Registration is now open for the eighth annual I Love My Park Day, to be held on May 4 at state parks, historic sites and public lands across New York including the Jay Estate in Rye.
The event, sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks and Trails New York, is a statewide event to enhance parks, historic sites and public lands and raise awareness and visibility to the state outdoor recreation assets and their needs. The 23 acre Jay Estate is managed by the non-profit Jay Heritage Center (JHC) as a public park in partnership with NY State Parks and Westchester County. Improvements to the grounds and paths accomplished within the park by dedicated volunteers over the last several years have resulted in increased use and attendance of the site.
“I Love My Park Day is a great opportunity to give back to our parks and historic sites so that others can continue to enjoy our state’s amazing natural treasures,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “I encourage New Yorkers to sign up and volunteer at a participating park or historic site in their area to help us protect and preserve our incredible parks system for generations to come.”
Registration for I Love My Park Day at the Jay Estate can be completed by visiting https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/z9yv2jm1hzqbax/
Volunteers will be asked to help clean up debris, plant annuals and perennial plants, continue trail and wildlife habitat restoration, remove invasive species and work on various improvement projects. Water and snacks will be provided along with ILMPD t-shirts for kids and adults. Organizations and corporate groups are welcome to sign up. Past volunteers have included the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, the Carver Center, Con Edison, and many area scout groups.