FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, September 24, 2005
FIRST MOUNTAIN BIKING AND BMX TRAIL IN NYC TAKES SHAPE ON “NATIONAL PUBLIC LAND DAY”
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Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe today joined Michael Vitti, Vice President of CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bikers); William Dawson Smith of NYC Mountain Bikers; Ozzie Perez, owner of Dyckman Street’s Tread Bike Shop; Frances Rodriguez, representing the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and members of Community Board 12 Martin Collins Zead Ramadan, to break ground on the first official mountain biking trail in New York City. Volunteers will lay out the design for the trail, implanting flags in the ground to mark the path and wind around environmentally sensitive areas.
“This 2.5-mile biking trail will create a first-of-its-kind recreational venue in Inwood and will allow the growing number of bike enthusiasts to exercise in an otherwise underused section of the park,” said Commissioner Benepe. “Not to be overlooked is the environmental value of the sport itself—mountain biking instills a respect for nature, and kids who learn to love nature become adults who strive to protect it.”
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The biking trail will be built with $100,000 in funding from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. It will weave through the area on the border of
The trail will include a black diamond feature, a BMX track, and a challenge trail for younger and/or newer riders. 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.
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