Recreation

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fate of Mt. Washington dog park remains unclear

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM

After being closed for almost two months, a dog park in Mt. Washington will be reopened this Saturday June 7, despite the controversy still surrounding it.

The park was closed April 16 for maintenance and was originally set to reopen May 9. However, at a public meeting where residents met with city officials to discuss issues with the park, several residents called for the park to be relocated, citing noise complaints and safety issues. As a result, the reopening of the park was postponed until a compromise could be reached.

"From what I have been told, all parties have been addressed and the park is to be reopened on Saturday June 7 while a dialogue continues as to the best possible solution," says Adam Paul Cosgrove, president of Paws for Olympia Park.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“Staycation” package back and expanded

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Last May, we told you about PittsburghPass, a local woman’s plan to help families have more fun on less money, especially in the summer.

The plan that provides bulk-rate-discounted admission to five local day-trip getaways is back, with new options.

For $83.99, PittsburghPass offers one person one admission to Kennywood, Sandcastle, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Carnegie Science Center and The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Each pass costs $83.99 regardless of age — though the price is only slightly less than the total of a kid’s admission prices to all five. (Kids under 2 get free admission at all the venues.) Total savings can be up to $143 for a family of four.

The pass, the brainchild of Miranda Bauer, recalls area hotels’ offers of discounted admissions to such attractions.

The new option is a “Singles & Couples” pass: $65.99 gets you admission to Sandcastle, Kennywood and the zoo.

Both kinds of pass are on offer until June 7, and are good throughout the 2014 season for each venue, says Bauer. (That means through year’s end for the zoo, Science Center and Children’s Museum.)

Bauer, of Baldwin, is a former corporate marketing manager who’s now a stay-at-home mom.

Learn more at www.pittsburghpass.com.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

New Package Deal Provides Staycation Alternative

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Miranda Bauer likes Sandcastle and all. She just found that when she bought a membership there for herself, her husband and her young daughter, she wasn’t getting her money’s worth. Likewise with other local attractions — she just couldn’t visit them often enough.

So this past weekend, Bauer launched PittsburghPass, a bulk-rate-discounted admission to five local hotspots.

For $83.99, PittsburghPass offers one person admission to Kennywood, Sandcastle, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Carnegie Science Center and The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Each pass costs $83.99 regardless of age — though the price is slightly less than a kid’s admission prices to all five. (Kids under 2 get free admission at all the venues.) Total savings can be up to about $30 per person.

The passes — up to 1,000 will be sold — are on offer until June 12, and are good throughout the 2013 season for each venue, says Bauer.

Bauer, of Baldwin, is a former corporate marketing manager who’s now a stay-at-home mom. She says PittsburghPass is “a product I really wanted to see.”

“You can kind of get a little taste of everything,” she adds.

A Science Center spokesperson said that PittsburghPass was created through a deal similar to that which attractions offer area hotels for bulk ticket purchases.

Learn more at www.pittsburghpass.com.

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