The Friends of the Catharine Valley Trail held its Annual Meeting on June 6, 2009, at the Watkins Glen High School following the Ribbon Cutting and recognition ceremony for our dedicated Trail Stewards. The Ribbon Cutting took place at 10:30 at Seneca Harbor Park on Harbor Drive in Watkins, once with scissors, once without! Members then had the opportunity to walk the new Trail down Decatur Street through Watkins to the High School. Once at the High School we had lunch and acknowledged our Trail Stewards.
Parks & Trails New York has released a report on the economic benefits the State Park System brings to New York State. If you would like to see the full report, or an executive summary, click on the following links.
The bottom line is that New York's State Park System creates more than five dollars of economic activity for every dollar the state invests, and creates 20,000 jobs in addition to state employees.
This report is going to be an extremely useful tool for our advocacy efforts in support of continued funding for the capital revitalization of the state park system, and ensuring that the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has sufficient operational funding to keep our state parks open, safe and clean.
When you're speaking with your state Senator or Assembly representative please be sure to mention how important our State Park System is as an economic driver, and how important it is to continue to provide OPRHP with adequate funding - it's a good investment in difficult economic times.
If you have walked the trail lately, you will have seen our latest addition - two Ron-Tec brand restrooms. "These pre-fab units are constructed with green technology that uses recycled materials, and are similar to composting toilets in that they are self contained, but these units will be pumped out periodically" said Dave Peterson, Park Manager for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in Watkins Glen. They are designed with a large venting system that eliminates odors effectively. If we can believe the Old Farmer's Almanac, we can plan on lots of cross country ski days on the trail - they are predicting snow from before Thanksgiving until the end of February - so get your long johns out, the Ron-Tecs are open year round (since there is no running water to freeze), but they are not heated!
Mission: The Friends of the Catharine Valley Trail foster a public, multi-use trail and natural corridor along the abandoned Chemung Canal and railroad system. We promote trail use by all residents and visitors through publicity, special events planning, and liaisons with regional tourism agencies, in accordance with guidelines established by NYS Parks. Our goal is to facilitate a safe and enjoyable trail experience.
When completed, the Catharine Valley Trail (CVT) will be a 12-mile, multi-use trail that will connect Watkins Glen State Park and Mark Twain State Park in the Southern Tier of New York State. Most of the trail is on portions of abandoned Northern Central Railroad and Chemung Canal towpath corridors in New York's Finger Lakes region. The trail spans Schuyler and Chemung counties, passing through the communities of Watkins Glen, Montour Falls, Millport, and Pine Valley to Horseheads.
The one-mile section of trail between Cook Street and South Genesee.pdf Street in Montour Falls opened in September 2000. The four-mile section of trail between Montour Falls and Millport opened in June 2003 and the canal towpath trail south of Genesee Street in Montour Falls is complete. The former rail bed in the Catharine Marsh segment of the CVT was completed in 2007. The bicycle-pedestrian bridge over NYS Route 14 was completed in November of 2005, and opened in June of 2008.
Ed Hoffman (1931-1999) (from CVT News, Summer 2000)
To trace the chronology of the development of the CVT, view CVT Milestones.
Would you like to become a member of CVT Friends? Download the application.