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Big League Sports

Organized programs for kids include baseball, softball, soccer, and track and field. Sponsored by Citiparks. 412-488-8585

Bike Pittsburgh

This cycling advocacy group sponsors a series of group rides and other events throughout the summer. 412-325-4334 or www.bike-pgh.org

Critical Mass Bike Ride

Group bike ride through the city. Last Friday of every month. Meet at 5:30 p.m. by Carnegie Library dinosaur, on Forbes Avenue in Oakland. www.pghcriticalmass.org


Citiparks operates a half-mile bike loop along Washington Boulevard. The track is also used weekly by the Allegheny Cycling Association (www.acaracing.com) and other groups. 412-255-2539 or www.citiparks.net

Disc Golf

Schenley Park features an 18-hole "disc golf" course, and Carrick's Phillips Park has a nine-hole course created by high school students. For more information, check the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Society at www.pfds.org.

Golden Triangle Bike Rental

Bike-rental concession along the Eliza Furnace trail, Downtown. A variety of bikes, including tandems, are available seven days a week. Group tours available. 412-600-0675 or bikepittsburgh.com.


Allegheny County operates 18-hole golf courses in North Park (724-935-1967) and South Park (412-835-3545). The county also sponsors tournaments for men, women and juniors, as well as two-person "Scrambles." For details call 412-835-3545 or www.alleghenycounty.us. The Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park is the city's only 18-hole golf course. 412-622-6959 or www.thefirstteepittsburgh.org

Hash House Harriers

Weekly hare-and-hound-style running events. Trails are semi-off-road and typically range between three to five miles, with checkpoints, beverage stops and the occasional false trail. 412-381-6709 or www.pgh-h3.com

Inline Skating

Weekly events on the Eliza Furnace "jail trail" and free skating lessons through September. The Three Rivers Inline Club also holds regular group skating events along city streets. www.skatepittsburgh.com

Lawn Bowling

Open lawn bowling and league play, plus free lessons. Reynolds Street in South Point Breeze. 412-782-0848 or www.lawnbowlingpittsburgh.org

Obscure Sports Pittsburgh

Obscure Sports Pittsburgh

It's play for grown-ups who refuse to grow up. Features new, old and a mix of games weekly -- like office-chair curling, human battle chess or scatter ball, for players 18 and older. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., usually at Mellon Park, plus special events. 412-223-7142 or www.obscuregamespgh.com

Outside Adventures

Nonprofit, volunteer group organizes activities including boating, biking and hiking trips. Instruction also offered. 724-230-0237 or www.outsideadventures.org

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball

Can they turn it around after 17 consecutive losing seasons? www.pittsburghpirates.com.

Pittsburgh Sports League

Year-round adult co-ed sports, including basketball, kickball, volleyball, softball. Various city locations. 412-338-2133 or www.pump.org


Go boarding at these city-run skate parks: McKinley in Beltzhoover, West Penn Park in Polish Hill and Tuxedo Street in Sheraden. 412-255-2539

Spray parks

Cool off during the hot days of summer at Pittsburgh's "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. Troy Hill (Goettman Street) and Beechview (Rockland Avenue). 412-255-2539


City park pools open June 17, through Labor Day. Programs include swimming
lessons and swim teams. Purchase pool tags for the season or pay a daily fee. 412-323-7928 or www.citiparks.net

Summer Natural History Tours/Walks

Held in county parks. July 17-Sept. 18. Boyce Park (724-327-0338); Deer Lakes Park (724-265-3520); Harrison Hills Park (724-295-3570); Hartwood (412-767-9200); North Park Marshall Island (724-935-1766); and White Oak Park (412-678-3774).


Regional tennis courts are open in Frick, Highland, McKinley, Mellon, Schenley and West parks. Summer programs include camps and lessons. 412-244-4188

Three Rivers Rowing

With facilities in Millvale and Washington's Landing, Three Rivers Rowing offers classes and tournaments for anyone interested in kayaks, rowing or dragonboating. 412-231-8772 or www.threeriversrowing.org



Weekly lunchtime fishing, including on-site licenses and expert advice. Wednesdays at Riverfront Park, North Shore. 412-255-0564 or www.ventureoutdoors.org

Venture Outdoors

Venture Outdoors sponsors hundreds of outdoor events at dozens of area parks, including family fun walks, beginner- to-advanced sessions in hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, yoga and much more. 412-255-0564 or www.ventureoutdoors.org


Old Allegheny Jail Museum Tour

Mondays until October. 11:30 a.m. Self-guided tour, plus docent on site. Free. Downtown. 412-471-5808 or www.phlf.org

May 28

Two-player Scramble. South Park Golf Course. 412-835-3545

June 1-11

Senior Games. Sponsored by Citiparks, Allegheny County residents 60 and older can compete in archery, bocce, bowling, darts, shuffleboard and more. 412-422-6405

June 3-5

Allegheny County Marbles Tournament. Display skills aiming small glass balls; for 14 and under. Allegheny County Courthouse courtyard, Downtown. 412-260-7278

June 4-25

Market Square Area Walking Tour. Fridays in June. Noon. Meet at PNC's Triangle Park at Liberty and Fifth avenues. 412-471-5808 or www.phlf.org

Paddle at the Point, June 5

June 5

Paddle at the Point. As part of World Environment Day, Pittsburgh tries to break the world record for largest raft of canoes and kayaks (1,200 are needed) near Point State Park. Boat drop-off and registration starts at 9:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m. is record attempt. Free registration with your own boat, or rent one for $15. No experience necessary. www.paddleatthepoint.com 

June 6

Greenfield Glide. 5K run and walk over a cross-country course. Schenley Park Overlook. 412-422-8885 or www.greenfieldglide.com


June 11

Riverview 5K Run and Walk. Riverview Park Activities Building. 412-255-2493 or www.riverview5k.com 

June 11-14

UPCI Leukemia Golf Open. Charity event held to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Pittsburgh Field Club, Fox Chapel. 412-395-2890

June 17

Men's Golf Championship. South Park Golf Course. 412-835-3545

June 19

22nd Annual Pittsburgh Pirates Fun Run/Walk for Epilepsy. 5K/2 mile course. PNC Park. 1-800-361-5885 or www.efwp.org

June 19-27

Bob O'Connor Summer Tennis Classic. Held at Schenley Park Tennis Center and Stanton Avenue Courts, and in memory of the city's beloved late mayor, this tournament is open to kids and adults of varying ages and skill levels. 412-244-4188 or www.citiparks.net

June 26

Pittsburgh Walk NOW for Autism. Mellon Arena. 412-367-4571

Family Outdoors Festival. First of three events held over the summer by Venture Outdoors. Try scaling a climbing wall, using a GPS unit to find secret treasures or biking around the park. Mellon Park. 412-628-7186 or www.ventureoutdoors.org

June 30-July 4

Frick Park Red Clay Junior Open. The only junior tournament held in the city for boys and girls 10-14. Frick Park. 412-244-4188 or www.clayfricktennis.org

July 2-30

Penn-Liberty Cultural District Walking Tour. Fridays in July. Noon. Meet at Katz Plaza, Seventh Street at Penn Avenue. Free. 412-471-5808 or www.phlf.org

July 6

Women's Golf Championship. South Park Golf Course. 412-835-3545

July 7

Juniors Golf Championship. North Park Golf Course. 724-935-1967

July 14-25

Paul G. Sullivan Championship. In its 90th year, a tennis tournament for players 16 and up at Frick Park Red Clay Courts. 412-244-4188 or www.clayfricktennis.org

July 17

South Hills Kids Triathlon. Ages 7-12. Wave Pool, South Park. 412-466-6710 or www.pittsburghhabitat.org

July 22

Men's Golf Championship. North Park Golf Course. 724-935-1967

July 28

Junior's Golf Championship. South Park Golf Course. 412-835-3545

July 31

Family Outdoors Festival. Second of three events throughout the summer. Try scaling a climbing wall, using a GPS unit to find secret treasures or biking around the park. McKinley Park. 412-628-7186 or www.ventureoutdoors.org

Aug. 1

Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race. 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run plus sprint and adventure courses. North Shore Riverfront Park. www.piranha-sports.com

Aug. 6-15

Bikefest. A celebration of life on two-wheels in Pittsburgh. Various events and locations. www.bike-pgh.org

Fourth Avenue Walking Tour, Aug. 6-27

Aug. 6-27

Fourth Avenue Walking Tour. Fridays in August. Noon. Meet at Smithfield Street and Fourth Avenue, Downtown. Free. 412-471-5808 or www.phlf.org

Aug. 7

North Park Kids Triathlon. Ages 7-15, North Park Pool. 412-466-6710 or www.pittsburghhabitat.org

Aug. 14

Brookline Breeze 5K Run and Fitness Walk. Plus non-competitive one-mile fun run "Mini-Breeze." Brookline Community Center. 412-571-3222 or www.brooklinebreeze.com

Aug. 17

Women's Golf Championship. North Park Golf Course. 724-935-1967

Aug. 20

Two-player Scramble. North Park Golf Course. 724-935-1967

Aug. 27-29

Steel City Games Fest. A city-wide festival of street games, obscure sports, and participatory art. Games created by Pittsburgh artists and community groups, as well as game designers from around the country. 412-223-7142 or www.obscuregamespgh.com

Aug. 28

Run Around the Square 5K Run/Walk, through Frick Park's Fern Hollow. Henrietta and Milton avenues. 412-246-9506 or www.runaroundthesquare.com

Family Outdoors Festival. Free beginner-friendly activities for the whole family by Venture Outdoors. Climbing walls, treasure hunts, biking and kayaking are all featured. Allegheny Commons Park. 412-628-7186 or www.ventureoutdoors.org

Sept. 2

Seniors Golf Championship. South Park Golf Course. 412-835-3545

Sept. 19

Dollar Bank Junior Great Race. One-mile fun run for kids under 12. Point State Park. 412-255-2493 or www.rungreatrace.com