Summer and the end of a pandemic provide the right time to get out of the house and enjoy a Citiparks facility in Carrick or nearby neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, PA.

Citiparks is the everyday name for the Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation. They operate facilities and programs for people of all ages throughout the city.

Phillips Park
Phillips Park in Carrick provides a recreation center with indoor and outdoor sporting activities, crafts and educational programs year round. After school, children play games, do arts and crafts, and play basketball. Citicamps is available in the summer. Weight rooms can be used for $5 per month. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the rec center was open only for CitiCamp Programming and the weight room.
McKinley Park
McKinley Park in Beltzhoover has places to play and picnic shelters to rent, football, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, hiking trails and a community center. With 79 acres, it is the largest city park in South Pittsburgh.
Brookline Memorial Park
Brookline Memorial Park offers ball fields, batting cages, basketball courts, a swimming pool, an outdoor hockey rink, a playground for children and a picnic pavilion.
  • Dek hockey leagues are organized for a wide range of ages and skill levels. League play is year round.
  • CitiCamp, a STEAM summer camp aimed at children who are 7 to 12 years old, is held at the Brookline Recreation Center at the park. Two 4-week sessions were filled. In education, STEAM is about Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.
  • The park was refurbished in 2021. Lighting was updated in the courts and parking lot improvements.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brookline Recreation Center was open only for CitiCamp Programming and the weight Room.
  • Located seven minutes from Carrick.
Moore Park
Moore Park offers a play area for children, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, rec center, basketball court, ball fields, tennis courts and pickleball courts. Pickleball is played on a court like a badminton court. The net and rules are similar to tennis.
Healthy Active Living Centers
Citiparks operates two Senior Community Centers – called Healthy Active Living Centers – in South Pittsburgh. The local centers are on Virginia Avenue in Mt Washington and Broadway Avenue in Beechview.

Grab ‘N Go lunches are available to seniors from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Advance registration is required to pick up a meal.

Small Parks

Bonus Selections

Seldom Seen Greenway
Seldom Seen is a greenway and small city park hidden in the Saw Mill Run Valley just west of Carrick. It is criss-crossed with unofficial footpaths, many of which converge, loop around, peter out or go nowhere – providing an interesting place to take a walk. It reportedly became a city park in the 1980s but isn’t listed on the CitiParks site.
CitiParks Farmers Market
CitiParks operates several open-air farmers markers to bring farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods to local communities. The Carrick Farmers Market is held at the Carrick Dairy District from mid-June to November.

Conclusion

Playgrounds, picnic areas, walking or running paths set in urban greenspaces, swimming pools, a skate park and facilities to play a range of sports give people a lot of options to do things away from home with the pandemic passing and a lot of summer still ahead.