Governor Cuomo Reminds New Yorkers to Volunteer at State Parks on Third Annual “I Love My Park Day”
Albany, NY (April 30, 2014)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded New Yorkers to volunteer at their favorite state park or historic site during the third annual “I Love My Park Day,” taking place this Saturday, May 3, 2014. A record number of volunteers—nearly 3,000—have already registered and the state is expecting almost 6,000 participants. Those who would like to support clean-up and renovation efforts at sites across the state can register at http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/.
“I encourage all New Yorkers to take some time to give back and join the thousands of volunteers that have already signed up to participate in ‘I Love My Parks Day’ this Saturday” said Governor Cuomo. “New York’s park system is one of our state’s most valued assets, and by helping improve these sites, we can all play a part in preserving them for generations to come.”
This year volunteers of all ages will help improve parks and historic sites through hundreds of projects ranging from general park clean-up such as debris and trash pick-up, and invasive plant and species removal to beautification efforts such as planting flowers and trees, weed removal, reseeding, painting, assembly and installation of benches and picnic tables, trail maintenance and much more.
“What better way to enjoy the outdoors this Saturday than spending a day with your family, friends and neighbors and helping to clean-up your favorite park or historic site,” said State Park Commissioner Rose Harvey. “Each year it is inspiring to see the dedication from so many of our visitors as they participate in I Love My Park Day and work together on behalf of their state parks and historic sites.”
“The creation of New York’s remarkable park system was the work of friends, supporters, and many ordinary citizens who believed in the importance of parks. Their efforts have brought the joys of the outdoors to hundreds of millions of New Yorkers. This park legacy is a responsibility handed down from one generation to the next. Through I Love My Park Day, New Yorkers are able to step up and do their part for their parks. Parks help us all stay healthy and active, and by working together we can make them even better.” said Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York.
“I Love My Park Day” By the Numbers:
· 78 participating parks and historic sites
· 4,000 volunteers
· 10,000 volunteer hours contributed
Growing in Year Three: 2014
· 83 participating parks and historic sites
· Upwards of 6,000 volunteers expected as nearly 3,000 have already pre-registered
· Estimated 15,000 volunteer hours contributed
· Continued partnership with NYS Commission on National & Community Service
· Major new media and corporate sponsors through Parks & Trails, New York including AT&T; L.L. Bean; GE; America’s Best Value Inn; the Business Council of NYS; and LongIsland.com
Registration for I Love My Park Day can be completed by visiting http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/index.shtml.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by more than 60 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Belmont Lake State Park
Bethpage State Park
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Captree State Park (Registration Full)
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Heckscher State Park
Hempstead Lake State Park
Jones Beach State Park
Montauk Point State Park
Nissequogue River State Park
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Robert Moses State Park (Registration Full)
Sunken Meadow State Park (Alfred E. Smith)
Valley Stream State Park
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site