About I Love My Park Day
- May 3, 2014

I Love My Park DayI Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event, organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local Friends groups, to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.

New Yorkers love their parks, as demonstrated by the thousands of volunteers who are willing to help maintain the beauty of New York’s treasured state parks and historic sites. Friends groups and volunteers are more important than ever to keep parks beautiful, clean, and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy.

Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites on Saturday, May 3, 2014. They will celebrate New York’s park system by cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.NYS Parks Agency

PTNY, in collaboration with OPRHP, coordinates the event on the statewide level, providing outreach, promotion, technical assistance and a how-to organizer’s kit for Friends groups to use for their individual events. Friends groups and park staff oversee cleanup, improvement and beautification projects and work with volunteers.

I Love My Park Day 2013
The second annual I Love My Park Day (May 4, 2013) built upon the tremendous success of the first year. We doubled the number of participating state parks and historic site from 40 to 80. Thanks to the thousands of volunteers who pitched in, the second annual I Love My Park Day was a huge success. 

Governor Cuomo works with volunteers on I Love My Park Day.Governor Cuomo works with volunteers on I Love My Park Day.

Parks and historic sites enhanced
Volunteers took part in dozens of cleanup, improvement, and beautification projects at 80 state parks and historic sites around the state at the second annual I Love My Park Day, Saturday, May 4, 2013. At Allegany State Park, volunteers and park staff worked together to restore the historic Sweetwater Spring. At Thacher State Park, young and old helped clear trails, plant flowers and build a bridge. Hundreds of volunteers cleaned the shores of Green, Bowman, Rockland, and Hempstead Lakes. At FDR State Park, volunteers - including Governor Cuomo - put together dozens of new picnic tables.

Headlines tout love for parks
Governor Cuomo's participation and invitation to all New Yorkers to volunteer on Saturday put our state parks system, its needs, and the strong public support for parks in the public's eye. The event even went national - PTNY Executive Director Robin Dropkin was interviewed on The Weather Channel. See some of the TV and print coverage around the state.

A boost to volunteerism
New and veteran volunteers came out to give back to the parks they use and enjoy all year and create a community of park lovers. Many park and historic site friends groups enjoyed the best turnout ever for a volunteer event.    

PTNY Executive Director Robin Dropkin with NYS Governor Cuomo.PTNY Executive Director Robin Dropkin with NYS Governor Cuomo.

What's Next
Together, we will build on the tremendous momentum generated by I Love My Park Day. PTNY will be working with OPRHP and friends groups to build on the success of the event by engaging new volunteers, building a strong community of park stewards, and expanding friends groups' capacity.

A big thank you to Governor Cuomo, our sponsors, and everyone who came out, rolled up their sleeves, and helped make I Love My Park Day a huge success!


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