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Swimming in city pools, June 10-Labor Day
Swimming in city pools, June 10-Labor Day


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

City of Play. Try a smorgasbord of games from cards to Tchoukball (which involves a ball and a trampoline) to one that centers on scavenging and bartering in a post-apocalyptic economy. Various locations around the city.

City Pools. Citiparks pools are open June 10 through Labor Day. Programs include swimming lessons and swim teams. Purchase seasonal pool tags or pay a daily entrance fee. 412-323-7928 or

Dek Hockey. Available at outdoor rinks in Banksville Park; Marmaduke Playground, Brighton Heights; Lewis Playground, Hazelwood; Ormsby Playground, South Side; and Brookline Memorial Park

Inline Skating. Weekly through September. Offers beginner, intermediate and advanced skates throughout the week around the city and on the Eliza Furnace Trail.

Kayak Pittsburgh. The city is known for its three rivers; Kayak Pittsburgh lets you play on them. Rentals and launch points in Millvale and the North Side. Stand-up paddling is also available at the North Park boathouse.

Lawn Bowling. Open lawn bowling and league play, plus free lessons. Frick Park, Regent Square. 412-782-0848 or

Pittsburgh Sports League. Year-round adult co-ed sports, including basketball, kickball, volleyball, softball. Various city locations. 412-338-2133 or

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

Spray Parks. From May 24 until early fall, enjoy the movement sensors that cause sprayers to turn on and off in East Hills, Shadyside, Troy Hill, Beltzhoover and Beechview. 412-323-7928

Tennis. Regional tennis courts are open in Arsenal, Frick, Highland, Moore, Schenley, Washington's Landing and West parks. Summer programs include camps and lessons. 412-244-4188

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

Hands off Rafah protest in East Liberty
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Hands off Rafah protest in East Liberty

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