, all centers will launch the two-month Summer Food Service Program, which provides breakfasts, lunches and snacks to all children up to 18 years old as well as mentally disabled individuals up to 21 years old.

Community Center information: 412-422-6542 and www.Citiparks.net.

SENIOR GAMES

If you're 60 years or older -- and a resident of Allegheny County -- take part in the Summer Senior Games, sponsored by Citiparks SeniorInterests, at various locations throughout the area.

Compete in archery, bocce, bowling, darts, 5K run, golf (9 holes), horseshoes, kooshball, pool (8-ball), shuffleboard, track & field (frisbee toss, half-mile walk and softball throw) and Wii bowling.

Various locations (June 2-14)

Senior Games information: 412-422-6405 and www.Citiparks.net

DEK HOCKEY

Dek hockey is available at one of four rinks with a season spanning winter, spring, summer and fall.

"Project Power Play"

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has teamed up with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to build new full-sized dek hockey rinks in city neighborhoods. In 2012, the partnership constructed two rinks (Banksville Park and Lewis Playground) featuring penalty boxes, dasher boards and state-of-the-art surfaces.

Banksville Park NEW

Marmaduke Playground, Brighton Heights

Lewis Playground, Hazelwood NEW

Ormsby Playground, South Side

VENTURE OUTDOORS

This nonprofit membership-based organization offers more than 500 outings, classes and events (year-round) designed to make it easy for people of all ages and skill levels to try new outdoor activities. Information and registration: www.ventureoutdoors.org or 412-255-0564. Here is a sampling:

Paddling

From May to October, kayak rentals are available at Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore, 412-969-9090, under the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Paddle on the Allegheny River and experience the city skyline, Point State Park, PNC Park and Heinz Field from a peaceful new perspective. (Open on weekends now, seven days beginning May 25, 2013).

Kayak Pittsburgh's Millvale location, a few miles upriver from the North Shore, opens May 25 and also offers kayak and bike rentals, typically with no waiting.

Kayak Pittsburgh's North Park location at the Boathouse opens May 25. This year, the location will feature a new fleet of 12 rental bicycles (Nishiki Adult Montour Hybrid bikes) donated by Dick's Sporting Goods, and stand up paddle boarding lessons offered by partnering companies RiseSup and SurfSup.

Hours and rates for all locations can be found at: www.kayakpittsburgh.org.

Beginner paddles

Meet and launch at Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore on first Monday of the month. Beginner Paddles also are offered at North Park and Moraine State Park. Dates, times and prices available on activities calendar at www.ventureoutdoors.org.

Fireworks, 4th of July and Skyblast paddles

Meet and launch from Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore June 29, July 4, July 13, Aug. 3 and Aug. 31. Dates, times and prices are available on activities calendar at www.ventureoutdoors.org.

Hiking

Day Treks, Tyke Hikes, Specialty Food and Beverage Hikes, Nature Hikes and Doggie Day Treks, to name a few. More than 60 different hikes in state, county and city parks throughout the Laurel Highlands, Allegheny, Butler, Beaver and Lawrence counties. Prices range from $5-$40 depending on the hike. Specific dates are available on activities calendar at www.ventureoutdoors.org.

Biking

Saturday Bike and Lunch July 13. $22 for Venture Outdoors Members; $30 for nonmembers.

Urban Bike Tour June 8 and Aug. 10. $10 for Venture Outdoors members; $15 for nonmembers

Beginner Bike Ride Series (four classes in June, July and August). $40 Series price; or individual classes $12 for Venture Outdoors members, $18 for nonmembers. Register via activities calendar at www.ventureoutdoors.org.

TRAILS

Take a hike on one of these trails.

Armstrong Trail: 724-543-4478. This 52.5-mile trail winds along the Allegheny River from Armstrong County to Clarion County.

Arrowhead Trail: 724-942-5000, www.peterstownship.com. Four miles of winding trail along Brush Run Creek in Peters.

Butler-Freeport Community Trail: www.dcnr.state.pa.us. More than 10 miles of crushed limestone surface.

Panhandle Trail: 724-693-0870 or http:/www.panhandletrail.org/. 29 miles from Walkers Mill in Collier, Pa., to Colliers, W.Va.

Eliza Furnace Trail: 412-488-0212. Nearly three miles of trail running from Downtown to Greenfield between Second Avenue and the Parkway East.

Montour Trail: 412-831-2030, www.montourtrail.org. More than 30 miles of trail from Carnegie to Weirton, W.Va.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail: 412-488-0212 or www.friendsoftheriverfront.org. Twenty-four miles of trail on both sides of the three rivers in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Yough Trail North: 724-872-5586 or www.youghrivertrail.com. From McKeesport to Connellsville, the trail encompasses 43 miles along the Youghiogheny River.

Great Allegheny Passage: 1-888-282-BIKE. http://www.atatrail.org. Rail-trail offering 141 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, Md., and Homestead, Pa., near Pittsburgh. In Cumberland, the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous trail experience, 325 miles long, to Washington, D.C.

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