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Dear Friend,

Spring is here—you can really feel it in the air. I imagine you’re as eager to get back to your favorite parks and trails as we are. That’s why we’re celebrating spring with a March Madness Membership Drive.
Anyone who becomes a member of PTNY or renews their membership at the $50 level or higher in the month of March will be entered to win an Empire Passport to the parks (a $65 value). We'll be drawing one winner each week this month so you still have three chances to win!

Join or renew today and we'll help you get out to New York's parks this season!


Robin Dropkin
Executive Director
Eternal-Sunshine-MindBudget Bumps in the Road

The Assembly and Senate one-house budgets include some bumps in the road for NYS Parks. On the positive side, the Assembly budget include $20M in groundbreaking funding for bike/ped infrastructure.

Advocacy DayFighting for the Green 

During the height of state budget negotiations, PTNY rallied the troops for two important advocacy days in Albany.

Clean SweepWhat Will They Find Next?

Canalway Trail lovers from across the state are gearing up for the 11th annual Canal Clean Sweep on Earth Day weekend. Register a new event or join an already scheduled one.

I Love My Park DayShow Parks Love

How much do you love your park? Join us Saturday, May 7 to celebrate and enhance parks and historic sites at the 5th annual I Love My Park Day.

Adirondack Rail Trail One
Step Closer to Reality 

The Adirondack Park Agency has approved the state’s plan to build trail along a rail corridor between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. Once completed, the Adirondack Rail Trail will be one of the nation’s most scenic multi-use trails.

Awardees$450,000 Awarded to Grassroots Groups 

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

Eternal-Sunshine-MindRide in Style 

Ride in style with the 2016 Cycle the Erie Canal jersey.

Eternal-Sunshine-MindParks, Camera, Action! 

From "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" to "Girls," New York's beautiful state parks have been chosen as filming sites for countless movies and television shows.

Short Takes / Resources Calendar
A past recipient of one of our Growing the Grassroots grants has been selected as Person of the Year by Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.

We mourn the loss of environmental attorney Henry Diamond, first NYS DEC commissioner and former PTNY Advisory Council member.

Newest edition of Benchmarking Report ranks New York State last in U.S. in biking and walking safety
April 2: Public Information Meeting for Taconic State Park Draft Master Plan, Copake Town Hall, 10am

April 9: Cycle the Erie Canal Meetup and Information Session at REI SoHo, 12-5pm
April 22-24: Canal Clean Sweep events across the state

April 29-30: Visit the Cycle the Erie Canal booth at Bike Expo NY 

May 7: I Love My Park Day

July 10-17: Cycle the Erie Canal Tour
PTNY is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity
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