About Us

Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network (BDTEN)

BDTEN came together as a citizens group in February, 2006. We wanted to find out what the state of the project is, who is responsible, why it is taking so long, when it will be done, and what we can do to help make it happen. We talk to the various responsible parties, and we share information among interested individuals via email and also by walking on the trail together. We also support the progress of the trail in any way we can, from speaking at public hearings to writing letters to helping to keep it clear. BDTEN is very focused on getting the first 10 miles, from Cass Park in Ithaca to Trumansburg, usable and open as soon as possible.

On October 14, 2006, BDTEN participated in the first work day — 29 BDTENers showed up to extend the Black Diamond Trail. We lopped, sawed, and cleared a stretch between Willow Creek Road almost to Agard Road. Three hours working under the supervision of Paul Thorington, Taughannock Park manager, and Parks staff member John VanValen — We were all amazed at what 29 determined people can achieve in 3 hours! Since then there have been several more trailwork days.

There have been several individuals who have undertaken the role of gathering and disseminating information to the BDTEN. Currently, Jan Zeserson is acting as primary contact. Andrejs Ozolins maintains the website and mailing lists. If you would like to lend a hand, don’t hesitate to contact us.