New York is celebrating “I Love My Park Day” on Saturday and all residents are invited to volunteer at their favorite state park or historic site to help clean up and renovate the sites in time for summer. This year marks the third I Love My Park Day in the state, and 3,000 people have already registered to lend a hand. Last year, almost 6,000 people took part and hopes are that this year will set a new record.
“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 Park Day this Saturday,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a press release. “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.”
Volunteers of all ages are invited to join in. In Western New York, projects will be underway at these state parks: Allegany (mulching, painting and trail clearing), Evangola (beach cleaning, gardening), Golden Hill (clearing Drake House ruins, trail maintenance, painting), Knox Farm (to be determined), Midway (cleaning carousel horses, grounds clean-up), Niagara Falls (staining Cave of the Winds railing, grounds work, cart clean-up), Wilson-Tuscarora (beach clean-up, staining staircase, gardening) and Whirlpool (painting, invasive species removal, trail clean-up).
Anyone who would like to support the effort can register at ptny.org/ilovemypark/. Registration already is full for Artpark. Wear appropriate clothing and bring work gloves, water and a snack.