Canal Clean Sweep Celebrates 16th Year


A huge thank you is in order to all the volunteers who came out on Earth Day weekend, April 23-25, to celebrate the 16th annual Canal Clean Sweep. The weekend featured over 120 events from Buffalo to Albany, with small groups of family and friends spending their time collecting litter, raking, and planting.

The Canalway Trail saw a record 4 million visits in 2020, so it was much in need of some TLC! Thanks to our amazing volunteers, the Erie Canalway Trail is ready for another summer season.

Camping 101:
Tips for First-Time Campers

 
 
Never camped before? Here are some quick tips and suggested locations to help you break out of the confining walls of a hotel room and sleep comfortably in the great outdoors. 

TrailsBlog: Albany-Hudson Electric Trail, part of the Empire State Trail 


From rushing waterfalls and historic villages to apple orchards and horse farms, the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail is calling out to you for an awesome summer adventure!

Bannerman Castle is Open for the Season

 
On April 27, PTNY staff had the pleasure of attending a ribbon cutting for the new pedestrian walkways funded through a Park and Trail Partnership Grant. The grant program, conceived of and administered by PTNY, is for Friends groups affiliated with NYS parks, trails, historic sites and public lands.

Bannerman Castle, an historic site within Hudson Highlands State Park located on Pollepell Island in the Hudson River, is managed by the Bannerman Castle Trust. In addition to celebrating the new walkways, which make it safer for visitors to enjoy the Castle grounds and take in the sweeping views of the Hudson Valley, the event kicked off the summer tour and event season at the evocative site.

Click here to learn more about visiting this incredibly unique and picturesque historic site. 

Curious about what we've been up to?

 
Take a look at our 2020 Annual Report and see all the ways your support made a difference for New York's most treasured resources—our parks, trails and public lands—during a difficult year. .

In 2020 we heard—again and again—that parks, trails and public green spaces were lifelines for so many.

Through your continued and generous support of Parks & Trails New York, you ensured that during a year none of us could ever have predicted, New Yorkers had access to the outdoors and the healing power of nature.

Thank you for being a bright spot in a difficult year.  Please read our Annual Report, and thank you for all you do!

PTNY Celebrates 10th Anniversary of I Love My Park Day

On on the first weekend in May, thousands of volunteers participated in the 10th anniversary I Love My Park Day--cleaning up parks, removing invasive species, planting flowers and trees, installing benches and picnic tables, servicing trails, and more. Thank you to our partners, sponsors, and volunteers who made this event possible. We're already looking forward to I Love My Park Day 2022!

Do you love our amazing network of parks, trails, and public lands?  If you answered “yes,” please consider joining PTNY as a member today! As a PTNY member you enjoy benefits and deals, but most importantly, you join a group of community of committed New Yorkers--like you--who are helping our treasured green spaces thrive.
 
As an extra “thank you,” we’ll send you a free reusable bamboo To-Go Ware utensil set if you join as a new member by May 31 at the $50 level or higher!
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FIELD NOTES

NY State Parks has purchased the 12.1-mile Pat McGee Trail running between Salamanca and Cattaraugus, protecting it from future development and strengthening the existing greenway network in that region.

With a new solar and storage system, Grant Cottage will become the first New York State Park facility to be completely independent from the electric energy grid.

Seeking grant opportunities? Municipal park grants and recreational trail grants are now available through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). Read more about the process.

Trillions of brood 10 cicadas will emerge in 15 U.S. state after 17 years underground.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is offering $150 million in grant funding for outdoor recreation spaces and parks in underserved communities through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program.
 
Read about the Highlands Trail Connectivity Plan, which includes 21 proposed projects to connect six parks and 93,000 acres in the Hudson Highlands.

DEC and the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) have launched a pilot reservation system to address public safety at a heavily traveled stretch on Route 73 in the town of Keene in the Adirondack High Peaks. Reservations for the AMR hiker parking lot and entry through AMR trailheads can now be made by visiting hikeamr.org.
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Groundbreaking for the new $46 million visitor center at Niagara Falls is scheduled for October with a 2023 Memorial Day target opening.

CALENDAR

JULY 11-18
Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour

SEPTEMBER 25
Pedal to Peebles Bike Event
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