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Need assistance with your trail project? We can help!  


Apply by October 12


we can help!If you have the vision and the passion but need assistance either getting a trail project started or increasing the use of an existing trail, we can help.


Parks & Trails New York is offering assistance to communities and organizations wishing to develop a new multi-use trail or increase usage on an existing trail as part of its Healthy Trails, Healthy People Program. Communities will receive help with technical issues, planning, public outreach, grant writing, fundraising, programming, organizational development and other activities critical to the long-term success of trail projects. Preference will be given to communities with a high percentage of low income households.


Applications and more information can be found on the Parks & Trails New York website or by emailing or calling Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583. Applications are being accepted until October 12, 2011. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Parks & Trails New York to discuss their projects.


Healthy Trails, Healthy People is supported in part by a grant from the Healthy Heart Programof the NYS Department of Health. 

Get moving - Register today for trails and greenways conference 


Prices go up Sept. 12


Just a few weeks remain to register for the first trails conference to be held in the Finger Lakes: Finger Lakes Trails and Greenways: Connecting communities, promoting health, and strengthening local economies, Prices go up September 12.


Field workshops on Friday afternoon, September 23 will provide an opportunity to visit one of the region's terrific trails and an early evening reception at the award-winning Nevin Welcome Center at Cornell Plantations will offer plenty of time for networking.


On Saturday, September 24, the Robert Purcell Community Center on Cornell's North Campus will be the venue for a program of keynotes by two nationally recognized trail advocates and nine different workshops focused on planning, designing, and marketing trails that promote active living, tourism, and economic development.


The event is organized by Parks & Trails New York and the Finger Lakes Land Trust


The conference is appropriate for meeting state training requirements for local planning and zoning boards, but it is advisable to check with your local officials to confirm.


Five bridge crossings highlight of 2011 Great Hudson Valley Pedal bike tour  


you made it!The Great Hudson Valley Pedal features five fabulous bridge crossings, including the Walkway Over the Hudson, plus some great parks and historic sites, museums and wineries.


Over 150 cyclists and volunteers joined us for the 7th annual Great Hudson Valley Pedal. Participants ranged in age from 10-83. Hailing from 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, the enthusiastic cyclists set off on their 200-mile pedaling adventure on August 16 and arrived in NYC six days later. Rolling hills, vibrant orchards and vineyards, historic homes, and rich countryside combined to create a memorable experience for the cyclists.


cyclist on GWSpecial thanks to our participants, as well as our wonderful volunteers. We couldn't do it without you!


The 2012 Great Hudson Valley Pedal will again take place in mid-August.  The exact dates will be announced next month.  

Storm affects parks and trails



Damaged road in Harriman State Park in the Hudson Valley

The New York State Parks System was hit hard by Hurricane Irene just days before the busy Labor Day holiday weekend. From Long Island and the Palisades to Saratoga and the Capital District, widespread impacts include flooding, damage to structures and roads, power outages, huge numbers of downed and hanging trees, and significant beachfront erosion.


While the costs to repair the damages caused by Irene - along with the lost revenues from closed parks and campgrounds - will take some time to determine, the impact on an already overstretched budget will be great. Check latest update for park availability.


Portions of the Erie Canalway Trail in the eastern part of state are closed. It is uncertain when these areas will reopen.

Route 5S and the Erie Canalway Trail in Fonda in the Mohawk Valley

Check for latest updates.


Many other parks and trails throughout New York have also been impacted. Please use caution and contact the local park or trail management entity before setting out. You can use PTNY's TrailFinder site to look up contacts for many multi-use trails. 

Thanks to our Green Partners: Alta Planning + Design


Alta Alta Planning and Design specializes in transportation, recreation, and innovation. With offices nationwide and projects throughout the world, Alta is engaged in creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, and fun.


Alta is a Major Sponsor of Parks & Trails New York's upcoming conference, Finger Lakes Trails and Greenways: connecting communities, promoting health, and strengthening local economies, and Alta Principal Jeff Olson will be one the keynote speakers. Jeff is based in Saratoga Springs but works on a wide range of local, state, national and international projects. His most recent work for Alta in NYS includes the Rochester Regional Safe Routes to Schools Plan, Niagara Falls Greenway, Ulster County Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, and the Saranac River Trail.


Thanks Alta and Jeff for your support!

State Parks partners with The North Face to encourage outdoor activity


A new partnership between the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and outdoor retailer The North Face encourages families to get outdoors and enjoy state parks. The Explore Your Parks program promotes access to healthy recreational opportunities at select state parks in the NYC metropolitan area.

Complete Streets is now law!


With Governor Cuomo's signing of the Complete Streets bill, New York's roadways will be safer for everyone - drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. State highway law now mandates that design features such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, lane striping, share the road signage, crosswalks, bus pull outs, curb cuts, and traffic calming be at least considered in the planning, design, construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of roadways that receive federal or state funding. Parks & Trails New York was a strong supporter of the bill. 

NYC East River Greenway gains traction


Location of possible mile-long East River esplanade

A proposal to close the gap in the East River Greenway between 38th and 60th streets is making significant progress. First, NYC received $13 million from Con Edison to rehabilitate the pier between 38th and 41st Streets. Second, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that allows the City, local elected officials, and the United Nations to negotiate a land swap that could result in revenue to pay for waterfront redevelopment, including a mile-long
riverside promenade and other park improvements. The legislation gives parties until October 10 to come up with an agreement.


The last in a series of public forums on the issue will be held in Manhattan Sept. 20, 5 to 8 pm, NYU Langone Medical Center, 550 First Ave.


Learn more at the East Side Open Space website.


Capacity grant strengthens identity of Finger Lakes park group


Freinds of Grimes Glen Logo

The Friends of Grimes Glen (FroGG) was formed in 2009 by a group of volunteers enthusiastic about the preservation of Grimes Glen, a classic Finger Lakes gorge and a new Ontario County park.  PTNY's capacity building grant helped FroGG develop a logo, brochure, and web page --- all of which has given the group a stronger identity in the county and helped solidfy the community partnership essential to the park's stewardship and enhancement.


Earthshare logo


Parks & Trails New York is a member of Earth Share New York, an alliance of leading nonprofit environmental organizations. For more information about workplace giving to Parks & Trails New York and Earth Share, check out www.earthshareny.org.


September 2011



Celebrating 25 years
of advocacy for New York's parks and trails

Support the parks and trails you love


Support Parks & Trails New York today with your secure online donation. Or send a tax-deductible contribution to: Parks & Trails New York, 29 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.


TrailFinder Trail of the Month


Warren County Bikeway


 Warren County Bikeway


The Warren County Bikeway stretches from downtown Glens Falls to Lake George Village. The 10-mile mostly paved trail leads through forested Adironadack foothills over gradual terrain perfect for walking, in-line skating, cycling, and cross-country skiing. 


The Bikeway and other multi-use trails can be found on Parks & Trails New York's TrailFinder website.


Celebrate New York's pioneers of environmental law


On November 17, Parks & Trails New York is honoring a select group of environmental lawyers whose work, in some cases begun almost 40 years ago, has had an enormous positive impact on New Yorkers' quality of life.


Our honorees will receive PTNY's George Perkins Award for outstanding environmental leadership.


Please join us!

Thursday, November 17

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The University Club

One West 54th St., NYC


For more information email mgershun@ptny.org.


Gillibrand eyes Newtown Battlefield for National Park


Newtown Battlefield    

Stating that National Park designation would help preserve an important Revolutionary War site and stimulate the economy, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation to begin the process of making Newtown Battlefield National Historic Landmark in Chemung County, part of which is a state park, a National Park. Newtown is the site of a critical victory for the Continental Army. Read more.


Join the conversation! Canalway Trail Adopt-a-Trail program now on Facebook


Parks & Trails New York has created a Facebook page for the Canalway Trail Adopt-a-Trail program to encourage communication among Adopt-a-Trail participants and other interested people. You can find the page here or by searching for "Canalway Trail Adopt-a-Trail." Join the conversation!


Want to learn more about adopting a section of trail? Contact PTNY or see the brochure.


Welcome New Staff!


Tanya Brown 


Tanya Brown, our new administrative assistant, is a recent graduate of Bryant & Stratton College. Tanya plays an integral role in the administration of our membership program and fundraising initiatives,and bike tours. In her spare time, she enjoys watching football, singing, and going to her son's baseball games.  

465 NYC park jobs saved


Thanks to a last-minute agreement between the Bloomberg administration and the union representing park workers, 465 permanent Parks Department jobs have been saved. These jobs are critical to keeping NYC parks clean, safe and accessible. Read more.


Webinar: "Making the Case for Trails in Tight Economic Times"


Given the state of the economy, it is often difficult for trail proponents to advocate for building new trails. There is strong data out there that documents the contribution of trails to the prosperity of communities. Join the American Trails webinar on September 22 and get an overview of state and national trends and statistics and learn about some recent studies.


Mountain Lion moved through state during long trek


Mountain Lion Track

The track of a mountain lion found in Lake George in December of 2010.

DNA testing confirms that the mountain lion killed by a car in Connecticut this summer was the same one spotted last year in Lake George. The analysis showed that the big cat was probably born in South Dakota and travelled 1800 miles across the country, the longest distance ever recorded for a mountain lion. Read more.


Skip the carrots and go outside


Studies have shown a correlation between the rise in nearsightedness over the past few decades and time spent indoors under artificial lights.


Researchers now believe that natural outdoor light helps children's developing eyes maintain the correct distance between the lens and the retina - which keeps vision in focus.


For more on the research and what you can do to make sure Johnny doesn't need glasses when he grows up, check out the full article.


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