Dear Friend,

With the already intense political campaign heating up and the Olympics in full swing, it’s easy to spend too much time focused on a screen of one sort or another, be it a television, computer or mobile device.

Although there’s still plenty of warm days ahead of us, summer is undeniably waning. If there’s an outdoor adventure still on your summer bucket list, go for it now. Get out there and enjoy New York’s awesome parks and trails in these last few weeks of glorious summer.

See you at a park or trail,

Robin Dropkin
Executive Director
Back to School: Free Park Admission for Fourth Graders 

Summer is almost over! Before your family heads back to school, take advantage of these state and national programs.

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18th Annual Cycle the Erie Canal Tour Reaches Milestone

More than 650 participate in PTNY’s Cycle the Erie Canal, the largest tour to date.

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Say Cheese (and support the EPF!)

We need your help – and your photos – in the next couple of months to help show what NY’s Environmental Protection Fund has helped to protect and improve.

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Risky Proposition

Two parallel oil pipelines would traverse or run adjacent to dozens of state and local parks and trails and thousands of acres of protected land in the Hudson Valley.

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Meet Our New Program Coordinator

Having settled right in during one of our busiest times of year, we welcome Jessica Collier as the newest member of the PTNY staff.

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Alexander Hamilton Slept Here 

Hamilton is the hottest ticket in town and the most talked about founding father. Between his residency in NYC and regular trips to Albany to visit family, Alexander Hamilton was a New Yorker through and through and several NY State Historic Sites commemorate this relationship.    
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Pokécycling: Pokémon GO on Two Wheels 

Pokémon Go has sparked numerous debates: cheers for people getting outdoors; jeers for the inattentive behavior (and thus safety issues) the activity tends to entail. Here is some helpful info should you attempt to "Catch 'em All" on two wheels.

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Short Takes / Resources Calendar

Gov. Cuomo announces $1.3 million in 
state park trail and outdoor access projects.

The second round of applications for the Park and Trail Partnership Program grants will open in mid-September.

Gov. Cuomo announces availability of $98 M in bike/ped and air quality funding; applications materials posted here

Montgomery County gets funds to pave part of Erie Canalway Trail.

MLB Youth Academy and new multi-use field come to Roberto Clemente State Park.

"Erie Canalway Trail Now 80% Complete" and other news in the latest edition of Canalway Trail Times.

Erie Canal Photo Contest call for entries. Deadline is 8/26

Still want more? Check out what's happening in NY State Parks in our latest edition of You Gotta Have Friends.

September 16:   Park(ing) Day

Mid-September:  Parks & Trails Partnership Program grant applications open

September 24:   Bike Your Park Day
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