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What is Adopt a Trail?

Adopt a Trail is a program that gives local clubs, organizations and businesses the opportunity to adopt a portion of the Shoreline Trail to help improve the trail for community use and enjoyment. Acting as ambassadors of their trail segment, adopters are encouraged to communicate with trail users to identify the needs and desires of the community; hold trail cleanups a few times a year; and add trail amenities that enhance the trail users' experience. Clubs can choose any amenity they desire and is approved by the land owner, including benches, cigarette butt or fishing line receptacles, pollinator and community gardens, bike racks, bike repair stations, etc. Niagara River Greenway works with the land owners and municipalities to help coordinate clean ups and any projects adopters wish to complete along their segment of the trail.

Kenmore Town of Tonawanda School District holds an Earth Day Clean Up on their adopted section!

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The UB Rotaract Club constructed and planted a pollinator garden on their portion of the trail!

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Steps to adopting a segment of the Shoreline Trail:

  1. Contact us to start the process and set up an agreement. 

  2. Create a committee within your organization or business to spearhead the maintenance and beautification efforts.

  3. Plan 3 to 4 events a year (clean ups, walks, plantings, etc.) on your trail segment.

  4. Encourage all club member to get out and walk or ride your trail segment as often as possible to interact with people on the trail –> Be Ambassadors!

Click on the interactive map to see which segments are adopted and which are available!

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