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Christopher T
131 Ft George Ave.
(Washington Heights)
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the project

Clean Dirt Round 2 is a campaign that is asking YOU to help build out a state of the art dirt jump park right here in NYC. The success of our Spring Dirt Drive Inspired a generous donation of 40 tons of pure clay from the Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) to Highbridge Bike Park, which has been used to build out a glimpse of what is possible at Highbridge, and the results are simply superb!  Round 2 will allow for an additional 240 tons of this material to be delivered, stacked and shaped over the entire dirtjump, slopestyle and freeride lines of the terrain park during the fall/winter of 2022. This new material has proven to dramatically increase the level of resiliency built into the track and will allow for easier maintenance, more terrain and features, and better rider progression.

A layer of pure clay, one foot deep over the entire dirtjump park, from the small beginner lines, to the pro slopstyle/freeride lines will help ensure 20 years of resilient, low maintenance riding, and fun! Funds from Clean Dirt For Highbridge Dirtjump Park Round 2 will cover the costs of labor, machine rental, tools and equipment, and volunteer support materials (food, gloves, water) to get the job done as quickly as possible. This work will take place over the fall/winter, and is expected to be completed by spring 2023.

This project is sponsored by the Department of Environmental protection (DEP,) who is excavating this material from city water tunnel #3, The mayor's office of Environmental Remediation (OER,) who is coordinating transportation logistics through their Clean Soil Bank program also sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) 2022 NYC Environmental Justice & Sustainability Match Program, which is providing a $5k matching award to help jumpstart this project. Each dollar donated is instantly matched, making your contributions go  further.

the steps

1)Utilize material already delivered Using funds from our Spring Dirt Drive, a motorized trackbarrow was purchased to move the initial 40 ton sample into the park. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers! All 40 tons have been moved by hand onto the track, and the results are simply outstanding!

2) Land 240 tons of material into the park. Remaining funds from the spring dirt drive will be used to cover machine rental and personnel to move the delivered 240 tons of material into the park over six days.

3)Crowdfund for the full build out of the new material The quantity of material delivered will take an unprecedented mobilization of resources to spread out and stack up. In order to deliver a finished product by next spring, we must hire machines and personnel to get the job done quickly, and also better support our volunteers during this process.


why we're doing it

RESILIENCY. We cannot say it enough. While the net benefit is consistently amazing riding conditions and more progressive terrain park features, the resiliency of this clay material through drought and flood conditions cannot be understated. This decrease in time spent keeping the terrain park smooth and safe will free up well over 90% of NYCMTB's volunteer maintenance capacity, allowing for;

  • Increase our organizational and fundraising capacity, allowing for foundational resiliency.
  • Improved, regular maintenance of the 3.5 miles of mountain bike trail at Highbridge
  • Construction of 1.5 miles of new, approved mountain bike trails elsewhere in the park by 2025.
  • More bike skills programming, and camps

This is a historic moment for Highbridge Bike Park, occuring in its FIFTEENTH SEASON. With a legacy of providing no-cost active recreation for two generations of riders, you have every reason to DONATE TODAY to help ensure it goes and grows for generations to come!



Labor costs $11,600

Food for volunteers $1200

Tools and Materials  $9316

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.


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