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Dear Friend,

Having just returned from a bicycle vacation in Quebec, and been very impressed with the way bicycle tourism is embraced and promoted, I am even more excited about the recently released draft plan for the Empire State Trail.

After decades of advocating for completion of the Erie Canalway Trail between Buffalo and Albany, the actualization of this vision, plus 400 miles of additional connected trail, is truly a dream come true. 

We are entering a golden era of trails, with communities across the state looking to build new trails, connect existing ones, and make it easier and safer for people to walk and bike. 

And Parks & Trails New York is ready to help! Let us know about your trail project and how we can be of assistance.

Happy (parks and) trails,

Robin Dropkin
Executive Director

Empire State Trail Taking Shape

Check out the Empire State Trail Draft Plan which includes maps of the proposed route from New York City to Canada, and from Buffalo to Albany. Get ready for the nation’s largest state trail network! 

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Join Us for Bike Your Park Day

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a free, supported bike ride between Albany and Peebles Island State Park on October 1.

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5 State Parks You May Never Have Heard Of

You are probably familiar with the larger state parks such as Letchworth, Allegany, and Jones Beach, but there are many smaller state parks with just as much to offer.

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Third Round of Park & Trail Grants

The third round of $500,000 in competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program, administered by Parks & Trails New York and the NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation and funded through the Environmental Protection Fund, opens September 15.

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New Report: Capital District Trails More Popular than Ever 

Survey and count conducted by the Capital District Transportation Council and Parks & Trails New York reveal strong community support and 1.6 million annual visits to the Capital District’s trails.

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Bike/Ped Planning Internship

This is a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students in community or urban planning, engineering, or related fields to gain experience in all phases of multi-use trail and bicycle/pedestrian planning.

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Short Takes / Resources Calendar

Connect Kids to Parks Field Trip Grant Program will refund up to $1,000 for visits to NYS Parks, Nature Centers, Historic Sites, and selected DEC sites.

Congrats to our raffle winner Jennifer Green of Rochester who guessed the weight of our bike bag within 1lb at the opening celebration of the new REI Rochester store

U.S. Department of Transportation announces $500 million funding opportunity through TIGER program. 

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is accepting grant applications for projects that inspire people to learn more about New York’s legendary canals.

September 24-28: World Canals Conference

October 1: Bike Your Park Day

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