Love your park? Show it May 3

sponsors-2014.2Volunteers 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 as part of the third annual I Love My Park Day. 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.

While many parks participating in I Love My Park Day 2014 also participated last year, several new state parks and historic sites will also be joining the fold. Stony Brook State Park, Niagara Falls State Park, Robert Treman State Park, and Valley Stream State Park are just a few of the new additions.

The projects that volunteers will be engaging in are becoming ever more creative, as well. This year’s projects include restoring an historic vegetable garden, painting towers and welcome signs, raking, beach clean-ups, constructing erosion control fencing, repairing picnic tables, and clearing invasive plants.

Volunteer registration for I Love My Park Day opens to the public on March 20, 2014 — the first day of spring! Keep an eye on this webpage for links to registration and a map of events around the state.

I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event, organized by Parks & Trails New York 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.

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.

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