Sandcastle Waterpark in Pittsburgh Blocks Historic Trail Completion
Newsweek is shining light on a story that has irked countless cyclists making the otherwise unbroken trail ride between Pittsburgh and Washington DC—that a small waterpark just outside of Pittsburgh is blocking completion of the 300+ mile route. Sandcastle Waterpark has refused to allow the trail to proceed through their property, even threatening riders with arrest who pedal their bike through their parking lot that features a double yellow line for car traffic, forcing riders to take what amounts to a highway around their property and thwarting what would otherwise be the longest continuous city to city trail in the United States. While there are a few other gaps in the trail for about 5 miles past Sandcastle, the land rights have been secured and the trail construction is underway even in not in a hurry due to the inevitable road block of water slides. The Post Gazette reported on the situation back in August 2008 when it had already stretched to a decade long battle, with the last local report in October of 2008 citing progress but nothing more. Hopefully the national level press coverage will help pressure Sandcastle to allow the trail to proceed, or to build public support and further pressure to find a solution.