Physical activity should be part of our daily lives. Sitting at a desk all day, driving to work, watching television, or being on the computer can take up most of the day. It can be hard to fit in ways to be active on a regular basis.
Our bodies are made to move. Large periods of time without regular physical activity may lead to weight gain, but is also linked to chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, joint problems, and diabetes among others.
Health and Fitness Programs in Allegheny County Parks
The Allegheny County Parks Department offers 12 different health and fitness programs in five parks throughout the county each summer, including both low-impact and high-impact exercise and training sessions, as well as educational classes.
Outdoor fun for everyone!
Sledding, playing Frisbee, going to a playground and other activities
are great ways to spend time with family and friends.
Encompassing 1,096 acres in Monroeville and Plum, Boyce Park features the only downhill skiing and snowtubing hills available in Allegheny County. Other amenities include ballfields, a wave pool, trails, a skate park, archery range, shelters and a nature center.
Boyce Park is open daily, 8:00 am – sunset.
Hartwood Acres Park
Encompassing 629 acres in Hampton and Indiana townships, Hartwood Acres Park features free concerts on Sunday evenings from June-August. Amenities include mansion tours, teas, an off-leash dog area, and cross-country skiing, walking, hiking and bridle trails.
Hartwood Acres Park is open daily, 8:00 am – sunset.
Encompassing 3,075 acres in Hampton, McCandless and Pine townships, North Park features a 65-acre lake with fishing and kayaking. Additional amenities include a golf course, pool, ice rink, ballfields, nature center, shelters, off-leash areas, dek hockey rink, and trails.
North Park is open daily, dawn-midnight.
Settler’s Cabin Park
Encompassing 1,610 acres in Collier, North Fayette and Robinson townships, Settlers Cabin Park features an historic log cabin, wave pool, dive pool, shelters, tennis courts, playgrounds, dek hockey rink, and walking and hiking trails.
Settlers Cabin Park is open daily, 8:00 am – sunset.
Encompassing 2,013 acres in Bethel Park and South Park Township, South Park features free concerts on Friday evenings from June-August. Additional amenities include a golf course, ballfields, wave pool, shelters, skate park, trails, nature center, dek hockey rink, and ice rink.
South Park is open daily, dawn-midnight.
Hit Local Trails
The Montour Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized recreational rail-trail that will ultimately extend 46 miles from Coraopolis to Clairton. (New sections are being added each year.)
Running for nearly 37 miles alongside the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a public route for cyclists, walkers, runners and in some places rollerbladers.