Press Releases

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  • March, 2016

  • Advocacy Groups Urge Restoration of State Park Funding in Budget Proposals

    Governor Cuomo’s Parks 2020 initiative has reversed decades of underinvestment in our state parks, transforming New York’s most cherished recreational, cultural and natural assets. Bathhouses and campgrounds are being repaired; water and electrical systems are being upgraded and new public amenities are being added. These long-overdue repairs and enhancements have been enthusiastically received by the public who are visiting these regional economic drivers at dramatically growing rates.

  • February, 2016

  • Registration Open for Cycle the Erie Canal 2016

    Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York’s 18th 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 10-17, 2016.

  • New York Assembly Members, Senators Push for Dedicated Funding for Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety, Infrastructure

    A group of 46 assembly members and senators are asking for funding to protect New Yorkers who walk or cycle to work, school or other destinations. Specifically, they are calling for $20 million in dedicated state funding within the state’s overall transportation capital plan in FY2017 and years beyond. The funding could be used by communities across the state to build cycling and walking infrastructure such as bike lanes, sidewalks, and multi-use trails. Legislators and advocates point to New York’s high rate of bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities, and the great demand for facilities as justification for dedicated funding.

  • January, 2016

  • Parks Group Applauds Gov. Cuomo's Historic Investment in Parks, Environment

    PTNY applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal for State FY 2016-2017, which includes historic investments in state park infrastructure, environmental programs, and grassroots Friends organizations that will help grow the economy, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. The Governor’s proposed budget puts New York in a position of national leadership in the protection of natural resources and the advancement of outdoor recreation.

  • Breaking (and great!) news on New York's environment

    Parks & Trails New York applauds Governor Cuomo’s historic commitment to a $300 million Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The EPF protects clean air and water and supports parks, trails and farms, among many other job-creating programs.

  • October, 2015

  • A Broken Promise to the American People

    Public lands are one of our greatest treasures. Parks & Trails New York, a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization, is stunned by the failure of Congress to renew America’s most successful land conservation and recreation program.

  • September, 2015

  • Postcards Delivered in Albany--Call on Governor to Close the Gaps in Erie Canalway Trail

    Cyclists rode from Watervliet to Albany on Tuesday, September 22, riding on the Mohawk-Hudson portion of the statewide Erie Canalway Trail. As they reached the pedestrian bridge in Albany, they delivered hundreds of postcards, signed by users of the trail from across the state, urging Governor Cuomo and the legislature to Close the Gaps that remain in the trail.

  • Bicyclists Ride to Commemorate 200 Years of Erie Canal

    On Tuesday, September 22, cyclists will ride from Watervliet to Albany to commemorate bicentennial of Erie Canal’s completion, then gather on the Maiden Lane pedestrian bridge to drop-off hundreds of postcards urging the Governor to Close the Gaps that remain in the state-wide Erie Canalway Trail. Along the way, they will ride the Mohawk-Hudson section of the Erie Canalway Trail (ECT). The ECT extends 360 miles across New York State along the historic waterway, of which 281 miles (78%) are now open to the public. When complete, it will be the longest trail of its kind in the nation and a world-class destination for cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts.

  • PARK(ing) Day Coming to Albany on September 18, 2015

    Albany, N.Y. – On Friday, September 18, 2015 parking spaces throughout Albany will be taken over and temporarily transformed for a variety of public uses. The event is part of PARK(ing) Day, an annual, worldwide event where artists, activists, and citizens independently, yet simultaneously, turn metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces—that is, temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy.

  • August, 2015

  • New Edition of Popular Erie Canalway Trail Guidebook Now Available

    The outstanding bicycling and sightseeing along the legendary Erie Canal is highlighted in the newly revised edition of Cycling the Erie Canal: A guide to 400 miles of adventure and history along the Erie Canalway Trail. The guidebook, now in its fourth edition, features new sections of trail and up-to-date listings of lodgings, bike shops, and other services. The guidebook is published by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY), the leading statewide advocacy organization for parks and trails, in partnership with the New York State Canal Corporation and the National Park Service Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.