In The News


  • January, 2021

  • MTA Metro-North Railroad Announces Opening of Major Segment of Empire State Trail in Putnam and Dutchess Counties

    Hamlet Hub

    MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced the completion of the Maybrook Trailway, a 23-mile segment of the Empire State Trail in Dutchess and Putnam Counties. Parks & Trails New York was present for the ribbon cutting and quoted in the article.

  • Metro-North cuts ribbon on Putnam section of Empire State Trail

    Mid-Hudson News

    PTNY attended and spoke at a ribbon cutting ceremony at a Putnum County section of the new Empire State Trail.

  • Record-Breaking Trail Finished at Auspicious Time for New York Cyclists

    Courthouse News Service

    Record numbers of New Yorkers used state trails in 2020. PTNY's work is generously mentioned along with news of the opening of the Empire State Trail.

  • Empire State Trail closes Rotterdam Junction Gap

    Daily Gazette

    PTNY's Project Director, Dylan Carey, is quoted in this article celebrating the closure of one of the more challenging gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail.

  • December, 2020

  • Hunters Point Parks Conservancy receives grant for Gantry Plaza beautification

    Long Island City Post

    The Hunters Point Park Conservancy received a grant for Gantry Plaza State Park beautification efforts and its volunteer outreach programs on behalf of the "transformational effect of the Parks and Trail Partnership Grants."

  • November, 2020

  • NYS Parks Releases Draft of its Recreational Master Plan

    The Recorder

    Parks & Trails New York is acknowledged and quoted in this article for its work surveying the public for the development of this statewide master plan.

  • October, 2020

  • Atlantic Marine Conservation Society receives $95G for education coordinator

    Riverhead News-Review

    Parks & Trails New York in cooperation with Hallock State Park and the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) hosted a "Big Check Event" to acknowledge the AMCS 2-year position funded this year by the Park and Trail Partnership Grant program.

  • September, 2020

  • Central NY's Public Lands, Waters and Historic Sites to See Boost from Great American Outdoors Act

    WAER 88.3 FM -- Syracuse

    Parks & Trails New York Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, is quoted regarding the "long-overdue victory" of the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act.

  • 11 Great Rides to See the Fall Foliage Across the U.S.

    Parks & Trails New York's Project Coordinator, Rebecca De La Cruz contributed to this article featuring the Erie Canalway Trail as one of the ideal leaf-peeping cycling routes throughout the country.

  • Sonnenberg, Finger Lakes trails to benefit from state grants

    Finger Lakes Times

    Two Finger Lakes area organizations were among the 29 to receive grant funding from the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the advocacy group Parks & Trails New York to support stewardship of state parks, historic sites and public lands. The grants will help to improve the maintenance of these historic open spaces.

  • August, 2020

  • PHOTOS: Temporary bike lane created on Market Street in Poughkeepsie

    Poughkeepsie Journal

    In collaboration with Parks and Trails New York, the City of Poughkeepsie created a temporary bike lane along Market Street from Church Street to Mansion Street. The project's goal was to show how a separated bike lane can function in downtown Poughkeepsie.

  • VIDEO: Poughkeepsie street converted into haven for bicycling enthusiasts

    NEWS 12 -- Hudson Valley

    PTNY staff are featured in this clip covering our collaboration with the city of Poughkeepsie to turn part of Market Street into a bicyclists' haven. The effort hopes to show that both bikers and drivers can coexist safely.

  • Olana Partnership receives grant for Skywalk trailhead

    Times Union

    “The Olana Partnership greatly appreciates this grant from the Park and Trail Partnership Grant program that will allow us to reimagine and reactivate Olana’s historic North Road entrance for visitors from the Hudson River Skywalk,” says Sean Sawyer, Washburn & Susan Oberwager president of The Olana Partnership. 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.

  • Allegany State Park is busy amid pandemic – with more improvements coming

    Buffalo News

    Our Park and Trail Partnership Grant award of $10,000 for the historic sawmill renovation is mentioned among the many improvements in one of New York's most heavily visited state parks.

  • Poughkeepsie to close lane for bicycles

    Mid-Hudson News

    POUGHKEEPSIE – The City of Poughkeepsie, in collaboration with Parks and Trails New York, will create a two-way bicycle lane along Market Street and Civic Center Plaza in the heart of downtown Poughkeepsie on Friday, August 21.

  • Poughkeepsie Creating Temporary Bike Lane

    101.5 WPDH

    The City of Poughkeepsie along with Parks and Trails New York will create a two-way bicycle lane in downtown Poughkeepsie on Friday. The project will involve the use of temporary materials to separate bicycle traffic from car traffic,. The bicycle lane will extend along Market Street and Civic Center Plaza from Church Street to Mansion Street.

  • ParkVolunteer Groups Get Boost from State

    Daily Gazette

    Many New York State-run parks, lakes, preserves and historical sites have volunteer organizations whose members help with trail maintenance, building projects, or community events. Through the Park and Trail Partnership, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced July 31 that several state agencies would dole out $900,000 to 29 non-profits throughout New York. In the Capital Region, the biggest grant winners were two historical sites: The U.S. Grant Cottage in Wilton, and the Friends of the Schuyler Mansion in Albany.

  • State awards $900K to nonprofits for stewardship of state parks

    Post Star

    ALBANY — Six local nonprofits received state grants, announced Friday, to improve the maintenance of historic open spaces. The State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the advocacy group Parks & Trails New York awarded 29 grants to support nonprofit organizations involved with stewardship of State Parks, historic sites and public lands. The program, established in 2015, has awarded $900,000 in its fifth round and, to date, has awarded $2.7 million to strengthen parks, historic sites and public lands for years to come.

  • Highlands Parks Receive Nearly $200K

    The Highlands Current

    State grants go to Bannerman, Fahnestock, Little Stony Point. New York State and the advocacy group Parks & Trails New York on July 29 announced nearly $200,000 in grants for Highlands nonprofits.

  • NY State Parks awarded $900,000 to improve maintenance of open spaces

    WENY News--Finger Lakes

    ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Parks throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Regions are getting a piece of $900,000 to improve the maintenance of their open spaces. Governor Cuomo Friday announced the fifth round of grants through the Park and Trail Partnership Program. "The grants announced today will help bolster efforts to keep New York's open spaces beautiful and pristine at a time when more New Yorkers than ever are turning to nature for refuge and relaxation," Cuomo said.