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An Economic Asset
to the Empire State

Growing the Grassroots Grantees Presentation

Thank You!

A huge thank you to the thousands of volunteers who came out to give more than 90 parks some TLC on the 4th annual I Love My Park Day on May 2.

I love my park


Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour
July 12-19, 2015

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Ride in Style!


You don't have to be part of our Cycle the Erie Canal tour to show your enthusiasm for the Erie Canalway Trail. The 2015 jerseys are made in the United States and feature a three-fourths hidden zipper, three rear pockets, and sun protection with a UPF rating of 28+. 

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Thank you Clean Sweep Volunteers

Clean Sweep Volunteers

Thousands of volunteers showed their appreciation for the New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail by celebrating the 10th anniversary of Canal Clean Sweep, April 17-19. 150 communities, not-for-profit organizations, civic groups, businesses, and social clubs participated in an event for one of the most popular Earth Day events in the state.


The Annual George W. Perkins
Award Reception

Reception Honorees Photo

Congratulations to our award recipients. A sincere appreciation to all in attendance on Tuesday, April 21st who helped to make it
such a successful and memorable event.


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May 18, 2015
Celebrate bike month on Erie Canalway Trail
What better way to celebrate bike month than a ride on the Erie Canalway Trail.

May 4, 2015
Thousands help clean state parks and historic sites
Watch a news clip about a great I Love My Park Day event in western New York.

April 28, 2015
10th Annual Canal Clean Sweep a success

Over 100 events and thousands of volunteer hours helped make this year’s Canal Clean Sweep a huge success. These articles highlighting events in North Tonawanda and Medina demonstrate how Canal Clean Sweep brings community groups together to spruce up the parks and trails along the Canal for Earth Day.

April 7, 2015
Celebrate Long Island’s parks on I Love My Park Day 

A recent feature on LongIsland.com lists the eighteen parks across Long Island holding volunteer events as part of the fourth annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 2nd.

March 28, 2015
A milestone on Erie Canal trail

An Albany Times Union article highlights recent progress made in Closing the Gaps along the Erie Canalway Trail, citing PTNY’s fifth annual Closing the Gaps report. The report unveiled that 281 miles of the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail — 78 percent — are now open to the public between Albany and Buffalo.

March 24, 2015
Parks investment a small price for benefit
Read our letter to the editor explaining why parks, like schools and libraries, are essential community resources and an integral part of the state’s infrastructure.

March 9, 2015
Erie Canalway Trail attracts tourists to central New York
Local historian touts the Erie CanalwayTrail as a draw for tourists, citing PTNY’s economic impact study of the trail.

March 4, 2015
$900M commitment to improve state parks
“It’s a real rejuvenation of the park system,” says PTNY Executive Director Robin Dropkin in this article that outlines the state’s $900 million commitment to improve state parks.

January 30, 2015
A trail to better life, health in the Adirondacks: a PTNY opinion piece

New York has an opportunity to create a multi-use trail through the Adirondacks that would be a wonderful addition to the constellation of upstate multi-use trails, including the Erie Canalway Trail that connects Albany with Buffalo.

January 28, 2015
Court sides with no-smoking regs
State appellate court maintains no-smoking regulations at state park playgrounds, pools, beaches, playing fields and other outdoor areas. The ruling was heralded by PTNY, which filed a “friends of the court brief.”

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