Who is Using the Genesee Valley Greenway Today?
There is no “typical” Greenway user. Numerous groups and individuals find it perfect for outdoor recreation, physical activity, and communing with nature… but there’s more!
Consider the Allegany County Lions Clubs, whose annual “Journey for Sight” Walk-a -Thon route includes one mile of Greenway. Funds raised support their mission of assisting the county’s blind and visually impaired citizens.
Chairman Mike Marsh of Cuba publicizes that the route includes a section of Greenway, and enjoys introducing new participants to the trail. “We’re looking forward to the bridge replacement near Gleason Hill Road so we can use more trail.”
Twenty-five Letchworth Central School FFA students spent a day with adult volunteers cleaning out the historic canal locks at Oakland (between Nunda and Portageville). Co-advisor Jeff Perry remarked, ”This civic engagement project provided leadership and personal growth opportunities, and connected youth with adults to create positive change and investment in their community. We’re considering adopting the Locks section for annual clean-up.”
Other user groups include members of the Allegany County Federation of Snowmobilers; Lakeland Rovers Hiking Club of Chili, NY; and Geneseo High School’s cross country team, which practices on the trail.
Individuals find unique and satisfying ways to bring the Greenway into daily life. Richard Perkins of Caneadea uses it “just about every day”. He says, ‘”Being retired, I walk all over our end of the county for exercise and inspiration -- and that usually involves a walk on the Greenway to Route 243 (south) and to Route 19 (north). I also cut the grass and have cleared fallen trees off the trail.” His wife, Valerie, says, “I like to combine my errands and exercise, so I use the trail to walk or bike into Caneadea several times a week. We think the Greenway is a wonderful public resource that enriches beautiful Allegany County.”
Jim Keough of Cuba once used it mostly for biking and cross-country skiing, but now places geocaches on the trail. Geocaching is a treasure-hunting game using Global Positioning System receivers to hide and seek containers ("geocaches) containing a logbook and "treasure" of inexpensive trinkets. Coordinates are posted on the Internet. Mr. Keough says, “These caches draw many outsiders to the area and trail.”
Whether seeking camaraderie or solitude; whether walking, riding, or skiing; whether you enjoy summertime or wintertime; or whether fundraising or building community, the Genesee Valley Greenway exists for your use and enjoyment. You’ve got 90 miles…. where can your imagination take you?