for Friends of the NYS
parks system

annual report 2013


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

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

Cycling the Hudson Valley is Underway!

More than 100 cyclists from 15 states and Canada are enjoying a six-day tour through the Hudson Valley. The 200-mile tour ends August 3 in NYC. Come out and greet the cyclists along the way. See the tour schedule.


New Report Touts Economic
of Erie Canalway Trail

Economic Impact of ECT
1.6 million visits generate $253 million in economic impact

PTNY’s newest report on the economic impact of the Erie Canalway Trail demonstrates an annual trail traffic volume of more than 1.58 million visits per year, which generates an economic impact of approximately $253 million and supports 3,440 jobs in the local economies within the trail corridor. Read the Executive Summary.  Read the full report.


16th annual Cycling the Erie Canal
in the books 

500 riders from 34 states, Canada, Israel and Australia, ages 9 through 90, bicycled across New York State on our 16th annual Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour. The 400-mile journey along the legendary Erie Canal ended in Albany on July 20. Along the way, cyclists enjoyed some of the finest scenery, most interesting history, and unparalleled cycling in the northeastern United States.

Mark your calendar for next year's
Cycling the Erie Canal July 12-19, 2015.


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.



Connect with us


July 21, 2014
Upcycling the economy
New report aims to encourage investment in the multi-use Erie Canalway Trail, including marketing efforts and trail enhancements.

July 18, 2014

Continue investment in popular canal and trail
We love this editorial in the Rochester paper, which uses stats from our new report on the economic impact of the Erie Canalway Trail, about why the state and the federal government should continue to invest in the canal and trail.

July 14, 2014
Study: Canal trail has big benefit

Read the Democrat and Chronicle article about the release of our study on the economic impact of the Erie Canalway Trail

July 14, 2014
Governor announces 16th annual Cycling the Erie Canal
More than 500 cyclists begin 400-mile bicycling tour along the Erie Canal in Buffalo.

June 25, 2014
Funding bike/ped infrastructure, trails

Read our letter to the editor about the importance of funding for bike/ped infrastructure, including trails!

May 1, 2014
Editorial: Invest yourself in state parks

The Plattsburgh Press Republican urges its readers to “grab [their] garden gloves and get ready to give back” in this editorial.

April 28, 2014
Spiderman encourages children to be a hero on I Love My Park Day

Superhero Spiderman swung into Riverbank State Park to encourage kids to participate in I Love My Park Day, May 3.

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!


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