The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) Division for Historic Preservation have announced the release of the Draft Scoping Document for the Draft New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-2025) and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) for public comment. [Read more…] about Comments Sought On State Historic Preservation Plan
NYS DEC and State Parks are encouraging New Yorkers to engage in responsible recreation by recreating locally, practicing physical distancing, and using common sense to protect themselves and others.
Getting outdoors to walk, jog, hike, ride a bicycle, fish, or visit a park or state lands is a healthy way to stay active, spend time with immediate household family members, and reduce stress and anxiety when practicing social distancing. While indoor spaces and restrooms at State facilities are closed, most trails, parks, grounds, and forests are open during daylight hours, seven days a week. [Read more…] about State Issues Guidance On Visits to State Parks
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) has announced that noted culinary historian, interpreter and editor Lavada Nahon has joined the Bureau of Historic Sites staff as the Interpreter of African American History. [Read more…] about State Parks Adds Interpreter of African American History
New Yorkers can greet 2020 with a choice of 85 guided hikes at state parks and public lands, including the state’s historic sites.
Now in its ninth year, the annual First Day Hikes program includes a variety of events, from hikes to fire towers in the Adirondacks/Catskills, along parts of the historic New York City drinking water system in the Hudson Valley, waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region and historic forts along the Great Lakes, and more. [Read more…] about Celebrate Historic Sites With A First Day Hike
A 2018 survey of New Yorks State parks and historic sites’ Friends organizations details the support and programs these groups provide to the state parks system. Among the findings, is that Friends groups raised more than $17 million in private funds, and contributed nearly 132,000 hours of volunteer labor.
A Friends group is a group of individuals who work to support, steward and promote a park or historic site or multiple sites. They come in a variety of sizes and approaches from all-volunteer groups, to those with paid staff responsible for generating funds for operations and renovations. [Read more…] about Friends Groups Boost NY State Parks, Historic Sites
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has released a request for proposals (RFP) for private-sector businesses to partner in the adaptive reuse, improvement and/or operation in Knox Farm State Park, located in East Aurora, Erie County, NY.
Submitted proposals must demonstrate relevant experience, expertise, programmatic alignment and resources to construct, equip, outfit and operate the designated spaces and develop compatible, quality programs, events or concessions in collaboration with Park management upon completion of necessary capital improvements. Buildings included in the RFP include the Main Horse Barn, the White Frame Stable, the Green House and three garages. [Read more…] about State Parks Seeking Partners at Knox Farm Site
The New York State Police, the New York State Park Police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee have partnered for “BUNY in the Parks,” an enforcement and educational campaign to ensure that visiting motorists and their passengers properly buckle-up their seatbelts while traveling inside state parks, and to teach the importance of properly securing our youngest visitors in approved child safety seats.
This year’s campaign is being held from Saturday, July 13, 2019 to Monday, August 12, 2019. [Read more…] about Seat Belt Use Crack Down Underway in State Parks
The Office of State History, in partnership with the National Park Service, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College began facilitating planning meetings to discuss New York’s commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. [Read more…] about 250th American Revolution Anniv Meeting at Ganondagan
The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site and National Temple Hill Association is set to present a night of Revolutionary War military drills, musket firings and other period activities on Saturday June 1, from 7 to 9:30 pm. [Read more…] about Revolutionary War Camp at Night in New Windsor
The Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are preparing a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for both the Crown Point State Historic Site and the Crown Point Campground and Day Use Area.
Public comments are sought on the UMP, which will address the future management of both properties, including 440-acres along the shores of Lake Champlain, including the remains of two 18th century French and British forts. [Read more…] about Crown Point Historic Site Management Comments Sought