Research & Policy

Protect Their Future: New York's State Parks in Crisis (2010)

Photo Credit: Brett Cole

The release in 2010 of Protect Their Future: New York’s State Parks in Crisis is widely seen as a turning point in the history of the New York State Park System. 

Jointly issued by the Open Space Institute’s Alliance for New York State Parks and Parks & Trails New York, the report shed light on a park system that had fallen into disrepair after decades of neglect and underinvestment by state leaders. 

This report’s release spurred an immediate reversal of fortunes for New York’s state parks, ultimately resulting in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY Parks 2020 initiative—a ten-year program investing $1 billion to restore, enhance and update the state’s world class state parks. Today, New York’s state parks are on the upswing—with new and improved amenities and attractions, and visitation steadily rising. 

Read the report that started the ball rolling.    

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