Recent Open House Success Last Weekend for Bicycle Raffle Ticket Sales

By Jennie Acklin

The Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail (EVGV Trail) committee has been very busy as the proposed trail project turns the corner from idea to reality.

Fundraising efforts have been focused on bicycle raffle tickets and trail merchandise over the summer. The master plan document has been finished and will soon be presented to Town and Village Planning Boards. TAP grant funding decisions are eagerly awaited, with an anticipated award announcement in the next 30 days or so. The Open House on Sunday, Oct. 5 was held on the first section of the EVGV Trail and was attended by many, despite a cold and blustery day.

Just over two years ago, the “trail” was an idea waiting to happen. It took many meetings, lengthy discussions, and lots of volunteer hours to get to this point — the beginning of a trail network.

Successful Open House

The Open House this past weekend took place at the Ellicottville Town Center and on the first section of the trail (which is coincidentally the same location as the town’s new water line). Even though it does not have a finished surface, it does give everyone the sense of the trail’s location and topography. Attendees were invited to “Take a Hike” down the trail, and then onto Glen Burn Trail’s development, which was also holding an open house.

The Ellicottville Rotary was on hand grilling hot dogs and serving refreshments, with proceeds being donated to the trail project. Maps were presented and informational flyers were handed out to everyone interested. The Master Plan document was available for review and lots of raffle tickets for the bicycles were sold.

Fall Fest Fundraising

As you wander the streets during Ellicottville’s Fall Festival this weekend, be sure to stop by the EVGV Trail tent, located next to the Town Hall. Trail logo hats, T-shirts and sweatshirts will be available in exchange for your generous donations, and this will be the final weekend of the raffle ticket fundraising. Two bicycles are available to the lucky raffle ticket purchaser — one is a Gary Fisher Rumble Fish Two 29” wheel mountain bike donated by the family of Alan Brown. The other is a Cruiser donated by Dennis Baldwin and Rachel Northrup’s Bike and Bean Shop. The drawing for both bicycles will take place Sunday afternoon — so stop in and get your tickets!

Ellicottville and Great Valley will have a new four-season, multi-use trail in the next few years, creating a safe and easy way to connect to local businesses, schools, the public library, parks, Holiday Valley, HoliMont and other recreational destinations.

You can help by supporting this great project with a generous tax-deductible donation. If you cannot stop by the EVGV Trail’s Fall Fest booth, you can donate online at, or mail your check payable to Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Fund, c/o Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, 120 N. Union St., Olean, NY 14706.

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