NYS trails focus of PBS documentary
Check out PTNY’s contribution to a PBS documentary, Treasures of New York: Rails-to-Trails. The show takes viewers on a unique journey along the various rail and canal corridors that have been repurposed as recreational bike and pedestrian trails. The program highlights the Erie Canalway Trail, High Line and Walkway Over the Hudson, and explores trails in the making, such as the Queensway in NYC and the Adirondack Rail Trail.
Over the last 50 years, trailblazers throughout New York have been transforming canal and abandoned rail corridors into multi-use recreational trails. From grassroots beginnings, to an international movement, these trails are changing the face of the New York’s landscape, providing people with places to come together for recreation and a sense of community.
The Emmy-Award winning series, Treasures of New York, takes viewers across New York State on a journey along various transportation corridors that have been repurposed as recreational bike and pedestrian trails, in the new film Rails-to-Trails.
The film brings viewers on a voyage across New York, detailing the history of some of the more than 100 multi-use trails across the state while exploring the natural beauty and rich history of the Empire State.Treasures of New York: Rails-to-Trails features interviews with Tom Sexton, Director, Northeast Region at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President, The Trust for Public Land; Andy Stone, Director, New York City Programs at The Trust for Public Land; Doug McPherson, Steering Committee Member of the Friends of the Queensway; Erik Ledbetter, Park Ranger and Railroad Historian; Michael Vitiello, President, New York Railroad Enthusiasts; Karl Beard, National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance; Robin Dropkin, Executive Director, Parks & Trails New York; Tom Grasso, President Emeritus and Dan Ward, Board Member at the Canal Society of New York State; Dick Beamish, Co-Founder of Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates and Editor of Adirondack Explorer Magazine; Steve Erman, Former Special Assistant for Economic Affairs at the New York State Adirondack Park Agency; Judy Moran and David Rocco, former Board Members of the Friends of the Walkway; and Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, Executive Director, Walkway Over the Hudson, among others.