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
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.