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Join NY’s I Love My Park Day this Saturday

Help clean up NY Parks this Saturday.
Help clean up NY Parks this Saturday.

The third annual I Love My Park Day is almost here. This Saturday, more than 80 New York State Parks and Historic Sites will participate in this statewide event promoting stewardship of New York’s treasured state park lands.

There's still time to register for this exciting event Parks from Long Island to the Thousand Islands to Buffalo are hosting events on May 3. Thousands of volunteers have already signed up. If an event is full, it's a great opportunity to volunteer at and explore another park.

I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event, organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local Friends groups, to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.

Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Volunteers will celebrate New York’s park system by cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.

PTNY, in collaboration with OPRHP, coordinates the event on the statewide level, providing outreach, promotion, technical assistance and this how-to organizer’s kit for Friends groups to use for their individual events. Friends groups and park staff oversee cleanup, improvement and beautification projects and work with volunteers.

The second annual I Love My Park Day (May 4, 2013) built upon the tremendous success of the first year. The number of participating state parks and historic sites doubled from 40 to 80. Thanks to the thousands of volunteers who pitched in, the second annual I Love My Park Day was a huge success.

Volunteers took part in dozens of cleanup, improvement, and beautification projects at 80 state parks and historic sites around the state at the second annual I Love My Park Day, Saturday, May 4, 2013. At Allegany State Park, volunteers and park staff worked together to restore the historic Sweetwater Spring. At Thacher State Park, young and old helped clear trails, plant flowers and build a bridge. Hundreds of volunteers cleaned the shores of Green, Bowman, Rockland, and Hempstead Lakes. At FDR State Park, volunteers - including Governor Cuomo - put together dozens of new picnic tables.

Don't miss your chance to give back to the parks you love. Visit the I Love My Park Day website to find an event near you and register to be a volunteer.

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