Reporting trail damage

When you’re on the trail and see a downed tree, landslide, or other area in need of maintenance, use the Allegheny County Parks Trails app to report an issue. Submitting a request through this app generates a work order that is sent directly to the Allegheny County Parks Rangers, ensuring that issues are promptly recorded and addressed.

Download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

White Oak park work day with Allegheny Parks and REI

Come out on Saturday, August 11 from 9:00 am to noon for a trail work day at White Oak park, in partnership with Allegheny County Parks and REI. All volunteers will receive an REI t-shirt, and lunch will be provided!

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned veteran, we would love to have your support. Help keep our parks thriving!

See the REI website for additional information.

Background

Throughout 2018, Allegheny County Parks are partnering with REI and Trail Pittsburgh to promote stewardship, outdoor education, trail construction, and maintenance. For the first time ever, trail work days will be hosted in all nine county parks.

Help us win a $5,000 grant from Three Rivers Regatta!

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, Inc. is holding a contest to give one organization a grant up to $5,000, and Trail Pittsburgh is one of the seven finalists!

Rather than keeping the grant award selection process behind closed doors, you get to decide which project should receive funding. We need your vote to help win this grant and continue making and maintaining incredible trails in the Pittsburgh area.

Vote for Trail Pittsburgh!

Note: Online voting will be open until 11:59pm on Sunday, July 29th, and you can place one vote per day. An email address is required to place a vote.

Join Trail Pittsburgh, be entered to win amazing prizes!

Need more incentive to join Trail Pittsburgh? Through the End of May 2018, be entered to win an incredible prize package from IMBA when you join Trail Pittsburgh or renew your existing membership! The winner will receive the following package:

  • One Pivot Mach 4 carbon — Total estimated value $5699 USD
  • One Pivot Firebird — Total estimated value $6299 USD
  • One Western Spirits Trip For Two — Total estimated value UP TO $2720
  • Two BikeFlights Round Trip Shipping — Total estimated value $500 USD
  • One Jenson USA Shopping Spree — Total estimated value $2000 USD

What are you waiting for? Join today and support your local trails!

May 6, 2018 – Alameda Park: Ride Our Awesome Trails!

Join us at Alameda Park to kick off a pre-season FUN(d) raising campaign with a ride and party!

Our target is to raise $1,200 to spend on the following 2018 priorities:

  • Creating, printing, and distributing trail maps into our current trailhead kiosks
  • Creating and installing roughly 100 trail marker signs
  • Buying materials to address drainage issues on current near-future trails
  • Drainage pipe, stone, and gravel
  • Wood and concrete for bridges
Event schedule

10:00 am: Meet at the Oddfellows Pavillion, Alameda Park

10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Group rides on current and future trails…maybe even a contest or two!

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Potluck lunch (please consider bringing food or desserts to share); pizza and beer (limited supply) will be provided*

2:00 pm+: More riding?

Invite your friends and family for a fun day of riding and learning about the park! For more information, see the Trail Pittsburgh Facebook Page.

*Pizza supplied by the Alameda Singletrack Trail Crew | Beer provided courtesy of Butler Brew Works

April 22, 2018 – Frick Park Spring Work Day

This Sunday, April 22 is the first official work day of 2018 in Frick Park! Come out to help prepare the single track trails for Spring and Summer.

The long (seemingly never-ending) winter has damaged several trails, so our focus will be working on drainage and tread repair, plus a short reroute. If you’ve been meaning to put in work on the trails, this is a great chance to dig in and make a big impact.

Bring sturdy footwear, work gloves, and water. We’ll meet at the English Lane Parking Lot and go from there. Tools and post-work food will be provided. For more information, see the Trail Pittsburgh Facebook Page

Details

Bridge work at Frick Park

On Saturday morning, a team of six volunteers built a new bridge over a section of trail on Rollercoaster Extension that continually washed out. The original trail went over a section of large, terracotta pipes that over time, filled with dirt and sediment, blocking the flow of water and causing the tread to flood.

The team dug up the pieces of pipe (three in all), which were huge! Each piece was removed and repurposed as trail markers (see the last picture below). The ravine was dug out further to ensure that the water flowed continuously down the trail.

After removing the pipe and clearing the pathway, the team dug ditches for the footers, secured the support beams, and screwed in the decking. A few hikers and bikers came through to test new bridge, which held beautifully!

The old drain pipes were added as trail markers, promoting reuse and adding some local charm. This bridge ensures that walkers, hikers, and bikers can safely cross this area, and that water will not erode the trail. Thank you to the volunteers that came out today! These projects are not capable without you.

April 21, 2018 – Short Line Hollow Park Cleanup

Our friends at Short Line Hollow Park in Ross Township are picking up trash, refuse, and other items that were disposed of throughout the park. Short Line Hollow Park is in its infancy and needs help to thrive and grow.

Come out to help make Short Line Hollow Park a better place! For more information, see the Short Line Hollow Park Facebook page.

Details

April 6, 2018 – Volunteer Work Day at South Park

On Friday, April 6th, Park Rangers will lead volunteers in a work day at South Park to cut back overgrowth, complete light tread maintenance, and do other small maintenance tasks. Focus will be placed on bench cutting and cleaning up tread work on the Red Trail reroute from last year.

16 spots remain! Sign up through the Allegheny County Parks website and visit the Trail Pittsburgh Facebook page for more information and updates.