Sustainable Trails Initiative

Organization: Friends of the Wissahickon

Year: 2007

Amount: 10000

Status: Project complete

Type: Mountain bike project

Address: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA


Philadelphia's Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) will receive $10,000 to put toward their Sustainable Trails Initiative. The 57-mile trail network in the city's Fairmount Park is a haven for Philly's mountain bikers. FOW's effort to create an ecologically, physically, and socially sustainable trail system will reduce user conflict and erosion problems while preserving well-loved singletrack.

FOW have been stewards of the Wissahickon Valley since 1924 and traditionally worked with local equestrians, hikers, and birdwatchers to preserve habitat in the 1800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park. More recently, mountain bikers have emerged as important local partners in FOW's efforts to restore and enhance the park's exceptional urban trails.