Thanks to support and funding from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, GObike has hired Alta Planning & Design to conduct a feasibility study for constructing an 80-mile multi-use trail in and adjacent to the Buffalo-Pittsburgh rail corridor between the City of Buffalo and the Town of Hinsdale.

 

Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail’s 27-mile railbanked section is a valued asset that is included in this assessment.

 

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Foothills Trail Club Explores Orchard Park Trails

On Saturday, Dec. 12, over 20 members of the Foothills Trail Club enjoyed an informative walk on the recently-opened 2-mile section of the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail (ECRT) in Orchard Park.

 

The group began their hike on the adjacent Birdsong neighborhood trail, and continued on by crossing Jewett Holwood Road to complete a 4-mile roundtrip hike to Ellicott Road and back along the ECRT trail. ECRT Board members Howy Holmes and Deb Fenn accompanied the group, pointing out historic and natural attractions along the former rail line during the fun outing.

The Foothills Trail Club, founded in 1962, is an affiliate of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference and a member of the American Hiking Society. Their 180-mile Conservation Trail traverses Western New York and  extends from Pennsylvania to Niagara Falls.

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ECRT Volunteers Cleanup OP Trail on National Trails Day
2-mile section cleared by Orchard Park Friend of ECRT on June 5

(June 9, 2021) Orchard Park, N.Y.: The Orchard Park Friends of the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail (ECRT) were out in full force on Saturday, June 5, National Trails Day, to spruce up the previously opened section of the ECRT Trail in Orchard Park. About 20 ECRT Friends were out with saws, clippers and hedge trimmers cutting back the overgrowth and making the trail safe and beautiful for walkers, trail runners, hikers and mountain bikers. 

“During the summer, we welcome about 100 walkers and hikers each week on the ECRT trail to quietly enjoy nature,” said Deb Fenn, ECRT Board Chair. “Today, the trail in Orchard Park between Jewett Holmwood and Ellicott Roads is in great shape, thanks to our fabulous Orchard Park Friends.” 

The ECRT Board Is working to improve the unfinished section of trail in Orchard Park and to expand the trail north to connect with the Village. In December, ECRT launched a campaign to raise $120,000 to finish the open section. In 6 months, 274 donors have contributed $53,000 to that campaign, nearly half of the organization’s goal.  

For more information about ECRT, to donate to the OP campaign or to sign up as an OP Friend.

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Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and trail manager for the railbanked portion of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Railway in Western NY. Over twenty-seven miles long, this railroad right-of-way connects the communities of Orchard Park, Aurora, West Falls, Colden, East Concord, Springville and West Valley, New York.

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Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and trail manager for the railbanked portion of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Railway in Western NY. Over twenty-seven miles long, this railroad right-of-way connects the communities of Orchard Park, Aurora, West Falls, Colden, East Concord, Springville and West Valley, New York.

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Jim Cielencki has an eye for the extraordinary, a passion for exercise and a degree in urban planning.

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​Love the outdoors? Consider joining us. Your support helps our ongoing efforts to preserve the former rail corridor with the intent to develop it into a multi-use recreational trail. It also demonstrates community support to our local and state officials. All members will receive our newsletter as well as exclusive invitations to ECRT events. When you register, you'll also have the opportunity to indicate if you would like to further assist us by volunteering.

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