Another mile of the Genesee Valley Greenway officially opened in the Allegany County village and town of Cuba, bringing to 62 the number of miles of the 90-mile corridor now open to the public. PTNY spearheaded the Genesee Valley Greenway project starting in 1991.
PTNY’s Fran Gotcsik joined project sparkplug Michael Doyle, Mayor Tom Taylor, Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, and representatives for Congressman Tom Reed and State Senator Cathy Young for a ribbon cutting ceremony held October 6.
The Cuba trail was built using a $589,000 award from the federal Transportation Enhancements Program, funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and donations of labor and materials from countless community businesses and residents who also supplied trailside benches and a trailhead gazebo, parking area, and bike rack. Project funds also were used to construct a pedestrian walkway and 100-foot bridge over an active rail line to safely connect the trail and local school with village neighborhoods and historic landmarks.
As part of its Healthy Trails, Healthy People program, PTNY will continue working with the village and Cuba Friends of Architecture to promote use of the trail by visitors and area residents.