In December 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the 2017 Regional Economic Development Council Awards. $68.8 million was awarded to 112 projects in Western New York.

The announced grants included several trail projects in Erie County:  a) Erie County received a $200,000 grant to make improvements to the Shoreline Trail in the vicinity of Niawanda and Isle View Parks; and b) the Town of Amherst received a $190,000 grant to make improvements to the Amherst Canalway Trail & Hopkins Trail.