Parks, including Delta Lake, Verona Beach and Rome Sand Plains to get lots of love with cleanup events scheduled for this Saturday

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Delta Lake, Verona Beach and Pixley Falls state parks, Fort Stanwix and Rome Sand Plains Unique Area are among locations for volunteers taking part in I Love My Park Days Saturday across New York, according to an announcement by state parks department officials.

Held the first Saturday in May, the annual event attracts thousands of volunteers from across the state to participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at state parks and historic sites.

Volunteers celebrate New York’s park system by cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trail and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects, the announcement added.

Volunteers and groups may register to take part the website of Parks and Trails New York: www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day/find-event.

At state parks, volunteers will clean up the campgrounds, beach and playground areas, and perform clean-up and spring cleaning, according the Parks and Trails website.

Volunteers at Fort Stanwix will sweep out the barracks, dust replica furnishing and replace old straw bedding with new.

At Rome Sand Plains, volunteers will trim, cut and put up trail markers on the Wood Creek and Blue trails, according to event organizers.

Meanwhile, at the Utica Marsh, volunteers will pick up trash along the Erie Canal Trail leading to the marsh, clear blown-down tree branches and rake near the observation tower.

The projects are necessary, officials said, to help get the facilities in tip-top shape for the busy spring/summer/fall seasons.

Parks and trails lists other locations on its website.

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