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Summer Outdoors 


City Pools. Citiparks pools are open June 14 through Labor Day. Programs include swimming lessons and swim teams. Purchase seasonal pool tags or pay a daily entrance
fee. 412-323-7928 or

Spray Parks. Enjoy the movement sensors that cause sprayers to turn on and off in East Hills, Shadyside, Troy Hill and Beechview. 412-323-7928

Tennis. Regional tennis courts are open in Frick, Highland, McKinley, Mellon, Schenley and West Penn 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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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. Full schedule at 

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.


MAY 19

City Spree:  A city-wide 5K race without a course. Runners and walkers create their own course throughout the city, traveling between checkpoints to discover connections between neighborhoods. or

MAY 24

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


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


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

JUNE 2-14

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


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

  • Downtown Walking Tours

JUNE 7-28

Fourth Avenue and PPG Place Walking Tour. Each Friday at noon. Meet at Smithfield Street and Fourth Avenue, Downtown. Free. 412-471-5808, x527 or for reservations

JUNE 15-23

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


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

Rachel Carson Trail Challenge
  • Rachel Carson Trail Challenge


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.

JUNE 24-30

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

JULY 5-26

Grant Street and Mellon Square Walking Tour. Each Friday at noon. Meet at the entrance of the Omni William Penn hotel on Sixth and Grant streets, Downtown. Free. 412-471-5808, x527 or for reservations 


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

JULY 9-21

Paul G. Sullivan Championship. Tennis tournament open to players 16 and older. Frick Park Red Clay Courts. 412-244-4188


Juniors Golf Championship. North Park Golf Course. 412-835-3545


Pittsburgh Pirates Fun Run/Walk for Epilepsy. 5K course. PNC Park.


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

JULY 18-SEPT. 19

Summer Natural History Tours/Walks. Boyce Park, Deer Lakes Park, Harrison Hills Park, Hartwood Acres, and White Oak Park. 724-733-4618


South Hills Kids Triathlon. Ages 7-12. Wave Pool, South Park. 412-351-0512


Juniors Golf Tournament. South Park Golf Course. 412-835-3545

JULY 27-28

Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race. Compete in an international- or sprint-distance triathlon, or the "Adventure" tri featuring a 2-mile paddle, 20K bike ride and 5K run.

AUG. 2-30

Market Square Area Walking Tour. Each Friday at noon. Meet at PNC's Triangle Park across from the Fairmont Hotel Downtown. Free. 412-471-5808 ext. 527 or for reservations

AUG. 9-25

Bikefest. A celebration of life on two wheels in Pittsburgh. Various events and locations.

AUG. 10

North Park Kids Triathlon. Ages 7-15. Pool, North Park. 412-351-0512

Brookline Breeze 5K Run and Fitness Walk. Plus non-competitive one-mile "Mini-Breeze" fun run. Brookline Memorial Recreational Center. 412-571-3222

AUG. 13

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

AUG. 16

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

AUG. 24

Run Around the Square 5K Run/Walk. Henrietta and Milton streets, Regent Square 412-246-9506 or


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

SEPT. 6-27

Bridges and River Shores Walking Tour. Each Friday at noon. Meet in front of Renaissance Hotel, Downtown. Free. 412-471-5808, x527 or for reservations

SEPT. 21

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

SEPT. 29

Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race. The annual 10K foot race grows every year, so register early. There's also a 5K run/fitness walk. 412-255-2493 or


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