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Protect Their Future:
New York's State
Parks in Crisis

The NYS Park System:
An Economic Asset
to the Empire State

Thank you to our
Green Partners


NYS Budget Includes $90 Million for State Park Repairs & Restoration

Thanks to the outpouring of support from park advocates like you the NYS budget for FY14-15 includes $90 million in park capital funds. Click here to thank the Governor for this historic third year of robust capital funding for parks.  Also, please thank your Assembly Member and Senator for their strong commitment to parks.


Give back to the places you treasure!

Canal Clean Sweep April 25-27

Clean Sweep
"Spring cleaning" event along the New York State Canal
System and the Canalway Trail.

Find an event near you.

Registration now open
I Love My Park Day -- May 3, 2014

  I Love My Park Day
Over 80 state parks and
historic sites are participating.
Find an event near you.


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2014 Bike Tours

Enjoy fabulous NYS cycling

Cycling the Erie Canal
July 13-20

Cycling the Hudson Valley
July 29-August 3

bike tours


Great NYS Cycling Guidebooks

Whether you are joining us on one of our bike tours and want to plan ahead or are planning a trip of your own, our cycling guidebooks are the place to start.

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March 28, 2014
PTNY supports, speaks out on speed limit bill
Speed limit legislation passed by the state Senate allows towns with populations of 50,000 or less to set their own speed limits, making it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.  

March 26, 2014
Letter to editor: restore funds for park repairs
Read our Letter to the Editor in the Albany Times Union on why it’s so important that the NYS Senate restore $92.5 million in park funding in the FY15 state budget.

March 18, 2014
State budget plan denies State Parks repairs and upgrades
The NYS Senate’s one-house budget slashes $92.5 million in capital funding for state parks. Read more.

March 14, 2014
Community members urged to take part in Canal Clean Sweep
Local residents can get into the Earth Day spirit by signing up for Canal Clean Sweep events

March 7, 2014
NY lawmakers want money for pedestrians, cyclists
PTNY and its partners have been urging lawmakers to add funding for bicyclist and pedestrian infrastructure to the budget.  And they’re listening!

February 27, 2014
Park advocates seek more funds from state.
Advocates for New York's state parks gather in Albany to urge lawmakers and other officials to protect and preserve the Empire State's parks system.

February 24, 2014

Grants help friends of parks and trails.
Operational support of friends groups that tend to parks and trails is hard to come by.  That’s why PTNY’s Growing the Grassroots grants are so important. 

February 7, 2014
Safter walking and bicycling.
PTNY joined with its partners in NY4T to speak out for additional funding bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

January 13, 2014
Time to complete Canalway Trail
A great editorial that calls for the completion of the Erie Canalway Trail to boost tourism in Upstate New York.

January 8, 2014
Read our Statement on Governor Cuomo's 2014 State of the State Adress regarding efforts to revitalize New York’s world-class state park system

December 13, 2013
PTNY awarded grant for Erie Canalway Trail marketing campaign 
PTNY received an $80,000 grant to undertake a multi-faceted marketing campaign to attraction cyclists to the 365-mile Erie Canalway Trail.

November 21, 2013
Hearing on State Parks
Read our testimony before the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts, and Sports Development on strategies for enhancing the park system and maximizing public use and enjoyment of its facilities.

October 11, 2013
PTNY says bicycle tourism could stimulate economy
PTNY and the Canalway Corporation brought together municipal leaders, business owners and biking enthusiasts from across Central New York to discuss ways that local communities can become more bicycle friendly. Read newspaper article.

October 10, 2013 Oneida touts community to cyclists
About 20 cyclists toured Oneida to learn more about how to market to and profit from cycling tourists as part of PTNY’s Bicyclists Bring Business event.

September 23, 2013
Park(ing) Day
PTNY staff enjoy a beautiful day in a downtown Albany parking space transformed into a campsite.

September 12, 2013
Oneida to host 'Bicyclists Bring Business' event
The city of Oneida has been selected to host Parks & Trails New York's 12th annual Bicyclists Bring Business roundtable and bike-around event.

September 3, 2013
Parks are major stewards of biodiversity

Read our opinion piece in the Syracuse Post-Standard about how New York's state parks protect rare plant and animal species.

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