You Gotta Have Friends: Volunteer Profile

According to Kevin Gallineau, Vice President of the Friends of Allegany State Park, what makes Allegany special is its people. Kevin’s leadership and dedication to enhancing the park certainly prove that theory. “I can speak to strangers I meet at the park and share my experiences and listen to theirs,” says Kevin. “By the end…

Buffalo Harbor State Park Opens

New York State opened its 180th State Park this summer. Located on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, the 190–acre Buffalo Harbor State Park features picnic areas, a playground, a pedestrian walkway, and fishing access along the city’s waterfront. Visitors to the new park can also enjoy use of the Safe Harbor Marina, which gives access to Lake…

Go the Distance

Looking for more than a day hike? There are more than a dozen long-distance hiking trails that crisscross New York State, more than half of which traverse parks in the state parks system. In all, 15 long-distance hiking trails make their way through the state (see a map), providing ample opportunities to explore New York’s outdoors on…

Take a Seat: New Hikers Shuttle in Harriman

Until this summer, hikers arriving at Harriman State Park by train all had to enter the park using the same nearby trailhead. Thanks to a new creative partnership, hikers and other park lovers can now hop aboard a shuttle bus to various stops in the park, providing greater access to the park’s 200 miles of…

Poetry Trail at Clermont Inspires

The Friends of Clermont, Bringing history to life, Through poems and prose. The Friends of Clermont recently hosted a creative month-long poetry installation at Clermont State Historic Site in the Hudson Valley. The Friends began ‘Wordscape @ Clermont’ by inviting members of the community to submit personal writings from poetry and Haikus to quotes and…

In Memoriam: Bill Bylewski

PTNY is sad to share the news of the passing of a devoted park Friends group leader. Bill Bylewski was a founding member of Friends of Gantry Neighborhood Parks and devoted countless hours as a volunteer gardener and community leader to maintaining Gantry Plaza State Park’s beauty. The Friends of Gantry was formed in 1998…