On Jan. 2, 2013, Bonnie Koschir, Dennis Eshbaugh and Jane Eshbaugh presented Ellicottville Town Councilman Ken Hinman and Ellicottville Mayor Charles Coolidge representing the Ellicottville – Great Valley Trail Organizational Committee with a check for $5,000 to help fund a comprehensive study that will be used to develop a multi-use recreational and bike trail in the area.

The trail committee has been meeting since last summer to study the feasibility of building such a recreational trail as a safe, traffic-free alternative. Organizers are hopeful that a part of the trail will be built next year, but a lot of work remains to be done, including concerted fundraising efforts that will involve the whole Ellicottville – Great Valley community and our seasonal visitors. Currently, the group is in the process of choosing a design firm that will create a potential development, construction and maintenance plan for the new trail.

Ken Hinman, founder of the Ellicottville–Great Valley Recreational Trail committee commented, “Trails have many proven advantages of providing safe recreation for families and friends, easy access to exercise for better health, personal enjoyment of the outdoors and even as a traffic-free way to commute to work, school and to shop at local businesses.

The trail committee has established a new fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation (CRCF). As a 501(c)(3) public foundation, CRCF will receive donations on behalf of the Ellicottville Great Valley Trail, allowing donors’ gifts to be tax deductible. The foundation will issue grants from the fund for the creation of the trail and its maintenance.

Donations to the Ellicottville Great Valley Trail Fund can be made in care of the Community Foundation at 120 North Union Street, Olean, N.Y. 14706 and online at www.cattfoundation.org. To learn more about the Ellicottville Great Valley Trail, call 716-699-4062. For more information about the Community Foundation, call (716) 372-4433, email foundation@cattfoundation.org or visit www.cattfoundation.org.

Check Trail Talk in the Ellicottville Times on a regular basis to stay abreast of all the exciting new developments. A “Name That Trail” contest and other fundraising opportunities are on the horizon.

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