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.”
Join the ECRT Team
ECRT is looking for a Director of Communications to join it’s all volunteer board. This is an exciting opportunity to help us build this legacy 27-mile trail.
A Message from Beth Lasky, 2022 EA2EVL Event Chair
I invite you to join us on October 1 for our second annual charity bike ride, the EA2EVL Fondo. Spots are quickly filling up for this 42-mile non-competitive ride from East Aurora to Ellicottville. Based on last year’s phenomenal success—with an assist from Mother Nature—we’re predicting another sellout crowd. We’re so grateful for our sponsors, riders and volunteers.
There are so many reasons to ride: It’s fall in WNY,
it doesn’t get any better for bikers. Riding through
East Aurora and Ellicottville is real a joy. Every dollar you raise goes to the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, a jewel in our community.
If you raise $500+, you can earn the awesome event jersey. This event was the highlight of my year in 2021. I can’t wait for October 1st. Sign up today to register, donate or volunteer, and
we’ll see YOU at the start line.
Image: Beth Lasky with ECRT Board President, Deb Fenn, at the 2021 start line.
Sat., Oct. 1
Once again, ECRT is proud to host the EA2EVL Fondo, a charity bike ride that will take place on October 1 to benefit the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail.
This 42-mile non-competitive road ride from East Aurora to Ellicottville starts at 42 North Brewery and ends at a finish line party at Holiday Valley.
We'd like to thank our 2022 sponsors, National Fuel, 42 North Brewing, Phillips Lytle and Tom's Pro Bikes, who will also provide tech support for the ride.
Registration to ride OR volunteer that day is open now at www.ea2evlfondo.com. All riders receive a commemorative shirt and access to the post-event party. Participants are also asked to raise a minimum of $100 in donations for ECRT. You can also make donations on this link/site.
Let's do it again
The 2021 EA2EVL Fondo sold out with 300+ riders, bringing in over $50,000 for the 27-mile ECRT rail trail that runs along the former Buffalo & Pittsburgh rail line from Orchard Park to Ashford, NY. Funds from the 2021 Fondo are being used to remove rails and ties in Orchard Park on the only remaining mile with rails still in. This is significant progress! With your help, we can BEAT our participation and fundraising successes from last year and continue to build this trail.
Saturday is going to be a STELLAR day—sunny and mid -60s—for the EA2EVL Fondo 42-mile Charity Bike Ride on October 1. We’re approaching another sold-out event! There are only about open 50 spots remaining, so grab yours today by registering HERE. Enjoy a scenic fall ride from East Aurora to Ellicottville along Route 240 and raise awareness and funds for the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail. Then join us for a fun finish line party at Holiday Valley!
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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.
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.
Become a Member:
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.