In The News


  • April, 2019

  • Cuomo announces historic site grants in Rensselaer, Saratoga counties

    Troy Record

    CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced $450,000 in state grants to 22 organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York State parks, historic sites, and public lands, including in Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. The Park and Trail Partnership Program grants are administered by the State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation as well as Parks and Trails New York, a statewide non-profit group.

  • Registration open for I Love My Park Day

    WTEN ABC Channel 10 Albany

    N.Y. (NEWS10) - Volunteers are wanted to show New York's historic sites, state parks, and public land some love during I Love My Park Day. The eighth annual event is focused on keeping these areas clean, enhancing them, and raising awareness for the state's outdoor recreation assets.

  • 'I Love My Park' Day coming up on May 4

    Niagara Gazette

    Registration is now open for the eighth annual I Love My Park Day, to be held on May 4 at state parks, historic sites and public lands across New York. The event, sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, is a statewide event to enhance parks, historic sites and public lands and raise awareness and visibility to the state outdoor recreation assets and their needs.

  • March, 2019

  • John Brown Lives gets $31,000 grant

    Press Republican

    LAKE PLACID — John Brown Lives was awarded a $31,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Program to enhance interpretation at John Brown Farm. The money will also be used to develop outreach strategies that raise support for and awareness of the historic site, which is located in Lake Placid.

  • Grant supporting manager position at Ganondagan

    Monroe County Post

    The Friends of Ganondagan recently received a grant award of more than $22,000 from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Program to hire an assistant program manager. “Friends of Ganondagan is extremely grateful for Park & Trails New York’s continued, vital support,” said Meg Joseph, Friends executive director.

  • Chittenango Landing gets grant for former cannery site

    The Rome Sentinel

    A new welcome area along the Erie Canal is to be converted from an old cannery site at Chittenango Landing as one of the awarded grant projects of our Parks & Trails Partnership Program.

  • Parks and Trails NY Pushes to Keep Completion of Empire State Trail on Track for 2020

    WAER 88.3 FM Syracuse

    Supporters of multi-use trails went to Albany on Monday known as Trail Advocacy Day. They advocated for legislation that would fund and support a statewide plan to improve and extend it.

  • 'Trails Across NY' Advocates For Empire State Trail

    National Public Radio: WAMC 90.3 FM

    Supporters kicked off a new “Trails Across New York” campaign Monday to seek further support for a multi-use trail system in the state. The Empire State Trail is set to be completed in 2020, but the Trails Across New York campaign says continued support is needed. At the state capitol Monday, Parks and Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin laid out the project’s goals.

  • Support Sought for State Trail Network

    The Saratogian

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Outdoor enthusiasts from across New York gathered Monday in Albany to seek funding for a growing, statewide multi-use trails network. Trails Advocacy Day was organized by the non-profit group Parks & Trails New York to seek support for such projects in the state budget.

  • Spa State Park upgrades in the works

    The Saratogian

    The popular Saratoga/Capital Region park will be seeing a number of improvements in the upcoming months. There is also mention of many additional projects in the region, some of which were funded by our Parks & Trails Partnership Program.

  • New Yorkers Call on Legislators to Continue Historic Revitalization of State Parks System

    ALBANY, NY—March 4, 2019—New Yorkers from across the state are coming together at the State Capitol on March 4th for the 13th annual Park Advocacy Day to urge policymakers to protect and preserve New York’s state parks. Nearly 80 representatives from more than 30 park Friends groups, environmental organizations, local parks, and educational organizations will make the case for state park funding. Parks & Trails New York and the Open Space Institute jointly organize Park Advocacy Day.

  • January, 2019

  • Erie Canal cycling tour registration open

    Lockport Journal

    ALBANY — Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York’s 21st annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour. The eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled for July 7 to July 14.

  • Registration Open for Cycle the Erie Canal

    Life in the Finger Lakes

    21st Annual Tour Celebrates Erie Canal Heritage. Participants experience one of the most scenic and historic trails in America this summer

  • Registration Open for Cycle the Erie Canal 2019 —21st Annual Tour Celebrates Erie Canal Heritage—

    Albany, NY – Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York’s 21st annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, an unforgettable opportunity to bike across New York State and take in the rich history of the legendary canal that transformed America. The eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled for July 7-14, 2019

  • November, 2018

  • #GivingTuesday: These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things

    Nyack News & Views

    Parks & Trails New York was recommended by this Rockland County publication as one of the "worthy charities" to donate to on the nationwide #GivingTuesday.

  • 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.