Second annual ‘I Love my Park Day’ to be held Saturday

For the second year, volunteers will be out at local parks beautifying them prior to the start of the summer season. The second annual “I Love my Park Day” will be held Saturday. Participating parks locally will be Midway and Evangola State Park.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reminded New York residents to support the clean up and beautification efforts. He urged New Yorkers and members of his cabinet during a cabinet meeting in Albany to sign up to participate in the annual event.

“New York’s park system is a treasured jewel for our state, and I encourage New Yorkers to get involved this Saturday and help beautify and maintain a park in their community,” Gov. Cuomo said.

During the event last year, 40 participating parks and historic sites participated with 2,000 volunteers working. More than 6,000 volunteer hours were logged during last year’s event. More than 77 parks and historic sites are participating in the event on Saturday with already 1,000 volunteers pre-registered.

At Midway State Park, volunteers will work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to paint buildings, plant flowers, clean rides and arcade games, cleaning up the grounds from winter, cleaning pavilions and paint fencing. At Evangola State Park the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will work to help clean up the beach and parklands by removing garbage, performing trail maintenance, cleaning fire pits and moving picnic tables. Volunteers are asked to meet at the boathouse building directly above the swimming beach.

To register for either event or for more information, visit www.ptny.org/ilovemypark.