Last section of bicycle trail connecting Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., set to open

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Completion of the last missing piece of a trail network connecting Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., will be celebrated at a June 15 event in West Homestead and at the Point in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The event -- called "Point Made!" -- will feature a ribbon-cutting near Sandcastle Waterpark, where the last section of trail is under construction, followed by a mass bicycle ride to Point State Park "for the party part of the event," said Linda McKenna Boxx, president of the Allegheny Trail Alliance.

The celebration also will feature a weeklong bike ride from Washington leading up to June 15, a 24-hour relay ride and unveiling of a "Forks of the Ohio" marker at what will be the western terminus of the Great Allegheny Passage.

The passage connects with the C&O Towpath at Cumberland, Md., forming a nearly continuous 330 miles of dedicated trail from Pittsburgh to the nation's capital.

Construction of the final segment will be completed in late May, Ms. Boxx said.

But completion of renovations at the Point State Park fountain and a restart of the fountain aren't scheduled until June 7, so the event was planned for after that date.

"So far winter has been kind and construction is on schedule," she said in an email.

The segment at Sandcastle needs to be completed by April 15 so the water park can begin preparing to open for the season, while the section crossing Keystone Metals property will be finished in late May.

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Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1868.


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