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Sunday, May 8, 2016

A record number of volunteers took part in Saturday's annual "I Love My Park Day," attending community clean-up, beautification and stewardship events at more than 110 state parks and historic sites across New York.

Nearly 7,500 volunteers participated in dozens of parks projects including planting trees and gardens, clearing debris, restoring trails and wildlife habitats, cleaning shorelines and beachfronts and more.

"From Letchworth Park to Grafton Lakes, this state is home to some of the most beautiful parks in the world, and it is our duty to protect them for the next generation of New Yorkers,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Several members of his administration took part in the project. "'I Love My Park Day' celebrates these open spaces and continues this state’s rich tradition of preserving our natural resources and expanding access to outdoor recreation. I thank all New Yorkers who volunteered to help make this year’s ‘I Love My Park Day’ another great success."

Local volunteers participated in projects ranging from raking leaves to planting trees to creating new flower boxes and sprucing up butterfly gardens. Additional projects included clearing miles of trails and walking paths, constructing bird blinds, building picnic tables, painting, cleaning grills and fire pits and removing invasive species. Last year more than 6,500 volunteers participated in 200 improvement projects and contributed 16,000 hours of community service on ‘I Love My Park Day’.

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