I encourage all New Yorkers to volunteer at their favorite state park or historic site as a part of the second annual “I Love My Park Day” which is being held Saturday, May 4, 2013. Volunteers who would like to support clean-up and beautification efforts at sites across Nassau County (or New York State) including areas that sustained damage from Superstorm Sandy, can register at http://ptny.org/ilovemypark/.
New Yorkers love their parks. Thousands of volunteers 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. Last year, Governor Cuomo issued a proclamation celebrating the first Saturday in May as I Love My Park Day and encouraging New Yorkers to join in this statewide volunteer effort.
I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York’s state parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire state park system and its needs. Thousands of volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites. This is the second year volunteers will partake in this celebration of New York’s state 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 site improvement projects.
On Long Island the following Parks will be participating in 2013:
· Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
· Bethpage State Park
· Caleb Smith State Park Reserve
· Connetquot River State Park Reserve
· Hecksher State Park
· Hempstead Lake State Park
· Jones Beach State Park
· Montauk Point State Park
· Nissequogue River State Park
· Robert Moses State Park
· Sunken Meadow State Park
· Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site