In The News


  • January, 2024

  • New tool for local trail advocates will help expand New York’s growing Greenway Trail Network

    Rome Sentinel

    ALBANY — Parks & Trails New York and OPRHP announced the release of the Trails Across New York: A Grassroots Guide to Developing Greenway Trails.

  • ADK nonprofits included in $1.8M to state parks, public lands

    The Sun

    ALBANY | Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced $1.8 million in grants to support 27 nonprofit organizations involved with stewardship of state parks, trails, historic sites and other public lands. The grants support public-private partnerships leveraging private funds for new state park amenities, to engage in state park and historic site maintenance and beautification projects, and to provide educational programming and special events.

  • State Parks Gets $1.8 Million Towards Upgrades and New Amenities

    Rochester First

    ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — On Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that $1.8 million in grants will go toward state parks, trails, historic sites, and other public lands. The grants support both public and private partnerships funding park amenities, park and site maintenance, beautification projects, educational programming, and special events.

  • State sends thousands of dollars to trails, historic sites

    Albany Times Union

    Several area nonprofits will receive state funds to improve their offerings, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office said. The focus of this round is on the 2024 New York State Park Centennial Celebration, which promotes public use of the parks.

  • September, 2023

  • Cyclists ring in fall with ride from Corning Preserve to Peebles Island

    Albany Times Union

    COHOES — As fall arrived in the Capital Region Saturday morning, around 70 cyclists made their way from the Corning Preserve in Albany to Peebles Island State Park in Cohoes.

  • June, 2023

  • NY State Senator Tom O’Mara: “Step outdoors and grow the economy”

    Wellsville Sun

    The advocacy group Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) routinely highlights the economic impact of New York’s more than 200 state parks, dozens of historic sites, more than a thousand miles of hiking trails, and over 8,000 campsites (to say nothing of numerous boat launches, beaches, swimming pools, and nature centers). PTNY has estimated that the state parks and trails system supports approximately 54,000 jobs and generates upwards of $5 billion in park and visitor spending – which means each dollar of state investment is supporting a return of an estimated nine dollars in consumer spending.

  • Bike tour of the Hudson Valley celebrates the region

    Albany Times Union

    A seven-day, 200-mile ride from Troy to NYC includes stops at historic sites and culinary gems. New York’s Empire Trail is the largest multiuse trail in the United States and from July 30 through Aug. 5, the Hudson Valley section will host 300 riders on a seven-day, 200-mile cycle tour from Troy to New York City.

  • May, 2023

  • Governor Hochul Announces $1.8 Million in Grants Awarded to State Parks, Trails, Historic Sites and Public Lands Partner Organizations

    Governor's Press Release

    Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $1.8 million in grants to support 28 not-for-profit organizations involved with stewardship of state parks, trails, historic sites and public lands, the highest amount awarded in the Park and Trail Partnership Grants program history. The grants support partner group efforts to raise private funds for capital projects, engage in maintenance and beautification projects, provide educational programming, and host special events that promote public use of the parks.

  • ‘I Love My Park Day’ Volunteer Events Blanket NY This Weekend

    I Love NY

    5,000 all-age volunteers give back to the parks and public lands that nurtured New Yorkers through the pandemic. Parks & Trails New York, along with partners at the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and the Department of Environmental Conservation, are hosting I Love My Park Day, a statewide event to give back to our beloved outdoor spaces which welcomed nearly 80 million visitors in 2022.

  • I Love My Park Day cleanups set for Saturday

    The Olean Times

    Do you love your park? Show it some love on Saturday, state and nonprofit officials suggest. The annual I Love My Park cleanup and maintenance day is Saturday, Parts and Trails New York officials said, with projects planned locally at Allegany State Park, along the Genesee Valley Greenway, and along the Finger Lakes Trail in eastern Allegany County.

  • Volunteers needed across New York for 12th annual I Love My Park Day

    WHCH Radio

    ITHACA, N.Y. (WHCU) – There’s still time to volunteer for the 12th annual ‘I Love My Park Day.’ The state-wide event, sponsored by Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and local groups, seeks to clean and improve New York’s regional state parks, historic sites, and trails ahead of the summer season.

  • April, 2023

  • Minetto Clean Sweep For Earth Week

    Oswego County Today

    MINETTO – With Minetto participating in Earth Week, with a Canal Clean Sweep, members of Parks and Trails visited Minetto and took part in the Canal Clean Sweep riverside clean up.

  • 12th Annual I Love My Park Day Coming Up

    Yahoo News

    Apr. 19—Registration is now open for the 12th annual I Love My Park Day, which will be held on Saturday, May 6 at state parks, historic sites and public lands all across New York state. The event, a partnership between Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Department of Environmental Conservation, is the largest statewide volunteer event to enhance parks, historic sites and public lands and raise awareness and visibility to the state outdoor recreation assets and their needs.

  • Celebrate Earth Day and Everyday

    Niagara Gazette

    From Middleport to North Tonawanda, groups of all sizes are taking part in the annual Canal Clean Sweep initiative organized by the state Canal Corp. and Parks & Trails New York. If you’re reading this early enough, you can even take part. Generally speaking, cleanup events start at 9 a.m. For more information about any Clean Sweep gathering, visit

  • Canal Clean Sweep Participants Handle Little Falls

    My Little Falls

    On Saturday, members of the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Little Falls Rotary Club participated in the 18th annual Canal Clean Sweep. Canal Clean Sweep is an annual clean-up event held across the NYS Canal system and Canalway Trails. More than 140 Canal Clean Sweep events were scheduled across the 400-mile-long Canalway Trail system and the 524-mile-long Canal system, providing opportunities for thousands of residents to give back to their local communities and to show pride in one of New York’s most iconic cultural and recreational resources.

  • New report highlights popularity of Canalway Trails

    The Saratogian

    ALBANY, N.Y. — According to the newly released report “Who’s on the Trail 2022: Canalway Trail” from Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the New York State Canal Corporation (NYSCC), The Erie Canalway Trail and Champlain Canalway Trail are popular tourist spots.

  • March, 2023

  • New coordinator for Genesee Valley Trail Town Initiative

    Olean Times Herald

    The Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway have announced that landscape architect Pauline Burnes has recently joined the Genesee Valley Trail Town Initiative as its trail town coordinator. The Trail Town Coordinator’s efforts are part of the Building a Genesee Valley Trail Town Network project that is supported with funding awarded to Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway from the New York State Park and Trail Partnership Grants.

  • A Call For Volunteers For The 18th Annual Canal Clean Sweep

    Oswego County Today

    NEW YORK – Volunteers are encouraged to register today, as groups across New York State prepare for the 18th Canal Clean Sweep, to be held April 21-23, 2023. Canal Clean Sweep is an annual clean-up event held across the New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail.

  • Thursday Town Hall: Canal Clean Sweep

    WGRZ--NBC Channel 2-Buffalo

    PTNY's Executive Director, Paul Steely White, provides a preview of this year's Canal Clean Sweep--New York's largest Earth Day clean up event.

  • February, 2023

  • Area’s state parks help system set new attendance record

    Rome Sentinel

    ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul announced late last week that annual attendance at state parks, historic sites, campgrounds and trails operated topped 79.5 million total visits in 2022, continuing a robust increase in attendance that began during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parks & Trails New York Incoming Executive Director Paul Steely White said the visitation numbers are “truly staggering.”