5-3-13park-building-coverIf you haven’t heard,Ellicottville and Great Valley will have a new off-road, multiuse trail in the next few years.

Just like at major resorts in the West, the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail will create an easy way to access local businesses, schools, the library, government offices, parks, area resorts and other destinations. The project has been in the works for more than a year.

Since early June 2013, members of the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Committee have been working diligently to prepare a major grant application for a $2 million Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) grant from the New York State Department of Transportation.

The master plan for the trail outlines the entire proposed project.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to help build the trail with a tax-deductible donation.

To date, $27,000 has been raised by private and business donations. Please consider making your tax-deductible donation online at www.cattfoundation.org, or mail your check payable to: Community Foundation/ Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Fund, c/o Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, 120 N. Union St., Olean NY 14760.

Every dollar makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.

For more information, visit and “like” the trail’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/EVLTrail) or call Jennie Acklin at (716) 699-4062 or trail chairman Ken Hinman at (716) 474-8214.