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.

ECRT First Day of Spring Event on March 20

 

Member of the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail’s (ECRT’s) Conductor’s Club gathered in Springville for a First Day of Spring event on March 20. The group of $1,000 or more donors of the Orchard Park capital campaign toured the Springville section of the trail to learn more about the history and natural features of the rail corridor and the positive impact the trail has in the community.

 

Accompanied by Village Mayor Bill Krebs, ECRT President Deb Fenn, and ECRT Friends Group leaders and volunteers, 17 Conductor’s Club members walked the 1.7 mile Pop Warner section of ECRT, as well as part of the newly-expanded East Concord section.

 

“We are very proud of our trail,” remarked Krebs, as he answered questions about trail development, history and its prospects for expansion. “Our people love it and we rarely get complaints. Best of all, it’s bringing businesses and people together. That’s how communities build.”

 

The finished trail section in Springville, opened since 2016, has been a welcome amenity for residents to walk, jog, or bike into the Village center and visit local restaurants and businesses. Plans are underway to incorporate access to the neighboring Springville Trout Pond for fishing and nature observation.

 

Many Orchard Park residents are also anxious to see further surface improvements and amenities incorporated into the northern end of the trail. In just over 4-months, nearly $47,000 in donations from local Orchard Park residents have been made to improve the Orchard Park section of ECRT.
 

To learn more about the Orchard Park campaign, visit: www.ecattrail.org/OPtrail.

EXPLORE THE TRAIL:

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ECRT:

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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