Welcome to Ontario Pathways!
If you have ever wondered what becomes of your membership dues and donations, we are putting them to good use improving the trail. You might have noticed that the section of trail behind BOCES has had several drainage pipes run underneath it. Hurricane Agnes started this project back in 1972 by washing away some of the embankment that was supporting the trail. Then heavy rains last September overwhelmed the existing drainage system and caused sever erosion to the trail. This past winter we undertook to re-route the water, clean and deepen the ditches, and add larger pipes to carry the water safely under the trail. Matt Colf of Top of the Hill Excavating got the most critical aspects taken care of despite heavy snow, and will shortly be re-grading and "prettying up" the area. The cost of repairing this section of trail was $24,000.00.
The next section of trail that we will be improving is the area west of Freshour Rd. Anyone who has walked there during the wet times of year knows that this area gets ankle deep in mud. In past years, gravel has been added to the trail to try to make it passable, and it does help, but within a couple of years the gravel sinks out of sight and we are back to square one. This year will be different! Ditches and drainage pipes will be added to channel water away from the trail, and on the section where that is not practicable, fabric will be laid down with gravel on top of it, to keep it from sinking away. We recently were informed that a collapsed culvert on the OP trail was causing water to back up into an area where the main sewer pipeline from the county complex was located (who knew??). We have agreed to replace this culvert to avoid problems with the pipeline. The cost of all of the above is $14,300.00.
The third large expenditure we made this year was $8000.00 for a dump trailer. The ditches along the Pathway have not been cleaned since the trail was re-claimed from the railroad and Mother Nature back in 1994, and years of silt, leaves and wood have filled them in, causing them to overflow onto the trail. To have the whole 26 mile trail done professionally is cost-prohibitive, so the trail crew volunteers, led by Keith Turner, are attempting to clean the ditches themselves. This is where the dump trailer comes in. OP had no means of removing the debris from the trail. Now we do! This will be an ongoing project for a long time, so if anyone wants to volunteer to help out with this, we would love the extra hands!
In an attempt to refill our coffers, OP is holding three Chicken BBQ fundraisers. Gale-Wyn Farm will be catering these events at Roseland Center, near MighTea Boba on July 16, August 13 and September 11. Please come support OP so we can continue to improve the trail we all love!
Have you seen a hazard on the trail?
Please be sure to let us know!
You may call us and leave a message, or email us if you see something that should be brought to our attention.
Ontario Pathwayshas 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 either Ontario Pathways (PO Box 996 Candandaigua NY 14424) or the Canandaigua or Clifton Springs Chambers of Commerce. 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. Limit of two entries per family. See you out on the trail!