At the Sturgeon Point Nature Trail ribbon-cutting were, from left: Evans Town Clerk Lynn Krajacic, Congressman Chris Collins representative Matt McNeal, Evans Director of Community Development Lori Szewczyk, Evans Planning Director Sandra Brant, Evans Town Supervisor Keith Dash, Evans Town Board Councilman Dennis Feldmann, Wendell Engineering representative Dave Kenyon, Erie County Legislator John Mills and Senator Mark Grisanti.
EVANS — After years of planning, the Sturgeon Point Nature Trail in the town of Evans is officially open to the public.
The nature trail is located on a 26.6-acre parcel, located on the northeast side of Sturgeon Point Road, which includes 950 feet of lake frontage, adjacent to the Sturgeon Point Marina. The Sturgeon Point Nature Trail includes an asphalt driveway entrance and parking area, approximately 1,850 linear feet of 6-foot wide wood chip walking trails and picnic areas. There are also two pre-fabricated pavilion and barbecue areas with seating, a charcoal grill and a 16-foot octagonal gazebo overlooking Lake Erie.
There will be no bathroom facilities at the Sturgeon Point Nature Trail because of security, maintenance and expense. There will also be a gateway at Sturgeon Point Road, with carriage lamps, as well as a sign. Those lamps will serve as the only artificial light on the trail, in an effort to keep the space as natural as possible.
“The Sturgeon Point Marina is a destination in the town of Evans and serves as a catalyst for attracting tourism-related economic development opportunities,” said Supervisor Keith Dash. “This trail will enhance and promote the marina, while supporting fitness and education,” he said.
Dash took an opportunity to thank those dignitaries and officials who came out to the official ribbon cutting ceremony, held July 11.
Town of Evans Director of Planning Sandra Brant, left, and Supervisor Keith Dash, displayed an official plaque for the Sturgeon Point Nature Trail.
“I want to extend my thanks and gratitude to, among others, representatives of Erie County Legislator John Mills, Senator Mark Grisanti, Councilman Dennis Feldmann and a representative of Congressman Chris Collins office, who were all present at the official opening and ribbon cutting of the Sturgeon Point Nature Trail,” Dash said. “I thought the event went off very well. It was a very nice, very hot, afternoon and it really was a nice catalyst to a whole weekend that was dedicated to experiencing Evans.”
In December of 2011, Erie County transferred ownership of 52 acres of undeveloped lakefront property to the town. Construction of the trail and amenities was made possible through state grant funding.
The town used the value of the land as the match; therefore, there was no cash outlay for the town for this project. The grant of $600,000 is a 50-50 match, $300,000 of which comes from the town.
“We are proud to see this project finally come to fruition and be dedicated to the residents of the town,” said Sandra Brant, Evans director of planning.
“We hope it will provide a spot for peaceful relaxation and recreation for them, as well as tourists visiting our marina and community.”
The Nature Trail is located on Sturgeon Point Road near the Sturgeon Point Marina.