Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Kayak Pittsburgh - great offer for university week. F-R-E-E! Don't be up river without a paddle.

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Kayak Pittsburgh

Contact: Rebecca Malena - 412.255.0564 ext. 29 - rmalena -at-

Students offered free kayaking from Sept. 24 through the end of October

(Pittsburgh, PA – September 19, 2007, 2007) College students will be able to kayak for free at both locations of Kayak Pittsburgh from September 24 through the end of October during regular hours. University week is offered as part of Pittsburgh Connections, a project sponsored by Venture Outdoors and Richard King Mellon Foundation .

Additionally, to celebrate University Week, students will receive a free T-shirt with valid student ID when arriving at either Kayak Pittsburgh location. T-shirts will be handed out to students, regardless of whether or not they partake in kayaking.

Students must be 18 or over to kayak without a guardian signature.

Pittsburgh Connections is a project of Venture Outdoors with funding from Richard King Mellon Foundation. The project takes students from participating universities on outdoor excursions so that they may experience the region and hopefully gain an appreciation for the area in an effort to keep those students here after graduation.

Kayak Pittsburgh Downtown is located under the Roberto Clemente (6th St. Bridge) and is in easy walking distance of all Downtown and North Side locations. Cross the bridge, take the staircase nearest PNC Park down to the waterfront walkway.

Buses to Downtown from Oakland include the 71C, 71D, 500, 51B, 61B, 71A, 67F. Buses to Downtown from Squirrel Hill include the 61A, 61B and 61C. Buses from Shadyside to Downtown include the 77A, 77B and 81B.

Kayak Pittsburgh North can be found at the North Park Boathouse along North Park Lake, approximately 14 miles from Pittsburgh. Head up Route 19 from Pittsburgh, turn right/East onto Ingomar Road/Yellow Belt, left at Babcock Boulevard, and left at Pierce Mill Road.

Venture Outdoors, a non-profit organization, seeks to transform the Pittsburgh region into a place where the outdoors is an integral part of our culture, our identity and our lifestyle. Venture Outdoors does this by increasing participation in outdoor recreational activity. This in turn creates a sense of community among participants, an increased awareness of the region's excellent quality of life, and a better understanding of and deeper appreciation for the environment and wilderness among the residents of and visitors to western Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit or call 412.255.0564.

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