Park Advocacy 2022
In 2022, PTNY is continuing to give our parks a voice and interact with the state’s decision makers on a personal level. For up-to-date resources and information on Park Advocacy Day 2022, visit the new Friends Group Gateway, Powered by Parks & Trails New York! Launched in January 2022, the Gateway is a comprehensive online community designed to support Friends Groups. The Gateway includes an array of integrated tools, including a member database and directory, event management, and e-communication tools, a resource library (reports, recordings, templates, etc.), discussion forums for you to collaborate with other groups on specific topics, plus a number of other services. You can access the Gateway here.
Park Advocacy Day 2021
Park Advocacy Day 2021 was held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 and consisted of 25-30 virtual legislative meetings with key members and leaders. Seven teams were coordinated, consisting of PTNY and OSI staff and five to six additional participants who were individually invited based on legislative district, parks region, and experience in previous Park Advocacy Days. All PAD participants participated in a prep session, on Tuesday, March 2, which including talking points, team rosters, contact information, schedules, flow of meetings, etc. We also heard from the Commissioner of State Parks, Erik Kulleseid, about the importance of the day and our advocacy efforts.