The Louisville District End of Year Award Ceremony

Media Releases

Filter Media Releases

Contact a Public Affairs Office

Buffalo District
1-800-833-6390 (option 3)
Chicago District
312-846-5330
Detroit District
313-226-4680
Huntington District
304-399-5353
Louisville District
(502) 315-6766
Pittsburgh District
412-395-7502

News Releases

Corps, Pirates to host PNC Park Water Safety Night 2024

Pittsburgh District
Published April 29, 2024
Updated: April 29, 2024
The Pittsburgh District partnered with the Pittsburgh Pirates to record a water safety video.

Bobber, the water safety dog mascot for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chelsea Jones, the river ranger for the Pittsburgh District, and Pirate Parrot, the mascot for the Pittsburgh Pirates, pose for a photo after filming a water safety promotional video at PNC Park, April 17, 2024. The water safety promotional video will play on PNC Park’s scoreboard during games throughout May. The Pittsburgh District is partnering with the Pittsburgh Pirates to host a water safety night at PNC Park, May 11, 2024. Before the game, members from the Pittsburgh District and other waterway partners will set up display booths and games on Federal Street to promote life jackets, water safety and safe boating practices to the public. The Pittsburgh District will participate in the first pitch and provide a color guard team to present the colors during the national anthem. Bobber the water safety dog will race in the Great Pierogi Race during in-game entertainment. The first 20,000 fans to enter the stadium will receive a free shirt promoting the “Wear It” Safe Boating Campaign. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District photo by Michel Sauret)

The Pittsburgh District partnered with the Pittsburgh Pirates to record a water safety video.

Bobber, the water safety dog mascot for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chelsea Jones, the river ranger for the Pittsburgh District, and Pirate Parrot, the mascot for the Pittsburgh Pirates, pose for a photo after filming a water safety promotional video at PNC Park, April 17, 2024. The water safety promotional video will play on PNC Park’s scoreboard during games throughout May. The Pittsburgh District is partnering with the Pittsburgh Pirates to host a water safety night at PNC Park, May 11, 2024. Before the game, members from the Pittsburgh District and other waterway partners will set up display booths and games on Federal Street to promote life jackets, water safety and safe boating practices to the public. The Pittsburgh District will participate in the first pitch and provide a color guard team to present the colors during the national anthem. Bobber the water safety dog will race in the Great Pierogi Race during in-game entertainment. The first 20,000 fans to enter the stadium will receive a free shirt promoting the “Wear It” Safe Boating Campaign. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District photo by Michel Sauret)

PITTSBURGH – In partnership with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will host their “Water Safety Night” at PNC Park, May 11.

The event intends to promote safe practices on our waterways as the summer recreation season begins.

Before the game, members from the Pittsburgh District and other waterway partners will set up interactive displays and games on Federal Street to promote life jackets, water safety, and safe boating practices to the public.

Pittsburgh District will participate in the first pitch and provide a color guard team to present the colors during the national anthem. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ official mascot, Bobber the Water Safety Dog, will participate in the Great Pierogi Race during in-game entertainment. The first 20,000 fans to enter the stadium will receive a free T-shirt promoting the “Wear It” Safe Boating Campaign.

Prior to the Pirates versus the Chicago Cubs baseball game, USACE and its partners will line Federal Street from 1 to 4 p.m., with displays including a USACE patrol boat, the district’s diving program display, and a fully functional lock and dam model. Bobber will be available to take pictures and greet fans. Activities will be available for children and adults.

Water Safety Night helps to promote National Safe Boating Week, May 18 – 24, 2024.

Other groups participating in the event include the U.S. Coast Guard, Friends of the River Front, Pennsylvania Game Commination, Point State Park, Penn State, Lower Kiski River Rescue, Port of Pittsburgh Commission, Pittsburgh Safe Boating Council, Waterways Association of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Three Rivers Rowing, and the Carnegie Science Center. USACE will have more than 25 partnering agencies supporting the event.  

Accidents can happen quickly while on the waterways. The water safety night and the upcoming safe boating week target males aged 18 and older, who are the most at-risk group for water-related fatalities. Despite that demographic’s risk perception, they make up a significant majority of recreation incidents, often because they are not wearing life jackets. The water safety night presents a crucial opportunity to educate and raise awareness, potentially saving lives. Statistics show that 90 percent of people who drowned may have been saved if they had worn a life jacket.

For everyone out on the waterways, the Corps of Engineers wants to remind you to KNOW. TAKE. WEAR. Know the waterways. Take a water-safety course. Wear your life jacket.

District Background:

Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland, and southwestern New York. It has more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood-control reservoirs, 42 local flood-protection projects, and other projects to protect and enhance the nation’s water resources infrastructure and environment.

Media can contact the Public Affairs office at CELRP-PA@usace.army.mil or 412-395-7500.

Follow us on social:

Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/PittsburghUSACE

Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/pittsburghusace/

LinkedIn @ https://www.linkedin.com/company/usacepittsburgh


Contact
Pittsburgh District Public Affairs Office
412-395-7500
CELRP-PA@usace.army.mil

Release no. 24-062

Chick Lock

Through deeds, not words, we are BUILDING STRONG®