Spring You Gotta Have Friends:
a newsletter for the friends
of the NYS parks system
- 2013 Park & Trail Champions honored
- PTNY Growing the Grassroots Grant increases membership for park friends group
- Kaaterskill Rail Trail opens in the Catskills
- New study estimates annual economic impact of the proposed Catskill Mtn. Rail Trail to be more than $3 million
- TrailFinder Trail of the Month Jones Beach Bikepath
Protect Their Future:
New York's State
Parks in Crisis
The NYS Park System:
An Economic Asset
to the Empire State
Thank you to our
Congratulations to the winners of PTNY's 2013 Park & Trail Awards
Ned Champman, Sunnyside Gardens, Saratoga Spa State Park (Park)
Six Flags Great Escape volunteers, Village of Granville D&H Rail Trail (Trail)
Edgar Masters, Taconic State Park (Park)
Anne Bergantz, Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail (Trail)
Timothy Sullivan (posthumously), Palisades Interstate Park Commission (Park)
Scott Keller, Hudson River Valley Greenway Water Trail (Trail)
Herkimer County Health Net, Creating Healthy Places Program
Outside the Box
Mark DeCracker, Lyons Trail of Hope
The awards recognize the leadership, creativity, and donation of time, talent, and materials behind many of New York's most treasured assets. Read more about our awardees.
Bike NYS this summer
Two fabulous bike tours - join us!
Cycling the Erie Canal
A 400-mile, eight-day tour along the legendary Erie Canal
Five magnificent bridge crossings
Historic riverfront mantions, museums, wineries, Manhattan
Say parks! I Love My Park Day Photo Contest Winners
Our photo contest winners not only gave back to parks by pitching in May 4th on I Love My Park Day, but they also showed their love for parks with some great photos. See all the winners.
Thanks to the more than 4,000 volunteers who pitched in on Saturday, PTNY's second annual I Love My Park Day was a huge success. With your help, we accomplished so much. Nearly 80 parks and historic sites were spruced up and enhanced with cleanup, gardening, painting and construction projects. 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. A big thank you to our partners at the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Governor Cuomo, the NY State Commission on National and Community Service, our sponsors, especially AT&T and L.L.Bean, and all the wonderful Friends and volunteers who came out, rolled up their sleeves, and helped make I Love My Park Day a huge success!
Whether you are joining us on one of our bike tours and want to plan ahead or are planning a trip of your own, our cycling guidebooks are the place to start.
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May 30, 2013
Read our letter to the editor calling for a long-overdue review of the state's plan for the 141-mile Remsen-Lake Placid railroad corridor in the Adirondacks which trail enthusiasts want to turn into the Adirondack Rail Trail.
May 17, 2013
$90 million for park improvements projects
Governor Cuomo announces $90 million for projects to improve State Parks and Historic Sites.
May 9, 2013
Park lovers give back
Across the state, people give back to parks on I Love My Park Day
May 4, 2013
VIDEO: Volunteers turn out for 'I Love My Park Day'
Volunteers work to beautify local parks during 'I Love My Park Day'
May 3, 2013
I Love My Park Day on the radio
Listen to to an interview with PTNY staff on Capital Region public radio station WAMC about I Love My Park Day.
April 5, 2013
Governor invites participation in I Love My Park Day
Governor Cuomo today invited New Yorkers to volunteer at their favorite state park or historic site as part of the second annual “I Love My Park Day” on May 4, 2013.
PTNY Commends State Leaders for Investment in Parks
The final FY2013-2014 state budget includes critical funding for state parks infrastructure and environmental programs. Read more.
Park and trail groups in western NY receive PTNY grants
The Chestnut Ridge Park Conservancy and Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail received Growing the Grassroots grants from PTNY to increase visibility, generate community support, grow membership and attract volunteers.
State parks protect rare species
Scientist finds state parks are major stewards of biodiversity, providing crucial habitat for rare animals, plants and ecosystems.
Survey demonstrates popularity of trails
A first-of-its-kind trail use survey estimates more than 2.2 million cyclists and pedestrians are using 14 of New York State's most popular trails each year.
Plans afoot to fill gap in Canalway Trail
An eight-mile gap in the Erie Canalway Trail in Niagara County will be filled in the next few years, creating 134 miles of continuous trail from Buffalo to the Village of Lyons in Wayne County.
Report cites Erie Canal trail progress
The Wall Street Journal reports on PTNY’s efforts to close the remaining gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail.
Western NY Rail-Trail project receives PNTY mini grant
The Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail has secured a mini-grant from PTNY to create a trail visioning poster to support converting a 27-mile railroad right-of-way to a multi-purpose trail.
PTNY speaks out on proposed park smoking regs
Our response to a recent State Parks proposal to ban smoking in highly used areas: anything that we can do to improve the experience for visitors to state parks and enhance recreational activities is a good thing!
Bicyclists Bring Business
Read about our Bicyclists Bring Business roundtable and bike-a-round to help communities attract and profit from the growing bicycle tourism market.
Did you see us in the New York Times?
New York's parks, and Parks & Trails New York,
were featured recently in an article in the New York Times.