(PITTSBURGH June 6, 2012) Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City is gearing up for another action-packed summer. Free copies of the 2012 Citiparks Summer Magazine are now available at various locations throughout the City, providing easy information on the City's 2012 schedule of summer events such as community festivals, competitions and family activities like movie and jazz nights in the parks. The 60-page booklet also includes reference materials including City facility lists and phone numbers.
"Summer is the perfect time to visit Pittsburgh's parks, trails and rivers to rediscover the treasures that surround us each day,” said Ravenstahl. "The Summer Magazine is a City resident's official guide for summer programs and activities. Head to the great outdoors – across town or just around the corner in your own neighborhood – and you’ll be amazed by all there is to do in the City of Pittsburgh this summer.”
Print copies of the Summer Magazine are currently available at Citiparks facilities, the City-County Building, the Schenley Park Visitor Center, the VisitPittsburgh welcome center and Carnegie Library branches within City limits.
Information and schedules for Citiparks programs and events are also available by visiting www.Citiparks.net or by calling 412-255-2539.
Riverview Park Heritage Day
This popular annual event showcases Riverview Park, an urban oasis just north of Downtown Pittsburgh. Free Heritage Day activities this Saturday, June 9, from noon to 4 p.m. will include tours of the landmark Allegheny Observatory, pony rides, a variety of kids’ activities and refreshments. For information, call 412-255-2493 or visit www.Citiparks.net.
Bob O’Connor Summer Tennis Classic
The sixth annual tournament – open to tennis enthusiasts aged 16 to 80+ – honors the outstanding community spirit demonstrated by the late mayor. The men’s and women’s A open singles and A open doubles are USTA-sanctioned events. For more information, visit www.Citiparks.net.
Swimming Pools and Spray Parks
On Thursday, June 14, Citiparks will open 18 outdoor swimming pools for the summer season. Individuals can currently purchase pool tags for year-round admission to Citiparks outdoor pools and the Oliver Bath House, which operates in the off season.
The City’s two popular spray parks – located in Troy Hill (Goettman St.) and Beechview (Orangewood St.) – are already open for the season. From the tiniest toddler to a pre-teen adventurer, and even those using wheelchairs, children of all ages and abilities can enjoy spray parks. The season runs until early fall and admission is free. For more information call 412-323-7928 or visit www.Citiparks.net.
Miniature Golf Course
Also beginning on June 14, golfers of all ages will play a round in Schenley Park – a round of miniature golf – at the ice rink. The new Schenley Park Miniature Golf Course promises a challenging 18 holes of fun and excitement for the entire family. Head out for a little friendly competition on the putting green, surrounded by whimsical scenery in a beautiful park setting. For more information call 412-422-6547 or visit www.Citiparks.net.
Summer Soul Line Dancing
Whether you’re an experienced dancer or just a novice on the dance floor, step out to an area park for Citiparks popular Summer Soul Line Dancing. Instructor Roland Ford incorporates R&B music in free classes that begin with basic steps and finish with more advanced moves. Free dance sessions will take place in Highland Park following “Reservoir of Jazz” concerts as well as at Mellon Park Tennis Center and Schenley Park Skating Rink. For more information call 412-225-9190 or visit www.Citiparks.net.
Three Free Concert Series
Whether you love jazz or classical, you’re bound to find the perfect free performance by attending one – or all – of Citiparks three popular concert series: “Stars at Riverview Jazz Series” (Saturdays, June 9 – August 25), “Bach, Beethoven and Brunch (Sundays, June 17 – August 12) and “Reservoir of Jazz" (Sundays, August 5 – 26). For more information call 412-255-2493 or visit www.Citiparks.net.
Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park
Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head out for an evening of cinema under the stars. Free movies take place at six returning locations and two new venues (Arlington and Highland Park). The 2011 “Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park” schedule includes The Muppets , Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Happy Feet Two and many other movie favorites for all members of the family. “Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park” kicks off on Saturday, June 9, at two locations: Gnomeo & Juliet (G) at Grandview Park and Abduction (PG-13) at Riverview Park. For more information call 412-422-6426 or visit www.Citiparks.net.
Five Citiparks Farmers' Markets opened in May and two additional markets will open later this month:
3:30 to 7:30 p.m. East Liberty, Penn Circle West
3:30 to 7:30 p.m. South Side, 18th and Carson Street – NEW LOCATION
3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Carrick, Carrick Shopping Center, Brownsville Road & Parkfield Street (opening June 6)
3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Beechview, Beechview and Broadway avenues (opening June 14)
3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bloomfield, Immaculate Conception School parking lot, Cedarville Street and Friendship Avenue
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Downtown Pittsburgh, City-County Building, Grant Street
3:30 to 7:30 p.m. North Side, East Park, East Ohio Street & Cedar Avenue
All markets sell farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods, while several locations also sell flowers, small gifts and gardening items. For more information on Citiparks Farmers' Markets, call 412-422-6547 or visit www.Citiparks.net.