(Long Island, NY) “I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “It’s organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local Friends groups, and takes place on May 7, 2016”
Nearly 100 state parks and historic sites will participate, from Jones Beach State Park to Niagara Falls State Park. To help celebrate the fifth anniversary of I Love My Park Day, the program is expanded to public lands in the Adirondacks and Catskills managed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as well as several National Park Service (NPS) sites in celebration of NPS’s centennial.
“Volunteers have already started signing up to pitch in at Bethpage State Park and Hempstead Lake State Park, which are located in my Senate District,” said Hannon. “This is a wonderful opportunity not only to help spruce up your local park, but to spend some time in the great outdoors and celebrate the spring.”
Volunteers from across the state participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites each year on the first Saturday in May. They 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 construction and site improvement projects.
To find an event near you, simply go online and follow this link: http://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day/find-event.
“There are many State Parks and recreational areas on Long Island that are participating, and you can make a difference,” said Hannon.