In The News


  • 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?

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.