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Opening of freeride area July 10 in North Park


The grand opening of the North Park Freeride Area (NPFR) will be held on Sunday, July 10. Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG) has worked with the Allegheny County Parks Department over the last three years to design and install the NPFR, which consists of the Dr. J Freeride Trail and the Skills Park.

A grand opening party will take place at the Sharon Shelter in North Park, adjacent to the Pie Traynor Field and Swimming Pool, on Sunday July 10,

beginning at 12 p.m. The party will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, freeriding demonstration, food and beverages. Visitors who want to experience the NPFR should bring their bikes and helmets.

Freeriding is an advanced style of mountain biking with gravity inspired stunts (called features) such as jumps, drops and elevated skinny bridges. This style of biking was started in British Columbia in the 1990s and has become widely popular. Many ski resorts offer lift serviced freeride mountain biking and many municipalities across the United States have worked to offer public freeride areas.

Volunteers spent thousands of man hours to build NPFR. The Skills Park is a small self-contained area in which beginners can practice freeride skills on several short trails with progressively larger freeride features. The Dr. J Trail is a flowing downhill freeride trail with drops, jumps, elevated bridges and a rock garden.

The North Park Free Ride Area is the only public area in Pennsylvania. For more information, visit


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