We’ve Got the Busiest Love Your Park Week Ever!

We’ve got one of the busiest Love Your Parks Weeks in recent memory, with loads of news, announcements and activities! 
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Belmont Thursday’s #NotARace Love Your Parks edition: Alpe d’Jawn
With spring temps in the 90’s today, the mad trail wizards at the Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance have put together a diabolical course for this evening, featuring all of the most challenging climbs on the classic Belmont trails. There will be KOM primes for the top male and female finishers. Course details here:

Post-ride,free Marciano’s tomato pie will be available courtesy of Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance and as always, riders are welcome to hang out afterward and enjoy their favorite post ride recovery beverages beneath the starting tree!

Love Your Park Day at the Belmont Plateau, May 20 at 9 am
The Belmont Plateau Trail Alliance’s  Love Your Park volunteer day is weekend,  Saturday, May, 20, at 9 am  We will be working on trail projects to improve the Belmont Plateau/West Park trails, including tuning and improving our new singletrack, as well as putting in plants to block abandoned trails and removing invasive plants from the trail corridors. Tools, work gloves and light refreshments will be provided. May is poison ivy and tick season at the Plateau, so sturdy shoes, pants, and long sleeve shirts are recommended.
We will be staging at the Recycling Center off Greenland Drive. Please park in the area adjacent to entrance to the yard and look for the BPTA tent. A google maps link to the worksite is here: Google Maps
Friends of the Wissahickon Work Day, May 20 at 9 AM
This spring, Love Your Park Day will be a culmination of a week’s worth of trail work in the Wissahickon. We will celebrate with a workday focusing on all things trails. Remember that the Wissahickon sees a lot of diverse trail traffic plus tons of excess storm water every year, making this work extra important! Trail Wizard Dan Mercer will be hosting work day on the Yellow Trail on the Roxboro side of the park    They’ll’ll be building grade reversals to try to prevent the trail from falling into the creek. Meet at the trail head at Cathedral Road and Glenroy Road. https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1sdgChAv1jLHncXJm88_5ugbSKPA&ll=40.06662023979217%2C-75.22651107566833&z=18

Philly Pumptrack Opening Workday and Pumpjam and Swapmeet!

Join Philly Pumptrack Saturday May 20th as they celebrate the start of another great season at the Philly Pumptrack!  We will start the day with our Love Your Park volunteer work day and will be joined by our friends from Cabot Cheese as they serve up FREE LUNCH for all of our volunteers! The fun continues with our Pumpjam as we open up both tracks for riders and start the party with music from Party Time Dj’s!
Have a bunch of spare bike parts taking up space in the garage? Looking for that hard to find part or accessory? Check out our swap meet! Business and private sellers welcome. Follow this link to register for the swap meet: https://www.bikereg.com/pptswapmeet Don’t forget to grab some raffle tickets! Our friends from local bike shops and companies will have some pretty cool gear that you could win! Stay tuned for more raffle information to follow. Oh and did we mention this awesome community event is 100% FREE for ANYONE to attend? Come check out what your missing at the Philly Pumptrack!

BPTA’s Mark Elsasser open’s 2017 Parks On Tap

Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance’s Mark Elsasser was asked to give a few words yesterday during the press conference for the opening of the 2017 Philadelphia Parks on Tap series. “Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance volunteers have put their hearts and souls into making the park a better place for all Philadelphians,” Elk said in his opening remarks, adding that the BPTA received “nearly $5,000 last year, from the Parks on Tap initiative and that money was enough to cover the expenses for our volunteer days for the year. We also were approved for some reinvestment money, so we could put a trail kiosk at the trailhead and also a storage container, (for tools and trail supplies).” Last year’s event was such a big success, that the Happy hour is returning again…

Parks on Tap Happy Hour Benefit for the Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance, June 1, 7-9 PM

Please join the Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance at the Parks on Tap beer garden at Belmont Plateau on Thursday, June 1st, across from the Belmont Mansion for a happy hour fundraiser! The Parks on Tap vendor, FCM Hospitality, will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the happy hour to the Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance.

The event is open to the general public and all are welcome. Please check the Parks on Tap website for additional details.

Belmont Point to Point Ride, June 1, 6:30

Prior to the Parks on Tap Happy Hour, the Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance is holding it’s annual Point to Point tour of the Plateau Trails. This year’s 5 mile point-to-point course will feature a grand assortment of the classic Plateau Trails, as well as an assortment of trails built in the past year, starting at the Car Barn trailhead and finishing at the Parks on Tap beer garden at the top of Belmont Plateau.

Rider check-in is between 6:00 and 6:30 PM at the usual Thursday Night location, the Car Barn parking lot off of Montgomery Drive. At 6:30, we’ll meet at the tree for final instructions and race start.

The event is free and all are welcome. Special awards to the first male and female to complete the course.

1st Annual Philly MTB Phestival, Sunday June 11th

The first Philly Mountain Bike Phestival kicks off Sunday June 11th at Pachella Field! Join us as we celebrate Philly’s rich mountain bike culture with a fun day filled with music, food, demos, raffles, a skills park, prizes and more!

For the small fee of $15 per child, $30 per adult you will have access to the following:
• A selection of different guided and non guided rides through the famous Wissahickon Trails in varying skill levels.
• Demo bikes available from local shops so you can try out the newest rides! Helmets too!
• Skills park set up in the field filled with various features such as skinnies, jumps, logs and more for you to get rad on!
• Lunch!
• Track-stand & wheelie competitions and other fun and games planned for prizes as well!

With the help of our friends and sponsors from local bike shops, we will have raffles for some sweet swag as well as a raffle for a new bike!
Ticket sales will help cover cost of hosting this event and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Philly Pumptrack.
If you or someone you know would like to help contribute to this event in any way please email us directly at Phillypumptrack@gmail.com

Stay tuned for more information about this awesome community event! RSVP on Facebook to receive updates as more info becomes available! https://www.facebook.com/events/1380841585306279/ We’ve had a number of vendors come on board, including Salsa, Cannondale, Community Bikes and Boards, BMC, Little Bellas and more! We’re currently ironing out the details for the schedule, but our tentative plans are to have multiple guided rides for riders of all skill levels including women’s only & kids rides, a skills clinic and more!


Philly Pumptrack wins the $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and a $5000 Grant From REI

Philly Pumptrack won the $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association, with help from The Walt Disney Company including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN. This money will allow the Philly Pumptrack to be able to pay for the ENTIRE COST of our chain link fence we have been trying to fundraise, as well as to purchase and apply Soil Tack, a product that will improve the strength of the track’s riding surface, to better withstand bad weather and hard riding. In short, this grant will mean we can have a safer more controlled riding environment and less maintenance so we can give bikes out again and stay open more often!

The REI grant, awarded to the Philly PumpTrack, care of the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia, will help with trail stewardship with the Crossbow and PSK Trails, and includes outreach assistance from REI at both the national and local levels to provide better awareness of the Pumptrack’s mission. Stay tuned for details as we receive funds and begin to implement improvements at the Pumptrack!

Summit Is GO!!!
We’ve been sitting on this development for months, but it’s time to announce that the much clamored for and long awaited Summit Bypass trail has been given the green light. The trail had originally been flagged by FOW staff and trail volunteers back in 2010, but had been held up over a property owner’s liability concerns regarding the trail crossing his lot. In the mean time, a rogue trail got built and was repeatedly closed by volunteers on many occasions over the years. Last fall, a seed finally started to germinate after the last closure day led by FoW’s Volunteer Coordinator and volunteer team leaders. After closing an unsustainable bench cut and switchback section on the trails, the Trail Wizards began to look in earnest at what it would take to open a legitimate trail to bypass the Summit Avenue road section. Last winter, professional trail builders Steve Thomas and Val Naylor were brought in for consultations and a tentative line was flagged for the new trail by Steve Thomas, who was also responsible for the popular Gorgas Creek trail from Pachella Field, as well as a number of new, machine-built trail sections at the Belmont Plateau in West Fairmount Park. Unfortunately, the same issues with attaining an easement from the property owner still existed and a new line down to the creek crossing had to be flagged again this spring. The new trail will feature a good portion of the extant trail, including the creek crossing and even more new trail. Although it’s pending final approval from the city’s forestry manager, the Summit Project will hopefully be done in at least 3 phases, with volunteers doing the sections between the gravel climb up to Summit Ave, South to Wises Mill Road, and professional Trail builder Val Naylor handling the gulley section to the North, which will require consultation with the Philadelphia Water Department, extensive machine work, rerouting of the trail over very challenging terrain and construction of a new bridge across the waterway.

It’s shaping up to be an exciting time to be a mountain biker in Philadelphia! We hope to see you on the trails!

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