Dear Jon,

October was a busy month for Parks & Trails New York staff.

We visited Letchworth, “America’s Best State Park,” during peak foliage. We tasted the mineral springs at Saratoga Spa. We enjoyed cider and donuts at Bethpage. We toured an historic dry dock complex along the Erie Canal in Chittenango. We visited a gilded age mansion in the Hudson Valley. (Sometimes our jobs are really tough!)
The purpose of this mini-tour of New York’s state parks was to host five regional gatherings for the grassroots Friends groups that support the state park system (read the full story below).
As inspirational as the parks and sites we visited were, it was the nearly 200 Friends representatives and park staff we met with who provided the most inspiration. We are in awe of their dedication and the amazing work they are accomplishing. We are grateful for all that they do, and for the opportunity to support and enhance their efforts through the new NYS Park & Trail Partnership Program.

Warm regards,
Laura DiBetta 
Director, Parks Program & Government Relations

What Great Friends! 

New York's State Parks and Historic Sites have some pretty amazing Friends. We were lucky enough to see old Friends and meet some new ones in our tour around the state.

History Happy Hour Draws Crowds 

The Friends of Schuyler Mansion in Albany hosted an incredibly successful History Happy Hour in September on the site's grounds. Check out what they learned. 

Goats Cut Grass Under Walkway

Walkway Over the Hudson has some new friends -- and they have hooves!

Roberto Clemente Gets Boost

From coastal resiliency infrastructure to new playgrounds and ball fields, this state park is bringing healthy, active recreational opportunities to young and old in the south Bronx.

History, Art, and Culture Come to Life 

The innovative Seneca Art & Culture Center celebrated its grand opening in October at Ganondagan State Historic Site. 

Jones Beach Mosaics Restored 

Five historic mosaics on Jones Beach's Central Mall walkway have been restored to their former grandeur.

Volunteer Profile: John Reilley, Friends of Long Point 

John Reilley, a former cross-country coach, saw runners and others using roads rather than the trails in Long Point State Park and wanted to find a way to get people to enjoy all the park has to offer.

You Gotta Have Tips: Be a Parks

You know your park better than anyone. Make sure your voice is heard!

Short Takes / Resources

CBS Sunday Morning aired a feature segment on the Olana exhibit "River Crossings."

Newsday published a profile of long-time Jones Beach Park Manager Sue Giuliani, who will retire at the end of the year.

FDR Four Freedoms Park can now be explored via Google Street View.

Your advocacy has other states looking to New York's state parks as a success story.

December 2, 2014: the new Thacher Park documentary airs on WMHT 

December 4, 2015: Deadline for all NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program Grant Applications

December 4, 2015, 8:30pm: Dar Williams plays a benefit concert for Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands at the Town Crier Cafe in Beacon

February 29, 2016: Park Advocacy Day in Albany

May 7, 2016: I Love My Park Day - save the date!
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