Summer Times

Go outside and play

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


Greenfield Glide 5K Run Fitness Walk: Schenley Park Overlook (9:30 a.m. June 1). Registration: Citiparks, 412-255-2493;

Riverview Park 5K Run And Fitness Walk: Riverview Park Activities Building (7 p.m. June 6). 412-255-2493 or

Pittsburgh Triathlon Adventure Race: 1.5K Swim, 40K bike, 10K run. Also, sprint course and adventure course. North Shore Riverfront Park near PNC Park (Aug. 2-3).

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. 9). 412-571-3222;

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. 23). 412-246-9506.

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 (8 a.m. Sept. 28). 412-255-2493.


Pedal Pittsburgh: Bike Pittsburgh presents this ride that ranges from 2 miles to 62 (Aug. 24). $35; $25 for BikePGH members, $15 for children under 18.

For more information on biking events, go to or


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 26).

Kayak Pittsburgh’s North Park location at the Boathouse opens May 24.

Hours and rates for all locations can be found at:


Citiparks will operate the following 18 outdoor swimming pools June 10 through 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 in the Citiparks Championship Swim Meet on Aug. 2 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


You don’t need swimming skills to enjoy 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.

Beechview (Vanucci Playground,

Orangewood Street)

Beltzhoover (Warrington Playground, E. Warrington Avenue) NEW

East Hills (East Hills Park, Wilner Drive)

Shadyside (Mellon Park, Fifth Avenue)

Troy Hill (Cowley Playground, Goettman Street)

Free; May 24 until early fall

Daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m., weather permitting.

Spray Park information: 412-323-7928 and


Citiparks’ regional tennis courts are located in Arsenal, Frick, Highland, Moore, Schenley, Washington’s Landing and West parks, and courts located in 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: All ages and abilities take to city courts for the eighth annual competition. Schenley Park Tennis Center and Highland Park Courts (June 14–22)

Paul G. Sullivan Championships: Open to all players 16 years and older. Frick Park Red Clay Courts (July 7–20).

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 23–29)

Tennis information: 412-244-4188 and


Citiparks operates 10 recreation centers: 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)

Citiparks recreation 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.

Beginning June 16, 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. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Recreation Center information: 412-422-6542 and


This action-packed game scores big 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 began constructing rinks featuring penalty boxes, dasher boards and state-of-the-art surfaces:

• Banksville Park

• Brookline Memorial Park

• Marmaduke Playground, Brighton Heights

• Lewis Playground, Hazelwood

• Ormsby Playground, South Side



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: or 412-255-0564.


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, Four miles of winding trail along Brush Run Creek in Peters.

Butler-Freeport Community Trail: More than 10 miles of crushed limestone surface.

Panhandle Trail: 724-693-0870 or http:/ 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, More than 30 miles of trail from Carnegie to Weirton, W.Va.

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

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

Great Allegheny Passage: 1-888-282-BIKE. Rail-trail offering 141 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, Md., and Homestead. 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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