PTAG News from 2012

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PTAG works with city, county, state and private landowners to ensure access to trails for all user groups.  We rely on public support to fund day to day operations.  If you like what Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group does, please support us by becoming a member. PTAG is a non-profit charity and membership fees are tax deductible.

Thanks Marshall Mangler!

Congratulations Michelle Lynn Wojnar-Frere (Board Member) and husband Mike Frere for a successful 3rd Annual Marshall Mangler Trail Race in North Park on November 11, 2012. Thank you from PTAG for bringing awareness to the trail systems of North Park and giving PTAG the opportunity to share our organization's mission.


North Park Freeride Skills Park Jumps are offficially closed for the Winter! Tarped and tucked away to protect our hard dirt work against the elements. Jumps will re-open in Spring. There is more work to do on the new jump line so look for Spring workdays.  The Jump Jam which was cancelled in October will be re-scheduled after the jumps re-open next year.

Dirt Report "Settlers Cabin Park Community Workday"

A variety of volunteer work was done at Settlers Cabin Park on October 7, 2012 on this REI sponsored event. PTAG thanks all that came out to help make Settlers Cabin Park better for everyone. Groups focused on a few projects. PTAG supported crews rock armored a number of muddy areas along the blue blazed trail utilizing sandstones from the surrounding areas.

"Cancelled" PTAG Jump Jam Fundraiser! to be rescheduled

Come out with PTAG at the North Park Freeride Area "Skills Park" to celebrate the opening of the new Intermediate Jump Line with a Jump Jam! The event is FREE! But this will be a fundraiser and membership event for PTAG so if you come please consider joining PTAG or making a donation to support our efforts!

Dirt Report 8/25/2012 "Highland Park New Trail Party"

Cyclists and Hikers started the day exploring the new trail system of Highland Park. History was made when a couple completed their trail tour on a tandem bicycle. Thank you Richard and Evelyn Glass for leading the trail hike. At 1:30pm, a crowd began to gather; sharing tales of the park present and past.

Boyce Park Gala Workday

First and foremost a big thanks to the 23 folks that helped with the 3 projects completed at the Boyce work Day. We installed a 24' bridge that crosses a low water area and a creek. This replaced an old bridge that takes us from the tunnel up to the Wave Pool loop.

Boyce park rap up work day

Thanks to all those who stood in the stream and dug it out to make it deeper and wider. Thanks to those who assembled the bridge. Thanks to those who bench cut two different section of trail and closed the top of the reroute.

276 Users: Help Protect Nine Mile Run

The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association is working with the City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and the Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group to protect sensitive habitats along the banks of Nine Mile Run in an area just upstream from Commercial Street.  276 Trail users who wish to cross Nine Mile Run can do so on stable rocks at the green park bench or about 25 feet upstream.  These two crossing points are sustainable.

Pedal PGH ***Volunteers Requested***

Sunday August 5, 2012 at Highland Park Aid Station for Pedal PGH. Shift is 6:30am to ~10:30am. Afterwards join the "Finish Line Festival" with VIP access. All Pedal PGH Volunteers get: VIP Access to Pedal PGH (worth $100) which includes: lunch, free massage, VIP tent access, free beer, separate bike parking and restroom facilities, and a classy bright yellow shirt!

North Park Trails Plan

PTAG has drafted a trails plan for North Park to provide an organized direction for trail maintenance and to create a system of trails that is fun to use, easy to navigate, and easy to maintain. If you would like to provide input, please send any comments to the PTAG Board.