(PITTSBURGH June 6, 2013) Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City is gearing up for another action-packed summer. Free copies of the 2013 Citiparks Summer Magazine are now available at various locations throughout the City, providing easy information on the City's 2013 schedule of summer events such as community festivals, competitions and family activities like movie and jazz nights in the parks. The 60-page booklet is also available online at www.Citiparks.net.
"Summer is the perfect time to visit Pittsburgh's parks, trails and rivers to rediscover the treasures that surround us each day,” said Ravenstahl. "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 available at Citiparks facilities, the City-County Building, Carnegie Library branches within City limits and a variety of other locations.
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 8, from 12 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.
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 four popular concert series: “Stars at Riverview Jazz Series” (Saturdays, June 8 – August 31), “Bach, Beethoven and Brunch" (Sundays, June 16 – August 11), Mellon Square Series (Thursdays, June 20 - August 29) and “Reservoir of Jazz" (Sundays, August 4 – 25). For 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 seven locations including Schenley Park and the West End Overlook. The 2013 “Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park” schedule will include The Dark Night Rises, Jack Reacher, Finding Nemo, Jack the Giant Slayer, Chimpanzee, Skyfall, The Avengers, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and many other movie favorites for all members of the family. The series kicks off on Saturday, June 8, at two locations: “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (PG) at Grandview Park and “American Graffiti” (PG) at Riverview Park. For information, call 412-422-6426 or visit www.Citiparks.net.
Swimming Pools and Spray Parks
On Friday, 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 four popular spray parks – located in Beechview, East Hills, Shadyside and Troy Hill – 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 information, call 412-323-7928 or visit www.Citiparks.net.
Miniature Golf Course
Also beginning on June 14, golfers of all ages can play a round of miniature golf at the ice rink in Schenley Park. The 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 information, call 412-422-6547 or visit www.Citiparks.net.
Bob O’Connor Summer Tennis Classic
The seventh annual tournament – taking place June 15 – 23 and open to tennis enthusiasts aged 16 and older – 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 information, visit www.Citiparks.net.
Summer Soul Line Dancing
Whether you’re an experienced dancer or 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 once again will take place in Highland Park following “Reservoir of Jazz” concerts as well as at Mellon Park Tennis Center and Schenley Park Skating Rink. A new location added in 2013 is the West End Overlook. For information, visit www.Citiparks.net.
Citiparks Roving Art Cart – celebrating 40 years of art and smiles!
The 40th anniversary season offers many free opportunities for children to express themselves this summer. The Roving Art Cart visits a neighborhood park and/or playground Tuesday through Friday July 18 – August 16. Children can paint, sculpt, bead and create a summer of magic and fun. For information, call 412-665-3665 or visit www.Citiparks.net.
Five Citiparks Farmers' Markets opened in May and two additional markets will open later this month:
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.
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687