In The News


  • July, 2021

  • Governor Cuomo announces $900,000 in grants awarded to parks, trails and historic sites across the state

    WETM--NBC Channel 18 Elmira

    NEW YORK, (WETM) – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $900,000 in grants to support 30 not-for-profit organizations involved with stewardship of state parks, trails, historic sites and public lands.

  • Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour returns after year off

    Rochester First

    FAIRPORT, N.Y. (WROC) —Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour is back this year. The 8-day, cross-state bike tour started in Buffalo Sunday, and ends in Albany on July 18. The 400-mile ride gives bikers the opportunity to stop in different villages along the the Erie Canal, including the village of Fairport, where they made a pit stop Monday.

  • Hundreds of cyclists complete their 400-mile statewide journey in Albany this weekend

    ABC News10--Albany

    ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Over 300 riders from 34 states crossed the finish line at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch Sunday morning, completing their 400-mile Cycle the Erie Canal Tour. “You meet really interesting people over the course of six or seven days, traveling 400 miles, and their stories are unbelievable,” said Albany resident B.J. Costello. The journey included stops in numerous cities and towns along the Erie Canalway Trail, and included a diversion off the trail so riders could visit Seneca Falls.

  • Cyclists Return to Little Falls

    My Little Falls

    Cyclists are returning to Little Falls in droves for several reasons, but one for sure is the lifting of the COVID restrictions and the other is the construction of all of the new trails, which has made things easier for all of the participants. On Friday, it was a group of more than 350 that were passing through the Mohawk Valley and Little Falls in particular on the sixth day of the Cycle the Erie Canal’s 23rd annual event, organized by the Parks & Trails New York nonprofit group.

  • Cycle the Erie brings hundreds of bikers through Wayne County

    Finger Lakes Times

    NEWARK — The Cycle the Erie Bike Tour, a 400-mile, eight-day ride along the Erie Canalway Trail, came through Wayne County this week, including a stop at T. Spencer Knight Canal Park in Newark on Tuesday(July 13).


    NBC NewsChannel 2 -- Utica

    UTICA, N.Y. – The 23rd annual Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour made a stop in Utica Friday to rest and visit some local attractions. The cyclists stopped by Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and the Saranac Brewery, as well as Canal Park on Leland Avenue. Every summer, participants sign up to take the 400-mile journey from Buffalo to Albany along the Erie Canal, biking between 40 and 60 miles each day.

  • Bicyclists on 400-mile Erie Canal tour pass through Port Byron park

    PORT BYRON--Two weeks after his retirement, Daniel Guenzburger was in the middle of a 400-mile, eight-day bike trip. He was one of around 300 participants in the 23rd annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, in which people hailing from over 30 states trek across the state through the Erie Canalway Trail. They started in Buffalo on Sunday and will end in Albany.

  • May, 2021

  • Officials celebrate groundbreaking for new entrance to Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park

    Finger Lakes Times

    PTNY receives a mention for its $25,000 award via the Park & Trail Partnership Grants program.

  • Annual Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour a go with less riders and Covid-19 restrictions

    The 21st Annual Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour is a go this summer. Registrations opened at the beginning last month and all the spots were taken within six hours.

  • Volunteers improve West Almond Trail System on 'I Love My Park Day'

    The Evening Tribune

    Thirty volunteers plus three NYSDEC staff cleared trails and re-stained the picnic pavilion at the Palmer’s Pond camping area

  • New Yorkers clean up state parks, historic sites


    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - New Yorkers got their hands dirty while cleaning up the state this weekend.Parks and Trails says the annual I Love My Park Day drew 5,200 people to 120 state parks and historic sites to beautify New York.

  • Volunteers turn out for Chenango Canal Clean Sweep

    Observer Dispatch

    Temperatures were in the 70s as 23 volunteers from ages four to 70 met April 24 at the summit of the Chenango Canal Towpath Trail in Bouckville to pick up trash, rake and use loppers to widen a large section of the trail to its original 10-foot width.

  • Volunteers participate in 'I Love My Park Day' across New York State


    BUFFALO, N.Y. — This weekend New Yorkers are rolling up their sleeves to help improve and enhance New York State's outdoor spaces. In honor of the tenth annual "I Love My Park Day" over 5,000 volunteers signed up to help clean and improve parks, historic sites, and public lands across New York State. More than 120 sites across the state hosted cleanup events on Saturday and Sunday.

  • NYS residents pitch in to help beautify state parks this weekend

    Spectrum News

    The largest single-day volunteer event in New York is celebrating its 10th anniversary over the course of a full weekend. More than 5,000 people are pitching in at over 140 events to work on New York State Parks Saturday and Sunday.

  • April, 2021

  • I Love My Park Day hosts 10th annual volunteer weekend

    NEWS 10 (ABC)

    ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – More than 120 New York State parks, historic sites and public lands are hosting volunteer events Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2, as part of the 10th annual I Love My Park Day. I Love My Park Day is a statewide event that improves and enhances New York’s outdoor spaces. More than 5,000 volunteers are expected to roll up their sleeves on cleanup, improvement, and beautification projects.

  • I Love My Park Day at Walt Whitman Birthplace

    Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is delighted to host volunteers at Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site as part of more than 100 cleanup, improvement, and beautification events happening statewide.

  • New York's largest Earth Day celebration kicks off Friday

    Niagara Frontier Publications

    More than 100 Canal Clean Sweep events scheduled across New York. Volunteer groups across New York are making final preparations for the annual Canal Clean Sweep, the spring cleaning of the NYS Canal System and Canalway Trail, with most events scheduled for the upcoming weekend, April 23-25.

  • Letter: Let’s give back to the parks after it gave so much to us

    Buffalo News

    Spring always brings with it a yearning for fresh air and time in nature, but this year that desire is stronger than ever. As we emerge from a long winter stifled by Covid-19 restrictions, we are reminded of the vital role our parks, trails and public lands play in our physical and mental health.

  • Open Spaces

    Mid-Hudson Times

    Letter to the Editor from our Program Director, Will Cote, focusing on our upcoming annual I Love My Park Day.

  • State budget shows commitment to environmental protection

    Ken-Ton Bee

    Parks & Trails New York praised the Legislature and governor for passing a 2021- 2022 budget this April that establishes an environmental legacy for generations to come, demonstrating a sustained commitment to shared green space and public health.