Highbridge Park

The Daily Plant : Monday, October 3, 2005

CELEBRATING NEW YORK CITY’S FIRST MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAIL


photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Last Saturday, September 24, was a good day for bicycle enthusiasts across New York City. Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe 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 laid 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."

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 Washington Heights and Inwood, between Fort George Hill, Dyckman Street, and 10th Avenue. The natural surface trail will be flanked by George Washington High School at the top and the Dyckman Houses at the bottom, ideally positioned to provide new outdoor recreational opportunities for the growing youth population. Due to the trail’s proximity to the Dyckman Street stop of the No. 1 train and the Dyckman Street Greenway, this trail will also serve bikers from all over New York City.

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.

 

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit."

Ansel Adams
(1902-1984)

 

Directions to Highbridge Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 5 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Recreation CentersHighbridge Recreation Center

New York City’s recreation centers and indoor pools remain closed to the general public until further notice to provide COVID-19 related services as well as free childcare options for children who are scheduled for blended learning. To learn more or to apply for the childcare program, please visit the New York City Department of Education’s Learning Bridges program page.

Once we reopen, NYC Parks will extend all existing recreation center memberships to cover the length of time we are closed to the general public.


ParkHighbridge Park

As a part of our Anchor Parks initiative, reconstruction of Highbridge Park is now underway. This project will reinstate access to a 10-block stretch of the park, improve connectivity and pathways, and restore the historic Grand Staircase at Laurel Hill Terrace. The project will also improve safety and security with new park lighting, and improve ADA access. Follow this project on the Parks Capital Tracker for updates.


Anticipated Completion: Summer 2020

PlaygroundsSunken Playground

As a part of our Anchor Parks initiative, reconstruction of Sunken Playground is now underway. Follow this project on the Parks Capital Tracker for updates.


Anticipated Completion: Winter 2021

PlaygroundsAdventure Playground

As a part of our Anchor Parks initiative, reconstruction of Adventure Playground is now underway. Follow this project on the Parks Capital Tracker for updates.


Anticipated Completion: Winter 2021

ParkHighbridge Park

The Highbridge Park Water Tower is currently closed and undergoing reconstruction. Follow this project on the Parks Capital Tracker for updates.


Anticipated Completion: Spring 2021

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