Construction has begun on the walking trail around the Wellsville Dam. This is a significant event as the trail marks the beginning of the end of a process that began nearly 9 years ago.

Construction begins on the Wellsville Dam Walking Trail

During this time many improvements have been made at the Wellsville Dam. They include:

* Adoption of a Parks and Trails Master Plan* The Children’s Park and playground equipment
* Reseeding of the lawn around the playground
* Trees and Benches donated by our citizens
* Improvements to the ball field (moving and upgrading the batting cages, new dugout coverings, refinishing the spectator benches)
* Cleanup of the stream and covering of the canal
* Converting the volleyball pit from sand to grass
* Changing the Dam to a Community Fishery and opening it to year-round fishing
* Working with the DWR to reduce the non-native weeds and plants illegally introduced into the dam
* Realigning and enlarging of the parking lot

The trail on the west side of the dam

No funds from property taxes were used to pay for these improvements. Instead monies came from grants, RAPZ tax, citizen donations (of both time and money) and many Eagle Scout projects.

Special thanks goes to Mayors Thomas Bailey and Ruth Maughan, members of the current City Council (especially council member Gary Bates who has overseen much of this project), former council members Dick Wells, Marcene Parker, Lynn Cooper, and Kent Brenchley, members of the Parks and Recreation Committee, generous Wellsville citizens, and many talented Eagle Scout candidates, their parents and leaders.

A portion of the trail on the east side of the dam

The trail should be completed in a few weeks. Watch for further announcements here on the City website.