Monday, July 11, 2011

Grand Opening of the Skills Area at North Park

There was a huge turnout for the grand opening of the skills park in North Park on Sunday.  OTB, Dirt Rag, Pro Bikes, Mad Mex, the Parks Department, REI, Seven Springs Bike Park, and PTAG all came out to show their support for the first public, approved, freeride and skills park in Pennsylvania (as far as I know).  The North Park Freeride Crew has invested over 2000 man hours building, shaping, and fine-tuning the jumps, skinnies, and drops so that it could be opened in time for the summer riding season.  There are a few minor finishing touches, and the possibility of a more advanced jump line going in...but that will be for another day.  And don't forget about the Dr J trail, just a few pedal strokes away, that started it all.  I've spent a good bit of time hanging out with a great bunch of people, building, riding, and bs'ing around this trail system, and now it's officially open to the public.  Enjoy.

A gallery of photographs from the north park skills area grand opening party - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/North-Park-Skills-Park-0710/

A few pictures from the skills park grand opening at North Park -

Philip Williams doing a 360 off the third jump at the north park skills area during the grand opening celebration
Philip Williams doing a 360 off the third jump at the north park skills area during the grand opening celebration

$10,000 REI Conservation Grant for PTAG, Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group
$10,000 REI Conservation Grant for PTAG, Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group

Andrew G. Baechle, director of the Parks Dept, says a few words before cutting the ribbon to open the skills park the the public
Andrew G. Baechle, director of the Parks Dept, says a few words before cutting the ribbon to open the skills park the the public

Bikes were flying around the beginner jump line at the skills park in North Park
Bikes were flying around the beginner jump line at the skills park in North Park

Hitting the line during the jump competition at the skills park in north park
Hitting the line during the jump competition at the skills park in north park

the skinny section of the north park skills park was an instant hit among all the bikers
the skinny section of the north park skills park was an instant hit among all the bikers

Mark Kinneer getting some air off the jump line at the skills park in north park
Mark Kinneer getting some air off the jump line at the skills park in north park

Lots of cute kids biking and running around during the north park skills park grand opening celebration
Lots of cute kids biking and running around during the north park skills park grand opening celebration

good to see, young girls tearing up the newly opened jump line in the north park skills area
good to see, young girls tearing up the newly opened jump line in the north park skills area

letting it all hang out on the north park skills park jump line
letting it all hang out on the north park skills park jump line

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