By Joe Wright, Director of Marketing & Development, Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail

A busy fall is underway for the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Committee as it continues efforts to break ground in spring 2016.

The Ellicottville-Great Valley (EVGV) Trail is a proposed 15-mile network of multi-use trails that will expand the active transportation and recreation options for Ellicottville and Great Valley residents and visitors.

Like many other successful ski resort communities, Ellicottville is planning this trail network to link and expand other spring, summer and fall programming and facilities. Mountain biking and on-road bicycling are already popular activities in the region. Multi-use trails will accommodate families, children, walkers, joggers, inline and ski skaters, and others by creating a comfortable and accessible non-motorized transportation and recreation system.

Having the proper fieldwork conducted before winter is imperative to meet our target launch.

Under the direction of Committee Member Mark Alianello, president of MDA Consulting Engineers, fieldwork began in late September at the Town Center portion of the trail.  A wetland delineation assessment, necessary for proper permitting for this section of the project, was completed in late September as part of the Trail Committee’s intent to clear approximately 1,000 feet of trail starting at the Town Center on Fillmore St. next to the Nannen Arboretum and heading east behind Glen Burn Trail, the Ilex Inn and EllicottVillas.

Preliminary survey work has also begun and additional survey work will need to be conducted this fall.

The Spring 2016 launch of the Town Center portion of the EVGV Trail will also require the construction of a trail head structure as well as the construction of a plaza-like setting and entrance for the EVGV Trail.

The EVGV Trail Committee is excited to report that conversations have begun with the Nannen Arboretum Society as the EVGV Trail Committee completes the design of its trailhead, which will mirror the iconic Nannen Arboretum entrance next to it at the Town Center.  In the coming months, in conjunction with the spring launch, the EVGV Trail Committee will announce specifics on its memorial dedication program for trail bricks, benches and landmarks for families to dedicate to a loved one.

On behalf of the entire EVGV Trail Committee, I’d like to thank Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director at Holiday Valley, as well as Steve Carney, head PGA professional at Holiday Valley, for creating the first Annual 2016 Holiday Valley Promotional Coupon Booklet. A special thanks also goes to Jennie Acklin of Keystone Designers for the fantastic design and layout of the promotional book. All proceeds from the sale of the booklet will go toward the launch of the EVGV Trail.

This great gift for anybody who recreates year round at Holiday Valley, the coupon book is good for discounts at Double Black Diamond Golf Course, Sky High Adventure Park, the Holiday Valley pool and John Harvard’s Brew House and more.

The booklet retails for just $25, but represents a total savings valued at up to $925.

The booklet will be sold at Holiday Valley’s Mardi Gras ski lift during Fall Festival weekend and at Holiday Valley Resort Services during & after Fall Festival. Other designated retail locations after Fall Festival weekend for the Holiday Valley promotional book will be the offices of the Ellicottville Times at 25 Bristol Lane, the EllicottVillas at 6394 Rt. 242 East and at Mud, Sweat ‘n Gears at 18 Monroe Street.

We remind you to have a fun and safe Fall Festival weekend in Ellicottville and we thank you for your support in helping make the EVGV Trail a reality.

To learn more about the EVGV Trail or to make a donation, visit our website at, or follow us on Facebook at EVLTrail or on Twitter @EVGVTrail, or contact me at or call (716) 984-5673.