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Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Hosts Open House October 5

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Free Event with Kids’ Activities, Food and Trail Gear

The board of directors of the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail is pleased to announce an Open House scheduled for 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at the Town Center.

The event is free to attend and will offer several activities for children and adults, including a trail scavenger hunt and two bike raffles. A draft Master Plan and maps of the proposed trail will be available for viewing, and local athletic shops will be on hand to showcase their latest trail worthy gear.

Trail sweatshirts, T-shirts and baseball hats will also be available for purchase, and the Ellicottville Rotary will serve snacks from their hot dog cart — all proceeds to benefit the trail.

The trail is designed to accommodate light recreational activities including walking, running, biking and cross-country skiing. The 8-10 foot wide trail is planned to run from Tim Hortons on Route 219, behind the Lutheran Church to the Town Center, and then work its way down to Ellicottville Central School.

The immediate goal is to connect popular destinations and activities with a safe and accessible trail. Ultimately, the trail is proposed to be approximately 14 miles and would link to existing trail systems throughout Holiday Valley and HoliMont.

Trail board and committee members have been working diligently on the trail’s Master Plan with landscape architect and trail planner Rick Manning. The process involved in creating the Master Plan allows board and committee members to investigate opportunities and obstacles that may come up. The Master Plan engages the community and looks for feedback about the proposed trail; it also serves to compare this trail to other trails to determine what will work best for our community.

The extent of the trail routes will depend on funding, including multi-million dollar grant applications to New York’s Transportation Enhancement Program and Transportation Alternatives Program. Although state grants may take several years to obtain and implement (if awarded), private fundraising is expected to be in place for the first leg of the trail within the next year.

The Oct. 5 afternoon Open House will be held at the Town Center and Nannen Arboretum located at 28 Parkside Dr. Head north on Fillmore from Washington Street, and take a right at the stop sign.

If you can’t make the Open House but would like to make a donation, please send checks to Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Fund c/o the Community Foundation, 120 North Union St., Olean, New York 14760. Contact Kathleen Moriarty at kmoriarty@petersandmoriarty.com with questions.

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