Philly Fall Trail Work Opportunities Are Heating Up!

The Temperatures may be dropping, but the fall trail work season is heating up here in Philly, with loads of opportunities to get outside in our favorite trails with Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance,  Friends of the Wissahickon and Philly Pumptrack!

Belmont Love your Park Service Day, Saturday, Nov 11


Please join Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance on Saturday, November 11th for their Fall Love Your Park volunteer day! The BPTA have a number of projects planned, including:
* Closure of social trails along the lawn
* Prep work for the instillation of the trail kiosk and our new lockbox
at the main trailhead
* Trash clean up along the alignmnet for the next phase of the
Trolley Trail
* Realignment of the Pumptrack connector trail between Belmont
Avenue and Parkside Drive
* Removal of vines and other invasive vegetation along the trailsTools, work gloves and light refreshments will be provided. The worksite meeting location is
Summit Reroute Saturdays, with Friends of the Wissahickon, November 11th & 18th
Friends of the Wissahickon have begun Phase 2 of the #SummitReroute project on the Yellow Trail on the Roxboro side of the park. They’re building an new multi-user trail that will bypass the road section leading from the park on Summit Av, back to the Yellow Trail, connecting at Wise Mill Rd. During the first phase, our crew of volunteers completed approximately 1.25 miles of trail from the Summit Avenue Gravel on the yellow trail, leading down to Wise Run Creek. For the 2nd phase of the project we will be connecting the new trail to the wooden bridge across the stream on the Yellow Trail near Wise Milll Road, as well as building several local access spurs at Henry on the Park Apartment Homes and Summit Road.

Working with professional builder, Val Naylor, we’ve built an improved crossing at the creek, now we need to build about a half mile of new trail. Join us every Saturday in November and help us complete this much needed new section of trail! We’ll be meeting Saturdays at 9, in the clearing at the trail head at the bottom of the hill on Summit Av, at approximately 750 Summit Av, in Roxboro. This trail is being built by the Friends of the Wissahickon, with help from many of the #TrailWizardsresponsible for the Cresheim at Friends of the Cresheim Trail ( FoCT) and Crossbow & PSK Trails behind the Philly Pumptrack, with design & construction input from professional trail builder, Val Naylor. If you have any questions, contact Peg Shaw the FOW project manager. Further details on work days will be posted here, and at

Gloves, tools, water and light snacks will be provided, Long pants, shirts are recomended. a google maps link to the worksite is here:

Philly Pumptrack Crossbow Trail Dig To Ride Day, Sunday November 19th
On Sunday, November 19th, Philly Pumptrack is hosting a workday on the Crossbow and PSK trails. We”ll be making some adjustments to the trail surface in a few areas to improve drainage and resistance to damage from erosion, picking up trash and if time permits, raking a short section on the PSK to create a lollipop and/or bypass the rock garden for less experienced riders. We will meet at the Pumptrack at 9 am, then spread out on the trails to dig. Tools and work gloves will be provided, coffee and snacks will be on hand. Come out and #DigToRide!

8th Annual BPTA Fall Clean Up


Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance will be hosting their annual fall cleanup day on Sunday, December 3rd from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. This is their signature volunteer event and our biggest clean up effort of the year.

Tools, work gloves, trash bags, and light refreshments will be provided. Meet at the Car Barn entrance off Montgomery Drive. If you are coming from I-76 or West River Drive, take the first right past the I-76 interchange (look for Car Barn sign at the turn), immediately bear right, then follow the road to the dead end outside the maintenance yard. The worksite meeting location is
Stay Tuned: 
Friends of the Creshiem Trail will have an exciting announcement about future developments in the coming weeks, as well as a trail day to tune and complete the work on the Grotto Loop!
To stay in the loop about upcoming trails events, we encourage you all to follow our friends groups on social media (see links in the trail work notices above) and follow @MTBPHL on Facebook,  Instagram and Twitter!

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