In The News

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  • January, 2017

  • OUR VIEW: Empire State Trail would benefit upstate

    Union Sun & Journal

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s suggested Empire State Trail is a bright idea. There is much potential in a plan to “connect” Buffalo, Albany, the north country and Manhattan, for bikers, hikers and off-road explorers generally.

  • Trail system could bring more bicycle tourists to region

    Post Star

    Lake George, Saratoga Springs and Fort Ticonderoga will be stops on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed “Empire State Trail,” a statewide system of bicycle and walking trails. Tourism officials and trail advocates say the proposed 750-mile trail system, about half of which already exists, will expand an already robust bicycle touring economy in the region.

  • Grassroots groups for NY state parks raised $9M in a year

    Times Herald Record

    A new report shows grassroots groups supporting New York state parks raise millions of dollars a year. The report on non-profit "friends" organizations that support state parks and historic sites says the groups raised $9 million in 2015. The report from Parks & Trails New York also found that the groups donated 10,000 volunteer hours.

  • Governor Wants to Make New York a Hiking and Cycling Paradise

    Skift Travel News

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to complete and connect two greenway trails crisscrossing the state from Manhattan to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo to create a 750-mile paved biking and hiking route that will be marketed as a national tourist destination.

  • New York eyes largest state-run trail in U.S.

    Press Connects

    New York wants to have the largest state-run, multi-use trail in the nation by 2020. The trail would be 750 miles when it is completed, running from New York City to the North Country and from Albany to Buffalo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
  • Cuomo pitches 750-mile biking-hiking trail plan for NY state

    Fox News

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to complete and connect two greenway trails crisscrossing the state from Manhattan to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo to create a 750-mile paved biking and hiking route that will be marketed as a national tourist destination.

  • Editorial: Always there for our area parks

    Press Republican

    An editorial from Plattsburgh, NY applauds the results of our 2016 You Gotta Have Friends annual report.

  • Cuomo calls for statewide trail system

    Daily Gazette

    To the excitement of hikers, bikers and cross-country skiers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday proposed extending the state's off-road trail system to span the state, from Buffalo to New York City and New York City to the Canadian border.

  • Grassroots groups for NY state parks raised $9M in a year

    SF Gate

    A new report shows grassroots groups supporting New York state parks raise millions of dollars a year. The report on non-profit "friends" organizations that support state parks and historic sites says the groups raised $9 million in 2015.

  • December, 2016

  • Long Island underspends on pedestrian safety

    The Suffolk Times

    A group of parks and transportation improvement advocates, including Parks & Trails New York, recently called attention to a lack of state spending on sidewalks and bicycle lanes and trails in Suffolk and Nassau counties, saying the region lags behind the rest of the state.

  • Grant paves way for rail trail completion

    Granville Sentinel

    A letter of support from Parks & Trails New York helped the town of Granville receive a grant to help fill in the “missing links” of the Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail. The trail will extend from Salem in New York to Castleton, Vermont, when it’s finished.

  • November, 2016

  • Harlem rail trail opens new section

    Register-Star

    The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association broke ground on a new 1.5-mile section in the town of Copake Thursday, November 17, with an anticipated completion date slated for Memorial Day 2017.

  • October, 2016

  • New map program provides friendliest bike routes in Albany

    Albany Times Union

    The Albany Bicycle Coalition is working with Parks & Trails New York to develop an online map that would allow users to insert their starting point and destination and be directed to the most bike-friendly route throughout the City of Albany.

  • September, 2016

  • Preserve federal-state partnership that shaped Onondaga Lake Park

    Syracuse.com

    A commentary supporting the Land Water Conservation Fund. The author, Bob Geraci, is one of our board members who was commissioner of Onondaga County parks from 1995 to 2009

  • 2nd competition launched for state park funds

    Press Republican

    Friends groups of state parks are eligible to apply for $500,000 in competitive grants through the State Park and Trail Partnership. This, a second round of competition, is funded through the State Environmental Protection Fund.

  • Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park receives Parks and Trails NY grant

    Wayne Post

    Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Parks recently received a $75,000 grant to hire a full-time manager of corporate fundraising and major gifts from Parks and Trails New York and the New York State Office of Parks, Preservation and Historic Preservation.

  • July, 2016

  • Fahy becomes first legislator to cycle the Canalway

    Albany Times Union

    Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, an avid cyclist, became the first state legislator to complete the annual Cycle the Canalway ride from Buffalo to Albany. Fahy completed the weeklong ride Sunday, journeying 400 miles across upstate New York. She was accompanied by her daughter, Eileen Bequette, and her two sisters Bernadette and Marian Fahy.

  • Tent city pops up at JCC as canal bike tour rolls in

    Daily Gazette

    The Schenectady Jewish Community Center in Niskayuna was awash in a sea of 400 tents Saturday night as the 18th annual Erie Canal Bike Tour made its final stop before completing the 400-mile journey in Albany this morning. Meegan Finnegan, director of development at Parks & Trails New York, which organizes the tour, said the goal is to raise funds for the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail, which is about 80 percent complete. Parks & Trails is hoping to have the trail completed by 2025 in time for the Erie Canal’s bicentennial that year.

  • 700 bicyclists finish 400 mile ‘Cycle the Erie Canal’ ride in Albany

    ABC News 10 - Albany

  • 600 cyclists roll into Syracuse on Erie Canal tour, camp in Burnet Park

    Syracuse.com

    The tents are home for nearly 600 bike riders who are participating in the 17th annual Cycle the Erie Canal Tour, an eight-day, 400-mile bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany. Syracuse is the midpoint. To celebrate making it half way, the riders held a reception at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, which is in Burnet Park. On Thursday, the bicyclists will leave Syracuse, passing through DeWitt and stopping in Chittenango at noon before ending the day in Rome.