Welcome to Ontario Pathways!
How much maintenance does a rail trail need, and where does my donation go?
The base of the trail is a cinder bed, but in most areas, grass has grown on the trail, so there is a small army of volunteers who keep the 25 miles of the trail mowed and trimmed, using equipment that Ontario Pathways owns and maintains, as well as volunteers' equipment that they generously provide. Additionally, on Wednesday mornings, a different crew goes out and trims back the branches and vegetation that encroaches on the trail. On Thursday mornings, another crew goes out to remove roots that have grown across the trail from bordering trees and wreak havoc on the mowers. On certain Saturday mornings, yet another group does specific projects, such as fixing areas of problem drainage, or removing fallen trees, or inspecting and repairing the many bridges. Then, there are a host of paid contractors who come in for the big projects, such as trail wash-outs, with heavy equipment and truckloads of gravel.
So, that is the maintenance a trail needs, and where your membership dollars and donations go!
Ontario Pathways has teamed up with Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. to encourage a healthier, better life through great food and healthy activity. Stop by the service desk at the Canandaigua, Geneva, or Newark Wegmans, and ask for your Wegmans Hit the Trail passport booklet for Ontario Pathways. Then head out to the Ontario Pathways trail with a crayon or a pencil. On each of the 16 sections of the trail, there are trail markers. Make a rubbing on the appropriate page of your passport booklet and turn your completed booklet in to the Wegmans service desk. You will receive a Wegmans reusable shopping bag, and be entered into the drawing for a $250.00 Wegmans gift card and four free tickets to the Great Pumpkin Walk. See you out on the trail!
for Maintenance Volunteer Portal
Ontario Pathways, Inc.
PO Box 996
Canandaigua, NY 14424