Take a ride to Frick Park! Originally, this route was created for Healthy Ride's Safe Routes to Parks program that focused on connecting Pittsburgh residents to CitiParks via low-stress bike routes. We were happy to complete this route again for our Parks Rides on Ride spot so that more people might take the trip on their own and enjoy a lovely ride to one of Pittsburgh's more beautiful, quiet, and serene spaces. Frick Park offers the awesome opportunity to feel completely in nature without having to leave the city.
We recommend starting this ride in Homewood at one of our favorite neighborhood stations in front of the Homewood-Brushton YMCA at Bennett St & Eccrue Way.
Healthy Ride station at Bennett St & Eccrue Way
Making a Right on Homewood Ave will lead you directly to one of the entrances to Frick Park. While on a bike you may realize that there's a steady climb to the park, it's a pretty accessible ride without much the traffic that can lend to greater comfort for those who want to take their time. Your climb will reward you with a smooth roll right into the entrance of Frick Park.
Frick Park is the areas largest historical regional park and is bordered by the neighborhoods of Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, and Regent Square. Henry Clay Frick bequeathed the original 151 acres to the city in 1919, and the park opened to the public in 1927 after additional land had been acquired. Today, Frick Park stretches from its northern borders in Point Breeze down to the Monongahela River, and features extensive woodland areas, walking and biking trails, the famous Blue Slide Park, tennis courts, baseball fields, and the Frick Environmental Center, which is a certified Living Building and achieved LEED Platinum status.
There are many trails throughout the park, and the one highlighted here follows a mostly paved and packed gravel route that takes you along the perimeter to the park rather than farther down into the bowl. Depending on your comfort level and the kind of bike you're riding, we highly recommend exploring more trails and stopping along the way to enjoy the park even more.
Frick Park Biddle Building
Once you're done exploring and experiencing Frick Park, we recommend skipping across the very busy Braddock Ave and making a left on East End Ave. It's a quiet street some some beautiful homes and is a great way to opt out of the wild traffic running parallel on Braddock. Make a Left on Tuscarora St to meet back up with Braddock just before it crosses over Penn so that you can cruise back into Homewood.
East End Ave is a recommended bike route to skip busy Braddock Ave
On your way back to the Healthy Ride station at the YMCA, take your time and roll down Kelly St. It's another great, low-stress road with all the neighborhood feels. And before you take a right onto Eccrue, stop at the Black history mural that's located on the Community Empowerment Association building. The mural was created by international artist and Pittsburgh native Kyle Holbrook who led a group of 100 young artists to create the giant mural that spans 400 years to honor victims of police brutality and racism.
Black History mural
For more info, visit: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/black-history-mural-in-homewood-spans-400-years-to-honor-victims-of-police-brutality-and-racism/Content?oid=17484264