In The News


  • June, 2018

  • Long Islanders show love to Wantagh parks

    Long Island Herald

    On May 5, about 200 Long Islanders helped beautify and prepare both parks for the summer season as part of the seventh annual I Love My Park Day, hosted by Parks & Trails New York, a non-profit environmental advocacy group, in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. These locals were a fraction of the 1,800 volunteers who helped clean up and improve 23 of Long Island’s state and national parks, historic sites and public lands.

  • State program encourages businesses to become more bike friendly

    More businesses in New York State are becoming bike friendly. That’s according to the program Bike Friendly New York, which certifies businesses that provide accommodations for cyclists.

  • Friends of Reinstein Woods to Hire Development Manager after Grant Receipt

    Lancaster Bee

    Parks & Trails New York's Park and Trail Partnership Program has awarded Friends of Reinstein Woods a $47,411 grant to hire a development manager, the nonprofit support organization at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Depew announced Monday.

  • May, 2018

  • Street Beat: Wed is Bike To School Day in Orangetown

    Nyack News & Views

    Parks & Trails NY is conducting the bike study for Orangetown, with a particular focus on offering cyclists of all ages and abilities safe connections to schools, parks, Orangetown’s various business districts, the existing trail network, and the shared use path on the new Mario M. Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge.

  • NYS Senator Phil Boyle Hosts Annual “I Love My Parks” Day

    Senator Boyle showed his support for all the work volunteers were accomplishing during the annual event that took place at Connetquot State Park, Heckscher State Park, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Belmont Lake and Robert Moses State Park, amongst other parks around N.Y State.

  • Environmental Conservation Events Being Held For "I Love My Park Day"

    WAMC 90.3 -- National Public Radio

    The New York State Department of Parks and Recreation is partnering with Parks & Trails New York for the annual “I Love My Park Day.” Volunteers are expected to participate in conservation events statewide Saturday. The Catskill Interpretive Center, the visitor center for Catskill Park, is coordinating multiple projects.

  • Parks Cleanup Near the Hudson River Boosts Long-term Preservation

    Poughkeepsie Journal

    Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park also got a spring cleaning on Saturday, thanks to I Love My Park Day. This outdoors initiative — also scheduled for Staatsburgh State Historic Site in Staatsburg and Stony Kill Farm and Environmental Education Center in Wappingers Falls — was held statewide. Parks & Trails New York, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Park Service all took part in I Love My Park Day.

  • Thousands help clean up LI nature for I Love My Park Day


    Thousands of volunteers across the state and on Long Island took to their parks Saturday, picking up trash, painting bike racks and trimming brush for the seventh annual I Love My Park Day. There were 8,000 volunteers at the more than 135 participating state parks, historic sites and national parks statewide, including 1,800 volunteers on Long Island, said Alison Jenkins, executive director of advocacy group Parks & Trails New York, which works with the state on the event.

  • VIDEO: Volunteers Show a Little Love to Their State Parks

    Spectrum News

    Saturday was a perfect day to head out to the park. Across New York State, thousands of volunteers did just that. It was I Love My Park Day and more than 135 state and national parks as well as historic sites participated, including Green Lakes and Delta Lake State Parks.

  • April, 2018

  • Volunteers wanted for I Love My Park Day activities

    The Buffalo News

    New York will celebrate the seventh annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday with volunteers lending a hand to improve more than 135 state parks, historic sites and public lands, and national parks. The day is coordinated by Parks & Trails New York and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, in partnership with local Friends groups and with financial support from AT&T.

  • Parks, historic sites across New York prepare for "I Love My Park Day"

    WKBW--ABC Buffalo

  • Grant Cottage group hires development assistant

    Post Star

    One of the grant recipients of our Parks & Trails Partnership Program has put their funding into action by hiring a new part-time staff member.

  • Community cleanups were a job well done

    Lockport Journal

    It took long enough but the weather finally broke this past weekend, allowing dozens of volunteers in places like Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda to get outside and do some much-needed spring cleaning. In Lockport, the weekend featured the third annual Lockport Clean Sweep, which coincided with a statewide Canal Clean Sweep effort involving other communities along the Erie Canal, including North Tonawanda.

  • NYS State Canal System Celebrates 100 Years with Canal Clean Sweep, Part of Earth Day Observance

    WAER 88.3 - Syracuse

    The 100th year of the New York State Canal System was celebrated over the weekend with at least 100 Earth Day Events. The “Canal Clean Sweep” had volunteers at sites along the 524 mile canal putting some gloves on and getting to work just ahead of the canal season. Parks and Trails New York Spokesperson James Meerdink said he appreciates their hard work.

  • How will funding for parks' capital projects be used?

    Spectrum News

    SPECTRUM NEWS VIDEO: Focusing first on New York state, this year's budget includes $90 million in funding for capital projects for the New York State Parks system. It also includes $500,000 for the Park and Trail Partnership Program, a grant program for grassroots "Friends" organizations. Alison Jenkins from Parks & Trails New York and Audrey Bent from Friends of Schodack Island State Park join the show.

  • NYS's I Love My Park Day Returns May 5


    On Saturday, May 5, 2018, at over 120 state parks, historic sites, and public lands across New York, volunteers and stewardship groups will gather to care for our commons. I Love My Parks Day, sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, was launched seven years ago as an annual event to clean up and spiff up public outdoor spaces and to build awareness around the recreation opportunities.

  • I Love My Park Day reason enough to get reacquainted with a local park, historic site

    Poughkeepsie Journal

    Article encourages Hudson Valley residents to participate in the annual statewide volunteer cleanup event listing multiple New York State parks and historic sites throughout the region where events will be taking place.

  • 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.