I Love My Park Day 2015 Events

Registration is now closed. Ninety-five parks and historic sites hosted I Love My Park Day events (listed below). To see what took place, please click on the map to the right. [Note that Johnson Hall's event is May 9.]

2015 Participating Parks and Historic Sites

Capital District / Saratoga
Grafton Lakes State Park (REGISTRATION FULL)
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
John Boyd Thacher State Park (REGISTRATION FULL)
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
Johnson Hall State Historic Site (note: event will be held May 9)
Mine Kill State Park
Moreau Lake State Park
Peebles Island State Park
Saratoga Spa State Park
Schodack Island State Park
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

Central Region
Chenango Valley State Park
Chittenango Falls State Park
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
Clark Reservation State Park
Delta Lake State Park (REGISTRATION FULL)
Fort Ontario State Historic Site
Gilbert Lake State Park
Glimmerglass State Park
Green Lakes State Park (REGISTRATION FULL)
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
Lorenzo State Historic Site
Old Erie Canal State Park, Madison County Corridor (Oneida)
Oquaga Creek State Park
Selkirk Shores State Park
Verona Beach State Park

Finger Lakes
Catharine Valley Trail
Fair Haven Beach State Park
Ganondagan State Historic Site
Genesee Valley Greenway - Cuba
Genesee Valley Greenway - Leicester/Mt.Morris
Genesee Valley Greenway - Wadsworth Junction
Hamlin Beach State Park (REGISTRATION FULL)
Ithaca Dog Park at the Allan H. Treman Marine State Park
Letchworth State Park
Robert H. Treman State Park
Sampson State Park
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Stony Brook State Park (REGISTRATION FULL)
Taughannock Falls State Park
Two Rivers State Park Recreation Area

Hudson Valley
Bear Mountain, Trailside Museums and Zoo
Fahnestock State Park (Clarence Fahnestock)
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
Franny Reese State Park
Harlem Valley Rail Trail (at Taconic State Park)
Harriman State Park (Beaver Pond Campground)
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
Jay Heritage Center
Minnewaska State Park Preserve (REGISTRATION FULL)
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park - Croton-on-Hudson
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park - Zinsser Park
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Rockland Lake State Park (including Hook Mountain and Nyack Beach)
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Taconic State Park
Tallman Mountain State Park
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site (volunteer fair only)

Long Island
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park (REGISTRATION FULL)
Belmont Lake State Park
Bethpage State Park
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Captree State Park
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Heckscher State Park
Hempstead Lake State Park
Jones Beach State Park
Montauk Point State Park
Nissequogue River State Park
Orient Beach State Park
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Robert Moses State Park
Sunken Meadow State Park (Alfred E. Smith)
Valley Stream State Park
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site

New York City
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
East River State Park
FDR Four Freedoms Park
Gantry Plaza State Park
Hudson River Park
Riverbank State Park
Roberto Clemente State Park

Thousand Islands Region
Cedar Point State Park
Higley Flow State Park
Point au Roche State Park
Wellesley Island State Park

Western NY
Allegany State Park (REGISTRATION FULL)
Artpark State Park (Earl W. Brydges) (REGISTRATION FULL)
Evangola State Park
Golden Hill State Park
Knox Farm State Park
Midway State Park
Niagara Falls State Park
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park
Whirlpool State Park

Local Parks
In addition to the events at state parks listed above, local parks get in the spirit too! See below for information on local parks that are hosting events. To host an I Love My Park Day event at a local park, email us at ilovemypark@ptny.org. We will advertise your event on our website, but we do not provide online registration services or T-shirts or banners for local parks.

  • Sperr Memorial Park and Community Park in Big Flats. For more information, contact Laura L. Sullivan at (607) 562-8443  x 224 or via email.
  • The Town of Cairo will be hosting its 3rd Annual Town Picnic in its beautiful spacious Town Park. There will be numerous events taking place in the Park on that day, including the annual free raffle for all attending children. This raffle has historically given away more than 50 "free" bicycles. All bikes are donated by local businesses who have assisted the Town in the past years. The other events happening will be a opening day for Cairo-Durham Little League, Troop 44 Boy Scout encampment and local vendors and businesses tables and numerous other activities. Join the celebration at the Town Park, Mountain Avenue, Cairo, NY 12413 to celebrate the 3rd Annual Town Picnic. Please click here to see an event poster.
  • The Cider Mill Friends of Open Space & Historic Preservation, Inc. (Poughkeepsie): Come join the Friends for a work day from 9:30am-12:30pm where volunteers come together to work on clean up, maintenance, stabilization, and preservation efforts at the Mill and its surrounding open space. Note that work days can be canceled or rescheduled due to inclement weather, so if you would like to help out, please contact the Friends ahead of time to be notified of any changes. More information here or here.
  • Come join The Town of Colchester in celebrating the fourth annual I Love My Park Day. The Pepacton Park Committee will be celebrating the Catskill Park and the Town's own Covered Bridge Park by hosting different activities throughout the day. Please meet at the Pepacton Park, 15500 State Hwy 30, Downsville, NY 13755 for volunteer registration and a list of project details. Download a flyer and a list of projects.
  • Footbridge Park, Town of Elizabethtown, End of Footbridge Lane, Elizabethtown, NY 12932. Event is on Friday, May 1 from Noon - 1pm. Volunteers will be cleaning up the park with a few other projects. Essex County Public Health is partnering with the Town of Elizabethtown to support I Love My Park Day. For more information please contact Meg Parker @ 518-873-3857 or email at mparker@co.essex.ny.us.
  • F.T. Proctor Park, Utica: The Central New York Conservancy will host Utica's  Third Annual "I Love My Park Day" and pay tribute to the 600-acre legacy bequeathed to the City of Utica in the early 1900s by T.R. Proctor, his family, and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on May 2, the following activities will occur simultaneously during this family-friendly event (all activities will occur rain or shine):
    • General clean-up of areas in FT Proctor Park;
    • Removal of debris and selected plants and shrubs surrounding monuments on the Memorial Parkway in preparation for new landscape designs for the monument flower beds;

    Members of the local community who wish to participate may join any of the volunteer crews at the previously-mentioned work sites. Volunteers should bring gardening gloves, metal rakes, tarps, trash bags and wheel barrows. Parking for the event will be available in the F.T. Proctor Park lot off Rutger Street and along the street next to the Park. 

  • The Friends of Long Point Park in Livingston County invites volunteers to pitch in at Long Point Park in Geneseo, New York (on West Lake Road) from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Volunteers will help paint close to 50 picnic tables, clear brush and debris, and perform various tasks needed by the park's caretaker. For more information, contact Joseph Ferrero – Chairman, Friends Of Long Point, (585) 204-7871 or visit the Friends’ website: http://www.friendsoflongpoint.org (click on the link "I Love My Park Day" at the top of the Menu).

  • The Village of Massena and the Massena Visionaries are partnering to clean-up the six parks within the village on May 2. The parks are: North Main Street Park, East Orvis Street Park, Alcoa Field, Springs Park, Bushnell Park and the Bridges Avenue Park. Volunteers can contact the Massena Visionaries at 315-681-1003 or visit them on Facebook. Interested volunteers can also contact the Mayor’s office at 315-769-8625, village@village.massena.ny.us or Town Hall, 60 Main Street, Massena, New York 13662.
  • oin the Friends of Parish Parks at William H. Merrill Town Park, located just south of the Village of Parish at 2398 Rider St (County route 38) in Parish. Volunteers will be doing some trail cleanup and clearing, as well as reinstalling the disc golf course targets that have been in storage for the winter. There will be plenty of activities available for all ages. Volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes, hand pruners and gloves if they have them. Visit the event Facebook page or contact Kathy Allardice: phone or text at 315-278-6632 or by email.
  • Selkirk Park, 20 Houk Drive, Selkirk, NY -- Organized by Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation.  For more information go to the Friends website. To register, send an email.
  • Annual Spring Cleanup and Textile Drive, Saturday, May 2 from 10 am to 1 pm,
    Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043

    Celebrate "Earth Day in May" by caring for Reinstein Woods at our annual stewardship day. Join other volunteers in removing trash and planting native plants on our trail system, then share in a light lunch provided by Friends of Reinstein Woods. Individuals, families, scout groups and other organizations are welcome to help with the trail clean up. Students needing service hours are welcome too.
    This year we are adding a twist: in addition to cleaning our trails, you can clean your closets and recycle your old textiles at Reinstein Woods! The WNY Coalition for Donated Goods will be collecting all kinds of used textiles including:

    • clothing (even socks and underwear!)
    • bedding (including pillows)
    • towels
    • curtains
    • throw-rugs
    • handbags, belts, and backpacks, and even
    • stuffed animals and stuffed dolls.

    Registration is required for the trail cleanup; call 716-683-5959. No registration is required if you just want to drop off textiles.

  • The Schoharie Promotional Association is hosting a ground-breaking for the Lilies of the Schoharie Valley Walking Path and Gardens (located between Rt. 30 and Fort Road). Help get this area ready for this exciting new community project. Parking at the Schoharie Park and Ride on Route 443 — the park is across the Fox Creek covered bridge. Bring your gardening tools — rakes, clippers, loppers, gloves. Saturday, May 2nd, 1 pm. More information is available online or by calling 518-295-7801.

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