In The News

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  • March, 2019

  • Parks and Trails NY Pushes to Keep Completion of Empire State Trail on Track for 2020

    WAER 88.3 FM Syracuse

    Supporters of multi-use trails went to Albany on Monday known as Trail Advocacy Day. They advocated for legislation that would fund and support a statewide plan to improve and extend it.

  • 'Trails Across NY' Advocates For Empire State Trail

    National Public Radio: WAMC 90.3 FM

    Supporters kicked off a new “Trails Across New York” campaign Monday to seek further support for a multi-use trail system in the state. The Empire State Trail is set to be completed in 2020, but the Trails Across New York campaign says continued support is needed. At the state capitol Monday, Parks and Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin laid out the project’s goals.

  • Support Sought for State Trail Network

    The Saratogian

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Outdoor enthusiasts from across New York gathered Monday in Albany to seek funding for a growing, statewide multi-use trails network. Trails Advocacy Day was organized by the non-profit group Parks & Trails New York to seek support for such projects in the state budget.

  • Spa State Park upgrades in the works

    The Saratogian

    The popular Saratoga/Capital Region park will be seeing a number of improvements in the upcoming months. There is also mention of many additional projects in the region, some of which were funded by our Parks & Trails Partnership Program.

  • New Yorkers Call on Legislators to Continue Historic Revitalization of State Parks System

    ALBANY, NY—March 4, 2019—New Yorkers from across the state are coming together at the State Capitol on March 4th for the 13th annual Park Advocacy Day to urge policymakers to protect and preserve New York’s state parks. Nearly 80 representatives from more than 30 park Friends groups, environmental organizations, local parks, and educational organizations will make the case for state park funding. Parks & Trails New York and the Open Space Institute jointly organize Park Advocacy Day.

  • January, 2019

  • Erie Canal cycling tour registration open

    Lockport Journal

    ALBANY — Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York’s 21st annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour. The eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled for July 7 to July 14.

  • Registration Open for Cycle the Erie Canal

    Life in the Finger Lakes

    21st Annual Tour Celebrates Erie Canal Heritage. Participants experience one of the most scenic and historic trails in America this summer

  • Registration Open for Cycle the Erie Canal 2019 —21st Annual Tour Celebrates Erie Canal Heritage—

    Urbancny.com

    Albany, NY – Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York’s 21st annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, an unforgettable opportunity to bike across New York State and take in the rich history of the legendary canal that transformed America. The eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled for July 7-14, 2019

  • November, 2018

  • #GivingTuesday: These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things

    Nyack News & Views

    Parks & Trails New York was recommended by this Rockland County publication as one of the "worthy charities" to donate to on the nationwide #GivingTuesday.

  • October, 2018

  • Presenters educate on cycling tourism at binational summit

    Watertown Daily Times

    GANANOQUE, Ontario — The 1000 Islands International Tourism Summit explored many topics including cycling tourism with James Meerdink, PTNY's Project Director, who presented on how to bring more cyclists to their areas.

  • Amsterdam-Pattersonville bike trail opens

    Daily Gazette

    A new 5-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail between Amsterdam and the Rotterdam hamlet of Pattersonville opened Wednesday, filling most of a long-standing gap in the trail between Amsterdam and Rotterdam Junction.

  • How Does a Leisurely Hike to Canada Sound?

    WellandGood.com

    Parks & Trails New York's Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, is quoted in support of the successful planning of the proposed 2020 completion of the Empire State Trail.

  • VIDEO: Winners of Reimagine the Canals Competition Announced

    Spectrum News

    Parks & Trails New York was one of 2 winners out of 145 entries for the competition to enhance the New York State canal system. Our Project Director, James Meerdink along with Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton explains the proposal.


  • September, 2018

  • AUDIO: $500k In Grants For New York State Parks

    WAMC 90.9 FM

    Brief audio segment on our local NPR station covering the announcement of the fourth round of Park and Trail Partnership Program grants.

  • Parks & Trails New York accepting applications for $500,000 in grants to improve state parks, trails, historic sites, public lands

    Niagara Frontier Publications

    Our statewide announcement for the fourth round of Park and Trail Partnership Program grants.

  • August, 2018

  • Study: Genesee Greenway can improve health, reduce disparities

    Olean Times Herald

    Parks & Trails New York is mentioned in this article acknowledging our work with the Genesee Greenway and the health benefits of trails.

  • July, 2018

  • ‘Summer camp for adults’: Erie Canal bike ride marks 20th year

    The Buffalo News

    It’s a 400-mile vacation consisting of aching muscles, history lessons and a winding trail that snakes east toward Albany. The Cycle the Erie Canal bicycle ride kicked off Sunday morning in Buffalo as roughly 700 people hit the road for the event’s 20th anniversary.

  • VIDEO: 20th annual Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour rolls into Albany

    CBS Channel 6 -- Albany

    More than 600 cyclists pedaled their way into Albany on Sunday, finishing the last stretch of their 400-mile journey from Buffalo. The ride was the 20th annual Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour, which is put on by Parks and Trails New York, in celebration of the canal.

  • Cyclists from Near and Far Exploring the Erie Canal by Bike

    Spectrum News--Capital Region

    For the past 200 years, the Erie Canal has served as an essential waterway connecting the state of New York. In more recent years, it's been made easier for people to travel along the canal by foot or bike thanks to new pathways. This year marks the 20th year of the Cycle the Erie Canal tour, where hundreds of cyclists spend a week making their way across New York along the canal.

  • VIDEO: Biking New York's Parks and Trails

    Spectrum News--Capital Region

    As bicycling gets more popular, some businesses are starting to cater to cyclists -- from offering accommodations like bike racks to keeping some repair tools on hand. For those that really go above and beyond, Parks and Trails New York has a bike-friendly New York certification. And they encourage riders to patronize those places. James Meerdink of Park and Trails New York joins the show to explain more. It's all part of their 400 mile bike trip from Buffalo to Albany along the Erie Canal.