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Dear Friend,
 
Parks & Trails New York was founded more than 30 years ago to be an advocate for New York’s state park system. We’re thrilled that, after decades of underfunding, our beloved park system is undergoing a renaissance, with the Governor and Legislature significantly boosting investment in parks over the last five years.

But government cannot do it alone. Our parks and trails need the support of friends, volunteers and partners. The Empire State is a leader in parks and conservation, in good part, because of the long history of stewardship and generosity on the part of its citizens.
 
That’s why we are so happy to announce $450,000 in Park and Trail Partnership grants to friends group who lend their time and energy to support these special outdoor places.
 
And why we’re not surprised at all that 8,000 volunteers rolled up their sleeves on I Love My Park Day to clean up parks and beaches, plant trees and flowers, restore trails and wildlife habitat, and remove invasive species.
 
Now that the warm weather has finally arrived it’s time to go out and enjoy our parks and trails. If you’d like to get free entry to most NYS parks, join Parks & Trails New York before May 31 at $100 or more and you’ll receive a 2017 Empire Passport ($65 value). The Passport provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by NYS Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, including forests, beaches, trails and more.

See you outside,

Robin Dropkin
Executive Director

$450,000 in Grants Awarded to 20 Grassroots Organizations that Support State Parks

PTNY, in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Restoration, and Historic Preservation awarded the second round of Park and Trail Partnership Program grants to 20 Friends organizations across New York.

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Open for Business

PTNY marked National Bike Month by rolling out Bike Friendly New York, a new business certification program meant to create a more welcoming experience for cyclists on the Canalway Trail, as well as encourage local economic development.

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Free Entry to NY State Parks? What a Deal!

Hurry! Parks & Trails New York’s spring membership drive ends May 31st and we've got deals you don't want to miss!

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More Great News for Trails

Trails and active transportation projects across New York State get an $85 million boost.

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PTNY Springs into Action

Volunteers across New York left a positive mark on the State's parks and trails through PTNY's two spring cleanup and beautification events, Canal Clean Sweep and I Love My Park Day.

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May is Bike Month

Since 1956, May has been dedicated to the celebration of bikes and to encouraging cyclists and non-cyclists to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. 

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Need Funding?


The NYS funding application process is now open for recreational trail projects, municipal parks, and canal-related capital projects.  

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Thank You REI


We're proud to welcome REI as a new sponsor of the 2017 Cycle The Erie Canal bike tour.

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Short Takes / Resources Calendar

Outdoor Industry Association releases Outdoor Recreation Economy Report.

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 Arthur V. Savage Internship Program. 

Trump orders review of national monuments.

A Rails to Trails magazine article about the Empire State Trail features insights from PTNY staff. 

PTNY and the Erie Canalway Trail (plus two other NYS rail-trails) are going to be featured in “Treasures of New York: Rails-to-Trails” on PBS, airing on WLIW21 New York on May 18 at 8pm and on THIRTEEN PBS on May 21 at 7pm. The program will be available to stream on May 21.

Saratoga National Historical Park's Bike Summit event promoting its 100 Mile Challenge is Sunday, May 21. 

 May 19: Bike to Work Day

 July 9 - 16:  Cycle the Erie Canal

 September 30: Bike Your Park Day
 
         






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