There will Be More Outdoor Options for Play in Pittsburgh
As summer and warmer weather approaches, organized outdoor sports and activities are becoming available under new guidelines.
After playgrounds, basketball courts, spray parks and ballfields have been closed for nearly three months, City of Pittsburgh officials announced these outdoor spaces will soon reopen. With Allegheny County having entered the green phase of reopening, organized sports will be allowed to resume under health and safety guidelines.
“I’m happy we can provide more outdoor opportunities to city residents, though we still need everyone to be cautious and safe even in this reopening phase,” says Mayor Bill Peduto. These park amenities will be available for use on a “rolling basis”, although most should be open by Monday, June 15, according to the press release. The Department for Public Works is sending out crews to get ballfields and other sites ready, and state permits for renting ballfields and open-air park shelters will be accepted again.
The Mellon Tennis Bubble — an indoor tennis center in the East End — will reopen at 50 percent capacity. Block party and special event permits for crowds up to 250 people will again be accepted, as long as events include a COVID-19 safety plan that includes hand-washing and social distancing protocols.
Parents and caregivers may be relieved that playgrounds will reopen, as well. Crews will regularly clean the playgrounds, but the city still urges parents to make sure their children continuously wash their hands if they are playing and to not use the playgrounds if they are sick.
However, public restrooms, swimming pools, recreation centers and senior centers will remain closed and water fountains are still turned off.