WAYLAND — There is a group of people who are trying with all of their might to bring back the lifeblood of their community.
The Wayland Area Revitalization focuses on bringing a positive vision to the area to restore the rich legacy and enhance the quality of life.
WAR Member Marian Crawford said the goal is to create a positive atmosphere within the community.
At this point there are two projects in the works; a Welcome to Wayland and the Southern Finger Lakes sign on the triangle piece of land on the corner of North Main and North Lackawanna Streets, and developing a nature trail through the Marl Beds.
Crawford said she has been in touch with Nancy Nice of Custom Crafts Signs in Dansville about the welcome sign.
“I want to focus on the little Finger Lakes,” she said. “I want to bring attention to the whole area, not just Wayland.”
Crawford said she is also very optimistic about the land development at Exit 3 off Interstate 390.
WAR is also working on two strong proposals for Exit 3 with The Village of Success Project and the Tri-County Crossroads Project. These were given to the village and town boards for consideration years ago.
There has been a recent shift in Wayland businesses; Free Spirit Leather Shop, Steve’s Place, Accent Printing, The Olde Country Store, All Out Paintball, Tom’s Service, Fedorchuk Automotive, Kim’s Car Wash, MIkey’s MIni Mart, The North End Diner, Dinky Doo Petting Zoo, and Sammy’s Place.
Many of the places in Wayland are rolling up the streets before anyone gets out of work. Crawford said this dates back to World War Two when they would roll up the streets by noon.
“We want to build some interest, and get a stronger membership so we can start doing something,” she said.
Crawford added she wants to push to get back to the good life, and bring back that connection to the community.
“Get connected to the good life talks about our school, farmers, fishing, and all of the other great things we have here,” she said. “The Community Chest is trying to promote and support all of these organizations. If it weren’t for them we wouldn’t have the backing we need to do this. They want to see the nature trail too.”
The problem with the nature trail getting off its feet is that it goes through some private properties, and some of them don’t want to sign off for the trail.
WAR is looking for new members so if you are interested in sharing your ideas and helping with projects contact Jennifer Averill at 585-350-9997 or Marian Crawford at 585-728-5303.