DAVE-RILEY-HOLIMONTEllicottville-Great Valley Trail Making Strides

More Than $10,000 Donated This Month

The Ellicottville-Great Valley Recreational Trail Fund received a huge shot in the arm in the last two weeks with over $10,000 donated by various contributors.

Dave Riley, general manager at HoliMont Ski Resort, recently presented a check for $5,000 to the Trail Committee (see photo) on June 26. Riley, Debbie Stein and Dash Hegeman of HoliMont all serve on the Trail Committee, which has met since July 2012 to develop the recreational trail.

Only the week before, the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) added to the groundswell of support with a generous donation to the Trail Fund.

On behalf of the board and staff of the IDA), we were very happy to help assist this transformational, very significant project in the Ellicottville-Great Valley area. We’re certainly happy to be part of it with the other partners that have contributed to date,” said Corey Wiktor, executive director of the IDA. “We commend the work of the group and the efforts of everyone involved to get to this platform.”

The Fund balance stands at approximately $27,000 which will pay for the Master Plan being designed by Rick Manning, a professional landscape architect, with excess funds put toward construction. The trail will potentially stretch from the eastern Village of Ellicottville boundary to Great Valley, connecting destinations along the way.

With a groundswell of support, the Trail Committee is hoping to continue this fundraising pace to reach the estimated $1-plus million to complete the initial village portion of trail.

The Ellicottville-Great Valley Rec Trail will eventually connect people, young and old, from the eastern Village of Ellicottville boundary to Great Valley and encourage them to stay active and fit while enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings. It shouldn’t be long before walkers, bikers, runners, cross-country skiers and recreational enthusiasts of all ages enjoy the multiuse recreation trail, but we still need your financial support.

You can make a tax-deductible donation at www. cattfoundation.org or mail a check payable to: Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Fund, c/o Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, 120 N. Union St., Olean, NY 14706.

Community input is still encouraged. Please send your ideas to jennie@ellicottvilletimes.com, call (716) 699-4062 or (716) 474-8214, or post on Facebook at EVLTrail.