Welcome to the Olean Area!! Olean is rich in recreational opportunities for everyone. The area offers sailing and softball, to fishing, hunting and more. The following is just a small list the area has to offer. Enjoy...
NEW BIRTHDAY GUIDE: Brittany Thierman of Neighborhood School of Dance put together a easy to read guide with ideas on where to host your child’s next birthday party. Birthday Party Guide
AKT Combative Academy, 705 North Union Street/Olean, 373-1050. At AKT Combatives Academy, they strive to provide the highest quality instruction to those seeking serious training in the martial arts in a fun, exciting, family-oriented environment. All of their reality-based martial arts and fitness classes are lead by highly qualified instructors who will encourage and inspire you. Students are empowered to achieve their fullest personal potential by engaging in training that instills the traits of self-discipline, honor, loyalty, integrity, courage, and strength.
AKT Combatives Academy has fitness, martial arts, and yoga & body movement classes for adults and children of all skill levels. Visit our website at www.AKTcombatives.com to download a VIP Pass for 2 Weeks of Free Classes. “Take Ground!” at AKT Combatives Academy.
Allegany Rec Center, Route 417/Allegany, 372-1132 -- The Center offers approximately 100 programs each year on a quarterly seasonal schedule The Center also, manages and operates a Recreation/Youth Center, Senior Center, Community Parks, and the Allegany High School Gymnasium. The center schedules all pavilions, sports leagues, games, reunions, organizations, and group events/functions.
Allegheny River Valley Trail -- A 5.6 mile recreational trail through Olean, Allegany and St. Bonaventure University campus is used for fitness activities such as hiking, running, biking, and in-line skating! For more information on the trail or how to purchase a brick, please contact Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716/372-4433. Trail Map • Trail Brochure • Trail Rules • TRAIL PERMIT
BOAT LAUNCH SITES -- check out this site of additional launches. PRINTABLE BROCHURE
ALLEGANY — Allegheny River, located off West River Road, south of the village of Allegany, south side of the Allegheny River. Hand launch, 8 cars parking, gravel surface
HINSDALE — Olean Creek, off Route 16 on Giles Hollow Road, 6 miles north of the town of Olean. Hand launch, 5 cars parking
OLEAN -- Allegheny River, located off South Union Street, West River Road. Ramp launch, 10 cars parking, asphalt surface
PORTVILLE — Allegheny River, located on Steam Valley Road, right from Olean-Portville Road (Route 417), Portville. Hand launch, 6 cars parking, gravel surface.
Mileage on the Waterways
Sep: A mileage on waterways brochure was created by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s own Meme Yanetsko to give those who visit the river an idea of how far they want to paddle and choose the best suitable location for them to enter and exit the river. Think about times you have visited the river; when your arms and back start to hurt, or if the sun starts getting too hot, do you often find yourself asking where are we or how much further do we have to go? Using this brochure and referencing the landmarks helps one be better prepared for their outdoor river experience and helps them avoid a longer or harder experience than they intended for. “We hope the brochure will be an incentive for people to partake of the many amenities and be a way to not only bring people into our area but be an economic driver for the different restaurants, stores, and other local businesses” said Bob Fischer, who serves on several committees regarding the Allegheny River developments and planning. The brochure can be found on the following link.
For more information on the Mileage on waterways brochure or other GOACC events and activities, please call GOACC at (716) 372-4433 or email.
Bradner Stadium, 550 East State Street, Olean, 716-376-5666. Bradner Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Olean, New York. The stadium can accommodate both baseball, soccer and football. The stadium was built in 1926 and was substantially renovated in 2013.
Droney Fit & Wellness 24-7, 3132 NYS Route 417, Olean, 716-372-FITT. This health club/physical fitness facility open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week has a complete line of Life Fitness cardiovascular equipment, full-body variable resistance Life Fitness circuit equipment, Yoga/aerobic room with Fitness On Demand, Hammer Strength Free weights, and locker rooms with private showers.
Eade Fitness 24/7, Delaware Park Center/Olean, 372-9444
Holiday Valley's Sky High - Sky High offers an Aerial Park and a Mountain Coaster. Sky High is open daily through Labor Day, then weekends through Fall Festival. The Aerial Park is a series of platforms and “bridges” built in a 4 acre section of the woods. The platforms are built in the trees and the bridges connect the platforms. There are 8 courses with different levels of difficulty and the more difficult the course, the higher up it is in the trees. Reservations are required for the Aerial Park, call 716-699-HIGH.. From Olean, drive on the Southern Tier Expressway Interstate 86 (Route 17) west, take exit #21 - Salamanca area, and follow signs for Route 219 North. Estimated drive time from Olean - 35 minutes.
Little League Fields throughout Cattaraugus County:
The Cattaraugus County Legislature funded the County Baseball Project for improvements on baseball fields in six communities: Olean, Salamanca, Allegany, Portville, Ellicottville and Franklinville. Upgrading these baseball fields to Little League standards would provide enough ballfields to hold weekend tournaments drawing teams from a wide area.
These fields are primed (a few have a little more work to do) to host little league jr. / sr. baseball tournaments. Tournaments could be hosted in the same age group same weekend split between Salamanca and Allegany (14 miles - 20 min drive time); Olean and Portville (5 miles - 10 min drive time); Salamanca and ECLV Ellicottville, Little Valley & Cattaraugus (9 miles - 16 min drive time); and mix and match in between!
IF WE BUILD IT, You Will Come? The little league fields of Cattaraugus County would love for you to come to our section of Western New York and PLAY BALL.
Below is information on each separate field with field information, fees, amenities and contact people/organizations details. General questions, please call the Chamber at 716-372-4433 or email.
Allegany • Ellicottville/Little Valley/Cattaraugus • Franklinville • Olean • Portville • Salamanca
Olean Oilers Baseball Team -- Games will be played at Bradner Stadium in Olean. Current Season Schedule
Olean Soccer Club -- Check out when to sign up for Summer and Winter Leagues, game schedules, team captains and more! Please contact the soccer club on their site Olean Soccer Club.
Olean Family YMCA, 1101 Wayne Street/Olean, 373-2400 -- The Olean Family YMCA has two indoor swimming pools, a full-sized gymnasium, a racquetball court, co-ed steam rooms, dry sauna, wellness center-nautilus and free weight equipment, aerobic studio, kindergym, kids club room.
Pfeiffer Nature Center - Pfeiffer Nature Center offers more than 9 miles of free-access hiking trails, most open from dawn to dusk year round. Just a short walk from the parking lot on top of Lillibridge Road, visitors are in our Living Museum of old-growth and mature second-growth forest. This preserve also includes a Historic American Chestnut log cabin and a rentable timber frame pavilion, which also serves as our Outdoor Learning Laboratory. The Center’s Yubadam Road property is more ecologically diverse, with streams and ponds, sugar bush and pastures, wetlands and huge ancient boulders. The Nature Center offers programming year round, both on our preserves and in the community. CONTACT INFO -- Admin Office: 14 South Main, Portville, NY 14770, Phone: 716-933-0187
The Bernice Piersen Challenge Course, Portville Central School, Portville
The Pierson Challenge Course, the first of its kind in the area, was dedicated on May 21, 2015. The course was funded through a US Department of Education grant and is designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social or emotional development of every student. The course is also available to other school districts, non profit and businesses looking for team building activities as well as social groups for a challenge.
The HIGH ROPES COURSE is set among the trees of Frair Forest located behind the school. There are 2 courses: lower course is 32 feet from the ground and the higher course is 42 feet. The lower course has 5 elements and the higher course has 7 elements. Each of these elements will challenge your mind and body. You will need strategy and balance to help you through the elements. The final element is the 500 foot zip line.
The LOW ROPES COURSE contains 13 elements that will improve communication, team building, problem solving and creating bonds. These elements focus on leadership skills and positive communication to achieve success on an element. They vary in amounts of risk, strength and awareness while working together as a team. This course is also located among the trees of the Frair Forest.
The INSIDE COURSE is located in the PCS south gym. It features a 32 foot high climbing wall. There are four paths to go up the wall, each challenging in their own way. Also in the south gym are 6 other elements that are suspended from the ceiling. You are belayed on each of these elements. They challenge your balance, climbing skills and your love for heights.
The course is named after the former Portville Central Technology/Ag teacher, the late Bernice Pierson. Mrs. Pierson was tragically killed in an automobile accident in August 2012, days before the start of school was to begin. Bernice began working at Portville Central School in 1998 and was an avid outdoors person. She loved to watch her students tackle a project in her technology classes and in the Lego League that she pioneered here at Portville. It didn’t take long to decide that the ropes course would be named “The Pierson Challenge Course” in memory of this wonderful teacher.
The course is maxed out at 40 participants, however, if requesting over 40, PCS will need to evaluate ability to provide the service. For participant numbers and fees, please contact Portville Central School Athletic Director office at 716-933-1147 or email.
State Developed Pond Area - A handicapped-accessible fishing dock is opened off Lower Birch Run Road to provide access to mitigation ponds. The 100-foot-long fishing dock, constructed of maintenance-free composite decking, is adjacent to a handicapped parking area. Fish found include carp, panfish, some northern pike and some bass. A black top walking path back between the other ponds will provide individuals to view wildlife and birds and fish.
William O. Smith Olean Rec Center, East State and Front Streets/Olean, 373-RINK -- The center has a municipal swimming pool, indoor ice skating rink, outdoor roller blading rink and ramps and a pavilion.
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce • 716-372-4433 • email
April 3, 2019