Just last week, Governor Cuomo released the list of 48 state parks and historic sites that will receive an infusion of $89 million for infrastructure improvements. Parks will see upgrades to water and sewer systems, roads will be repaired, and bathrooms will be rehabilitated. This is great news for our beleaguered park system. (See the full list of projects and PTNY’s statement on the announcement.)
More than 30 parks and historic sites are also participating in the first-ever I Love My Park Day on May 5. Volunteers from across the state will show their love for state parks by participating in volunteer projects – trail maintenance, flowerbed plantings, beach cleanups and much more. It’s a great way to give back to the parks you use and enjoy throughout the year.
One park that is on both lists is Rockland Lake State Park in the Palisades. The park includes a popular swimming pool, highly used by underserved communities. The pool is in such need of renovations that it is on the brink of closure. As part of the NY Works Fund, the park will get $5 million to renovate the pool.
On I Love My Park Day, volunteers can join The Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain, Inc. from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm as they clean up park litter along the shore of the Hudson River and provide trail maintenance to trails leading to the river. All ages are welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to bring garden gloves and any tools available, water, snacks, and lunch. Volunteers will be working in a wooded area – bug spray is recommended
I Love My Park Day is coordinated statewide by Parks & Trails New York in collaboration with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.