Two weeks ago, New York state leaders agreed to invest another $90 million in state parks and historic sites for 2013-2014 to begin tackling a backlog of infrastructure needs. Parks & Trails New York is pleased that the state recognizes the importance of our state parks and has invested money into them. Now it’s time for us, as citizens, to invest our time into these state parks.
More than 70 parks and historic sites are participating in the second annual I Love My Park Day on May 4. 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 participating in I Love My Park Day is Allegany State Park in Western New York. Allegany State Park includes forests, two beautiful lakes, campsites, cabins, and rental cottages. Thanks to state funding from Empire State Development, Allegany State Park will be able to build 28 more cottages and add a ropes course and zip line to group campsites.
On I Love My Park Day, volunteers can join Allegany State Park and Allegany State Park Historical Society in the Quaker Area from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to help paint cabins and pick up garbage from around the park that has accumulated throughout the winter months. Join volunteers at Allegany State Park, or find another event near you and be a part of this exciting event!
I Love My Park Day is coordinated statewide by Parks & Trails New York in collaboration with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.