Category Archives: Parks

Will your federally-funded park or trail project be changed by new U.S. Access Board’s Final Guidelines?

 Today, the U.S. Access Board issued new accessibility guidelines for outdoor areas developed by the federal government. The guidelines provide detailed specifications for accessible trails, picnic and camping areas, viewing areas, beach access routes and other components of outdoor developed … Continue reading

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What does your commute look like?

Are you one of the countless folks across New York that commutes from the suburbs in the rat race that is rush hour? Are you tired of the white knuckle merging and frustrated by rubberneckers? You may not want to … Continue reading

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Mortgage defaults and proximity to walkability, open space, and public parks

A recent study published by Fannie Mae identifies specific locational factors that reduce the risk of mortgage default – specifically commute time, use of rail transit, walkability, the presence of retail uses, the integration of affordable housing, and proximity to … Continue reading

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Erie Canalway Heritage Fund seeks Director of Development

The Erie Canalway Heritage Fund is the nonprofit fundraising organization of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.  The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the National Park Service, collaborates with communities and organizations to preserve and interpret the nationally … Continue reading

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Parks per capita

Much about urban life scales to population. The larger a city gets, the less infrastructure it needs per capita. At the same time, as populations increase, problems like crime and benefits like intellectual property proliferate at an even greater rate … Continue reading

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Show your parks some love – register for I Love My Park Day!

 Online volunteer registration for I Love My Park Day is now open! On Saturday, May 4, join with volunteers at more than 70 state parks and historic sites across the state to help celebrate and enhance park lands and beaches, … Continue reading

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Parks & Trails New York seeks nominations for 2013 Park & Trail Recognition Awards

Parks & Trails New York is seeking nominations for its 2013 Park & Trail Recognition Awards.  The awards recognize the leadership, creativity, and donation of time, talent, and materials behind many of New York’s parks and trails. Awards will be … Continue reading

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Do you know a park hero?

Calling all people working to promote the role of parks and public lands in contributing to people’s physical and mental health, and social well-being. The National Park Service’s (NPS) Healthy Parks Healthy People Program has announced the establishment of the NPS … Continue reading

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Opportunity for community development assistance with the Citizens’ Institute for Rural Design

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) provides communities access to the resources they need to convert their own good ideas into reality. They offer annual competitive grant funding to as many as four small towns or rural communities to … Continue reading

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Cohoes plans get OK for bike/pedestrian retrofit of the “Black Bridge”

The Albany County City of Cohoes has decided to go forward with transforming an old Delaware & Hudson Railway bridge into a pedestrian-bicycle pathway. The bridge, connecting Van Schaick Island and the village of Green Island, is a part of … Continue reading

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