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Swimming in city pools, June 10-Labor Day

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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

MAY 23

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

MAY 31

Walk to Cure Arthritis. South Side Works.


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

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


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

JUNE 6-27

Market Square Area Downtown Walking Tour. Each Friday at noon. Meet at PNC Triangle Park in front of the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel, Downtown. Free. 412-471-5808 x527 or for reservations


Annual Pittsburgh Walk NOW for Autism. Heinz Field.

JUNE 14-22

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


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


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 23-29

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

JULY 7-20

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


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


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

JULY 11-25

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


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

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

AUG. 1-29

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

AUG. 2-3

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. 8-24

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

AUG. 9

Brookline Breeze 5K Run and Fitness Walk. Plus non-competitive 1-mile "Mini-Breeze" fun run. Brookline Memorial Recreational Center. 412-571-3222

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

AUG. 12

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

AUG. 13

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

AUG. 15

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

AUG. 16

Fifth Annual Bocce Tournament & Festival. Sen. John Heinz History Center. 412-454-6405

AUG. 23

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


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


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