​I Love My Park Day 2016 Events

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More than 100 parks and historic sites are hosting I Love My Park Day events on May 7, 2016. This year's event is our biggest yet! To help celebrate the fifth anniversary of I Love My Park Day, PTNY and NY State Parks are excited to expand the event to public lands in the Adirondacks and Catskills managed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as several National Park Service sites in celebration of NPS’s centennial.

There are two ways to learn more about the events and to register:

  1. Click on the park name below for additional details and a link to register for that event.
  2. Click on the map to find an event near you and follow the link to register.

If you wish to register a group of 10 or more, please use our Group Registration Form.

Please note that DEC and National Park Service sites have different registration forms.

I Love My Park Day Find an Event Map

2016 Participating Parks and Historic Sites*

*List in progress

Adirondack Park

Capital District / Saratoga

Catskill Park

Central Region

Finger Lakes

Hudson Valley

Long Island

New York City

Thousand Islands

Western NY


Local Parks

In addition to the events at state and national parks listed above, local parks get in the spirit too! Below is a list of local parks that are hosting events.

  • The Central New York Conservancy will be hosting volunteer events in all three of Utica’s Olmsted-designed parks: FT and TR Proctor Park, Roscoe Conkling Park, as well as on the Memorial Parkway. Volunteers will be assigned to clean-up crews in one of the 3 parks or the Memorial parkway. All crews will have a leader and clean-up will occur between the hours of 10am-1pm. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, though those under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a parent or adult group leader. Volunteers are asked to bring their own tools – gloves and rakes in particular. Trash bags and tarps will be supplied. To volunteer, please contact Peter Falzarine, executive director for the Central New York Conservancy, at 315.735.5534 or pfalzarine@roadrunner.com.
  • Spring Fest at Copes Corners Park in the Town of Butternuts (Otsego County). 10am-6pm. There will be music, vendors, reduced-rate camping, a zoo-mobile and other attractions.
  • Harlem Grown: Saturday May 7th, 11am-3pm, 118 W 134th St. Volunteer farm tasks such as composting, bed prep and working with our students. Learn more.
  • Henry Hudson Park, Selkirk, NY (off Route 144 onto Barent Winne Road). Organized by Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation. Download a flyer with more details.
  • The Owego Dog Owners Group (ODOG) will be hosting its first I Love My Park Day event on May 7, 2016 with cleanup and beautification projects at the Rebecca Weitsman Memorial Dog Park located within Hickories Park in Owego. Join the event anytime from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Bring gloves, rakes, and shovels. For more information contact info@owegodogs.org or call 607-372-1893.
  • The Friends of Parish parks is planning a spring park spruce-up day at 2 small parks in the Village of Parish. Volunteers will assist with painting and gardening at both Canfield Park and the Gazebo Park both in the Village of Parish. Meet at the Gazebo Park (co. rt 69 and co. rt 69a) at 10:00 am. Event should be finished by 1:00 pm. Download a flyer.
  • Rome Clean and Green is hosting a city-wide park and trail cleanup event from 12pm-4pm. Download a flyer.
  • The second-annual I Love My Schenectady Parks Day will be held on Saturday May 7th. Last year's event had over 100 volunteers, who picked up over a ton of garbage! Participating parks this year include Central Park, Jerry Burrell Park, Steinmetz Park, Riverside Park, Wallingford Park, Vale Park, Hillhurst Park Woodlawn and Woodlawn Preserve.Download a flyer with more information.
  • The Olean Theatre Workshop’s and the Olean City School District’s AmeriCorps members are participating in "I Love My Park Day" at Oak Hill Park in Olean NY. The Mayor’s Office and the Parks Department are supporting this event. Invite all your friends to come and help, May 7 starting at 9:00 AM.

To publicize an I Love My Park Day event at a local park, email us at ilovemypark@ptny.org. We will advertise your event on our website, but we do not provide online registration services or T-shirts or banners for local parks.

Organizing an event and don't see your site listed? Let us know.