In The News


  • November, 2021

  • There’s a New 750-Mile Bicycle Route in New York. Take a Look.

    New York Times

    Our director, Robin Dropkin, is quoted and links to our website are provided in this extensive piece covering the entire Empire State Trail.

  • October, 2021

  • Saratoga Spa State Park’s Coesa Mineral Spring to undergo preservation, renovation work

    The Daily Gazette

    SARATOGA SPRINGS – Money is flowing in for a planned preservation and renovation of a mineral spring in Saratoga Spa State Park that cannot be tapped or easily accessed in its current condition. Officials from Parks & Trails New York presented the Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park with a $75,000 grant Wednesday to restore the long-neglected Coesa Mineral Spring. The “friends” project aims to rehab Coesa’s springhouse, provide interpretive signage throughout the spring, and install a historically accurate replica of its original granite fountain.

  • Artpark receives $50,000 grant for upgrades

    WIVB--Channel 4 Buffalo

    LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — Artpark in Lewiston will be getting some new upgrades to make their facilities more accessible all thanks to a big check. The site is receiving $50,000 to create a new wayfinding and signage system. It’s a feature that will make the area more user-friendly.

    Yonkers Times

    NYS Senate Majority Leader and Yonkers Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, pictured with Yonkers officials, and residents, announced, “I was privileged to join Parks and Trails New York as they presented a $24,875 grant to the Friends of Old Croton Aqueduct. The award will be used to expand outreach and community engagement in underserved and diverse communities by retaining a part-time outreach coordinator.

  • September, 2021

  • "Pedal to Peebles" ride on the Empire State Trail

    ABC News10--Albany

    COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Saturday, September 25, from 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Parks & Trails will host a free guided 21-mile roundtrip bicycle ride along Erie Canalway Trail, the Empire State Trail between Albany’s Corning Riverfront Park and Peebles Island State Park.

  • August, 2021

  • VIDEO: Coesa Spring restoration

    News10 ABC--Albany

    In August, Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park, a nonprofit organization, was awarded a $75,000 matching grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Grants program to rehabilitate Coesa Spring. The Friends of the Saratoga Spa State Park will have to raise an additional $67,000 in matching funds, for a total of $142,000. The Park and Trail Partnership Grants are administered by Parks & Trail New York, a statewide non-profit organization, in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

  • Fillmore Glen friends group gets $13K for kiosks, signs at state park

    A partner of a state park in Moravia is one of 30 organizations that has been awarded funding to support projects at New York state parks. Friends of Fillmore Glen State Park will get $13,296 to set up kiosks and install signage at the park.

  • July, 2021

  • 7 Organizations Get Grants To Support Projects In Hudson Valley

    HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Seven nonprofit organizations in the Hudson Valley received grants from the state's Park and Trail Partnership Grants program to support projects involved with stewardship of state parks, trails, historic sites and public lands.

  • NYS Giving Out $900,000 For Projects At State Parks, Trails, Public Lands

    Erie News Now

    ALBANY (WENY) – New York State is distributing $900,000 in grants to various state parks, trails, historic sites and public lands. The Park and Trail Partnership Grants program is funded through the state Environmental Protection Fund. The grants support partner group efforts to raise private funds for capital projects, perform maintenance and beautification undertakings, provide educational programming and promote public use of the parks through hosting special events.

  • 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.