By Jann Wiswall
Ellicottville real estate agent and Great Valley resident Amy DeTine has been appointed to the board of directors of the Ellicottville-Great Valley (EVGV) Trail.
DeTine, whose late husband Ted LaCroix was a founding trail board member, accepted the position at a Tuesday, June 2, board meeting.
“I am honored to be part of this impressive board, which has come so far in a relatively brief time,” said DeTine.
“Ted thought the trail was a great project and an important way to tie Ellicottville and Great Valley together,” she said. “He felt it would give even more people yet another reason to come to the region, providing them with a safe place to walk or bike and enjoy the natural surroundings year-round.
“The biggest challenge ahead, of course, is funding,” she acknowledged. “But our community has always done an amazing job pulling together to make huge projects happen, despite our small full-time population. Thankfully, we have people with second homes here who come to love the area as much as the full-time residents do and want to support it. Together, I know we will see the trail become a reality.”
Board member Jennie Acklin couldn’t be more pleased about DeTine’s addition to the board. “Amy is an obvious choice for the board. Like Ted, she is very active in the business community, she knows everybody and probably knows the area better than anyone. We are looking forward to working closely with her every step of the way.”
In the meantime, the board has been hard at work since its May appointment of Joe Wright as marketing and development director. Wright reported to the board that a Public Relations subcommittee for the trail has been formed. It includes Wright, Acklin, Holiday Valley marketing director Jane Eshbaugh and Holiday Valley’s digital media consultant Spencer Timkey.
The subcommittee is working on plans to ensure the trail gets noticed at most upcoming Ellicottville events and festivals, and is building an EVGV trail website.
To date, the committee expects to host strategically located informational booths at the June 20 Holiday Valley Mudslide Obstacle Race, the July 3-5 Summer Music Festival, the July 24-26 Jazz and Blues Festival Weekend, the August 15-16 Taste of Ellicottville event, the entire Pumpkinville season this fall, and, of course, Fall Festival (Oct. 10-11).
The committee is also working on having a significant presence during the October 24 EVL Half Marathon and 5K, which attracts a core audience of future trail users.
A basket raffle is being planned for the Mudslide and Summer Music Festival events.
Meanwhile, the board is working on offering designated benches as a way to donate to the trail and honor a trail supporter or loved one. The board will reach out to local craftspeople to design and build weather-resistant benches according to certain design parameters. The board also is considering offering memorial trees to be planted alongside benches or the trail.
Landscape designer and trail committee member Jack Kramer is working on a trailhead design at the start of the Town Center Trail located off the corner of the Town Center parking lot. Kramer hopes that work will be completed in July.
For more information about the trail, including making basket raffle contributions, please contact Joe Wright at 716-984-5673 or at JoeEVLtrail@gmail.com.