Sports & Recreation
Sports and recreation are woven into the fiber of this southwestern Pennsylvania community. Whether it's a solitary stroll through one of the region's many forested public parks or gathering with thousands of others at Heinz Field or PNC Park to cheer on the hometown heroes, competition and sportsmanship are embodied in the spirit of Allegheny County residents. Visit the Linking Around Allegheny County webpage for a comprehensive list of what Allegheny County has to offer!
Hunting, fishing, and biking are particular favorites for the outdoor sportsmen. Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh have also been recognized for leadership in the national Rails to Trails program to convert former rail lines to recreation trails. Efforts are ongoing by several nonprofit organizations to complete a motor-free continuous link from the Steel City to our nation's capital. The path will enable hikers and bikers to safely experience the scenic beauty of the mountainous terrain of southwestern Pennsylvania and western Maryland.
The centerpiece for many outdoor enthusiasts is Point State Park, where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers merge to form the mighty Ohio River. The park is a common rallying point for boaters, water skiers and jet ski thrill seekers. Spectators also flock to the strategically situated venue seeking a front row seat to some of the nation's best firework demonstrations that highlight many of the local sports and cultural events.
Allegheny County also has nine parks that encircle the City of Pittsburgh and encompass 12,000 acres. Our parks, which are rich in natural, historic and recreational resources, are the envy of major metropolitan areas in the United States. They provide wonderful recreational and leisure activities, and more than 11 million visitors annually enjoy the natural beauty of these treasured assets.
Each park has evolved around a theme or distinctive characteristic. North Parks 72-acre lake is the largest man-made body of water in Allegheny County. The park also has a swimming pool, ice skating rink and walking and jogging trails. White Oak Park is touted for its natural habitats; Deer Lakes Park contains three fishing lakes; Settlers Cabin Park has a botanical garden, tennis complex, and wave and diving pools; and Harrison Hills Park offers nature programs and magnificent views of the Allegheny River.
While the rivers and lakes throughout Allegheny County are a weekend attraction for many families, others opt for Kennywood Amusement Park, Sandcastle Water Park and the renowned Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium that have entertained adults and children for generations.
Kennywood is one of the best amusement parks in the nation and boasts newer rollercoasters, such as Phantoms Revenge and the Exterminator, as well as some classics, including Jack Rabbit, the Racer and Thunderbolt. Sandcastle Water Parks attractions include Mon Tsunami, Thunder Run, Lightning Express and Boardwalk Blasters.
Competitive sports, such as football, basketball, baseball, softball and soccer, are regularly played out on many community fields by both the young and the young at heart. Early development programs and adult recreation leagues supply ample opportunities for those who seek competition or just simply want to have fun.
Numerous municipal and public golf courses, as well as several new and historic country club facilities, provide affordable and challenging opportunities for area golfers.
Allegheny County offers many outstanding opportunities for professional sports fanatics. During the past decade, each of the three major professional sports franchises have garnered division, conference or league championship titles.
The NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins reflect the grit and determination of the local population.
Since August 2001, the Pittsburgh Steelers have called Heinz Field their home. This modern athletic facility sits on Pittsburghs North Side and has a seating capacity of almost 65,000. It also is home to the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football games.
The Pittsburgh Pirates also play in a new ballpark on the North Side, PNC Park. This classic-style baseball park sits on the shore of the Allegheny River and seats more than 38,000 fans.
Soccer fans, too, have something to cheer about in Allegheny County the Class A soccer franchise, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
The soccer team captured the local public's imagination by making the playoffs in its inaugural season in 1999 and was honored as the A-League Organization of the Year by the United Soccer Leagues commissioner.
The Riverhounds played their first game to a sell-out crowd on May 1, 1999, and finished third in league attendance that year, averaging 4,178 fans per game. The Riverhounds play at Bethel Park Stadium.