With funding provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning, and Tourism (EDPT) was able to contract with Barton & Loguidice to complete the Cattaraugus County Trail Mapping and Signage Project. The project intends to promote public recreation, active living and healthy lifestyles; stimulate economic development by encouraging more visitors to visit, play and stay; celebrate the County’s natural resources and rural character; and improve user experience and accessibility of the trail system.
On January 20th, 2022, EDPT and Barton & Loguidice representatives announced via the County Wide Trail Committee Zoom Meeting, the launch of the Cattaraugus County Trail Map Viewer. The Web App link may also be found at www.CattCo.org/Trails.
The Cattaraugus County Wide Trail Mapping and Signage Project was designed to help promote the robust trail systems found throughout the County. One of the main objectives was the creation of a new web mapping application for viewing all of the County's trail systems for all user groups, including hikers, cyclists, cross country skiers, equestrians, and more. In addition, the project involves the development of a new signage system that will help to create consistent branding and promote the increased use of the many trails throughout the County. These two initiatives were identified as priorities in the 2017 Countywide Trail System Plan as two of the most important improvements for increasing trail use. The County is excited to be moving forward with promoting trail activity to allow more users to experience the beautiful natural resources that the Enchanted Mountains have to offer.
Crystal Abers, Director of the Department of Economic Development, Planning, and Tourism states,
“We are excited to have a new tool to help promote the wonderful trail systems we have in Cattaraugus County. The new Cattaraugus County Web application and signage system will help visitors and residents alike to easily access and confidently navigate trails throughout our county.”
Cattaraugus County EDPT is also working on the implementation of the Trail Signage Program. Funds have been set aside to purchase signage and kiosks for trail organizations to install that will increase the visibility of the trailheads, increase the safety of visitors, and help visitors navigate the trail system.
If there are trail organizations that are interested in participating in the Signage Program, they need to contact Kate O’Stricker, at 716-938-2320 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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