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annual report 2013



The NYS Park System:
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Join PTNY for PARK(ing) Day on Sept. 19

parking_dayPTNY is taking over a parking space in downtown Albany on Friday, Sept. 19, converting it into a temporary public campground complete with greenery, tent, camping chairs, camp stove and marshmallows. The event is part of PARK(ing) Day, an annual, worldwide event where artists, activists, and citizens independently — but simultaneously — turn metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy.

By creating a temporary refuge in the middle of the city, we’re reminding New Yorkers how important it is to have a place to relax, rejuvenate, and recreate. Come visit our parking space on Washington Avenue in front of the state Capitol and join us for s’mores and a game of corn hole! See photos from PTNY’s PARK(ing) Day event last year.

This year PTNY is cosponsoring the event in Albany with the City of Albany’s Department of Development and Planning and Capital District Transportation Committee’s Capital Coexist. View a map of all the locations in Albany.

Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar. www.rebargroup.org

Read press release.


PTNY Growing the Grassroots grants available for park and trail groups

GrowingGrassRootsParks & Trails New York is offering a new round of Growing the Grassroots Capacity Building Grants for park and trail groups in New York State. Grants of up to $4,000 will fund activities that help develop and strengthen the skills, processes and resources that not-for-profit organizations need to survive and thrive. An informational webinar for potential applicants will be held at 11:00 a.m. on October 8, 2014. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on October 30, 2014.


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.


Great NYS Cycling Guidebooks

There's still time for fun cycling adventure this summer. Check out our guidebooks.


2014 Bike Tours 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.

More than 100 cyclists from 15 states and Canada enjoyed a six-day tour through the Hudson Valley. The 200-mile tour ended August 3 in NYC.

2015 Rides

Cycling the Erie Canal July 12-19, 2015

Cycling the Hudson Valley date TBD

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September 5, 2014 Adirondack Rail Trail will add to tourism
Op-ed in Albany Times Union cites PTNY’s report on the economic impact of the Erie Canalway Trail to support development of Adirondack Rail Trail.

August 6, 2014
Governor Cuomo Announces Free Wi-Fi at Four Flagship State Parks
Wi-Fi networks are now available free of charge to visitors at Niagara Falls, Jones Beach, Saratoga Spa and East River State Parks. Read more, including a quote by our own Robin Dropkin.

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.

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 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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