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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. From May 28 until early fall enjoy the movement sensors that cause sprayers to turn on and off 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. 412-255-2493 or

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

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 North Park and the North Side. Other rentals include stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, pedal boats and canoes.

click to enlarge Greenfield Glide, June 5 - PHOTO COURTESY OF CITIPARKS
Photo courtesy of Citiparks
Greenfield Glide, June 5

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; 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

BIG League Sports. Organized programs for kids include baseball, softball, soccer and hockey. Co-sponsored by Citiparks, Pirates Charities and Pittsburgh Penguins. 412-622-7353

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

MAY 27

Free Friday Walking Tour: Gateway Center. Each Friday at noon. Meet at the Gateway “T” Station, on Stanwix Street near Liberty Avenue, Downtown. Free. 412-471-5808, x527 or for reservations

MAY 29

Open Streets. The city will close down selected streets in Pittsburgh for a day of walking, biking and other activities.

JUNE 3-24

Free Friday Walking Tour: Market Square Area. 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, and to learn about walks in July, August and September.


Walk to Cure Arthritis. South Side Works.


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


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


Yoga in the Square. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and lululemon sponsor free yoga every Sunday morning. Market Square.


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


Pittsburgh Melanoma Foundation 5K. South Park.

Riverview Park Heritage Day. Free family fun includes games, crafts, refreshments and more. Riverview Park. 412-255-2493

JUNE 11-19

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.


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.

JUNE 20-26

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


Open Streets. The city will close selected streets in Pittsburgh for a day of walking, biking and other activities.

JULY 3-17

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


Habitat for Humanity Kids Triathlon. Ages 7-12. Wave Pool, South Park. 412-351-0512


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

Night Nation Run. A running music festival complete with lights, lasers, beats and celebration. North Shore Riverfront Park.


Open Streets. The city will close down selected streets in Pittsburgh for a day of walking, biking and other activities.

AUG. 6

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

AUG. 13-14

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. 13

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

AUG. 19-28

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

AUG. 27

Run Around the Square 5K Run/Walk. Henrietta Street and Milton Avenue, Regent Square.

SEPT. 10

Alphabet Trail and Tails. A free early-elementary interactive literacy event incorporating children’s books. Blue Slide Playground. Frick Park, Squirrel Hill. 412-655-3665

SEPT. 17

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

SEPT. 25

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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