Clean a beach, paint a cannon, build a boardwalk, fix a trail, wash electric vehicles, set up exhibits, install fencing for erosion control or rare species protection, plant native trees. These are some of the activities you can do during the 4th annual I Love My Park Day on May 2.
I Love My Park Day started in 2012 as a continuation of the support and enthusiasm for New York State parks and historic sites when tens of thousands of New Yorkers rallied to keep parks open when they were threatened with closure in 2010. Since this beginning, I Love My Park Day has brought together New Yorkers from across the state, including Governor Cuomo, who share a goal of supporting New York State parks and historic sites through community service.
Over 6,000 volunteers showed up for I Love My Park Day in 2014, 3,600 of which were new to state park volunteering. Those volunteers pitched in on more than 120 cleanup, improvement, and beautification projects at 83 state parks and historic sites.
This year more than 80 parks and historic sites are participating in I Love My Park Day. Search and register for an event here. It’s a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the camaraderie and look for signs of spring.
I Love My Park Day is a joint program organized by Parks and Trails NY (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and local park Friends groups.
We hope you can join us for this stewardship day in New York State parks and historic sites.