Seven education and recreation projects will get off the ground this year with funding support from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. The grants are aimed at inspiring people to learn more about New York’s legendary canals and further explore the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
Over the past 10 years, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has made 69 small grants to communities and non-profit organizations that have spurred $1.67 million in additional investments in heritage preservation, recreation, and education.
We are grateful for the work of canal communities and organizations across the state for the great work they do to advance education, recreation, and preservation along this historic waterway!
2018 ERIE CANALWAY GRANT AWARDS
Corn Hill Waterfront and Navigation Foundation was awarded $6,000 to provide opportunities for students from the Rochester City School District to participate in a new environmental education/STEM program on the Erie Canal aboard the boat Sam Patch.
Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation was awarded $3,750 to install interpretive signs to explain the significance of the Locktender Tribute Monument and the Erie Traveler, a replica Durham-style boat at the Flight of Five Locks in Lockport.
Madison County was awarded $7,000 to conduct a feasibility study for four potential hand-launch sites for paddlers along the Old Erie Canal State Park between the Town of Dewitt and Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum in Chittenango.
Montgomery County received $7,000 to develop an app for use along the Erie Canalway Trail through Montgomery County to share stories of the people and history of the Mohawk Valley.
Rochester Accessible Adventures was awarded $7,000 to expand access to recreational opportunities along the Erie Canal to people with disabilities and their family and friends. Funding will support replication of RAA’s adaptive paddling and cycling center model in Fairport to a second location at CityGate in Rochester and potentially a third location in Lockport. The CityGate location will enable use by Monroe Community Hospital rehabilitation programs.
Schenectady County Historical Society received $2,200 to support Rowin’ the River: An Early Mohawk Experience. This suite of programs and events enables visitors to experience rowing in a replica bateau – vessels that traveled and traded along the Mohawk River prior to construction of the Erie Canal. Funds will be used for boat repair and to promote rowing programs at the Mabee Farm.
Village of Newark was awarded $2,000 to support art in education in the Newark School District. Working in partnership with Mural Mania, students will refurbish an existing mural and create a new mural about the Erie Canal.
Cyclists in Lockport
Understanding and Attracting Visitors to the Canalway Corridor
Who visits the 500-mile Erie Canalway Corridor? What attracts them? What kinds of activities do they engage in? And what do they think of their experience?
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor recently released results from a visitor research study that answers those questions and sheds light on current and prospective visitors to the 500-mile Canalway Corridor. Join us for a presentation of the research findings by Jean Mackay, Erie Canalway Director of Communications and Outreach.
Wednesday, March 28, 2-3:30pm
Lockport Public Library (Community Room), 23 East Ave, Lockport
Thursday, March 29, 3pm
Old Erie Canal Community Working Group
The presentation will be followed by a round-table discussion of its relevance to tourism promoters, businesses and heritage sites seeking to attract and serve visitors, including boaters, cyclists, sightseers and vacationers. Research results are available at: www.eriecanalway.org/our-work/promote-tourism.
Erie Canalway Commission and Heritage Fund Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 25, 10am-1pm
Peebles Island State Park Visitor Center, Waterford
Quarterly meeting to plan and direct activities of the National Heritage Corridor. The public is welcome to attend. RSVP to Diane_Jennings@partner.nps.gov
Development/Communications Manager Opening
We are reopening our search for a talented individual to carry out fundraising/development and communications activities. The individual will assist with integration of fundraising/development and communications functions, where appropriate, while helping to maximize the reach and effectiveness of both. Please apply by April 13.