Monthly Archives: June 2011

Plans for Long Island Motor Parkway Trail a reality at last

It has taken many years and a considerable amount of advocacy on the part of Long Island historians and trail advocates, but at last Nassau County has released a plan to establish the Long Island Motor Parkway Trail as a … Continue reading

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Updated guide to park alienation

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the agency charged with guiding municipalities on park alienation, or the taking of parkland for non-park use, has released an updated Handbook on the Alienation and Conversion of Municipal Parkland in New … Continue reading

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Green Lakes State Parks—for the birds

One thousand acres of Green Lakes State Park east of Syracuse have been designated as a Bird Conservation Area (BCA), designed to protect birds and enhance bird habitats. A significant portion of the new BCA, which encompasses about half of … Continue reading

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Controversy spurs improvements at Niagara Falls State Park

After a New York Times travel article called Niagara Falls State Park “shabby” and “underfinanced” and a subsequent Buffalo News editorial deemed the situation a “galling state of affairs,” the State Parks agency responded by outlining a three-part improvement plan … Continue reading

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Americans Slow to Embrace Walking and Cycling

“Research shows that walking has increased only slightly and cycling has stagnated during the past decade. Both activities have decreased among women, children and seniors. Dr. John Pucher, a professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, said the … Continue reading

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Trail benefits a plenty, but in some places…

Could long-distance multi-use trails in the Adirondack park bring tourists, revenue? Check out dick Beamish’s editorial in this week’s Adirondack Daily Enterprise to find out. Malta, NY is looking to use eminent domain to extend one of their trails to … Continue reading

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Walking is paramount

A recent Community Preference Survey by the National Association of REALTORS® showed that respondents preferred living in communities in which they could walk to nearby places. 77% respondents said they look for pedestrian friendly features such as abundant sidewalks and … Continue reading

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Park News from Around the State

Saratoga Spa spring spouts again A $250,000 upgrade to the geyser area of Saratoga Spa State Park means that the only spouting geyser east of the Mississippi, which a year ago was barely a trickle due to built-up mineral deposits, … Continue reading

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