Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail (ECRT) is gaining momentum in our mission to create "A scenic Southtowns Rail-Trail for enjoying nature and connecting communities."  Through months of pandemic, hundreds of people have walked, run, skied and snowshoed the beautiful tree-lined trail on the 2-mile Orchard Park section opened last September. In addition, seven miles of trail are now open to the public in Springville and Concord NY, allowing hundreds access to picturesque land for winter sports and summer walks. 
The year 2021 is an exciting time in our growth as the pandemic recedes and people gather once again to enjoy the outdoors together, ECRT plans to open more segments of the trail for public use, and to improve the surface of those areas now open.  Signage is needed to enhance safety, and amenities will improve comfort and convenience for trail users.  To make the leap into major improvements, requires strategic planning, financing and qualified, dedicated individuals to join our energetic, creative, and talented team.  Could this be your moment?
If you are passionate about developing the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, which benefits your local community, and wish to help build a legacy for years to come, we have several exciting opportunities to get involved with our volunteer organization:
Development Leadership
- Work to identify and cultivate relationships with institutional benefactors, corporate sponsors, and individual philanthropists.
Grants Writer:
- Identify and apply to relevant public and private funders
Fundraising Leadership:
- Formulate community fundraising activities and annual campaigns
Event Planner:
-Assist in planning, logistics, and execution of local ECRT events
Paralegal/Contracts Attorney:
- Assist preparing contracts and formal correspondence to ECRT stakeholders
Communication/ Public Relations
-Advocate for the trail, and keep our supporters informed through various media and events
-Recruit enthusiastic trail supporters to join the team
Trail Captains
-Oversee a section of the trail in a particular community, identifying maintenance needs.
If your skill set matches a description above, we would like to meet you!  Contact us at to start the conversation.
Development of this scenic 27-mile recreational trail is underway.  Let us pool our talents to create the Southtowns’ community treasure we envision.