Press Releases

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  • July, 2022

  • Cyclists from 40 states to make 400-mile cross-state bicycle trip

    ALBANY, N.Y. – After holding the tour at reduced capacity in 2021 due to the pandemic, the annual eight-day, cross-state Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour returns at full capacity this year, departing from Buffalo on July 10 and arriving in Albany eight days later on July 17. 750 cyclists from 40 states will cross New York State as part of the 24th Cycle the Erie Canal tour organized by the statewide nonprofit Parks & Trails New York.

  • May, 2022

  • Governor Hochul Announces $900,000 in Grants Awarded to State Parks, Trails, Historic Sites and Public Lands Partner Organizations

    Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $900,000 in grants to support 27 not-for-profit organizations involved with stewardship of state parks, trails, historic sites and public lands. 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 of special events.

  • Parks & Trails New York announces $50,000 in grants awarded to Genesee Valley Trail Town communities

    Parks & Trails New York announced the recipients of $50,000 in grants to support communities participating in the Genesee Valley Trail Town initiative. The grants will enable the ten Genesee Valley Trail Towns to take advantage of visitation to the Genesee Valley Greenway and other outdoor recreational resources in the area, foster place-making efforts, create safer streets for cyclists and pedestrians in Trail Town communities, and implement projects identified in the Genesee Valley Trail Town Initiative’s community action plans.

  • April, 2022

  • New York’s Largest Earth Day Celebration Kicks Off Friday, April 22

    Volunteer groups across New York State are making final preparations for the 17th annual Canal Clean Sweep, April 22-24, 2022. Canal Clean Sweep is an annual clean-up event held across the NYS Canal system and Canalway Trail. More than 120 Clean Sweep events are scheduled across the 400-mile-long Canalway Trail system and the 524-mile-long Canal system, providing opportunities for thousands of residents to give back to their local communities and to show pride in one of New York’s most iconic cultural and recreational resources.

  • Popular Canalway Trail system drew 3.3 million visits in 2021

    ALBANY, NY – The Erie Canalway Trail, the east-west leg of New York’s 750-mile Empire State Trail, was visited more than 3 million times during 2021, according to the Who’s on the Trail: Canalway Trail 2021 report from Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the New York State Canal Corporation (NYSCC).

  • State Parks, DEC, and PTNY Encourage New Yorkers to Sign Up for the 11th Annual 'I Love My Park' Day

    The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) today announced that registration is now open for the 11th annual I Love My Park Day, which will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at state parks, historic sites and public lands across New York. This statewide event, sponsored by PTNY, State Parks, and DEC, is a volunteer initiative to enhance parks, historic sites and public lands and raise awareness and visibility to the state outdoor recreation assets and their needs.

  • NYS Budget Provides Great Promise for Genesee Valley Trail Town Initiative

    The members of the Genesee Valley Trail Town Initiative - including Letchworth Gateway Villages, Parks & Trails New York, the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway, and ten participating Trail Town communities - praised Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature for passing the SFY 2022-23 budget that provides rural communities with the resources needed to continue to improve the Genesee Valley’s outdoor recreation assets and to successfully benefit from eco-tourism in the region.

  • March, 2022

  • A Call for Volunteers for the 17th Annual Canal Clean Sweep

    Volunteers are encouraged to register today, as groups across New York State prepare for the 17th Canal Clean Sweep, to be held April 22-24, 2022. Canal Clean Sweep is an annual clean-up event held across the New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail.

  • Village of Brockport Selected for Empire State Trail Town Program

    (BROCKPORT, NY) – Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Canal Corporation, and the Village of Brockport are excited to jointly announce that Brockport has been selected as the pilot community for the new Empire State Trail Town program. The program will help Brockport benefit from its location along the Erie Canalway Trail/Empire State Trail.

  • January, 2022

  • Statement on FY2023 Executive State Budget Proposal

    (ALBANY, NY) - Governor Kathy Hochul’s FY 2023 State Budget proposes the most ambitious investment in parks, trails, and the environment in decades by increasing the Environmental Protection Fund to a record $400 million, increasing the Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Bond Act to $4 billion, and proposing a $200 million capital investment in State Parks.