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An Accessible Trail at Tifft

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Plans For an Accessible Trail

The Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences has plans to transform an existing half-mile trail loop at Tifft into a trail that is wheelchair, walker, and stroller friendly. The trail will begin at the Herb and Jane Darling Environmental Education center and lead visitors through woods and around the Preserve’s Heritage Boardwalk to enjoy Tifft’s cattail marsh.

The accessible trail project was driven by visitor request. One of the most frequently received questions from prospective and new visitors is whether the Preserve is wheelchair, walker, and stroller-friendly.

The plans for improvement include concrete walkways leading to the entrance and emergency exits of the Education Center, a welcome kiosk at the trailhead, a compacted stone dust trail surface, simplified trail intersections, and a complete rebuild of the Heritage Boardwalk to make it wider with helical pile support.

The BSNS has received financial support for the accessible trail from Erie County, Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund, The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and the Montgomery Family Foundation.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo also provided the funds necessary to perform the feasibility study, and develop the initial trail design with the architectural firm Stantec