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2012 Summer Guide

CITY POOLS Citipark pools open June 14, through Labor Day. Programs include swimming lessons and swim teams. Purchase pool tags for the season or pay a daily entrance fee. 412-323-7928 or www.citiparks.net

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

LAWN BOWLING Open lawn bowling and league play, plus free lessons. Frick Park, Regent Square. 412-782-0848 or www.lawnbowlingpittsburgh.org

SKATEBOARDING Go boarding at these city-run skate parks: McKinley, West Penn, and Sheraden. 412-255-2539

SPRAY PARKS Children of all ages and abilities can enjoy the movement sensors that cause sprayers to turn on and off in Troy Hill and Beechview. 412-323-7928

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

VENTURE OUTDOORS Venture Outdoors sponsors hundreds of outdoor events at area parks, including family fun walks, plus 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

SUMMER NATURAL HISTORY TOURS/WALKS July 18-Sept. 19. Boyce Park; Deer Lakes Park; Harrison Hills Park; Hartwood; North Park Marshall Island; and White Oak Park. 724-733-4618

BIG LEAGUE SPORTS Organized programs for kids include baseball, softball, soccer and track and field. Co-sponsored by Citiparks and the Pittsburgh Pirates. 412-488-8585

INLINE SKATING Weekly through September. Offers beginner, intermediate and advanced skates throughout the week around the city and on the Eliza Furnace Trail. www.skatepittsburgh.com

MARKET SQUARE AREA WALKING TOUR Fridays in June. Noon. Meet at Fifth and Liberty avenues, across from the Fairmont Hotel Downtown. Free. 412-471-5808 ext. 571 or www.phlf.org

GRANT STREET AND MORE WALKING TOUR Fridays in July. Noon. Meet at the entrance of the Omni William Penn hotel on Sixth and Grant streets, Downtown. Free. 412-471-5808 ext. 571 or www.phlf.org

FOURTH AVENUE WALKING TOUR Fridays in August. Noon. Meet at Smithfield Street and Fourth Avenue, Downtown. Free.
412-471-5808 ext. 571 or www.phlf.org

BRIDGES AND MORE WALKING TOUR Fridays in September. Noon. Meet in front of Renaissance Hotel, Downtown. Free. 412-471-5808 ext. 571 or www.phlf.org

May 25

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

June 3

Greenfield Glide. 5K run and walk over a cross-country course. Schenley Park Overlook. 412-255-2493

June 3-15

Senior Games. If you're 60 or older, compete in archery, bocce, bowling, darts, 5K run and other events. Various locations. 412-422-6405

June 8

Riverview 5K Run and Walk. Riverview Park. 412-255-2493

June 9

13th Annual Pittsburgh Walk NOW for Autism. Heinz Field. 412-367-4571

Oyster Urban Adventure

June 16

Pittsburgh Oyster Urban Adventure Race. A 20-30 mile urban adventure race that combines athleticism and strategy. Teams run, bike, paddle, climb, answer clues and complete tasks around the city. Shorter-course divisions available. www.oysterracingseries.com

June 16-24

Bob O'Connor Summer Tennis Classic. Tennis tournament open to all ages and abilities. Schenley Park Tennis Center and Stanton Avenue courts. 412-244-4188

June 21

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

Rachel Carson Trail Challenge

June 23

Annual Rachel Carson Trail Challenge. A 34-mile endurance hike from North Park to Harrison Hills County Park. Two shorter events — the 16-mile Homestead Challenge and a 7-mile Friends and Family Challenge — also take place that day. www.rachelcarsontrails.org

June 25-July 1

Frick Park Red Clay Junior Open. Tennis tournament open to boys and girls 16 and younger. Frick Park. 412-244-4188