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  • November, 2022

  • Traffic safety advocates push for changes in Albany

    Albany Times Union

    ALBANY – A group of pedestrian and bicycle safety advocates gathered Friday afternoon in Academy Park to honor walkers and cyclists killed by motorists in the city since 2017. The event, organized by the Albany Bicycle Coalition, Walkable Albany and Parks & Trails New York, also served as a chance for the organizations to push for specific policies they would like to see the city and state adopt.

  • Environmental Educator Comes Home To CNY To Enliven Rogers Center Programs

    The Evening Sun

    SHERBURNE ― Environmental Educator and Hamilton native Ellen Rathbone wanted to return to Central New York, and Rogers Center in Sherburne needed someone exactly like her. A grant through our Park and Trail Partnership Grant program made that happen.

  • New Empire State Trail cycling guidebook highlights route through Hudson, Champlain Valley

    Press Republican

    ALBANY — Parks & Trails New York has announced the publication of a new trail travel guidebook, Cycling the Hudson and Champlain Valleys. The 400-mile north-south route of the Empire State Trail, the longest statewide trail in the nation, is the focus of the new book.

  • October, 2022

  • Cycling guidebook highlights route through Hudson and Champlain Valleys

    The Saratogian

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Parks & Trails New York announced the publication of a new trail travel guidebook, Cycling the Hudson and Champlain Valleys. The 400-mile north-south route of the Empire State Trail, the longest statewide trail in the nation, is the focus of the new book.

  • New Empire State Trail cycling guidebook released

    WTEN Channel 10 News (Albany)

    ALBANY, N.Y. (WTEN) — Parks & Trails New York recently published a new trail travel guidebook, dubbed “Cycling the Hudson and Champlain Valleys.” The 400-mile north-south route of the Empire State Trail, the longest statewide trail in the nation, is the focus of the new book.

  • Plan outlines ways to better connect people to nature

    Rome Sentinel

    ALBANY — Parks & Trails New York has announced its support of Open Spaces for All, a report issued by the Open Space Institute, in partnership with the New York Outdoor Recreation Coalition, which presents a set of state-level recommendations designed to improve equity and access to parks and other open spaces for residents and visitors of New York.

  • John Brown Lives! receives $26,500 from Parks and Trails New York to expand strategic planning initiatives

    Adirondack Almanac

    On October 6, Senator Dan Stec (R,C-Queensbury) joined several state and regional representatives and John Brown Lives! Executive Director Martha Swan at a press conference and check presentation on the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid.

  • August, 2022

  • LIC Non-Profit Awarded More Than $15,000 For Landscape Improvements at Gantry Plaza State Park

    LIC Post

    A Long Island City non-profit group that helps with the upkeep of the waterfront parks has been awarded a large grant to buy plantings and upgrade the landscape at Gantry Plaza State Park.

  • July, 2022

  • ‘Big check’ awarded to Rochester inclusive rowing group

    Rochester First

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing is receiving funding in the name of accessibility. The statewide non-profit Parks and Trails New York presented a check for just under $12,000. The funds will go towards improving the pathway to the boat launch at Black Creek near the Genesee River.

  • Ceremony to formalize funding for preservation of stone tables at Letchworth State Park

    Livingston County News

    Parks and Trails New York will formally award a grant to the Friends of Letchworth State Park to preserve historic and popular stone picnic tables in the park’s Upper Falls area at a check presentation ceremony on Tuesday.

  • Here's where Cycle the Erie Canal 2022 is stopping in Rome, Utica

    Observer Dispatch

    Cyclists on the Cycle the Erie Canal 2022 tour will be passing through the Mohawk Valley as part of an eight-day, 750-mile ride along the Erie Canalway Trail.


    Multiple stops will be made at local spots including Utica Coffee Roasting Co. and Heelpath Brewing Co. in Frankfort.

  • Cycle the Erie Canal Passing Through the Finger Lakes Tuesday

    Finger Lakes Daily

    After holding the tour at reduced capacity in 2021 due to the pandemic, the annual eight-day, cross-state Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour has returned at full capacity this year, departing from Buffalo Sunday with expected arrival on July 17th. 750 from 40 states will cross New York State as part of the 24th “Cycle the Erie Canal” tour organized by the statewide nonprofit Parks & Trails New York.

  • ‘Cycle the Erie Canal’ passes through Brockport

    Rochester First

    BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WROC) — Back in the 1800s when it was first built, the Erie Canal revolutionized the travel of goods and people. Fast forward to 2022 and it’s still doing the same thing, albeit with less focus on the water.

  • Cyclists prepare for annual trek through New York along the Erie Canal

    WAER 88.3

    Cyclists from 40 states are making a 400-mile trek during the 24th Annual Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour. About 750 participants left Buffalo over the weekend for the annual eight-day tour and will be cycling all the way to Albany. Most will only travel about 40 to 60 miles per day.

  • Big caravan of cyclists reach Medina on day 1 of canal trek

    Orleans Hub

    MEDINA – Cyclists, totaling 750 from 40 states, arrived in Medina on Sunday enroute to Albany on the Cycle the Erie Canal Tour.

  • How New Yorkers can make the best of the state’s outdoor spaces this summer

    Spectrum News

    New York is home to over 200 state parks and historical sights, scattered all across the state — and Parks & Trails NY has been at the forefront of advocating for these parks for decades. Will Cote is program director for the organization. He joins In Focus to talk about how New Yorkers can make the best of the state’s outdoor spaces this summer. Cote says there’s a lot more to do in the state parks than just hiking — like swimming, biking, or boating. For those who want to learn more about the state parks in their area, he says Parks and Trail NY's website is a great place to start.

  • June, 2022

  • Sen. Tom O'Mara: 'Step outside and grow the economy'

    The Chronicle Express

    Our advocacy work and reports highlighting the economic impact of New York’s parks, historic sites, and trails is quoted in this opinion piece.

  • May, 2022

  • Andy Beers retires from career devoted to the outdoors

    Albany Times Union

    Parks & Trails New York and the Cycle the Erie Canal Tour are mentioned in this acknowledgement of the retirement of the director of the Empire State Trail project.

  • Friends of Rogers Awarded Grant for Environmental Educator

    WICZ Fox 40

    Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center was awarded an $80,000 matching grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Grants program to create an environmental educator position who will develop, lead, and organize educational programming for students, youth, families, and special interest groups with an emphasis on adults and seniors. Friends of Rogers will have to raise an additional $20,000 in matching funds, for a project total of $100,000, over two years.

  • Grants awarded to state parks, trails, historic sites and public lands partner organizations

    The Saratogian

    NEW YORK — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced $900,000 in grants to support 27 not-for-profit organizations involved with the stewardship of state parks, trails, historic sites, and public lands. The grants support partner group efforts to raise private funds for capital projects, perform maintenance and beautification undertakings, provide educational programming, and promote public use of the parks through hosting of special events.