June 11 at the Cooperative Extension Building

By Alicia Dziak

It shouldn’t be long before walkers, bikers, rollerbladers, runners, cross-country skiers and recreational enthusiasts of all ages will be able to enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape on a network of new multiuse recreation trails and bikeways … but in order for this to happen, the Trail Committee is asking for assistance from the community.

How can you help?

First, learn all about the trail by attending the Open House on Tuesday, June 11. It will be held from 4–7 p.m at the Cooperative Extension Building, located at the corner of Fillmore Drive and Parkside Drive in Ellicottville, next to the Nannen Arboretum and across the street from the Ellicottville Fire Department. This event will be a great way to find out how you can help make this project a success.

Come chat with trail organizers, board members and professional planners to help the committee develop the Trail Master Plan, learn about future expansion plans and see trail maps.

The Open House will also serve as an outlet for community members to share their thoughts and provide feedback. What are the destinations that you think should be connected by trails? Do you have a special skill that could help build the trail faster? Please consider volunteering your talents and time.

“At this point, we really want to encourage people to come to the Open House and share their ideas,” said Mark Alianello, Ellicottville town engineer and trail committee member.

In addition, you can help build the trail with a tax-deductible donation. A recreation trail fundraising campaign to pay for planning, as well as construction and future maintenance of the trail, has been launched – and you can help today.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation online at www. cattfoundation.org, or mailing your check payable to: Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Fund, c/o Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, 120 N. Union St., Olean, NY 14706. Every bit helps and is greatly appreciated.

The Ellicottville-Great Valley Rec Trail will connect people young and old throughout the community, while keeping them active and close to nature. Whatever type of donation you can make, it will help make the vision a reality.

For more information, like the trail’s Facebook page (facebook.com/evltrail), or call Jennie Acklin at (716) 699-4062 or Ken Hinman at (716) 474-8214.

Watch for articles in the Ellicottville Times and stay up to date with the Ellicottville Times’ Trail Talk e-newsletter (sign up by e-mailing Jennie@EllicottvilleTimes.com).

Be in the loop — don’t miss the Open House on June 11 and your chance to be part of this exciting endeavor!