Single-use plastic ban proposed for Long Point, Midway, and Allegany State Parks

Sen. Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, D-Nanuet, recently introduced S.7463 to amend the State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law to prohibit the sale of single use plastic water bottles at Long Point State Park, Midway State Park, and Allegany State Park. This proposed ban is a simple, straight-forward approach to reducing our carbon footprint and curbing plastic pollution in natural areas and waterways. This bill carries no direct fiscal implications to the state, however some state parks may choose to install reusable water bottle refilling stations or water fountains as an alternate source of hydration. Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, D-Albany, has co-sponsored companion [...]

Niagara Falls State Park transformation project takes GOLD prize

The Niagara Falls State Park transformation initiative won the Gold Award in the  2021 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) awards for its more intimate views of Niagara Falls, green infrastructure and pedestrian circulation. The $65 million transformation of the country's oldest state park consisted of more than 16 full-scale, interconnected projects across 400-plus acres, with the goal of offering visitors a more intimate view of Niagara Falls and modernizing surrounding facilities. Modernized facilities included the attractions, infrastructure, buildings, parking facilities, lighting systems, pedestrian and vehicle circulation routes, and behind-the-scenes utility, mechanical, electrical, irrigation and stormwater systems. The entire park is [...]

Recent rescues reignite dog leash debate at Minnewaska State Park

Two recent dog rescues in the Hudson Valley in Minnewaska State Park has sparked debates on whether hikers can allow pups to roam freely or have them leashed at all times. In early October, a small cockapoo named Liza fell and became trapped in a rocky wall’s crevice while off leash in the park. The dog spent five days in the crevice, surviving by licking water off its wall. Park officials noted that leashing rules aren’t an inconvenience; they’re in place for the safety of all involved. Source Image Credit

NY state park island’s Squaw Island changed its name to Skenoh Island

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved changing the name of Squaw Island to Skenoh Island last week. Apparently, this was because the former name contained a derogatory word. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "squaw" is an offensive word for an Indigenous woman of North America. The new name, Skenoh, was suggested by G. Peter Jemison, historic site manager at the Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor. The word, pronounced "scan-oh," is from a Seneca dialect and can be translated to mean “peace,”. The name change takes effect immediately, and federal maps will be updated with the change in the normal revision cycle. [...]

2021-10-26T22:14:52+00:00October 26th, 2021|New York State Parks, Skenoh Island, State Parks News|0 Comments

New bill would ban the sale of single use plastic water bottles in New York state parks

A new bill is being proposed for anyone visiting a New York State Park to bring their own reusable water bottle. The new bill aims to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in the parks. It is still unknown whether water stations are to be provided for guests but that would be the most likely solution. The bill is seen to encourage people to reduce the use of disposable water bottles since a million water bottles are being sold worldwide every minute. Environment advocates are supporting the bill which is introduced by Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick and Assemblywoman Pat [...]

2021-10-26T09:13:04+00:00October 26th, 2021|New York State Parks, State Parks News|0 Comments

Celebrate a Fun Halloween at Grafton Lakes State Park – Fall Fun Day!

Grafton Lakes State Park is celebrating FALL FUN DAY on October 30, 2021, Saturday, at 3 pm to 8 pm. Entrance is free. The festivities will include activities about bats, s'mores, crafts, pumpkin painting, and costume contest. A family friendly movie will start at 6pm in the parking lot. Price of the drive in movie is at only $3 per person, ages 3 and under free. No registration needed. For more info, please call the park at 518-279-1155. Source Photo Credit

$46m Niagara Falls State Park Welcome Center already being built

The 35-year old original visitor center is currently being demolished to make way for the new $46m Niagara Falls State Park Welcome Center in New York. It will serve as a gateway to adventure along the Niagara River Corridor. The new facility will comprise new ticketing and information desks, new concession spaces, interpretive museum space, restrooms, and associated support spaces. It will also have a green roof solar array and a separate restroom building. Amenities to be included are plantings, new paths, outdoor exhibits, and wayfinding guides. It is planned to be finished by 2023 and is expected to improve [...]

300M invested to ensure State Parks in New York are in their top condition

New York has some of the best state parks in the entire country. The parks’ geography ranges from internationally recognized features such as Niagara Falls to less well-known, yet beautiful, sites such as Taughannock Falls State Park. The state has a significant budget of over 300 million, invested to fund and maintain these state parks to their top condition to provide an unforgettable experience for visitors especially to those parks in rural areas, where there are thousands of miles of trails to maintain, as these trails are integral in providing some of the greatest memories of a trip. Aside from [...]

2021-10-06T23:53:53+00:00October 6th, 2021|New York State Parks, State Parks News|0 Comments

Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park

After seven long years of planning, the Autism Nature Trail was finally opened to the public (October 1, 2021). The ANT (Autism Nature Trail) is the first self-guided tour of its kind in the United States. It was designed to address the sensory needs of people with an autism spectrum disorder with its 7 interactive stations. The idea for the ANT was started by Loren Penman, Gail Serventi, and Susan Herrnstein. The 3 women helped raise $3.3 million, closing in on its $3.7-million goal. Sadly, Herrnstein passed away last Sept 5, 2021, which was just over 3 weeks before the [...]

2021-10-02T23:53:45+00:00October 2nd, 2021|Letchworth State Park, New York State Parks|0 Comments

LI families set to participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Belmont Lake State Park

Long Island families will be walking to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease in Babylon today. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at Belmont Lake State Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See more...

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