A World to Explore
Recreational opportunities are plentiful throughout the greater Monroeville area, with more than 24 municipal parks, two extensive health clubs, and several golf courses located in the immediate area. Over and above all of this is the Rails to Trails program, an effort to transform old railroad tracks from the Pittsburgh area through Washington D.C. into a beautiful hiking and biking trails system.
The Monroeville Parks and Recreation Department runs some 850 acres of parkland, comprised of 21 public parks. The majority of these parks are equipped with playing fields and courts, playground equipment, trails and more. In 2006, the new, 117-acre Monroeville Municipal Park opened, offering guests a botanical garden, bocce and tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and much more. Moreover, the department provides residents a comprehensive offering of diverse programs throughout the year.
Other popular Monroeville parks include Valley Park, home to the Monroeville Action Skate Park, and Allegheny County’s Boyce Park. Boyce Park houses picnic areas, hiking trails, tennis courts, ball fields, a wave pool in the summer months and downhill ski and snowboard areas. The affordable ski area has nine runs for both beginners and intermediate riders. Additional city parks in the surrounding area include Point State Park, affording a scenic view of Three Rivers; the 456-acre Schenley Park, offering tennis courts, a considerable ice rink, hiking trails and a lake. Frick, Highland and Riverview Parks each offer educational programming and special events throughout the year.
The newly remodeled 168,000 square foot Club 4 Life facility in Monroeville affords patrons tennis courts, fitness studios, indoor and outdoor pools, basketball courts, racquetball and squash courts and much more. Also check out Monroeville’s Paramount Athletic Club, Keystone Health Club, the local YMCAs and one of the area’s four public swimming pools for a little healthy fun.
Monroeville residents have access to a number of public golf courses including Maple Crest Golf Course and nearby Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort and The Links at Spring Church. Local private country clubs, including Edgewood, Green Oaks, Longue Vue and Westmoreland also offer top-notch courses. Monroeville is also home to PAR 2 Miniature Golf Course, Monster Mini Golf and the McDain Golf Center’s driving range.
Teenagers in the Monroeville area are afforded a site all their own. The Teen Oasis Center’s mission is “to provide a safe, supervised, drug, alcohol and tobacco-free environment for teens in the Monroeville and Pitcairn communities to engage in healthy recreation and after-school activities.” The teen center offers an assortment of events and programs that span the calendar year. For more information on Teen Oasis, visit www.teenoasis4u.com.
And for the senior population, the Monroeville Senior Citizens Center has become a popular spot for Monroeville and Pitcairn senior citizens. The center offers daily activities and programs including aerobic exercises, dancing, yoga, shuffleboard, card games, travel groups and arts and crafts, on top of many others. The center provides health and counseling services, as well as four social clubs that meet at the center monthly. To learn more about the Monroeville Senior Citizens Center, visit their location at 6000 Gateway Campus Boulevard.