I Love My Park Day heralds the start of spring with this statewide call to volunteer. Come celebrate the sixth annual statewide I Love My Park Day at Four Freedoms Park! Show your appreciation of NYS parks by volunteering to help keep the Park beautiful, clean, and welcoming.
Your efforts will enrich the beauty of Four Freedoms Park while contributing to the overall health of the landscape. This is a great day to work alongside likeminded people and to learn more about behind the scenes at Four Freedoms Park.
Project 1: Horticulture: *Tree pit maintenance: Hand pull weeds from Linden Tree pits and fluff mulch to cover irrigation tubing. *Plant pachysandra groundcover around Copper Beech Trees. Appropriate for 13 and up.
Project 2: Painting: Help paint our back-of-house storage container.
Project 3: Stone Maintenance: Add, spread, and wash down 3/8” gravel around Copper Beeches. Involves heavy shoveling and raking of stones.
I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event, organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local Friends groups, to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.
New Yorkers love their parks, as demonstrated by the thousands of volunteers who are willing to help maintain the beauty of New York’s treasured state parks and historic sites. Friends groups and volunteers are more important than ever to keep parks beautiful, clean, and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy.
Volunteers from across the state participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites each year on the first Saturday in May. They celebrate New York’s park system by cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various construction and site improvement projects.
PTNY, in collaboration with OPRHP, coordinates the event on the statewide level, providing outreach, promotion, technical assistance and a how-to organizer’s kit for Friends groups to use for their individual events. Friends groups and park staff oversee cleanup, improvement and beautification projects and work with volunteers.