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SUBMITTED by Mark De Cracker (1-Jun-2012)

Opening the Doors of Nature to Everyone

FWFE 'Trail of Hope' in Lyons, NY
The public is invited to the dedication of the Trail of Hope at the Lyons Community Center on Saturday, June 9 at 10 AM. This trail is part of Trail Workʼs dream of Forever Wild For Everyone, a concept that enables persons of impaired mobility to enjoy access to nature. The Trail of Hope is dedicated to Jim Tuscher, Lyons Class of 1957 who had spent his life as an advocate for people with disabilities and to Leigh Ann Henry, Lyons Class of 2006 who, due to an injury sustained in an auto accident, is now confined to her wheel chair.

The trail, which was built on land adjacent to the Lyons Community Center on Montezuma Rd., is the effort of Trail Works Board Member Mark De Cracker and the generous support of the community with materials and labor. In partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extensionʼs Creating Healthy Places, children have helped to plant gardens along the trail. The trail meanders through planned gardens and into a natural wooded area where native plants predominate. A viewing platform overlooks Black Brook. Plans are being made to connect this trail by a spur to the Erie Canal trail as it passes through Lyons.

Trail Works, Inc. in conjunction with Forever Wild for Everyone believes that all people, regardless of their ability or age, have the right to enjoy nature and its many benefits. Our role as stewards of the Forever Wild for Everyone program in Wayne County is to develop and/or designate nature trails without barriers that everyone can enjoy.

From the east or west get off the New York State Thruway at Exit 42. Take Rt. 14 north into the Village of Lyons. Turn right onto Clyde Rd. (third right after crossing the canal). Turn left on Manhattan Street and the Lyons Community Center will be on the right.

For more information contact Mark De Cracker, Trail Works Board Member, by phone (315) 573-8170 or email videomark@gmail.com.


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