New York Parks and Conservation Association
Organization Description and Accomplishments

Mission

New York Parks and Conservation Association (NYPCA) is a statewide 2,500-member non-profit citizens organization dedicated to:

  • Protecting and promoting New York's parks, open space and historic treasures
  • Helping communities create new forms of park lands, such as greenways, community trails and heritage corridors.

Major Accomplishments

Genesee Valley Greenway NYPCA organized and was community catalyst for 50-mile trail and river corridor project to link Rochester, New York and Letchworth State Park.

D & H Canal Heritage Corridor NYPCA spearheaded 35-mile corridor project to protect historic canal and build multi-use trail system near Kingston, New York.

Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor NYPCA organized and coordinated early development of state's first deignated heritage corridor to promote revitalization through heritage-based tourism and community development.

Statewide Park Advocacy

  • Led effort to return fees to parks through enactment of State Park Infrastructure Fund.
  • Catalyst and primary advisor for comprehensive report and challenges facing New York's state park system.
  • NYPCA provided leadership and organized support to prevent:
    • Logging in Allegany State Park
    • Bridge to Ellis Island
    • Massive office building adjacent to Niagara Falls

Current Activities

Greenways New York Statewide program to coordinate and foster community based greenways and multi-use trails

Canalway Trail Partnership Project Coordinate local citizen development of the Canalway Trail System along New York's 524 miles of active canal, in partnership with New York State Canal Corporation.

Statewide Parks Advocacy

  • Protect parks from ongoing threats such as Saratoga Spa State Park truck bypass
  • Advocate for development of Hudson River Park on Manhattan's west side
  • Foster friends groups and citizen support for parks
  • Maintenance of accurate sanborn maps
  • Improve participation in recycling programs in NY
  • Tighter regulation of long island dumpster rental companies
  • Seek expanded funding for state parks