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Friends of Fillmore Glen Receives Grant for New Shed

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One Cayuga County park will benefit from the $1.8 million in grants coming to support state parks, trails, historic sites, and other public lands throughout the state.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday that 27 not-for-profits involved in the stewardship of such sites will receive the funding.

“Our state parks, trails, forests and historic sites offer some of the best outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities found anywhere in the world,” Governor Hochul said. “Friends Groups are crucial to helping our State Parks succeed, and these grants will help leverage their hard work to make our State Park system even better for all.”

Friends of Fillmore Glen State Park will receive $8,600 for a storage shed. The shed will allow the group to store the equipment and supplies it uses for the activities they put on throughout the park. Among the activities and services Friends of Fillmore Glen provides for the Moravia-based park include coordinating volunteers for May’s annual I Love My Park Day and August’s Fillmore Days which feature the Bathtub Races.

State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “Our friends Groups and volunteers are a big reason for the enduring success of the New York State park system. As we head into our 100th anniversary in 2024, I applaud Governor Hochul for helping these grassroots Friends organizations become even more effective partners for the coming decades.”

Funding for these projects comes from The Park and Trail Partnership Grant program which is funded through the state’s Environmental Protection Fund and administered by Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the DEC and the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. This round of grants’ focus is on the 2024 New York State Park Centennial Celebration.

Award recipients are required to raise at least 10% of their total project funds to receive the grants.

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “The partnership of friends groups and not-for-profit stewardship organizations is critical to DEC’s sustained efforts to advance conservation, encourage responsible recreation, and improve visitor access on State lands. Thanks to Governor Hochul’s support, the $1.8 million in grants announced today bolsters this important and ongoing work to improve State lands, sites, and facilities.”

A full list of awardees can be found on the state’s website.

Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Paul Steely White said, “Behind many of our favorite outdoor experiences–hikes, picnics with our family, bike rides–there is a hard-working local organization making that experience possible. These amazing grassroots organizations do so much with elbow grease, expertise, and volunteerism…but they also need the critical financial assistance our Park and Trail Partnership Grants provide. We are proud to work with OPHRP to ensure these groups, and the crucial work they do for our public lands, are supported in the benefit they provide for our communities. We are proud we’ve helped enable what literally amounts to billions of breathtaking experiences every year in our parks, greenway trails and other public lands.”

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