SENECA FALLS – Thanks to Seneca Meadows landfill, the Ludovico sculpture trail is the recipient of an ongoing multi-year trail improvement grant which is currently undergoing work on the western portion of the trail. Weed fabric and a significant base of stone and gravel have been donated and are being installed by the landfill along the portion of the trail west of the pump sculpture, which was sculpted by Audrey Iwanicki, . These improvements have groomed this portion of the trail, and this will impede undergrowth and improve accessibility of the trail, especially during the wet seasons when drainage is slow.
Frank J. Ludovico Trail director Wilhelmina Pusmucans stops at a scenic point along the trail
The Ludovico sculpture trail, originally dedicated to highlighting key women and moments of the Women’s Rights Movement in Seneca Falls, is located along the south shore of the Erie Canal in Seneca Falls, and will eventually be a connection point for the Erie Canalway Trail system as it continues completion eastward toward Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. “This part of the trail has been difficult to navigate, and thankfully, Mark [Benjamin] and Eli [Young] from the landfill have continued to provide this critical support for improvement.” said Pusmucans. “Really, this has been a great team effort on the part of all the folks at the landfill, and the trail wouldn’t be what it is today without all of their help over the last 10 years. I thank them all so much!”
Landfill employee, Terry Condon, grooming the gravel overlay.
Seneca Meadows has invested tens of thousands of dollars in funding, many hours of in-kind labor, supplies and equipment. “I walk the trail all the time with my dog and my husband, and the folks at the landfill have been quick to respond and clear the trail when a tree has fallen,” offered Seneca Falls resident, Adriene Emmo. “Seneca Meadows has been instrumental in helping to keep the trail open and accessible.”
Trail maintenance support is an ongoing need, upgrades to enhance the trail, and a number of sculpture ideas are waiting for additional funding support. This is the only portion of the Erie Canalway Trail system that will feature original works of art sculpture. For additional information on the sculpture trail, call 315-568-8204. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Friends of Ludovico Sculpture Trail, P.O. Box 0566, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.
About Seneca Meadows:
Seneca Meadows, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the environment: recycling up to 2 million tires per year, partnering in the production of methane generated energy for 18,000 homes, supporting wetlands conservation and environmental programming, and providing free residential recycling and electronics recycling drop off services. For more information on community partnerships with Seneca Meadows Landfill, visit senecameadows.com or call 315-539-5624