outdoors http://wesa.fm en Recreational Opportunities Abound in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/recreational-opportunities-abound-pittsburgh <p class="p1">San Francisco-based researchers, <a href="http://www.nerdwallet.com/">NerdWallet</a> recently released a study that puts Pittsburgh in the top ten of best cities for recreational activity in the nation.</p><p class="p1">According to NerdWallet senior analyst Divya Raghavan, Pittsburgh’s high standing is due to a number of recreational opportunities.</p><p class="p1">Raghavan specifically notes Pittsburgh’s Parks and Recreation Department, which she says “values providing options for its residents.” Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:46:33 +0000 Reid Carter 15365 at http://wesa.fm Recreational Opportunities Abound in Pittsburgh The Business of Outdoor Recreation http://wesa.fm/post/business-outdoor-recreation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Whether it’s hiking, biking or some other activity, outdoor recreation is big business. A coalition of non-profits in the region is proclaiming this the Summer of Outdoor Recreation. for those looking to get into the business of recreation, <a href="http://www.progressfund.org/main.htm">The Progress Fund</a> supports local entrepreneurs in the tourism industry. <a href="http://www.trailtowns.org/">Trail Towns</a> is also a resource for businesses along the Great Allegheny Passage.</p><p>Local environmental resources like <a href="http://www.familytyes.org">Family Tyes</a> and <a href="http://www.friendsoftheriverfront.org">Friends of the Riverfront</a> teach kids about our waterways. And<span style="font-size:11.0pt"> the <a href="http://www.pecpa.org">PA Environmental Council</a></span> and <a href="http://www.sustainablepittsburgh.org/">Sustainable Pittsburgh</a> offer a wide range of eco-friendly outdoor ideas.</p><p>And for active explorers <span style="font-size:11.0pt">there's the <a href="http://www.threeriversrowing.org">Three Rivers Rowing Association</a>,<a href="http://www.ventureoutdoors.org">Venture Outdoors</a>, and <a href="http://bikepgh.org/">Bike Pittsburgh</a>. </span> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Heather McClain 10672 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Outdoor Recreation New Evidence Shows Being Active Outdoors Benefits Veterans http://wesa.fm/post/new-evidence-shows-being-active-outdoors-benefits-veterans <div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" content="2012-04-14T05:36:00-04:00">Saturday, April 14, 2012</span></div><div class="field-item even"><p>The Sierra Club’s mission for its <a href="http://www.sierraclub.org/military/" target="_blank">Military Families and Veterans Initiative</a> is, “to ensure those who defended our country and their families get to enjoy the land they served.” Heading up that mission is Stacy Bare, an Iraq war veteran, based in Washington <span class="caps">D.C.</span></p> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 19:47:47 +0000 Jennifer Szweda Jordan 3312 at http://wesa.fm