Go the Distance Among Finalists for Reimagine the Canals
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is thrilled to be among seven finalists of the Reimagine the Canalscompetition. Our Go the Distance proposal seeks to launch the Canalway Corridor as a destination trail system that taps the full potential of the 524-mile NYS Canal System, the 365-mile Erie Canalway Trail, and the 62-mile Champlain Canalway Trail. We aim to enhance the user experience and meet the varied needs of cyclists, paddlers, and long-distance walkers/hikers by developing a network of needed overnight and day-use amenities.
Over the next two months, we’ll be designing a distinctive, environmentally-sustainable model overnight facility and amenities station to be placed at multiple locations along the canal/trail to facilitate trail to town excursions and multi-day journeys. Our plan will then go before the jury, who will select one or more projects to fund and implement.
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Canal Days at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site (credit: NYPA)
Head to the Canal for 2018 Events and Festivals
Starting in May and going right through the fall, there’s a great lineup of events being offered this year to invite you to the Canalway Corridor again and again.
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the New York State Canal Corporation have teamed up to sponsor 36 festivals and events in 2018. Events include cycling and paddling tours, canal festivals,
and concerts on the waterfront.
This year’s highlights include the 20th Anniversary of Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour, organized by Parks & Trails New York, and the cross canal journey of the Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge traveling with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s canal schoonerLois McClure.
Since its grand opening in 1825, New York’s canals have been enlarged three times to accommodate larger boats and more traffic. The most recent enlargement was completed 100 years ago in 1918. A ceremony and canal tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary takes place on May 10 in Rochester.
The eastern Erie Canal from Waterford to Brewerton is scheduled to open May 15, weather permitting, with an opening ceremony to take place at Lock 2 in Waterford at 10am. The full canal system is set to open on May 18. 2018 Hours of Operation >
May 9 >> SCHENECTADY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SCHENECTADY
Join this timely discussion about how connecting arts and culture along the Erie Canal can become an essential driver of sustainable communities. A SUNY/Erie Canal Bicentennial Forum, 1-3:30PM with reception to follow at Mohawk Harbor from 4-5:30pm.
Visit historic Waterloo, the official birthplace of Memorial Day, and experience Civil War living history along the banks of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. Partake in family friendly activities, including concerts, arts & crafts, and plein air art demonstrations.
Celebrate and tour the history and heritage of Lock 30 on the Erie Canal with hands-on activities, family games, historic displays, simulations, canal trail tours, canal boat tours, face painting, live music, food and refreshments, a bounce house, and displays.
NYS Inter-Agency Meeting Brings Attention to Canal Corridor
A recent meeting of officials from Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and New York State agencies brought focus to economic revitalization, recreation, and heritage development initiatives along the 524-mile canal corridor. Staff from the Department of State, Canal Corporation, DEC, DOT, Agriculture and Markets, OPRHP/SHPO, and the Empire State Trail reviewed current initiatives with an eye to strengthening opportunities for collaboration. Moving forward, the Erie Canalway and state agencies will continue to build upon existing partnerships and identify ways to integrate our collective work to serve canal communities and visitors to the Corridor.
Erie Canalway Commission and Heritage Fund Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 25, 10am-1pm
Peebles Island State Park Visitor Center, Waterford
Quarterly meeting to plan and direct activities of the National Heritage Corridor. The public is welcome to attend. RSVP to Diane_Jennings@partner.nps.gov
A new seasonal position (May through October) and an outstanding opportunity for an experienced professional with organizational, leadership, and management skills. The Manager will report to the Heritage Park Management Team and oversees all daily park operations. Application deadline: April 25