Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced online registration is now open for the fourth annual I Love My Park Day, to be held on May 2 at state parks and historic sites across New York, a press release stated.
Since its launch in 2012, the number of parks involved in I Love My Park Day has more than doubled, with the number of volunteers taking part tripling, officials said.
I Love My Park Day is a statewide event, sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Parks and Trails New York, where volunteers celebrate New York’s park system by cleaning up winter damage, and other debris on park lands and beaches.
Officials said nearly 90 parks and historic sites will participate this year, from Montauk Point to Niagara Falls.
“For all New Yorkers who enjoy our state’s beautiful parks and historic sites throughout the year, I extend the invitation to volunteer on May 2, and help ensure these sites remain some of the best in the nation,” Gov. Cuomo stated. “These parks offer the best of New York’s outdoor recreational opportunities, attract tourists who support local economies, and bring people together. Participating in ‘I Love My Park Day’ is a great way to give back to these special places, and I encourage everyone to come and lend a hand.”
According to Cuomo, in 2014, more than 6,000 volunteers took part in over 120 cleanup, improvement and beautification projects at more than 80 state parks and historic sites, contributing 12,000 hours of volunteer service to the initiative.
In addition, the governor’s office said Cuomo’s 2015-16 budget has proposed $110 million toward the initiative.
Visit http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/index.shtml to register.