Outdoors | Summer Guide 2015 | Pittsburgh Summer Outdoor Events and Activities


City Pools. Citiparks pools are open June 9 through Labor Day. Programs include swimming lessons and swim teams. Purchase seasonal pool tags or pay a daily entrance fee. 412-323-7928 or www.citiparks.net

Spray Parks. From May 23 until early fall, enjoy getting splashed as movement sensors cause sprayers to turn on and off. Parks in Hazelwood, East Hills, Shadyside, Troy Hill, Beltzhoover and Beechview. 412-323-7928

Summer Soul Line Dancing. Exercise to R&B tunes at area parks. 412-225-9190 or www.citiparks.net

Tennis. Regional tennis courts are open in Allegheny Commons, Arsenal, Frick, Highland, Moore, Schenley, and Washington's Landing. 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

Kayak Pittsburgh. Kayak Pittsburgh lets you play on the water. Rentals and launch points in North Park and the North Side. Other rentals include stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, pedal boats and canoes. www.kayakpittsburgh.org

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

click to enlarge Summer Soul Line Dancing
Photo courtesy of Citiparks
Summer Soul Line Dancing

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

City of Play. Try a smorgasbord of games from cards to Circle Rules Football, a team sport using a fitness ball and a circular field. Various locations around the city. Full schedule at www.cityofplay.org

BIG League Sports. Organized programs for kids include baseball, softball, soccer and hockey. Co-sponsored by Citiparks, Pirates Charities and Pittsburgh Penguins. 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

MAY 22

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

MAY 30

Walk to Cure Arthritis. Allegheny Commons East Park, Cedar Avenue. arthritiswalkpittsburgh.kintera.org

MAY 31

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. www.cityspreerace.com

JUNE 5-26

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 www.phlf.org for reservations


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

Rollercoaster Race. 10K race or 5K run/walk at Kennywood Park. 412-951-8572 or rollercoasterrace.com

JUNE 6-7

Slide the City. A 1,000-foot water slide will brighten city streets this weekend. www.slidethecity.com


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

JUNE 13-21

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


Annual Pittsburgh Walk NOW for Autism. Schenley Park. www.walknowforautismspeaks.org


Annual Rachel Carson Trail Challenge. A 34-mile endurance hike from North Park to Harrison Hills County Park. Two shorter events — the 18-mile Homestead Challenge and a 7-mile Friends and Family Challenge — also take place that day. www.rachelcarsontrails.org

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