‘Love My Park Day’ set for May 6

State Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that registration is now open for the sixth annual “I Love My Park Day,” to be held on May 6 at state parks, historic sites and public lands across the state.

The event, sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, is a statewide event to enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and raise awareness and visibility to the entire parks system and its needs. This year’s event includes partnerships with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Park Service, with volunteer events planned at several locations in the Adirondack and Catskill regions and at five national parks in New York state.

“New York’s park system is second to none and is a premier showcase of the natural beauty in every part of this great state,” Cuomo said. “As we approach the sixth annual “I Love My Park Day,” I encourage New Yorkers to join us, enjoy all our parks have to offer, and help us to protect and preserve our system for generations to come.”

Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in clean up events at more than 100 state parks, historic sites and public lands from Jones Beach State Park to Niagara Falls State Park and covering all regions in between. The list includes Evangola State Park and Allegany State Park.

Volunteers will celebrate New York’s public lands by cleaning up debris, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitats, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects. The New York State Commission on Volunteer and Community Service is joining the effort again this year to help recruit volunteers, promote the initiative and provide support to projects across the state. Members of the New York State Excelsior Conservation Corps, a New York State AmeriCorps program run by the Student Conservation Association, will help State Parks organize and implement I Love My Park Day projects.

Registration for I Love My Park Day can be completed by visiting http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/index.shtml.