Citiparks Press Releases http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/press-releases Citiparks (c) 2014 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR LABOR DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3460 <p>Several Citiparks facilities will adjust operating schedules on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.</p> <p>OPEN ON HOLIDAY&nbsp;-- Weather permitting, all six Citiparks&nbsp;swimming pools will be open from 1 - 5:45 p.m.&nbsp; Labor Day serves as the final day of operation for Citiparks outdoor pools:&nbsp; HIGHLAND PARK, JACK STACK (Brighton Heights), MOORE (Brookline), REAM (Mt. Washington), SCHENLEY PARK and SUE MURRAY (North Side).</p> <p>OPEN ON HOLIDAY -- Mellon Park Tennis Center, Shadyside</p> <p>CLOSED ON HOLIDAY&nbsp;-- Citiparks&#39; 10 recreation centers and 14 Healthy Active Living centers for seniors</p> <p>CLOSED ON HOLIDAY&nbsp;-- Farmers&#39; Market in East Liberty</p> <p>For more information, visit www.Citiparks.net.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:06:14 -0400 SIX CITIPARKS REGIONAL POOLS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH LABOR DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3403 <p>The following six Citiparks pools will remain open through Labor Day (Monday, September 1):</p> <p><strong>HIGHLAND PARK</strong>, 151 Lake Drive, Highland Park (412-665-3637)</p> <p><strong>JACK STACK</strong>, 600 Brighton Woods Road, Brighton Heights (412-766-4577)</p> <p><strong>MOORE</strong>, 1801 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline (412-571-3223)</p> <p><strong>REAM</strong>, 321 Merrimac Street, Mt. Washington (412-488-8312)</p> <p><strong>SCHENLEY PARK</strong>, Overlook Drive, Oakland (412-422-4266)</p> <p><strong>SUE MURRAY</strong>, 301 Cedar Avenue, North Side (412-323-7914)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hours of operation for these regional pools will be:</p> <p>Mondays through Fridays (Aug. 18 - 22 and Aug. 25 - 29): 1 - 7:45 p.m.</p> <p>Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day (Aug. 23, 24, 30, 31&nbsp;and Sept. 1): 1 - 5:45 p.m.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reduced staffing levels will result in the closure of all other Citiparks pools.</p> <p>Sunday, August 17, is the last day of operation at the following pools:&nbsp; Ammon (Hill District), Banksville, Bloomfield, Homewood, Magee (Greenfield), McBride (Lincoln Place), Ormsby (South Side), Phillips (Carrick), Riverview Park, Sheraden, West Penn (Polish Hill) and Westwood.</p> <p>For information, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a> or call 412-323-7928.</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:08:52 -0400 CITIPARKS SUGGESTS SEVEN FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3402 <p>It&#39;s August, but there&#39;s still plenty of time to enjoy the warm days of summer!&nbsp; For information concerning all Citiparks events and programs, visit www.Citiparks.net.</p> <p><strong>Citiparks suggests seven FREE summer activities for the next seven days:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Tuesday, August 12, at dusk --&nbsp;Dollar Bank&nbsp;<strong>CINEMA IN THE PARK</strong></p> <p>West End Overlook -- &quot;The Smurfs 2&quot; (PG)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Wednesday, August 13, at dusk -- Dollar Bank <strong>CINEMA IN THE PARK</strong></p> <p>Schenley Park (Flagstaff Hill) -- &quot;The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug&quot; (PG-13)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Thursday, August 14, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- <strong>MELLON SQUARE CONCERT SERIES</strong></p> <p>Mellon Square, Downtown Pittsburgh -- Mark Ferrari performs at noon</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Friday, August 15, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- <strong>SPRAY PARKS</strong></p> <p>5 locations (Beechview, Beltzhoover, East Hills, Shadyside, Troy Hill)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Saturday, August 16, from 2 - 4 p.m. -- <strong>SUMMER SOUL LINE DANCING</strong></p> <p>Mellon Park Tennis Center, Shadyside -- Roland Ford teaches R&amp;B line dancing</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sunday, August 17, from 5 - 7 p.m. -- <strong>RESERVOIR OF JAZZ</strong> concert series</p> <p>Highland Park (near fountain at entrance) -- Dr. Alton Merrell &amp; Impact perform</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Monday, August 18, at dusk&nbsp;-- Dollar Bank <strong>CINEMA IN THE PARK</strong></p> <p>Highland Park (&quot;Mt. Bigelow&quot; at far end of reservoir) -- &quot;Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2&quot; (PG)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:59:07 -0400 STILL TIME TO ENJOY CITIPARKS FREE CONCERTS & MOVIES THIS SUMMER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3367 <p>August has arrived -- but if you haven&#39;t&nbsp;had a chance&nbsp;yet to enjoy an outdoor concert or movie this summer, there&#39;s still plenty of time.&nbsp; Whether you love jazz -- or watching movies under the stars -- you&#39;re bound to find the perfect free event presented as part of Citiparks SUMMER IN THE CITY celebration.</p> <p>All four Citiparks concert series continue in August.&nbsp; Or grab a blanket and head out for an evening of cinema under the stars at numerous locations for &quot;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park.&quot;&nbsp; For information, visit www.Citiparks.net.</p> <p><strong>DOLLAR BANK CINEMA IN THE PARK</strong> -- Spread a blanket on a summer evening and enjoy a great movie at the&quot;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&quot; series.&nbsp; Free movies take place at 7 locations throughout the summer.</p> <p>Upcoming movies in August include &quot;Frozen,&quot; &quot;Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,&quot; &quot;All is Lost,&quot; Planes&quot; and &quot;The Hobbit:&nbsp;The Desolation of Smaug.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STARS AT RIVERVIEW JAZZ SERIES</strong> -- Saturdays 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Riverview Park</p> <p>Upcoming performers are Poogie Bell (Aug. 2); Salsamba Latin Jazz Group (Aug. 9); Benny Benack III (Aug. 16); Jevon Rushton (Aug. 23); Roby Edwards (Aug. 30).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BACH, BEETHOVEN AND BRUNCH</strong> -- Sundays 10:30 a.m. - Noon at Mellon Park, Point Breeze</p> <p>Upcoming performers are Carnegie Brass (Aug. 3); Klezlectic (Aug. 10).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RESERVOIR OF JAZZ</strong> -- Sundays 5 - 7 p.m. at Highland Park</p> <p>Upcoming performers are Maureen Budway (Aug. 3); Salsamba Latin Jazz Group (Aug.10); Dr. Alton Merrell &amp; Impact: A Gospel Jazz Experience (Aug. 17); The Horn Guys (Aug. 24); Cross Currents (Aug. 31).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>MELLON SQUARE CONCERT SERIES</strong> --&nbsp;Thursdays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mellon Square, Downtown Pittsburgh</p> <p>Upcoming performers are Highland Brothers Band (Aug. 7); Mark Ferrari (Aug. 14); Kung Fu Radio (Aug. 21).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>FOR INFORMATION:&nbsp; www.Citiparks.net</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:05:40 -0400 CITIPARKS "RESERVOIR OF JAZZ" CONCERT SERIES ENTERTAINS THROUGHOUT AUGUST http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3334 <p>This summer you can once again relax on the lawn at Highland Park to the sounds of jazz performed by Pittsburgh&#39;s finest musicians during the ever-popular &quot;Reservoir of Jazz&quot; series.</p> <p>Performances will take place every Sunday in August from 5 - 7 p.m. by the fountain at the Highland Avenue entrance to Highland Park<strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>The free concert series will launch on Sunday, August 3, at 5 p.m. with a performance by Maureen Budway.</strong></p> <p>The five-week series is presented by Citiparks and is sponsored by BNY Mellon, Highland Park Community Council and ARAD.</p> <p>For more information concerning this Citiparks concert series, call 412-255-2493 or visit www.Citiparks.net.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2014 RESERVOIR OF JAZZ SCHEDULE</strong></p> <p>August 3 -- Maureen Budway</p> <p>August 10 -- Salsamba Latin Jazz Group</p> <p>August 17 -- Dr. Alton Merrell &amp; Impact:&nbsp; A Gospel Jazz Experience</p> <p>August 24 -- The Horn Guys</p> <p>August 31 -- Cross Currents (Lucas, Hall, Sheehan, Anderson)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:49:43 -0400 BIG LEAGUE SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES TO TAKE PLACE AT PNC PARK ON TUESDAY, JULY 29 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3329 <p>Boys participating in Citiparks BIG League Sports baseball leagues will take to the field at PNC Park on Tuesday, July 29, for the 2014 Championship Games.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4:00 p.m. game <strong>Pony (boys 13 - 14)</strong> -- CARRICK #1 vs. BRIGHTON HEIGHTS</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6:30 p.m. game <strong>Colt (boys 15 - 16)</strong> -- GREENFIELD vs. BRIGHTON HEIGHTS</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9:00 p.m. game <strong>Super Colt (boys 17 - 18)</strong> -- ELLIOTT vs. WESTWOOD</p> <p>To receive free parking in Lot #6 on General Robinson Street, spectators should identify themselves as attending the BIG League Championship Games.</p> <p>This year event organizers are encouraging individuals attending to make donations as admission at the gate.&nbsp; All donations collected on July 29 will benefit future BIG League Sports programs.</p> <p>Citiparks Pittsburgh BIG League Sports is a cooperative effort between Citiparks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirates Charities and other partners.&nbsp; Established in 1994, BIG League Sports now hosts a variety of programs that include baseball, softball, hockey, soccer, futsal and special programs for teams.</p> <p><em>The championship games for girls softball took place on July 12.</em></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:24:19 -0400 SOFTBALL FANS INVITED TO ATTEND GIRLS' CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES AT PNC PARK ON SATURDAY, JULY 12 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3283 <p>Girls participating in Citiparks BIG League Sports softball leagues will take to the field at PNC Park on Saturday, July 12, for the 2014 Girls Softball Championship Games.</p> <p>The championship game for girls 12 years and younger will take at 10 a.m. followed by the championship game for girls 15 years&nbsp;and&nbsp;younger at 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 10 a.m. (12U) -- Brookline #2 vs. Elliott</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11:30 a.m. (15U) -- Elliott vs. Brighton Heights</p> <p>This year event organizers are ecouraging individuals attending to make donations as admission at the gate.&nbsp; All donations collected on July 12 will benefit future BIG League Sports programs.</p> <p>Citiparks Pittsburgh BIG League Sports is a cooperative effort between Citiparks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirates Charites and other partners.&nbsp; Established in 1994, BIG League Sports now hosts a variety of programs that include baseball, softball, hockey, soccer, futsal&nbsp;and special programs for teams.</p> <p>The championship games for boys baseball will take place in late July.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:56:09 -0400 UPCOMING EVENT: Citiparks Roving Art Cart to feature sheep shearing at North Side park http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3225 <p>WHAT:&nbsp; <strong>CITIPARKS ROVING ART CART -- Sheep shearing and yarn making featured activities during&nbsp;Roving Art Cart</strong>&nbsp;<strong>visit to North Side park</strong></p> <p>WHEN:&nbsp; Roving Art Cart at park on Thursday, June 26, between 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.&nbsp; (sheep shearing to take place between 10:30 a.m.&nbsp;- 12:30 p.m.)</p> <p>WHERE: Allegheny Commons Park (West Commons) near National Aviary, North Side</p> <p><strong>SPECIAL DEMONSTRATION ON JUNE 26:&nbsp; YARN MAKING</strong></p> <p>Greenfield Farms will oversee the shearing of several sheep.&nbsp; Experts will then card the wool and spin the wool into yarn as chilldren watch.&nbsp; Throughout the summer, children will incorporate yarn into art projects.</p> <p>The Citiparks Roving Art Cart -- now in its 41st season of inspiring creativity -- visits one park or playground each Tuesday - Friday through August 8.&nbsp; Children can&nbsp;pick up a paintbrush, sculpt with clay, create 3D objects with paper and do much more.</p> <p>FOR INFORMATION:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:40:30 -0400 CITIPARKS "SUMMER SOUL LINE DANCING" KICKS OFF WEDNESDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3191 <p>Whether you&#39;re an experienced dancer or just a novice on the dance floor, step out to an area park for Citiparks ever-popular Summer Soul Line Dancing.</p> <p>Instructor Roland Ford incorporates R&amp;B music in classes that begin with basic steps and finish with more advanced moves.</p> <p>This summer, 14 free lessons will take place at Highland Park, Mellon Park, Schenley Park and West End Overlook.</p> <p>The first session will take place on Wednesday, June18, from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Schenley Park Skating Rink (indoors).</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p>LINK TOSCHEDULE:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/summer-soul-dancing">www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/summer-soul-dancing</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:18:14 -0400 CITIPARKS ROVING ART CART INSPIRES CREATIVITY THROUGHOUT SUMMER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3175 <p>Get your passport to fun!&nbsp; The Citiparks Roving Art Cart will visit 32 neighborhood parks and playgrounds for eight weeks of summer fun.&nbsp; Children will paint, sculpt, bead and create art projects from around the world such as making colorful masks, Amazon rain sticks and Chinese dragons.</p> <p>The Roving Art Cart visits parks and playgrounds beginning June 17 and concluding August 8.&nbsp; It visits one site each Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.</p> <p><strong>The 2014 festivities kick off with a special opening day celebration on&nbsp;Tuesday, June 17, at Highland Park Super Playground.</strong></p> <p>For more information, call 412-665-3665 or visit www.Citiparks.net.</p> <p><em>Please note:&nbsp; Groups of 10 or more must visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a> </em><em>or call 412-665-3665 one week in advance to make reservations.</em></p> <p>LINK TO 2014 ROVING ART CART SCHEDULE: www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/roving-art-cart</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:07:22 -0400 CITIPARKS 18 OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS TO OPEN ON TUESDAY, JUNE 10 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3156 <p>On Tuesday, June 10, Citiparks will open 18 outdoor swimming pools for the summer season.</p> <p>Citiparks pools are located in Highland Park, Riverview Park, Schenley Park, Banksville, Bloomfield, Brookline, Brighton Heights, Carrick, Greenfield,&nbsp;Hill District, Homewood, Lincoln Place, Mt. Washington, North Side, Polish Hill, Sheraden,&nbsp;South Side and Westwood.</p> <p>Hours of operation for the outdoor pools&nbsp;are weekdays 1 - 7:45 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 1 - 5:45 p.m.</p> <p>Individuals can purchase pool tags for year-round admission to Citiparks outdoor pools and the Oliver Bath House, which operates in the off season.&nbsp; Cost of pool tags for City residents:&nbsp; $60 for family of four; $10 for each additional family member; $30 for adult (16 years and older); $15 for youth (3 - 15 years old); free for child (2 and younger).&nbsp; For non-City residents the cost is $45 for adult or youth.</p> <p>Those interested in purchasing daily admission can do so at any pool beginning on June 10.&nbsp; Cost is $3 for children ages 3 - 15 and $4 for individuals 16 and older.</p> <p>LINK TO LIST OF POOL LOCATIONS: http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/swimming-pools-outdoor</p> <p>LINK TO INFORMATION ABOUT PURCHASING POOL TAGS:&nbsp; http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/swimming-tags-fees</p> <p>For information about all Citiparks programs and events, visit www.Citiparks.net</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:05:04 -0400 REGISTER TODAY FOR UPCOMING CITIPARKS TENNIS TOURNAMENTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3146 <p>Register today for Citiparks&#39; three upcoming tennis tournaments:</p> <p><strong>BOB O&#39;CONNOR SUMMER TENNIS CLASSIC -- entry deadline June 10</strong></p> <p>June 14 - 22, 2014 at Schenley Park Tennis Center and Highland Park Courts; registration/information ONLINE at <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>&nbsp;OR REGISTER IN PERSON at Mellon Park Tennis Center, 6601 Fifth Ave., Shadyside<br type="_moz" /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Tennis enthusiasts of all levels 16 to 80+ take to courts&nbsp;to compete in the 8th annual Bob O&#39;Connor Summer Tennis Classic.&nbsp; The tournament honors the outstanding community spirit demonstrated by the late Mayor Bob O&#39;Connor.&nbsp; The men&#39;s and women&#39;s A open singles and A open doubles are USTA-sanctioned events.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FRICK PARK RED CLAY JUNIOR OPEN</strong></p> <p>June 23 - 29, 2014 at Frick Park Red Clay Courts; registration/information at <a href="http://www.ClayFrickTennis.org">www.ClayFrickTennis.org</a></p> <p>Boys and girls ages 16 and younger can compete in the only junior tournament held on red clay in all of western Pennsylvania.&nbsp; This USTA-sanctioned event is open to City and non-city residents.&nbsp; Players come from City neighborhoods and as far away as Madrid, Spain, and Puerto Rico.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>PAUL G. SULLIVAN CAMPIONSHIPS</strong></p> <p>June 7 - 20, 2014 at Frick Park Red Clay Courts; registration/information at <a href="http://www.ClayFrickTennis.org">www.ClayFrickTennis.org</a></p> <p>Formerly the &quot;Pittsburgh Parks Championships&quot; -- held at the Frick Park Clay Courts since 1930 -- this tournament remains a memorable center stage of public park tennis in Pittsburgh.&nbsp; Now revitalized by the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club, this traditional tournament is USTA-sanctioned and open to adult players 16 years and older.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:34:09 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES 2014 "DOLLAR BANK CINEMA IN THE PARK" FREE MOVIE SCHEDULE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3138 <p>Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head out for an unforgettable evening of cinema under the stars.&nbsp; The 2014 &quot;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&quot; schedule will include <em>Frozen, Monsters University, Iron Man 3, Gravity</em> and many other movie favorites for all members of the family.</p> <p>Return to your favorite movie location at Schenley Park, Riverview Park, Highland Park, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Brookline Memorial Park or West End Overlook.</p> <p>The summer movie schedule kicks off on Saturday, June 7, with &quot;Here Comes the Boom&quot; (PG)&nbsp;showing at Grandview&nbsp;Park and&nbsp;&quot;Now You See Me&quot; (PG-13) showing at Riverview Park.&nbsp; All movies begin at dusk.</p> <p>For more information, call Citiparks at 412-255-2493 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p>The Citiparks CINEMA IN THE PARK series is presented by Dollar Bank and sponsored by NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:06:40 -0400 UPCOMING EVENT -- CITIPARKS "RIVERVIEW PARK HERITAGE DAY" ON SAT., JUNE 7 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3124 <p>EVENT:&nbsp; <strong>Citiparks annual &quot;Riverview Park Heritage Day&quot;</strong></p> <p>Free Heritage Day activities provide opportunities to explore nature by viewing rare birds from the National Aviary and meeting furry friends from the Animal Rescue League and Humane Society.&nbsp; &quot;Fort Heritage&quot; recreates the American frontier with pony rides, totem pole painting and much more.&nbsp; Throughout the park grounds, kids unleash their creativity at the Citiparks Roving Art Cart, families tour the Allegheny Observatory and everyone enjoys free refreshments.</p> <p>NEW THIS YEAR -- &quot;Wheels on Parade&quot; provides an opportunity for children to bring along&nbsp;their bikes and gather at 1 p.m. on the Chapel Shelter lawn to join costumed puppet figures and high-stepping musical characters to wheel through the park grounds.</p> <p>DATE:&nbsp; <strong>Saturday, June 7, 2014&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Noon - 4 p.m.</strong></p> <p>PLACE:&nbsp; Riverview Park, North Side</p> <p>INFO:&nbsp; For more information, call 412-255-2493 or visit www.Citiparks.net.</p> <p>Riverview Park Heritage Day is sponsored by ARAD and NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:17:44 -0400 THREE FREE CITIPARKS CONCERT SERIES LAUNCH IN JUNE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3113 <p>Grab a blanket and head to a local park.&nbsp; Citiparks launches three free concert series in June:</p> <p><strong>MELLON SQUARE CONCERT SERIES</strong> -- Enjoy sunny days and cool bands during a relaxing lunch break.&nbsp; Stop by this ever-popular gathering place as favorite local bands entertain crowds in the heart of the city.</p> <p>THURSDAYS, May 29 - August 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (music begins at Noon), Mellon Square, Downtown Pittsburgh&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>LAUNCHES May 29 with performance by Mia Z.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STARS AT RIVERVIEW JAZZ SERIES</strong> -- This concert series features Pittsburgh&#39;s premier jazz musicians for a summer of incredible musical entertainment on Observatory Hill.&nbsp; After the concerts, stay for Cinema in the Park at dusk.</p> <p>SATURDAYS, June 7 - August 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Riverview Park, North Side&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong> LAUNCHES June 7 with performance by Roger Humphries</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BACH, BEETHOVEN AND BRUNCH</strong> -- This longtime favorite series entertains music lovers on the lawn of Mellon Park in the City&#39;s East End.&nbsp; Don&#39;t miss the &quot;Best Brunch&quot; competition during intermission -- the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts awards prizes.</p> <p>SUNDAYS, June 15 - August 10, from 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Mellon Park, Point Breeze&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>LAUNCHES June 15 with performance by Allegheny Brass Band</strong></p> <p>For complete concert schedules visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>. For information, call Citiparks at 412-255-2493.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:27:30 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR MEMORIAL DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3102 <p>Several Citiparks facilities will adjust operating schedules on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.</p> <p>On May 26, the Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool, 10 recreation centers and 14 Healthy Active Living senior centers will be closed.&nbsp; The Citiparks Farmers&#39; Market in East Liberty will not take place on the holiday.</p> <p>All facilities will resume normal operating schedules on Tuesday, May 27.&nbsp; Information concerning all programs and facilities is available at www.Citiparks.net.</p> <p>NOTE:&nbsp; The indoor Mellon Park Tennis Center will operate on its regular schedule on Monday, May 26.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 15:47:08 -0400 ALL CITIPARKS SPRAY PARKS TO OPEN FOR SEASON ON SATURDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3096 <p>All five Citiparks spray parks will begin daily operation on Saturday, May 24, at 9 a.m.</p> <p>The free aquatic facilities will operate daily from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.&nbsp;(weather permitting) through early fall.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>BEECHVIEW</strong> -- Vanucci Playground, 1250 Orangewood Avenue</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>EAST HILLS</strong> -- East Hills Park, Wilner Drive</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>MELLON PARK</strong> -- Mellon Park, Fifth Avenue, Shadyside</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>TROY HILL </strong>-- Cowley Playground, 1200 Goettman Street</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>WARRINGTON</strong> -- Warrington Playground, 329 E. Warrington Avenue, Beltzhoover</p> <p>The site of the former Warrington Swimming Pool has been transformed into an 8,000-square-foot spray park&nbsp;showcasing a sea monster, water bucket, flower shower and other&nbsp;in-ground water features operated via manual or sensor-activated control systems.</p> <p>For information, call the Citiparks Aquatics office at&nbsp;412-323-7928 or visit www.Citiparks.net.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>PLEASE NOTE:&nbsp; Citiparks 18 outdoor swimming pools will open for the season on Tuesday, June 10.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 08:44:50 -0400 CITIPARKS PRESENTS TWO COMMUNITY FOOTRACES IN JUNE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3092 <p>Lace up your running shoes and take part in Citiparks&#39; two community footraces in June.</p> <p><strong>GREENFIELD GLIDE&nbsp; Sunday, June 1, at 9:30 a.m.</strong> (new start time) at Schenley Park Oval</p> <p>Citiparks and the Greenfield Community Association host the Greenfield Glide 5K Run/Walk, a challenging cross-country course through Schenley Park.&nbsp; All registered runners and walkers receive a t-shirt and are eligible to win prizes in the post-race raffle.&nbsp; Registration information at <a href="http://www.GreenfieldGlidecom">www.GreenfieldGlidecom</a>.</p> <p><strong>RIVERVIEW PARK 5K RUN &amp; FITNESS WALK&nbsp; Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m.</strong> at Riverview Park Activities Building</p> <p>Riverview Park&#39;s quiet forest surrounds this hilly, winding course in Pittsburgh&#39;s North Side, so be sure to save something for that final climb.&nbsp; This competitive 5K features overall and age-group awards.&nbsp; All registered runners and walkers receive a t-shit and are eligible to win prizes at the post-race raffle. Registration&nbsp;information<br type="_moz" /> &nbsp;at www.Riverview5K.com.</p> <p>Major sponsors of both Citiparks footraces are Allegheny Health Network, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dollar Bank, Wise Snacks and Froggy Radio.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:15:00 -0400 FIRST CITIPARKS FARMERS' MARKET OPENS TODAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3051 <p>Today marks the opening of the first of five Citiparks Farmers&#39; Markets to begin operation&nbsp;this week.&nbsp; Three additional markets will open in June.</p> <p><strong>MONDAY, MAY 12, from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.:&nbsp; East Liberty Farmers&#39; Market opens at Penn Circle West</strong></p> <p>Also opening this week:</p> <p>Tuesday, May 13, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.:&nbsp; South Side (18th &amp; Carson Streets)</p> <p>Thursday, May 15, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.:&nbsp; Bloomfield (Cedarville St. &amp; Friendship Ave.)</p> <p>Friday, May 16, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: &nbsp;Downtown Pittsburgh (City-County Building, Grant St.,); and 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.: North Side (East Ohio St. &amp; Cedar Ave.)</p> <p>All markets will sell farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods, while several locations will also sell flowers, small gifts and gardening items.</p> <p>For more information, call 412-422-6523 or visit www.Citiparks.net.</p> <p>Three Citiparks Farmers&#39; Markets will open in June:&nbsp; Squirrel Hill (Sunday mornings&nbsp;beginning June 1), Carrick (Wednesday afternoons beginning June 11) and Beechview (Thursday afternoons beginning June 12).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:08:26 -0400 RESIDENTS INVITED TO ATTEND SATURDAY CEREMONY TO MARK OPENING OF CITY OF PITTSBURGH'S NEWEST SPRAY PARK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=3044 <p>Councilman Bruce Kraus, City of Pittsburgh officials&nbsp;and community leaders will gather on Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. to celebrate the opening of the City&#39;s newest aquatic facility:&nbsp;a spray park located at Warrington Playground in Beltzhoover.</p> <p>The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at 329 E. Warrington Ave., when the free aquatic facility will open.</p> <p>&quot;Spray parks offer many advantages over traditional swimming pools. They conserve water, require less staffing and offer increased accessibility to people with disabilities, to name a few key advantages,&quot; said Jim Griffin, Acting Director of the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation.&nbsp; &quot;These beautiful facilities host an exciting world of water features and offer an extended operating season from spring to fall.&quot;</p> <p>The site of the former Warrington Swimming Pool has been transformed into an 8,000-square-foot spray park featuring a water bucket, sea monster, flower shower,&nbsp;spray way, water wickets&nbsp;and various in-ground water features operated via manual or sensor-activated control systems.</p> <p>According to project architect James Sauer, principal of J.T. Sauer &amp; Associates, the facility&#39;s urban park design has incorporated graphic&nbsp;elements in the concrete&nbsp;representing the confluence of Pittsburgh&#39;s rivers and Fort Pitt landmark.</p> <p><em>The Warrington Spray Park is the fifth facility constructed by the City of Pittsburgh.&nbsp; Since 2009, spray parks have opened in Beechview, East Hill, Shadyside and Troy Hill.&nbsp; A sixth spray park is under construction in Hazelwood.</em></p> <p><strong>2014 CITIPARKS SPRAY PARK OPERATING SCHEDULE</strong></p> <p>Following the May 10 ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., WARRINGTON SPRAY PARK will operate weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. through&nbsp;Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting.</p> <p>Weather permitting, ALL FIVE CITIPARKS SPRAY PARKS will open for daily operation (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.) beginning on Saturday, May 24, 2014.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 09:28:15 -0400 "ARTWorks" AWARDS CEREMONY HONORS WINNERS OF COMPETITION SHOWCASING WORK OF CITY OF PITTSBURGH EMPLOYEES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2939 <p>A Tuesday evening reception featured an awards ceremony honoring winners of the 15th annual &quot;ARTWorks&quot; competition that showcases the creative talents of City of Pittsburgh employees, their families and members of their households.</p> <p>The City-County Building&#39;s grand lobby currently serves as the setting of an impressive collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, pottery and other unique pieces of artwork.&nbsp;&nbsp;Nearly 100 City employees and their relatives (professional, nonprofessional and youth artist) submitted the 148 pieces on display.</p> <p>The free exhibit -- titled &quot;ARTWorks:&nbsp; The National Arts Program in Pittsburgh&quot; -- allows artists of all skill levels the rare opportunity to exhibit their work as well as to compete for cash prizes and art education scholarships.</p> <p>The 30 individuals honored with awards included:</p> <p><strong>BEST OF SHOW</strong> (adult):&nbsp;Angela Pasquale of Beechview&nbsp;&nbsp; &quot;Never Again&quot; (textile fiber dragon sculpture)</p> <p>Serving as 2014 judges were Jessica Beck of The Andy Warhol Museum, Mary Brenholts of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Dave Deily of Manchester Craftsmen&#39;s Guild, Kate Hansen of Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Lynn Smith of Interior Artistry and Michael Dean and Susan Loskoch, both art educators at Pittsburgh Carrick High School.</p> <p>The exhibit will remain on display from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through Sunday, April 20, at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.</p> <p>The 15th annual &quot;ARTWorks: The National Arts Program in Pittsburgh&quot; is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation.</p> <p>For more information, call Citiparks at 412-665-3665 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:15:56 -0400 UPCOMING EVENT: Citiparks co-presents Super Sprowtz "Eat Your Super Powers" performance on Friday, March 21 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2853 <p>EVENT:</p> <p>Super Sprowtz will make a stop in Pittsburgh as part of its &quot;Eat Your Super Powers&quot; US Tour 2014, visiting 26 cities in 26 days.</p> <p>Suzy Sweetpea, Brian Broccoli and their puppet friends will inspire children to lead healthier lives by eating more vegetables -- healthy eating habits that will pay dividends for the rest of their lives -- during a free performance of songs and narratives co-presented by Citiparks and Super Sprowtz.</p> <p>DATE:&nbsp;&nbsp; Friday, March 21, 2014&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>PLACE:&nbsp;&nbsp; Theater at Children&#39;s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children&#39;s Way, Allegheny Square, North Shore</p> <p>COST:&nbsp;&nbsp; FREE ADMISSION</p> <p><strong>Admission is free but seating is limited to the first 150 individuals to arrive at the theater.</strong></p> <p>INFO:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a> and 412-255-2493</p> <p>DETAILS:</p> <p>The Super Sprowtz &quot;Eat Your Super Powers&quot; tour of 26 cities in 26 days&nbsp;features Colby Carrot, Erica Eggplant, Brian Broccoli and Suzy Sweetpea, who sing, dance and inspire children to lead a healthier, more active life.</p> <p>Performing nationwide for over 100,000 children and families with games, songs, prizes and giveaways, the Super Sprowtz show is a must-see.</p> <p>For information about Super Sprowtz, visit www.SuperSprowtz.com.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:41:53 -0400 SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK CONCLUDING OUTDOOR SEASON http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2838 <p>Lace up your ice skates one last time this winter.&nbsp; The Schenley Park Skating Rink is open for the weekend before closing Sunday evening, March 16.</p> <p>Throughout the winter, the rink operated daily and offered a variety of public sessions and special sessions such as &quot;family night,&quot; &quot;adults only late night&quot; and &quot;college ID&quot; sessions.&nbsp; The facility hosted three successful special events:&nbsp; &quot;Skate with Santa&quot; in December, &quot;Mascot Skate&quot; in January and &quot;Valentines on Ice&quot; in February.</p> <p><strong>FINAL SKATING SESSIONS OF 2013/2014 SEASON:</strong></p> <p><strong>Saturday, March 15</strong>:&nbsp; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., 4 - 6:30 p.m., 7 - 9 p.m. and 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. (adults only)</p> <p><strong>Sunday, March 16:</strong>&nbsp; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., 4 - 6:30 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m.</p> <p>PLEASE NOTE:&nbsp; High temperatures and sun may affect afternoon skating sessions -- call rink to confirm these sessions will take place.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a> or call 412-422-6523.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RINK&#39;S PARTY ROOM AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL THIS SPRING &amp; SUMMER</strong></p> <p>The Schenley Park Skating Rink features a party room with kitchen available for rental this spring and summer.&nbsp; The meeting/banquet room serves as an ideal setting for graduation parties, weddings, birthday parties and other occasions.&nbsp; Call 412-422-6523 for detail and pricing information.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:05:27 -0400 CITIPARKS PARTNERS WITH PITTSBURGH CURLING CLUB TO OFFER THE "CURLING EXPERIENCE" ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2734 <p>Fascinated by watching curling as a Winter Olympics sport?&nbsp; Interested in understanding the object of the game and curling&nbsp;equipment?&nbsp; This includes throwing a 44-pound granite stone&nbsp;over 146 feet of ice while a broom is used to sweep the ice surface.</p> <p>Then register for a class to learn the sport during the &quot;Curling Experience&quot; at the Schenley Park Skating Rink.&nbsp; Citiparks partners with the Pittsburgh Curling Club to host a one-day curling extravaganza on Sunday, February 16, to introduce this team sport of strategy and finesse that dates back to medieval Scotland.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s the fastest and best way to get the hang of curling,&quot; according to Dan Bliss, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Pittsburgh Curling Club.&nbsp; &quot;The Schenley Park event is one of two sessions we&#39;ll host around the time of the Olympics.&nbsp; Each 30-minute class will teach you how to slide and sweep, plus you&#39;ll get to throw a few stones just like you see on TV.&quot;</p> <p>Lessons will take place at the rink starting each half hour between 2:00 and 5:30 p.m. on February 16.&nbsp; Cost of a half-hour lesson is $15, and preregistration is necessary.&nbsp; To register, email Bliss at learn2curl@pittsburghcurlingclub.com.</p> <p>&quot;Curling is easy to learn and fun to play right from the first stone you throw,&quot; said Bliss.&nbsp; &quot;By the end of the lesson, you&#39;ll be a curler.&nbsp; It&#39;s that easy.&quot;</p> <p>For details, visit the Pittsburgh Curling Club website at www.pittsburghcurlingclub.com.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 09:54:08 -0500 CITIPARKS "VALENTINES ON ICE" FEBRUARY 14 AT SCHENLEY RINK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2710 <p>Enjoy a very special opportunity to skate with your sweetie on Valentine&rsquo;s Day.</p> <p>Romance will fill the air at the Schenley Park Skating Rink on Friday, Feb. 14, from 7:00 &ndash; 10:00 p.m. at &ldquo;Valentines on Ice&rdquo; &ndash; a magical night of outdoor ice skating presented by Citiparks and 100.7 Star and sponsored by UPMC Health Plan.</p> <p>The first 300 couples will receive a rose compliments of Alex&rsquo;s Flowers.com in Oakland and sweets from Betsy Ann Chocolates.&nbsp; Skate to romantic music under the stars&hellip;then warm up inside with ballroom dance lessons and a mini-massage while savoring chocolates and hot beverages.</p> <p><strong>Take advantage of the special two-for-one admission price.&nbsp;&nbsp; Admission is $4 per adult couple </strong>&ndash; or $3 per student couple (with college IDs).&nbsp; Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.&nbsp; <em>Please note that this event is ADULTS ONLY programmed for ages 18 and older.</em></p> <p>Special 2-for-1 admission price ($4 per couple*) includes:</p> <ul> <li>rose to first 300 couples compliments of Alex&rsquo;s Flowers.com in Oakland</li> <li>delicious chocolates to first 300 couples courtesy of Betsy Ann Chocolates</li> <li>mini-massage compliments of Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill</li> <li>ballroom dance lessons courtesy of professional instructor Cathy Kelly</li> <li>chance to compete in &ldquo;Go for the Heart&rdquo; puck shooting contest</li> <li>keepsake photo with your sweetheart</li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size: 11px;">* cost of skate rental is additional</span></p> <p>One lucky couple chosen at random will win the event&rsquo;s grand prize &ndash; a pair of tickets for when the Columbus Blue Jackets play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, March 28, and an overnight stay with breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.&nbsp;</p> <p>The eighth annual &ldquo;Valentines on Ice&rdquo; is presented by Citiparks and 100.7 Star and is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, Betsy Ann Chocolates, Alex&rsquo;s Flowers.com in Oakland, Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill and professional ballroom dance instructor Cathy Kelly.</p> <p>For more information, call 412-422-6523 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p><strong>LINK DIRECTLY TO EVENT INFORMATION: </strong><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/valentines-ice">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/valentines-ice</a></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:56:57 -0500 UPCOMING EVENT -- CITY OF PITTSBURGH BLACK HISTORY MONTH OBSERVANCE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2693 <p><strong>EVENT:</strong><br /> <strong>&quot;Beyond the Funny Pages:&nbsp; The works of art and life captured in comics&rdquo;</strong><br /> Exhibit displayed in City-County Building throughout Black History Month</p> <p>In celebration of Black History Month, the City of Pittsburgh will collaborate with Toonseum to present a monthlong exhibition in the lobby of the City-County Building titled &quot;Beyond the Funny Pages:&nbsp; The works of art and life captured in comics.&rdquo;</p> <p>Throughout February, the free exhibit will feature artwork, photographs and other memorabilia to highlight the overwhelming contributions of three artists with ties to Pennsylvania:</p> <ul> <li>Orrin C. Evans (born in Steelton), the first African American comic publisher;</li> <li>Jackie Ormes (raised in Monongahela), the first African American woman cartoonist;</li> <li>Clarence Matthew Baker (raised in Pittsburgh), a talented African American comic artist who crossed racial barriers and thrived in an era when comics and culture held strong prejudice against African American artists.</li> </ul> <p><strong>WHERE:</strong><br /> City-County Building lobby<br /> 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh</p> <p><strong>WHEN:</strong><br /> February 3 - 28, 2014 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>SPONSORS:</strong><br /> The 2014 celebration of Black History Month is presented by Citiparks in partnership with Toonseum and is sponsored by BNY Mellon and WAMO 100.</p> <p><strong>INFO: </strong><br /> Call Citiparks at 412-255-2391 or visit www.Citiparks.net</p> <p><strong>PUBLIC INVITED TO EVENING RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE EXHIBIT OPENING</strong></p> <p>The public is invited to attend a reception in celebration of the opening of &quot;Beyond the Funny Pages&quot; on Monday, February 3, from 6:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m.</p> <p>The ceremony in the City-County Building lobby will include refreshments, musical entertainment featuring Roger Humphries&nbsp;and remarks by Mayor William Peduto and other individuals involved with the City&rsquo;s Black History Month celebration.</p> <p>Link directly to Black History Month information: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/black-history-month">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/black-history-month</a></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:10:13 -0500 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2656 <p>Several Citiparks facilities will adjust operating schedules on Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.</p> <p>On January 20, the Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool, 14 Healthy Active Living senior centers and 10 community recreation centers will be closed.</p> <p>The Schenley Park Skating Rink will be open on January 20 and will offer an additional afternoon session from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. as well as its standard Monday session from 4 - 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Information concerning all program and facilities is available at www.Citiparks.net.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:02:09 -0500 REGISTER TODAY FOR PITTSBURGH "FALL FITNESS CLASSIC" -- THE 37th RUNNING OF "THE GREAT RACE" http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2651 <p>Register today for the 37th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield &ndash; which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, along a 6.2-mile course from Frick Park to Downtown Pittsburgh.</p> <p>The Great Race remains one of the City&rsquo;s greatest events, attracting more than a third of a million participants over the past 36 years.&nbsp; While The Great Race was established in 1977 as a 10K &ldquo;fun run&rdquo; by the late Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri, it has grown to include a 5K run/walk, running clinic, two-day exposition and children&rsquo;s race.&nbsp; This variety of events allows individuals of all ages and fitness levels to take part in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s fall fitness classic.</p> <p>Last year&rsquo;s field of 15,500 runners and walkers set a new record for the race.&nbsp; This year, race organizers are expanding the number of participants but will place a cap of 16,000 runners and walkers for the 2014 race.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> 2014 Great Race registration overview:</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;EARLY BIRD&rdquo; DISCOUNT OFFERED TO FIRST 6,000 TO REGISTER</strong><br /> &ldquo;Early Bird&rdquo; pricing &ndash; $25 (or 2 for $40 discount) &ndash; will be available to the first 6,000 runners and walkers&nbsp;who register.&nbsp; Only the first 6,000&nbsp;individuals to register will receive the discount; all others will pay $33/person to register.</p> <p><strong>REGISTRATION CAP SET AT 16,000 RUNNERS/WALKERS</strong><br /> The Great Race will cap registration for each race individually:</p> <ul> <li>The 10K run will be capped at 10,500 runners</li> <li>The 5K run / fitness walk will be capped at 5,500 runners and walkers</li> </ul> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a> or call 412-255-2493.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:48:26 -0500 UPCOMING EVENT: CITIPARKS 27th ANNUAL "MASCOT SKATE" http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2642 <p>EVENT:&nbsp; 27th annual <strong>Citiparks &quot;Mascot Skate&quot;</strong></p> <p><strong>Meet and greet dozens&nbsp;of favorite mascots on ice -- including Iceburgh, Pirate Parrot and Kenny Kangaroo.</strong></p> <p>Parents are encouraged to bring along cameras to capture the special moments as their children take to the ice with dozens of mascots.</p> <p>DATE:&nbsp; Saturday, January 11, 2014&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.</p> <p>PLACE:&nbsp; Schenley Park Skating Rink, Overlook Drive, Oakland</p> <p>INFO:&nbsp; For more information, call 412-422-6523 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net">www.citiparks.net</a></p> <p>COST:&nbsp; Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for youth (17 and younger) and seniors (60 and older).&nbsp; Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.</p> <p>The Schenley Park Skating Rink operates seven days a week and offers a variety of public sessions and lessons.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:35:47 -0500 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES NEW YEAR'S SCHEDULE FOR OUTDOOR SKATING RINK AND INDOOR TENNIS COURTS & SWIMMING POOL http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2638 <p>Three Citiparks facilities &ndash; the Schenley Park Skating Rink, the Mellon Park Tennis Center and the Oliver Bath House &ndash; will adjust their operating hours on December 31 and January 1 in observance of the New Year&rsquo;s holiday.</p> <p>On New Year&rsquo;s Eve, the skating rink, tennis center and indoor swimming pool will close at 4:00 p.m.&nbsp; The tennis center and indoor swimming pool will remain closed on New Year&rsquo;s Day.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The Schenley Park Skating Rink will open on New Year&rsquo;s Day and offer three skating sessions on Wednesday, January 1, at 1:30-3:30 p.m.; 4-6:30 p.m.; and 7-9 p.m.</p> </blockquote> <p>For information concerning the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink, call 412-422-6523.&nbsp; For information concerning the indoor Mellon Park Tennis Center, call 412-665-4017.&nbsp; For information concerning the Oliver Bath House, call 412-488-8380.</p> <p>Information concerning all programs and facilities available at <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p><br /> <strong>CITIPARKS SENIOR CENTERS &amp;&nbsp;COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTERS HOLIDAY HOURS</strong></p> <p>Citiparks&rsquo; 14 Healthy Active Living senior centers and 10 community recreation centers also will close at 4:00 p.m. on New Year&rsquo;s Eve and remain closed on New Year&rsquo;s Day.&nbsp; Regular operating schedules will resume at all locations on Thursday, January 2.</p> <p>For information concerning Healthy Active Living centers call 412-422-6401.&nbsp; For information concerning community recreation centers, call 412-422-6542.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 12:50:27 -0500 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2628 <p>Three Citiparks facilities &ndash; the Schenley Park Skating Rink, the Mellon Park Tennis Center and the Oliver Bath House &ndash; will adjust their operating hours on December 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.</p> <p>On Christmas Eve, the skating rink, tennis center and indoor swimming pool will close at 4:00 p.m.&nbsp; All facilities will remain closed on Christmas Day.&nbsp; Regular operating schedules will resume at all locations on Thursday, December 26.</p> <p>For information concerning the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink, call 412-422-6523.&nbsp; For information concerning the indoor Mellon Park Tennis Center, call 412-665-4017.&nbsp; For information concerning the Oliver Bath House, call 412-488-8380.</p> <p>Information concerning all programs and facilities available at <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>CITIPARKS SENIOR CENTERS AND COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTERS HOLIDAY HOURS</strong></p> <p>Citiparks&rsquo; 14 Healthy Active Living senior centers and 10 community recreation centers also will close at 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas Day.&nbsp; Regular operating schedules will resume at all locations on Thursday, December 26.</p> <p>For information concerning Healthy Active Living centers call 412-422-6401.&nbsp; For information concerning community recreation centers, call 412-422-6542.</p> <p><strong>Schenley rink offers additional skating opportunities</strong></p> <p>Throughout the holiday season, the Schenley Park Skating Rink will offer additional skating sessions.</p> <p>Link directly to rink&rsquo;s holiday schedule:&nbsp; <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/13-Skating-Rink-HolidaySched.pdf">http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/13-Skating-Rink-HolidaySched.pdf</a></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:45:46 -0500 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2605 <p><strong>OUTDOOR SKATING RINK, INDOOR TENNIS COURTS &amp; OLIVER BATH HOUSE&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Three Citiparks facilities &ndash; the Schenley Park Skating Rink, the Mellon Park Tennis Center and the Oliver Bath House &ndash; will be closed on Thursday, November 28, in observance of Thanksgiving.</p> <p>Regular operating schedules will resume at all three locations on Friday, November 29.</p> <p>For information concerning the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink, call 412-422-6523.&nbsp; For information concerning the indoor Mellon Park Tennis Center, call 412-665-4017.&nbsp; For information concerning the Oliver Bath House, call 412-488-8380.</p> <p><strong>CITIPARKS SENIOR CENTERS &amp; COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTERS</strong></p> <p>All Citiparks Healthy Active Living senior centers and community recreation centers will be closed on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, in observance of Thanksgiving.&nbsp; For more information, visit www.Citiparks.net or call the center directly.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:22:31 -0500 SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK OPENS FOR WINTER 2013/2014 SEASON http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2589 <p><strong>Sharpen your skates and get ready to enjoy another action-packed season of ice skating at the Schenley Park Skating Rink.&nbsp; The Citiparks outdoor rink is now open and offers a variety of skating sessions, lessons and special events through mid March.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;The Schenley Park Skating Rink remains a favorite winter attraction for Pittsburgh residents,&rdquo; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;Nothing compares with skating outside in the elements, and our rink offers a beautiful tree-lined setting, great music and plenty of free parking.&rdquo;</p> <p>The rink will operate seven days a week and offer a variety of public sessions and lessons, including:</p> <p><strong>FAMILY NIGHT &ndash; Thursdays from 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.</strong><br /> One child free with each paying adult (adult admission $4).&nbsp; All children must be accompanied by paying adults.</p> <p><strong>COLLEGE ID SESSIONS &ndash; Tuesdays from 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.</strong><br /> Present a valid college ID and save one dollar on admission (college student admission $3 during these sessions).</p> <p><strong>ADULTS ONLY SESSIONS &ndash; Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m.</strong><br /> During these late evening sessions, only adults 18 years and older can enjoy this special ice time.</p> <p><strong>Over the winter, the rink will host several special events including:</strong><br /> SKATE WITH SANTA, Sunday, December 15, 2013 (1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.)<br /> MASCOT SKATE, Saturday, January 11, 2014 (1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.)<br /> VALENTINES ON ICE, Friday, February 14, 2014 (7 &ndash; 10 p.m.) -- adults only event</p> <p>The rink will extend its operating hours Thanksgiving weekend and again between Christmas and New Year&rsquo;s weekend.</p> <p>Admission to the Schenley Park Skating Rink is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors (60 and older) and youth (17 and younger).&nbsp; Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.&nbsp; For more information, call 412-422-6523 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p>The facility includes a party room with kitchen available for rental year round for graduation parties, weddings, birthday parties and other occasions.&nbsp; The room is available for rental seven days a week (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and can accommodate up to 125 guests.</p> <p><strong>2013-2014 SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK PUBLIC SESSIONS</strong></p> <p><strong>MONDAY</strong><br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> <strong>TUESDAY</strong><br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)*<br /> <strong>WEDNESDAY</strong><br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.*<br /> <strong>THURSDAY</strong><br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m. (family night)**<br /> <strong>FRIDAY</strong><br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)<br /> <strong>SATURDAY</strong><br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only)<br /> <strong>SUNDAY</strong><br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.*<br /> * College ID Sessions &ndash; Present valid college ID for $3 admission.<br /> ** Family Night presented by NewsRadio 1020 KDKA &ndash; One child free with each paying adult (adult admission $4).&nbsp; All children must be accompanied by paying adults.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED</strong></p> <p>Thursday, November 28 &ndash; RINK CLOSED &ndash; Thanksgiving Day<br /> Friday, November 29:&nbsp; 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m. (additional session); 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m. (additional session); 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.; 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only)<br /> Saturday, November 30:&nbsp; 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.; 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.; 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.; 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only)<br /> Sunday, December 1:&nbsp; 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.; 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.; 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:37:26 -0500 MAYOR LUKE RAVENSTAHL TO LIGHT CITY'S HOLIDAY TREE ON NOVEMBER 22 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2588 <p>At lunchtime on Friday, November 22, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will officially kick off the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s holiday festivities just hours before Pittsburgh&rsquo;s skyscrapers illuminate the skyline during Light Up Night.</p> <p>Music will fill the air on the Portico of the City-County Building as &ldquo;The Ties That Bind&rdquo; serves as the theme of this year&rsquo;s gathering to celebrate the illumination of the City&rsquo;s official holiday tree.</p> <p>&ldquo;Lighting the holiday tree at lunchtime kicks off a day full of holiday celebrations downtown,&rdquo; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;The noontime gathering continues to grow in popularity each year, and it features free refreshments, entertainment and an opportunity to donate to the Salvation Army.&rdquo;</p> <p>As the crowd gathers before noon, the Salvation Army Ensemble will perform on the Portico.&nbsp; Throughout the City&rsquo;s lunchtime celebration, individuals will have an opportunity to donate new and gently used toys as well as non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army Food &amp; Toy Drive.&nbsp;</p> <p>Beginning at noon,&nbsp;the CAPA 6-12 Middle School Concert Choir&nbsp;will entertain the crowd.&nbsp; The lunchtime festivities will include an opportunity to meet and greet Santa Claus and numerous mascots including the Pirate Parrot, Steely McBeam and Pittsburgh Zoo Polar Bear.</p> <p>At 12:35 p.m., Mayor Ravenstahl will lead the countdown to illuminate the decorated holiday tree.</p> <p>Students from City of Pittsburgh public, private, parochial and charter schools have participated in the holiday tree decorating project.&nbsp; Citiparks has once again sponsored an ornament competition for school students in kindergarten through college, and all entries will hang on the holiday tree.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year&rsquo;s theme of &lsquo;The Ties That Bind&#39; encourages students to create ornaments that show how they are tied together to family, friends and community during the holiday season,&rdquo; said Mayor Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;By using neckties, students can weave together stories or create collages.&nbsp; Throughout the weeks ahead, the beautiful hand-crafted ornaments decorating the tree will serve as a visual reminder of our talented students attending schools in the City of Pittsburgh.&rdquo;</p> <p>Following the tree lighting ceremony, the holiday music will continue until 1:00 p.m. on the Grant Street Portico of the City-County Building.&nbsp; All attending the gathering will enjoy cookies provided by the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, premium hot chocolate and coffee compliments of Crazy Mocha as well as hot apple cider.</p> <p>For more information regarding the City&rsquo;s Tree Light Ceremony, call Citiparks at 412-255-2493 or visit www.Citiparks.net.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:37:23 -0500 "PERFECT" GREAT RACERS KEEP STREAK ALIVE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2508 <p>Thousands of racers &ndash; including 23 &ldquo;Perfect Great Racers&rdquo; &ndash; took to the streets of Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 29, for the 36th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race.</p> <p>These&nbsp;23 men have taken part&nbsp;in&nbsp;every Great Race 10K, starting back on Sept. 25, 1977.&nbsp;</p> <p>The following&nbsp;individuals have participated in &ndash; and finished &ndash; The Great Race for each of the past 36 years (1977 &ndash; 2013)*.<br /> * 2003 race cancelled</p> <p>Tom Abbott (Natrona Heights, PA)<br /> Richard Baldock (Allentown, PA)<br /> Ken Balkey (Churchill, PA)<br /> Gary Boyd (Butler, PA)<br /> Leslie Alfred Brody (Wexford, PA)<br /> John Burnheimer (Johnstown, PA)<br /> Bob Costello (Connellsville, PA)<br /> Philip Ehrman (Pittsburgh/South Side)<br /> Paul Gaberson (Forest Hills, PA)<br /> John George (Pittsburgh/Shadyside)<br /> Ronald Hannan (Pittsburgh/Morningside)<br /> Carl Hatfield (Bridgeport, WV)<br /> Wayne Jacobs (Shaler, PA)<br /> Marty Klanchar (State College, PA)<br /> David A. Lester (Pittsburgh/Hill District)<br /> Jack Marszalek (Wilmerding, PA)<br /> Roger McGuire (North Huntingdon, PA)<br /> Tom Miles (Pittsburgh/Banksville)<br /> Dick Monheim (Edgewood, PA)<br /> Tom Murphy (Pittsburgh/Perry South)<br /> John Richards III (McCandless, PA)<br /> Rob Ruck (Pittsburgh/Squirrel Hill)<br /> Don Slusser (Monroeville, PA)</p> <p>A record field of 15,500 runners and walkers registered for the 2013 10K run and 5K run/fitness walk.&nbsp; Race overview: http://www.rungreatrace.com/news.html</p> <p>Link to race results:&nbsp; http://www.rungreatrace.com/results.html<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:10:58 -0400 GREAT RACE ANNOUNCES STREET CLOSING SCHEDULE FOR RACE MORNING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2499 <p>On Sunday morning, September 29, a record field of 15,500 runners and walkers will take to the streets of Pittsburgh for the 36th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.</p> <p>The 10K run &ndash; which will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Beechwood Blvd. in Frick Park &ndash; will follow a predominantly downhill course along Fifth Ave. and the Blvd. of the Allies to Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh.&nbsp; A 5K run and walk &ndash; beginning at 8:00 a.m. &ndash; will start at Fifth Ave. and Atwood St. in Oakland and follow the same route as the 10K to the finish line.</p> <p><strong>Race organizers have announced the following schedule of street closings for Sunday morning, September 29:</strong></p> <p><strong>ZONE A</strong><br /> Start Line at Beechwood Blvd. to Forbes and Morewood Aves. will close to traffic at 8:30 a.m. and open at approximately&nbsp;10 a.m.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ZONE B</strong><br /> Forbes and Morewood avenues to Fifth Ave. and Bigelow Blvd. will close to traffic at 8:30 a.m. and open at approximately 10:30 a.m.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ZONE C</strong><br /> Fifth Ave. and Bigelow Blvd. to Fifth Ave. at Blvd. of the Allies Slip Ramp will close to traffic at 6:30 a.m. and open at approximately 10:45 a.m.</p> <p><strong>ZONE D</strong><br /> Blvd. of the Allies to Wood St. to Ft. Pitt Blvd. to Commonwealth Pl. will close to traffic at 6:30 a.m. and open at approximately 11 a.m.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FINISH LINE</strong><br /> Commonwealth Pl. and Liberty Ave. will close to traffic on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 6 a.m. &ndash; 11 a.m.</p> <p>For complete race information, visit <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:34:12 -0400 UPCOMING GREAT RACE EVENT: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Great Race Expo http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2498 <p><strong>Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield<br /> Great Race Expo</strong></p> <p>Friday, Sept. 27 &bull; 9 a.m. &ndash; 8 p.m.<br /> Saturday, Sept. 28 &bull; 9 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m.<br /> NEW LOCATION &ndash; David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh</p> <p>In 2013, The Great Race has teamed up with Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. to create the biggest and best Great Race Expo ever.&nbsp; This free two-day event features product sampling, health screenings, demonstrations, kids&rsquo; activities and discounted sporting goods &ndash; and an opportunity to pick up race packets.</p> <p><strong>CELEBRITY APPEARANCE BY PROFESSIONAL RUNNER LAUREN FLESHMAN</strong><br /> Stop by the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield area on Friday from 11 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m. to meet Lauren Fleshman, who will sign autographs, answer questions and pose for pictures with fans.&nbsp; The narrator of Highmark&rsquo;s popular &ldquo;Running 101&rdquo; series is a 15-time NCAA All-American at Stanford, 2-time USA Outdoor 5,000m champion and 3-time NCAA 5,000m Outdoor champion.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2013 GREAT RACE EXPO HIGHLIGHTS</strong><br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 75 vendors offering deals and discounts<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Indoor playground and kids&rsquo; activities<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Health screenings and advice<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hands-on demonstrations<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Scavenger hunt<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Opportunity to take photos with Olympic torch</p> <p>For information, visit <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a> or call 412-255-2493.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:44:08 -0400 FIREHOUSE CHILI COOK-OFF RESULTS ARE IN -- PBF ENGINE #8 DEFENDS CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THIRD WIN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2491 <p>The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire chefs at Engine and Truck Company #8 (East Liberty)&nbsp;today came away as the victors in a heated competition with cross-town rivals from Engine #32 (Spring Garden) at the third annual chili cook-off held at the Citiparks Farmers&rsquo; Market in East Liberty.<br /> <br /> Farmers&rsquo; market patrons sampled several chili recipes before voting for their favorite, and the crowd chose Engine #8&rsquo;s spicy-sweet &ldquo;Backdraft&rdquo; chili recipe &ndash; winner of the 2012 competition &ndash; as the grand prize winner again this year.<br /> <br /> The event was sponsored for a third year by Giant Eagle Market District,&nbsp;with&nbsp;2013 proceeds&nbsp;benefitting the Matthew Onyshko Fund (firefighter diagnosed with ALS).<br /> <br /> &ldquo;While the firefighters of Engine 8 have earned bragging rights, everyone came away from this event a winner,&rdquo; according to firefighter Jim McGinley, who has organized the event since its launch in 2011.&nbsp; &ldquo;Not only was $1,101 raised for fellow firefighter Matt Onyshko, but City residents of all ages also were able to&nbsp;learn more about fire safety and prevention from local firefighters.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to hosting the chili cook-off, firefighters distributed fire safety information, and younger residents&nbsp;had the opportunity to climb aboard a fire truck, try on firefighting gear, and hold the equipment used by Pittsburgh firefighters.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:29:10 -0400 2013 GREAT RACE ATTRACTS RECORD FIELD -- REGISTRATION "SOLD OUT" AT 15,500 FOR SEPT. 29 RACE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2456 <p>A field of 15,500 runners and walkers will take to the streets of Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 29, for the 36th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Registration is now closed for the 2013 race &ndash; after attracting the largest field of runners and walkers in The Great Race&rsquo;s 36-year history.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;Today we are pleased to announce that we have reached the 15,500 participant mark and Great Race registration is now closed,&rdquo; said Interim Race Director Tim Ishman, who serves as assistant director of the City&rsquo;s Department of Parks and Recreation. &ldquo;This 2013 field of runners and walkers sets a new record for the race.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>The starting gun for the 2013 Great Race will sound on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 8:00 a.m. in Oakland for the 5K run/walk.&nbsp; The 10K run will begin in Frick Park at 9:30 a.m.&nbsp; The finish line for both distances is in Point State Park.</strong></p> <p>In addition to presenting sponsor Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2013 Great Race sponsors are Dollar Bank, Allegheny Health Network, Bottom Dollar Food, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh Magazine, Trib Total Media, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, Port Authority, Olive Garden and Allegheny Regional Asset District.</p> <p>For race details, visit <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a> or call 412-255-2493.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:19:13 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES LABOR DAY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2433 <p><strong>In observance of Labor Day, several Citiparks facilities will adjust operating schedules on Monday, September 2, 2013:</strong></p> <p>&bull; Citiparks 10 community centers and 14 Healthy Active Living Centers for seniors will be closed.</p> <p>&bull; Weather permitting, all six Citiparks swimming pools will be open from 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Labor Day serves as the final day of operation for Citiparks outdoor pools:</strong><br /> Highland Park, 151 Lake Drive, Highland Park<br /> Jack Stack, 600 Brighton Woods Road, Brighton Heights<br /> Moore, 1801 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline<br /> Ream, 321 Merrimac Street, Mt. Washington<br /> Schenley Park, Overlook Drive, Schenley Park<br /> Sue Murray, 301 Cedar Avenue, North Side</p> <p>&bull; The Mellon Park Tennis Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m.</p> <p>For information concerning all Citiparks facilities, visit www.Citiparks.net.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 08:44:00 -0400 CITIPARKS SUGGESTS SEVEN SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2420 <p>Enjoy the end of summer!&nbsp; For more information, visit www.Citiparks.net .&nbsp;Citiparks suggests seven summer activities for the next seven days:</p> <p>Wednesday, August 21<br /> 6:30 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> <strong>SUMMER SOUL LINE DANCING</strong> &ndash; free<br /> Schenley Park Skating Rink<br /> http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/summer-soul-dancing</p> <p>Thursday, August 22<br /> Dusk<br /> <strong>DOLLAR BANK CINEMA IN THE PARK </strong>&ndash; free<br /> &ldquo;Jack the Giant Slayer&rdquo; (PG-13)<br /> Brookline Memorial Park<br /> http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/cinema-memorialpk<br /> (movies shown at various venues through Aug. 31)</p> <p>Friday, August 23<br /> 4 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> <strong>SCHENLEY PARK MINIATURE GOLF COURSE</strong><br /> Schenley Park Skating Rink<br /> http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/schenley-miniature-golf<br /> (miniature golf course reamins open for summer through Sunday, Aug. 25)</p> <p>Saturday, August 24<br /> 7 &ndash; 8:30 p.m.<br /> <strong>STARS AT RIVERVIEW JAZZ SERIES </strong>&ndash; free<br /> Riverview Park, Observatory Hill<br /> Salsamba performs<br /> http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/riverview-jazz-series<br /> (Riverview concert series concludes on Aug. 31)</p> <p>Sunday, August 25<br /> 5 &ndash; 7 p.m.<br /> <strong>RESERVOIR OF JAZZ </strong>&ndash; free<br /> Highland Park &ndash; Highland Avenue &amp; Reservoir Drive<br /> Michele Bensen performs<br /> http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/reservoir-jazz</p> <p>Monday, August 26<br /> 9 a.m. &ndash; 8 p.m.<br /> <strong>CITIPARKS SPRAY PARKS </strong>&ndash; free&nbsp;<br /> Four locations &ndash; Beechview, East Hills, Shadyside, Troy Hill<br /> http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/spray-parks<br /> (spray parks will remain open&nbsp;in September, weather permitting)<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:22:55 -0400 STILL TIME TO ENJOY CITIPARKS FREE CONCERTS & MOVIES THIS SUMMER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2419 <p>August is winding down&hellip;but if you haven&rsquo;t found time to enjoy an outdoor concert or movie this summer, there&rsquo;s still time!&nbsp; Whether you love jazz &ndash; or watching movies under the stars &ndash; you&rsquo;re bound to find the perfect free event presented as part of Citiparks&rsquo; various summer series.&nbsp; Three Citiparks concert series continue in late August.&nbsp; Or grab a blanket and head out for an evening of cinema under the stars at numerous locations for &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park.&rdquo;&nbsp; For information, visit www.Citiparks.net.&nbsp;</p> <p>Upcoming events remaining in August:</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Stars at Riverview&rdquo; Jazz Series</strong><br /> Saturdays, 7 &ndash; 8:30 p.m.<br /> Observatory Hill, Riverview Park<br /> August 24&nbsp;Salsamba<br /> August 31 Kenny Blake</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Reservoir of Jazz&rdquo;</strong><br /> Sundays, 5 &ndash; 7 p.m.<br /> Highland Park &ndash; Highland Avenue &amp; Reservoir Drive<br /> August 25 Michele Bensen</p> <p><strong>Mellon Square Concert Series</strong><br /> Thursdays, Noon &ndash; 1 p.m.<br /> Mellon Square, Downtown Pittsburgh<br /> August 22 The Williams Band<br /> August 29 Highway 4</p> <p><br /> <strong>&ldquo;Dollar&nbsp; Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo;</strong><br /> Spread a blanket on a summer evening and enjoy a great movie at the &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo; series.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Jack the Giant Slayer&rdquo;</strong> (PG-13) showing<br /> Tuesday, August 20, dusk, West End Overlook<br /> Thursday, August 22, dusk, Brookline Memorial Park<br /> Friday, August 23, dusk, Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville<br /> Saturday, August 24, dusk, Grandview Park, Mt. Washington<br /> Sunday, August 25, dusk, Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Chimpanzee&rdquo; </strong>(G) showing<br /> Tuesday, August 27, dusk, West End Overlook<br /> Thursday, August 29, dusk, Brookline Memorial Park<br /> Friday, August 30, dusk, Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville<br /> Saturday, August 31, dusk, Grandview Park, Mt. Washington</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Skyfall&rdquo;</strong> (PG 13) showing<br /> Wednesday, August 21, dusk, Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park<br /> Saturday, August 24, dusk, Observatory Hill, Riverview Park</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;The Avengers&rdquo;</strong> (PG 13) showing<br /> Wednesday, August 28, Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park<br /> Saturday, August 31, dusk, Observatory Hill, Riverview Park</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:54:27 -0400 SIX CITIPARKS REGIONAL POOLS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH LABOR DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2410 <p><strong>The following six Citiparks pools will remain open through Labor Day (Monday, September 2):</strong></p> <p><strong>Highland Park</strong>, 151 Lake Drive, Highland Park 412-665-3637<br /> <strong>Jack Stack,</strong> 600 Brighton Woods Road, Brighton Heights 412-766-4577<br /> <strong>Moore</strong>, 1801 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline 412-571-3223<br /> <strong>Ream,</strong> 321 Merrimac Street, Mt. Washington 412-488-8312<br /> <strong>Schenley Park</strong>, Overlook Drive, Schenley Park 412-422-4266<br /> <strong>Sue Murray</strong>, 301 Cedar Avenue, North Side 412-323-7914</p> <p><strong>Hours of operation for these regional pools will be:</strong><br /> Mondays through Fridays (Aug. 19 &ndash; 23 and Aug. 26 &ndash;&nbsp; 30) 1 &ndash; 7:45 p.m.<br /> Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day (Aug. 24, 25 &amp; 31 and Sept. 1 &amp; 2) 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.</p> <p>Reduced staffing levels will result in the closure of all other Citiparks pools.</p> <p>Sunday, August 18, is the last day of operation at the following pools:&nbsp; Ammon (Hill District), Banksville, Bloomfield, Homewood, Magee (Greenfield), McBride (Lincoln Place), Ormsby (South Side), Phillips (Carrick), Riverview Park, Sheraden, West Penn (Polish Hill) and Westwood.</p> <p>For more information, call 412-323-7928 or visit www.Citiparks.net.</p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:12:06 -0400 STILL TIME TO ENJOY CITIPARKS FREE CONCERTS & CINEMAS THIS SUMMER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2375 <p><strong>August is around the corner&hellip;but if you haven&rsquo;t found time to enjoy an outdoor concert or movie this summer, there&rsquo;s still plenty of time.</strong>&nbsp; Whether you love jazz &ndash; or watching movies under the stars &ndash; you&rsquo;re bound to find the perfect free event presented as part of Citiparks&rsquo; various summer series.&nbsp;</p> <p>All four Citiparks concert series continue in August.&nbsp; Or grab a blanket and head out for an evening of cinema under the stars at numerous locations for &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park.&rdquo;&nbsp; For information, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Dollar&nbsp; Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo;</strong><br /> Spread a blanket on a summer evening and enjoy a great movie at the &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo; series.&nbsp; Free movies take place at&nbsp;7 locations throughout the summer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Upcoming movies in August include &ldquo;Dr. Seuss&rsquo; The Lorax&rdquo; (PG), &ldquo;Jumanji&rdquo; (PG), &ldquo;The Avengers&rdquo; (PG-13) and &ldquo;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn &ndash; Part 2 (PG-13).&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Stars at Riverview&rdquo; Jazz Series</strong><br /> Saturdays, 7 &ndash; 8:30 p.m.<br /> Observatory Hill, Riverview Park<br /> August 3&nbsp; Kevin Howard<br /> August 10 Elevations<br /> August 17&nbsp; Marty Ashby Quartet<br /> August 24&nbsp; Salsamba<br /> August 31 Kenny Blake</p> <p><strong>Bach, Beethoven and Brunch</strong><br /> Sundays, 10:30 a.m. &ndash; noon<br /> Mellon Park &ndash; Fifth and Shady avenues, Point Breeze/Squirrel Hill<br /> August 4 Cincopation<br /> August 11 East Winds Symphonic Band</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Reservoir of Jazz&rdquo;</strong><br /> Sundays, 5 &ndash; 7 p.m.<br /> Highland Park &ndash; Highland Avenue &amp; Reservoir Drive<br /> August 4 Kenia<br /> August 11 Jamie Moore<br /> August 18 Flexure<br /> August 25 Michele Bensen</p> <p><strong>Mellon Square Concert Series</strong><br /> Thursdays,&nbsp;11 a.m.&nbsp;&ndash; 1 p.m. (music begins at Noon)<br /> Mellon Square, Downtown Pittsburgh<br /> August 1 Mia Z<br /> August 8 The East Enders<br /> August 15 Hugo Down<br /> August 22 The Williams Band<br /> August 29 Highway 4<br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:06:24 -0400 BASEBALL FANS INVITED TO ATTEND "MAYOR'S CUP CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES" AT PNC PARK JULY 24 & 25 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2374 <p>Boys and girls participating in Citiparks BIG League Sports baseball and softball leagues will take to the field at PNC Park on Wed., July 24, and Thurs., July 25, for the annual &ldquo;<strong>Mayor&rsquo;s Cup Championship Games</strong>.&rdquo;&nbsp; Championship games for boys Little League (age 10 &ndash; 12) and girls softball (15 years and younger) will take place on Wednesday, while boys Pony, Colt and Super-Colt (ages 13 &ndash; 18) will take place on Thursday.&nbsp; First pitch each day will be at 4 p.m. (see game schedule below)</p> <p>&ldquo;BIG League Sports offers quality athletic and educational opportunities for our youth in Pittsburgh neighborhoods,&rdquo; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;A true highlight each summer is when our boys and girls compete at PNC Park.&nbsp; Playing in the Pirates&rsquo; home park is sure to create memories that last a lifetime.&rdquo;</p> <p>This year, the &ldquo;Mayor&rsquo;s Cup Challenge&rdquo; is encouraging all individuals attending to make donations as admission at the gate.&nbsp; All donations collected on July 24 and 25 will benefit the American Heart Association.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each year, thousands of people enjoy watching the city&rsquo;s most talented youth compete at PNC Park,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;We invite the public to an amazing sporting event, and we encourage them to generously support our chosen charity: the American Heart Association.&nbsp; Over the years, this tournament has supported various local charities including the American Cancer Society and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.&rdquo;</p> <p>Citiparks Pittsburgh BIG League Sports is a cooperative effort between Citiparks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirates Charities and other partners.&nbsp; Established in 1994, BIG League Sports now hosts a variety of programs that include baseball, softball, hockey, soccer and special programs for teams.</p> <p><strong>MAYOR&rsquo;S CUP CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES SCHEDULE</strong></p> <p>Wednesday, July 24, 2013<br /> 4:00 p.m. game 12U Slo-Pitch Softball (12 years old and younger)<br /> 6:00 p.m. game 15U Slo-Pitch Softball (15 years old and younger)<br /> 8:00 p.m. game Little League (boys age 10 &ndash; 12)</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Thursday, July 25, 2013<br /> 4:00 p.m. game Pony (boys age 13 &ndash; 14)<br /> 6:30 p.m. game Colt (boys age 15 &ndash; 16)<br /> 9:00 p.m. game Super Colt (boys age 17 &ndash; 18)</p> <p>Link to information:<br /> <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/big-league-home">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/big-league-home</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:32:58 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2326 <p>In observance of Independence Day,&nbsp;Citiparks facilities will adjust operating schedules.</p> <p>On Thursday, July 4, the following Citiparks facilities will be CLOSED:<br /> &bull; Schenley Park Miniature Golf Course<br /> &bull;&nbsp;Community Recreation Centers<br /> &bull;&nbsp;Healthy Active Living Centers for seniors<br /> &bull; Farmers&rsquo; Markets in Bloomfield and Beechview</p> <p>Also on Independence Day:<br /> &bull; <strong>18 outdoor swimming pools will be open from 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.</strong>&nbsp;and<strong>&nbsp;4 spray parks will be open&nbsp;from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.<br /> &bull; Mellon Park Tennis Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. &ndash; 4 p.m. (no evening hours on July 4)</strong></p> <p>Regular operating hours will resume at all Citiparks facilities on Friday, July 5<br /> <br /> For information concerning all Citiparks facilities, visit www.Citiparks.net.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:56:49 -0400 CITIPARKS "ROVING ART CART" LAUNCHES 40th SEASON OF ART & SMILES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2291 <p>EVENT:<br /> Launch of<br /> <strong>Citiparks Roving Art Cart&rsquo;s 40th season</strong></p> <p>DATE:<br /> Tuesday, June 18, 2013<br /> 10 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m.</p> <p>PLACE:<br /> Allegheny Commons Park (West Commons) near National Aviary<br /> North Side</p> <p><em>36 weekday appearances this summer June 18 - Aug. 16<br /> <strong>Link to complete 2013 schedule: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/roving-art-cart">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/roving-art-cart</a> </strong></em></p> <p>This summer the Roving Art Cart celebrates its 40th anniversary season of inspiring young artists in the City of Pittsburgh.&nbsp; Join in!&nbsp; Pick up a paintbrush, sculpt, bead, create bicycle-powered spin art and much more all summer long.</p> <p>Add your smile to the &ldquo;1000 Smiles Campaign&rdquo; by visiting the Digital Photo Station and your smile may be featured as the &ldquo;Smile of the Day.&rdquo;&nbsp; Try fun retro art projects from the Roving Art Cart&rsquo;s special archives.</p> <p>The Roving Art Cart visits neighborhood parks and playgrounds beginning in June and concluding in August.&nbsp; The Roving Art Cart visits one site each Tuesday through Friday (10 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m.) and weekend community festivals and citywide special events (hours vary per event).&nbsp; Art activities are best suited for children ages 5 to 12.</p> <p>For more information, call 412-665-3665 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.<br /> <em>Please note:&nbsp; Groups of 10 or more must visit www.Citiparks.net or call 412-665-3665 one week in advance to make reservations.</em></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:56:20 -0400 UPCOMING EVENTS: THREE CITIPARKS TENNIS TOURNAMENTS THIS SUMMER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2272 <p><strong>BOB O&rsquo;CONNOR SUMMER TENNIS CLASSIC &ndash; entry deadline&nbsp;June 11 <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/oconnor-tennis-classic">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/oconnor-tennis-classic</a><br /> June 15 &ndash; 23, 2013<br /> Schenley Park Tennis Center and Stanton Avenue Courts<br /> For information/registration, visit www.Citiparks.net</strong><br /> Tennis enthusiasts 16 to 80+ take to courts located throughout the City of Pittsburgh to compete in the seventh annual Bob O&#39;Connor Summer Tennis Classic.<br /> The tournament honors the outstanding community spirit demonstrated by the late Mayor Bob O&#39;Connor.<br /> The men&#39;s and women&#39;s A open singles and A open doubles are USTA-sanctioned events. Visit <a href="http://www.USTA.com">www.USTA.com</a> to register.</p> <p><strong>FRICK PARK RED CLAY JUNIOR OPEN</strong><br /> http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/frick-red-clay-open</p> <p>June 24 &ndash; 30, 2013<br /> Frick Park Red Clay Courts<br /> For information/registration visit www.ClayFrickTennis.org<br /> Boys and girls ages 16 and younger can compete in the only junior tournament held on red clay in all of western Pennsylvania. This USTA-sanctioned event&mdash;returning for a fifth year&mdash;is open to City and non-City residents. Players come from City neighborhoods and as far away as Madrid, Spain, and Puerto Rico.</p> <p><strong>PAUL G. SULLIVAN CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /> http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/sullivan-tennis-championship</p> <p>July 8 &ndash; 21, 2013<br /> Frick Park Red Clay Courts<br /> For information/registration, visit www.ClayFrickTennis.org.<br /> Formerly the &ldquo;Pittsburgh Parks Championships&rdquo; &ndash; held at the Frick Park Clay Courts since 1930 &ndash; this tournament remains a memorable center stage of public park tennis in Pittsburgh.<br /> Now revitalized by the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club, this traditional tournament is USTA-sanctioned and open to adult players 16 years and older (City and non-City residents). Matches take place all day Saturday and Sunday and in the evenings on weekdays.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:20:15 -0400 CITIPARKS 18 OUTDOOR POOLS TO OPEN ON FRIDAY, JUNE 14 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2267 <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that on Friday, June 14, Citiparks will open its outdoor swimming pools for the 2013 summer season.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Our swimming pools and spray parks are just a few of the many free or affordable recreation opportunities for Pittsburgh residents this summer, where friends and neighbors can meet on hot summer days,&quot; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &quot;From swim lessons and water aerobics, to community water carnivals and more - there are plenty of ways to enjoy your neighborhood here in our most livable city.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Individuals can purchase pool tags for year-round admission to Citiparks outdoor pools and the Oliver Bath House, which operates in the off season, at the following locations:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">throughout summer, 8:30 a.m. &ndash; 4 p.m.<br /> Citiparks Office, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">NOW &ndash; JUNE 13, pool operating hours<br /> Oliver Bath House, 38 S. 10th Street, South Side</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">SUNDAY, JUNE 9, from 1 - 5:45 p.m. &amp; MONDAY - THURSDAY, JUNE 10 &ndash;&nbsp;13, from 4 &ndash; 8 p.m.<br /> tags will be sold in advance of the pool opening at Citiparks pool locations</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">BEGINNING JUNE 14 (and continuing throughout the summer season)<br /> tags will be available at Citiparks pools during operating hours</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">Cost of pool tags for City residents are: $60 &ndash; family of four; $10 &ndash; each additional family member; $30 &ndash; adult (16 years or older); $15 &ndash; youth (3 &ndash; 15 years old); free &ndash; child (2 and younger). For non-City residents the cost is $45 for adult or youth.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Those interested in purchasing daily admission can do so at any pool beginning on June 14. Cost is $3 for children ages 3 &ndash; 15 and $4 for individuals 16 and older.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For City residents who are disabled veterans and families of active duty military and activated reservist/guard members, pool tags are available at no cost. Proper ID is required.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Citiparks pools will remain open through Labor Day (September 2).&nbsp; For more information, call the Citiparks Aquatics Division at 412-323-7928 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p><strong>FREE &nbsp;SPRAY PARKS NOW OPEN FOR SUMMER</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s four spray parks (Beechview, East Hills, Shadyside, Troy Hill) offer three-dimensional worlds of water for children of all ages.&nbsp; The free spray parks opened for the season in late May and now operate daily from 9 a.m. &ndash; 8 p.m.</p> <p><strong>2013 LOCATIONS OF CITIPARKS OUTDOOR POOLS</strong></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Ammon, 2217 Bedford Avenue, Hill District</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Banksville, 1461 Crane Avenue, Banksville</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Bloomfield, 408 Ella Street, Bloomfield</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Highland, 151 Lake Drive, Highland Park</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Homewood, 540 N. Lang Avenue, Homewood</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Jack Stack, 600 Brighton Woods Road, Brighton Heights</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Magee, 745 Greenfield Avenue, Greenfield</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">McBride, 1785 McBride Street, Lincoln Place</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Moore, 1801 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Ormsby, 79 S. 22nd Street, South Side</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Phillips, 201 Parkfield Street, Carrick</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Ream, 321 Merrimac Street, Mt. Washington</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Riverview, 400 Riverview Avenue, Perry North</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Schenley, Overlook Drive, Schenley Park</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Sue Murray, 301 Cedar Avenue, North Side</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden, 1071 Adon Street, Sheraden</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">West Penn, 450 30th Street, Polish Hill</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Westwood, 100 Guyland Street, Westwood</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:20:03 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF FREE SUMMER CONCERTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2258 <p>Whether you love jazz or classical, you&rsquo;re bound to find the perfect free performance this summer by attending one &ndash; or all &ndash; of Citiparks&rsquo; three popular concert series:&nbsp; &ldquo;Stars at Riverview Jazz Series,&rdquo; &ldquo;Bach, Beethoven and Brunch,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Reservoir of Jazz.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information concerning all three Citiparks concert series, call 412-255-2493 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Stars at Riverview&rdquo; Jazz Series<br /> Saturdays, June 8 &ndash; August 31, 2013</strong><br /> 7 &ndash; 8:30 p.m.<br /> Riverview Park</p> <p>&ldquo;Stars at Riverview&rdquo; brings jazz to Riverview Park on Saturday evenings.&nbsp; So bring a lawn chair or spread a blanket on Observatory Hill for an entire summer of incredible musical entertainment.&nbsp; After the concerts, stay for &ldquo;Cinema in the Park&rdquo; &ndash; movies the entire family can enjoy &ndash; beginning at dusk. <em>Sponsored by BNY Mellon and ARAD.</em></p> <p>June 8&nbsp; Charles Wallace Band<br /> June 15&nbsp; Mark Lucas<br /> June 22&nbsp; Colter Harper<br /> June 29&nbsp; Roger Humphries<br /> July 6&nbsp;&nbsp; Eric Johnson<br /> July 13&nbsp;&nbsp; Jeff Grubbs<br /> July 20&nbsp;&nbsp; Spanky Wilson<br /> July 27&nbsp;&nbsp; Chelsea Baratz<br /> August 3&nbsp; Kevin Howard<br /> August 10&nbsp; Elevations<br /> August 17&nbsp; Marty Ashby Quartet<br /> August 24&nbsp; Salsamba<br /> August 31&nbsp; Kenny Blake</p> <br /> <p><strong>Bach, Beethoven and Brunch<br /> Sundays, June 16 &ndash; August 11, 2013</strong><br /> 10:30 a.m. &ndash; noon<br /> Mellon Park &ndash; Fifth and Shady avenues, Point Breeze/Squirrel Hill</p> <p>This longtime favorite series entertains music lovers on the lawn at Mellon Park.&nbsp; Satisfy your appetite for classical music by treating yourself to a special Sunday morning composed of Bach, Beethoven and Brunch.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t miss the &ldquo;Best Brunch&rdquo; competition during intermission &ndash; the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts awards prizes! <em>Sponsored by Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, Bagel Factory, WQED-FM 89.3 and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.</em></p> <p>June 16&nbsp; The Pittsburgh Philharmonic<br /> June 23&nbsp; River City Brass<br /> June 30&nbsp; Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra<br /> July 7&nbsp; Allegheny Brass Band<br /> July 14&nbsp; Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh<br /> July 21&nbsp; West Hills Symphonic Band<br /> July 28&nbsp; Cello Fury<br /> August 4&nbsp; Cincopation<br /> August 11&nbsp; East Winds Symphonic Band</p> <br /> <p><strong>Reservoir of Jazz<br /> Sundays, August 4 &ndash; 25, 2013</strong><br /> 5 &ndash; 7 p.m.<br /> Highland Park &ndash; Highland Avenue &amp; Reservoir Drive<br /> This summer you can once again relax on the lawn at Highland Park to the sounds of jazz performed by Pittsburgh&rsquo;s finest musicians.&nbsp; Residents of the tri-state area look forward to the month of August each year to witness this showcase of the area&rsquo;s extraordinary talent of jazz at the ever-popular Reservoir of Jazz series.<br /> <em>Sponsored by BNY Mellon, Highland Park Community Council and ARAD.</em></p> <p>August 4&nbsp; Kenia<br /> August 11&nbsp; Joe Negri<br /> August 18&nbsp; Flexure<br /> August 25&nbsp; Michele Bensen</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 14:11:46 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES 2013 "DOLLAR BANK CINEMA IN THE PARK" FREE MOVIE SCHEDULE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2257 <p>Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head out for an unforgettable evening of cinema under the stars.&nbsp; The 2013 &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo; 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.</p> <p>Return to your favorite movie location at Schenley Park, Riverview Park, Highland Park, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Brookline Memorial Park or West End/Elliott Overlook.</p> <p>For more information, call 412-422-6426 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.&nbsp; <span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_70S" style="display: none;"><span id="cke_bm_71S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><strong>(DIRECT LINK TO MOVIE SCHEDULE:&nbsp; <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/cinema-in-park">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/cinema-in-park</a>)</strong><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_71E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_70E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>CINEMA IN THE PARK is presented by Dollar Bank and sponsored by NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:34:25 -0400 CITIPARKS PRESENTS TWO COMMUNITY FOOTRACES IN JUNE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2255 <p>Lace up your running shoes and take part in Citiparks&#39; two&nbsp;community footraces in June.</p> <p><strong>GREENFIELD GLIDE<br /> Sunday, June 2, 2013<br /> 8:30 a.m., Schenley Park Oval</strong></p> <p>Citiparks and the Greenfield Community Association host the Greenfield Glide 5K Run/Walk, a challenging cross-country course through Schenley Park.&nbsp; All registered runners and walkers receive a t-shirt and are eligible to win prizes at the post-race raffle.&nbsp; Information at <a href="http://www.GreenfieldGlide.com">www.GreenfieldGlide.com</a> .</p> <p>Registration on site Sunday morning, June 2, at Schenley Park from 7 &ndash; 8:15 a.m.&nbsp; Fee $20/runner; $13/walker.</p> <p><strong>RIVERVIEW PARK 5K RUN &amp; FITNESS WALK<br /> Friday, June 7, 2013<br /> 7 p.m., Riverview Park Activities Building</strong></p> <p>Riverview Park&#39;s quiet forest surrounds this hilly, winding course in Pittsburgh&#39;s North Side, so be sure to save something for that final climb!&nbsp; This competitive 5K features overall and age-group awards.&nbsp; All registered runners and walkers receive a t-shirt and are eligible to win prizes at the post-race raffle.</p> <p>Registration available online through June 5 at Noon at <a href="http://www.riverview5k.com">www.riverview5k.com</a>.&nbsp; Registration on site Friday evening, June 7, at Riverview Park from 5:30 &ndash; 6:45 p.m.&nbsp; Fee $15/runner or walker.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 16:20:57 -0400 UPCOMING EVENT -- CITIPARKS "RIVERVIEW PARK HERITAGE DAY" ON SAT., JUNE 8 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2252 <p><strong>EVENT:<br /> Citiparks&rsquo; annual &ldquo;Riverview Park Heritage Day&rdquo;</strong><br /> Full day of free activities to include tribute to longtime park supporter Moses Carper&nbsp;</p> <p>Free Heritage Day activities&nbsp;provide opportunities to explore nature by viewing rare birds from the National Aviary meet furry friends from the Animal Rescue League and Humane Society and take part in cool activities at the Carnegie Science Center booth.&nbsp; &quot;Fort Heritage&quot; recreates the American frontier with pony rides, totem pole painting and much more.&nbsp;&nbsp;The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety&rsquo;s SWAT, Police, Fire and EMS divisions offer interactive educational experiences for all ages.&nbsp; Throughout the park grounds, kids unleash their creativity at the Citiparks Roving Art Cart, adults&nbsp;take advantage of free health&nbsp;consultations and families&nbsp;tour the Allegheny Observatory to name just a few of the day&rsquo;s numerous activities.&nbsp; And everyone&nbsp;enjoys free refreshments.</p> <p>DATE:<br /> <strong>Saturday, June 8, 2013</strong><br /> noon &ndash; 4 p.m.</p> <p>PLACE:<br /> Riverview Park, North Side<br /> &nbsp;<br /> INFO:<br /> For more information, call 412-255-2493 or visit www.Citiparks.net</p> <p><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span id="cke_bm_70S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_71S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_72S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>TRIBUTE TO &ldquo;COWBOY OF RIVERVIEW PARK&rdquo; AT 1:30 P.M.<span id="cke_bm_72E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_71E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_70E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>During Heritage Day festivities, Citiparks will celebrate the life of Moses Carper, a longtime supporter of Riverview Park programs and events &ndash; and the talented horseman who oversaw the park&rsquo;s equestrian program.</p> <p>A 1:30 p.m. ceremony outside the Visitor Center will include the unveiling of a permanent tribute to Moses Carper (1931 &ndash; 2012), known as the &ldquo;Cowboy of Riverview Park&rdquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mr. Carper maintained stables in the northeast corner of the park and established a non-profit organization to provide inner-city youth with equestrian activities in an urban setting.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 09:39:35 -0400 OLIVER BATH HOUSE NOW OPEN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2230 <p>(PITTSBURGH) May 14 -- The Oliver Bath House, 38 S. 10th Street, South Side, reopened today. The Citiparks indoor swimming pool closed last Thursday to allow City crews to repair a gas line.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 15:12:02 -0400 OLIVER BATH HOUSE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR REPAIRS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2223 <p>The City of Pittsburgh advises that the Oliver Bath House, 38 S. 10th Street, South Side, is currently closed while City crews address a possible gas leak.</p> <p>Repair work at the indoor swimming pool will begin tomorrow, Saturday, May 11, and continue through next week.</p> <p>The facility is expected to reopen within the next week.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 15:55:47 -0400 CITIPARKS FARMERS' MARKETS TO OPEN NEXT WEEK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2219 <p>Satisfy your appetite for fresh-picked fruits and vegetables throughout the next six months by visiting Citiparks Farmers&rsquo; Markets.&nbsp; Five locations will open the week of May 13, and two additional locations will open in June.</p> <p>All markets will sell farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods, while several locations will also sell flowers, small gifts and gardening items.</p> <p>For more information, call Citiparks at 412-422-6523 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p><strong>Citiparks Farmers&rsquo; Markets operate May 13 &ndash; November 27, 2013</strong></p> <p>Mondays&nbsp; 3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>East Liberty</strong>, Penn Circle West<br /> (opens May 13)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Tuesdays&nbsp; 3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>South Side</strong>, 18th and Carson streets<br /> (opens May 14)<br /> <br /> Wednesdays&nbsp; 3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>Carrick,</strong> Carrick Shopping Center,<br /> Brownsville Road &amp; Parkfield Street<br /> (opens June 19)&nbsp;</p> <p>Thursdays&nbsp; 3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>Bloomfield</strong>, St. Maria Goretti school parking lot, Cedarville Street &amp; Friendship Avenue (opens May 16)</p> <p>Thursdays 3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>Beechview, NEW LOCATION</strong> -- St. Catherine of Siena parking lot, Broadway Avenue &amp; Belasco Street&nbsp; (opens June 27)</p> <p>Fridays&nbsp; 10 a.m. &ndash; 2 p.m. <strong>Downtown Pittsburgh</strong>, City-County Building, Grant Street<br /> (opens May 17)</p> <p>Fridays&nbsp; 3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>North Side</strong>, East Park, East Ohio Street &amp; Cedar Avenue<br /> (opens May 17)<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 10:14:12 -0400 FRICK PARK TENNIS SEASON KICKS OFF FRIDAY WITH EVENING CELEBRATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2184 <p>Citiparks and the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club (FPCCTC) are pleased to jointly announce the 2013 Season Court Opening Event and Volunteer Awards on Friday, April 26, from 5 p.m. until dusk. (Rain date is Saturday, April 27, at Noon.)&nbsp; In celebration of the upcoming 2013 tennis season at Frick Park, the public is invited to attend this annual event that features music and free tennis clinics. Tennis instructors from sponsoring tennis facilities in and around Pittsburgh will conduct tennis clinics for player of all ages and abilities. Racquets for children and adults&nbsp;will be provided.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; FRICK PARK CLAY COURT SEASON OPENING CELEBRATION<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Friday, April 26, 2013<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 5 p.m. &ndash; dusk</strong><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Frick Park Red Clay Tennis Courts<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 800 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Free tennis clinics, music, games, prizes<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ClayFrickTennis.org">www.ClayFrickTennis.org</a></p> <p>In May, the club will begin its schedule of summer leagues and clinics at the clay courts on S. Braddock Avenue&nbsp;in Frick Park. Free beginner adult and children quickstart clinics will take place on Sundays from noon - 1 p.m. June through September.</p> <p><strong>Highlights of the 2013 season calendar will include:</strong></p> <p><strong><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 215, 0);">5th ANNUAL FRICK PARK RED CLAY JUNIOR OPEN</span></strong></p> <p>Boys and girls 16 and younger will compete in the only junior tournament held on red clay in all of western Pennsylvania.&nbsp; This USTA-sanctioned and officiated event is open to City and non-City residents. Since 2009, the tournament has hosted as many as 105 young players per year from City neighborhoods, the western Pennsylvania region, and as far away as Madrid, Spain, and Puerto Rico.&nbsp; In 2013, the players from Madrid will return along with a new group of players from Puerto Rico.</p> <p><strong>June 24 &ndash; 30, 2013<br /> Frick Park Red Clay Courts</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 215, 0);">PAUL G. SULLIVAN CHAMPIONSHIP</span></strong></p> <p>The former &quot;Pittsburgh Parks Championships&quot; &ndash; held at the Frick Park Clay Courts since the inauguration in August 1930 &ndash; remain a memorable center stage of public parks tennis in the City of Pittsburgh.&nbsp; The tournament is open to both City and non-City residents.&nbsp; Featuring singles (open and 50+), doubles and mixed doubles play, this tournament is open to men and women 16 years and older, and it welcomed more than 175 players in 2012.&nbsp; An independent and local flex league of players voted the Championships as the best organized tournament in the City for 2011 and 2012.&nbsp; Matches will take place all day Saturdays and Sundays and in the evenings on weekdays (all schedules posted online).</p> <p><strong>July&nbsp;8 &ndash; 21, 2013<br /> Frick Park Red Clay Courts<br /> $10 singles per player; $15 doubles per team</strong></p> <p>For more information about tennis activities taking place at Frick Park and to participate as a player or supporter, please contact the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club by visiting its website at www.clayfricktennis.org.</p> <p><strong>ABOUT THE FRICK PARK CLAY COURT TENNIS CLUB</strong></p> <p>The Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club, founded by volunteer tennis enthusiasts in 2007, is dedicated to restoring, maintaining and improving the condition of the historic Frick Park red clay tennis courts, which first opened in 1930. The 250-player member organization has collaborated with the City of Pittsburgh to ensure the future of this unique facility. Membership is open to players of all skill levels as well as to non-player supporters.</p> <p>FPCCTC was recognized as the 2007 Community Tennis Association of the Year by the USTA Allegheny Mountain District, and the FPCCTC co-founder and president, Jose Mieres, was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by the USTA Middle States, a tennis organization that spans four states.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:43:25 -0400 CITIPARKS "EARTH DAY" CELEBRATION SPANS WEEKEND WITH THREE DAYS OF EVENTS APRIL 19 - 21 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2161 <p>Citiparks and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy&rsquo;s celebration of Earth Day 2013 will feature three days of free activities in Frick Park, Squirrel Hill.&nbsp; The festivities will include a community campfire on Friday evening, tree planting on Saturday morning and nature walks on Sunday afternoon.</p> <p><strong>FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013 - COMMUNITY CAMPFIRE</strong><br /> Frick Environmental Center will provide the fire and sticks, so bring along marshmallows and a cup for hot cider!<br /> Place:&nbsp; Frick Environmental Center,&nbsp;2005 Beechwood Blvd., Squirrel Hill<br /> Time:&nbsp; 6:00&nbsp;- 9:00 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013 - TREE PLANTING DAY</strong><br /> Volunteer for a morning of hands-on tree planting&hellip;and then stay for lunch.<br /> Place:&nbsp; Parking lot in Lower Frick<br /> Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br /> Pre-registration is required: <a href="http://www.pittsburghparks.org/volunteerdays">www.pittsburghparks.org/volunteerdays</a><br /> <br /> <strong>SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2013 - NATURE WALKS</strong><br /> Enjoy an afternoon of nature walks throughout the scenic 151-acre nature reserve.<br /> Place:&nbsp; Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd., Squirrel Hill<br /> Time:&nbsp; Noon - 3:00 p.m. (walks every hour) Day-of registration required for walks&nbsp;</p> <p>More than a dozen different nature walks will spotlight wild edibles, birds, wildflowers, tree identification, spiders, &ldquo;critters in the litter&rdquo; and other topics.&nbsp; <em>Please note:&nbsp; In the event of severe weather on April 21, nature walks will be cancelled.</em></p> <p>Earth Day at Frick Environmental Center is presented by Citiparks and is sponsored by&nbsp;the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, 91.3 fm WYEP and 90.5 WESA.&nbsp;</p> <p>For a complete schedule of activities, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a> or call the center at 412-422-6538.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 22:30:59 -0400 AWARDS CEREMONY HONORS WINNERS OF "ARTWORKS" EXHIBIT SHOWCASING WORK OF CITY OF PITTSBURGH EMPLOYEES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2157 <p>A Tuesday evening reception featured an awards ceremony honoring winners of the 14th annual &ldquo;ARTWorks&rdquo; competition that showcases the creative talents of City of Pittsburgh employees, their families and members of their households.<br /> <br /> The City-County Building&rsquo;s grand lobby now serves as the setting of an impressive collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, pottery and other unique pieces of artwork.&nbsp; More than 100 City employees and their relatives (professional, nonprofessional and youth artists) submitted the 123 pieces on display.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The ARTWorks competition provides an exciting opportunity for individuals to express their creativity, and this year&rsquo;s participants represent more than a dozen City departments ranging from City Planning, to Public Works, to the Bureau of Building Inspection,&rdquo; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.<br /> <br /> The free exhibit, titled &ldquo;ARTWorks -- The National Arts Program In Pittsburgh,&rdquo; allows artists of all skill levels the rare opportunity to exhibit their work as well as to compete for cash prizes and art education scholarships.<br /> <br /> Serving as 2013 judges were Mary Brenholts of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Morton Brown, City of Pittsburgh Public Arts Manager; Dave Deily of Manchester Craftsmen&rsquo;s Guild; and Lynn Smith of Interior Artistry.<br /> <br /> <strong>The 30 individuals honored with awards included:<br /> <br /> Best of Show: Stephanie Neary of Lawrenceville</strong> (Parks &amp; Recreation employee)<br /> &ldquo;A Childhood in Hats&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The exhibit will remain on display through April 21 at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.<br /> <br /> The 14th annual &ldquo;ARTWorks -- The National Arts Program in Pittsburgh&rdquo; is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation.<br /> <br /> For more information, call Citiparks at 412-665-3665 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net">www.citiparks.net</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:42:53 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES EASTER HOLIDAY SCHEDULE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2139 <p>In observance of Easter, several Citiparks facilities will adjust operating schedules this weekend.</p> <p>Good Friday (March 29), the Oliver Bath House, all 10 Citiparks Community&nbsp;Recreation Centers and all 14 Citiparks&nbsp;Healthy Active Living senior centers will be closed.</p> <p>On Sunday, March 31, all of these facilities --&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;the Mellon Park Tennis Center -- will be closed in observance of Easter Sunday.</p> <p>Regular operating hours will resume at all Citiparks facilities on Monday, April 1.</p> <p>For information concerning all Citiparks facilities, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p>PLEASE NOTE:&nbsp; On Saturday, March 30, the Oliver Bath House will conduct Lifeguard Recertification in the afternoon and will then open to the public from 5 &ndash; 9 p.m.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:39:42 -0400 CITIPARKS "VALENTINES ON ICE" FEB. 14 AT SCHENLEY RINK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2019 <p><strong>CELEBRATE A SPECIAL VALENTINE&rsquo;S DAY&hellip;ON ICE!</strong><br /> Enjoy a very special opportunity to skate with your sweetie on Valentine&rsquo;s Day.</p> <p><strong>Romance will fill the air at the Schenley Park Skating Rink on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 7:00 &ndash; 10:00 p.m. at &ldquo;Valentines on Ice&rdquo; </strong>&ndash; a magical night of outdoor ice skating presented by Citiparks and 100.7 Star and sponsored by UPMC Health Plan.</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'">&ldquo;Valentines on Ice offers an extraordinary evening of skating under the stars in beautiful Schenley Park,&rdquo; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the best Valentine&rsquo;s Day value in town &ndash; offering skating, refreshments, giveaways and dance lessons all for just $4 per couple.&nbsp; This year marks the seventh year for Valentines on Ice, and it&rsquo;s no surprise that this event continues to grow in popularity each year.&rdquo;</span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><strong>The first 175 couples will receive a rose compliments of Alex&rsquo;s Flowers.com in Oakland and sweets from Betsy Ann Chocolates.&nbsp;</strong> Skate to romantic music under the stars&hellip;then warm up inside with salsa dance lessons and a mini-massage while savoring chocolates, hot beverages and pizza.</p> <p>Take advantage of the special two-for-one admission price.&nbsp;&nbsp; Admission is $4 per adult couple &ndash; or $3 per student couple (with college IDs).&nbsp; Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.&nbsp; <strong>Please note that this event is ADULTS ONLY event programmed for ages 18 and older.</strong></p> <p><strong>Special 2-for-1 admission price ($4 per couple*) includes:</strong><br /> &middot; rose to first 175 couples compliments of Alex&rsquo;s Flowers.com in Oakland<br /> &middot; assorted chocolates to first 175 couples courtesy of Betsy Ann Chocolates<br /> &middot; mini-massage compliments of Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill<br /> &middot; free dance lessons courtesy of Jeff &amp; Colleen Shirey of Salsa Pittsburgh<br /> &middot; chance to compete in &ldquo;Go for the Heart&rdquo; puck shooting contest<br /> &middot; pizza compliments of Lucci&rsquo;s Pizza &ndash; Squirrel Hill<br /> &middot; keepsake photo with your sweetheart</p> <p>* cost of skate rental is additional</p> <p>&ldquo;Valentines on Ice&rdquo; is presented by Citiparks and 100.7 Star and is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, Betsy Ann Chocolates, Alex&rsquo;s Flowers.com in Oakland, Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill, Salsa Pittsburgh and Lucci&rsquo;s Pizza &ndash; Squirrel Hill.</p> <p>For more information, call 412-422-6523 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p>LINK DIRECTLY TO EVENT INFORMATION:<br /> <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/valentines-ice">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/valentines-ice</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:46:08 -0500 "A CALL TO FREEDOM" EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=2016 <p>An exhibit celebrating Black History Month is on display in the lobby of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday, February 28.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;A Call to Freedom&rdquo; honors the role of African Americans in the Armed Forces during the Civil War period, including their roles as soldiers, nurses and field doctors.&nbsp; The display includes a look at the U.S. Colored Troops, one of the first predominantly African American regiments in the U.S. Armed Forces.</p> <p>&ldquo;The City&rsquo;s 2013 Black History Month exhibit showcases an inspiring collection of photographs and memorabilia honoring individuals who have left a lasting legacy here in&nbsp;Pennsylvania as well as throughout the world,&rdquo; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.</p> <p>For more information, call Citiparks at 412-255-2391 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p>The City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s celebration of Black History Month is&nbsp;sponsored by BNY Mellon and WAMO 100.</p> <p>LINK DIRECTLY TO EXHIBIT INFORMATION:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month.htm</a></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:07:23 -0500 UPCOMING EVENT: CITIPARKS "VALENTINES ON ICE" AT SCHENLEY RINK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1991 <p>EVENT:<br /> Citiparks &amp; 100.7 Star present<br /> &ldquo;VALENTINES ON ICE&rdquo;<br /> sponsored by UPMC Health Plan</p> <p>Enjoy a special opportunity to skate with your sweetie on Valentine&rsquo;s Day.</p> <p>Romance will fill the air at the Schenley Park Skating Rink on Thursday, February 14, when couples enjoy a magical night of skating outdoors with a view of the sparkling Downtown Pittsburgh skyline as the backdrop.</p> <p>Skate to romantic music under the stars&hellip;then warm up inside with salsa dance lessons and a mini-massage before savoring chocolates, hot beverages and pizza.</p> <p>Please note that this event is ADULTS ONLY programmed for ages 18 and older.</p> <p>DATE:<br /> Thursday, February 14, 2013<br /> 7:00 &ndash; 10:00 p.m.</p> <p>PLACE:<br /> Schenley Park Skating Rink<br /> Overlook Drive</p> <p>DETAILS:<br /> Special 2-for-1 admission price ($4 per couple*) includes:<br /> &middot; rose to first 175 couples compliments of AlexsFlowers.com in Oakland<br /> &middot; assorted chocolates to first 175 couples courtesy of Betsy Ann Chocolates<br /> &middot; mini-massage compliments of Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill<br /> &middot; free dance lessons courtesy of Jeff &amp; Colleen Shirey of Salsa Pittsburgh<br /> &middot; chance to compete in &ldquo;Go for the Heart&rdquo; puck shooting contest<br /> &middot; pizza compliments of Lucci&rsquo;s Pizza &ndash; Squirrel Hill<br /> &middot; keepsake photo with your sweetheart</p> <p>(*cost of skate rental is additional)</p> <p>INFO:<br /> For more information, 412-422-6523 or <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a></p> <p>SPONSORS:<br /> &ldquo;Valentines on Ice&rdquo; is presented by Citiparks and 100.7 Star and is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, Betsy Ann Chocolates, AlexsFlowers.com in Oakland, Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill, Salsa Pittsburgh and Lucci&rsquo;s Pizza &ndash; Squirrel Hill.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 09:44:25 -0500 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1970 <p>Several Citiparks facilities will adjust their operating&nbsp;schedules on Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.</p> <p>On January 21, the Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool, 14 Healthy Active Living senior centers and 10 community recreation centers will be closed.</p> <p>The Schenley Park Skating Rink will be open on January 21 and will offer an additional afternoon session from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in addition to its standard Monday session from 4 - 6:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Information concerning all programs and facilities is available at <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:36:15 -0500 GREAT RACE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2013 RACE -- REGISTER TODAY FOR PITTSBURGH'S FALL FITNESS CLASSIC http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1944 <p>Register today for the 36th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, along a 6.2-mile course from Frick Park to Downtown Pittsburgh.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Great Race remains one of the City&rsquo;s greatest events, attracting more than a quarter million participants over the past 35 years,&rdquo; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.&nbsp; &ldquo;While The Great Race was established in 1977 as a 10K &lsquo;fun run&rsquo; by the late Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri, it has grown to include a 5K run/walk, running clinic, two-day exposition and children&rsquo;s race.&nbsp; This variety of events allows individuals of all ages and fitness levels to take part in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s fall fitness classic.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to Race Director Mike Radley, &ldquo;The Great Race grows in popularity with each passing year, so our primary message remains &lsquo;register early,&rsquo; especially since the 2013 Great Race will bring about a few changes in how we register runners.&nbsp; Complete details are&nbsp;posted on our website, so we encourage all runners and walkers to visit www.RunGreatRace.com to learn more.&rdquo;</p> <p>2013 Great Race registration overview:<br /> <br /> <strong>&ldquo;EARLY BIRD&rdquo; DISCOUNT OFFERED TO FIRST 6,000 TO REGISTER</strong><br /> &ldquo;Early Bird&rdquo; pricing &ndash; $25 (or 2 for $40 discount) &ndash; will be available to the first 6,000 runners/walkers to register.&nbsp; Only the first 6,000 participants to register will receive the discount; all others will pay $30/person to register.</p> <p><strong>REGISTRATION CAP SET AT 15,500 RUNNERS/WALKERS</strong><br /> Starting in 2013, The Great Race will cap registration for each race individually:<br /> &middot; The 10K run will be capped at 10,000 runners<br /> &middot; The 5K run/fitness walk will be capped at 5,500 runners and walkers</p> <p>&ldquo;The Great Race sells out year after year, so don&rsquo;t delay in reserving your spot at the start line,&rdquo; said Radley.&nbsp; &ldquo;Last year&rsquo;s field of 15,000 runners and walkers set a new record for the race, and this year we&rsquo;re expanding the number of participants but will place a cap of 15,500 runners and walkers for the Sept. 29 race.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a> or call 412-255-2493.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:30:33 -0500 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES FACILITY CLOSINGS FOR NEW YEAR'S DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1934 <p>Three Citiparks facilities &ndash; the Schenley Park Skating Rink, the Mellon Park Tennis Center and the Oliver Bath House &ndash; will adjust their operating hours on December 31 and January 1 in observance of the New Year&rsquo;s holiday.</p> <p>On New Year&rsquo;s Eve, the skating rink, tennis center and indoor swimming pool will close at 4:00 p.m.&nbsp; The tennis center and indoor swimming pool will remain closed on New Year&rsquo;s Day.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Schenley Park Skating Rink will open on New Year&rsquo;s Day and offer four skating sessions.&nbsp; Skating sessions on Tuesday, January 1, will be 1:30-3:30 p.m.; 4-6:30 p.m.; 7-9 p.m.; and 9:30-11:30 p.m. (adults only).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>For information concerning the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink, call 412-422-6523.&nbsp; For information concerning the indoor Mellon Park Tennis Center, call 412-665-4017.&nbsp; For information concerning the Oliver Bath House, call 412-488-8380.</p> <p>Information concerning all programs and facilities available at <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net.</a>.</p> <p>CITIPARKS SENIOR CENTER &amp;<br /> COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER HOLIDAY HOURS</p> <p>Citiparks&rsquo; 14 Healthy Active Living senior centers and 10 community recreation centers also will close at 4:00 p.m. on New Year&rsquo;s Eve and remain closed on New Year&rsquo;s Day.&nbsp; Regular operating schedules will resume at all locations on Wednesday, January 2.</p> <p>For information concerning Healthy Active Living centers call 412-422-6401.&nbsp; For information concerning community recreation centers, call 412-422-6542.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 14:05:49 -0500 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES FACILITY CLOSINGS FOR CHRISTMAS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1923 <p>Three Citiparks facilities &ndash; the Schenley Park Skating Rink, the Mellon Park Tennis Center and the Oliver Bath House &ndash; will adjust their operating hours on December 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.</p> <p>On Christmas Eve, the skating rink, tennis center and indoor swimming pool will close at 4:00 p.m.&nbsp; All facilities will remain closed on Christmas Day.&nbsp; Regular operating schedules will resume at all locations on Wednesday, December 26.&nbsp;</p> <p>For information concerning the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink, call 412-422-6523.&nbsp; For information concerning the indoor Mellon Park Tennis Center, call 412-665-4017.&nbsp; For information concerning the Oliver Bath House, call 412-488-8380.</p> <p>Information concerning all programs and facilities is available at <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p><strong>CITIPARKS SENIOR CENTER &amp;<br /> COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER HOLIDAY HOURS</strong></p> <p>Citiparks&rsquo; 14 Healthy Active Living senior centers and 10 community recreation centers also will close at 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas Day.&nbsp; Regular operating schedules will resume at all locations on Wednesday, December 26.</p> <p>For information concerning Healthy Active Living centers call 412-422-6401.&nbsp; For information concerning community recreation centers, call 412-422-6542.</p> <p><em><strong>Schenley rink offers additional skating opportunities</strong></em></p> <p>Throughout the holiday season, the Schenley Park Skating Rink will offer additional skating sessions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Link directly to rink&rsquo;s holiday schedule:<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/schenley_skating_rink.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/schenley_skating_rink.htm</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:40:27 -0500 UPCOMING EVENT: CITIPARKS "SKATE WITH SANTA" ON SUNDAY, DEC. 16 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1896 <p>EVENT:<br /> <strong>CITIPARKS &quot;SKATE WITH SANTA&quot;&nbsp;</strong><br /> a very special opportunity to take to the ice with Santa Claus&hellip;<br /> just days before Christmas</p> <p>Bring along the kids &ndash; and the camera to capture these holiday memories &ndash; and &ldquo;Skate with Santa&rdquo; during this popular annual event at the Schenley Park Skating Rink.</p> <p>The festivities will include great music&hellip;refreshments&hellip;and an opportunity to skate outdoors in beautiful Schenley Park with a view of the Downtown Pittsburgh skyline as the backdrop.</p> <p>DATE:<br /> Sunday, December 16, 2012<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.</p> <p>PLACE:<br /> Schenley Park Skating Rink<br /> Overlook Drive</p> <p>INFO:<br /> For more information, call 412-422-6523<br /> or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a></p> <p>COST:<br /> Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for youth (17 and younger) and seniors (60 and older)</p> <p>Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.</p> <p>&quot;SKATE WITH SANTA&quot; is sponsored by NewsRadio 1020 KDKA</p> <p>Link directly to Skate with Santa information:<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/schenley_skating_rink.htm#Santa">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/schenley_skating_rink.htm#Santa</a></p> <p><em>The Schenley Park Skating Rink &ndash; one of only five outdoor rinks located in Allegheny County &ndash;&nbsp; operates seven days a week and offers a variety of public sessions and lessons.</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:33:57 -0500 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES FACILITY CLOSINGS ON THANKSGIVING DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1855 <p>Three Citiparks facilities &ndash; the Schenley Park Skating Rink, the Mellon Park Tennis Center and the Oliver Bath House &ndash; will close on Thursday, November 22, in observance of Thanksgiving.</p> <p>Regular operating schedules will resume at all three locations on Friday, November 23.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a> for program and event information.</p> <p>For information concerning the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink, call 412-422-6523.&nbsp; For information concerning the indoor Mellon Park Tennis Center, call 412-665-4017.&nbsp; For information concerning the Oliver Bath House, call 412-488-8380.</p> <p><strong>CITIPARKS SENIOR CENTER &amp; COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER HOURS ADJUSTED THANKSGIVING WEEK</strong><br /> All Citiparks senior centers and community recreation centers will close on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23, in observance of Thanksgiving.&nbsp; For more information, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a> or call the center directly.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:33:45 -0500 SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK NOW OPEN FOR OUTDOOR ICE SKATING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1840 <p>Sharpen your skates and get ready to enjoy another action-packed season of ice skating at the Schenley Park Skating Rink.&nbsp; The Citiparks outdoor rink is now open and offering a variety of skating sessions, lessons and special events throughout the winter.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Schenley Park Skating Rink remains a favorite winter attraction for Pittsburgh residents,&rdquo; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;Nothing compares with skating outside in the elements, and our rink offers a beautiful tree-lined setting, great music and&nbsp;plenty of free parking.&rdquo;</p> <p>The rink&nbsp;operates seven days a week and offers a variety of public sessions and lessons, including:</p> <p><strong>FAMILY NIGHT </strong>&ndash; Thursdays from 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.&nbsp; One child free with each paying adult (adult admission $4).&nbsp; All children must be accompanied by paying adults.</p> <p><strong>COLLEGE ID SESSIONS</strong> &ndash; Tuesdays from 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 7 &ndash; 9 p.m. Present a valid college ID and save one dollar on admission (college student admission $3 during these sessions).</p> <p><strong>ADULTS ONLY SESSIONS</strong> &ndash; Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m.&nbsp; During these late evening sessions, only adults 18 years and older can enjoy this special ice time.</p> <p>Over the winter, the rink will host several special events including:<br /> <strong>SKATE WITH SANTA</strong>, Sunday, December 16, 2012 (1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.)<br /> <strong>26th ANNUAL MASCOT SKATE</strong>, Saturday, January 12, 2013 (1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.)<br /> <strong>VALENTINES ON ICE</strong>, Thursday, February 14, 2013 (7 &ndash; 10 p.m.)</p> <p>The rink will extend its operating hours Thanksgiving weekend and again between Christmas and New Year&rsquo;s weekend.</p> <p><strong>THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED</strong><br /> Thursday, November 22 &ndash; RINK CLOSED &ndash; Thanksgiving Day<br /> Friday, November 23&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m. (additional session); 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m. (additional session); 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.; 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only)<br /> Saturday, November 24&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.; 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.; 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.; 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only)<br /> Sunday, November 25&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.; 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.; 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.</p> <p>The facility includes a party room with kitchen available for rental year round for graduation parties, weddings, birthday parties and other occasions.&nbsp; The room is available for rental seven days a week (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and can accommodate up to 125 guests.</p> <p>Admission to the Schenley Park Skating Rink is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors (60 and older) and youth (17 and younger).&nbsp; Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, call 412-422-6523 or visit <a href="http://www.SchenleyRink.com">www.SchenleyRink.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>2012-2013 SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK PUBLIC SESSIONS</strong></p> <p>MONDAYS&nbsp;&nbsp; 4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> TUESDAYS&nbsp;&nbsp; 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.; 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)*<br /> WEDNESDAYS&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.*<br /> THURSDAYS&nbsp;&nbsp; 7 &ndash; 9 p.m. (family night)**<br /> FRIDAYS&nbsp;&nbsp; 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.; 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)<br /> SATURDAYS&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.; 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.; 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.; 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only)<br /> SUNDAYS&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.; 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.; 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.*</p> <p>* College ID Sessions &ndash; Present valid college ID for $3 admission.<br /> ** Family Night presented by NewsRadio 1020 KDKA &ndash; One child free with each paying adult (adult admission $4).&nbsp; All children must be accompanied by paying adults.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:29:48 -0500 CITIPARKS TENNIS PROGRAM LAUNCHES AFTER-SCHOOL LESSONS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1780 <p>Grab a racquet and head to the Mellon Park Tennis Center for an action-packed October.</p> <p>The Citiparks Tennis Program is introducing new after-school sessions, conducting a special edition of its Saturday clinics on Oct. 13; offering a discount for WTT Smash Hits on Oct. 16 and much more.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;SPECIAL EDITION&rdquo; OF SATURDAY TENNIS CLINICS ON&nbsp; OCT. 13</strong><br /> All participants at Mellon Park Tennis Center clinics on Saturday, October 13, will have an opportunity to win numerous raffle prizes &ndash; including tickets to the upcoming WTT Smash Hits. See <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>&nbsp;for the clinics schedule.</p> <p><strong>NEW AFTER-SCHOOL CLINICS BEGIN OCT. 16</strong><br /> Tennis enthusiasts of all ages take to the court year round at Citiparks Mellon Park Tennis Center &ndash; and starting on October 16, the indoor facility is expanding its lessons to include after-school clinics for children 8 years and younger.<br /> <br /> Lessons will take place for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders (racquets provided):<br /> * Tuesdays 4:30 &ndash; 5:30 p.m. &ndash; beginner to intermediate<br /> * Wednesdays 4:30 &ndash; 5:30 p.m. &ndash; intermediate to advanced<br /> <br /> In addition, the Mellon Park Tennis Center is adding a new weekday session for intermediate adults:&nbsp; Mondays 11:30 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m.</p> <p><strong>DISCOUNT FOR WORLD TEAM TENNIS SMASH HITS TICKETS</strong><br /> The World Team Tennis Smash Hits fundraising event takes place at the University of Pittsburgh Oakland campus on Tuesday, October 16. Friends of Citiparks Tennis can use the Discount Code &quot;CP10&quot; to receive a 10% discount on tickets purchased online.</p> <p>&ldquo;There has never been a better time to get into tennis.&nbsp; New &lsquo;quickstart&rsquo; tennis lessons get you playing from the first day,&rdquo; according to Jose Mieres, manager of the Citiparks Tennis Program. &quot;Recent renovations at the indoor courts include the first addition of &#39;blended lines&#39; in Pittsburgh area tennis courts, to divide a full sized court into several much smaller courts more appropriate for younger children beginner to advanced. For two years now our coaches have been teaching junior clinics closely following the USTA and PTR &#39;10&amp;Under&#39; and ITF &#39;Play and Stay&#39; initiatives, and these new &#39;blended lines&#39; are a reality thanks to the outstanding response we&#39;ve received from parents and especially children playing in our clinics and summer camp.&quot;</p> <p>Citiparks Mellon Park Tennis Center is located at 6601 Fifth Avenue in Shadyside.</p> <p>The complete clinics schedule offers adult clinics on Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; Junior clinics take place on Saturdays and after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.&nbsp; Tennis clinic cost for juniors&nbsp;is $10; adults $12 - $15.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a> or call the Mellon Park Tennis Center at 412-665-4017.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:24:05 -0500 24 "PERFECT" GREAT RACERS KEEP STREAK ALIVE FOR 35 CONSECUTIVE GREAT RACES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1756 <p>Thousands of racers &ndash; including 24 &ldquo;Perfect Great Racers&rdquo; &ndash; took to the streets of Pittsburgh on Sunday for the 35th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race.</p> <p>These 24 men have participated in &ndash; and finished &ndash; every Great Race, starting back on Sept. 25, 1977.&nbsp;</p> <p>Top finishers from this group of 24 &ldquo;Perfect Great Racers&rdquo; were Bob Costello (44:41), Marty Klanchar (44:58), Dick Monheim (46:15), &nbsp;Wayne Jacobs (48:11), Ronald Hannan (50:01), Don Slusser (50:19) and Tom Abbott (50:23).</p> <p>The following 24 individuals have participated in &ndash; and finished &ndash; The Great Race for each of the past 35 years (1977 &ndash; 2012)*.<br /> * 2003 race cancelled</p> <p>Tom Abbott (Natrona Heights, PA)<br /> Richard Baldock (Allentown, PA)<br /> Ken Balkey (Churchill, PA)<br /> Gary Boyd (Butler, PA)<br /> Leslie Alfred Brody (Wexford, PA)<br /> John Burnheimer (Johnstown, PA)<br /> Bob Costello (Connellsville, PA)<br /> Philip Ehrman (Pittsburgh/South Side)<br /> Paul Gaberson (Forest Hills, PA)<br /> John George (Pittsburgh/Shadyside)<br /> Ronald Hannan (Pittsburgh/Morningside)<br /> Carl Hatfield (Bridgeport, WV)<br /> Wayne Jacobs (Shaler, PA)<br /> Marty Klanchar (State College, PA)<br /> David A. Lester (Pittsburgh/Hill District)<br /> Jack Marszalek (Wilmerding, PA)<br /> Roger McGuire (North Huntingdon, PA)<br /> Tom Miles (Pittsburgh/Banksville)<br /> Dick Monheim (Edgewood, PA)<br /> Tom Murphy (Pittsburgh/Perry South)<br /> Frank Nedwidek (Bellevue, PA)<br /> John Richards III (McCandless, PA)<br /> Rob Ruck (Pittsburgh/Squirrel Hill)<br /> Don Slusser (Monroeville, PA)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:04:31 -0400 RESULTS ANNOUNCED FOR 35th RUNNING OF "THE GREAT RACE" http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1755 <p>A record field of 15,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of Pittsburgh today for the 35th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.&nbsp; A total of 10,075 registered for the 10K run, while 4,925 registered for the 5K run/fitness walk.</p> <p>&ldquo;This 2012 field of 15,000 runners and walkers sets a new record in the race&rsquo;s 35-year history,&rdquo; said Race Director Mike Radley.&nbsp; &ldquo;Until today, The Great Race registration record stood at 14,500 set last year.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the 10K open division, Trent Binford-Walsh, 23, of Pittsburgh, was the winner in the men&rsquo;s competition with a time of 30:46.&nbsp;&nbsp;Sara Raschiatore, 32, of Leechburg,&nbsp;was the winner in the women&rsquo;s competition with a time of 34:46.</p> <p>In the 5K competition, Justin Taylor, 22, of North Hills, won the male division with a time of&nbsp;15:09. &nbsp;Kristen Leslie, 26, of Pittsburgh, won the female division with a time of 17:56.</p> <p>In addition to presenting sponsor Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2012 Great Race sponsors are Dollar Bank, Allegheny Sports Medicine, True Runner, Duquesne Light, Bottom Dollar Food, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh Magazine, Trib Total Media, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown and ARAD.</p> <p>For additional race details, visit <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:18:27 -0400 THE GREAT RACE ANNOUNCES STREET CLOSINGS ON RACE MORNING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1749 <p>On Sunday morning, September 30, a record field of 15,000 runners and walkers will take to the streets of Pittsburgh for the 35th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.</p> <p>The 10K run &ndash; which will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Beechwood Blvd. in Frick Park &ndash; will follow a predominantly downhill course along Fifth Avenue and the Blvd. of the Allies to Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh.&nbsp; A 5K run and walk &ndash; beginning at 8:00 a.m. &ndash; will start at Fifth Avenue and Atwood Street in Oakland and follow the same route as the 10K to the finish line.</p> <p><strong>Race organizers have announced the following schedule of STREET CLOSINGS for Sunday morning, September 30:</strong></p> <p>ZONE A<br /> Start Line at Beechwood Boulevard to Forbes and Morewood avenues will close to traffic at 8:30 a.m. and open at approximately 9:45 a.m.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> ZONE B<br /> Forbes and Morewood avenues to Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard will close to traffic at 8:30 a.m. and open at approximately 10:30 a.m.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> ZONE C<br /> Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Blvd. to Fifth Avenue at Boulevard of the Allies Slip Ramp will close to traffic at 6:30 a.m. and open at approximately 10:30 a.m.</p> <p>ZONE D<br /> Boulevard of the Allies at McDevitt Place&nbsp;to Wood Street to Ft. Pitt Boulevard to Commonwealth Place will close to traffic at 6:30 a.m. and open at approximately 11 a.m.&nbsp;</p> <p>FINISH LINE<br /> Commonwealth Place at Liberty Avenue will close to traffic on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 6 a.m. &ndash; 11 a.m.</p> <p>Link to course map:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rungreatrace.com/course_map.html">http://www.rungreatrace.com/course_map.html</a></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:48:30 -0400 Great Race 35th anniversary exhibit salutes 26 "Perfect" Great Racers http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1721 <p>The celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race includes a salute to 26 &ldquo;Perfect Great Racers&rdquo; who have participated in &ndash; and finished &ndash; every Great Race, starting back on September 25, 1977.</p> <p>During the past 34 Great Races, this group has covered a combined distance of 5,480.8 miles &ndash; like running a relay from Pittsburgh to Vancouver, British Columbia&hellip;and back. Each man has run a total of 210.8 miles during the past 34 Great Races. The group includes Carl Hatfield of West Virginia, who won the first Great Race in 1977 and has returned to run the 10K every year since then.</p> <p>&ldquo;We refer to these extraordinary men as our &lsquo;Perfect Great Racers&rsquo; since they&rsquo;ve been with us since the very first year, way back when race organizers used numbered Popsicle sticks to determine the order of finish,&rdquo; said Race Director Mike Radley. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve witnessed many changes over the years, including the introduction of the electronic timing device and online registration.&nbsp; But one thing that has never changed is the Perfect Great Racers&rsquo; commitment to running a 10K through the streets of Pittsburgh on the last Sunday of September.&rdquo;</p> <p>A 35th anniversary exhibit showcasing the history of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s largest 10K race&nbsp;pays tribute to &quot;Perfect Great Racers,&quot; the Caliguiri Family and &quot;Everyman&#39;s Race.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;It is located in the grand lobby of the City-County Building (414 Grant Street) in Downtown Pittsburgh and is open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m. through the end of September.&nbsp; It features photographs and race memorabilia including the 1977 first-place 10K trophy and a Frisbee used as a 1978 timing device.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;PERFECT&rdquo; GREAT RACERS</strong></p> <p>The following 26 individuals have participated in &ndash; and finished &ndash; The Great Race for each of the past 34 years (1977 &ndash; 2011)*.<br /> * 2003 race cancelled</p> <p><strong>Tom Abbott </strong>(Cheswick, PA)<br /> <strong>Richard Baldock </strong>(Allentown, PA)<br /> <strong>Ken Balkey </strong>(Churchill, PA)<br /> <strong>Dennis Barnhart </strong>(Mt. Lebanon, PA)<br /> <strong>Gary Boyd</strong> (Butler, PA)<br /> <strong>Leslie Alfred Brody </strong>(Wexford, PA)<br /> <strong>John Burnheimer </strong>(Johnstown, PA)<br /> <strong>Bob Costello</strong> (Connellsville, PA)<br /> <strong>Philip Ehrman </strong>(Pittsburgh/South Side)<br /> <strong>Paul Gaberson</strong> (Forest Hills, PA)<br /> <strong>John George</strong> (Pittsburgh/Shadyside)<br /> <strong>Ronald Hannan</strong> (Pittsburgh/Morningside)<br /> <strong>Carl Hatfield </strong>(Bridgeport, WV)<br /> <strong>Wayne Jacobs</strong> (Shaler, PA)<br /> <strong>Thomas Kennedy </strong>(Bethel Park, PA)<br /> <strong>Marty Klanchar </strong>(State College, PA)<br /> <strong>David&nbsp;Lester</strong> (Pittsburgh/Hill District)<br /> <strong>Jack Marszalek</strong> (Wilmerding, PA)<br /> <strong>Roger McGuire</strong> (North Huntingdon, PA)<br /> <strong>Tom Miles </strong>(Pittsburgh/Banksville)<br /> <strong>Dick Monheim</strong> (Edgewood, PA)<br /> <strong>Tom Murphy </strong>(Pittsburgh/Perry South)<br /> <strong>Frank Nedwidek </strong>(Bellevue, PA)<br /> <strong>John Richards III </strong>(McCandless, PA)<br /> <strong>Rob Ruck</strong> (Pittsburgh/Squirrel Hill)<br /> <strong>Don Slusser </strong>(Monroeville, PA)</p> <p>The 35th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race &ndash; founded as a 10K road race in 1977 by the late mayor of Pittsburgh, Richard S. Caliguiri &ndash; will take place on Sunday, September 30, 2012.&nbsp; Over the years, more than a quarter million individuals have taken part in the event, which has grown to include a 5K race, 5K walk and children&rsquo;s race.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to presenting sponsor Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2012 Great Race sponsors are Dollar Bank, Allegheny Sports Medicine, True Runner, Duquesne Light, Bottom Dollar Food, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh Magazine, Trib Total Media, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, Spaghetti Warehouse and ARAD.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a>&nbsp;or call The Great Race hotline at 412-255-2493.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:46:15 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES LABOR DAY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1693 <p>In observance of Labor Day, several Citiparks facilities will adjust operating schedules.</p> <p>On Monday, September 3, 2012:</p> <p><strong>&middot; Citiparks&#39; 10 community centers and 14 Healthy Active Living centers for seniors will be closed.</strong></p> <p>&middot; Weather permitting, all <strong>six Citiparks swimming pools will be open</strong> from 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Labor Day serves as the final day of operation for Citiparks outdoor pools:</strong><br /> <br /> Highland Park, 151 Lake Drive, Highland Park<br /> Jack Stack, 600 Brighton Woods Road, Brighton Heights<br /> Moore, 1801 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline<br /> Ream, 321 Merrimac Street, Mt. Washington<br /> Schenley Park, Overlook Drive, Schenley Park<br /> Sue Murray, 301 Cedar Avenue, North Side</p> <p>Individuals should check the Citiparks website for an update&nbsp;if weather conditions look questionable.</p> <p>For information concerning all Citiparks facilities, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:24:23 -0400 UPCOMING EVENT: CITIPARKS PRESENTS "ALPHABET TRAIL AND TALES" http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1692 <p>EVENT:<br /> <strong>&ldquo;Alphabet Trail and Tales&rdquo;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> DATE:<br /> Saturday, September 8, 2012<br /> 9:45 a.m. OPENING CEREMONY &amp; PUPPET PARADE<br /> 10 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m. FREE&nbsp;FAMILY&nbsp;EVENT<br /> &nbsp;<br /> PLACE:<br /> Frick Park, Squirrel Hill &ndash; Beechwood Blvd &amp; Nicholson St. entrance<br /> (Blue Slide Playground)</p> <p>INFO:<br /> For more information, call 412-665-3665 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a></p> <p>OVERVIEW:<br /> Citiparks presents &ldquo;Alphabet Trail and Tales&rdquo; &ndash; a FREE event for families with young children.&nbsp;</p> <p>A bear hunt? Dinosaurs in a conga line? Tap dancing in the streets?</p> <p>Take a walk with your family in beautiful Frick Park where these and other adventures await you at the 13th annual Alphabet Trail and Tales.</p> <p>Citiparks&#39; free early and elementary aged literacy event features interactive, larger-than-life story sets that create the backdrop for a day of reading and fun &ndash; as well as music, games and other activities.</p> <p>Discover 26 great ways to have fun along the Alphabet Trail.<br /> <br /> Featured guests&nbsp;include:<br /> &middot; author Noel MacNeal<br /> &middot; illustrator John Manders<br /> &middot; poet Dave Crawley<br /> &middot; author/musician Mark Weakland<br /> &middot; author Tina Field Howe<br /> <br /> The free family fun includes musical entertainment, historical storytellers, face painting, children&#39;s art activities and more.</p> <p>Link to information:<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/alphabet-trail-tales.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/alphabet-trail-tales.htm</a></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:57:08 -0400 2012 GREAT RACE ATTRACTS RECORD FIELD -- REGISTRATION "SOLD OUT" AT 15,000 FOR SEPT. 30 RACE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1664 <p>A record field of 15,000 runners and walkers will take to the streets of Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 30, for the 35th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Registration is now closed for the 2012 Great Race &ndash; after attracting the largest field of runners and walkers in the race&rsquo;s 35-year history.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;Today we are pleased to announce that we have reached the 15,000 participant mark and Great Race registration is now closed,&rdquo; said Race Director Mike Radley, who serves as director of the City&rsquo;s Department of Parks and Recreation. &ldquo;This 2012 field of runners and walkers sets a new record for the race.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> According to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the growing popularity of running events taking place in the City of Pittsburgh makes the region a premier destination for running enthusiasts from across the nation.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pittsburgh is truly becoming the City of Runners, not only for the people of western Pennsylvania but for those who come here to take part in The Great Race, our world-class marathon and many other fitness events,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;This year, The Great Race not only set a 35-year registration record at 15,000, but it sold out more than six weeks before the starting gun will sound for Pittsburgh&#39;s Fall Fitness Classic.&rdquo;</p> <p>Until today, The Great Race registration record stood at 14,500, set in 2011.&nbsp; Last year a total of 9,603 registered for the 10K run &ndash; designating it as Pennsylvania&rsquo;s largest 10K and the 12th largest 10K in the nation &ndash; and 4,897 registered for the 5K run/fitness walk.</p> <p>The starting gun for the 2012 Great Race will sound on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 8:00 a.m. in Oakland for the 5K run/walk.&nbsp; The 10K run will begin in Frick Park at 9:30 a.m.&nbsp; The finish line for both distances is in Point State Park.</p> <p>In addition to presenting sponsor Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2012 Great Race sponsors are: Dollar Bank, Allegheny Sports Medicine, True Runner, Duquesne Light, Bottom Dollar Food, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh Magazine, Trib Total Media, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, The Spaghetti Warehouse and ARAD.</p> <p>For race details, visit <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a> or call 412-255-2493.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:41:49 -0400 SIX CITIPARKS REGIONAL POOLS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH LABOR DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1653 <p>The following six Citiparks pools will remain open through Labor Day (Monday, September 3):</p> <p><strong>Highland Park</strong>, 151 Lake Drive, Highland Park (15206)&nbsp;412-665-3637<br /> <strong>Jack Stack</strong>, 600 Brighton Woods Road, Brighton Heights (15212) 412-766-4577<br /> <strong>Moore</strong>, 1801 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline (15226) 412-571-3223<br /> <strong>Ream</strong>, 321 Merrimac Street, Mt. Washington (15211) 412-488-8312<br /> <strong>Schenley Park</strong>, Overlook Drive, Schenley Park (15213) 412-422-4266<br /> <strong>Sue Murray</strong>, 301 Cedar Avenue, North Side (15212) 412-323-7914</p> <p>Hours of operation for these regional pools will be:<br /> Mondays through Fridays (Aug. 20 &ndash; 24 and Aug. 27 &ndash;&nbsp; 31) 1 &ndash; 7:45 p.m.<br /> Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day (Aug. 25 &amp; 26 and Sept. 1, 2 &amp;&nbsp; 3) 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.</p> <p>Additionally, Adult Lap Swim will be held daily from Noon - 1 p.m. at all six Aquatic Facilities.<br /> <br /> Reduced staffing levels will result in the closure of all other Citiparks pools.</p> <p><strong>Sunday, August 19, is the last day of operation at the following pools:&nbsp;</strong> Ammon (Hill District), Banksville, Bloomfield, Homewood, Magee (Greenfield), McBride (Lincoln Place), Ormsby (South Side), Phillips (Carrick), Riverview Park, Sheraden, West Penn (Polish Hill) and Westwood.</p> <p>For more information, call 412-323-7928 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a> .</p> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 09:23:45 -0400 FIREHOUSE CHILI COOK-OFF RESULTS IN -- ENGINE 8 DEFENDS TITLE WITH VICTORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1650 <p>The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire chefs at Engine and Truck Company No. Eight today came away as the victors in a heated&nbsp;rematch with the Giant Eagle Market District chefs at the second annual chili cook-off held at the Citiparks Farmers&rsquo; Market in East Liberty.<br /> <br /> Farmers&rsquo; market patrons were invited to sample four chili recipes before voting for their favorite, and the crowd chose Engine Eight&rsquo;s spicy-sweet &ldquo;Backdraft&rdquo; chili recipe &ndash; winner of&nbsp;last year&#39;s&nbsp;competition &ndash; as the grand prize winner again this year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;While the firefighters of Engine Eight have earned bragging rights, everyone came away from this event a winner,&rdquo; according to firefighter Jim McGinley, who organized the event.&nbsp; &ldquo;Not only was&nbsp;$900 donated to the Salvation Army, but City residents of all ages also were able learn more about fire safety and prevention from local firefighters.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In addition to hosting the chili cook-off, firefighters distributed fire safety information and interested residents were able to sign up for a smoke detector for their home as part of the Bureau&rsquo;s Smoke Detector Program.&nbsp; Younger residents also had the opportunity to climb aboard a fire truck, try on firefighting gear, and hold the equipment used by Pittsburgh firefighters.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:56:37 -0400 CITIPARKS UPCOMING EVENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1629 <p>WHAT:<br /> Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire firefighters from Eight Engine and Truck Company located in East Liberty will host a second annual chili cook-off competition at the East Liberty Citiparks Farmers&rsquo; Market .</p> <p>The firefighters will compete with chefs from the Giant Eagle Market District, and all proceeds from chili sampling/voting will benefit the Salvation Army.</p> <p>Visitors at the August 13 farmers&rsquo; market will have a chance to sample six types of chili for a small donation &ndash; and pick up fire safety and prevention information.</p> <p>WHEN:<br /> Monday, August 13, 2012<br /> 3:30 &ndash; 6 p.m.</p> <p>WHERE:<br /> Citiparks Farmers&rsquo; Market, Penn Circle West, East Liberty</p> <p>DETAILS:</p> <p>On August 13, firefighters from&nbsp;Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire District 3&nbsp;will present four chili recipes (three new recipes in addition to defending champion 2011 &ldquo;Dragonslayer&rdquo; chili).&nbsp; Giant Eagle chefs will prepare two recipes.<br /> <br /> Patrons at the farmers&rsquo; market will have a chance to sample the six chili recipes in exchange for making a donation.&nbsp; All money collected will benefit the competitors&rsquo; chosen charity: Salvation Army.</p> <p>&ldquo;Firefighters across the nation compete in chili cook-offs since cooking is such an essential part of working at a firehouse, and firefighters can be truly amazing chefs,&rdquo; according to organizer Firefighter Jim McGinley.&nbsp; &ldquo;At Engine 8 we call ourselves &lsquo;Dragon Slayers.&rsquo;&nbsp; Firefighters from PBF District 3 will prepare&nbsp;four chili recipes at our station houses. &nbsp;The Giant Eagle Market District chefs will prepare their two entries at their Shadyside store and we&rsquo;ll meet on neutral turf for this wonderful opportunity to raise money for charity and educate the public regarding fire safety and prevention.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:27:11 -0400 STILL TIME TO ENJOY CITIPARKS FREE CONCERTS & CINEMA THIS SUMMER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1611 <p>August is arriving&hellip;but if you haven&rsquo;t found time to enjoy an outdoor concert or movie this summer, there&rsquo;s still plenty of time!&nbsp;</p> <p>Whether you love jazz &ndash; or watching movies under the stars &ndash; you&rsquo;re bound to find the perfect free event presented as part of Citiparks&rsquo; various summer series.&nbsp;</p> <p>All four Citiparks concert series continue in August.&nbsp; Or grab a blanket and head out for an evening of cinema under the stars at numerous locations for &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park.&rdquo;&nbsp; For more information, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Dollar&nbsp; Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo;</strong><br /> Spread a blanket on a summer evening and enjoy a great movie at the &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo; series.&nbsp; Free movies take place at 8 locations throughout the summer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Link to complete movie schedule: <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm</a></p> <p>Upcoming movies in August include <em>The Princess and the Frog</em> (G), <em>Happy Feet Two</em> (PG), <em>The Smurfs</em> (PG), <em>The Adventures of Tintin</em> (PG), <em>Indiana and the Temple of Doom</em> (PG), <em>Super 8</em> (PG-13), <em>Unknown</em> (PG-13), <em>Green Lantern</em> (PG-13), <em>The Help</em> (PG-13) and <em>Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows</em> (PG-13).</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Stars at Riverview&rdquo; Jazz Series</strong><br /> Saturdays, 7 &ndash; 8:30 p.m.<br /> Observatory Hill, Riverview Park<br /> August 4&nbsp; Cecil Brooks II<br /> August 11&nbsp; Mark Strickland<br /> August 18&nbsp; Eric Johnson<br /> August 25&nbsp; Sean Jones</p> <p><strong>Bach, Beethoven and Brunch</strong><br /> Sundays, 10:30 a.m. &ndash; Noon<br /> Mellon Park &ndash; Fifth and Shady avenues, Point Breeze/Squirrel Hill<br /> August 5 Cincopation<br /> August 12 East Winds Symphonic Band</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Reservoir of Jazz&rdquo;</strong><br /> Sundays, 5 &ndash; 7 p.m.<br /> Highland Park &ndash; Highland Avenue &amp; Reservoir Drive<br /> August 5 Spanky Wilson<br /> August 12 World Jazz with Preach Freedom &amp; Friends<br /> August 19 Kenny Blake<br /> August 26 Dave Throckmorton featuring bassist Tony Grey</p> <p><strong>Mellon Square Concert Series</strong><br /> Thursdays, Noon &ndash; 1 p.m.<br /> Mellon Square, Downtown Pittsburgh<br /> August 2 The Nancy McKeen Bluz Machine Unplugged<br /> August 9 Sleepy V<br /> August 16 Music By Two<br /> August 23 Ben Valasek &amp; The Growlers<br /> August 30 Verdict<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:22:38 -0400 CITIPARKS BIG LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES BECOME "FIELD OF DREAMS" FOR YOUTH PLAYING AT PNC PARK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1595 <p>WHO:<br /> Boys and girls who participate in the Citiparks BIG League Sports program</p> <p>WHAT:<br /> Citiparks BIG League Sports<br /> <strong>Mayor&rsquo;s Cup championship games</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> WHEN:<br /> Thursday, July 26, and Friday, July 27, 2012<br /> begins at 4 p.m. each day (see schedule below)</p> <p>WHERE:<br /> PNC Park</p> <p>SCHEDULE:</p> <p>2012 MAYOR&rsquo;S CUP CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES SCHEDULE<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Thursday, July 26, 2012<br /> 4:00 p.m.&nbsp; Councilman Corey O&rsquo;Connor throws first pitch<br /> 4:00 p.m. game Pony (boys age 13 &ndash; 14) Sq.Hill Rebels vs 14th Ward<br /> 6:30 p.m. game Colt (boys age 15 &ndash; 16) Westwood vs McKeesport<br /> 9:00 p.m. game Super Colt (boys age 17 &ndash; 18) Elliott vs Tri-Ward</p> <p>Friday, July 27, 2012<br /> 4:00 p.m. game Slo-Pitch Softball (12 years old and younger) Brookline vs Elliott<br /> 6:00 p.m. game Slo-Pitch Softball (15 years old and younger) Brookline vs Elliott<br /> 8:00 p.m. game Little League (boys age 10 &ndash; 12) Sq.Hill Mariners vs Carnegie</p> <p>DETAILS:<br /> Citiparks Pittsburgh BIG League Sports is a cooperative effort between Citiparks, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirates Charities and other partners.&nbsp; Established in 1994, BIG League Sports now hosts a variety of programs that include baseball, softball, hockey, soccer and special programs for teams.</p> <p>&ldquo;BIG League Sports offers quality athletic and educational opportunities for our youth in Pittsburgh neighborhoods,&rdquo; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;A true highlight each summer is when our boys and girls take to the field at PNC Park.&nbsp; Playing in the Pirates&rsquo; home park is sure to create memories that last a lifetime.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:02:57 -0400 REGISTER TODAY FOR AUGUST 4 "GREAT RACE RUNNING CLINIC" http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1588 <p>Whether you&rsquo;re an experienced runner or just beginning a running program, plan to attend the Allegheny Sports Medicine Running Clinic on Saturday, August 4, from 8 a.m. &ndash; noon at the AGH Federal North Building on Pittsburgh&#39;s North Side.</p> <p>The Allegheny General Hospital Sports Medicine Team has developed an individual screening program designed for runners of all levels.&nbsp;</p> <p>As you visit each of the assessment and information stations, you will receive feedback tailored to your own running needs concerning:</p> <p>&middot; Choosing and maintaining the correct running shoe<br /> &middot; Functional assessment<br /> &middot; Injury assessment by sports medicine physicians<br /> &middot; Nutrition information<br /> &middot; Foods/fluids as fuel<br /> &middot; Chronic injury assessment and prevention<br /> &middot; Designing a training program to fit your needs</p> <p>For more information or to schedule and appointment, call Allegheny Sports Medicine&nbsp;toll-free at 1-877-284-2000.&nbsp; Registration is limited, so call today.</p> <p>Schedule of Activities<br /> Saturday, August 4, 2012</p> <p>8 &ndash; 8:45 a.m.<br /> assessments for experienced runners (30+ miles per week)</p> <p>8:45 a.m. &ndash;&nbsp; noon.&nbsp;<br /> assessments for beginners &amp; walkers<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:59:10 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1528 <p>In observance of Independence Day, several Citiparks facilities will adjust operating schedules.</p> <p>On Wednesday, July 4, 2012:<br /> <br /> &middot; All Citiparks swimming pools will be open from 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &middot; The Schenley Park Miniature Golf Course will be closed.<br /> <br /> &middot; Citiparks&#39; 10 community centers and 15 Healthy Active Living centers for seniors will be closed.<br /> <br /> Regular operating hours will resume at all Citiparks facilities on Thursday, July 5.<br /> <br /> For information concerning all Citiparks facilities, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>. .</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:08:12 -0400 CITIPARKS ROVING ART CART INSPIRES CREATIVITY THROUGHOUT SUMMER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1492 <p>Children can enjoy creativity in nature&rsquo;s studio &ndash; the great outdoors &ndash; when the Citiparks Roving Art Cart visits neighborhood parks and playgrounds this summer.&nbsp; Paint, sculpt, bead and catch surprises as the sun warms and the wind rustles.</p> <p>The Roving Art Cart visits neighborhood parks and playgrounds beginning in June and concluding in August.&nbsp; The program visits one site each Tuesday through Friday (10 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m.) and weekend community festivals and citywide special events (hours vary per event).</p> <p><strong>The Roving Art Cart festivities kick off with a special opening day celebration on Tuesday, June 19, at Allegheny Commons Park (West Commons) near the National Aviary, North Side.</strong></p> <p>The 39th season brings exciting new art projects and visiting local artists.&nbsp; Bicycle Spin Art uses human power for spontaneous creative expression on recycled materials. Children can create ArtBots with CMU&rsquo;s CREATE Lab, paper mache with regional puppeteers and star in their own comic with the help of ToonSeum.</p> <p>For more information, call 412-665-3665 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p>Please note:&nbsp; Groups of 10 or more must visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>&nbsp;or call 412-665-3665 one week in advance to make reservations.</p> <p><strong>Link to 2012 schedule: <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/roving_art_cart.htm#schedule">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/roving_art_cart.htm#schedule</a> </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:52:10 -0400 REGISTER TODAY FOR UPCOMING CITIPARKS TENNIS TOURNAMENTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1463 <p><strong>Register today for Citiparks&#39; three summer tennis tournaments:</strong></p> <p><strong>BOB O&rsquo;CONNOR SUMMER TENNIS CLASSIC</strong> &ndash; entry deadline is June 12<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/tennis.htm#oconnorclassic">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/tennis.htm#oconnorclassic</a></p> <p>June 16 &ndash; 24, 2012<br /> Schenley Park Tennis Center and Stanton Avenue Courts<br /> For information/registration, visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a><br /> <br /> Tennis enthusiasts 16 to 80+ take to courts located in the City of Pittsburgh to compete in the sixth annual Bob O&#39;Connor Summer Tennis Classic.&nbsp; The tournament honors the outstanding community spirit demonstrated by the late Mayor Bob O&#39;Connor.&nbsp; The men&#39;s and women&#39;s A open singles and A open doubles are USTA-sanctioned events. Visit <a href="http://www.USTA.com">www.USTA.com</a>&nbsp;to register.</p> <p><strong>FRICK PARK RED CLAY JUNIOR OPEN</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/tennis.htm#frickpark">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/tennis.htm#frickpark</a></p> <p>June 25 &ndash; July 1, 2012<br /> Frick Park Red Clay Courts<br /> For information/registration visit <a href="http://www.ClayFrickTennis.org">www.ClayFrickTennis.org</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Boys and girls ages 16 and younger can compete in the only junior tournament held on red clay in all of western Pennsylvania. This USTA-sanctioned event&mdash;returning for a fourth year&mdash;is open to City and non-City residents. In 2011, the tournament hosted 105 young players from City neighborhoods and as far away as Madrid, Spain.</p> <p><strong>PAUL G. SULLIVAN CHAMPIONSHIP</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/tennis.htm#sullivan">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/tennis.htm#sullivan</a></p> <p>July 10 &ndash; 22, 2012<br /> Frick Park Red Clay Courts<br /> For information/registration, visit <a href="http://www.ClayFrickTennis.org">www.ClayFrickTennis.org</a><br /> <br /> Paul G. Sullivan directed the Pittsburgh Parks Championships held at the Frick Park Clay Courts from 1930 until 2000. In 2002, at the age of 98, he put down his racquet for the last time&mdash;and the tournament was renamed after this local tennis enthusiast and promoter.<br /> <br /> Now revitalized by the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club, this traditional tournament is USTA-sanctioned and open to adult players 16 years and older (City and non-City residents). In 2011, the tournament welcomed 162 players, including 64 players for the USTA-sanctioned Men&#39;s Open Singles. Matches take place all day Saturday and Sunday and in the evenings on weekdays.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 10:51:26 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2012 "DOLLAR BANK CINEMA IN THE PARK" http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1459 <p>Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head out for an unforgettable evening of cinema under the stars.&nbsp; The 2012 &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo; schedule will include <em>Puss in Boots</em>, <em>Kung Fu Panda 2</em>, <em>The Muppets</em>, <em>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2</em>, <em>The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1</em> and many other movie favorites for all members of the family.</p> <p>Return to your favorite movie location at Flagstaff Hill, Riverview Park, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Brookline Memorial Park or West End/Elliott Overlook &ndash; or visit the new venues in Arlington and Highland Park.</p> <p>For more information, call 412-422-6426 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.&nbsp;.</p> <p>Presented by Dollar Bank.<br /> Sponsored by NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.</p> <p><strong>COMPLETE CINEMA LISTINGS:&nbsp; </strong><a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm</a></p> <p><strong>Schenley Park, Flagstaff Hill</strong><br /> Sundays and Wednesdays, June 10 &ndash; August 29<br /> dusk<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#schenley">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#schenley</a></p> <p><strong>Highland Park &ndash; NEW IN 2012</strong><br /> Reservoir Drive<br /> 3 Mondays &ndash; June 18, July 16 and August 20<br /> dusk<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#highland">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#highland</a></p> <p><strong>Arlington &ndash; NEW IN 2012</strong><br /> Fort Field, Salisbury Street<br /> 2 Mondays &ndash; June 25 and July 23<br /> dusk<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#arlington">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#arlington</a></p> <p><strong>West End/Elliott Overlook</strong><br /> Tuesdays, June 12 &ndash; August 28<br /> dusk<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#westend">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#westend</a></p> <p><strong>Brookline Memorial Park</strong><br /> Oakridge Street<br /> Thursdays, June 14 &ndash; August 30<br /> dusk<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#brookline&nbsp;Arsenal">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#brookline</a></p> <p><strong>Arsenal Park</strong><br /> 39th and Butler streets, Lawrenceville<br /> Fridays June 15 &ndash; August 31<br /> dusk<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#arsenal">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#arsenal</a></p> <p><strong>Grandview Park</strong><br /> Bailey Avenue, Mt. Washington<br /> Saturdays, June 9 &ndash; August 25<br /> dusk<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#grandview">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#grandview</a></p> <p><strong>Riverview Park,</strong> Observatory Hill<br /> Saturdays, June 9 &ndash; August 25<br /> dusk<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#riverview">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#riverview</a></p> <p><strong>WEDNESDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES AT FLAGSTAFF HILL</strong><br /> Come early to enjoy mid-week musical performances before the movies begin in Schenley Park.&nbsp; Bands perform on Flagstaff Hill Wednesdays 7 &ndash; 8 p.m.<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#schenley">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm#schenley</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 07:30:03 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES 2012 SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1457 <p>Whether you love jazz or classical, you&rsquo;re bound to find the perfect free performance this summer by attending one &ndash; or all &ndash; of Citiparks&rsquo; three popular concert series:&nbsp; &ldquo;Stars at Riverview Jazz Series,&rdquo; &ldquo;Bach, Beethoven and Brunch,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Reservoir of Jazz.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information concerning all three Citiparks concert series, call 412-255-2493 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Stars at Riverview&rdquo; Jazz Series</strong><br /> Saturdays, June 9 &ndash; August 25, 2012<br /> 7 &ndash; 8:30 p.m.<br /> Riverview Park</p> <p>&ldquo;Stars at Riverview&rdquo; brings jazz to Riverview Park on Saturday evenings.&nbsp; So bring a lawn chair or spread a blanket on Observatory Hill for an entire summer of incredible musical entertainment.&nbsp; After the concerts, stay for &ldquo;Cinema in the Park&rdquo; &ndash; movies the entire family can enjoy &ndash; beginning at dusk.</p> <p>Sponsored by BNY Mellon and ARAD.</p> <p>June 9&nbsp;&nbsp; Roby &quot;Supersax&quot; Edwards<br /> June 16&nbsp; Roger Humphries<br /> June 23&nbsp; Alton Merrell<br /> June 30&nbsp; Chico&#39;s Quintet<br /> July 7&nbsp;&nbsp; Jevon Rushton<br /> July 14&nbsp;&nbsp; George Heid III<br /> July 21&nbsp;&nbsp; Mark Lucas<br /> July 28&nbsp;&nbsp; Poogie Bell<br /> August 4&nbsp; Cecil Brooks II<br /> August 11&nbsp; Mark Strickland<br /> August 18&nbsp; Eric Johnson<br /> August 25&nbsp; Sean Jones</p> <p><br /> <strong>Bach, Beethoven and Brunch</strong><br /> Sundays, June 17 &ndash; August 12, 2012<br /> 10:30 a.m. &ndash; noon<br /> Mellon Park &ndash; Fifth and Shady avenues, Point Breeze/Squirrel Hill</p> <p>This longtime favorite series entertains music lovers on the lawn at Mellon Park.&nbsp; Satisfy your appetite for classical music by treating yourself to a special Sunday morning composed of Bach, Beethoven and Brunch.&nbsp; Join us for this delightful buffet of classical melodies, and don&rsquo;t miss the &ldquo;Best Brunch&rdquo; competition during intermission &ndash; the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will award prizes!</p> <p>Sponsored by Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, Bagel Factory, WQED-FM 89.3 and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.</p> <p>June 17&nbsp; Edgewood Symphony Orchestra<br /> June 24&nbsp; Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet<br /> July 1&nbsp; Carnegie Brass<br /> July 8&nbsp; Allegheny Brass Band<br /> July 15&nbsp; Cello Fury<br /> July 22&nbsp; River City Brass<br /> July 29&nbsp; Aeolian Winds<br /> August 5 Cincopation<br /> August 12 East Winds Symphonic Band</p> <p><br /> <strong>Reservoir of Jazz</strong><br /> Sundays, August 5 &ndash; 26, 2012<br /> 5 &ndash; 7 p.m.<br /> Highland Park &ndash; Highland Avenue &amp; Reservoir Drive<br /> <br /> This summer you can once again relax on the lawn at Highland Park to the sounds of jazz performed by Pittsburgh&rsquo;s finest musicians.&nbsp; Residents of the tri-state area look forward to the month of August each year to witness this showcase of the area&rsquo;s extraordinary talent of jazz at the ever-popular Reservoir of Jazz series.<br /> <br /> Sponsored by BNY Mellon, Highland Park Community Council and ARAD.</p> <p>August 5 Spanky Wilson<br /> August 12 World Jazz with Preach Freedom &amp; Friends<br /> August 19 Kenny Blake<br /> August 26 Dave Throckmorton featuring bassist Tony Grey</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 12:28:10 -0400 CITIPARKS FARMERS' MARKETS TO OPEN WEEK OF MAY 14 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1429 <p>Satisfy your appetite for fresh-picked fruits and vegetables throughout the next six months by visiting Citiparks Farmers&rsquo; Markets.&nbsp; Five locations will open&nbsp;the week of May 14, and two additional locations will open in June.</p> <p>All markets will sell farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods, while several locations will also sell flowers, small gifts and gardening items.&nbsp;</p> <p>NEW IN 2012 &ndash; The South Side market will move to a new location at 18th and Carson streets.</p> <p>For more information, call Citiparks at 412-422-6523 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p><strong>Citiparks Farmers&rsquo; Markets operate May 14 &ndash; November 21, 2012</strong></p> <p>Mondays&nbsp; 3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>East Liberty</strong>, Penn Circle West<br /> (opens May 14)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Tuesdays&nbsp; 3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>South Side</strong>, 18th and Carson streets<br /> (opens May 15)&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Wednesdays&nbsp; 3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>Carrick,</strong>&nbsp;Carrick Shopping Center,<br /> Brownsville Road &amp; Parkfield Street<br /> (opens June 6)&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Thursdays&nbsp; 3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>Bloomfield</strong>, Immaculate Conception School parking lot, Cedarville Street &amp; Friendship Avenue<br /> (opens May 17)&nbsp;</p> <p>Thursdays&nbsp;3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>Beechview</strong>, Beechview and Broadway aves.<br /> (opens June 14)&nbsp;</p> <p>Fridays&nbsp; 10 a.m. &ndash; 2 p.m. <strong>Downtown Pittsburgh</strong>, City-County Building, Grant Street<br /> (opens May 18)&nbsp;</p> <p>Fridays&nbsp; 3:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. <strong>North Side</strong>, East Park, East Ohio Street &amp; Cedar Avenue<br /> (opens May 18)<br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 16:02:50 -0400 35th RUNNING OF "THE GREAT RACE" SET FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1401 <p>Runners &ndash; and walkers &ndash; will take to the streets of Pittsburgh on Sunday, September 30, for the 35th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Great Race remains one of the City&rsquo;s greatest events, attracting more than a quarter million participants over the past 34 years,&rdquo; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.&nbsp; &ldquo;While The Great Race was established in 1977 as a 10K &lsquo;fun run&rsquo; by the late Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri, it has grown to include a 5K run/walk, running clinic, two-day exposition and children&rsquo;s race.&nbsp; This variety of events allows individuals of all ages and fitness levels to take part in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s fall fitness classic.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to Race Director Mike Radley, &ldquo;The key message is register early.&nbsp; Our number one priority remains making The Great Race a safe and enjoyable experience for our participants.&nbsp; Last year&rsquo;s field of 14,500 runners and walkers set a new record for the race, and this year we&rsquo;re expanding but will place a cap of 15,000 runners and walkers for the 2012 race.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Race organizers have announced a new fee structure for 2012 and encourage runners and walkers to register early &ndash; and with a friend &ndash; to take advantage of the &ldquo;early bird&rdquo; rate.&nbsp; Now through July 31, the registration fee is $25/person or &ldquo;two for $40&rdquo; (two individuals must register together).&nbsp; Beginning on August 1, all registrants will pay $30/person.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year we&rsquo;re once again encouraging people to take advantage of the convenience of registering online,&rdquo; said Radley.&nbsp; &ldquo;Those visiting <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a> will find no service fee for online registration.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We look forward to celebrating the 35th anniversary in numerous ways throughout the coming months, including a salute to our &#39;Perfect Great Racers,&rsquo; the 26 men who have run ever race since 1977,&rdquo; said Radley.&nbsp; &ldquo;We&rsquo;re launching our anniversary celebration by posting a special anniversary retrospective on The Great Race website to showcase 35 years of history and photos.&rdquo;&nbsp; Individuals can visit the newly redesigned Great Race website at <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a>&nbsp;to view the anniversary timeline and find complete race details.</p> <p><strong>The 2012 Great Race-related activities will include:</strong></p> <p><strong>ALLEGHENY SPORTS MEDICINE RUNNING CLINIC</strong><br /> Saturday, August 4, 8 a.m. &ndash; noon, Federal North Building, 1307 Federal Street, North Side<br /> Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities will learn about injury assessment and prevention, nutrition, training programs and much more.&nbsp; Advance registration is required for this free screening program. Call 1-877-284-2000.</p> <p><strong>DOLLAR BANK JUNIOR GREAT RACE</strong><br /> Sunday, September 23, Noon, Point State Park<br /> Children 12 years and younger will enjoy a One-Mile Fun Run, 50-Yard Tot Trot and Diaper Dash.&nbsp; This popular event features mascots, face painters and refreshments.&nbsp; Registration $8 in advance; $10 day of event.</p> <p><strong>HIGHMARK BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD GREAT RACE EXPO</strong><br /> Friday, September 28, 9 a.m. &ndash; 8 p.m.<br /> Saturday, September 29, 9 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m.<br /> The Circuit Center (IBEW Conference Centre), Hot Metal Street, South Side<br /> The Expo will include product sampling, health screenings, demonstrations and discounted sporting goods.&nbsp; The two-day event will provide an opportunity to pick up runners&rsquo; packets.</p> <p><strong>GREAT RACE PASTA PARTY</strong><br /> Saturday, September 29, 3 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> The Spaghetti Warehouse, 2601 Smallman Street, Strip District<br /> Runners and walkers will gather the evening before the race for a delicious meal of pasta, salad, rolls and beverage for $12 per person ($6 per child 10 years and younger).&nbsp; To purchase tickets, visit <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a> or call The Spaghetti Warehouse at 412-261-6511.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Great Race remains Pennsylvania&rsquo;s largest 10K race and is now the 12th largest in the nation.&nbsp; But it isn&rsquo;t just for serious runners,&rdquo; according to&nbsp;Radley.&nbsp; &ldquo;The 5K run/walk continues to grow in popularity, so we&rsquo;re inviting all runners, walkers, families and teams to join the celebration on the last Sunday of September.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to presenting sponsor Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2012 Great Race sponsors are Dollar Bank, Allegheny Sports Medicine, Duquesne Light, Bottom Dollar Food, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh Magazine, Trib Total Media, Spaghetti Warehouse, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown and ARAD.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.RunGreatRace.com">www.RunGreatRace.com</a>&nbsp;or call 412-255-2493.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 14:49:17 -0400 "ARTWorks" awards ceremony honors winners of art exhibit showcasing work of City of Pittsburgh employees http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1359 <p>A Tuesday evening reception featured an awards ceremony honoring winners of the 13th annual &ldquo;ARTWorks&rdquo; competition that showcases the creative talents of City of Pittsburgh employees, their families and members of their households.</p> <p>The City-County Building&rsquo;s grand lobby currently serves as the setting of an impressive collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, pottery and other unique pieces of artwork.&nbsp; More than 115 City employees and their relatives (professional, nonprofessional and youth artists) submitted the 175 pieces on display.</p> <p>&ldquo;The ARTWorks competition provides an amazing opportunity for individuals to express their creativity, and this year&rsquo;s participants represent more than a dozen City of Pittsburgh departments including Pittsburgh Police, the Fire Bureau, Emergency Medical Services and the Law Department,&rdquo; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp;</p> <p>The free exhibit &ndash; titled &ldquo;ARTWorks:&nbsp; The National Arts Program In Pittsburgh&rdquo; &ndash; allows artist of all skill levels the rare opportunity to exhibit their work as well as to compete for cash prizes and art education scholarships.&nbsp;</p> <p>Serving as 2012 judges were Joe Appel of Joe Appel Photography; Michael Dean, art educator, Pittsburgh Carrick High School; Kate Hansen of Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council/Office of Public Art; Susan Loskoch, art educator, Pittsburgh Carrick High School; Breen Masciotra of Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse; Ed Rieker of Ed Rieker Photography; Lynn Smith of Interior Artistry; and Adam Welch of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.</p> <p><strong>The 34 individuals honored with awards included:</strong></p> <p><strong>Best of Show </strong>(Adult): Noel Mullen of Mt. Oliver, daughter of Michael Mullen, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. Title of Artwork: <strong>Avi</strong>, painting (Adult Intermediate division)&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Judges&rsquo; Choice</strong> (Teen/Youth):&nbsp; Zachary Imbrogno of Lincoln Place, son of Gary Imbrogno, EMS Bureau.&nbsp; Title of Artwork: <strong>Waiting</strong>, intaglio print (Teen 13 &ndash; 18 division)</p> <p><strong>The exhibit will remain on display weekdays from 8:00 a.m. &ndash; 5:00 p.m. through Thursday, April 12, at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.</strong></p> <p>The 13th annual &ldquo;ARTWorks:&nbsp; The National Arts Program in Pittsburgh&rdquo; is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation.</p> <p>For more information, call Citiparks at 412-665-3665 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net">www.citiparks.net.</a></p> <p>.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 14:13:20 -0400 SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK CONCLUDING OUTDOOR SKATING SEASON http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1320 <p>Lace up your ice skates one last time this winter!&nbsp; The Schenley Park Skating Rink &ndash; one of only five outdoor rinks located in Allegheny County &ndash; is open for a few more sessions before closing the evening of Sunday, March 11.</p> <p>Throughout the winter the Citiparks rink operated daily and offered a variety of public sessions and special sessions such as &ldquo;family night,&rdquo; &ldquo;adults only nights&rdquo; and &ldquo;college ID discount sessions.&rdquo;&nbsp; The facility hosted three successful special events:&nbsp; &ldquo;Skate with Santa&rdquo; in December, &ldquo;Mascot Skate&rdquo; in January and &ldquo;Valentines on Ice&rdquo; in February.<br /> <br /> <strong>Final ice skating sessions of 2011/2012:</strong></p> <p><strong>Saturday, March 10</strong><br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> and<br /> 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only)</p> <p><strong>Sunday, March 11</strong><br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://www.Citipark.net">www.Citipark.net</a> or call 412-422-6523.</p> <p><strong>RINK&rsquo;S PARTY ROOM AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL YEAR ROUND</strong><br /> The Schenley Park Skating Rink features a party room with kitchen available for rental year round.&nbsp; The meeting/banquet room serves as an ideal setting for graduation parties, weddings, birthday parties and other occasions.&nbsp; Call 412-422-6523 for details and pricing information.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 18:02:28 -0500 CITIPARKS "VALENTINES ON ICE" AT SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK FEB. 14 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1290 <p>Enjoy a very special opportunity to skate with your sweetie on Valentine&rsquo;s Day.</p> <p>Romance will fill the air at the Schenley Park Skating Rink on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 7:00 &ndash; 10:00 p.m. at &ldquo;Valentines on Ice.&rdquo;&nbsp; A view of the sparkling Downtown Pittsburgh skyline will serve as the backdrop for this magical night of outdoor ice skating presented by Citiparks and 100.7 Star and sponsored by UPMC Health Plan.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is truly a Pittsburgh event, and Valentines on Ice offers an extraordinary evening of skating under the stars in beautiful Schenley Park,&rdquo; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the best Valentine&rsquo;s Day value in town &ndash; offering skating, refreshments, giveaways and dance lessons all for just $4 per couple.&nbsp; This year marks the sixth year for Valentines on Ice, and it&rsquo;s no surprise that this event continues to grow in popularity each year.&rdquo;</p> <p>The first 200 couples will receive a rose compliments of Alex&rsquo;s Flowers.com in Oakland and sweets from Betsy Ann Chocolates.&nbsp; Skate to romantic music under the stars&hellip;then warm up inside with salsa dance lessons and a mini-massage before savoring chocolates, hot beverages and pizza.</p> <p>Take advantage of the special two-for-one admission price.&nbsp;&nbsp; Admission is $4 per adult couple &ndash; or $3 per student couple (with college IDs).&nbsp; Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.&nbsp; Please note that this event is ADULTS ONLY programmed for ages 18 and older.</p> <p>Special 2-for-1 admission price ($4 per couple) includes:<br /> &middot; rose to first 200 couples compliments of Alex&rsquo;s Flowers.com in Oakland<br /> &middot; assorted chocolates to first 200 couples courtesy of Betsy Ann Chocolates<br /> &middot; mini-massage compliments of Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill<br /> &middot; free dance lessons courtesy of Jeff &amp; Colleen Shirey of Salsa Pittsburgh<br /> &middot; chance to compete in &ldquo;Go for the Heart&rdquo; puck shooting contest<br /> &middot; pizza compliments of Lucci&rsquo;s Pizza &ndash; Squirrel Hill<br /> &middot; keepsake photo with your sweetheart</p> <p>&ldquo;Valentines on Ice&rdquo; is presented by Citiparks and 100.7 Star and is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, Betsy Ann Chocolates, Alex&rsquo;s Flowers.com in Oakland, Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill, Salsa Pittsburgh and Lucci&rsquo;s Pizza &ndash; Squirrel Hill.</p> <p>For more information, call 412-422-6523 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p>LINK DIRECTLY TO EVENT INFORMATION:<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/schenley_skating_rink.htm#Valentines">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/schenley_skating_rink.htm#Valentines</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:18:57 -0500 CITY CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH TRIBUTE TO AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC IN PITTSBURGH http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1274 <p>An exhibit celebrating Black History Month will be displayed in the lobby of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh beginning on the evening of Monday, February 6, and continuing weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday, February 29.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;A City of Rhythm:&nbsp; A Tribute to African American Music in Pittsburgh&rdquo; will feature photographs and other memorabilia honoring the region&rsquo;s rich musical heritage.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;The City-County Building lobby will serve as the setting for a magnificent collection of photographs honoring individuals who have left a lasting legacy here in western Pennsylvania, as well as throughout the world,&rdquo; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;The City&rsquo;s 2012 Black History Month exhibit will showcase numerous individual musicians in addition to the Crawford Grill and the first black opera company in the United States -- Madame Cardwell&rsquo;s National Negro Opera Company founded in Homewood.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The public is invited to attend the exhibit&rsquo;s opening reception on Monday, February 6</strong>, <strong>between 6:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m.</strong></p> <p>The opening ceremony in the City-County Building lobby will include refreshments, a performance by singer/songwriter Joy Ike and remarks by individuals involved with the City&rsquo;s Black History Month celebration including Dr. Nelson Harrison, founder of the Pittsburgh Jazz Network.</p> <p>The City&rsquo;s 2012 celebration of Black History Month is presented by Citiparks and is sponsored by BNY Mellon and WAMO 100.</p> <p>For more information, call Citiparks at 412-255-8976 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p>LINK DIRECTLY TO EXHIBIT INFORMATION:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month.htm</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:31:54 -0500 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY SCHEDULE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1214 <p>Three Citiparks facilities -- the Schenley Park Skating Rink, the Mellon Park Tennis Center and the Oliver Bath House -- will adjust operating hours on December 31 in observance of New Year&#39;s Eve.</p> <p>On Saturday, December 31, the skating rink will close at 3:30 p.m. and the tennis center and swimming pool at 4 p.m.&nbsp; On New Year&#39;s Day -- Sunday, January 1 -- the skating rink will be open and offer three skating sessions (see schedule below).&nbsp; For information concerning the outdoor Schenely Park Skating Rink, call 412-422-6547.</p> <p>The tennis center and Oliver Bath House will be closed on New Year&#39;s Day.&nbsp; Regular operating schedules will resume at these locations on Monday, January 2.&nbsp; For information concerning the indoor Mellon Tennis Center, call 412-665-4017.&nbsp; For information concerning the Oliver Bath House, call 412-488-8380.</p> <p><strong>SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK OPEN ON NEW YEAR&#39;S DAY</strong><br /> Sunday, January 1 -- OPEN NEW YEAR&#39;S DAY<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> &nbsp;4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> &nbsp;7 - 9 p.m.</p> <p>Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors (60 and older) and youth (17 and younger).&nbsp; Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.&nbsp; For more information, call 412-422-6547 or visit <a href="http://www.SchenleyRink.com">www.SchenleyRink.com</a>.</p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 14:22:22 -0500 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR SKATING RINK AND INDOOR TENNIS AND SWIMMING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1210 <p>Three Citiparks facilities &ndash; the Schenley Park Skating Rink, the Mellon Park Tennis Center and the Oliver Bath House &ndash; will adjust their operating hours on December 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.</p> <p>On Christmas Eve, the skating rink will close at 3:30 p.m. and the tennis center and indoor swimming pool at 4:00 p.m.&nbsp; All three facilities will remain closed on Christmas Day.</p> <p>Regular operating schedules will resume at all locations on Monday, December 26.&nbsp; For information concerning the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink, call 412-422-6547.&nbsp; For information concerning the indoor Mellon Park Tennis Center, call 412-665-4017.&nbsp; For information concerning the Oliver Bath House, call 412-488-8380.</p> <p><strong>CITIPARKS SENIOR CENTERS &amp; COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER HOURS</strong></p> <p>For information concerning the holiday operating schedule at Citiparks community recreation centers and senior centers, visit www.Citiparks.net or call the center directly.</p> <p>SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK OFFERS ADDITIONAL SESSIONS<br /> <br /> Link directly to rink:<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/schenley_skating_rink.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/schenley_skating_rink.htm</a></p> <p>Throughout the holiday season, the Schenley Park Skating Rink will offer additional skating sessions.&nbsp; The rink&rsquo;s holiday schedule is as follows:<br /> <br /> Saturday, December 24<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> rink closes early (no evening sessions)</p> <p>Sunday, December 25<br /> rink closed Christmas Day</p> <p>Monday, December 26<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.</p> <p>Tuesday, December 27<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)</p> <p>Wednesday, December 28<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.</p> <p>Thursday, December 29<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.</p> <p>Friday, December 30<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)</p> <p>Saturday, December 31<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> rink closes early (no evening sessions)</p> <p>Sunday, January 1 &ndash; OPEN NEW YEAR&rsquo;S DAY<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors (60 and older) and youth (17 and younger).&nbsp; Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.&nbsp; For more information, call 412-422-6547 or visit www.SchenleyRink.com.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:52:41 -0500 SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK TO OPEN IN MID NOVEMBER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1167 <p> Sharpen&nbsp;your skates and get ready to enjoy another action-packed season of ice skating at the <strong>Schenley Park Skating Rink.</strong>&nbsp; The Citiparks outdoor rink will open in mid November (date to be announced -- weather permitting) and offer a variety of skating sessions, lessons and special events through mid March.</p> <p> &ldquo;The Schenley Park Skating Rink remains a favorite winter attraction for Pittsburgh residents,&rdquo; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;Nothing compares with skating outside in the elements, and our rink offers a beautiful tree-lined setting, great music and a plenty of free parking.&rdquo;</p> <p> The rink will operate seven days a week and offer a variety of public sessions and lessons, including:</p> <p> FAMILY NIGHT &ndash; Thursdays from 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> One child free with each paying adult (adult admission $4).&nbsp; All children must be accompanied by paying adults.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> COLLEGE ID SESSIONS &ndash; Tuesdays from 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> Present a valid college ID and save one dollar on admisstion (college student admission $3 during these sessions).</p> <p> ADULTS ONLY SESSIONS &ndash; Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays&nbsp; 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m.<br /> During these late evening sessions, only adults 18 years and older can enjoy this special ice time.</p> <p> <strong>Over the winter, the rink will host several special events including:</strong><br /> SKATE WITH SANTA, Sunday, December 11, 2011 (1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.)<br /> 25th ANNUAL MASCOT SKATE, Saturday, January 14, 2012 (1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.)<br /> VALENTINES ON ICE, Tuesday, February 14, 2012 (7 &ndash; 10 p.m.)</p> <p> The rink will extend its operating hours Thanksgiving weekend and again between Christmas and New Year&rsquo;s weekend.</p> <p> <strong>THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED</strong></p> <p> Thursday, November 24 &ndash; RINK CLOSED &ndash; Thanksgiving Day<br /> Friday, November 25<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m. (additional session); 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m. (additional session); 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.; 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only)&nbsp;<br /> Saturday, November 26<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.; 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.; 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.; 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only)&nbsp;<br /> Sunday, November 27<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.; 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.; 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.</p> <p> The facility includes a party room with kitchen available for rental year round for graduation parties, weddings, birthday parties and other occasions.&nbsp; The room is available for rental seven days a week (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and can accommodate up to 125 guests.&nbsp;</p> <p> Admission to the Schenley Park Skating Rink is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors (60 and older) and youth (17 and younger).&nbsp; Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.&nbsp; For more information, call 412-422-6523 or visit www.SchenleyRink.com.</p> <p> <strong>2011-2012 SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK PUBLIC SESSIONS</strong></p> <p> MONDAY<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.</p> <p> TUESDAY<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)*</p> <p> WEDNESDAY<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.*</p> <p> THURSDAY<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m. (family night)**</p> <p> FRIDAY<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)</p> <p> SATURDAY<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 &ndash; 11:30 p.m. (adults only)</p> <p> SUNDAY<br /> 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 &ndash; 9 p.m.*</p> <p> * College ID Sessions &ndash; Present valid college ID for $3 admission.<br /> ** Family Night &ndash; One child free with each paying adult (adult admission $4).&nbsp; All children must be accompanied by paying adults.</p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 09:17:46 -0500 RESULTS ANNOUNCED FOR CITY OF PITTSBURGH GREAT RACE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1120 <p> A record field of 14,500 runners and walkers took to the streets of Pittsburgh today for the 34th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.&nbsp; A total of 9,603 registered for the 10K run, while 4,897 registered for the 5K run/fitness walk.</p> <p> &ldquo;This 2011 field of 14,500 runners and walkers sets a new record for the race,&rdquo; said Race Director Mike Radley, who oversees the City of Pittsburgh&#39;s Department of Parks and Recreation.&nbsp; &ldquo;Until today, The Great Race registration record stood at 14,000 set last year.&rdquo;</p> <p> In the 10K open division, Curtis Larimer, 25, of Pittsburgh, was the winner in the men&rsquo;s competition with a time of 30:48.&nbsp; Lisa Burnett, 27, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was the winner in the women&rsquo;s competition with a time of 35:15.</p> <p> In the 5K competition, Mark Grogan, 22 of Coraopolis, won the male division with a time of 15:15,&nbsp; Heather Melzer, 42, of Mars, won the female division with a time of 18:27.</p> <p> In addition to presenting sponsor Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2011 Great Race sponsors are Dollar Bank, Allegheny General Hospital, Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh Magazine, Spaghetti Warehouse, Trib Total Media, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, Spirit Airlines and ARAD.</p> <p> For additional race details, visit www.RunGreatRace.com.</p> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 17:38:04 -0400 STILL TIME TO ENJOY CITIPARKS MINIATURE GOLF COURSE AND OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1086 <p> Still a few days of summer left to enjoy the following Citiparks recreational facilities:</p> <p> <strong>SCHENLEY PARK MINIATURE GOLF COURSE &ndash; last day of operation Sunday, Sept. 4</strong><br /> Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 3 &amp; 4) 1 &ndash; 9 p.m.<br /> 18-hole course<br /> Schenley Park Skating Rink<br /> $4/adult; $3/child<br /> For more information, call 412-422-6547 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a></p> <p> Link to information:<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/mini-golf.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/mini-golf.htm</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>CITIPARKS OUTDOOR POOLS &ndash; last day of operation Monday, Sept. 5</strong></p> <p> Highland Park, 151 Lake Drive, Highland Park 412-665-3637<br /> Jack Stack, 600 Brighton Woods Road, Brighton Heights 412-766-4577<br /> Magee, 745 Greenfield Avenue, Greenfield 412-422-4265<br /> Moore, 1801 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline 412-571-3223<br /> Ream, 321 Merrimac Street, Mt. Washington 412-488-8312<br /> Schenley Park, Overlook Drive, Schenley Park 412-422-4266<br /> Sue Murray, 301 Cedar Avenue, North Side 412-323-7914</p> <p> Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day (Sept. 3, 4 &amp; 5) 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.<br /> $4/adult; $3/child<br /> For more information, 412-323-7928 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a></p> <p> Link to information:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming.htm</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 18:39:15 -0400 SCHENLEY POOL REOPENS TODAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1077 <p> The City&rsquo;s Schenley Park Pool, located on Overlook Drive, will reopen today at 1 p.m.&nbsp; The pool closed Friday afternoon following severe thunderstorms.</p> <p> The following seven Citiparks pools will remain open through Labor Day (Monday, September 5):</p> <p> <strong>Highland Park,</strong> 151 Lake Drive, Highland Park 412-665-3637<br /> <strong>Jack Stack</strong>, 600 Brighton Woods Road, Brighton Heights 412-766-4577<br /> <strong>Magee</strong>, 745 Greenfield Avenue, Greenfield 412-422-4265<br /> <strong>Moore</strong>, 1801 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline 412-571-3223<br /> <strong>Ream</strong>, 321 Merrimac Street, Mt. Washington 412-488-8312<br /> <strong>Schenley Park</strong>, Overlook Drive, Schenley Park 412-422-4266<br /> <strong>Sue Murray</strong>, 301 Cedar Avenue, North Side 412-323-7914</p> <p> Hours of operation for these regional pools are:<br /> Mondays through Fridays<br /> (Aug. 22 &ndash; 26 and Aug. 29 &ndash; Sept. 2)<br /> 1 &ndash; 7:45 p.m.</p> <p> Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day<br /> (Aug. 27 &amp; 28 and Sept 3, 4 &amp; 5)<br /> 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.</p> <p> For more information, call 412-323-7928 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:28:26 -0400 SEVEN CITIPARKS REGIONAL POOLS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH LABOR DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1076 <p> The following seven Citiparks pools will remain open through Labor Day (Monday, September 5):</p> <p> <strong>Highland Park</strong>, 151 Lake Drive, Highland Park 412-665-3637<br /> <br /> <strong>Jack Stack</strong>, 600 Brighton Woods Road, Brighton Heights 412-766-4577<br /> <br /> <strong>Magee</strong>, 745 Greenfield Avenue, Greenfield 412-422-4265<br /> <br /> <strong>Moore</strong>, 1801 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline 412-571-3223<br /> <br /> <strong>Ream</strong>, 321 Merrimac Street, Mt. Washington 412-488-8312<br /> <br /> <strong>Schenley Park</strong>, Overlook Drive, Schenley Park 412-422-4266*<br /> <br /> <strong>Sue Murray</strong>, 301 Cedar Avenue, North Side 412-323-7914</p> <p> Hours of operation for these regional pools will be:<br /> <br /> Mondays through Fridays<br /> (Aug. 22 &ndash; 26 and Aug. 29 &ndash; Sept. 2 )<br /> 1 &ndash; 7:45 p.m.<br /> <br /> Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day<br /> (Aug. 27 &amp; 28 and Sept 3, 4 &amp; 5)<br /> 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.</p> <p> Reduced staffing levels will result in the closure of all other Citiparks pools.</p> <p> Sunday, August 21, is the last day of operation at the following pools:&nbsp; Ammon (Hill District), Banksville, Bloomfield, Homewood, McBride (Lincoln Place), Ormsby (South Side), Phillips (Carrick), Riverview Park, Sheraden, West Penn (Polish Hill) and Westwood.</p> <p> For more information, call 412-323-7928 or visit <a href="http://www.Citiparks.net">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p> <em>*PLEASE NOTE:&nbsp; As of Sunday, August 21, Schenley Park Pool, which closed on Friday following severe thunderstorms, remains temporarily closed while clean up efforts continue.</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 15:57:46 -0400 MAGEE POOL REOPENS ON SUNDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1074 <p> The City&rsquo;s Magee Pool, located at 745 Greenfield Avenue, will reopen today at 1 p.m.&nbsp; The pool&nbsp;closed Friday afternoon following severe thunderstorms.</p> <p> Schenley Park Pool, which also closed on Friday, remains closed while clean up efforts continue.</p> <p> Today residents are encouraged to visit one of the City&rsquo;s other outdoor swimming pools or two spray parks.&nbsp; To view a listing of pool and spray park locations, visit www.citiparks.net.</p> <p> Link to outdoor pool locations:<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming_pools_outdoor_list.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming_pools_outdoor_list.htm</a></p> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 09:46:33 -0400 MAGEE POOL CLOSED TEMPORARILY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1072 <p> The City has temporarily closed a second outdoor swimming &ndash; Magee Pool located at 745 Greenfield Avenue in Greenfield &ndash; while clean up efforts take place following this afternoon&rsquo;s thunderstorms.&nbsp; Schenley Park Pool also closed after the storm.</p> <p> Residents are encouraged to visit one of the City&rsquo;s other outdoor swimming pools or two spray parks.&nbsp; To view a listing of pool and spray park locations, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net">www.citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p> Link to outdoor pool locations:<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming_pools_outdoor_list.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming_pools_outdoor_list.htm</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 19:05:10 -0400 SCHENLEY PARK POOL CLOSED TEMPORARILY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1071 <p> The City&rsquo;s Schenley Park Swimming Pool, located on Overlook Drive, is temporarily closed while clean up efforts take place following this afternoon&rsquo;s thunderstorms.</p> <p> This weekend residents are encouraged to visit one of the City&rsquo;s other&nbsp;outdoor swimming pools or two spray parks.&nbsp; To view a listing of pool and spray park locations, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net">www.citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p> ###</p> <p> Direct link to outdoor pool locations:<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming_pools_outdoor_list.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming_pools_outdoor_list.htm</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:21:15 -0400 PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF FIRE FIREFIGHTER WINS CHILI COOK-OFF http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1063 <p> The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire chefs at Engine and Truck Company No. Eight today came away as the victors in a heated competition with the Giant Eagle Market District chefs at a chili cook-off held at the Citiparks Farmers&rsquo; Market in East Liberty.<br /> <br /> Farmers&rsquo; market patrons were invited to sample four chili recipes before voting for their favorite &ndash; and the crowd chose Firefighter Matt Bachner&rsquo;s spicy-sweet &ldquo;Backdraft&rdquo; chili recipe as the winner.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;While the firefighters of Engine 8 have earned bragging rights, everyone came away from this event a winner,&rdquo; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;Not only was $1,000&nbsp;raised for&nbsp;worthy charities, but City residents of all ages also were able learn more about fire safety and prevention from local firefighters.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> All money collected at the event will benefit the competitors&rsquo; chosen charities:&nbsp; Muscular Dystrophy Association Burn Camp (Station No. 8) and East End Cooperative Ministry (Giant Eagle Market District).<br /> <br /> In addition to hosting the chili cook-off, firefighters distributed fire safety information, and interested residents were able to sign up for a smoke detector for their home as part of the Bureau&rsquo;s Smoke Detector Program.&nbsp; Younger residents also had the opportunity to climb aboard a fire truck, try on firefighting gear, and hold the equipment used by Pittsburgh firefighters.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 21:09:33 -0400 MAGEE POOL REOPENS TODAY AT 1 p.m. http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1046 <p> <strong>(Pittsburgh) July 29, 2011&nbsp;</strong> The City&rsquo;s Magee Pool, located at 745 Greenfield Avenue, will reopen today at 1 p.m.&nbsp; The pool was closed earlier in the month after heavy storms and runoff from a ruptured sewer line caused severe flooding and damage.</p> <p> All 19 Citiparks pools are now in operation:&nbsp; <strong>Ammon</strong> (Hill District), <strong>Banksville</strong>, <strong>Bloomfield, Fowler </strong>(Perry South), <strong>Highland Park</strong>, <strong>Homewood</strong>, <strong>Jack Stack</strong> (Brighton Heights), <strong>Magee</strong> (Greenfield), <strong>McBride</strong> (Lincoln Place), <strong>Moore</strong> (Brookline), <strong>Ormsby </strong>(South Side), <strong>Phillips</strong> (Carrick), <strong>Ream</strong> (Mt. Washington), <strong>Riverview Park</strong>,<strong> Schenley Park</strong>, <strong>Sue Murray</strong> (North Side), <strong>Sheraden</strong>, <strong>West Penn</strong>, (Polish Hill) and <strong>Westwood</strong>.</p> <p> To view a listing of all Citiparks pools, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p> Link to addresses of all pools:<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming_pools_outdoor_list.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming_pools_outdoor_list.htm</a></p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:23:54 -0400 SCHENLEY PARK POOL REOPENS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1044 <p> <strong>(Pittsburgh) July 28, 2011</strong>&nbsp; The City&rsquo;s Schenley Park Swimming Pool, located on Overlook Drive, will reopen today at 1 p.m.&nbsp; The pool closed late Saturday after equipment malfunctioned.</p> <p> Magee Pool, located at 745 Greenfield Avenue, remains closed for repairs.</p> <p> To view a listing of all Citiparks pool and spray park locations, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p> Outdoor pools operate Monday through Friday 1 &ndash; 7:45 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.&nbsp; Spray parks operate daily 9 a.m. &ndash; 8 p.m.</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:53:57 -0400 SCHENLEY PARK POOL CLOSED TEMPORARILY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1038 <p> The City&rsquo;s Schenley Park Swimming Pool, located on Overlook Drive, will be closed until further notice due to a mechanical malfunction that took place on Saturday.</p> <p> In addition, Magee Pool, located at 745 Greenfield Avenue, remains closed as repairs continue from last week&rsquo;s sewer line collapse.</p> <p> In the meantime, residents are encouraged to visit one of the City&rsquo;s other 17 pools or two spray parks.&nbsp; To view a listing of pool and spray park locations, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p> The City&rsquo;s two popular spray parks &ndash; located in Troy Hill (Goettman St.) and Beechview (Orangewood St.) &ndash; provide cool recreation on hot summer days.&nbsp; Movement sensors cause sprayers to magically turn on and off water features at the two free facilities.&nbsp; Since children don&#39;t need swimming skills for these three-dimensional worlds of water, everyone from the tiniest toddler to a pre-teen adventurer, and even those using wheelchairs, can enjoy spray parks with equal enthusiasm.</p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:14:01 -0400 BASEBALL FANS INVITED TO ATTEND "MAYOR'S CUP CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES" AT PNC PARK JULY 25 & 27 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1035 <p> Boys and girls participating in Citiparks BIG League Sports baseball and softball leagues will take to the field at PNC Park on Mon., July 25, and Wed., July 27, for the annual &ldquo;Mayor&rsquo;s Cup Championship Games.&rdquo;&nbsp; Championship games for boys Little League (age 10 &ndash; 12) and girls softball (15 years and younger) will take place on Monday, while boys Pony, Colt and Super Colt (ages 13 &ndash; 18) will take place on Wednesday.&nbsp; First pitch each day will be at 4 p.m. (<em>see game schedule below</em>)</p> <p> &ldquo;BIG League Sports offers quality athletic and educational opportunities for our youth in Pittsburgh neighborhoods,&rdquo; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;A true highlight each summer is when our boys and girls compete at PNC Park.&nbsp; Playing in the Pirates&rsquo; home park is sure to create memories that last a lifetime.&rdquo;</p> <p> This year, the &ldquo;Mayor&rsquo;s Cup Challenge&rdquo; is encouraging all individuals attending to make donations as admission.&nbsp; All donations collected on July 25 and 27 will benefit the American Cancer Society.</p> <p> &ldquo;Each year, thousands of people enjoy watching the City&rsquo;s most talented youth compete at PNC Park,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;We invite the general public to an amazing sporting event, and we encourage them to generously support our chosen charity, the American Cancer Society.&nbsp; Last year, spectators dropped off 1,820 pounds of food along with $1,000 to benefit our 2010 charity, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.&rdquo;</p> <p> Citiparks Pittsburgh BIG League Sports is a cooperative effort between Citiparks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirates Charities and other partners.&nbsp; Established in 1994, BIG League Sports now hosts a variety of programs that include baseball, softball, hockey, soccer and special programs for teams.</p> <hr /> <p> <strong>MAYOR&rsquo;S CUP CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES SCHEDULE</strong></p> <p> <u>Monday, July 25, 2011 </u></p> <p> 4:00 p.m. game&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Little League (boys age 10 &ndash; 12)<br /> 6:00 p.m. game&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Slo-Pitch Softball (12 years old and younger)<br /> 8:00 p.m. game&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fast-Pitch Softball (12 years old and younger)<br /> 10:00 p.m. game&nbsp; Fast-Pitch Softball (15 years and younger)</p> <p> <u>Wednesday, July 27, 2011 </u></p> <p> 4:00 p.m. game&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pony (boys age 13 &ndash; 14)<br /> 6:30 p.m. game&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Colt (boys age 15 &ndash; 16)<br /> 9:00 p.m. game&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Super Colt (boys age 17 &ndash; 18)</p> <p> Link to information:<a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/big_league_sports.htm"><br /> http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/big_league_sports.htm</a></p> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:24:48 -0400 CITIPARKS "RESERVOIR OF JAZZ" CONCERT SERIES RETURNS IN AUGUST http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1032 <p> <strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 21, 2011</strong> - This summer you can once again relax on the lawn at Highland Park to the sounds of jazz performed by Pittsburgh&rsquo;s finest musicians.&nbsp; Residents look forward to the month of August each year to witness this showcase of the area&rsquo;s extraordinary talent of jazz at the ever-popular &ldquo;<a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/reservoir_of_jazz.htm" target="_blank">Reservoir of Jazz</a>&rdquo; series.&nbsp; Performances will take place every Sunday in August from 5 - 7 p.m.</p> <p> <strong>The &ldquo;Reservoir of Jazz&rdquo; concert series will launch on Sunday, August 7, at 5 p.m. with a performance by the BOILERMAKER JAZZ BAND. </strong></p> <p> The four-week concert series is sponsored by Highland Park Community Council, BNY Mellon and State Representative Joe Preston.</p> <p> For more information concerning this Citiparks concert series, call 412-255-2493 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.citiparks.net</a><strong>.</strong></p> <p> <strong>Reservoir of Jazz</strong><br /> Sundays, August 7 &ndash; 28, 2011<br /> 5 &ndash; 7 p.m.<br /> Highland Park &ndash; Highland Avenue &amp; Reservoir Drive</p> <hr /> <p> <strong>Schedule</strong></p> <p> August 7<br /> Boilermaker Jazz Band</p> <p> August 14<br /> Alton Merrell and Friends</p> <p> August 21<br /> MCG Jazz:&nbsp; 21<sup>st</sup> Century Swing Band</p> <p> August 28<br /> The Poogie Bell Band</p> <hr /> <p> Stay after the Reservoir of Jazz concerts for Citiparks &ldquo;Summer Soul Line Dancing&rdquo; in Highland Park.&nbsp; Instructor Roland Ford incorporates R&amp;B music in classes that begin with basic steps and finish with more advanced moves.&nbsp; Citiparks also presents free line dancing sessions this summer at Schenley Park Skating Rink and Mellon Park Tennis Center.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 08:42:10 -0400 CITY CLOSES MAGEE POOL DUE TO MUDSLIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1028 <div class="article"> <p> The City&rsquo;s Magee Pool, located at 745 Greenfield Avenue, will be closed until further notice due to a mudslide that occurred Monday afternoon.&nbsp;No swimmers were in the pool at the time&nbsp;of the mudslide.&nbsp;The City&rsquo;s Public Works Department will be working to clean up the slide and the City will open the pool as soon as possible.</p> <p> In the meantime, residents are encouraged to visit one of the City&rsquo;s other 16 pools, or two new spray parks located in the Beechview and Troyhill neighborhoods. To view a listing of &nbsp;pool locations, or to learn more about free summer City activities, including jazz or movies in the parks, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.citiparks.net</a></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:41:12 -0400 MORE THAN 100 YOUTH TO COMPETE IN 3rd ANNUAL FRICK PARK RED CLAY JUNIOR OPEN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=1000 <p style="text-align: justify;"> (PITTSBURGH) June 28, 2011&nbsp;&nbsp; More than 100 young tennis enthusiasts &ndash; including 15 young players from Madrid, Spain &ndash; will compete in Citiparks 3rd annual Frick Park Red Clay Junior Open, which kicks off Wednesday, June 29, at the Frick Park Red Clay Tennis Courts on Braddock Avenue in Regent Square.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> The 2011 competition, taking place June 29 through July 2, is the only junior tournament held on red clay in western Pennsylvania.&nbsp; This USTA-sanctioned event features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls ages 16 and younger.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;The tennis programs and tournaments that the City offers to young residents are a great way to promote fun physical fitness while teaching Pittsburgh&rsquo;s youth new skills,&rdquo; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited to see such enthusiasm for this tournament, and I hope to continue to see registration grow at such an impressive pace.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> According to Jose Mieres, coordinator of Citiparks Tennis Programs, more than 100 athletes will compete in 2011 &ndash; a significant increase over the 55 participants in 2010 and the 45 participants in the inaugural year of 2009.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &ldquo;This year&rsquo;s field of athletes will include 15 young players from Madrid, Spain, who visited us last year for a day and are now coming to Pittsburgh this week to play this tournament at Frick Park,&rdquo; Mieres said.&nbsp; &ldquo;During the summer they are based at a tennis camp in West Virginia.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Last year the Frick Park Red Clay Courts were named one of the 12 GREATEST PLACES TO PLAY ON RED CLAY by Active.com.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Mieres, who is also the co-founder and president of the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club, added, &ldquo;There&rsquo;s truly something special about these courts, and we&rsquo;re encouraging tennis enthusiast of all ages to experience the Frick Park Red Clay Courts this summer.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a> and <a href="http://www.clayfricktennis.org/">www.ClayFrickTennis.org</a> or call 412-244-4188.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Links to information:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <a href="http://www.clayfricktennis.org/">www.ClayFrickTennis.org</a></li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <a href="mailto:clayfricktennis@gmail.com">clayfricktennis@gmail.com</a></li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/tennis.htm#frickpark">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/tennis.htm#frickpark</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"> ON-SITE CONTACT:&nbsp; Jose Mieres, 787-245-9116 (cell)</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:57:05 -0400 CITIPARKS "ROVING ART CART" LAUNCHES 38th SEASON OF INSPIRING YOUNG ARTISTS IN GREAT OUTDOORS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=986 <p> <strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 20, 2011</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Beginning on Tuesday, June 21, and continuing throughout eight weeks of summer, children can enjoy creativity in nature&rsquo;s studio &ndash; the great outdoors &ndash; when they visit the Citiparks Roving Art Cart at neighborhood parks and playgrounds.&nbsp; The Roving Art Cart visits one site each Tuesday through Friday (10 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m.) and weekend community festivals and citywide special events (hours vary per event).</p> <p> &ldquo;The Citiparks Roving Art Cart takes the artist&rsquo;s studio into our neighborhoods where children can paint, sculpt, bead and express their creativity in a wide variety of ways,&rdquo; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;What started in the 1970s as literally a cart on wheels, has grown to become an amazing multi-disciplinary art experience for our City&rsquo;s youths.&rdquo;</p> <p> The 2011 Roving Art Cart activities will include the introduction of a bicycle-powered spin art machine.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited to incorporate an &lsquo;action art&rsquo; experience that allows artists of all ages to use their own physical power to turn a gearing system that connects a bicycle to a spin art machine,&rdquo; according to Roving Art Cart manager Nancy Burns.&nbsp; &ldquo;This project is modeled after the abstract expressionist movement, and it truly brings an active, vibrant participatory element to art making by breaking the boundaries of traditional art.&nbsp; Our new spin art activity also has a recycling twist since we&rsquo;re applying the paint to discarded 45 records rather than using paper.&rdquo;</p> <p> Roving Art Cart opening day festivities will take place on Tuesday, June 21, from 10 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m. at the Super Playground in Highland Park.</p> <p> For more information, call 412-665-3665 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net">www.citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p> <strong>Please note:&nbsp; Groups of 10 or more must call 412-665-3665 or register online at <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.citiparks.net</a> &nbsp;one week in advance to make reservations.</strong></p> <p> Link to information:</p> <p> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/roving_art_cart.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/roving_art_cart.htm</a></p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:34:50 -0400 CITIPARKS MINIATURE GOLF COURSE & OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS OPEN JUNE 16 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=981 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s newest recreation facility &ndash; the Schenley Park Miniature Golf Course &ndash; will open on Thursday, June 16, to coincide with the opening of Citiparks outdoor swimming pools.</p> <p> &ldquo;Thursday marks the unofficial start of summer here in the City of Pittsburgh, as we open our outdoor swimming pools for the season and introduce the new miniature golf course in Schenley Park,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;Miniature golf is actually returning to the Schenley Park Skating Rink, since after its opening in the 1970s, the rink offered mini golf for many summers.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re excited to reintroduce an 18-hole course in a beautiful park setting for very affordable family entertainment.&rdquo;</p> <p> The miniature golf course will operate until late summer Tuesdays through Fridays 4 &ndash; 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 1 &ndash; 9 p.m.&nbsp; Cost for a round at the 18-hole course will be $4 for adults and $3 for children.&nbsp; The course will officially open Thursday at 4 p.m.</p> <p> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a> or call 412-422-6547.</p> <p> At 1 p.m. on Thursday, Citiparks outdoor swimming pools will open for the season and will remain open through Labor Day (September 5) as staffing levels permit:&nbsp; <strong>Ammon </strong>(Hill District), <strong>Banksville</strong>, <strong>Bloomfield</strong>, <strong>Fowler (</strong>Perry South), <strong>Highland Park</strong>, <strong>Homewood</strong>, <strong>Jack Stack</strong> (Brighton Heights), <strong>Magee </strong>(Greenfield), <strong>McBride</strong> (Lincoln Place), <strong>Moore</strong> (Brookline), <strong>Ormsby</strong> (South Side), <strong>Phillips</strong> (Carrick), <strong>Ream</strong> (Mt. Washington), <strong>Riverview Park</strong>, <strong>Schenley Park</strong>, <strong>Sue Murray</strong> (North Side), <strong>Sheraden,</strong> <strong>West Penn</strong>, (Polish Hill) and <strong>Westwood</strong>.</p> <p> Individuals can purchase pool tags for year-round admission to Citiparks outdoor pools and the Oliver Bath House, which operates in the off season, at the following locations:</p> <p> <strong>THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER</strong><br /> Citiparks Office, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh</p> <p> <strong>BEGINNING JUNE 16</strong> (and continuing throughout the summer season)<br /> tags will be available at Citiparks pools during operating hours</p> <p> Cost of pool tags for City residents are:&nbsp; $60 &ndash; family of four; $10 &ndash; each additional family member; $30 &ndash; adult (16 years or older); $15 &ndash; youth (3 &ndash; 15 years old); free &ndash; child (2 and younger).&nbsp; For non-City residents the cost is $45 for adult or youth.</p> <p> Those interested in purchasing daily admission can do so at any pool beginning on June 16.&nbsp; Cost is $3 for children ages 3 &ndash; 15 and $4 for individuals 16 and older.</p> <p> For City residents who are disabled veterans and families of active duty military and activated reservist/guard members, pool tags are available at no cost.&nbsp; Proper ID is required.</p> <p> For more information, call the Citiparks Aquatics Division at 412-323-7928 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 14:46:54 -0400 BOB O'CONNOR SUMMER TENNIS CLASSIC SET FOR JUNE 18 - 26 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=972 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced details of the fifth annual Bob O&rsquo;Connor Summer Tennis Classic, a nine-day competition that has been honored by the United States Tennis Association.</p> <p> The 2011 competition, which will take place June 18 &ndash; 26 at Schenley Park and Highland Park tennis courts, features three levels of play and is open to individuals 16 to 80+ years old.&nbsp; Entry fee for singles is $10; entry fee for doubles is $15 per team.</p> <p> &ldquo;Since 2007, this tournament has remained a keystone of the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s tennis program as it continues to honor the outstanding community spirit demonstrated by the late Mayor Bob O&rsquo;Connor,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;We thank the O&rsquo;Connor Family and the hundreds of tennis enthusiasts who have participated over the years for their ongoing support of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Summer Tennis Classic.&rdquo;</p> <p> Highlights of the 2011 tournament include:</p> <ul> <li> USTA-SANCTIONED EVENTS &ndash; This year the men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s singles and doubles are USTA-sanctioned events.&nbsp; Individuals can register at <a href="http://www.usta.com/" target="_blank">www.USTA.com</a>.</li> <li> CUDDY BRISKIN AWARD &ndash; The 80+ co-ed doubles competition will be renamed in memory of Mr. Cuddy Briskin.&nbsp; The Squirrel Hill resident was a longtime supporter &ndash; and participant &ndash; of Citiparks tennis competitions.</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 14.&nbsp; </strong>To register, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/" target="_blank">www.Citiparks.net</a> or call 412-244-4188 to request an application.</p> <p> <em>The United States Tennis Association honored the Bob O&rsquo;Connor Summer Tennis Classic with its 2008 President&rsquo;s Award.&nbsp; The award recognized the tournament planning committee for establishing a tournament that in its inaugural year in 2007 became the largest adult tournament to be held in the City of Pittsburgh in decades.</em></p> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:23:18 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES 2011 SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=960 <p> Whether you love jazz or classical, you&rsquo;re bound to find the perfect free performance this summer by attending one &ndash; or all &ndash; of Citiparks&rsquo; three popular concert series:&nbsp; &ldquo;<a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/stars_riverview_jazz_series.htm" target="_blank">Stars at Riverview Jazz Series</a>,&rdquo; &ldquo;<a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/bach_beethoven_and_brunch.htm" target="_blank">Bach, Beethoven and Brunch</a>,&rdquo; and &ldquo;<a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/reservoir_of_jazz.htm" target="_blank">Reservoir of Jazz</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p> <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&amp;hl=en&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=203916488985198549708.00048c4a59ab546c2f0f4&amp;t=h&amp;ll=40.469413,-79.971199&amp;spn=0.098989,0.222988&amp;z=13" target="_blank">Citiparks Summer Concert Series Map</a></p> <p> <strong>For more information concerning all three Citiparks concert series, call 412-255-2493 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net" target="_blank">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</strong></p> <hr /> <p> <strong><u>&ldquo;Stars at Riverview&rdquo; Jazz Series</u></strong><br /> Saturdays, June 11 &ndash; August 27&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> 7 &ndash; 8:30 p.m.<br /> Riverview Park</p> <p> &ldquo;Stars at Riverview&rdquo; brings jazz to Riverview Park on Saturday evenings.&nbsp; So bring a lawn chair or spread a blanket on Observatory Hill for an entire summer of incredible musical entertainment.&nbsp; After the concerts, stay for &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo; &ndash; movies the entire family can enjoy &ndash; beginning at dusk.</p> <p> <em>Sponsored by BNY Mellon and DUQ 90.5 FM.</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> June 11<br /> Mark Lucas</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> June 18<br /> Dwayne Dolphin</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> June 25<br /> Al Dowe with Etta Cox</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> July 2<br /> Clare Ascani</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> July 9<br /> Max Leake</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> July 16<br /> Spider Rondinelli</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> July 23<br /> Resonance Steel Drum Jazz</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> July 30<br /> Kevin Howard and Serious Inquiry</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> August 6<br /> Sean Jones</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> August 13<br /> Mike Tomaro</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> August 20<br /> Salsamba Latin Jazz Group</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> August 27<br /> Roger Humphries and RH Factor</p> <hr /> <p> <strong><u>Bach, Beethoven and Brunch</u></strong></p> <p> Sundays, June 19 &ndash; August 14<br /> 10:30 a.m. &ndash; noon<br /> Mellon Park &ndash; Fifth and Shady avenues, Point Breeze/Squirrel Hill</p> <p> This longtime favorite series entertains music lovers on the lawn at Mellon Park.&nbsp; Satisfy your appetite for classical music by treating yourself to a special Sunday morning composed of Bach, Beethoven and Brunch.&nbsp; Join us for this delightful buffet of classical melodies, and don&rsquo;t miss the &ldquo;Best Brunch&rdquo; competition during intermission &ndash; the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will award prizes!</p> <p> <em>Sponsored by Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, WQED-FM 89.3, Bagel Factory and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> June 19<br /> Edgewood Symphony Orchestra</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> June 26<br /> Freya String Quartet</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> July 3<br /> Carnegie Brass</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> July 10<br /> Cincopation</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> July 17<br /> Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> July 24<br /> River City Brass</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> July 31<br /> Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> August 7<br /> Keystone Wind Ensemble</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> August 14<br /> East Winds Symphonic Band</p> <hr /> <p> <strong>Reservoir of Jazz</strong><br /> Sundays, August 7 &ndash; 28<br /> 5 &ndash; 7 p.m.<br /> Highland Park &ndash; Highland Avenue &amp; Reservoir Drive</p> <p> This summer you can once again relax on the lawn at Highland Park to the sounds of jazz performed by Pittsburgh&rsquo;s finest musicians.&nbsp; Residents of the tri-state area look forward to the month of August each year to witness this showcase of the area&rsquo;s extraordinary talent of jazz at the ever-popular Reservoir of Jazz series.</p> <p> <em>Sponsored by Highland Park Community Council, BNY Mellon and State Representative Joe Preston.</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> August 7<br /> Boilermaker Jazz Band</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> August 14<br /> Alton Merrell and Friends</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> August 21<br /> MCG Jazz:&nbsp; 21<sup>st</sup> Century Swing Band</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> August 28<br /> The Poogie Bell Band</p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:31:18 -0400 CITIPARKS ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2011 "DOLLAR BANK CINEMA IN THE PARK" http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=957 <p> This summer, Citiparks will present free movies in the park at six locations beginning in mid June and continuing through late August.&nbsp; The 2011 &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo; schedule will include <em>Secretariat, Shrek Forever After, Inception, Iron Man 2</em> and many other movie favorites for all members of the family.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;The City of Pittsburgh will host more than 80 free movie nights this summer,&rdquo; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud to offer such an impressive lineup of entertainment for the entire family.&nbsp; Nothing can beat the experience of spreading a blanket in the grass and enjoying an evening of cinema under the stars in one of our beautiful parks.&rdquo;</p> <p> Citiparks movie location will be Schenley Park, Riverview Park, Brookline Memorial Park, Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington and West End/Elliott Overlook.</p> <p> For more information, call <strong>412-422-6426 or visit </strong><strong><a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.citiparks.net</a></strong><strong>.</strong></p> <p> Presented by Dollar Bank.<br /> Sponsored by NewsRadio 1020 KDKA and 93.7 The Fan.</p> <p> <strong>COMPLETE 2011 &ldquo;DOLLAR BANK CINEMA IN THE PARK&rdquo; schedule available at <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm">http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm</a></strong></p> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 14:19:52 -0400 Citiparks Pool Passes Available http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=949 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that on Thursday, June 16, Citiparks will open its outdoor swimming pools for the 2011 summer season.</p> <p> &quot;Throughout the summer months our swimming pools serve as treasured community resources in the City of Pittsburgh. Not only do they serve as popular places for friends and neighbors to meet on hot summer days, our pools also offer swim lessons, water aerobics sessions, community water carnivals and much more,&quot; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &quot;Citiparks pools offer extremely affordable recreation, with a family of four paying just $60 to swim year round.&quot;</p> <p> Individuals can purchase pool tags for year-round admission to Citiparks outdoor pools and the Oliver Bath House, which operates in the off season, at the following locations:</p> <ul> <li> <strong>BEGINNING JUNE 1 (continuing throughout summer)</strong><br /> Citiparks Office, City-County Building, Fourth Floor, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh</li> <li> <strong>JUNE 1 &ndash; JUNE 15</strong><br /> Oliver Bath House, 38 S. 10th Street, South Side</li> <li> <strong>SUNDAY, JUNE 12</strong>, 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.<br /> tags will be sold in advance of the pool opening at Citiparks pool locations</li> <li> <strong>JUNE 13 &ndash; JUNE 15</strong>, 4 &ndash; 8 p.m.<br /> tags will be sold in advance of the pool opening at Citiparks pool locations</li> <li> <strong>BEGINNING JUNE 16</strong> (and continuing throughout the summer season)<br /> tags will be available at Citiparks pools during operating hours</li> </ul> <p> Cost of pool tags for City residents are: $60 &ndash; family of four; $10 &ndash; each additional family member; $30 &ndash; adult (16 years or older); $15 &ndash; youth (3 &ndash; 15 years old); free &ndash; child (2 and younger). For non-City residents the cost is $45 for adult or youth.</p> <p> Those interested in purchasing daily admission can do so at any pool beginning on June 16. Cost is $3 for children ages 3 &ndash; 15 and $4 for individuals 16 and older.</p> <p> For City residents who are disabled veterans and families of active duty military and activated reservist/guard members, pool tags are available at no cost. Proper ID is required.</p> <p> Citiparks pools will remain open through Labor Day (September 5).</p> <p> For more information, call the Citiparks Aquatics Division at 412-323-7928.</p> <p> <strong>BOTH FREE SPRAY PARKS NOW OPEN FOR SUMMER</strong> &ndash; The City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s spray parks in Beechview and Troy Hill offer three-dimensional worlds of water for children of all ages. The Beechview facility, located next to Vanucci Playground on Orangewood Street, opened for the season on Sunday, May 29. The Troy Hill facility, located next to Cowley Playground on Goettman Street, opened this morning (Tuesday, May 31). Both spray parks now operate daily from 9 a.m. &ndash; 8 p.m.</p> <p> 2011 LOCATIONS OF CITIPARKS OUTDOOR POOLS</p> <ul> <li> Ammon, 2217 Bedford Avenue, Hill District</li> <li> Banksville, 1461 Crane Avenue, Banksville</li> <li> Bloomfield, 408 Ella Street, Bloomfield</li> <li> Fowler, 2438 Wilson Avenue, Perry South</li> <li> Highland, 151 Lake Drive, Highland Park</li> <li> Homewood, 540 N. Lang Avenue, Homewood</li> <li> Jack Stack, 600 Brighton Woods Road, Brighton Heights</li> <li> Magee, 745 Greenfield Avenue, Greenfield</li> <li> McBride, 1785 McBride Street, Lincoln Place</li> <li> Moore, 1801 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline</li> <li> Ormsby, 79 S. 22nd Street, South Side</li> <li> Phillips, 201 Parkfield Street, Carrick</li> <li> Ream, 321 Merrimac Street, Mt. Washington</li> <li> Riverview, 400 Riverview Avenue, Perry North</li> <li> Schenley, Overlook Drive, Schenley Park</li> <li> Sue Murray, 301 Cedar Avenue, North Side</li> <li> Sheraden, 1071 Adon Street, Sheraden</li> <li> West Penn, 450 30th Street, Polish Hill</li> <li> Westwood, 100 Guyland Street, Westwood</li> </ul> Tue, 31 May 2011 17:15:00 -0400 City Gears Up for Another Action-Packed Summer http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=948 <div id="summerguide11" style="display: block;"> <p> <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=911" target="_blank">Mayor&#39;s Press Release</a></p> <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the City is gearing up for another action-packed summer. Free copies of the 2011 Citiparks Summer Magazine are now available at various locations throughout the City, providing easy information on the City&#39;s 2011 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 such as City facility lists and phone numbers.</p> <p> &quot;Summer is the perfect time to take to the parks, the trails, and the rivers to rediscover the treasures that surround us each day in Pittsburgh,&quot; said Ravenstahl. &quot;The Summer Magazine is a City resident&#39;s official &#39;user&#39;s guide&#39; for summer programs and activities. Head to the great outdoors &ndash; across town or just around the corner in your own neighborhood &ndash; and you&rsquo;ll be amazed by all you discover to do in the City of Pittsburgh.&quot;</p> <p> 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. The Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is producing a free audio version of the booklet. To request a copy in audio format, contact the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped by phone: 412-687-2440,<br /> fax: 412-687-2442, or e-mail: lbph@carnegielibrary.org.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 May 2011 17:14:00 -0400 Citiparks Farmers' Markets to Open Week of May 9 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=947 <div id="farmersmarket11" style="display: block;"> <p> Satisfy your appetite for fresh-picked fruits and vegetables throughout the next six months by visiting <strong>Citiparks Farmers&#39; Markets. Five locations will open the week of May 9</strong>, and two additional locations will open in June.</p> <p> All markets will sell farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods, while several locations will also sell flowers, small gifts and gardening items.</p> <p> <strong>NEW IN 2011 &ndash; The Beechview market will move to a new location at Beechview and Broadway avenues.</strong> For more information, call Citiparks at 412-422-6547 or visit the Citiparks&#39; <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/farmers_market.htm">Farmers Market homepage</a>.</p> <p> <strong>Citiparks Farmers&#39; Markets operate May 9 &ndash; November 23, 2011</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 May 2011 17:13:00 -0400 Event to Kick Off Full Summer of Activities at Frick Park Tennis Courts http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=946 <p> Citiparks and the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club (FPCCTC) are pleased to jointly announce the 2011 Season Court Opening Event and Volunteer Awards on Friday, April 29, from 5 p.m. until dusk. (Rain date is Saturday, April 30.)<strong>In celebration of the upcoming 2011 tennis season at Frick Park, the public is invited to attend this annual event, which will feature music and free tennis clinics.</strong> Tennis instructors from sponsoring tennis facilities in and around Pittsburgh will conduct tennis clinics for player of all ages and abilities. Children&#39;s racquets will be provided.</p> <p> &quot;Last year the Frick Park Red Clay Courts were <strong>named one of the 12 GREATEST PLACES TO PLAY ON RED CLAY</strong> by Active.com,&quot; according to Jose Mieres, FPCCTC co-founder and president. &quot;There&#39;s truly something special about these courts, and we&#39;re inviting every tennis enthusiast in the region to experience the Frick Park Red Clay Courts. The kick-off celebration continues to grow in popularity each year, and it features clinics sponsored by Citiparks and tennis facilities and clubs around Pittsburgh. Our goal is also to showcase, help grow and promote all the tennis programs offered in this area. Nearly 200 players and spectators joined us last spring, and we&#39;re planning for an even larger turnout for this year&#39;s party and awards ceremony.&quot;</p> <p> According to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, &quot;The red clay tennis courts at Frick Park have a rich history. It is certainly one of the City&#39;s great assets, and we&#39;re pleased to collaborate with the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club to ensure the future of this unique facility.&quot;</p> <p> In May, the club will begin its schedule of summer leagues and clinics at the clay courts in Frick Park. Free beginner adult and children quickstart clinics will take place on Sundays from noon - 1 p.m. June through September.</p> <p> Highlights of the 2011 season calendar will include:</p> <p> <strong>4th ANNUAL FRENCH OPEN TENNIS CELEBRATION</strong> &ndash; This Block Party is free and open to the public. Wood racquets will be provided for players to celebrate the outstanding tradition of tennis at Frick Park, which has hosted tennis events since these clay courts were inaugurated in 1930. The festivities will include exhibition matches, free clinics games and prizes for adults and children of all ages and playing levels. The celebration will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 1 p.m. &ndash; 5 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, June 5, at 1 p.m.)</p> <p> <strong>3rd ANNUAL FRICK PARK RED CLAY JUNIOR OPEN</strong> &ndash; This popular tournament is the first USTA-sanctioned competition to be organized by FPCCTC &ndash; and it is the only USTA-sanctioned junior tournament in western Pennsylvania to be held on red clay courts. The Junior open features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls 16 years of age and under. The Junior Open will take place June 19 &ndash; July 3, 2011.</p> <p> <strong>PAUL G. SULLIVAN CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong> &ndash; Citiparks and FPCCTC will present this well-known tournament for adults 16 and older. This event, formerly the Pittsburgh Park Championships, is named for the late Paul Sullivan, a Duquesne University graduate and tennis coach who directed it from 1930 to 2001. This annual classic &ndash; now in its 91st year &ndash; will take place July 12 - 24, 2011.</p> <p> For more information about tennis activities taking place at Frick Park, and to participate as a player or supporter, please contact the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club by visiting its website at <a href="http://www.clayfricktennis.org/" target="_blank">www.clayfricktennis.org</a> <img alt="external site - opens in new window" border="0" class="iconLink" height="9" src="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/images/icons/external_site_icon.gif" title="external site - opens in new window" width="9" /></p> <p> <strong>ABOUT THE FRICK PARK CLAY COURT TENNIS CLUB</strong></p> <p> The Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club, founded by volunteer tennis enthusiasts in 2007, is dedicated to restoring, maintaining and improving the condition of the historic Frick Park red clay tennis courts. The 250-player member organization has collaborated with the City of Pittsburgh to ensure the future of this unique facility. Membership is open to players of all skill levels as well as to non-player supporters.</p> <p> FPCCTC was recognized as the 2007 Community Tennis Association of the Year by the USTA Allegheny Mountain District, and the FPCCTC co-founder and president, Jose Mieres, was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by the USTA Middle States, a tennis organization that spans four states.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 17:12:00 -0400 City-County Building Hosts "ARTWorks" Art Exhibit, "Artist Market" and "Artist in Action" Series to Showcase Creative Work of City of Pittsburgh Employees http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=945 <p> The 12th annual &quot;ARTWorks&quot; competition showcasing the creative talents of City of Pittsburgh employees, their families and members of their households has expanded in 2011 to include an &quot;Artist Market&quot; and &quot;Artist in Action&quot; demonstration series in addition to the ever-popular art exhibit at the City-County Building.</p> <p> &quot;The ARTWorks competition provides an amazing opportunity for individuals to express their creativity, and this year&#39;s participants represent more than a dozen City of Pittsburgh departments including Pittsburgh Police, Fire Bureau, Emergency Medical Services and Law Department,&quot; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.</p> <p> ART EXHIBIT</p> <p> Now through Thursday, April 14, the City-County Building&#39;s grand lobby serves as the setting of an impressive collection of nearly 200 paintings, photographs, drawings, pottery and other unique pieces of artwork created by more than 100 City employees and their relatives (professional, nonprofessional and youth artists).</p> <p> The free exhibit - titled &quot;ARTWorks: The National Arts Program In Pittsburgh&quot; - allows artist of all skill levels the rare opportunity to exhibit their work as well as to compete for cash prizes and art education scholarships. The exhibit will remain on display weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through April 14 at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.</p> <p> &quot;ARTIST MARKET&quot; - new in 2011</p> <p> On Friday, April 8, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., an &quot;Artist Market&quot; in the lobby of the City-County Building will provide employees and their relatives with an opportunity to share their work with the public. The artists will sell handcrafted items including jewelry, paintings and pottery.</p> <p> &quot;ARTIST IN ACTION&quot; SERIES - new in 2011</p> <p> On three occasions in April, employees will showcase their artistic talents during free demonstrations in the City-County Building lobby:</p> <ul> <li> Wednesday, April 6 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) - portrait sketching</li> <li> Tuesday, April 12 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) - clay workshop</li> <li> Thursday, April 14 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) - cartooning</li> </ul> <p> The 12th annual &quot;ARTWorks: The National Arts Program in Pittsburgh&quot; is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation.</p> <p> For more information, call Citiparks at 412-665-3665 or visit www.citiparks.net.</p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:11:00 -0400 Awards Ceremony Honors Winners of "ARTWorks" Art Exhibit Showcasing Work of City of Pittsburgh Employees http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=944 <p> Talent of Pittsburgh Police, Fire, EMS and other City employees - &amp; family members - showcased in art exhibit</p> <p> A Tuesday evening reception featured an awards ceremony honoring winners of the 12th annual &quot;ARTWorks&quot; competition that showcases the creative talents of City of Pittsburgh employees, their families and members of their households.</p> <p> The City-County Building&#39;s grand lobby currently serves as the setting of an impressive collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, pottery and other unique pieces of artwork. More than 100 City employees and their relatives (professional, nonprofessional and youth artists) submitted the 192 pieces on display.</p> <p> &quot;The ARTWorks competition provides an amazing opportunity for individuals to express their creativity, and this year&#39;s participants represent more than a dozen City of Pittsburgh departments including Pittsburgh Police, Fire Bureau, Emergency Medical Services and Law Department,&quot; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.</p> <p> The free exhibit - titled &quot;ARTWorks: The National Arts Program In Pittsburgh&quot; - allows artist of all skill levels the rare opportunity to exhibit their work as well as to compete for cash prizes and art education scholarships. Serving as 2011 judges were Keith Cochran of Cochran Architectural Associates, Michael Dean of Pittsburgh Carrick High School, Bill Godfrey of BillBanner.com, Susan Loscotch of Pittsburgh Carrick High School and Lynn Smith of Interior Artistry.</p> <p> At the opening reception, ARTWorks awards were presented by Michael T. Radley, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.</p> <p> The 39 individuals honored with awards included:</p> <p> Best of Show (Teen)<br /> Michelle Nalene Underwood of Brookline (daughter of Citiparks employee) for &quot;Self&quot;</p> <p> The exhibit will remain on display weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through Thursday, April 14, at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.</p> <p> The 12th annual &quot;ARTWorks: The National Arts Program in Pittsburgh&quot; is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation.</p> <p> For more information, call Citiparks at 412-665-3665 or visit www.citiparks.net.</p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:10:00 -0400 Schenley Park Skating Rink Concluding Outdoor Skating Season http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=943 <div id="rink-closing11" style="display: block;"> <p> Lace up your ice skates one last time this winter! The Schenley Park Skating Rink - one of only four outdoor rinks located in Allegheny County and the only regulation size rink in the City of Pittsburgh - is open for a few more sessions before closing on Wednesday, March 16, after the afternoon session.</p> <p> &quot;The Schenley Park Skating Rink remains an extremely popular destination each winter,&quot; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &quot;Nothing compares with skating outside in the elements, and our rink offers a beautiful tree-lined setting, great music and a view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline.&quot;</p> <p> Throughout the winter the rink operated daily and offered a variety of public sessions and special sessions such as &quot;family night,&quot; &quot;adults only nights&quot; and &quot;college ID discount sessions.&quot; The facility hosted three successful special events: &quot;Skate with Santa&quot; in December, &quot;Mascot Skate&quot; in January and &quot;Valentines on Ice&quot; in February.</p> <p> Final skating sessions of 2011:<br /> Tuesday, March 15 from 7 - 9 p.m. and 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. (adults only)<br /> Wednesday, March 16 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.</p> <p> RINK&#39;S PARTY ROOM AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL YEAR ROUND</p> <p> The Schenley Park Skating Rink features a party room with kitchen available for rental year round. The meeting/banquet room serves as an ideal setting for graduation parties, weddings, birthday parties and other occasions. Call 412-422-6547 for details and pricing information.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 17:10:00 -0400 Celebrate Special Valentine's Day...on Ice http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=942 <div id="VoI11" style="display: block;"> <p> <em><strong>Citiparks &quot;Valentines on Ice&quot; at Schenley Park Skating Rink</strong></em></p> <p> Enjoy a very special opportunity to skate with your sweetie on Valentine&#39;s Day.</p> <p> <strong>Romance will fill the air at the Schenley Park Skating Rink on Monday, Feb. 14, from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.</strong> at &quot;Valentines on Ice.&quot; A view of the sparkling Downtown Pittsburgh skyline will serve as the backdrop for this magical night of outdoor ice skating presented by Citiparks and Star 100.7 and sponsored by UPMC Health Plan.</p> <p> &quot;I encourage couples to take advantage of one of our City&#39;s best Valentine&#39;s Day values in town - offering skating, refreshments, giveaways and dance lessons all for just $4 per couple,&quot; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. &quot;This year marks the fifth year for Valentines on Ice, and it&#39;s no surprise that this event continues to grow in popularity each year.&quot;</p> <p> The first 250 couples will receive a rose compliments of Alex&#39;s Flowers of Oakland and sweets from Betsy Ann Chocolates. Skate to romantic music under the stars...then warm up inside with salsa dance lessons and a mini-massage while savoring chocolates, hot beverages and pizza.</p> <p> Take advantage of the <strong>special two-for-one admission price</strong>. Admission is $4 per adult couple - or $3 per student couple (with college IDs). (Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.)</p> <p> <strong>Special 2-for-1 admission price includes:</strong></p> <ul> <li> rose to first 250 couples compliments of Alex&#39;s Flowers of Oakland</li> <li> assorted chocolates to first 250 couples courtesy of Betsy Ann Chocolates</li> <li> mini-massage compliments of Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill</li> <li> free dance lessons courtesy of Jeff &amp; Colleen Shirey of Salsa Pittsburgh</li> <li> chance to compete in &quot;Go for the Heart&quot; puck shooting contest</li> <li> pizza compliments of Lucci&#39;s Pizza - Squirrel Hill</li> <li> hot drinks compliments of Coffee Tree Roasters of Shadyside</li> <li> keepsake photo with your sweetheart</li> </ul> <p> &quot;Valentines on Ice&quot; is presented by Citiparks and Star 100.7 and is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, Betsy Ann Chocolates, AlexsFlowers.com, Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill, Salsa Pittsburgh, Lucci&#39;s Pizza - Squirrel Hill, and Coffee Tree Roasters of Shadyside.</p> <p> <strong>For more information, call 412-255-2493 or click <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/schenley_skating_rink.htm#Valentines">here</a>.</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 17:09:00 -0500 Citiparks Celebrates Black History Month with Tribute to Generations of African American Steelworkers http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=941 <div id="BHM-exhibit11" style="display: block;"> <p> An exhibit celebrating Black History Month will be displayed in the lobby of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh beginning on the evening of Monday, February 7, and continuing weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, February 25.</p> <p> &quot;The Strength of Steel: A Tribute to African American Steelworkers in Pittsburgh&quot; will feature photographs and other memorabilia honoring the generations who helped to transform Pittsburgh into the &quot;Steel City.&quot;</p> <p> This introduction to the industrial and cultural heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania will include artifacts on loan from Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Tony Buba of Braddock Films and other exhibit supporters.</p> <p> &quot;The City-County Building lobby will serve as the setting for a magnificent collection of artifacts honoring individuals who bravely took on some of the area&#39;s toughest, dirtiest and most dangerous jobs,&quot; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &quot;The City&#39;s 2011 Black History Month exhibit pays tribute to the generations of hard-working African American men and women who faced incredible obstacles while making tremendous contributions to the region&#39;s economy.&quot;</p> <p> The public is invited to attend the exhibit&#39;s opening reception on Monday, February 7, between 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.</p> <p> The ceremony in the City-County Building lobby will include remarks by individuals involved with the City&#39;s Black History Month celebration including Fred Redmond of United Steelworkers and retired Judge Livingstone Johnson, whose family includes generations of local steelworkers.</p> <p> For more information, call Citiparks at 412-255-8976</p> <p> The 2011 celebration of Black History Month is presented by Citiparks and is sponsored by United Steelworkers, 96.1 KISS FM, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and Penn Brewery.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 05 Feb 2011 17:08:00 -0500 Citiparks Announces Special Holiday Schedule for Outdoor Skating Rink, Indoor Tennis Courts & Swimming Pool http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=940 <div id="holiday-schedule" style="display: block;"> <p> Three Citiparks facilities - the Schenley Park Skating Rink, the Mellon Park Tennis Center and the Oliver Bath House - will adjust operating hours on December 31 in observance of New Year&#39;s Eve.</p> <p> On Friday, December 31, the skating rink will close at 3:30 p.m., the tennis center at 4:00 p.m. and the swimming pool at 4:30 p.m. On New Year&#39;s Day - Saturday, January 1 - the skating rink will be open and offer four skating sessions (see schedule below). For information concerning the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink, call 412-422-6547..</p> <p> The tennis center and Oliver Bath House will be closed on New Year&#39;s Day. For information concerning the indoor Mellon Park Tennis Center, call 412-665-4017. For information concerning the Oliver Bath House, call 412-488-8380.</p> <blockquote> <h5> CITIPARKS SENIOR CENTERS &amp; COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER HOURS</h5> <p> For information concerning the holiday operating schedule at Citiparks community recreation centers and senior centers, visit <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks">Citiparks.net</a> or call the center directly.</p> </blockquote> <p> <em>Schenley Rink offers additional skating opportunities on New Year&#39;s Day</em></p> <p> Throughout the holiday season, the Schenley Park Skating Rink will offer additional skating sessions.&nbsp;The rink&#39;s holiday schedule is as follows:</p> <blockquote> <p> <strong>Monday, December 27</strong><br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 - 9 p.m.</p> <p> <strong>Tuesday, December 28</strong><br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 - 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)<br /> <br /> <strong>Wednesday, December 29</strong><br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 - 9 p.m.</p> <p> <strong>Thursday, December 30</strong><br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> <strong>7 - 9 p.m. - FAMILY NIGHT (one youth will be admitted free with each paid adult admission)</strong></p> <p> <strong>Friday, December 31</strong><br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> rink closes early (no evening sessions)</p> <p> <strong>Saturday, January 1 - OPEN NEW YEAR&#39;S DAY</strong><br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 - 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)</p> <p> <strong>Sunday, January 2</strong><br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 - 9 p.m.</p> </blockquote> <p> Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors (60 and older) and youth (17 and younger).&nbsp;Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.&nbsp; For more information, call 412-422-6547 or visit <a href="http://www.schenleyrink.com/">SchenleyRink.com</a>.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:08:00 -0500 Citiparks BIG League Sports to Benefit from Support of NFL Officials during Holiday Season http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=939 <div id="nfl" style="display: block;"> <p> When the NFL officiating crew arrives in Pittsburgh for Sunday&#39;s football game at Heinz Field, the seven-man team will play Santa to young athletes living in western Pennsylvania by presenting a donation to the Citiparks BIG League Sports program.</p> <p> &quot;This year Pittsburgh was a perfect choice for a number of reasons, including the timing of the Steelers-Jets game and the outstanding reputation of the City&#39;s Recreation Department,&quot; according to Don Carlsen, the side judge chosen to organize the group&#39;s donation. &quot;Just before Christmas, every crew in the National Football League will support a charity in the city where they&#39;re working, and our crew couldn&#39;t be happier that we&#39;ll be spending the weekend in the City of Pittsburgh.&quot;</p> <p> Citiparks Pittsburgh BIG League Sports, which hosts a variety of programs that include baseball, softball, futsal, soccer and special programs for teams, involves hundreds of volunteers who coach and manage the competitions.</p> <p> &quot;We are extremely grateful for the NFL officials&#39; support of BIG League,&quot; according to Citiparks Director Mike Radley. &quot;And we&#39;re extremely excited that this donation will benefit local boys and girls by designating the funds to specifically support programming.&quot;</p> <p> According to referee Pete Morelli, &quot;Our crew is pleased to support BIG League, which promotes the development of sportsmanship and a healthy lifestyle in addition to providing numerous venues for organized team competition.&quot;</p> <p> &quot;Each member of the seven-man crew, along with our two replay assistants, will write a personal check for $100 as our way of &lsquo;giving back&#39; to the community and looking forward to bright futures for these young athletes,&quot; he said.</p> <p> Making the donation to Citiparks BIG League Sports will be: Peter Morelli, Referee; Ruben Fowler, Umpire; George Hayward, Head Linesman; John Hussey, Line Judge; Jon Lucivansky, Field Judge; Don Carlsen, Side Judge; Rob Vernatchi, Back Judge; Al Hynes, Replay Official; and Don Langeloh, Video Operator. Also attending will be NY Supervisor Ed Coukart.</p> <p> Accepting the donation will be Citiparks Assistant Director Dick Skrinjar.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 17:07:00 -0500 Mayor Ravenstahl, Senator Fontana, Community Open New Brookline Fitness Center http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=938 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, State Senator Wayne Fontana, and community leaders gathered today to celebrate the opening of a new fitness facility located on the lower level of the Brookline Recreation Center. [ <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=645">Mayor&#39;s Press Release</a> ]</p> Sat, 04 Dec 2010 17:07:00 -0500 Mayor, Community Break Ground for City's Third Spray Park http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=937 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and community leaders gathered today to ceremonially break ground for the City&#39;s newest aquatic facility, a &quot;spray park&quot; in East Hills. The project, representing an investment of more than $700,000, will include the construction of a 4,200 square-foot aquatic facility, located on the site of the former East Hills Swimming Pool on Wilmer Drive, as well as renovation of adjacent outdoor basketball courts. [ <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=590">Mayor&#39;s Press Release</a> ]</p> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 17:06:00 -0500 Schenley Park Skating Rink Open for Season http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=936 <div id="Rink-Opens_nov16" style="display: block;"> <p> Now that cold weather has arrived, grab your skates and head to Schenley Park to enjoy another season of ice skating! The Schenley Park Skating Rink - one of only four outdoor rinks located in Allegheny County and the only regulation size rink in the City of Pittsburgh - is now open for the 2010-2011 season.</p> <p> &quot;The Schenley Park Skating Rink remains one of Pittsburghers&#39; favorite winter attractions,&quot; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &quot;Nothing compares with skating outside in the elements, and our rink offers a beautiful tree-lined setting, great music and a view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline.&quot;</p> <p> The rink operates seven days a week and offers a variety of public sessions, special events and lessons.<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/schenley_skating_rink.htm">More Info</a></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:06:00 -0500 Mayor, Community Leaders Break Ground for Riverview Park Soccer Complex http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=935 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and community leaders today broke ground for phase one of the City&#39;s newest sports and recreational facility, the Riverview Park Soccer Complex, located in the North Side&#39;s Riverview Park. The state-of-the-art soccer field will include a year-round artificial turf surface walking/training track. The City is building the complex on a six-acre former industrial site located at the northwest section of Riverview Park. The site will undergo environmental remediation and be transformed into a valuable recreational asset. [ <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=569">Mayor&#39;s Press Release</a> ]</p> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 17:05:00 -0400 Results Announced for 33rd Running of Great Race http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=934 <div id="GreatRace_sep26" style="display: block;"> <p> A record field of 14,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of Pittsburgh today for the 33rd running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. A total of 9,249 registered for the 10K run, while 4,751 registered for the 5K run/fitness walk.</p> <p> &quot;This 2010 field of 14,000 runners and walkers sets a new record for the race,&quot; said Race Director Mike Radley. &quot;Until today, The Great Race registration record stood at 12,807 set in 1987, although last year we came within 19 runners of matching that record.&quot;</p> <p> In the 10K open division, Sam Luff, 23, of Emmaus, Pa., was the winner in the men&#39;s competition with a time of 30:34. Leah Ahlin, 27, of Murrysville, was the winner in the women&#39;s competition with a time of 35:35.</p> <p> In the 5K competition, Paul Thistle, 23, of Pittsburgh, won the male division with a time of 14:59. Morgan Ansell, 13, of Greensburg, won the female division with a time of 18:30.</p> <p> In addition to presenting sponsor Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2010 Great Race sponsors are Dollar Bank, Allegheny General Hospital, Dick&#39;s Sporting Goods, Del Monte Foods, KDKA-TV, Q92.9, 96.9 BOB FM, Pittsburgh Magazine, Port Authority, Spaghetti Warehouse, Hilton Pittsburgh and ARAD.</p> <p> For additional race details, visit <a href="http://www.rungreatrace.com/" target="_blank">www.RunGreatRace.com</a> <img alt="external site - opens in new window" border="0" class="iconLink" height="9" src="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/images/icons/external_site_icon.gif" title="external site - opens in new window" width="9" />.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 17:05:00 -0400 Pool passes available June 1 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=933 <div id="pooltags_may28" style="display: block;"> <p> On Thursday, June 17, Citiparks will open <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming_pools_outdoor_list.htm">18 outdoor swimming pools</a> for the summer season.</p> <p> Individuals can purchase pool tags for year-round admission to Citiparks outdoor pools and the Oliver Bath House, which operates in the off season, at the following locations:</p> <ul> <li> <b>BEGINNING JUNE 1</b> (continuing throughout summer)<br /> Citiparks Office<br /> City-County Building, Fourth Floor<br /> 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh</li> <li> <b>JUNE 1 - JUNE 16</b><br /> Oliver Bath House<br /> 38 S. 10th Street, South Side</li> <li> <b>SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 1 - 5:45 p.m.</b><br /> tags will be sold in advance of the pool opening at Citiparks pool locations</li> <li> <b>JUNE 14 - JUNE 16, 4 -- 8 p.m.</b><br /> tags will be sold in advance of the pool opening at Citiparks pool locations</li> <li> <b>BEGINNING JUNE 17</b> (and continuing throughout the summer season)<br /> tags will be available at Citiparks pools during operating hours</li> </ul> <p> Cost of pool tags for City residents are: $60 - family of four; $10 - each additional family member; $30 - adult (16 years or older); $15 - youth (3 - 15 years old); free - child (2 and younger). For non-City residents the cost is $45 for adult or youth.</p> <p> Those interested in purchasing daily admission can do so at any pool beginning on June 17. Cost is $3 for children ages 3 -- 15 and $4 for individuals 16 and older.</p> <p> For City residents who are disabled veterans and families of active duty military and activated reservist/guard members, pool tags are available at no cost. Proper ID is required.</p> <p> For more information, call the Citiparks Aquatics Division at 412-323-7928.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 May 2010 17:04:00 -0400 April 23rd Event to Kick Off Full Summer of Activities at Frick Park Tennis Courts http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=932 <div id="tennis_apr23" style="display: block;"> <p> Citiparks and the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club (FPCCTC) are pleased to jointly announce the <strong>2010 Season Court Opening Event and Volunteer Awards</strong> on Friday, April 23, from 5 p.m. until dusk. (Rain date is Saturday, April 24, at 5 p.m.) In celebration of the upcoming 2010 tennis season at Frick Park, the <strong>public is invited to attend this annual event, which will feature music and free tennis clinics.</strong> Area tennis instructors will conduct tennis clinics for player of all ages and abilities. Children&#39;s racquets will be provided.</p> <p> &quot;Last year&#39;s kick-off event was a tremendous success, attracting more than 200 people who not only enjoyed playing tennis but also enjoyed watching the sport on such a unique setting,&quot; according to Jose Mieres, FPCCTC co-founder and president. &quot;This year, we&#39;re very excited about the clay courts now featuring new fences and a new exhibition court.&quot;</p> <p> According to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, &quot;The red clay tennis courts at Frick Park have a rich history. It is certainly one of the City&#39;s great assets, and we&#39;re pleased to collaborate with the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club to ensure the future of this unique facility.&quot;</p> <p> In May, the club will begin its schedule of summer leagues and clinics at the clay courts in Frick Park. Free beginner adult and children quickstart clinics will take place on Sundays from noon -1 p.m. June through September.</p> <blockquote> <p> Highlights of the 2010 season calendar will include:</p> <p> <strong>3rd ANNUAL FRENCH OPEN TENNIS CELEBRATION</strong> - This Block Party is free and open to the public. Wood racquets will be provided for players to celebrate the outstanding tradition of tennis at Frick Park, which has hosted tennis events since these outstanding clay courts were construction in 1930. The festivities will include exhibition matches, free clinics games and prizes for adults and children of all ages and playing levels. <strong>The celebration will take place on Saturday, May 29, 2010 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.</strong> (Rain date is Sunday, May 30, at 1 p.m.)</p> <p> <strong>2nd ANNUAL FRICK PARK RED CLAY JUNIOR OPEN</strong> - This popular tournament is the first USTA-sanctioned competition to be organized by FPCCTC - and it is the only USTA-sanctioned junior tournament in western Pennsylvania to be held on red clay courts. The Junior open features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls 14 years of age and under. <strong>The Junior Open will take place June 30 - July 4, 2010.</strong></p> <p> <strong>PAUL G. SULLIVAN CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong> - Citiparks and FPCCTC will present this well-known tournament for adults. This event, formerly the Pittsburgh Park Championships, is named for the late Paul Sullivan, a Duquesne University graduate and tennis coach who directed it from 1930 to 2001. <strong>This annual classic - now in its 90th year - will take place July 14 - 25, 2010.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p> For more information about tennis activities taking place at Frick Park, and to participate as a player or supporter, please contact the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club by visiting its website at <a href="http://www.clayfricktennis.org/" target="_blank">www.clayfricktennis.org</a></p> <p> ###</p> <p> <strong>ABOUT THE FRICK PARK CLAY COURT TENNIS CLUB</strong></p> <p> The Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club, founded by volunteer tennis enthusiasts in 2007, is dedicated to restoring, maintaining and improving the condition of the historic Frick Park red clay tennis courts. The 180-player member organization has collaborated with the City of Pittsburgh to ensure the future of this unique facility. Membership is open to players of all skill levels as well as to non-player supporters.</p> <p> FPCCTC was recognized as the 2007 Community Tennis Association of the Year by the USTA Allegheny Mountain District, and the FPCCTC co-founder and president, Jose Mieres, was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by the USTA Middle States, a tennis organization that spans four states.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:37:00 -0400 Awards Ceremony Honors Winners of "ARTWorks" Art Exhibit Showcasing Work of City of Pittsburgh Employees http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=931 <p> A Tuesday evening reception featured an awards ceremony honoring winners of the 11th annual &quot;ARTWorks&quot; competition that showcases the creative talents of City of Pittsburgh employees, their families and members of their households.</p> <p> The City-County Building&#39;s grand lobby currently serves as the setting of an impressive collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, pottery and other unique pieces of artwork. The City employees and their relatives (professional, nonprofessional and youth artists) submitted the 179 pieces on display.</p> <p> &quot;The ARTWorks competition provides an amazing opportunity for individuals to express their creativity, and this year&#39;s participants represent more than a dozen City of Pittsburgh departments including Pittsburgh Police, Fire Bureau, Emergency Medical Services and Law Department,&quot; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &quot;We were excited to expand the competition to include entries from retired City employees in 2010.&quot;</p> <p> The free exhibit - titled &quot;<strong>ARTWorks: The National Arts Program In Pittsburgh</strong>&quot; - allows artist of all skill levels the rare opportunity to exhibit their work as well as to compete for cash prizes and art education scholarships. Serving as judges were Keith Cochran, Ron Donoughe, Bill Godfrey, Jim Judkis, Mary Maziotti, Ed Rieker and Lynn Smith.</p> <p> At the opening reception, ARTWorks awards were presented by Michael T. Radley, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.</p> <blockquote> <p> The 31 individuals honored with awards include:<br /> <strong>Best of Show - Adult</strong>: Linda Hite of East Liberty (employee of Finance Department) for &quot;Mountain Stream&quot;<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/photos/2010/10_artworks_best-of-show.jpg">Photo</a></p> </blockquote> <p> The exhibit will remain on display weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through Thursday, April 22, at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.</p> <p> The 11th annual &quot;ARTWorks: The National Arts Program in Pittsburgh&quot; is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation.</p> <p> For more information, call Citiparks at 412-665-3665 or visit www.citiparks.net.</p> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 16:36:00 -0400 Call for Artists http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=930 <div id="ARTWorks" style="display: block;"> <p> <em>&quot;ARTWorks&quot; art exhibit will showcase work of City of Pittsburgh employees</em></p> <p> City of Pittsburgh employees - past and present - are invited to participate in the 11th annual &quot;ARTWorks&quot; competition to showcase the creative talents of City employees, their families and members of their households. <strong>New in 2010 - the competition has expanded to include entries from retired City employees.</strong></p> <p> The City-County Building&#39;s grand lobby will serve as the setting of this impressive collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, pottery and other unique pieces of artwork created by professional, nonprofessional and youth artists.</p> <p> The free exhibit will open with a reception and awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. and will remain on display weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through Thursday, April 22, at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.</p> <p> <strong>&quot;ARTWorks: The National Arts Program In Pittsburgh&quot;</strong> allows artist of all skill levels the rare opportunity to exhibit their work as well as to compete for cash prizes and art education scholarships. A panel of judges will select more than 30 individuals to be honored with awards including Best of Show and Judges&#39; Choice (youth 18 and under).</p> <p> The 11th annual &quot;ARTWorks: The National Arts Program in Pittsburgh&quot; is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation.</p> <p> <strong>The deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 7.</strong></p> <p> For more information, call Citiparks at 412-665-3665.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:35:00 -0400 Schenley Park Skating Rink Concluding Outdoor Skating Season on March 17, 2010 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=929 <div id="rink-closing" style="display: block;"> <p> <em>Lace up your ice skates one last time this winter!</em></p> <p> <strong>The Schenley Park Skating Rink</strong> - one of only four outdoor rinks located in Allegheny County and the only regulation size rink in the City of Pittsburgh - <strong>is open for a few more days before closing on March 17, 2010, after the afternoon skating session</strong>.</p> <p> &quot;The Schenley Park Skating Rink remains an extremely popular destination each winter,&quot; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &quot;Nothing compares with skating outside in the elements, and Schenley Park offers a beautiful tree-lined setting, great music and a spectacular view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline.&quot;</p> <p> Throughout the winter the rink operated daily and offered a variety of public sessions and special sessions such as &quot;family night,&quot; &quot;adults only nights&quot; and &quot;college ID discount sessions.&quot; The facility hosted three successful special events: &quot;Skate with Santa&quot; in December, &quot;Mascot Skate&quot; in January and &quot;Valentines on Ice&quot; in February.</p> <p> RINK&#39;S PARTY ROOM AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL YEAR ROUND</p> <p> The Schenley Park Skating Rink features a party room with kitchen available for rental year round. The meeting/banquet room serves as an ideal setting for graduation parties, weddings, birthday parties and other occasions. Call 412-422-6523 for details and pricing information.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:34:00 -0500 Celebrate Special Valentine's Day...On Ice http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=928 <div id="voi" style="display: block;"> <p> <em>Citiparks &quot;Valentines on Ice&quot; at Schenley Park Skating Rink</em></p> <p> Enjoy a very special opportunity to skate with your sweetie on Valentine&#39;s Day.</p> <p> <b>Romance will fill the air at the Schenley Park Skating Rink on Sunday, Feb. 14, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at &quot;Valentines On Ice.&quot;</b> A view of the sparkling Downtown Pittsburgh skyline will serve as the backdrop for this magical night of outdoor ice skating presented by Citiparks and Star 100.7 and sponsored by UPMC Health Plan.</p> <p> &quot;Nothing compares with skating outdoors, especially on a beautiful winter evening here in Pittsburgh,&quot; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &quot;Schenley Park offers a beautiful tree-lined setting and a spectacular view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline.&quot;</p> <p> The first 250 couples will receive a rose compliments of Alex&#39;s Flowers in Oakland and sweets from Betsy Ann Chocolates.</p> <p> Skate to romantic music under the stars&hellip;win raffle prizes throughout the evening and top prizes by entering the &quot;Go for the Heart&quot; puck shooting contest&hellip;and pose for a keepsake photo with your sweetheart.</p> <p> Then warm up inside by sipping hot beverages compliments of Coffee Tree Roasters of Shadyside and enjoying a mini-massage from Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill. Take to the dance floor with your sweetie for dance lessons by Salsa Pittsburgh.</p> <p> <b>Take advantage of the special two-for-one admission price.</b> Admission is $4 per adult couple - or $3 per student couple (with college IDs). (Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50.)</p> <p> &quot;Valentines on Ice&quot; is presented by Citiparks and Star 100.7 and is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, Betsy Ann Chocolates, Alex&#39;s Flowers of Oakland, Massage Envy of Squirrel Hill, Salsa Pittsburgh and Coffee Tree Roasters of Shadyside.</p> <p> For more information, call 412-255-2493.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Feb 2010 16:34:00 -0500 City Of Pittsburgh's Black History Month Celebration Features Community Lectures Throughout February http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=927 <p> In conjunction with the month-long &quot;History in the Making&quot; exhibit, Citiparks and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh will host a series of lectures at community sites throughout the month.</p> <p> The free events will provide an opportunity for many of the exhibit honorees to share their success stories and to inspire others to leave their mark on the greater Pittsburgh community.</p> <p> The three-week lecture series will kick off the week of February 8:</p> <blockquote> <p> <b>Monday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.</b><br /> Arlington Recreation Center, 2201 Salisbury St., South Side, 412-488-8397<br /> <b>Speaker: <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Mayes">La&#39;Tasha Mayes</a> (honoree for Politics)</b></p> <p> <b>Tuesday, February 9, 5:00 p.m.</b><br /> Magee Recreation Center, 745 Greenfield Ave., Greenfield, 412-422-6548<br /> <b>Speaker: <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Ellis">Paul Ellis Jr., Esq.</a> (honoree for Civil Rights/Community Action)</b></p> <p> <b>Wednesday, February 10, 4:00 p.m.</b><br /> Homewood North Community Center, 10 Albertice St., Homewood<br /> <b>Speaker: <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Robinson">Mont&eacute; Robinson</a> (honoree for Health &amp; Wellness)</b></p> <p> <b>Thursday, February 11, 5:00 p.m.</b><br /> Brookline Recreation Center, 1400 Oakridge St., Brookline, 412-571-3222<br /> <b>Speaker: to be announced</b></p> </blockquote> Fri, 05 Feb 2010 16:33:00 -0500 Mayor And Citiparks To Honor 10 Local Young African American Leaders http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=926 <div id="BHM-exhibit" style="display: block;"> <p> <em>Black History Month Exhibit begins February 3rd</em></p> <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Citiparks will honor 10 local young African American leaders in a Black History Month tribute to be displayed in the lobby of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh. &quot;History in the Making: Honoring Our Young African American Leaders of Today&quot; kicks off Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m., and then runs weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Friday, February 26.</p> <p> &quot;The City&#39;s 2010 Black History Month exhibit pays tribute to an extraordinary group of young individuals who represent the efforts of many others who share their commitment to serving our community,&quot; said Ravenstahl. &quot;We&#39;re proud to present this impressive exhibit that inspires as well as educates.&quot;</p> <p> The exhibit showcases the accomplishments and contributions of these 10 outstanding individuals, as well as their plans for the future. Honorees were chosen in the fields of arts and entertainment, business/finance, civil rights/community action, education, health and wellness, military/law enforcement, politics, religion, science and technology, and social services.</p> <p> The public is invited to attend the exhibit&#39;s opening reception on Wednesday, February 3, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the lobby of the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh. The ceremony will include remarks by Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and community leaders as well as refreshments and entertainment.</p> <p> Throughout the month of February, residents will have an opportunity to hear many of the honorees speak at a series of lectures sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation. Citiparks community recreation centers and Housing Authority of Pittsburgh sites will host events to showcase the individuals honored in the month-long exhibit.</p> <p> For more information, call Citiparks at 412-255-8976 or visit www.Citiparks.net.</p> <p> <em>The City of Pittsburgh&#39;s celebration of Black History Month is presented by Citiparks and is sponsored by Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, 96.1 KISS and Penn Brewery.</em></p> <blockquote> <p> HISTORY IN THE MAKING:<br /> HONORING OUR YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERS OF TODAY<br /> 2010 HONOREES</p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Bellamy">Major Lisa Bellamy</a>, United States Army - MILITARY/LAW ENFORCEMENT</li> <li> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Chapman">Charles Chapman</a>, The L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry - RELIGION</li> <li> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Ellis">Paul Ellis Jr., Esq.</a> - CIVIL RIGHTS/COMMUNITY ACTION</li> <li> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Horton">Constance F. Horton</a>, MSW, LSW; executive director, FAME - SOCIAL SERVICE</li> <li> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Reed">Greer Reed-Jones</a>, education director, Pittsburgh Dance Alloy - ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT</li> <li> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Mayes">La&#39;Tasha Mayes</a>, New Voices Pittsburgh - POLITICS</li> <li> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Rice">Jamilla Rice</a>, teacher and acting curriculum director, Northside Urban Pathways Charter School - EDUCATION</li> <li> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Robinson">Monte Robinson</a>, football coach, ACMFA/Westinghouse High School - HEALTH AND WELLNESS</li> <li> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Wilson">Rob Wilson</a>, financial advisor, Blazer Capitol Management - BUSINESS/FINANCE</li> <li> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/black_history_month_honorees.htm#Woods">Dr. Barrett Woods</a>, orthopaedic surgeon - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY</li> </ul> </blockquote> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:32:00 -0500 Schenley Park Skating Rink Announces Special Holiday Schedule http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=925 <div id="holidayrink" style="display: block;"> <p> <em>Rink to add extra sessions during holiday season</em></p> <p> Extra days off school and work during the holiday season mean more time to ice skate in the beautiful outdoor setting of Schenley Park!</p> <p> The Schenley Park Skating Rink - one of only four outdoor rinks located in Allegheny County and the only regulation size rink in the City of Pittsburgh - will offer additional public sessions during the last week of December.</p> <p> Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors (60 and older) and youth (17 and younger). Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50. For more information, call 412-422-6547 or visit <a href="http://www.schenleyrink.com/">www.SchenleyRink.com</a>.</p> <p> For information concerning the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink, call 412-422-6523 or visit <a href="http://www.schenleyrink.com/">www.SchenleyRink.com</a>.</p> <blockquote> <p> Thursday, December 24<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> rink closes early (no evening sessions)</p> <p> Friday, December 25<br /> rink closed Christmas Day</p> <p> Saturday, December 26<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 - 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)</p> <p> Sunday, December 27<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 - 9 p.m.</p> <p> Monday, December 28<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (additional session)<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 - 9 p.m. (additional session)</p> <p> Tuesday, December 29<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (additional session)<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m. (additional session)<br /> 7 - 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)</p> <p> Wednesday, December 30<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m. (additional session)<br /> 7 - 9 p.m. (additional session)</p> <p> Thursday, December 31<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> rink close early (no evening sessions)</p> <p> Friday, January 1 - OPEN NEW YEAR&#39;S DAY<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (additional session)<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m. (additional session)<br /> 7 - 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)</p> <p> Saturday, January 2<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.<br /> 4 - 6:30 p.m.<br /> 7 - 9 p.m.<br /> 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. (adults only session)</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p> <strong>PERFECT &quot;STOCKING STUFFER&quot; FOR HOLIDAY SEASON: SCHENLEY PARK SKATING RINK GIFT CARD</strong></p> <p> Looking for the perfect &quot;stocking stuffer&quot; for a skating enthusiast? Stop by the Schenley Park Skating Rink throughout the month of December to purchase a holiday gift card - and discover a special savings for yourself! The holiday gift cards - available for adults as well as youth/seniors - offer five admissions for the price of four:</p> <ul> <li> ADULT GIFT CARD - $16 for five admissions (savings of $4)</li> <li> YOUTH (17 and younger) and SENIOR (60 and older) GIFT CARD $12 for five admissions (savings of $3)</li> </ul> </blockquote> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:32:00 -0500 Mayor To Light City's Holiday Tree At 12:35 PM This Friday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=924 <div id="tree" style="display: block;"> <p> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/assets/09_Seasons_Greenings.pdf" target="_blank">Tree Lighting flyer</a> <img alt="PDF File" class="iconLink" height="12" src="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/images/pdf_sm_icon.gif" width="11" /></p> <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will officially kick off the City of Pittsburgh&#39;s holiday festivities by lighting the holiday tree at 12:35 p.m. on Friday, November 20th on the Grant Street Portico of the City-County Building.</p> <p> &quot;We&#39;re excited to kick off an entire day of holiday celebrations happening downtown for Light Up Night,&quot; said Ravenstahl. &quot;The noontime tree lighting is an extraordinary event filled with holiday cheer, entertainment, mascots, free refreshments, and even an opportunity to donate to the Salvation Army.&quot;</p> <p> The Salvation Army Ensemble will begin performing on the Portico at 11:10 a.m. Throughout the celebration, individuals will have an opportunity to donate new and gently used toys, as well as non-perishable food items, to the Salvation Army Food &amp; Toy Drive. Individuals may drop donations into the World&#39;s Largest Kettle - a 1,125-gallon, 2,800-pound Salvation Army kettle that is approximately 5&#39;8&quot; tall and 8&#39; in diameter at the lid.</p> <p> At noon, the Point Park University Singers will entertain the crowd. Festivities will include an opportunity to meet and greet Santa Claus, Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers&#39; Neighborhood, characters from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre&#39;s performance of &quot;The Nutcracker,&quot; and numerous mascots including Kenny Kangaroo and the Pennsylvania Resources Council Litterbug.</p> <p> At 12:35 p.m., Mayor Ravenstahl will lead the countdown to illuminate the decorated holiday tree - a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce donated by a City resident.</p> <p> &quot;Seasons Greenings&quot; is the theme for this year&#39;s holiday celebration. &quot;The theme serves as an extension of the City&#39;s ongoing commitment to practicing environmental stewardship,&quot; said Ravenstahl.</p> <p> Citiparks once again sponsored an ornament competition for school students in kindergarten through high school, and all entries will hang on the holiday tree. Students from City public, private and parochial schools participated in the tree decorating project. Students were challenged to create ornaments from natural materials rather than plastic. Other &lsquo;green&#39; elements of the tree lighting event will include using compostable and recycled materials.</p> <p> Following the lighting ceremony, the Point Park University Singers will resume performing holiday music until 1:00 p.m. All attending the gathering will enjoy cookies provided by the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh as well as coffee compliments Mitchell&#39;s Restaurant and apple cider compliments of Giant Eagle.</p> <p> For more information, contact Citiparks at 412-255-2493.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:31:00 -0500 Schenley Park Skating Rink Open for Season http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=923 <div id="rink" style="display: block;"> <p> Now that cold weather has arrived, grab your skates and head to Schenley Park to enjoy another season of ice skating! <strong>The Schenley Park Skating Rink</strong> - one of only four outdoor rinks located in Allegheny County and the only regulation size rink in the City of Pittsburgh - <strong>is now open for the 2009-2010 season.</strong></p> <p> &quot;The Schenley Park Skating Rink remains one of Pittsburghers&#39; favorite winter attractions, and this winter we&#39;re excited to celebrate the rink&#39;s 35th anniversary season,&quot; according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &quot;Nothing compares with skating outside in the elements, and our rink offers a beautiful tree-lined setting, great music and a view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline.&quot;</p> <p> The rink operates seven days a week and offer a variety of public sessions and lessons, including:</p> <ul> <li> FAMILY NIGHT - Thursdays from 7 - 9 p.m.<br /> One child free with each paying adult (adult admission $4).<br /> All children must be accompanied by paying adults.</li> <li> COLLEGE ID SESSIONS - Tuesdays from 9:30 - 11:30 p.m.;<br /> Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 7 - 9 p.m.<br /> Present a valid college ID and save one dollar on admisstion (college student admission $3 during these sessions).</li> <li> ADULTS ONLY SESSIONS - Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9:30 - 11:30 p.m.<br /> During these late evening sessions, only adults 18 years and older can enjoy this special ice time.</li> </ul> <p> Over the winter, the rink will host several special events including:</p> <ul> <li> SKATE WITH SANTA, Sunday, December 13 (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)</li> <li> 22nd ANNUAL MASCOT SKATE, Saturday, January 16 (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)</li> <li> VALENTINES ON ICE, Sunday, February 14 (7:30 - 11 p.m.)</li> </ul> <p> The facility includes a party room with kitchen available for rental year round for graduation parties, weddings, birthday parties and other occasions. The room is available for rental seven days a week (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and can accommodate up to 125 guests.</p> <p> Admission to the Schenley Park Skating Rink is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors (60 and older) and youth (17 and younger). Skate rental is $2.50, and skate sharpening is $3.50. For more information, contact Citiparks at 412-422-6523 or visit <a href="http://www.schenleyrink.com/">Schenleyrink.com</a>.</p> <blockquote> <p> THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED</p> <p> Thursday, November 26 - RINK CLOSED - Thanksgiving Day</p> <p> Friday, November 27<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (additional session); 4 - 6:30 p.m. (additional session); 7 - 9 p.m.; 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. (adults only)</p> <p> Saturday, November 28<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; 4 - 6:30 p.m.; 7 - 9 p.m.; 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. (adults only)</p> <p> Sunday, November 29<br /> 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; 4 - 6:30 p.m.; 7 - 9 p.m.</p> </blockquote> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:26:00 -0500 Mayor Declares 'Great Race Grows Greener' Campaign An Overwhelming Success http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=922 <p> For a second year, The Great Race - which attracted a field of 12,788 registered runners and walkers - placed a top priority on practicing environmental stewardship, and the results topped totals from the inaugural year.</p> <p> Race organizers and the City&#39;s Recycling Division once again partnered with the Pennsylvania Resources Council to create a &quot;Green Team&quot; presence at the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race on September 27, as well as the Dollar Bank Junior Great Race, which attracted 700+ children and their families and officially kicked off &quot;Great Race Week&quot; on September 20.</p> <p> &quot;Our green initiative involved everything from collecting orange peels and pasta containers at the finish line to encouraging race participants to register online and car pool on race day,&quot; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &quot;The Great Race remains Pennsylvania&#39;s largest 10K, so we look to set an excellent example for all races in the Commonwealth.&quot;</p> <p> According to final figures compiled by the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) and City of Pittsburgh Recycling Division, the expanded efforts resulted in a significant increase in materials collected.</p> <p> &quot;This year we collected more than 6,000 pounds of material to compost, nearly seven times the amount we collected last year,&quot; said PRC Regional Director Dave Mazza. &quot;At the finish line we continued to collect orange and banana peels and introduced compostable containers, forks and napkins for the pasta salad served. A major reason for such a significant increase was the introduction of compostable cups at all water stops along the course route.&quot;</p> <p> According to Race Director Mike Radley, organizers expanded the focus of green activities this year. &quot;Last year we focused our attention primarily on collecting materials at Point State Park since it serves as the finish line and gathering space for both The Great Race and the Junior Great Race. But this year we expanded the green focus to include water stops along the course and an educational display and recycling/composting station at the two-day expo.&quot;</p> <p> This year the &quot;Green Team&quot; doubled it&#39;s collection of cardboard - the majority from boxes used to deliver refreshments or items for the runners&#39; packets - from 1,000 pounds in 2008 to more than 2,600 pounds in 2009.</p> <p> Other &quot;green&quot; efforts included using recyclable cups at the start and finish lines; collecting leftover print materials for recycling; printing race applications on recycled paper using soy inks; using shuttle buses to transport runners and walkers to the start lines; and encouraging online registration.</p> <p> &quot;We were very pleased with this year&#39;s efforts,&quot; said Radley, &quot;and we will once again plant trees along the Eliza Furnace Trail as an ongoing reminder of The Great Race&#39;s commitment to the environment.&quot;</p> <p> Citywide efforts to increase neighborhood curbside recycling have also improved.</p> <p> &quot;Residents can now place all recycling items together in blue bags, instead of having to separate bottles with bottles and paper with paper like before,&quot; City Recycling Coordinator Shawn Wigle said. &quot;By moving to single-stream recycling, we&#39;ve made it easier for residents to recycle and have increased curbside tonnages by nearly 30 percent.&quot;</p> <p> In addition to presenting sponsor Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2009 Great Race sponsors are Dollar Bank, Allegheny General Hospital, Dick&#39;s Sporting Goods, Del Monte Foods, KDKA-TV, Q92.9, 96.9 BOB FM, Pittsburgh magazine, Port Authority, Southwest Airlines and ARAD.</p> Fri, 06 Nov 2009 16:25:00 -0500 "Bump In The Night" At Frick Environmental Center Celebrates Autumn For Two Weekends In October http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=921 <div id="bump" style="display: block;"> <p> Gather your family, scout troop or youth group for an enjoyable celebration of autumn - &quot;Bump in the Night&quot; - at the Frick Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill.</p> <p> This year&#39;s autumn celebration will take place completely outdoors (participants should dress for the weather) from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on the following dates:</p> <ul> <li> Friday and Saturday, October 16 &amp; 17</li> <li> Friday and Saturday, October 23 &amp; 24</li> </ul> <p> &quot;Bump in the Night&quot; encourages children to enjoy - rather than fear - the night. Families, scouting troops and youth organizations enjoy storytelling around a campfire, a sing-along, a walk on the trails, an opportunity to meet a nocturnal mammal and other related activities.</p> <p> The cost is $10 for adults (ages 12 and up) and $8 for children (ages 3 - 11). Space is limited, so reservations are required. Visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a> for a <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/assets/09_Bump_Night_Registration.pdf" target="_blank">registration form</a>.</p> <p> The Frick Environmental Center is located at 2005 Beechwood Blvd. in Squirrel Hill. In addition to conducting environmental education programs, the Center is responsible for maintaining a 151-acre urban nature reserve.</p> <p> <strong>VOLUNTEER TO &quot;GET READY FOR &#39;BUMP&#39;&quot;</strong></p> <p> Families are invited to assist the Frick Environmental Center staff with preparations for &quot;Bump in the Night.&quot; Stop by on Tuesday, October 13, and/or Tuesday, October 20, from 4 - 8 p.m. to carve pumpkins and make decorations for the festivities.</p> <p> For more information about volunteering, call 412-422-6538.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Oct 2009 16:24:00 -0400 All 26 "Perfect" Great Racers Keep Streak Alive http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=920 <p> Thousands of racers - including 26 &quot;Perfect Great Racers&quot; - took to the streets of Pittsburgh on Sunday for the 32nd running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race.</p> <p> The 26 men have participated in - and finished - every Great Race, starting back on Sept. 25, 1977.</p> <p> The order of finish for this group of 26 &quot;Perfect Great Racers&quot; was Costello&hellip;and Abbott (Bob Costello at 42:53 and Tom Abbott at 43:19)</p> <p> The following 26 individuals have participated in - and finished - The Great Race for each of the past 32 years (1977 - 2009)*.</p> <p> <em>* 2003 race cancelled</em></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="8" cellspacing="0" class="grid" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> Tom Abbott</td> <td> Cheswick, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Richard Baldock</td> <td> Allentown, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Ken Balkey</td> <td> Churchill, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Dennis Barnhart</td> <td> Mt. Lebanon, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Gary Boyd</td> <td> Pittsburgh (Brighton Heights)</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Leslie Alfred Brody</td> <td> Wexford, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> John Burnheimer</td> <td> Johnstown, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Bob Costello</td> <td> Connellsville, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Philip Ehrman</td> <td> Bethel Park, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Paul Gaberson</td> <td> Forest Hills, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> John George</td> <td> Pittsburgh (Shadyside)</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Ronald Hannan</td> <td> Pittsburgh (Morningside)</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Carl Hatfield</td> <td> Bridgeport, WV</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Wayne Jacobs</td> <td> Shaler, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Thomas Kennedy</td> <td> Bethel Park, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Marty Klanchar</td> <td> State College, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> David A. Lester</td> <td> Pittsburgh (Hill District)</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Jack Marszalek</td> <td> Wilmerding, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Roger McGuire</td> <td> North Huntingdon, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Tom Miles</td> <td> Pittsburgh (Banksville)</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Richard Monheim</td> <td> Edgewood, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Tom Murphy</td> <td> Pittsburgh (Perry South)</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Frank Nedwidek</td> <td> Bellevue, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> John Richards III</td> <td> McCandless, PA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Rob Ruck</td> <td> Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill)</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Don Slusser</td> <td> Monroeville, PA</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Sep 2009 16:22:00 -0400 Results Announced for 32nd Running of Richard S. Caliguiri City Of Pittsburgh Great Race http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=919 <div id="winners" style="display: block;"> <p> On Sunday, September 27, thousands of runners and walkers took to the streets of Pittsburgh for the 32nd running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. A total of 12,788 individuals registered for the race - 8,292 for the10K run and 4,496 registered for the 5K run/walk - making it the second largest field in the race&#39;s history. (Record of 12,807 set in 1987).</p> <p> In the <b>10K open division</b>, Andrew Carnes, 22, of Canton, Ohio, was the winner in the men&#39;s competition with a time of 30:35. Mary Gill, 29, of Carrboro, North Carolina, was the winner in the women&#39;s competition with a time of 35:59.</p> <p> In the <b>5K competition</b>, Ryan Anderson, 22, of Orchard Park, New York, won the male division with a time of 15:06. Stephanie Sproule, 42, of Wexford, Pennsylvania, won the female division with a time of 18:28.</p> <p> In addition to presenting sponsor Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, 2009 Great Race sponsors are Dollar Bank, Allegheny General Hospital, Dick&#39;s Sporting Goods, Del Monte Foods, KDKA-TV, Q92.9, 96.9 BOB FM, Pittsburgh magazine, Port Authority, Southwest Airlines and ARAD.</p> <p> For additional race details, visit <a href="http://www.rungreatrace.com/" target="_parent">www.RunGreatRace.com</a>.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Sun, 27 Sep 2009 16:20:00 -0400 Great Race Grows Greener in 2009 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=918 <div id="grg" style="display: block;"> <p> Again this year, The Great Race - taking place on Sunday, September 27 - is placing a top priority on practicing environmental stewardship and expanding its effort to &quot;grow greener.&quot;</p> <p> &quot;The Great Race remains Pennsylvania&#39;s largest 10K, so we look to set an excellent example for all races in the Commonwealth,&quot; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &quot;Our green initiative involves everything from collecting plastic containers and orange peels at the finish line to encouraging race participants to car pool. We were extremely pleased with the outcome of our efforts in 2008, and we&#39;re expanding our &lsquo;green&#39; initiative this year.&quot;</p> <p> Last year the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield - which attracted more than 11,500 participants - partnered with the Pennsylvania Resources Council and City of Pittsburgh Recycling Division to create a &quot;Green Team&quot; presence. The &quot;Green Team&quot; gathered more than 900 pounds of orange and banana peels to become compost and collected more than 8,000 plastic water bottles. The team also collected 10 cubic yards of cardboard - the majority from boxes used to deliver refreshments or items for the runners&#39; packets. Other effort also included printing race applications on recycled paper using soy inks and recycling all leftover print materials.</p> <p> In addition to repeating all &quot;green&quot; activities initiated last year, race organizers are introducing the following new activities in 2009:</p> <p> &quot;While 2008 marked the first year for a partnership with PRC, The Great Race has always focused on the environment by doing things such as using shuttle buses to transport runners and walkers to the start line and encouraging online registration,&quot; said Race Director Mike Radley. &quot;We&#39;re pleased to expand our efforts in 2009, and once again in the spring we&#39;ll plant trees along the Eliza Furnace Trail as an ongoing reminder of The Great Race&#39;s commitment to the environment.&quot;</p> <ul> <li> Installing a recycling station at the two-day Great Race Expo (collecting materials on site as well as educating participants about recycling/composting activities at Point State Park)</li> <li> Using compostable cups at all water stops along the 6.2-mile course route and recyclable cups at the start and finish lines</li> <li> Composting thousands of pasta salad containers/napkins/forks at finish line</li> <li> Substantially reducing the quantity of applications printed and increasing promotion of online registration (replaced early bird application with &quot;save the date&quot; postcard and decreased quantity of other print materials)</li> </ul> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:18:00 -0400 Citiparks Presents "G-20 International Children's Flag Project and Essay Contest" http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=917 <p> In an effort to include and educate Pittsburgh youth in the upcoming G-20 Economic Summit being hosted in the City this week, Citiparks presents the <em>G-20 International Children&#39;s Flag Project and Essay Contest</em>. The Flag Project is a tool to help connect area students to this historic event as well as to enlarge their knowledge of our world neighbors.</p> <p> The Flag Project can be downloaded from the Citiparks website, www.citiparks.net. The project consists of a <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/assets/flag/2009_International_G-20_Coloring_Book_Web.pdf" target="_blank">coloring book</a> <img alt="PDF File" class="iconLink" height="12" src="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/images/pdf_sm_icon.gif" width="11" /> with the flags of all 20 countries participating in the summit and educates participants on interesting facts about each country. Students are encouraged to observe the uniqueness and design of the flags, as they are meaningful to the countries that they represent.</p> <p> The <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/flag_essay_form.htm">optional essay</a> portion of the project asks how children would respond to the challenge of global poverty. Essays will be judged in three categories based upon grade level and is open to all City residents. Winning essayists will see their essays posted on the Citiparks website and will receive prizes including Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium passes, Schenley Park Skating Rink passes and Mellon Park Tennis Center gift certificates. All winners will receive a certificate of achievement.</p> <p> Entries for the essay contest will be accepted through September 30, 2009 and can be submitted through the <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/flag_essay_form.htm">Citiparks website</a> or mailed to:</p> <blockquote> <p> Citiparks Office of Special Programs<br /> City-County Building Room 462<br /> 414 Grant Street<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> </blockquote> <p> Winners will be notified within two weeks of the contest deadline.</p> <p> For more information contact the Citiparks Community Enrichment Program office at 412-665-3665.</p> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 16:15:00 -0400 Great Race Announces Street Closing Schedule for Race Morning http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=916 <div id="GRroads" style="display: block;"> <p> On Sunday morning, September 27, thousands of runners and walkers will take to the streets of Pittsburgh for the 32nd running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.</p> <p> The 10K run - which will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Beechwood Blvd. in Frick Park - will follow a predominantly downhill course along Fifth Avenue and the Blvd. of the Allies to Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. A 5K run and walk - beginning at 8:30 a.m. - will start at Fifth Avenue and Atwood Street in Oakland and follow the same route as the 10K to the finish line.</p> <p> Race organizers have announced the following schedule of street closings for Sunday morning, September 27:</p> <p> ZONE A<br /> Start Line at Beechwood Blvd. to Forbes and Morewood avenues will close to traffic at 8:30 a.m. and open at approximately 9:45 a.m.</p> <p> ZONE B<br /> Forbes and Morewood avenues to Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Blvd. will close to traffic at 8:30 a.m. and open at approximately 10:30 a.m.</p> <p> ZONE C<br /> Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Blvd. to Fifth Avenue at Boulevard of the Allies Slip Ramp will close to traffic at 7:00 a.m. and open at approximately 10:30 a.m.</p> <p> ZONE D<br /> Boulevard of the Allies to Wood Street to Ft. Pitt Blvd. to Commonwealth Place will close to traffic at 7:00 a.m. and open at approximately 11 a.m.</p> <p> FINISH LINE<br /> Commonwealth Place Curb Lane (southbound lane closest to the park between Liberty Ave. and Ft. Duquesne Blvd.) will close to traffic at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 25, and reopen at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 27. Total southbound lane closure to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, and end at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 27.</p> <p> PLEASE NOTE:<br /> &quot;Great Race Week&quot; will kick off on Sunday, September 20, with the Dollar Bank Junior Great Race in Point State Park. As a result, Ft. Duquesne Blvd. (between Commonwealth Place and Sixth Street) and Commonwealth Place (between Liberty Ave. and Ft. Duquesne Blvd.) will be closed to traffic on Sunday, September 20, between 11:55 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Sep 2009 16:04:00 -0400 Citiparks State Games Participants Received Individual Proclamations http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=915 <p> Citiparks State Games participants received individual proclamations on September 10, 2009.</p> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:56:00 -0400 City Recreation Centers to Provide Free Afterschool Meals to Children http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/release?id=914 <p> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the City&#39;s Department of Parks and Recreation (Citiparks) has added the Child and Adult Care Afterschool Feeding Program (CACFP) to its 10 Community Recreation Centers located throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. Beginning September 8, 2009, each of the qualified sites will provide a free and healthy, hot meal to school age children (kindergarten up to 18 years old). The meals will be available at the centers between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.</p> Wed, 02 Sep 2009 15:52:00 -0400