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Dear Friend,
The time has finally arrived when we can spend hours and hours outdoors, relishing our beautiful parks and trails. But, as beautiful as our public green spaces are in June, we can’t ever forget how fragile they are.
President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement and ignore the science of climate change puts our beloved parks, trails and shared environment at risk. Showing strong leadership, Governor Cuomo, Governor Brown of California, and Governor Inslee of Washington have announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition that will organize and lead states that are committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement by taking aggressive action on climate change.
New York has a strong tradition of environmental leadership and now, more than ever, it’s up to us to work to reduce the use of fossil fuels, protect our green spaces, and ensure clean water and air for all. Parks & Trails New York has pledged our support for the U.S. Climate Alliance and will continue to work alongside Governor Cuomo to protect our environment and ensure that our treasured public lands will be here for generations to come. Please join the fight to protect our climate and sign the petition in support of the U.S. Climate Alliance today.

Robin Dropkin
Executive Director

Empire State Trail Here We Come

PTNY is getting excited for 2020, when the Empire State Trail will be completed, closing the gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail and connecting it to the Hudson Valley Greenway and north to Canada. In anticipation, here are some tips and resources to help you plan upcoming bike trips on the trail.

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Staff Picks: Father's Day Picnics in Parks

Here are our choices for some perfect picnic spots to take dad on his special day.

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NYS Trails Focus of PBS Documentary

Check out PTNY’s contribution to a PBS documentary, Treasures of New York: Rails-to-Trails. The show takes viewers on a unique journey along the various rail and canal corridors that have been repurposed as recreational bike and pedestrian trails. 

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Like Trails? Wanna Volunteer?

We’re looking for a few good volunteers for the Canalway Trail Ambassador and Adopt-a-Trail programs.

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Court Rules in Favor of Protecting Parkland

The NYS Court of Appeals ruled that the State Legislature must pass specific legislation to authorize development of a mall on 30 acres of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. PTNY was one of the organizations that submitted an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief on this important park alienation court case.

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Thank You, Wegmans! 

A big shout out to our friends at Wegmans for sponsoring our Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour.

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Welcome to New Intern

We are happy to have Krista Ricke joining our staff this summer!

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Short Takes / Resources Calendar

Check out the new businesses that have been certified under our Bike Friendly New York program.  

Our latest annual report is available for your reading pleasure.

Park and rec agencies can share their ideas on increasing access to play spaces for children and families and be eligible to receive grants.

PTNY is supporting legislation requiring motorists to give at least 3’ of space when passing a bicycle on a roadway. Read our memo in support of A.2845/S.1995

 July 9 - 16:  Cycle the Erie Canal

 September 15: Park(ing) Day

 September 30: Bike Your Park Day

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