Saturday is “I Love My Park Day” in NY

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The second annual “I Love My Park Day” will be held throughout the state on Saturday for residents to volunteer and cleanup their local parks, including those damaged from Superstorm Sandy, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.

The goal of the campaign is to enhance the state’s parks and raise awareness about historic sites, said Parks & Trails New York. Improvement efforts include cleaning beaches, gardening, trail restoration and invasive species removal.

“What ever we can do to keep our state parks well maintained the more people will want to come,” said Laura DiBetta, director of program and government relations for Parks & Trails. “That is really important for the upstate economy because they really rely on visitors in that area and will bring tourism dollars to those communities.”

This year 77 parks and historic sites are registered for the cleanup with about 4,000 anticipated volunteers, DiBetta said. Last year, 40 parks participated and about 2,000 state residents volunteered.

For a list of participating parks and on how to volunteer, visit the Parks & Trails New York website

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the park in Yorktown Heights last year and assisted with volunteer activities including building picnic tables, planting flowers and cleaning debris and litter, Strasavish said.

“It is great, I did it last year, there is a lot of energy and really nice people,” Cuomo said. “You talk about sense of community and volunteerism with people just coming out to help cleanup and the sponsorship was great so it was a fun day.”

The parks system includes 179 parks and 35 historic sites and is the second highest visited park system in the country, the governor’s office said. The park system had a record of 60 million visitors in 2012.

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