SPRINGVILLE—To help continue the growth of the Springville Pop Warner Rail Trail, the Pop Warner Steering Committee is looking for volunteers to help with upcoming work on the trail.
After its inception in 2010, the Pop Warner Steering Committee has played a big role in the start of the Rail Trail, including advising the village what direction to take in the transformation into a multi-use trail, organizing trail walks to gain publicity, conducting a public meeting with stakeholders to discuss how they would like to see the trail built, advising the village to take ownership of the initiative, coordinating efforts in Springville and Concord with Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. and more.
Springville Mayor William Krebs, who is a member of the Steering Committee, said the village is looking to re-energize the Pop Warner Steering Committee to “continue the advisory role of the development of the trail.” When the committee was started, Krebs said they had around 15 members. But currently, the committee consists of about five members and more are needed to help grow the trail.
Committee members would advocate for trail signage, markers and other amenity projects along the trail. Advocating for future development along the entire 27-mile route, especially within the Town of Concord, would also fall to the Steering Committee. Along with the Community Development Committee, the Steering Committee would report an annual recommendation of improvements to the Springville Board of Trustees.
“There was a lot of interest when we first announced it could be a rail trail and because of the length of time it took, some of our original members are no longer able to participate,” Krebs said. “But this committee could plan more walks and more events of the trail, but we need more people to work on that and help it along.”
From its ability to bring in tourism to Springville, to adding green space and walkability to the area, Krebs and the village have been longtime advocates for the Springville Pop Warner Rail Trail. Hopefully, he said, with more volunteers, the committee can continue to make improvements to the trail and make something fun and usable for many years to come.
“There is no question that Springville as a village, and I as the Springville mayor, have for a long time been an advocate for the development of this trail,” Krebs said. “The development of a trail is an act of historical preservation. It’s preserving this historic right-of-way that was so important in the 1880s. This is what we call adaptive reuse … we are taking something that was once used for industrial transportation and we are reusing it for recreational purposes in the 21st century.”
The 1.8 mile Pop Warner Rail Trail officially opened in October 2016. The 27 miles of the former Buffalo and Pittsburg Rail Road being developed as a multi-use trail runs from the Town of Orchard Park to the Town of Ashford.
Anyone interested in joining the Pop Warner Steering Committee can email Krebs at email@example.com.