Thu, May 19, 2022 3:25 p.m.
Mobilizes private and public funding to support 27 projects across New York
Governor Kathy Hochul announced $900,000 in grants Thursday to support 27 nonprofit organizations involved in managing state parks, trails, historic sites and public lands. Grants support the efforts of partner groups to raise private funds for capital projects, perform maintenance and beautification work, provide educational programs, and promote public use of parks by hosting special events.
“These local organizations add tremendous value to the management and programming of our state parks, historic sites, trails and public lands, and we are proud to support their efforts,” Hochul said. “Like these parks-dedicated partner organizations, New York State has a strong commitment to public lands, with record funding for parks and environmental protection. I look forward to the many exciting new opportunities in the great outdoors this funding will bring as we head into the summer season.”
The Park and Trail Partnership Grants program is funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund. The grants are administered in partnership with the nonprofit advocacy group Parks & Trails New York. This seventh round of awards will be supplemented by over $250,000 in private funds. Recipients must secure external funding of at least 10% of the grant amount received.
State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “Friend groups and state park volunteers are a tremendous force behind the success of our parks system. These grants will help build on the energy and talents of our partners to do even more to improve parks, historic sites and trails across New York City.”
State Department Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “The work of partners such as groups of friends and nonprofit organizations is essential to improving education and programming. DEC’s environmental policies and advance conservation and access to state lands projects. Thanks to Governor Hochul and the $900,000 in grants announced today, this important work can go even further to improve the state’s lands, waters and facilities. »
Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin said, “With more and more people discovering the outdoors and increasing use of our parks, trails and public lands, the need for strong public/private partnerships n has never been bigger. Partnership Grants help strengthen the role of groups of Friends in these vital partnerships.”
Western New York winners include:
√ Friends of Allegany State Park ($23,400) to renovate the historic Red House sawmill.
√ IMPACT: Friends Improving Allegany County Trails ($10,000) produce a three to five year roadmap, facilitated by a consultant, on how to grow and sustain the organization.
√ Niagara Post Theater ($30,379) towards the renovation of the historic theater ceiling.
√ Old Fort Niagara Association ($75,000) to preserve two iconic and historic 18th century redoubt structures.
Enacted FY2023 budget provides $2 million for next round of Park and Trail Partnership grant funds, part of record $400 million environmental protection fund to support efforts climate change mitigation and adaptation, improve agricultural resources to promote sustainable agriculture, protect water sources, advance conservation efforts, and provide recreational opportunities for New Yorkers. Additionally, the budget increased funding for state parks by $140 million, for a total of $250 million. This increase will be invested in improving and improving these areas. This level of funding will help with the ongoing transformation of New York’s flagship parks and support critical infrastructure projects throughout the parks system.
Parks & Trails New York is the leading advocate for New York City’s parks and trails statewide, working with grassroots groups for 35 years to strengthen public-private partnerships and improve the health, economy and the quality of life of New Yorkers through the use and enjoyment of green spaces. . For more information, visit www.ptny.org.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails and boat launches, which are visited by 78 million people each year. For more information on Recreation Areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit parks.ny.gov, connect on Facebook or follow on Twitter.