In The News

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  • April, 2018

  • Editorial: Show love for parks by pitching in

    Press Republican

    In a few weeks, area residents have an opportunity to show how much they appreciate local assets that bring them closer to nature. The state parks scattered around the North Country are showcases for some of the key attractions of the place we live. They have accessible hiking trails, beautiful lakeside vistas, programs for adults and children and camping or swimming opportunities.

  • Volunteers Sought for Canal Clean Sweep

    The Recorder

    Fort Hunter – Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is participating in the 13th annual Canal Clean Sweep and is hosting volunteers that would like to lend a hand. Each year, members of local and state organizations along with other volunteers from the community assist in some “spring cleaning” along the Erie Canal corridor.

  • Like the Tour de France, only in kayaks - an Erie Canal proposal

    Democrat & Chronicle

    Parks & Trails New York is involved in two projects among the seven finalists for proposals that will spur tourism and visibility for the Erie Canal. This article focuses on a potential kayak/canoe competition that could attract participants nationwide and from overseas.

  • Parks & Trails New York applauds Cuomo, State Legislature for 'significant' funding for environment and parks

    Niagara Frontier Publications

    Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of the State Legislature for their "extraordinary leadership in supporting state parks and protecting clean water and other vital shared green spaces. The 2018-19 state budget agreement secures New York's position as a national leader in the protection of natural resources, and the advancement of tourism and outdoor recreation."

  • Parks & Trails New York applauds Cuomo, State Legislature for 'significant' funding for environment and parks

    Niagara Frontier Publications

    Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of the State Legislature for their "extraordinary leadership in supporting state parks and protecting clean water and other vital shared green spaces. The 2018-19 state budget agreement secures New York's position as a national leader in the protection of natural resources, and the advancement of tourism and outdoor recreation."

  • State Park Investments Continue; Local Clean Up Days on the Horizon

    Oswego County Today

    It takes more than state funding, however, to have a great park. Local volunteer groups and individuals play a big part in annual cleanup efforts, for example, with the annual I Love My Park day. This year, I Love My Park Day will be held on May 5. Last year, more than 8,000 volunteers took part in more than 250 projects at 125 state parks, historic sites and public lands throughout the state.

  • Friends of Clark Reservation receive grant for Nature Center

    Eagle News Online

    The Council of Park Friends of Clark Reservation State Park has been awarded an $8,500 matching grant from the Park and Trail Partnership Program to improve the exhibits at the Clark Reservation Nature Center. The Friends group will have to raise an additional $1,500 in matching funds, for a total of $10,000 for the project.

  • March, 2018

  • Volunteers sought for ‘I Love My Park Day’ event at north country parks

    Watertown Daily Times

    HENDERSON — Volunteers are being sought for the upcoming “I Love My Park Day,” which is scheduled for May 5. North country parks taking part in the day include Westcott Beach State Park, Henderson, the Black River Trail in Watertown, and the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center at Wellesley Island State Park.

  • Letter: Trails bring health benefits, spur economic development

    Buffalo News

    An approving response from PTNY's Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, to an article acknowledging the preference of trails over other recreational infrastructure of Buffalo metro area residents.

  • Governor Cuomo Encourages New Yorkers To Sign Up For The Seventh Annual "I Love My Park" Day

    LongIsland.com

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that registration is now open for the seventh annual I Love My Park Day, to be held on May 5, 2018 at state parks, historic sites and public lands across New York. The event, sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, is a statewide event to enhance parks, historic sites and public lands and raise awareness and visibility to the state outdoor recreation assets and their needs.

  • Friends of Letchworth awarded grant for CCC planning document

    Livingston County News

    The Friends of Letchworth State Park has received a grant from New York STate and Parks & Trails New York to help with ongoing efforts to preserve the Civilian Conservation Corps legacy in the park. The grant, for $12,530, will be used to fund a planning document and two architectural project reports that will allow the Friends group to more effectively manage and fund its CCC preservation projects, officials said.

  • Winona Forest Gets $19k State Grant

    Watertown Daily Times

    The Winona Forest Recreation Association will receive $19,082 for the rehabilitation of multi-use trails in the Winona State Forest, designed specifically to increase public access and significantly enhancing the users’ experience. The rehabilitation of the trails will attract new users, increase tourism dollars, while growing the local economy.

  • Friends Group Gets Grant for Wilton Event

    The Saratogian

    Friends of Grant Cottage has obtained a $19,500 state grant to help fund an organizer’s salary for a major Civil War encampment scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12 on Ballard Road. U.S. Grant Cottage Civil War Weekend is one of many events planned in coordination with the Town of Wilton’s year-long bicentennial celebration in 2018.

  • State Awards Nearly $10,000 Grant to Johnson Hall

    Fulton County Express

    Friends of Johnson Hall have been awarded $9,905 for a historic floor cloth for the front hallway of the Johnson Hall State Historic Site. According to a release, the “painted carpet” is a reproduction that will help protect the original wooden floor from heavy wear by visitors and will complete the restoration of the decorative finishes on the first floor of the site. Funds will also be used to produce a detailed color booklet, postcards and a website update.

  • Friends of Thacher gets $4K from state to attract more members

    Altamont Enterprise

    The Friends of Thacher Park is looking for more members and just received $4,080 from the state to help with recruitment. The local grant was among $450,000 awarded to 21 organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York State parks, historic sites, and public lands. This is the first time grants are being awarded to DEC Friends groups, according to a release from the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

  • Local groups receive Parks & Trails funding

    Albany Times Union

    Local groups are among the 21 receiving grants from New York state and Parks & Trails New York.

  • Finger Lakes sites receive grants

    Rochester Business Journal

    Four Finger Lakes parks and historic sites will receive grants from the state Parks & Trails New York to restore and enhance their facilities. Statewide, 21 organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of state parks, historic sites and public lands will receive $450,000.

  • Parks & Trails awards state grants to local groups

    Daily Messenger

    New York State and Parks & Trails New York recently awarded $450,000 in state grants to 21 organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of state parks, historic sites and public lands. These groups raise private funds for capital projects, perform maintenance tasks, provide educational programming and promote public use through hosting special events.

  • February, 2018

  • Peddling Proposals: A plan for new bike paths in Orangetown

    Rockland County Times

    Citizens and cycling enthusiasts from around Orangetown and all of Rockland County gathered at Orangetown Hall February 8 for a presentation on proposed upgrades to existing bike paths, as well as new pathways and facilities. Non-profit group Parks and Trails New York and the Town of Orangetown have working together on a study of biking in the town with the goal of establishing a ‘shared community cycling network.’

  • Your Parks, His Budget: Cuomo’s 2018 Proposal

    Nyack News & Views

    New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Fiscal Year 2018-19 Executive Budget Proposal invests in parks and shared green spaces. Although changes at the federal level have made this a difficult budget year for NYS, Cuomo is standing by the environment and continues to make significant investments in state parks and historic sites, and the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).