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Successful ‘I Love My Park Day’ event held on Catharine Valley Trail

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Friends of the Catharine Valley Trail (FCVT) hosted volunteers at two sites along the Catharine Valley Trail on Saturday, May 7 as part of I Love My Park Day. The annual event aims to improve and enhance New York’s state parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire state park system. This year, I Love My Park Day featured more than 100 cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites.

On the Catharine Valley Trail, FCVT hosted two separate events. a litter pick up near the S. Genesee Street trailhead in Montour Falls and trail maintenance on the Ek Birding Loop near Elmira College’s Murray Athletic Center in Horseheads.

Elizabeth Watson from CVT Board, Secretary said “We are grateful for our volunteers, especially after the impacts of COVID, and looking forward to making the CVT a better place.”

The Catharine Valley Trail is a year-round, multi-use trail stretching 12 miles from Seneca Lake to Horseheads, New York. It’s gentle grade and smooth surface provide easy access for myriad users, including those who are mobility impaired, connecting Watkins Glen and Mark Twain State Parks. The trail provides users the opportunity to experience the scenic beauty and transportation history of the valley south of Seneca Lake.

I Love My Park Day is coordinated by Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Friends groups, like FCVT, offer support services to their respective parks, helping with fundraising, project oversight, and volunteer coordination.