Show love for parks by volunteering to clean one May 4

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Volunteers are being sought for the eighth annual I Love My Park Day May 4, including an event at the Rome Sand Plains Unique Area, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced.

I Love My Park Day is a statewide event sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York to enhance parks, historic sites, and public lands by raising awareness and visibility of the state’s outdoor recreation assets and their needs.

The DEC’s Region six is hosting five volunteer opportunities:

Oneida County

Where: Rome Sand Plains Unique Area

What: Trail work and clean up.

Who: All ages

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What to bring: Work gloves; yard tools.

Meeting location: Volunteers will meet just east of the Wood Creek Trailhead, on Hogsback Road, in the city of Rome.

Directions: From Rome, take Route 49/46 West (Rome-Taberg Road), and then left on Route 49 (Rome-New London Road) when the two split. Stay on Route 49 for approximately 2.3 miles and take a right onto Oswego Road (a small brown sign points right toward the Rome Sand Plains). Proceed down Oswego Road for 0.8 miles and take a left onto Hogsback Road. The event will be taking place 1.4 miles down Hogsback Road. Park on the north shoulder of Hogsback Road, or as directed.

Jefferson County

Where: Lakeview Wildlife Management Area

What: Beach cleanup and routine maintenance

Who: All ages

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

What to bring: work gloves

Meeting location: Meet at main Southwick Beach State Park parking lot.

Directions are on the Southwick Beach State Park page.

Where: Winona State Forest

What: Trail work maintenance

Who: All ages

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What to bring: work gloves

Meeting location: Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp parking lot, Route 90.

Herkimer County

Where: Nicks Lake Campground

What: campsite cleanup; picnic table replacement.

Who: All ages

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What to bring: Work gloves; yard tools.

Meeting location: Meet at garage area, 278 Bisby Road, Old Forge, NY 13420.

St. Lawrence County

Where: Cranberry Lake Campground

What: Planting trees, leaf raking, campsite cleanup; picnic table replacement.

Who: All ages

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What to bring: Work gloves

Meeting location: Entrance to campgrounds.

Volunteers should sign-up ahead of time at www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear proper footwear or work boots, and long pants. Sunscreen and insect repellant are recommended. A bagged lunch or snacks and water is appropriate.

For more information, e-mail information.R6@dec.ny.gov

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