Winter Walk with Friends on the ECRT Trail
Thank you event honors local snowmobilers for resurfacing bridges in Concord
March 26 was a great day for a winter hike on the ECRT trail in Concord, NY! Nearly 40 people turned out for a walk on the trail that runs just north and south of Kissing Bridge. This section features two bridges that have been resurfaced by our friends from the WNY Snowmobile Club of Boston (WNYSCB). While work continues on that unimproved section before it can be opened year round to all users, the improvements on this key section allow snowmobilers to connect to other trails—both 30- and 50-mile loops— that go into Hamburg, over to Strykersville, out to Holland, and beyond. Now that’s real progress!
On Saturday, March 26, the group gathered at KB Central and walked the trail to see the incredible work done on both bridges, thanks to John Baronich and his team of volunteers from the WNYSCB. After the walk, we held an informational meeting to share our plans and progress, meet our volunteers, thank our business and community supporters and share good food from the Pizza Glen.
And there is more trail blazing happening soon! This summer, the WNYSCB plans to resurface four more bridges on the ECRT trail heading south from Kissing Bridge to the open section in Springville and Concord. When this work is complete, we’ll have nearly 12 miles of trail open to the public. Stay tuned for more as this exciting work progresses.
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On the Trail ... with Sun and Snow
In Orchard Park, a 2-mile section of the trail is cleared and open, but unfinished, from Ellicott Road to Jewett Holmwood Road. Additionally, a 1.7 mile Pop Warner section in Springville is open, along with another 3.5 miles of unimproved trail in East Concord.
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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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March Volunteer Spotlight: Jason Engel
Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail has enjoyed the benefits of partnering with a variety of community and regional organizations. Biking, hiking, scouting groups, snowmobile clubs, local businesses, Chambers of Commerce, and adjacent municipalities have supported the trail in a variety of ways and have, in turn, enjoyed positive community recognition and economic benefits.
Most recently, a new, exciting partnership is in the works between ECRT and the Springville Community Trout Pond. Eight years ago, Jason Engel took on a leadership role with Springville Field and Stream. His background in landscape architecture, business ownership and special projects work with the Amherst Planning Department made him an ideal candidate for the position. The heart of the project required significant dredging from a 1997 “100-year flood” that overwhelmed the popular trout pond, which sits adjacent to the trail, and created major erosion issues. The fish hatchery located at the pond’s north end was rendered inoperable.
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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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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.