Advocacy

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Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) provides a voice for park and trail users and supporters, both in Albany and in communities around the state. The policies and programs supported by PTNY reflect the essential role of parks, trails and greenways in New York’s economic growth, the health of its residents, and the long-term resiliency and sustainability of its communities.

The pandemic made it exceedingly clear that parks, trails and public green space are more important than ever. Skyrocketing visitation to our outdoor spaces is a constant reminder of their value to our physical and mental health.

Public green spaces are also economic drivers and important contributors to the fight against the impacts of climate change. Outdoor recreation in New York generates over $40 billion annually in consumer spending, 313,000 direct jobs, and $14.0 billion in wages and salaries, and $3.6 billion in state and local tax revenue. In the wake of more frequent and severe weather events, parks, trails and greenways also make our state more resilient, providing natural protective systems while keeping the lands they occupy in productive, attractive use.

In 2020 and 2021, we saw the first-hand the value of New York’s green spaces, and the attendant importance of equitable access to these green spaces. Parks and trails cannot be considered nice amenities to take or leave when budgets allow; they are essential resources.

In 2022, we are more committed than ever to protecting and enhancing these critical resources and making them available, safe and welcoming for all New Yorkers.


Coalitions

PTNY has joined with many of our partners around the state as a member of various coalitions to pursue areas of shared interest. Learn more below. If you would like to request that PTNY join your coalition, please email ptny@ptny.org.

New Yorkers for Clean Water & Jobs

We all need clean air to breathe and safe water to drink. We also need healthy communities, a strong economy, and local recreation. New York’s environmental programs provide all this and more. By putting the $4 billion Bond Act on the 2022 ballot and growing funding for existing environmental programs, we can build a more vibrant future for New York. Learn more at cleanwaterandjobs.org

New York Outdoor Recreation Coalition

Members of NYORC are committed to building a more equitable outdoors through investment and being an active participant in creating welcoming spaces for historically marginalized and underrepresented communities. The coalition is committed to coming together to create a welcoming outdoors that encourages and supports all, to responsibly enjoy and protect the beautiful natural resources within the state of New York. Learn more at nyoutdoorrecreationcoalition.org.

New York State Safe Streets Coalition

The Crash Victims Rights & Safety Act is a package of bills that will redesign our streets with safety as a priority to protect all road users, address the speeding rampant on our streets, educate drivers on bike/pedestrian safety and provide support to those personally impacted. Learn more at transalt.org/cvrsa.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition

The LWCF program was created to conserve irreplaceable lands and improve outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the nation. The program works in partnership with federal, state and local efforts to protect public lands, preserve working forests and ranchlands, support state and local parks, preserve battlefields and other historic and cultural sites, and to provide the tools that communities need to meet their diverse conservation and recreation needs. Learn more at lwcfcoalition.org.

Bottle Bill 40 Coalition

Ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Bottle Bill, at a time when society is drowning in discarded plastic waste and local recycling programs are in crisis on several fronts, it’s time to update and expand the state’s highly-successful container deposit redemption program. Learn more at bottlebill40.org.