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.
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.
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.
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.