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Best Ways To Utilize Pittsburgh's Parks & Rec Department

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No matter the season, Pittsburgh plays host to many wonderful activities and festivals that are presented by the parks department. From places to ice skate to locations to get a healthy lunch, Pittsburgh's CitiParks department is full of useful information and helpful programs for families all over the city. Pittsburgh's city parks offer many programs and recreational activities as well as educational programs for residents and visitors of all ages. If you are looking for some fun and unique things to do around the city, take a look at what the Pittsburgh CitiParks department has to offer.

Pittsburgh Citiparks Department Of Parks And Recreation
414 Grant St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 255-2641

Pittsburgh's department of parks and recreation is located on the 4th floor of the City County building on Grant Street. You can contact the office if you are looking to gain a permit for a special event in the city. Special programs, activities and shelter rentals are generally handled by the individual park offices. You can find links to all of the information that you need on the city of Pittsburgh's website.

Winter Activities

Fun winter activities such as ice skating, skiing and snow tubing are offered in parks around Pittsburgh. If you are hoping to enjoy a winter sport, start with the CitiParks page on the city of Pittsburgh's website. The page lists locations for activities as well as times and special events going on in the parks. The ice rink at Schenley Park is one great option for strapping on your skates and taking to the ice.

Senior Centers

The CitiParks Department also handles the various programs that take place at the city's senior centers. You can find information online for the free senior lunch program as well as recreational programs offered for seniors. The senior centers also offer great classes in the areas of computers, cooking, exercise and the arts. Find out more about Pittsburgh's 14 senior centers, including their locations and available activities, by visiting the website.

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Join A Sports League

The CitiParks department coordinates BIG League sports for baseball, softball, hockey and soccer. If your kids are interested in starting a sport, checking out the programs that the parks department has to offer is a great place to start. The BIG League sports program is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Riverhounds and a host of other sponsors that help to make it one of the largest and most comprehensive inner city youth sports programs in the country.

Find Out About Festivals In Your Community

The CityParks departments helps to coordinate many spring, summer and fall festivals in communities throughout the city. You can check with the department for festival dates and times as well as more information about upcoming festivals, concerts and events in the city. Keep the site saved to your favorites so that you never miss another fun event in the city. Some previous events include a celebration of Black History Month, the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival and the annual holiday tree lighting event.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at

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