In The News


  • July, 2018

  • 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.

  • Hundreds of Erie Canal cyclists to pass through Seneca and Cayuga Counties

    More than 700 cyclists participating in the 20th annual 400-mile Cycle the Erie Canal tour departed Buffalo on Sunday and will reach Cayuga County this week, a Parks & Trails New York press release said.

  • 700 cyclists make 400-mile cross-state bicycle trip in celebration of Erie Canal Bicentennial

    Binghamton Homepage

    On July 8, more than 700 cyclists left their cars behind to pedal along the historic Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany in celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial and Barge Canal Centennial. They arrive in Syracuse on Wednesday, July 11, on the fourth day of the 20th annual 400-mile Cycle the Erie Canal tour, organized by the statewide nonprofit group Parks & Trails New York.

  • Erie Canal Bicycle Tour Makes Stop in Rochester on Way to Albany

    Spectrum News--Rochester

    Hundreds of bicyclists are leaving Fairport Tuesday morning with their sights set on Seneca Falls. More than 700 cyclists spent the night in Fairport after visiting Genesee Valley Park in Rochester. It's all part of their 400 mile bike trip from Buffalo to Albany along the Erie Canal.

  • Cycle the Erie Canal takes pit stop in Rome

    Utica Observer Dispatch

    It was like its own temporary city — rows and rows of tents set up with vehicles on the lawn. On Thursday, the 20th annual Parks & Trails New York’s Cycle the Erie Canal Tour stopped in Rome and set up camp at Fort Stanwix. The nine-day event, which began in Buffalo and concludes Sunday in Albany, will continue Friday morning after breakfast at the Rome YMCA.

  • 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.