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The NYS Park System:
An Economic Asset
to the Empire State

Growing the Grassroots Grantees Presentation

Show Parks Some Love
May 2, 2015

As state parks and historic sites throughout New York prepare for the upcoming summer season, Parks & Trails New York is once again partnering with State Parks to organize the fourth annual I Love My Park Day. Nearly 90 events are happening across the state, from Montauk Point to Niagara Falls. Find an event near you and join the more than 6,000 people expected to volunteer.


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+. 

Order yours today.


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.


Connect with us


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.”

January 28, 2015
Advocates applaud Cuomo’s park funding proposal
PTNY applauds Cuomo’s proposal because it keeps up the momentum in restoring the state’s parks system with a commitment of $900 million through 2020.

January 20, 2015
Trails good for users and economy

Recreational trails offer a fun way to enjoy the outdoors and draw tourist dollars to communities.

January 15, 2015
Allegany park group to get grant

Friends group earmarks funds for a website, brochures, and banners to increase membership and fundraising. Read more.

October 22, 2014
River trail a community effort

It’s been 11 years in the making, but the town of Peru in the North Country stuck with it and now has a great community asset And PTNY was there from the beginning helping get the project off the ground.

October 6, 2014
Cooperation needed on roads
Read our letter to the editor urging cooperation from cyclists, motorists and pedestrians to keep our roads safe.

September 23, 2014
Parking Day
Read all about Parking Day in Albany and the campsite we set up in front of the Capitol.

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