New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the award of a Visitor Use Management (VUM) planning contract to help develop recreation plans for two highly visited regions of the New York State Forest Preserve — a high-use portion of the High Peaks in the Adirondack Park and the Kaaterskill Clove area in the Catskill Park. [Read more…] about DEC Privatizes Management Planning for Popular Areas of Adirondack, Catskill Parks
Erie Canalway Virtual 1st Mile Challenge Launched
In partnership with the Fitness Inclusion Network at SUNY Upstate’s Golisano Center for Special Needs, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has announced the launch of a Virtual 1st Mile Challenge for people with mobility challenges. [Read more…] about Erie Canalway Virtual 1st Mile Challenge Launched
Oneida Lake Boat Launch Construction Starts
Work has begun at the new boat launch on the Barge Canal at Cove Road, in the town of Verona, Oneida County. [Read more…] about Oneida Lake Boat Launch Construction Starts
Philipse Manor Hall Reopens With Improved Accessibility
The Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site in Yonkers, Westchester County, has reopened after a $20 million renovation of the building and grounds, as well as the design of new exhibits.
These new exhibits advance a recent Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation initiative to ensure that the state’s historic sites embrace stories that reflect the diversity of the state and nation’s history. [Read more…] about Philipse Manor Hall Reopens With Improved Accessibility
New Accessible Trail Open at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of the Fisher Trail at DEC’s Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in the town of Bethlehem, Albany County.
Most of the trail’s 0.66-mile length is constructed in compliance with DEC accessibility guidelines for people with mobility disabilities and expands access to outdoor recreation opportunities on DEC lands. The trail was officially opened to the public during a ribbon cutting at Five Rivers with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, Friends of Five Rivers, members of the DEC Accessibility Advisory Committee, and other partners. [Read more…] about New Accessible Trail Open at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Moreau Lake State Park Getting Accessible Trail System
Moreau Lake State Park has announced a new fully accessible trail system on is in the works.
The project will include a trailhead kiosk and interpretive signs geared towards neurodivergent visitors and those with disabilities. The trail will lead to an accessible platform and fishing pier that has been completed as an Eagle Scout project. [Read more…] about Moreau Lake State Park Getting Accessible Trail System
New Adaptive Canal Cycling Guide Available
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has announced a new guide from the Fitness Inclusion Network (Fit-IN) that provides information to help organizations and communities promote and grow inclusive bicycling recreation along the Erie Canalway Trail.
The guide walks readers through various types of cycling equipment and provides step-by-step instructions for bringing inclusive cycling to communities via Fit-IN’s TRAID on the Trails program. [Read more…] about New Adaptive Canal Cycling Guide Available
Birders Accessibility Resources for Birdability Week
Birdability is a nonprofit group that advocates and promotes a welcoming, safe, and inclusive atmosphere in the birding community for people of all abilities. Their vision is “birding truly is for everybody and every body, regardless of disability or other health concerns.” [Read more…] about Birders Accessibility Resources for Birdability Week