An Overview of Pittsburgh City Parks

By: Grace Cooper 

Besides being a beautiful city, Pittsburgh has some lovely parks maintained for us by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. So, as we make our way into spring, let’s take advantage of the beautiful recreation areas our city has to offer!  

Emerald View Park 

April 2015 Emerald View Hike

Emerald View Park is the place to get a good view of Pittsburgh. The 257-acre park is actually a combination of three older parks on Mount Washington, Grandview, and Olympia. The wooded hillsides are perfect for hiking, biking, walking—whatever suits your mood. There’s also an off-leash dog park, playgrounds, a sports field, and a swimming pool! 

 

Highland Park 

February 2016 Soup Hike at Highland Park

This park’s claim to fame is the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. In the middle of Highland Park is a reservoir that filters drinking water for the city. To access the path surrounding the reservoir, called the “Reservoir Loop,” park-goers must first go through the Victorian-style entry garden. Whether you go for the gardens or the volleyball courts, Highland Park is not to be missed.

 

Frick Park 

February 2017 Hot Apple Cider Hike at Frick Park

At 644 acres, Frick Park is the largest, but also the youngest, park in Pittsburgh. That said, this park has pretty much anything you could want, from tennis courts and baseball fields to hiking trails and birding opportunities. Frick Park also has an environmental center for educating people of all ages about the nature around them. 

 

Riverview Park 

September 2016 Fall Goodies Hike at Riverview Park

Located on the North Side, Riverview Park is probably one of Pittsburgh’s hilliest parks. The steep slopes are perfect for ambitious runners, hikers, and even horseback riders. Another highlight of the park is The Chapel Shelter, a Presbyterian church turned picnic area. The Allegheny Observatory is located in Riverview Park and open for tours in the warmer months. Stargazing from the hills or through a telescope, Riverview Park is an experience unlike any other.  

 

Schenley Park 

March 2017 Sunday Afternoon Stroll at Schenley Park

Home to the beautiful Phipps Conservatory, Schenley Park is a can’t miss on the list of Pittsburgh parks. Situated in Oakland, the park is easily accessible to university students and professional workers alike. From Flagstaff Hill to Panther Hollow, there are plenty of places to sit and soak up the sun or admire the view of the Cathedral of Learning. And, don’t let the seasons limit you from enjoying the park’s ice skating rink in the winter! 

 

 Mellon Park 

March 2017 Geocaching at Mellon Park

Mellon Park is known for its famous Walled Garden that was commissioned by the owner of the land, Richard Beatty Mellon, in the 1920s. Also located on the park grounds are the Pittsburgh Center for Performing Arts and the Phipps Garden Center. A short walk from the heart of Shadyside, Mellon Park is the perfect spot for a quick stroll or a picnic lunch on a lovely spring afternoon.  

 

August Wilson Park 

September 2016 Youth Outdoor Recreation Program at August Wilson Park

Located on the edge of the Hill District, August Wilson Park was renovated in 2016 by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. The newly finished park displays public art, quotes from August Wilson, and photographs. Combine this with beautiful views of the Allegheny River, and August Wilson Park is definitely a spot worth visiting. 

 When you Venture Outdoors with us to one of these parks, you’ll get to learn some interesting facts that make each park unique. Join us outside today!   

Posted in Uncategorized

OUTDOOR News

  • The Forty Sixers Club

    May 15, 2018

    By: Sara Cardamone

    In July of 2016, Sophie was looking to try something new. She had already planned to get away from the world for a while and decided to head to her grandparent’s house in upstate New York. Surrounded only by the sights and sounds of nature, it was the perfect place for her to relax and truly spend time with herself. As the end of the school year approached, her grandpa sent a message to her and her sister mentioning a club that he had heard a bit about called the Forty Sixers Club. The club was centered in the Adirondacks and the only way to get in is to reach all 46 high peaks in the mountain range. 

     » Read more about: The Forty Sixers Club  »

  • The Beautiful Truth behind Kayak Pittsburgh

    May 8, 2018

    By: Stephanie Capilongo 

    Stephanie helps secure at PFD on a toddler “We’re not selling an object, but rather an experience.”

    Once a fashion major, I relied on material things to give me comfort. I have long forgotten that outlook and believe the experiences I have had in the outdoors is what has given me confidence to encourage others to do the same.

    Throughout the last two years of working at Kayak Pittsburgh I realized how the things you’re passionate about can also be your job. Maybe it’s the constant dose of Vitamin D or the eager customers. Regardless, there is never a dull moment.

     » Read more about: The Beautiful Truth behind Kayak Pittsburgh  »

  • To Fish or Not To Fish

    May 1, 2018

    By: Patrick Panasko  

    Fishing Along North Shore

    “Raise them on the water with a fishing pole, not in the house playing video games” 
    -Bill Dance. 

    When you see the North Shore of Pittsburgh you see sports stadiums where big catches are made by professional athletes. The sport of fishing can offer a more valuable catch to kids and adults alike. Over the past 16 years Venture Outdoors has hosted TriAnglers Lunch Time fishing. 

    Many inner city youth and adults do not get the chance to go fishing and enjoy the pleasures of it. 

     » Read more about: To Fish or Not To Fish  »

  • Restorative Practices in an Outdoor Setting

    April 24, 2018

    By: Beth Zabiegalski   

    As an organization, Venture Outdoors does some really awesome and exciting things with local youth in after-school and summer programs, getting them outside for the first time or teaching them something new to do in nature. Most of our outings are a couple hours or less, but when we build meaningful relationships with our students, we create formative outdoor experiences with memories that last more than just that afternoon. 

    Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a two-day Restorative Practices Training through Venture Outdoors’ partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools. I’ll admit I had next to no idea what to expect,

     » Read more about: Restorative Practices in an Outdoor Setting  »

  • Spring Inside

    April 17, 2018

    A Day a Phipps 
    By: Sara Cardamone 

    Now that Spring is finally here, so is the rain! In Pittsburgh, sometimes it can be hard to find ways to be in nature when it is rainy and muddy. However, there are tons of fun alternatives if you look hard enough! Since I’m a student at Pitt, I pass Phipps Conservatory all the time but I always felt like I never had enough time to stop in. Fast forward to now, the first big rainy day of Spring was upon us and I was struggling to find a calming activity to take my mind off of school and then it hit me.

     » Read more about: Spring Inside  »

Kayak Pittsburgh

Sunset Paddle

Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore is closed this weekend, May 19 – 20. Visit us at North Park!

#KeepPittsburghPaddling


Featured Outing

TriAnglers Lunchtime Fishing
Every Wednesday
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Come help us celebrate Pittsburgh’s clean rivers and great fishing opportunities right here in downtown Pittsburgh. Bait and equipment provided for FREE.

SIGN UP HERE!