In The News


  • March, 2018

  • Letter: Trails bring health benefits, spur economic development

    Buffalo News

    An approving response from PTNY's Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, to an article acknowledging the preference of trails over other recreational infrastructure of Buffalo metro area residents.

  • Governor Cuomo Encourages New Yorkers To Sign Up For The Seventh Annual "I Love My Park" Day

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that registration is now open for the seventh annual I Love My Park Day, to be held on May 5, 2018 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.

  • Friends of Letchworth awarded grant for CCC planning document

    Livingston County News

    The Friends of Letchworth State Park has received a grant from New York STate and Parks & Trails New York to help with ongoing efforts to preserve the Civilian Conservation Corps legacy in the park. The grant, for $12,530, will be used to fund a planning document and two architectural project reports that will allow the Friends group to more effectively manage and fund its CCC preservation projects, officials said.

  • Winona Forest Gets $19k State Grant

    Watertown Daily Times

    The Winona Forest Recreation Association will receive $19,082 for the rehabilitation of multi-use trails in the Winona State Forest, designed specifically to increase public access and significantly enhancing the users’ experience. The rehabilitation of the trails will attract new users, increase tourism dollars, while growing the local economy.

  • Friends Group Gets Grant for Wilton Event

    The Saratogian

    Friends of Grant Cottage has obtained a $19,500 state grant to help fund an organizer’s salary for a major Civil War encampment scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12 on Ballard Road. U.S. Grant Cottage Civil War Weekend is one of many events planned in coordination with the Town of Wilton’s year-long bicentennial celebration in 2018.

  • State Awards Nearly $10,000 Grant to Johnson Hall

    Fulton County Express

    Friends of Johnson Hall have been awarded $9,905 for a historic floor cloth for the front hallway of the Johnson Hall State Historic Site. According to a release, the “painted carpet” is a reproduction that will help protect the original wooden floor from heavy wear by visitors and will complete the restoration of the decorative finishes on the first floor of the site. Funds will also be used to produce a detailed color booklet, postcards and a website update.

  • Friends of Thacher gets $4K from state to attract more members

    Altamont Enterprise

    The Friends of Thacher Park is looking for more members and just received $4,080 from the state to help with recruitment. The local grant was among $450,000 awarded to 21 organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York State parks, historic sites, and public lands. This is the first time grants are being awarded to DEC Friends groups, according to a release from the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

  • Local groups receive Parks & Trails funding

    Albany Times Union

    Local groups are among the 21 receiving grants from New York state and Parks & Trails New York.

  • Finger Lakes sites receive grants

    Rochester Business Journal

    Four Finger Lakes parks and historic sites will receive grants from the state Parks & Trails New York to restore and enhance their facilities. Statewide, 21 organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of state parks, historic sites and public lands will receive $450,000.

  • Parks & Trails awards state grants to local groups

    Daily Messenger

    New York State and Parks & Trails New York recently awarded $450,000 in state grants to 21 organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of state parks, historic sites and public lands. These groups raise private funds for capital projects, perform maintenance tasks, provide educational programming and promote public use through hosting special events.

  • February, 2018

  • Peddling Proposals: A plan for new bike paths in Orangetown

    Rockland County Times

    Citizens and cycling enthusiasts from around Orangetown and all of Rockland County gathered at Orangetown Hall February 8 for a presentation on proposed upgrades to existing bike paths, as well as new pathways and facilities. Non-profit group Parks and Trails New York and the Town of Orangetown have working together on a study of biking in the town with the goal of establishing a ‘shared community cycling network.’

  • Your Parks, His Budget: Cuomo’s 2018 Proposal

    Nyack News & Views

    New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Fiscal Year 2018-19 Executive Budget Proposal invests in parks and shared green spaces. Although changes at the federal level have made this a difficult budget year for NYS, Cuomo is standing by the environment and continues to make significant investments in state parks and historic sites, and the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

  • Orangetown Bicycle Network Recommendations

    Nyack News & Views

    The Orangetown Bike Study, a five month effort which included input from more than 500 residents, will present preliminary findings and recommendations on Thurs at 7p in Orangetown Town Hall. Bike study consultants Parks & Trails NY (PTNY) will detail a proposed bicycle network that connects schools, parks, village centers and neighboring communities via a mix of protected, striped and shared cycling facilities.

  • January, 2018

  • Cuomo’s budget plan calls for $90M more for state parks


    Robin Dropkin, executive director of Parks & Trails New York, applauds Cuomo and his commitment to conservation in this article about the upcoming budget year.

  • Capitol Watch: Cuomo pivots to left; lawmakers eye budget

    Sacramento Bee

    Parks & Trails New York gave a thumbs-up to the governor’s plans for the state’s environment, parks and other public green spaces as outlined in his state of the state address earlier this month.

  • 400 mile 'Cycle the Erie Canal' event slated for July 8-15

    The Buffalo News

    Registration is underway for Parks & Trails New York’s 20th anniversary “Cycle the Erie Canal” event, an eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany, scheduled for July 8-15.

  • Gov. Cuomo Announces Plan to Build New State Park in Brooklyn

    News 12 Brooklyn

    The support of Parks & Trails New York is mentioned in this brief from a local Brooklyn news channel regarding Governor Cuomo's initiative to turn the open space around Jamaica Bay into New York's newest state park.

  • Advocacy group gives thumbs up to Cuomo's state parks plans

    The News and Observer

    (ALBANY, N.Y.) The people who advocate for outdoor recreation in New York state say they're happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plans for parks in 2018. The Democrat announced in his State of the State address this week that his agenda includes continued investment in upstate parks as well as building a new park in Brooklyn and completing another in Manhattan.

  • December, 2017

  • State parks boost Long Island’s economy, report says


    State parks on Long Island expanded the Island’s economy as visitors spent hundreds of millions and the parks supported thousands of jobs, a recent report said. The report outlined but did not estimate the value of numerous other benefits, from cleaner water to improved public health. Its hard data keyed off attendance.

  • November, 2017

  • Rail trail decision outdated, shortsighted

    Albany Times Union

    This opinion piece written by PTNY's Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, expresses the support of the State to appeal a judge's ruling resulting in the halting of the Lake Placid-Tupper Lake multi-use trail project.