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Help build Your Trail

Mary Brummer

Jul 9, 2024

Your support of Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail is crucial to its progress.

Dear Rail Trail Friends,


Neighborhoods come to life during a Western New York summer. Kids are outside, their calls echoing all around. Everyone is actively enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, and many are using trails.

Two small children riding on a bike path with their parents looking on.

When fully completed, Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail will serve as a 27-mile multiuse trail connecting many neighborhoods. Following the successful opening of the Orchard Park Village trail in June 2023, ECRT plans the next step: to resurface the trail “Depot to Depot” by improving another several miles of trail in Orchard Park and Aurora to the historic West Falls Train Depot.

Image of the West Falls Historic Train Depot, under reconstruction.
West Falls Historic Train Depot

Imagine beginning a ride at the Orchard Park Train Depot, and enjoying six miles of level, comfortable trail surface all the way into West Falls, arriving at the historic Depot there. While in the neighborhood, you might visit the Blueberry Treehouse Farm for a beverage or take in an event at the West Falls Center for the Arts. Or - start your trip in West Falls and spend the day in Orchard Park at Green Lake Park, enjoying lunch, or celebrating Quaker Days.

Image of the Orchard Park Historic Trainn Depot.
Orchard Park Historic Train Depot

Meanwhile, at the southern end of the trail, several more sculptures are joining Springville’s unique “Sculpture Alley”, and plans are advancing to resurface two more miles of trail south of the Village of Springville. The trail connects neighborhoods throughout the Town of Concord, beckoning trail users through picturesque town and country settings.

Image of J. Brian Pfeiffer standing beside his sculpture, a tall form with a spherical base from which emerges a straight shaft topped by a colorful disc, echoing historic railroad signaling gear.
Sculpture artist J. Brian Pfeiffer and an assistant.

Trails connect people and places, and trail use enhances physical and mental well-being. We are working passionately to develop our trail into the Southtowns jewel we envision.


Your support of Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail is crucial to our progress. Please donate today and help propel this worthy effort.


And may your neighborhood ring with the sounds of birds and children this summer.


Happy trails,

Mary Brummer, President

Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail


Make your gift go further: Does your employer match employees’ charitable donations? You might be able to double your gift to ECRT!


Prefer to send a check? Please write “July Appeal” in the memo area and mail it to ECRT, PO Box 584, Orchard Park, NY 14127.


NYS Charitable Donation Disclosures

Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with New York State and dedicated to building and maintaining a 27-mile multi-use recreational trail from Orchard Park to Ashford, NY on the railbanked Buffalo & Pittsburgh rail corridor. The latest financial report from ECRT may be obtained by request from ECRT at or from the Attorney General's Charities Bureau's Website - Information about charities may be obtained from the Attorney General at (212) 416-8686.

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