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Friday, September 23, 2005
No. 133

NYC’S FIRST MOUNTAIN BIKING AND BMX TRAIL TAKES SHAPE ON “NATIONAL PUBLIC LAND DAY”

DATE: Saturday, September 24th, 2005

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Dyckman Street & Fort George Hill
Highbridge Park
MANHATTAN

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joins Michael Vitti and William Dawson of CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bikers), Ozzie Perez, owner of Dyckman Street’s Tread Bike Shop, Council Member Miguel Martinez and Partnerships for Parks volunteers to break ground on the first official mountain biking trail in New York City. The biking associations and volunteers will lay out the design for the trail—implanting flags in the ground to mark the path and ready it for construction.

DETAILS:

The 2.5-mile biking trail will be built in the underused area between Fort George Hill, Dyckman Street, and Tenth Avenue in Washington Heights, providing new outdoor recreational opportunities for the burgeoning youth population while restoring and protecting the park’s natural areas. The trail will include a black diamond feature, a BMX track, and a challenge trail for younger and/or newer riders.

The natural surface trail will be flanked by George Washington High School at the top and the Dyckman Houses at the bottom. The project will also include the development and installation of trailhead kiosks, trail markers and interpretive signage, natural resources monitoring, landscaping material to replant denuded areas, trail building tools, and educational pamphlets that advocate safety and environmental stewardship. The trail will be built with a $120,000 grant from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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CONTACT: Warner Johnston / Dana Rubinstein (212) 360-1311

Related Press Release:
FIRST MOUNTAIN BIKING AND BMX TRAIL IN NYC TAKES SHAPE ON “NATIONAL PUBLIC LAND DAY”

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