NYCC Students Apply “Elbow Grease” to Area Trail

SENECA FALLS – Thirty New York Chiropractic College students met Friday afternoon, June 6, armed with rakes, shovels, and pruners to carry out trail repair and beautification on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail.

The trail, which currently runs 4.5 miles along the canal, from Huff Street in Waterloo to the Bishop Preserve in Geneva, provides a route for cyclists and hikers to explore the Finger Lakes, and a recreation area for local residents.   All trail construction has been carried out by volunteers, and materials have been donated or bought with the support of donors and grants.

Professors at the College and Ferrara Lumber in Seneca Falls contributed tools and supplies to the cause as students cleared brush, removed trash, and made way for the gardens and benches slated for installation this summer.   Refurbishing the trail will improve local recreational opportunities, encourage public health, and contribute to the local economy.  

The effort was one of several community service initiatives encouraged by NYCC’s professionalism instruction program and many students are contributing hours of service well in excess of course requirements simply because they want to leave a favorable impact on the region. A second group of students will return to the trail Saturday, June 14 for another day of work and hope their work inspires others to join the project to leave the Finger Lakes better than they found them.  Proposed additions to the trail include an underpass beneath State Route 96A to connect the trail to Geneva’s Lakefront Park, and subsequently will connect the trail to New York State’s 300-mile Canalway Trail.

Work was coordinated between the students and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail Association - an affiliate of the Canalway Trails Association of New York - a volunteer organization working with citizens, state agencies and local municipalities to help manage the Canalway Trail across New York State.  The CTA promotes completion and maintenance of the Canalway Trail and coordinates the Adopt-a-Trail program. The Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail Association includes citizen volunteers and representatives of several non-profit and government organizations promoting development of the trail in Seneca County.   

Learn more about the trail online at http://cay-sentrail.org. Questions about the trail may be directed to: Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail Association Chair Vince Scalise, 315-789-1465 vincentjscalise@gmail.com .

To learn more about New York Chiropractic College please visit www.nycc.edu .

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