Park Advocacy 2021
In 2021, PTNY is continuing to give our parks a voice and interact with the state’s decision makers on a personal level. Given the social distancing guidelines and limited access to the Capitol and Legislative Office Building in Albany, we have reimagined Park Advocacy Day (PAD) to be conducted completely virtually. PAD will be a smaller, more targeted event that prioritizes broadly-accessible programming and high-quality legislative visits.
Park Advocacy Day 2021
Park Advocacy Day 2021 will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 and will consist of 25-30 virtual legislative meetings with key members and leaders. We will coordinate seven teams, consisting of PTNY and OSI staff and five to six additional participants who will be individually invited based on legislative district, parks region, and experience in previous Park Advocacy Days. All PAD participants will participate in a prep session, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, which will include talking points, team rosters, contact information, schedules, flow of meetings, etc. We will also hear from the Commissioner of State Parks, Erik Kulleseid, about the importance of the day and our advocacy efforts.
Ways to Get Involved
Due to the scaled-down nature of this year’s PAD, we are offering alternative ways for the public to get involved, including an advocacy-related best practice workshop, Park Advocacy: Tell Your Story, Protect Our Parks. In addition, we have created a social media toolkit to make it easy to advocate across your network, and are offering an easy-to-use letter writing campaign that will empower you to engage with legislators. While we would love to be with you in person, there are more ways than ever to make your voice heard!
Download the Social Media Toolkit
To celebrate, we are unveiling the new #ParksProvide hashtag and asking our partners and Park Advocacy Day participants to help us amplify our love for parks across social media. Use #ParksProvide on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and share the reasons you love our parks, trails, and greenspaces.
To help inspire greater engagement, the Open Space Institute and Parks and Trails New York have created this social media toolkit. We invite supporters to use the sample posts, photos, and account handles in this toolkit to help guide your own social media posts and increase advocacy for New York’s parks, trails, and greenspaces.
Most importantly, please share with your members, followers, and friends and encourage them to spread their stories about what #ParksProvide
Sign and Send Letters through our Letter Writing Campaign
See "Take Action" form under "Ways to Get Involved" above. Fill in your address and zip code and use our letter template to email your legislators about the importance of funding for parks and open spaces.
For Partners: Sign On to our Letter
As partners in the protection and stewardship of state parks and historic sites, your organization’s name on this letter will help us secure these critical investments and continue the exciting revitalization of the parks system.
Adding you support to this effort will take just a few moments. Please use this form to sign-on to the letter here.
Thank You for Joining our Advocacy Workshop
Thank you for joining us for Park Advocacy: Tell Your Story, Protect Our Parks, on February 18, 2021 and for sharing your stories and getting involved. We hope this workshop gave you some inspiration to craft your own narrative and the tools to successfully advocate for your favorite parks, trails, and public lands this year.
We would like to especially thank our guest speakers, Jose M. Serrano, NY State Senator, and Nancy Dwyer, a Saratoga-Capital District Regional Commissioner, for sharing their passion for parks and tips for being successful advocates.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to staff here at PTNY!