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5 Creeks in the City of Pittsburgh for Kids to Splash In!

Check out these five hotspots in the City of Pittsburgh where your kids can cool off

By Lisa Williams, Macaroni Kid Pittsburgh City Publisher June 18, 2022

We are lucky to have so many great creeks in and around Braddock, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, East Liberty, Friendship, Garfield, Highland Park, Homewood, Morningside, Northside, Oakland, Squirrel Hill, Edgewood, Swissvale, Downtown, Hill District, Wilkinsburg, Braddock, Forest Hills, Strip District, Bloomfield, Friendship, and Shadyside where kids can splash and play while enjoying everything Mother Nature provides.

Here are five of my family's favorite creeks in the City of Pittsburgh to visit. Don't see your family's favorite City of Pittsburgh creek here? Drop me a note at mackidcityofpittsburgh@macaronikid.com, and I'll add it to our list!

Put on a swimsuit, bring shoes good for creek walking, maybe a water bucket, and don't forget snacks and sunscreen before heading out to any of these City of Pittsburgh creeks! And remember, always watch your kids in water — no matter how shallow it is!


Riverview Park

Nestled between Perrysville Avenue, Woods Run, and Marshall Avenue, the 259-acre park is known for its wooded trails and dramatically steep hillsides. The park’s extensive network of trails invites hikers, joggers, and the occasional horseback rider into the woods. The park is also home to the landmark Allegheny Observatory, a visitor’s center, a swimming pool and activities building, the natural beauty of the Mairdale watershed, and the popular two-mile Riverview Loop. Residents enjoy the park's pool, playground, ball field, shelters, and summertime concerts and movies.  Find more information at PittsburghParks.org


Schenley Park

Situated between Oakland and Squirrel Hill, the 456-acre park is a favorite of the University community and plays host to major civic events. The park is home to landmark attractions, iconic monuments, and the best in urban recreational facilities.  Take a dip in Panther Hollow Lake. Panther Hollow Lake began as nothing more than a small pond created by the natural tributaries that lead to Four Mile Run and the Monongahela River. Stairway access to the lake can be found near the Anderson Playground.  The park includes the Bob O’Connor Golf Course and the Schenley Oval Sportsplex, which is open for ice skating in the winter and swimming in the summer. Scheduled events are often planned, such as Cinema in the Park that is held on Flagstaff Hill in the summer, the Vintage Grand Prix, and the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure.  Find more information at PittsburghParks.org


Highland Park

Reservoir Loop is a favorite trail for walkers and joggers. The reservoir is accessed through the beautiful Entry Garden, a Victorian-style gathering place with gardens, a fountain and reflecting pool, and benches for relaxing. Highland Park also features a popular bike track, swimming pool, sand volleyball courts, and the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. A water filtration plant cleans the water from the main reservoir, and wastewater is naturally de-chlorinated in part by a brook that trickles into Lake Carnegie.  Find more information at PittsburghParks.org


Allegheny RiverTrail Park

Formerly known as Aspinwall Riverfront Park - you can enjoy the park’s flat quarter mile walking trail, native gardens, and a playground featuring a unique play sculpture by world-renowned artist Tom Otterness.

In the winter, there is a hill for sledding and, weather and staff permitting, ice skating on a pop-up rink with limited free skates.

Bill’s Dock provides a river-level area to relax or fish, with seasonal swings suspended over the water. Fishermen on the dock report a wide variety of catch from the river, a current PA fishing license is required for fishing.

Keep an eye out for wildlife and birds: visitors have spotted a great horned owl, river otters, great blue herons, hawks, seagulls, beavers, a bald eagle, deer, garter snakes and Canada geese.  Find out more information at AlleghenyRiverTrailPark.org


Fall Run

Fall Run Park's feature attraction is the waterfall.  The nature trail is a mile-long starting from Fall Run Road to the waterfall. The park includes a playground, basketball court and a picnic shelter. The shelter at Fall Run Park may be reserved for picnics on the Park Shelters page. Find out more information at ShalerTownship.org.


Do you have a favorite creek in or around Braddock, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, East Liberty, Friendship, Garfield, Highland Park, Homewood, Morningside, Northside, Oakland, Squirrel Hill, Edgewood, Swissvale, Downtown, Hill District, Wilkinsburg, Braddock, Forest Hills, Strip District, Bloomfield, Friendship, and Shadyside?

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