About I Love My Park Day

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New Yorkers love their parks, as demonstrated by the thousands of volunteers who are willing to help maintain the beauty of New York’s treasured state parks and historic sites. Friends groups and volunteers are more important than ever to keep parks beautiful, clean, and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy.

Volunteers from across the state participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites each year on the first Saturday in May.

PTNY, in collaboration with OPRHP, coordinates the event on the statewide level, providing outreach, promotion, technical assistance and a how-to organizer’s kit for Friends groups to use for their individual events. Friends groups and park staff oversee cleanup, improvement and beautification projects and work with volunteers.

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2017 Highlights and image galleries

Check out the numbers, projects, stories and support from 2017!


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2016 Highlights and image galleries

110 State Parks, Historic Sites and Public Lands Enhanced

Thanks to the nearly 7,500 volunteers who pitched in on Saturday, PTNY's fifth annual I Love My Park Day was a huge success. With your help, we accomplished so much.

Volunteers took part in more than 200 cleanup, improvement, and beautification projects at 110 state parks and historic sites in every corner of the state.

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2015 highlights and image galleries

Learn more about I Love My Park Day by watching this short Prezi slideshow and our 2015 PSA:



I Love My Park Day 2015

The fourth annual I Love My Park Day (May 2, 2015) built upon the tremendous success of the first three years. The event has tripled in size since the inagural I Love My Park Day was held in 2012. Thanks to the 6,500 volunteers who pitched, the fourth annual I Love My Park Day was a huge success.

Parks and historic sites enhanced

Volunteers took part in 200 cleanup, improvement, and beautification projects at 95 state parks and historic sites around the state. From Montauk to Niagara Falls, volunteers cleaned beaches and shorelines, improved trails and made them more accessible, built picnic tables, removed invasive species, painted fences, cleared debris, and much, much more.