A letter from Commissioner Rose Harvey
Dear I Love My Park Day Volunteers:
On Saturday, May 4th, thousands turned out to participate in volunteer projects at New York State parks and historic sites across
the state as part of the second annual I Love My Park Day, a partnership between New York State Parks and Parks & Trails New York.
On behalf of your parks and sites, I offer you a huge, heartfelt thank you for your amazing efforts.
From trail clearing to tree planting, hundreds of projects to beautify our facilities and prepare them for the summer season were
accomplished through your hard work. Even more importantly, your efforts demonstrated just how important your parks and historic
sites are to your families, your communities, and to our entire state as places to be active, explore the outdoors, and relax with
friends and family. It is our honor to work every day to ensure that all state parks are open and accessible for all to visit, but
we could not do it without you--the volunteers and friends who work not just on I Love My Park Day but year-round to make our parks
and sites the very best they can be.
The second annual I Love My Park Day was a day full of warmth and sunshine throughout the state but what made the day even more
beautiful was the spirit of community and service in over 75 parks and sites throughout the state. Again, on behalf of the New York
State Parks, thanks for all that you accomplished on May 4! We look forward to seeing you at our parks and sites this summer.
Please visit our I Love My Park Day photo album on Facebook
for a sampling of great shots around the state!
What is I Love My Park Day?
I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's state parks and historic
sites and bring visibility to the entire state park system and its needs. Thousands of volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup,
improvement and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites. This is the second year volunteers will partake in this celebration
of New York's state 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 site improvement projects.