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MAY 2014

SUNYIT CLEANS UP DELTA LAKE STATE PARK - More than 30 students, faculty, staff take part in volunteer effort - MADISON COUNTY COURIER - A group of more than 30 SUNYIT students, faculty and staff volunteers and family members took part in the May 3 statewide  “I Love My Park Day,” organized by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and Parks & Trails New York (PTNY). READ MORE.

APRIL 2014

SPIDERMAN ENCOURAGES CHILDREN TO PARTICIPATE IN I LOVE MY PARK DAY- EPOCH TIMES - Beloved superhero Spider-Man swung into Riverbank State Park’s auditorium today to encourage elementary students to participate in the annual I Love My Park Day on May 3rd. On I Love My Park Day, volunteers help clean up, improve, and beautify parks and historic sites. Activities include cleaning playgrounds and beaches, repainting visitor centers, building picnic tables, and planting flowers at more than 80 parks around the state. READ MORE.

LETCHWORTH STATE PARK VOLUNTEERS TO BE PART OF 'I LOVE MY PARK DAY' MAY 3 - THE DAILY NEWS ONLINE- The Friends of Letchworth State Park will host volunteers at Letchworth State Park as part of more than 70 cleanup, improvement and beautification events happening statewide on May 3. ''I Love My Park Day'' is a statewide event to improve and enhance New York's state parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire state park system and its needs. Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites. Volunteers will celebrate New York's state 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. READ MORE.

3RD ANNUAL ' I LOVE MY PARK DAY' ON MAY 3 - State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the 3rd Annual “I Love My Park Day” will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at state parks and historic sites across New York, including events at several local sites. The statewide event, sponsored by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY)  in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local groups, is aimed at encouraging volunteer efforts to enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and promote the entire park system. READ MORE.

HELP CATHARINE VALLEY TRAIL ON 'I LOVE MY PARK DAY' ON MAY 3 - STAR GAZETTE - Volunteers will once again have an to help improve the Catharine Valley Trail and other state parks and trails during the third annual “I Love My Park Day,” scheduled for May 3. In the Finger Lakes Region, the Catharine Valley Trail, the Ithaca Dog Park at Allan H. Treman Marine State Park, and Stony Brook State Park, are among the that will get upgrades with the help of community volunteers. READ MORE.

ONEIDA IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE AWARD $1,500 GRANT TO DEVEOP WEBSITE - ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH - The statewide advocacy group Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) recently awarded almost $15,000 in Growing the Grassroots capacity building grants to eight not-for-profit park and trail organizations. The groups will use the funds to increase organizational visibility, generate community support, grow membership, and attract additional volunteers. READ MORE.

IT’S SPRING CLEANING TIME AT GOLDEN HILL STATE PARK - Lockport Union-Sun & Journal - Spring cleaning is a rite of the season as we spruce up homes and yards to rid ourselves of the vestiges and winter and welcome the blossoming of nature. Across New York State, volunteers are coming out to spruce up the state parks that welcome thousands of visitors throughout the year. The Friends of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse are kicking off preparations for the tourist season with “I Love My Park Day” at Golden Hill State Park. READ MORE.

FEBRUARY 2014

NY PARKS ADVOCATES TO SEEK MORE FUNDS FROM STATE - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - Advocates for New York's state parks will be gathering in Albany to urge lawmakers and other officials to protect and preserve the Empire State's parks system. Parks & Trails New York says members of park friends groups and environmental organizations will be at the state Capitol Wednesday for the eighth annual Park Advocacy Day. READ MORE.

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO’S PROPOSED INVESTMENT IN PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT IN BUDGET - GENESEE PENNY SAVER - Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal for State FY 2014-2015 includes important investments in state parks infrastructure and environmental programs that will help grow the economy, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. READ MORE.

OUT THERE: GRANTS HELP FRIENDS OF PARKS - POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL - Not too long ago, the Poughkeepsie Journal hosted some visitors from our sister newspapers from outside the state of New York. As part of their stay, these editors took a brief tour of the mid-Hudson Valley. Their comments reinforced something that we all know but sometimes take for granted. We live in a stunningly beautiful area that is replete with an ever-growing network of parks and trails. READ MORE.

JANUARY 2014

NEW YORKERS CALL ON GOVERNOR CUOMO TO FUND PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLING PROJECTS - GENESEE VALLEY PENNY SAVER - New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) delivered a united message to Governor Cuomo in the form of more than 1,300 postcards, from New Yorkers across the state, calling on the Governor to dedicate funding to improve New York’s pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure. The postcard delivery is a follow-up to a letter, sent in December 2013, from more than 50 organizations representing environmental, health, aging, equity, and transportation groups. READ MORE.

TIME TO COMPLETE THE CANALWAY TRAIL - THE DAILY GAZETTE - In his State of the State last week, Gov. Cuomo touted tourism as a key to boosting upstate’s economy. A good way to do that would be to get more visitors to come and ride the 365-mile Erie Canalway bike-hike trail that runs from Buffalo to Albany. READ MORE.

OCTOBER 2013

PARKS AND TRAILS NEW YORK SAYS BICYCLE TOURISM COULD STIMULATE ECONOMY - ONEIDA DALEY DISPATCH - Parks and Trails of New York and the Canalway Corporation brought together municipal leaders, business owners and biking enthusiasts from all over the area to the Kallet Civic Center on Oct. 9 in order to open dialogue about ways that local communities could make their areas more biker friendly. The event was followed the next day by a bike around Oneida with bikers encouraged to point out where improvements could be made in the community. READ MORE.

ONEIDA TOUTS COMMUNITY TO CYCLISTS - UTICAOD.COM - Dressed in baggy camouflage pants and smoking a cigar, Michael Mosher Jr. didn't look like a cyclist. But gathered outside Jack's or Better tavern on Route 316 Thursday with about 20 cyclists who wore spandex pants and brightly colored windbreakers, Mosher was eager to go on a six-mile tour of the city.“I'm new to the area, and it's helping me get to know the area and the people,” he said. Mosher was taking part in the 12th annual Bicyclists Bring Business roundtable and bike-around event organized by Parks & Trails New York and the New York State Canal Corporation, which teaches cities how to market to and profit from cycling tourists. READ MORE.


SEPTEMBER 2013

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK OFFERS GRANTS FOR PARK AND TRAIL GROUPSGROWING THE GRASSROOTS GRANTS AIM TO BOOST ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY - MADISON COUNTY COURIER - The nonprofit Parks & Trails New York is launching the next round of its Growing the Grassroots Capacity Building Grants for park and trail groups in New York State. The grants, of up to $3,000, will strengthen not-for-profit organizations that are working to build and protect parks and trails in communities across the state. READ MORE.

ONEIDA TO HOST "BICYCLIST BRING BUSINESS" EVENT - UTICAOD.COM - The city of Oneida has been selected to host Parks & Trails New York's 12th annual Bicyclists Bring Business roundtable and bike-around event. The event's goal is to teach cities how to market to and profit from cycling tourists, the Oneida Recreation Department and Oneida Rail Trail Committee said in a news release. The roundtable will be from 6 to 8 p.m. , at the Kallet Civic Center, with presentations by Parks & Trails New York and the state Canal Corp. A bike ride around the city will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Erie Canal Aqueduct Trailhead on Route 46 in Durhamville. Lunch at La Vie Boheme Bistro will follow. To RSVP, call Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583 or email B3roundtable@ptny.org by Sept. 27. #END

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: NEW YORK'S STATE PARKS PROTECT RARE PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES - SYRACUSE.COM- Everyone knows that New York's parks are great places to relax and have fun. We travel to see waterfalls or strange rock formations, go hiking or camping with our friends and family, or just go for a day trip to visit a place unscathed by the pace of our everyday lives. But how many people are aware that these parks are home to hundreds of plant and animal species or realize that they may be walking among rare species that only exist within the safety of the state park boundaries? READ MORE

BAD WEATHER CAUSES NY PARKS' ATTENDANCE TO SLIP - ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE - Attendance at New York’s 214 parks and historic sites dipped slightly this spring and summer compared to 2012, attributable mainly to long stretches of rain around Memorial Day. Park attendance fell 1 percent between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend this year, a drop from about 34 million visitors to 33.7 million visitors, according to the state parks department. “Attendance got off to a slow start with a cool and rainy May and June, but the weather rebounded,” said state Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “We were pleased to again serve tens of millions of visitors at our parks and historic sites this summer.” READ MORE.

AUGUST 2013

NEW YORK STATE PARKS PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL OUTDOOR RETAILER REI TO OFFER OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL CLASSES AND PROGRAMS IN STATE PARKS - LONG ISLAND.COM - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and outdoor retailer, REI, are pleased to announce that through a new partnership, REI will conduct its Outdoor School programsat various state parks in New York's Hudson Valley and Long Island regions. READ MORE.

SEN. GILLIBRAND TO AMTRAK PRESIDENT: INCLUDE BIKE RACKS ON BAGGAGE CARS - AUBURNPUB.COM - U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Amtrak to help cyclists by allowing bicycle racks on new baggage cars that travel between Buffalo and New York City. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., sent a letter Thursday to Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman asking the company to provide bike racks for cyclists who use train service, including those who use Amtrak to travel along the Erie Canalway Trail. READ MORE.

JULY 2013

CTEC 2013 PRESS COVERAGE:

RADIO COVERAGE OF CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL BIKE TOUR:

CANAL RIDERS FINISH JOURNEY - ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE - ALBANY — Eight days and 400 miles after leaving Buffalo, more than 500 cyclists — some scarred, most sunburned, all sore — wheeled into the state capital Sunday after riding the length of the Erie Canal. The trip, the 15th organized by the nonprofit ...READ MORE.

CANAL RIDERS NEAR THE FINAL STRETCH - ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE - On Saturday, staff writer Justin Murphy, photographer Annette Lein and the rest of the riders on the Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour cycled to Scotia, where they spent the night. The bicyclists visited Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction ...READ MORE.

REST STOP IN SCHUYLER FOR CYCLISTS BIKING THE ERIE CANAL TRAIL
- WKTV - SCHUYLER, N.Y. (WKTV) - While 14,000 runners will hit the streets of the city of Utica, a group of ambitious cyclists are taking on the Erie Canal Trail. They are biking New York State, a total of 400 miles starting in Buffalo and ending in Albany. On ... READ MORE.

CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL - ROME SENTINAL - The participants of the 14th annual "Cycling the Erie Canal Cross-State Bike Tour" spent the night at Fort Stanwix and left early this morning for Canajoharie. Local restaurants saw an influx of bicyclists looking for a taste of the local cuisine. Chicken riggies and half moon cookies were in high demand. READ MORE.

CYCLING THE ERIE TOUR PASSES THROUGH HERKIMER COUNTY - Little Falls Evening Times - Though not an avid bicyclist, Perry Seale decided to take on a 400-mile journey that follows along the Erie Canal with his four daughters as a tribute to his father-in-law. “He's getting up there in age,” Seale said about his father-in-law during a ...READ MORE.

CYCLISTS MAKE ANNUAL TREK ALONG THE ERIE - Gloversville Leader-Herald - CANAJOHARIE - Groups of cyclists dotted the roads in Canajoharie Friday, completing the day's 50-mile leg as part of Parks & Trails New York's Cycling the Erie Canal Tour. Biking more than 300 miles from Buffalo to Albany, the tour this year sports ...READ MORE.

THE SCOOP: TODAY'S VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Filed Under. News · Local News. Today's stories: The Day 6 recap from the Erie Canal bike tour, things to do this weekend, Taub Academy students at work and a preview to our Sunday story about a troubled nursing home. WATCH: The full Scoop at 6 report. READ MORE.

CYCLING THE ERIE TOUR PASSES THROUGH HERKIMER COUNTY - Herkimer Evening Telegram - Though not an avid bicyclist, Perry Seale decided to take on a 400-mile journey that follows along theErie Canal with his four daughters as a tribute to his father-in-law. “He's getting up there in age,” Seale said about his father-in-law during a ...READ MORE.

15TH ANNUAL CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL BIKE TOUR - YNN - ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Hundreds of cyclists on their way to Albany camped out Thursday night at Fort Stanwix in Rome. They are part of the 15th annual Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour and are on a mission to ride nearly four hundred miles from Buffalo ...READ MORE.

CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL - YouTube -Cycling the Erie Canal. 1 video. ... VIEW VIDEO.

OUR VIEW: HITS & MISSES - Auburn Citizen- A large group of riders is making its way across the state, following the footprint of the Erie Canal, and participants stopped Wednesday to stretch their legs in Port Byron. The 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, now in its 15th year, attracts ... READ MORE.

DAY FOUR: AN AMISH TREAT IN WAYNE COUNTY - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Erie Canal Day 4 recap: Hills, gunk and ice cream: Reporter Justin Murphy and photographer Annette Lein detail what they saw on Day 4 of their Erie Canal trip. Written by. Staff report. Filed Under. News · Local News · Seneca · Pittsford. Ron Cole of ... READ MORE.

CYCLING THE CANAL: CYCLISTS STOP IN PORT BYRON DURING ANNUAL ERIE CANAL BIKE TOUR - Auburn Citizen - The cyclists were nearing the middle of their nearly 400-mile-long journey across New York, and needed to catch their breath before continuing on to the next stop on the 15th annual Cycling the Erie Canal tour. After enjoying a snack, Shannon Green ... READ MORE.

CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL RIDERS STOP IN VERONA, ROME -  On Thursday afternoon, nearly 500 cyclists stopped at the Verona Town Hall for a little rest and refreshments. The cyclists are part of the Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour. The tour is on day five of its eight day duration. Over the eight days, the riders cover a span of nearly 400 miles total, completing about 60 miles a day. READ MORE.

15TH ANNUAL CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL BIKE TOUR - Hundreds of cyclists on their way to Albany camped out Thursday night at Fort Stanwix in Rome. They are part of the 15th annual Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour and are on a mission to ride nearly four hundred miles from Buffalo to Albany. This year, the ride attracted more than 500 participants from 36 states and five countries. READ MORE.

BIKERS CRUISE THROUGH SYRACUSE ON EIGHT-DAY ERIE CANAL EXCURSION - As many as 500 bicyclists are wheeling through Central New York today in the middle of the eight-day Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour.he 15th annual event has drawn riders from more than 36 states, ages 4 through 89, according to Parks & Trails New York. The riders started in Buffalo on Sunday and plan to arrive in Albany this Sunday. They arrived at Burnet Park today. They'll make stops at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse. READ MORE & VIEW VIDEO.

CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL BIKE TOUR - About 500 bikers went from Seneca Falls to Syracuse on July 10, 2013 as part of the 400 mile Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour. The trip started in Buffalo on Sunday and will finish in Albany this Sunday. It's sponsored by the Parks and Trails of New York. A biker checks his map at the intersection of Routes 31 and 34 in Weedsport. VIEW VIDEO.

MORE THAN 500 BICYCLISTS TO PEDAL ALONG ERIE CANAL THROUGH SYRACUSE - Syracuse.com - BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- More than 500 bicyclists are signed on to pedal from Buffalo to Albany on the Erie Canalway Trail. The 15th annual, 400-mile "Cycling the Erie Canal" tour pushes off on Sunday in Buffalo. The riders are expected to arrive Tuesday ... READ MORE.

ERIE CANAL CYCLISTS STOP IN SYRACUSE - Cyclists on the Erie Canal Bike Tour were met Tuesday outside Seneca Falls by Amish selling lemonade and cookies. The cyclists started Tuesday in Pittsford, stopped in Lyons for lunch and had a rest stop in Clyde, where the grange set up a spread of food and a keyboard player entertained the travelers. On Wednesday, staff writer Justin Murphy and photographer Annette Lein and 520 of their friends are cycling from Seneca Falls to Syracuse. Follow their progress and read about their experiences at DemocratandChronicle.com/canal, where you can also find related stories, videos and photo galleries. VIEW VIDEO.

CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL BIKE TOUR - About 500 bikers went from Seneca Falls to Syracuse on July 10, 2013 as part of the 400 mile Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour. The trip started in Buffalo on Sunday and will finish in Albany this Sunday. It's sponsored by the Parks and Trails of New York. Lindsay Shields of Ottawa, Ontario, enjoys a break at the Port Byron athletic fields with her 7 year old son Peyton and 4 year old daughter Serena. Her husband Bruce was also taking the trip. Stephen D. Cannerelli | scannerelli@syracuse.com

AN A+ GETAWAY ON THE ERIE CANAL - Rochester YNN - And you'll get a good lesson in breakfast, served school cafeteria style, at The Erie Canal Schoolhouse B&B. Innkeepers Jeri and Lou Becker seem to love what they do, making this getaway a very good day at school. The B&B is open year round. Rates ... READ MORE.

MORE THAN 500 BICYCLISTS TO PEDAL ALONG ERIE CANAL - Corning Leader - The 15th annual, 400-mile “Cycling the Erie Canal” tour pushes off on Sunday. The event is organized by Parks & Trails New York and sponsored by the state Canal Corporation and others. Organizers say cyclists from 36 states will participate this year, ... READ MORE.

CYCLING THE ERIE: WATERWAY GAVE BIRTH TO OUR REGION'S ECONOMY - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - DeWitt Clinton and other dignitaries on the inaugural journey along the newly completed Erie Canal. The cannons had been captured from the British in the War of 1812's Battle of Lake Erie by Oliver Hazard Perry. The battle, and the war, solidified the ... READ MORE.

CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL - More than 500 cyclists are touring the Erie Canal, and Monday, they were in the Rochester area. Riders started in Medina and ended in Pittsford. Along the way, cyclists had the choice of visiting Genesee Valley Park, High Falls and Nazareth College. People from 36 states and international participants came to ride the Canalway Trail. Brother and sister riders Tom Spencer and Susanna Horner came all the way from Las Vegas and Northern Virginia, respectively, for the tour.  "It's an excellent bike trail and well-marked and the placards describing what's going on at various locks and things are really fascinating, so I've got to compliment the people that pushed the construction of the canal trail," Spencer said. This is the 15th annual Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour. The cyclists will reach their destination in Albany on Sunday.

CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL, BUFFALO, N.Y., TO MEDINA, N.Y. - WATCH VIDEO ON USA TODAY

CANAL RIDE DAY 2 SHOWS EXAMPLES OF HOW TRAIL CONNECTS WITH HISTORY (INCLUDES SLIDESHOW) - Day two of Cycling the Erie Canal offered a cool and dry day for the most part, until some thunderstorms drenched some riders and others' tents and belongings (such as one radio reporter).  The ride started in the Village of Medina, which has a historic section of downtown (see pictures in slideshow), including Bent's Opera House, from 1864. The Mayor of Holley, the trip's next stop, greeted each and every cyclists who pulled into a rest stop in his village.  The berg of 1700 residents puts its best foot forward along the canal, both waterway and trail.  The historic canal used to run right through Holley, when it was called "Saltport". READ MORE.

FORUM, CYCLING TOUR SHOW LOCAL OFFICIALS HOW TOWPATH TRAVELERS EXPERIENCE ALBION, MEDINA - Cyclists come in the thousands each year down the Erie Canal Towpath, but those pedaling people are only potential consumers for canalside communities. Parks and Trails New York, the advocacy organization that organizes the annually Cycling the Erie Canal event that creates a 500-resident tent city in Medina, came to Albion this week to show local officials and business owners how they can attract visitors and consumers that may be speeding by just outside of their grasp. READ MORE.

"CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL" STATEWIDE TOUR VISITS ROCHESTER - Hundreds of cyclists across the country are in our area. It's part of the statewide's "Cycling the Erie Canal" initiative. The tour of the canal, which started Sunday in Buffalo, will end Sunday in Albany. On Monday, the group took time to visit Genesee Valley Park, Schoen Place in Pittsford and Nazareth College. Organizers say the campaign is a way to promote tourism and help boost the economy along the canal. READ MORE.

BATAVIA MORNING NEWS SUMMARY-JULY 8, 2013 - WBTA AM 1490 - Around 500 bicyclists are spending this week on a 400 mile ride from Buffalo to Albany along theErie Canal. The 15th annual Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour launched from the Nichols School on Amherst Street in Buffalo yesterday morning. The tour will ... READ MORE.

MORE THAN 500 BICYCLISTS TO PEDAL ALONG ERIE CANAL - Wall Street Journal- BUFFALO, N.Y. — More than 500 bicyclists are signed on to pedal from Buffalo to Albany on the Erie Canalway Trail. The 15th annual, 400-mile "Cycling the Erie Canal" tour pushes off on Sunday. The event is organized by Parks & Trails New York and ... READ MORE.

'CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL' 400-MILE SOJOURN BEGINS IN BUFFALO - More than 500 bicyclists set off from Nichols School in Buffalo Sunday morning on a 400-mile sojourn along the length of the Erie Canal to Albany. Joining the statewide Cycling the Erie Canal" bicycling tour are Justin Murphy, staff writer, and Annette Lein, a videographer, from WGRZ media partner the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester. They'll be chronicling their progress all the way to Albany by Twitter (#cycletheerie) and Facebook posts, blogs, photos and videos. You can follow their progress at a special "Cycling the Erie Canal" webpage set up by the Democrat and Chronicle that also links to a photo gallery of historic photos and other Erie Canal material. READ MORE & VIEW VIDEO.

BIKERS PEDDLE ACROSS UPSTATE ALONG THE ERIE CANAL - More than 500 cyclists across New York, and Canada, are riding through Rochester on their way to Albany. It's part of the 15th annual Cycling the Erie Canal tour bike. Bikers started peddling along the 400-mile long canalway on Sunday morning. The bunch will finish the bike at the state's capitol this Sunday. Murray Gordon, of Ontario, Canada, says he enjoys the tour because you learn a lot about the small towns along the Erie Canal and their history. READ MORE.

CYCLISTS HERE KICK OFF 400-MILE JOURNEY ALONG THE ERIE CANAL - With the wind behind them and sunshine breaking through, more than 500 bicyclists set off bright and early Sunday from Buffalo for the 15th annual Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour, a 400-mile trek that will end next Sunday in Albany.The tour is sponsored by the New York State Canal Corp. and Parks & Trails New York to highlight the historic, scenic and economic attractions along the canal and to promote the two-thirds-completed Canalway Trail, which will be one of the longest recreational trails in the nation when it is finished. READ MORE.

CANAL BIKE RIDE STARTS TODAY - Niagara Gazette - “The 15th annual Cycling the Erie Canal tour is a wonderful way to explore the Erie Canal and Upstate New York. Plus it's fun, healthy, and good for the economy,” said Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin. “We have cyclists from 36  READ MORE.

CYCLISTS TAKE OFF ON 400 MILE BIKE RIDE - WIVB - The ride from Buffalo to Albany along the Erie Canal will take a total of eight days, giving riders the chance to stop and see different parts of the state. This is the 15th year for the 'Cycling the Erie Canal' bringing riders from 36 states to travel... READ MORE

JUNE 2013

GREENWAY PIONEERS GET A PAT ON THE BACK - Eight receive awards handed out by Parks & Trails New York - Parks & Trails New York recognized the unsung heroes behind the state's extensive park and trail network at an awards ceremony in Albany. The nonprofit statewide advocacy organization has nurtured park and trail movements for nearly 30 years, helping hundreds of groups and municipalities build, maintain, and promote parks, greenways, bike paths and more than 1,500 miles of multiuse trails. READ MORE.

MAY 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - REVIEW OVERDUE FOR CORRIDOR PLAN - We support your editorial calling for a long-overdue review of the state's plan for the 141-mile Remsen-Lake Placid railroad corridor that runs through the heart of the Adirondacks ("Rail? Trail? Decide, N.Y." May 13). After 18 years, the time has come for a review of this plan. The economy, population, interests and activities of the region have changed. The future of the corridor is now a topic of considerable public discussion. Nine towns and villages and one county within the corridor have voted for immediate review of the plan, or removal of the former New York Central tracks to allow recreational trails. READ MORE.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NY WORKS PROJECTS TO IMPROVESTATE PARKS ANDHISTORIC SITES - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $90 million in NY Works funding will advance nearly 90 construction projects to upgrade and repair more than 50 state parks and historic sites across New York. “Through the NY Works program, the state is investing in much needed projects to repair our parks and historic sites while creating jobs and generating local economic activity,” Governor Cuomo said. “These projects to rehabilitate park infrastructure and address health and safety issues will improve the experience for park visitors, create jobs and support New York’s tourism industry. READ MORE.

PARK LOVERS GIVE BACK - VOLUNTEERS PITCH IN TO HELP THACHER PARK FOR 'I LOVE MY PARK DAY' - VOORHEESVILLE — More than 50 people turned out to lend Mother Nature a helping hand, or maybe even a green thumb, at John Boyd Thacher State Park this past weekend. New York state’s “I Love My Park Day” was held for the second time on Saturday, May 4. The event is meant to encourage people to volunteer at their favorite local state park to assist with cleanup and beautification projects. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York sponsor the event. READ MORE.

VOLUNTEERS WORK TO BEAUTIFY LOCAL PARKS DURING "I LOVE MY PARK DAY" -  Thousands of volunteers statewide participated in “I Love My Park Day,”an annual event dedicated to cleaning up local parks. Dozens of volunteers, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, were helping out at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park in Yorktown to build new picnic tables, pot new plants and rake leaves."We have been cutting the state budget, so volunteers who come out to clean up the park make a huge difference," said Cuomo. VIEW VIDEO.

LAURA DIBETTA AND ROBIN DROPKIN, PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK - "I LOVE MY PARK DAY" - This Saturday is “I Love My Park Day” in New York, a statewide event organized by the group Parks & Trails New York. It’s a day for volunteers to clean up and preserve the many miles of trails, bike paths and greenways that cross the state from New York City to the Adirondacks and from Albany to Buffalo. READ MORE.

APRIL 2013

GOVERNOR CUOMO INVITES NEW YORKERS TO VOLUNTEER AT STATE PARKS FOR SECOND ANNUAL "I LOVE MY PARK DAY" REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR VOLUNTEER PROJECTS ON MAY 4, 2013 - Governor Andrew M. 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. Online registration is now open for volunteers who want to support clean-up and beautification efforts at sites across the state, including areas that sustained much damage from Superstorm Sandy. READ MORE.

FEBRUARY 2013

CHESTNUT RIDGE PARK AND LOCAL TRAIL RECEIVE GRANTS - The statewide advocacy group Parks & Trails New York awarded approximately $14,000 in grants, to 10 not-for-profit park and trail organizations. The Chestnut Ridge Park Conservancy and Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail have received awards. The winners will utilize these funds to increase visibility, generate community support, grow membership and attract additional volunteers. The Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. received $1,600 toward the production of a video, showcasing the proposed 27-mile rail trail. READ MORE.

LETCHWORTH PARK FRIENDS GRANT - The Friends of Letchworh State Park recently received a $2,550 grant from Parks & Trails New York. The grant will help the non-profit Friends of Letchworth promote itself and its work on behalf of the park. READ MORE.

SCIENTIST SAYS STATE PARKS PROTECT RARE SPECIES - SITES SEEN AS CRUCIAL HABITAT - Sites seen as crucial habitat - George Robinson spent his sabbatical as a visiting scientist for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation combing through a comprehensive database on the status and location of the state’s rare plants, animals and ecosystems. His goal, he said, was to learn more about New York’s rare species, and the role the state’s park system plays in protecting them. What he concluded is that the state parks are “major stewards of biodiversity,” and that even though New York’s parks comprise less than 1 percent of the state’s land area, they provide crucial habitat for rare animals, plants and ecosystems. READ MORE.

HUDSON VALLEY RAIL TRAIL MOST POPULAR IN HUDSON VALLEY
- A first-of-its-kind survey estimates more than 2.2 million cyclists and pedestrians are using 14 of New York State's most popular trails each year. The results of the first state trail user count have been announced by the advocacy group Parks & Trails New York, along with the State Trails Council and the state parks office. The user counts, conducted by volunteers last August, focused on 14 of the state's greenway or multiuse trails. READ MORE.

PLANS AFOOT TO FILL GAP IN CANALWAY TRAIL - The last local gap in the recreational trail along the Erie Canal will be filled in over the next few years, state officials said last week. Construction bids for filling in the gap will be sought in October, according to Shane Mahar, deputy communications director for the state Canal Corp. READ MORE.

JANUARY 2013

RAILS TO TRAILS RECEIVES GRANT - SPRINGVILLE — The Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail has secured a mini-grant from Parks and Trails New York’s “Healthy Trails, Healthy People” Program. The $722 grant will be used to create a trail visioning poster, which will assist the village of Springville, in partnership with the Springville “Pop” Warner Trail Steering Committee, in generating community participation and interest in rail trail design and planning. Matching funds will also be provided by the village, the “Pop” Warner Trail Steering Committee and the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail. READ MORE.

SCHODACK PARK GROUP GETS GRANT -  A volunteer group that supports Schodack Island State Park has received a $1,000 grant from a not-for-profit park advocacy group. Friends of Schodack Island State Park received the grant from Parks & Trails New York to help develop a web site to help enlist more volunteers, said Dan Odell, president of the 2-year-old Schodack group. Last year, the volunteer group raised about $7,000 to support the 10th anniversary of the state park, which has a boat launch, picnic pavilions, playgrounds and game fields. The park draws about 75,000 visitors a year. #END

DECEMBER 2012

STATE AGAIN PROPOSES NO-SMOKING AREAS AT PARKS - The state is again trying to ban smoking in certain areas at parks and recreational facilities after a previous attempt was thwarted by a smoker's rights group. The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Recreation has proposed regulations that would prohibit smoking near playgrounds, athletic fields, swimming pools and other highly used areas at state-operated parks and historic sites. Under the plan, smoking would be restricted to designated areas within New York City's state parks. READ MORE.

OCTOBER 2012

FORUM, CYCLING TOUR SHOW LOCAL OFFICIALS HOW TOWPATH TRAVELERS EXPERIENCE ALBION, MEDINA - CYCLISTS COME IN THE THOUSANDS EACH YEAR DOWN THE ERIE CANAL TOWPATH, BUT THOSE PEDALING PEOPLE ARE ONLY POTENTIAL CONSUMERS FOR CANALSIDE COMMUNITIES - Parks and Trails New York, the advocacy organization that organizes the annually Cycling the Erie Canal event that creates a 500-resident tent city in Medina, came to Albion this week to show local officials and business owners how they can attract visitors and consumers that may be speeding by just outside of their grasp. READ MORE.

COMMUNITIES URGED TO CATER TO BICYCLISTS - Orleans County Tourism Director Wayne Hale is working on maps of the community with “cycling loops” to cater visitors on bikes. Hale wants Cobblestone, Amish-Mennonite and Sandstone loops — trails that highlight themes that would be of interest to cyclists. But Hale and other community promoters said they need to do more than printed maps. READ MORE.

FORUM, CYCLING TOUR SHOW LOCAL OFFICIALS HOW TOWPATH TRAVELERS EXPERIENCE ALBION, MEDINA - Cyclists come in the thousands each year down the Erie Canal Towpath, but those pedaling people are only potential consumers for canalside communities. Parks and Trails New York, the advocacy organization that organizes the annually Cycling the Erie Canal event that creates a 500-resident tent city in Medina, came to Albion this week to show local officials and business owners how they can attract visitors and consumers that may be speeding by just outside of their grasp. READ MORE.

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NEW YORK STATE PARKS USE INFUSION OF MONEY TOWARD BACKLOG OF REPAIRS - HARRIMAN STATE PARK, N.Y. — Along the roads past lakes and campgrounds here, workers have been busy laying down fresh asphalt. Near Lake Cohasset, aging sewer lines are being replaced. Soon, dozens of frayed cabins that house disadvantaged children in the summer will receive makeovers, including new roofs. READ MORE.

SEPTEMBER 2012

TO NONPROFIT, TEACHER, CYCLERS - To Stephanie Edic and Jackie Stoddard who are opening a new preschool in Fishkill’s Brinkerhoff Professional Park — called Blossoming Minds. “It’s always been in the back of my head, opening my own preschool,” said Stoddard. Both former elementary school teachers were laid off — and after a year of unsuccessful job hunting, the women joined forces to open a new business and establish the preschool, which is to open in September. This is called making lemonade when life gives you lemons. READ MORE.

INVESTMENT IN CANAL SYSTEM PAYS DIVIDENDS - During the discussion surrounding the proposed hike in Thruway tolls, the value of the state’s canal system has been questioned. This is shortsighted: The canal system is an essential New York investment. New York’s Erie Canal is an icon — an internationally known attraction that draws visitors by land and by water from around the state and around the world. These visitors spend money in our historic upstate communities, helping to support museums, restaurants, gift shops, lodging and other local businesses that are the backbone of many local upstate communities. READ MORE.

ATTENDANCE AT NEW YORK STATE PARKS UP 2.3 MILLION - Buoyed by cooperative weather and several big-time events, attendance at state parks is up by more than 2.3 million visitors in 2012, according to attendance figures released Thursday. The state-managed parks and historical sites reported a total of 43.7 million visitors through the summer months this year, a 5.6 percent bump over the same period in 2011. READ MORE.

AUGUST 2012

TILT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO COUNT TRAIL USERS - The Thousand Islands Land Trust is seeking volunteers to conduct two-hour-long “trail counts” along the 27-mile Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail from today until Aug. 31. The land trust needs to conduct at least four counts of trail users on different days. Volunteers will be given tally sheets to mark off how many walkers, joggers, bicyclists and ATVs they see using the Rivergate Trail during their time slot and return those sheets to TILT. READ MORE.

BIKE-HIKE TRAIL USERS SURVEYED FOR COMMENT - Cyclists and pedestrians enjoying the Erie Canalway Trail may encounter college students with laptop computers hoping to ask a few questions. And it might be a good idea for those who enjoy the bike path to stop and answer those questions, because the survey could affect the trail’s future. Parks & Trails New York is informing residents about an ongoing survey project aimed at getting comments from as many as 800 people in an effort to put solid numbers on the trail’s impact on communities stretching from the Capital Region all the way to Buffalo. READ MORE.

NY PARKS GROUP PUBLISHES HUDSON VALLEY BIKE BOOK - A parks advocacy group has published a new guide for bicyclists who want to visit some of the Hudson Valley's many historic, scenic and cultural attractions. Parks and Trails New York says the 142-page guide book — titled "Cycling the Hudson Valley" — is geared toward biking enthusiasts who want to check out routes on both sides of the Hudson River between New York City and Albany. The book also lists campgrounds, breweries, wineries, bike shops, information centers, and service areas. It features 40 full-color maps of the region and can fit in bike saddlebags, backpacks or a vehicle glove compartment.The Hudson Valley guidebook is modeled after its companion publication, "Cycling the Erie Canal."END. The book costs about $24 and is available from the Parks and Trails website at www.ptny.org. #END

NEW GUIDEBOOK MAPS HUDSON VALLEY'S RICHES - A new guidebook maps bicycle routes, historic sites, wineries, bicycle shops and parks along the Hudson River between New York City and Albany. “The Hudson Valley is a perfect area for cycling,” said Robin Dropkin, executive director of Parks and Trails New York. “It has scenic beauty, cultural riches and history – everything a bicycle tourist wants.” “Cycling the Hudson Valley: A guide to history, art, and nature on the east and west sides of the majestic Hudson River,” contains 40 color maps, cycling tips, elevation profiles, and a virtual encyclopedia of things to see and do along the way. Created by Parks and Trails New York in partnership with Hudson River Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the 142-page guidebook is organized into bridge segments, covering approximately 400 miles of the region. READ MORE.

TAKING A HEAD COUNT AT THE ERIE CANAL - An economic impact study conducted along the Erie Canal is under way. Parks & Trails New York, a non-profit advocacy group, has partnered with a State University of New York at Geneseo professor to count the number of users along various sections of the canal. Paul Scipione, who teaches business and is the director of a research center at the college, will team up with 30 students for the remainder of this month and through August and survey 600 to 800 current trail users to gather data on demographics, trail usage and spending patterns, as well as overall trail experience. READ MORE.

JULY 2012

HURLEY RAIL TRAIL TO BE INCLUDED IN STATE USER COUNT - State officials are seeking to quantify the popularity of trails and will include the 2.2-mile section of rail trail along U.S. Route 209 in the first count of users. The survey will be conducted during several days in August by members of the Hurley Rail Trail Committee. “We along with (14) other rail trails will be doing this count,” committee Chairwoman Heather Hirsch said. “We’ll have four ‘count days’ with a day being a two-hour period that we’ll sit on the trail,” she said. “They want you to go one weekend day and three consecutive weekdays during that same week.” The count is being conducted by Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Trails Council, and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Officials in a press release said there has not been a previous count conducted that can provide information on the number of people using the trails for walking, jogging and bicycling. READ MORE.

OUR VIEW: PUSH TO COMPLETE ERIE TRAIL THROUGH MOHAWK VALLEY - While the Erie Canal is enjoying resurgence as an economic engine in the quest to draw tourists, a key part of the puzzle is missing for the Mohawk Valley, and it needs to be put in place before the region can reap the kind of rewards being enjoyed by other canalside communities across the state.That puzzle piece is a vital stretch between Utica and Little Falls —one of just six sections left to be completed in the 524-mile multi-use trail. While some of the communities in this section are well on their way to developing canalside amenities, completing the link through the Mohawk Valley is paramount to their reaching potential. READ MORE.

'I LOVE MY PARK BECAUSE' CONTEST IN FULL SWING - Got an eye for photography? Then you’ll want to sign up for the “I Love My Park Because” contest that has taken the Hudson Valley by storm! This summer, New Yorkers are encouraged to show off their NYS park pride by submitting photos for a change to win big. Said Executive Direction Robin Dropkin, “We know New Yorkers love their parks and the parks protect natural resources, boost local economies, and give people a place to hike, swim, learn, relax and recharge. The ‘I Love My Park Because’ photo contest is an exciting new way to tap into that love and enthusiasm and generate greater awareness about all the benefits we receive from these treasured places.” READ MORE.

CTEC 2012 PRESS

ERIE CANAL BIKE TOUR PASSES THROUGH COUNTY (photo gallery) - The 14th annual, 8-day, 400-mile, Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour across New York State began July 8 in Buffalo. Last year more that 500 cyclists took part in the tour and it was great for local businesses. This tour passed through Wayne County on July 10 with riders filtering through each community at various times. Here are some scenes from this year's tour. To learn more about the Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour visit www.ptny.org. READ MORE.

500 BICYCLISTS CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF 400-MILE JOURNEY ALONG ERIE CANAL - 'Cycling the Erie Canal' concluded in Albany - Celebrating upstate New York's unique history and scenic beauty, 500 bicycle riders from 36 states joined with state and local officials at Quackenbush Square in Albany Sunday to mark the completion of Parks & Trails New York's annual week-long bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany.The Albany celebration recognized the riders' achievement and highlighted the importance of the Erie Canalway Trail to upstate New York's quality of life and economy. When the Canalway Trail is finished, it will be the longest statewide trail in the U.S. It is 75 percent complete along its 524-mile total length. Members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's cabinet and executive staff joined the cyclists - aged 5 to 85 years - during the tour to connect with visitors and residents all along the historic Canal corridor and to emphasize the vitally important role of the canal as an economic development engine for canal communities. READ MORE.

SEN. TOM O'HARA: GROWING THE ECONOMY OUTDOORS - Did you know: Nearly one-half of the nation’s citizens, 141 million people, took part in an outdoor recreation activity last year; Americans made 11.6 billion outdoor outings in 2011, 1.5 billion more than the previous year; These participants averaged 82 outings annually. That’s according to a timely new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Outdoor Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established to “inspire and grow future generations of outdoor enthusiasts.” I say timely because it complements New York government’s reinvigorated efforts to encourage outdoor recreation. READ MORE.

ALASKAN ADVENTURER RETURNS TO ERIE CANALWAY - Peter Mckay first visited Lyons, NY on September 16, 2010. It was day number 16 of his kayak expedition thru the Erie Canal. On Friday July 20, 2012, Peter returned to Lyons. It was day number 50 of his bike ride from Anachortes, Washington to Bar Harbor, Maine, approximately 4300 miles! Peter is following the Northern Tier Bike Route, one of many adventure routes planned by the Adventure Cycling Association. Peter hopes to complete his journey in 8 weeks. Said Peter, “When I hit those darn brutal head winds in North Dakota, I could hardly move, and I began to wonder if I maybe was going crazy. READ MORE.

WORK ON ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL IN LYONS N Y SET TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER - A critical missing link in the Erie Canalway Trail in Lyons will be constructed beginning this year as crews continue their work on the trail between Newark and Lyons. Once completed, the new 1-mile trail segment between Abbey Park and Erie Canal Lock 27 will link to an Erie Canalway Trail segment currently under construction in the towns of Arcadia and Lyons, helping to create a 134-mile uninterrupted trail route from Lyons to Buffalo. The Lyons Erie Canalway Trail project will be constructed with Canal Corporation funds in partnership with Wayne County and the Village of Lyons. Features will include a new 10-foot wide asphalt trail, as well as informational and directional signage. Announcement of new trail construction came as more than 500 cyclists from around the country put foot-to-pedal for the 14th annual Cycling the Erie Canal event, a 400-mile bicycling tour along the route of the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany. READ MORE.

OUR AREA THROUGH THE EYES OF OTHERS - The Germans were a shock. Their bikes loaded with gear, they were looking for breakfast. The last thing I expected to find on my bike ride to work along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail was a pair of hungry Germans.They were nearing the end of their tour of the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany. "You came from Germany to ride the Erie Canal?" I asked, trying not to sound incredulous. "Yes," the husband said matter-of-factly, as if the bike trail were filled with German tourists on a regular basis. "About the breakfast..." Hundreds of cyclists do tour the state each year as part of Parks and Trails NY's Cycle the Erie Canal ride, which finished in Albany last weekend. Those riders don't have to worry about finding their breakfast. The tour is fully supported, so participants get meals supplied, baggage shipped to the next stop and a resident bike mechanic in case a bike breaks down. It's great for families, casual riders and people who enjoy the celebratory atmosphere of the tour's "tent cities" that sprout up at each stop, including Collins Park in Scotia. Other riders, like the Germans, want more adventure, so they plan the trip themselves. READ MORE.

ERIE CANAL CYCLISTS HIT HOMESTRETCH - Biking across upstate New Yrk has been great for Sal Page, who felt like a 12-year-old during the 400-mile trek, he said. But he's also ready to finish teh final 30 miles of journey today. "I'm tired. I'm 68 years old. I'm ready to rest," said the Erie County resident. READ MORE.

500 BICYCLISTS CELEBRATE COMPETION OF 400-MILE JOURNEY ALONG ERIE CANAL - 'Cycling the Erie Canal' concluded in Albany - Celebrating upstate New York's unique history and scenic beauty, 500 bicycle riders from 36 states joined with state and local officials at Quackenbush Square in Albany Sunday to mark the completion of Parks & Trails New York's annual week-long bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany. The Albany celebration recognized the riders' achievement and highlighted the importance of the Erie Canalway Trail to upstate New York's quality of life and economy. When the Canalway Trail is finished, it will be the longest statewide trail in the U.S. It is 75 percent complete along its 524-mile total length. Members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's cabinet and executive staff joined the cyclists - aged 5 to 85 years - during the tour to connect with visitors and residents all along the historic Canal corridor and to emphasize the vitally important role of the canal as an economic development engine for canal communities. READ MORE.

ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL TO EXPAND IN LITTLE FALLS - Construction of a one-mile segment of the Erie Canalway Trail in the city of Little Falls will begin in September. That is according to Mayor Robert Peters who said during Monday night’s meeting of the city’s Board of Public Works the trail between the end of the James W. Miller Miracle Mile and Half Bike Trail on West Shore Street and State Route 167 will link to existing Canalway Trail segments to create a more than 40-mile continuous trail from Little Falls to Amsterdam. “Anything to draw people to the city of Little Falls is a good thing,” said Peters. “The trail is a resource for hikers, bikers and for those looking for family fun, and will hopefully prove to be beneficial for everyone. The trail will allow us to further showcase what the city has to offer.” READ MORE.

CYCLIST VISIT ROME DURING ERIE CANAL TOUR - Waking up at 3 a.m., cracking over 900 eggs, and pouring thousands of cups of coffee is all in a days for volunteers at the YMCA in Rome. Nearly 40 YMCA volunteers and staff prepared a breakfast for roughly 540 riders who are on the 14th annual Cycling the Erie Canal Tour.
The 400-mile ride began in Buffalo on July 8 and will end in Albany on July 17. The bicyclists pedal between 40 to 60 miles along the Canal each day. On Thursday, riders stopped at Fort Stanwix to set up tents and spend the night in Rome. Oneida County Tourism provided shuttle buses for the cyclists to visit area restaurants and shops. The riders are also able to visit museums and historic sites while on tour.
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CYCLISTS TO END ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL IN ALBANY - About 500 bicycle riders from 36 states will arrive in Albany Sunday to finish the annual 400-mile-long "Cycling the Erie Canal" ride along the Erie Canal that began in Buffalo on July 8. Several local, state, corporate and nonprofit officials will join them at about noon at 25 Quackenbush Square at the corner of Broadway and Clinton Street in Albany. "Cycling the Erie Canal" is sponsored by Parks & Trails New York to highlight the importance of the canal systems to upstate New York's quality of life. END.

ERIE CANAL TRAIL TO BE EXPANDED IN LITTLE FALLS - The Erie Canal has been around since 1825 in one form or another. The trails along it for walking or biking have been building up for the past couple of decades, but the trail system does not extend the entire length of the canal, yet. The head of the New York State Canal Corp, Brian Stratton is trying to change that. Stratton is taking part in the bike tour across the state from Buffalo to Albany called 'Cycling the Erie', and at a number of stops along the Erie Canal, he is making some major announcements. READ MORE.

ERIE CANAL HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL TO BE EXPANDED - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that a new, eight-mile segment of the 365-mile Erie Canalway Trail is scheduled to begin construction in September 2013. The new expansion will close a gap in Niagara and Erie counties to connect Amherst and Lockport with a continuous 100-mile bike and hiking path. The new section will be an addition to the statewide Erie Canalway Trail linking the Hudson River to Lake Erie. Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker said, "The Erie Canalway Trail will continue to be a premier tourist destination and we welcome the boost to our economy this project will bring. This new construction will create jobs and expand the benefits the trail brings locally." READ MORE.

KEY LINK APPROVED FOR ERIE CANAL - A new, eight-mile segment of the Erie Canalway Trail that will connect portions of Amherst and Lockport is scheduled to go to bid. The trail will run from approximately the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village – formerly the Amherst Old Colony Museum – on Tonawanda Creek Road to Prospect Street in Lockport. From Lockport, the trail connects with existing portions of the scenic recreational path. Bids are expected to go out next spring and will be due in July 2013 with construction likely to start in September 2013. The new section is scheduled to open by the fall of 2014. READ MORE.

PEDAL POWERS - If you happen to be near the Erie Canal today, keep on the lookout. More than 500 cyclists from 36 states will be dropping their automobiles for a one-week ride along the canal, with a stopover likely around 9 a.m. at Niawanda Park in the City of Tonawanda. The group will launch the ride from Buffalo an hour earlier before making their way through Lockport and over to Amherst, with their sights on the July 15 finish line in Albany. It's the 14th year for "Cycling the Erie Canal," which Robin Dropkin, executive director of Parks and Trails New York, said has transformed from a "somewhat of a ragtag operation" of 60 riders, into a burgeoning example of how the waterway can draw interest beyond the boundaries of New York state. READ MORE.

CANAL BIKE PATH TO BE EXPANDED - 8-MILE PATH ALONG ERIE CANAL TO BE BUILT - On Sunday, 500 cyclists started an eight day, 400-mile trip along the Erie Canal that will take them all the way to Albany. To coincide with the trip, the announcement was made that the eight-mile bike trail gap between Lockport and Amherst would be built. "Its going to be a remarkable resource for cyclists for walkers, runners, people with baby carriages and for seniors who like nice flat walking and bicycling," said Robin Dropkin Executive Director of PTNY. READ MORE.

CUOMO ASSOCIATES TO PROMOTE STATE DURING CANAL BIKE RIDE - If you notice a blue-and-white shirt among the sea of canal-side cyclists next week, you might have just spotted a top state official. Sixteen members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet and executive staff will join more than 500 participants in an annual bike ride along the Erie Canal, beginning in Buffalo on Sunday. Cuomo staffers on the 14th-annual eight-day trek aren’t riding solely for exercise. They plan to announce upcoming economic development initiatives in communities along the way. READ MORE.

CANALWAY RIDERS ENJOY LOCAL SITES - The first leg of the Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour brought more than 500 riders through canal communities in Erie and Niagara County before reaching a “tent city” that grew outside of Medina’s middle school. The annual bike tour brings a caravan of cyclists from Buffalo to Albany over eight-days of riding and stops for nourishment and educational recreation. Sunday’s 47-mile leg began in the Queen City but included stops for riders to grab a bite to eat and learn about local history. he first day’s travel brought riders to the Amherst Museum, on a tour of the canal in Lockport and a trip to the Medina Railroad Museum in addition to the peaceful towpath trail. READ MORE.

GENERAL PRESS

PARKS ORGANIZATION HOLDING PHOTO CONTEST- Parks & Trails New York, a statewide advocacy and education organization, is holding an “I Love My Park Because” photo contest to raise awareness about the importance of public parks. New York residents are invited to be photographed in their favorite park, holding a sign describing or illustrating why they like the park. Photo entries should be submitted in digital format along with contact information and the name of the park by Aug. 31 to ilovemypark@ptny.org Prizes, such as camping gear, will be awarded for the best overall photo and most creative photo, as well as to one winner in a random drawing from all entrants.

A TRAIL USER? THEN COUNT YOURSELF IN - Do you use trails in New York state? If so, state parks officials want to count you as they tally numbers for an upcoming project. The 2012 New York State Trail User Count is being launched by the advocacy group Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Trails Council and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The groups said New York state includes hundreds of miles of popular trails for walkers, joggers and cyclists, but little data exist in terms of actual numbers of trail users.


JULY 2014

NEW REPORT TOUTS ECONOMIC IMPORTANT OF ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL—1.6 million visits generate $253 million in economic impact—Parks & Trails New York (PTNY), the state’s leading not-for-profit park and trail advocacy organization, today announced the release of its new report, The Economic Impact of the Erie Canalway Trail: An Assessment and User Profile of New York’s Longest Multi-use Trail. This first comprehensive study of the Erie Canalway Trail (ECT) visitor demonstrates an annual trail traffic volume of more than 1.58 million visits per year, which generates an economic impact of approximately $253 million and supports 3,440 jobs in the local economies within the trail corridor. READ MORE.

500 CYCLISTS MAKE 400-MILE CROSS-STATE BICYCLE TRIP TO EXPERIENCE UPSTATE NEW YORK16th anniversary Cycling the Erie Canal tour arrives in Rochester July 14 – On July 13, more than 500 cyclists left their cars behind to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany. They will arrive in the Rochester area on Monday, July 14, on the second day of the 16th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by the statewide nonprofit group Parks & Trails New York. READ MORE.

500 CYCLISTS MAKE 400-MILE CROSS-STATE BICYCLE TRIP TO EXPERIENCE UPSTATE NEW YORK 16th anniversary Cycling the Erie Canal tour arrives in Medina July 13 – On July 13, more than 500 cyclists will leave their cars behind to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany. They will arrive in Medina that day, as part of the 16th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by the statewide nonprofit group Parks & Trails New York. READ MORE.

500 CYCLISTS MAKE 400-MILE CROSS-STATE BICYCLE TRIP TO EXPERIENCE UPSTATE NEW YORK 16th annual Cycling the Erie Canal tour starts in Buffalo on July 13—Cyclists arrive July 12—On July 13, more than 500 cyclists will leave their cars behind as they pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany on the 16th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by the statewide nonprofit Parks & Trails New York. READ MORE.

JUNE 2014

EARLY REGISTRATION EXTENDED FOR CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL - Bicyclists invited to join fully-supported and family-friendly bicycle tour across Upstate New York -  Spaces are still available on the 16th annual Cycling the Erie Canal, an eight-day, 400-mile bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany along the legendary Erie Canal, scheduled for July 13-20, 2014. Early registration has been extended through June 11, and for riders with limited time, weekend options are offered from Buffalo to Pittsford on July 13-14 and Canajoharie to Albany on July 19-20. READ MORE.

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY 2014: NEW TRAIL OPENINGS, GROUP HIKES AND VOLUNTEER PROJECTS... AND RENEWED CALLS FOR COMPLETION OF THE ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL - In celebration of the American Hiking Society’s 22nd annual National Trails Day®, Parks & Trails New York is urging everyone to spend some time on one of the state’s more than 16,000 miles of trail on Saturday, June 7.  New Yorkers can select from 45 different events. Hikes, bike and horse rides, trail maintenance, paddle trips, trail dedication ceremonies, and other activities are being held in cities and towns across the state. READ MORE.

MAY 2014

POP GROUP CAPITAL CITIES AND L.L. BEAN BOOTMOBILE TO STOP IN CAPITAL REGION FOR I LOVE MY PARK DAY - Campus Consciousness Tour to pitch in at a New York State Park - Pop group Capital Cities and the larger-than-life L.L.Bean Bootmobile will make a stop in the Capital Region to participate in the third annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 3. Capital Cities is currently headlining REVERB’s Campus Consciousness Tour presented by L.L.Bean. Capital Cities, REVERB, and L.L.Bean, along with student outing clubs and environmental groups, are taking
part in community service projects that protect and beautify natural spaces. READ MORE

GE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP MAKE SARATOGA TRAIL ADA ACCESSIBLE ON I LOVE MY PARK DAY - Saratoga Spa State Park will get one step closer to seeing a long-held dream come true on May 3, when work done by GE volunteers and others will increase the accessibility of the one-mile Ferndell Trail. GE volunteers will work with Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park and park staff to widen the trail in several locations. The work will continue later this year when GE volunteers, the Friends and park staff will make the trail completely handicapped accessible with the addition of a 25-foot pedestrian bridge and new benches every 1000 feet, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. READ MORE.

MARCH 2014

SUPREME COURT DECISION ON RAIL TRAILS DOES NOT AFFECT NYS TRAILS - The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v. United States, represents a setback for the rail trail movement. However, contrary to several media reports, the Court’s decision is quite limited in scope, and it will have no effect on existing or planned rail trails in New York State. READ MORE.

REPORT CITES ADDITIONAL PROGRESS IN “CLOSING THE GAPS” IN ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL - Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the Canalway Trails Association New York (CTANY) have released their fourth annual report, Closing the Gaps: A Progress Report on the Erie Canalway Trail 2013. PTNY and CTANY note that 2013 was a year of many accomplishments in efforts to close the remaining 83 miles of gaps in the 360-mile trail that extends from Buffalo to Albany:  Seven miles of trail were constructed, six miles between Newark and Lyons in Wayne County and one mile in the City of Little Falls. READ MORE.

SENATORS PUSH FOR DEDICATED FUNDING FOR BICYLCISTS AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY INFRASTRUCTURE – A group of 20 Senators are requesting $20 million in dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian safety and infrastructure to be included in SFY 2014-15 and beyond. The Senators have signed on to a letter circulated by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-18) which asks for Senate leadership to include the funding in the chamber’s one-house, budget bill. Senator Dilan’s letter recognizes that access to active transportation is essential for all New Yorkers, and dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure represents an investment in safety, quality of life, community health, and business. READ MORE.

FEBRUARY 2014

NEW YORKERS CALL ON LEGISLATORS TO FUND STATE PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES - New Yorkers from across the state are coming together at the State Capitol on February 26 for the 8th annual Park Advocacy Day to urge policymakers to protect and preserve New York’s state parks. Representatives from park friends groups, environmental organizations, local parks, and educational organizations will be in attendance. Park advocates will urge state lawmakers to support Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $90 million capital investment in the state park system, increase operating funds for state parks and historic sites, and enhance the once robust Environmental Protection Fund. READ MORE.  

NEW YORKERS CALL ON LEGISLATORS TO FUND PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLING PROJECTS - New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) convened around the Empire State Plaza this week to meet with legislators calling on them to dedicate funding to improve New York’s pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure. The advocacy day is a follow up to other efforts of the group to deliver the same message to the Governor’s Office and the New York State Department of Transportation through a postcard campaign and a letter, sent in December 2013, from more than 1300 individuals and 50 organizations representing environmental, health, aging, equity, and transportation groups. READ MORE.

JANUARY 2014

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK AWARDS GRANTS TO STRENGTHEN PARK AND TRAIL GROUPS AROUND THE STATE - The statewide advocacy group Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) today awarded almost $15,000 in Growing the Grassroots capacity building grants to eight not-for-profit park and trail organizations. The groups will use the funds to increase organizational visibility, generate community support, grow membership, and attract additional volunteers. READ MORE.

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO'S PROPOSED INVESTMENT IN PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT BUDGET- Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal for State FY 2014-2015 includes important investments in state parks infrastructure and environmental programs that will help grow the economy, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. READ MORE.

NEW YORKERS CALL ON GOVERNOR CUOMO TO FUND PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLING PROJECTS - More than 50 organizations, 1,300 Postcards, one message—NYS Budget needs dedicated bike/ped funding—New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) delivered a united message to Governor Cuomo this afternoon: more than 1,300 postcards, from New Yorkers across the state, calling on the Governor to dedicate funding to improve New York’s pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure. The postcard delivery is a follow‐up to a letter, sent in December 2013, from more than 50 organizations representing environmental, health, aging, equity, and transportation groups. READ MORE.

STATEMENT FROM PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK ON GOVERNOR CUOMO'S 2014 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS - In today's State of the State address, Governor Cuomo reinforced his commitment to the revitalization of New York’s world-class state park system.  We applaud the Governor’s continued investment in these treasured landscapes and cultural landmarks for New Yorkers today and for future generations. READ MORE.

DECEMBER 2013

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK RECEIVES $80,000 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD FROM NEW YORK STATE - Regional Economic Development Council award to fund marketing campaign to attract cyclists to 365-mile Erie Canalway Trail - Parks & Trails New York, a statewide park and trail advocacy group, was awarded $80,000 through Round Three of the Regional Economic Development Council grant awards announced by Governor Cuomo on December 11, 2013. The award will fund an initiative to undertake a multi-faceted marketing campaign to attract national and international cyclists to the 365-mile Erie Canalway Trail between Buffalo and Albany. The Trail extends across 14 New York State counties. READ MORE.

OCTOBER 2013

TEN TERRIFIC TRAILS FOR FALL FOLIAGE - To fully enjoy the sights and smells that autumn in New York has to offer, try walking or biking along a multi-use trail. Take your time as you stroll or pedal your way through a canopy of bright fall foliage, breathing in the fresh air, and drawing in the scenery around you. Multi-use trails such as rail and canal trails, greenways and bikeways are family friendly places to walk, run, or bike. Many are along historic railways or canal corridors and are mostly flat. Many of the trails are also located near scenic rivers and streams. One thing they have in common, however, is that they all offer a view of the beautiful foliage during the fall months. Parks & Trails New York has put together a list of Ten Terrific Trails we recommend for fall. READ MORE.

SEPTEMBER 2013

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK OFFERS GRANTS FOR PARK AND TRAIL GROUPS - GROUWING THE GRASSROOTS AIM TO BOOST ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY - The nonprofit Parks & Trails New York is launching the next round of its Growing the Grassroots Capacity Building Grants for park and trail groups in New York State. The grants, of up to $3,000, will strengthen not-for-profit organizations that are working to build and protect parks and trails in communities across the state.  READ MORE.

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK TO PARTICIPATE IN PARK(ING) DAY 2013 - Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people - Albany, N.Y. – Today, Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) is taking over the parking space at 52 N. Pearl Street in downtown Albany, converting it into a temporary public campground complete with greenery, tent, camping chairs, camp stove and marshmallows. By creating a temporary refuge in the middle of the city, PTNY is reminding New Yorkers how important it is to have a place to relax, rejuvenate, and recreate. READ MORE

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK TO PARTICIPATE IN PARK(ING) DAY 2013 ADVISORY - Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people WHAT: Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) is taking over a parking space in downtown Albany, converting it into a temporary public campground. By creating a temporary refuge in the middle of the city, PTNY is reminding New Yorkers how important it is to have a place to relax, rejuvenate, and recreate. The event in Albany is part of PARK(ing) Day, an annual, worldwide event where artists, activists, and citizens independently—but simultaneously—turn metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy. READ MORE

AUGUST 2013

Updated interactive map—optimized for mobile devices—makes it easier to plan Erie Canalway Trail cycling trips - Parks & Trails New York’s interactive map of the Erie Canalway Trail— a cross-state route between Buffalo and Albany along the legendary Erie Canal—has been updated and optimized for mobile devices. The map can be found on the Parks & Trails New York website: www.ptny.org/bikecanal/map READ MORE.

150 cyclists take six-day tour through Hudson Valley —9th annual Cycling the Hudson Valley ends in NYC August 4 Some 150 bicyclists from 15 states, Canada, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are participating in the 9th annual Cycling the Hudson Valley event, organized by Parks & Trails New York, a statewide not-for-profit organization.  The 200-mile bicycle tour ends on Sunday, August 4 in New York City. “Cycling the Hudson Valley is bound to be a fun and exciting event,” says Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York. “We have riders spanning ages 6 to 80, plus many volunteers in communities along the route ready to welcome riders and help them discover what makes the Hudson Valley  so unique.” READ MORE.

JULY 2013

150 cyclists take six-day tour through Hudson Valley — 9th annual Cycling the Hudson Valley ends in NYC August 4– Some 150 bicyclists from 15 states, Canada, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are participating in the 9th annual Cycling the Hudson Valley event, organized by Parks & Trails New York, a statewide not-for-profit organization.  The 200-mile bicycle tour ends on Sunday, August 4 in New York City. READ MORE.

500 Cyclists make 400-mile cross-state bicycle trip to experience Upstate New York —15th anniversary Cycling the Erie Canal tour arrives in Capital Region July 13—Riders finish tour at Albany Visitors Center July 14 - On July 7, more than 500 cyclists left their cars behind to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail. They will arrive in the Capital Region on Saturday July 13, as part of the 15th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by Parks & Trails New York. They will complete their journey Sunday, July 14 at the Albany Visitors Center. Covering between 40 and 60 miles per day, cyclists travel along the Erie Canalway Trail which is about three-quarters complete.  When the Trail is finished, it will be the longest intra-state trail in the United States. READ MORE.

500 Cyclists make 400-mile cross-state bicycle trip to experience Upstate New York —15th anniversary Cycling the Erie Canal tour arrives in Mohawk Valley July 11 - On July 7, more than 500 cyclists left their cars behind to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail. They will arrive in the Mohawk Valley on Thursday, July 11, as part of the 15th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by Parks & Trails New York. Covering between 40 and 60 miles per day, cyclists travel along the Erie Canalway Trail which is about three-quarters complete.  When the Trail is finished, it will be the longest intra-state trail in the United States. READ MORE.

READ MORE. 500 Cyclists make 400-mile cross-state bicycle trip to experience Upstate New York —15th anniversary Cycling the Erie Canal tour arrives in Syracuse July 10—Midpoint celebration at Rosamond Gifford Zoo at 3:45pm – On July 7, more than 500 cyclists left their cars behind to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail. They will arrive in Syracuse on Wednesday, July 10, half-way on the 15th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by Parks & Trails New York. Covering between 40 and 60 miles per day, cyclists travel along the Erie Canalway Trail which is about three-quarters complete.  When the Trail is finished, it will be the longest intra-state trail in the United States. READ MORE.

500 Cyclists make 400-mile cross-state bicycle trip to experience Upstate New York —15th anniversary Cycling the Erie Canal tour arrives in Rochester July 8 – On July 7, more than 500 cyclists left their cars behind to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail. They will arrive in the Rochester area on Monday, July 8, on the second day of the 15th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by Parks & Trails New York. Covering between 40 and 60 miles per day, cyclists travel along the Erie Canalway Trail which is about three-quarters complete.  When the Trail is finished, it will be the longest intra-state trail in the United States. READ MORE.

READ MORE. 500 Cyclists make 400-mile cross-state bicycle trip to experience Upstate New York —15th anniversary Cycling the Erie Canal tour arrives in Seneca Falls on July 9 – On July 7, more than 500 cyclists left their cars behind to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail. They will arrive in Seneca Falls on Tuesday July 9, on the 15th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by Parks & Trails New York. Covering between 40 and 60 miles per day, cyclists travel along the Erie Canalway Trail which is about three-quarters complete.  When the Trail is finished, it will be the longest intra-state trail in the United States. READ MORE.

500 Cyclists make 400-mile cross-state bicycle trip to experience Upstate New York —15th anniversary Cycling the Erie Canal tour arrives in Medina July 7 – On July 7, more than 500 cyclists will leave their cars behind as they pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany on the 15th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by Parks & Trails New York. Covering between 40 and 60 miles per day, cyclists travel along the Erie Canalway Trail which is about three-quarters complete.  When the Trail is finished, it will be the longest intra-state trail in the United States. READ MORE.

500 Cyclists make 400-mile cross-state bicycle trip to experience Upstate New York —15th annual Cycling the Erie Canal tour starts in Buffalo on July 7 ALBANY, N.Y. –On July 7, more than 500 cyclists will leave their cars behind as they pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany on the 15th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour, organized by Parks & Trails New York. READ MORE.

JUNE 2013

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK TO PRESENT 2013 PARK & TRAIL RECOGNITION AWARDS - Parks & Trails New York is the leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving the health and quality of life of all New Yorkers by working with community organizations and municipalities to envision, create, promote, and protect a growing network of parks, greenways and trails throughout the state for all to use and enjoy. READ MORE.

MAY 2013

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK ANNOUNCES 2013 PARKS & TRAIL RECOGNITION AWARD WINNERS – Parks & Trails New York, a statewide parks and trails advocacy organization, announces the winners of its 2013 Park & Trail Recognition Awards.  The awards recognize the leadership, creativity, and donation of time, talent, and materials behind many of New York’s parks and trails. READ MORE.

APRIL 2013

CYCLING THE ERIE CANAL CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY - Spots available on 400-mile bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany July 7 - 14, 2013 -The 15th annual Cycling the Erie Canal – an eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany along the legendary Erie Canal – is scheduled for July 7-14, 2013. Cycling the Erie Canal riders will enjoy the fine scenery and fascinating history of the Erie Canal corridor, a National Heritage Corridor. The bicycle tour passes through historic canal villages and rural countryside.  Along the way, canal historians and local experts will introduce participants to the people, places and things that make the Erie Canal so unique and so important to the history of New York State and the country.  Nearly three-quarters of the ride is off-road, on the mostly-flat and traffic-free Canalway Trail; the rest is on rural roads with good shoulders. READ MORE.

L.L. BEAN BOOTMOBILE TO STOP IN ALBANY TO PROMOT I LOVE MY PARK DAY - The larger-than-life L.L.Bean Bootmobile will make a stop in Albany to encourage New Yorkers to roll up their sleeves for the second annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 4. I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to celebrate and enhance New York’s state parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire state park system and its needs. Nearly 4,000 volunteers from across the state will participate in more than 80 cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at more than 70 New York State parks and historic sites. Volunteers 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. READ MORE.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR CYCLING THE HUDSON VALLEY BICYCLE TOUR JULY 30-AUGUST 4 - 200-mile bicycle tour from Albany to NYC features five fabulous bridge crossings - The 9th annual Cycling the Hudson Valley — a six-day, 200-mile recreational bicycle tour from Albany to New York City — is scheduled for July 30 to August 4, 2013. Cycling the Hudson Valley participants will pedal their way through one of the most picturesque river valleys in the world.  The Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Olana State Historic Site, and West Point are just a few of the many interesting stops along the way.  Rich in history, culture, wineries, and gourmet cuisine, the Hudson Valley offers fantastic bicycling.  The tour, which includes five panoramic bridge crossings, will ride along designated bike routes, scenic roads, and off-road trails, including the renowned Manhattan Waterfront Greenway along the west side of Manhattan. Last year’s Cycling the Hudson Valley drew riders from 25 states and Canada. READ MORE.

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK SELECTS PARTICIPANTS FOR NEW TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - The statewide advocacy group Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) today announced the selection of two New York State Park and Historic Site Friends organizations to receive targeted technical assistance.  The NYS Park Friends Technical Assistance Program (TAP) will help support Friends organizations by working closely with the groups to build their capacity and, therefore, strengthen the community of park supporters and enhance stewardship of the state park system. Friends organizations are essential to the stewardship and promotion of the New York State park system. These nonprofit organizations—oftentimes made up entirely of volunteers—clear trails, paint buildings, build kiosks, leading interpretive programs, and raise significant money for capital projects. READ MORE.

MARCH 2013

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK COMMENDS STATE LEADERS FOR INVESTMENT IN PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT IN FINAL STATE BUDGET - The state budget for FY2013-2014, agreed to by state lawmakers this week, includes important investments in state parks infrastructure and environmental programs that will help grow the economy, better protect communities from the impacts of climate change, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. Parks & Trails New York applauds the Governor and legislative leaders for making these important investments and for their continued commitment to state parks and critical environmental programs. READ MORE.

FEBRUARY 2013

FIRST STATEWIDE TRAIL USER COUNT DEMONSTRATES POPULARITY OF GREENWAY (MULTI-USE) TRAILS - 14 TRAILS ENJOY UPWARDS OF 2.2 MILLION USERS - Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Trails Council, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation are pleased to announce the results of the first New York State Trail User Count.  The study focused on 14 of the state’s greenway or multi-use trails where volunteers conducted user counts this past August.  Based on the results of these counts it is estimated that over 2.2 million cyclists and pedestrians are using these trails each year. READ MORE.

JANUARY 2013

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2013 PARK & TRAIL RECOGNITION AWARDS - Parks & Trails New York, a statewide parks and trails advocacy organization, is seeking nominations for its 2013 Park & Trail Recognition Awards.  The awards recognize the leadership, creativity, and donation of time, talent, and materials behind many of New York’s parks and trails. READ MORE

REPORT CITES SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN “CLOSING THE GAPS” IN ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL - Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the Canalway Trails Association New York (CTANY) have released their third annual report, Closing the Gaps: A Progress Report on the Erie Canalway Trail 2012. PTNY and CTANY note that 2012 was a year of many accomplishments in efforts to close the remaining 84 miles of gaps in the 361-mile trail that extends from Buffalo to Albany: Seven miles of trail are under construction - six miles between Newark and Lyons and one mile in the City of Little Falls - with completion slated for 2013. READ MORE.

DECEMBER 2012

STATEMENT FROM PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK ON GOVERNOR CUOMO'S 2013 STATE OF THE STATE - In today's State of the State address, Governor Cuomo outlined a comprehensive strategy for building stronger and smarter in the face of a changing climate, including conserving and rebuilding natural systems to better protect New York from future severe weather events. The Governor also committed to rebuilding our treasured state parks devastated by Superstorm Sandy. READ MORE.

OCTOBER 2012

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK HONORS GOV. CUOMO, CONG. HINCHEY, AND BROOKFRIELD WITH LEGACY AND PERKINS AWARDS - On Wednesday, October 17, Parks & Trails New York presented its first annual Park Legacy Award to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for his commitment to keep New York’s state parks open and for providing increased capital funding for the magnificent but chronically underfunded state park system. State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey accepted the award for the Governor. At the event, PTNY presented its George W. Perkins Award to Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey for his long and distinguished record of leadership on behalf of New York’s precious natural and historic heritage, and to Brookfield and its Co-Chairman John E. Zuccotti for creating green and beautiful public spaces and for an outstanding record as a model of corporate social responsibility. READ MORE.

NEW TRANSPORTATION LAW GOES INTO EFFECT OCTOBER 1ST - GROUPS URGE NEW YORK STATE TO INVEST IN BIKING & WALKING - Close to 100 organizations—including health, aging, transportation, smart growth and environmental groups from across the state—recently united to urge Governor Cuomo and NYS Department of Transportation officials to fully fund biking and walking projects under the new federal transportation law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). READ MORE.

SEPTEMBER 2012

BICYCLISTS BRING BUSINESS! Canalway Trail Tourism for your downtown Free Roundtable and Bikearound in Albion October 10 and 11 - The New York State Canal Corporation and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor are partnering with Parks & Trails New York to present a series of events aimed at helping Canalway Trail communities take advantage of the growing bicycle tourist market.  Events include an evening roundtable on Wednesday, October 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Albion’s Hoag Library, 134 South Main Street, and a bike “visit” to Albion beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 11.

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK OFFERS GRANTS FOR PARK AND TRAIL GROPUS - GRANTS AIM TO BOOST ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITYParks & Trails New York is launching the next round of its Growing the Grassroots Capacity Building Grants for park and trail groups in New York State.  The grants, of up to $3,000, will strengthen not-for-profit organizations that are working to build and protect parks and trails in communities across the state. READ MORE.

JULY 2012

150 CYCLISTS TAKE SIX-DAY TOUR THROUGH THE HUDSON VALLEY - WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON HIGHLIGHT OF 8TH ANNUAL GREAT HUDSON VALLEY – Some 150 bicyclists from 24 states and Canada are participating in the 8th annual Great Hudson Valley Pedal event, organized by Parks & Trails New York, a statewide not-for-profit organization.  The 200-mile bicycle tour ends on Sunday, August 51 in New York City. “The Great Hudson Valley Pedal is bound to be a fun and exciting event,” says Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York. “We have riders spanning ages 6 to 80, plus many volunteers in communities along the route ready to welcome riders and help them discover what makes the Hudson Valley region so unique.” READ MORE.

150 CYCLISTS TAKE SIX-DAY TOUR THROUGH THE HUDSON VALLEY—8th annual Great Hudson Valley Pedal tour starts July 31 in Albany Some 150 bicyclists from 25 states and Canada are participating in the 8th annual Great Hudson Valley Pedal event, organized by Parks & Trails New York, a statewide not-for-profit organization.  The 200-mile bicycle tour ends on Sunday, August 5 in New York City. “The Great Hudson Valley Pedal is bound to be a fun and exciting event,” says Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York. “We have riders spanning ages 6 to 80, plus many volunteers in communities along the route ready to welcome riders and help them discover what makes the Hudson Valley region so unique.” READ MORE.

PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK STUDIES ECONO9MIC IMPACT OF ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL - Visitors to the Erie Canalway Trail this summer may encounter students wanting to know more about their visit as part of a an economic impact study being conducted by the statewide not-for-profit advocacy group, Parks & Trails New York (PTNY).  Paul Scipione, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Business and Director of the Survey/Research Center at SUNY Geneseo is leading the eight-month effort. READ MORE.

“I LOVE MY PARK BECAUSE” PHOTO CONTEST LAUNCHES - Parks & Trails New York gives New Yorkers new way to support parks and win prizes - New Yorkers love their parks, and Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) is giving New Yorkers more ways to show it with the launching of the “I Love My Park Because” photo contest that will run through August 31, 2012. On I Love My Park Day this past May, volunteers from around the state gave back to the parks and historic sites they love by rolling up their sleeves and pitching in with needed projects. This summer, New Yorkers can get creative and express their love for parks through a photo. READ MORE.

STATEWIDE TRAIL USER COUNT TO OCCUR IN AUGUST PROJECT SEEKING 15 TRAILS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE COUNT - Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Trails Council, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation are launching the 2012 New York State Trail User Count and are seeking 15 of the state’s multi-use greenway trails to be included in an August count. New York boasts hundreds of miles of multi-use trails that offer opportunities for walking, jogging, and bicycling.  Most trails are popular with residents and visitors alike but in terms of actual numbers, little data exists. READ MORE.

MAY 2012

GET OUT ON A TRAIL: CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAIL DAY JUNE 2 -
Activities planned across the state - In celebration of the 20th annual National Trails Day (NTD), Parks & Trails New York urges everyone to spend some time on one of the state’s more than 16,000 miles of trail on Saturday, June 2. New Yorkers can enjoy hikes, bike and horse rides, trail maintenance, paddle trips, trail dedication ceremonies, and other activities across the state. Since 1993, NTD has inspired people to enjoy America’s 200,000 miles of trails on the first Saturday in June. READ MORE.

SPOTS AVAILABLE ON THE 14TH ANNUAL CROSS-STATE BICYCLE TOUR ALONG ERIE CANAL – The 14th annual cross-state bicycle tour along the Erie Canal – Cycling the Erie Canal – is scheduled for July 8-15, 2012.  Cycling the Erie Canal is an eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany along the legendary Erie Canal.

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