Erie County to update Parks Master Plan; WNYMBA on the case!
As you probably know, WNYMBA was super involved in the last master planning process back in 2003. Back then, Hunters Creek was on the possible block for being closed to bikes. Not only did the hard work and education provided by WNYMBA keep Hunters Creek open to bikes, but we got the plan to recommend development of a new trail system at Sprague Brook. 12 years later, the trails at Sprague Brook have been a success far beyond any expectations.
Now that it is 2015, the parks department is looking to update the master plan. WNYMBA has already met last month with the Parks Commissioner and his staff to discuss the upcoming process. We talked about expanding MTB opportunities into other parks. It seems definitely possible that an additional trail system could be developed in one more park besides the two that currently allow it (Hunters and Sprague). We also relayed to him about the promise made by the local hiking club (FLTC) that they would not use the recent closure of the white trail in Ellicottville as a pretense to close additional sections of that trail network (the orange trail in Hunters is part of that same system). This promise was made during meetings with the hiking club about the closure of the white trail (to which we never agreed to, but lost anyway). It is important that the orange trail at Hunters remains open to cyclists.
Stay tuned to the website for updates on this process. We will definitely need assistance from everyone when the planning process gets into full swing.