THANK YOU!
Saturday, October 1
EA2EVL Fondo
Thank you 
ECRT Volunteers
Who Participated in
Rail Trail Cleanup on National Trails Day


in Orchard Park, Aurora and Concord sections 

The Friends of the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail (ECRT) were out in the bright sunshine on Saturday, June 4, National Trails Day, to clean, clear and spruce up multiple sections of the ECRT Trail.

 

Over 50 volunteers were out with garden tools and gloves cutting back the overgrowth, picking up trash and making the trail safe and beautiful for walkers, trail runners, hikers and mountain bikers.

 

“Based on the great turnout, for the first time, we mowed and cleared sections of the trail across multiple towns on National Trails Day,” said Deb Fenn, ECRT Board Chair. “Today, the open sections in Orchard Park, Springville and Concord are in great shape, thanks to our dedicated volunteers.”

 

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group in OP

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Tom giving instructions

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EA2EVL Riders Cruise to the Finish Line at
Holiday Valley

 


On Saturday, October 1, the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail (ECRT) hosted its second annual charity bike ride from East Aurora to Ellicottville.

 

The EA2EVL Fondo—a non-competitive ride—grew participation 20% from the inaugural event last year, hosting close to 400 riders and netting $50,000.

 

Those donations will be used to support ongoing efforts to build, enhance and maintain the 27-mile rail trail that runs along a former rail line from Orchard Park to Ashford, NY.

“After back-to-back successful events, we know that bikers just love this fall ride,” shared Deb Fenn, ECRT Board Chair. “Last year, we used the EA2EVL donations to remove rails and ties from the last uncleared mile of the ECRT trail. This year, we will use the funds to resurface, connect and complete sections in Orchard Park.”

 

EA2EVL kicked off at 42-North Brewery in East Aurora and goes up Mill Road to Route 240, where riders head south on Route 242 into the Village of Ellicottville. With water stops along the way and tech support provided by Tom’s Pro Bikes, participants enjoyed a safe, social ride, with a party at Holiday Valley.

The event was sponsored by National Fuel, Tom’s Pro Bikes, 42 North Brewery and Phillips Lytle.

“Trails bring tremendous health benefits to a community—that’s one reason why I joined in this ride,” said the event’s top fundraiser, Dr. Michael Rauh of Orchard Park. “The course is picturesque and challenging, but it’s doable for all levels of riders. I was incredibly proud to wear the yellow jersey across the finish line!”

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Lou Schriver and Denise Doucette crossing the finish line.

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Many Hands Make Light Work

Mulching the OP Depot area in less than 40 minutes - THANK YOU! to the group of ECRT Friends who mulched and helped to spruce up the area. 

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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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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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​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.

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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