Monthly Archives: March 2011

Where is New York’s US Bike Route?

U.S. BICYCLE ROUTE SYSTEM HITS 30-STATE MILESTONE Adventure Cycling Association recently announced a new “state-by-state progress” webpage for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The new online resource displays the National Corridor Plan map for the USBRS, which links to … Continue reading

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Plan for NYC waterfront adds 50 acres of new parks

Plan to transform NYC waterfront adds 50 acres of new parks, expands dozens more and envisions the City’s waterways as blue highways for recreation and transportation. What’s not to like! http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/cwp/index.shtml

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Heckscher State Park Pool closing indefinitely

Pool at popular L.I. state park closed indefinitely due to disrepair. Just another drop in the bucket of the $1 billion backlog of park capital needs. Our parks need more resources – it’s time for a new dedicated funding stream … Continue reading

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Champlain Canalway Trail Action Plan completed

The completed Champlain Canalway Trail Action Plan will be introduced at a press conference on March 28th at 11:15 am at the Saratoga Town Hall in Schuylerville. It will follow the Historic Saratoga/Washington on the Hudson Partnership meeting. In April, the completed Action … Continue reading

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Winter Walk first step in Erie-Cattaraugus Rail Trail development Frigid temperatures and blowing snow did not deter more than 100 area residents from turning out for the first trail event for the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail (ECRT) south of Buffalo. Sponsored … Continue reading

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Environmental Protection Fund stays steady at $134 million

Kudos to Governor Cuomo for maintaining the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) at $134 million, the same level as last year. The EPF, which is funded through the NYS Real Estate Transfer Tax, provides funds for many environmental programs, including acquisition … Continue reading

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Action needed for federal bike/ped funding

President Obama’s 2012 budget includes a proposed six-year, $556 billion surface transportation reauthorization plan which nearly doubles the level of funding directed to transportation in SAFETEA-LU, the federal transportation law that includes Transportation Enhancement, Recreational Trail, and Safe Routes to … Continue reading

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Attention trail managers: New federal rules on mobility devices coming March 15

Beginning March 15, 2011, a new Department of Justice (DOJ) rule takes effect that will require trail managers and other public entities to make reasonable modifications in their policies, practices, or procedures to allow access for other power-driven mobility devices … Continue reading

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State park budget: Governor says no parks will close

WE WON THE BATTLE Together, we made sure that the Governor and the powers that be in Albany know how important parks and historic sites are to the people of New York and to the economy of the state. As … Continue reading

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Speak out! Join us for Park Advocacy Day March 22

Are you looking for a way to show your support for state parks? Join Parks & Trails New York, the Alliance for NYS Parks and park supporters from throughout the Empire State at our 5th annual Park Advocacy Day on … Continue reading

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