Investing in State Parks

2017 was a good year for New York State Parks and a rough year for National Parks. We begin with a phone interview with Fred Bonn, Regional Director for the Finger Lakes State Parks. Fred tells us about the great developments in the region’s parks coming up in 2018, as part of the NY Parks 2020 capital improvement program. And he reviews the major accomplishments under the program in 2017. Then Tony Ingraham, host, reviews the National Parks Conservation Association report card for President Trump regarding the National Parks and the cutbacks and damage he has done to the system.

You can watch this week’s episode (183) online below, or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, 9:00 PM, January 4, 2018

Friday, 8:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 11:30 PM

Monday, 9:00 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM, January 9, 2018

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studio, in Ithaca, NY. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series shown on cable channel 13 in the Ithaca, NY area.

Walk in the Park, TV Show, episode 19

Ithaca, Cayuga Lake, aerial

Cayuga Lake winds north from Ithaca, NY in this photograph by Bill Hecht. The Cornell campus is in the lower right. See the photo essay in this week's episode of Walk in the Park!

My new episode of Walk in the Park on public access television in Ithaca is now showing  on Ithaca’s cable channel 13, and you can see it online here!

This week, we go to several places during the show: Flying over Ithaca and Cayuga Lake with Bill Hecht’s marvelous photos; sunset and blue moon on Cayuga Lake with Tiohero Tours last week; back to last week’s “Don’t Frack NY” rally at Corning Preserve Park along the Hudson River in Albany, where we will hear acclaimed writer, educator, and environmental activist Bill McKibben speak about fracking and global warming; to Taughannock Point and the Sim Redmond Band; to Ithaca’s Civil War encampment last month; and finally to the Ithaca Commons summer concert series.

If you didn’t see it Thursday evening at 9:00, you can catch it on Saturday or Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and finally next Tuesday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. The 29-minute show is on Ithaca’s cable channel 13.

Or, watch it online right here!

Walk in the Park, the TV show, airs weekly on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13:

Thursday,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday,    10:30 a.m.

Tuesday,    8:00 p.m.

It also is shown at other times as the station manager chooses.

You can see all Walk in the Park episodes online on this website by selecting the category “Walk in the Park TV show” in the category drop-down list in the upper right. Or you can go to Walk in the Park’s YouTube channel.


Don’t Frack NY! Rally and March in Albany, August 27, 2012

Albany no frack hydrofracking NY

Don't Frack NY protestors march from the waterfront to the capital on Monday to deliver their pledge of resistance to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Episode 18 of “Walk in the Park,” a public access TV show in Ithaca, NY. See the whole show online below, or if you have cable in the Ithaca area catch it on channel 13 Thursday, August 30, at 9:00 p.m., on Saturday or Sunday at 10:30 a.m., or on Tuesday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Host Tony Ingraham takes us to Thacher State Park outside of Albany and explains some of the geology behind the Marcellus Shale, which is being exploited by deep horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in Pennsylvania and other states for “natural gas.” New York has had a moratorium on fracking while it studies the subject before issuing a generic environmental impact statement that will supersede local regulatory control. Governor Andrew Cuomo is said to be about to allow fracking in several Southern Tier NY counties. Opponents of fracking gathered in Albany on August 27 to pledge resistance to fracking anywhere in New York  during their rally and march from Corning Preserve Park along the Hudson River in Albany, past the Empire State Plaza to West Capital Park. This episode of Walk in the Park follows this march.


200 March in Watkins Glen

LPG gas Inergy Reading, NY, Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake

Inergy Corp.'s huge LPG (liquified petroleum gas) storage and distribution depot is being built in abandoned salt mines under Seneca Lake two miles north of the Village of Watkins Glen. Photo by Bill Hecht

WALK IN THE PARK episode 17 (recorded August 22), is now viewable online here and on Ithaca public access cable TV channel 13 (Thursday 9:00 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., each week).

[The first 15 seconds of the video below are silent. The show lasts 29 minutes.]

On August 17, 2012, more than 200 people marched from park to park through the streets of the Village of Watkins Glen, NY at the south end of Seneca Lake, largest of the Finger Lakes. They were protesting the construction of a huge northeast U.S. LPG (liquid petroleum gas) storage and distribution depot just two miles up the west shore of the lake in abandoned salt mines. Participants expressed their fears of pollution of the air by diesel and other fumes, pollution of the lake by spills of brine and other chemicals, the risk of accidents and even explosions that such facilities sometimes experience, and irreparable damage to the wine and tourism industry the region depends on. Speakers at rallies before and after the march included Dr. Sandra Steingraber, an acclaimed biologist, Lou Damiani, owner of Damiani Wine Cellars, and Nate Shinagawa, Democratic nominee for the 23rd Congressional District of New York. The march proceeded from Seneca Harbor Park to Lafayette Park in the village, then Watkins Glen State Park, and then returned to the waterfront at Seneca Lake Park.

This historic event, probably the largest protest ever to take place in this village, was well covered by newspapers in Elmira, Corning, and Hornell, but it was completely ignored by the Ithaca Journal and YNN TV news.



TV Show, episode 13!

Our newest episode of WALK IN THE PARK, the TV show, is now posted here online. It began being cablecast Thursday evening at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY public access cable channel 13. The 30-minute show will air again on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finally next Tuesday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m., and at other times the station may choose.

This week’s episode goes up close to Cayuga Lake’s power plant and links it to destructive, controversial mountain top removal coal mining in West Virginia.  We visit Buttermilk Falls State Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg, NY, and the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Etna Nature Preserve. You can watch the full show right here on this post, or go direct to the YouTube channel.

The Ithaca public access cable channel 13 broadcast of Walk in the Park begins each week on Thursday evenings  9:00 p.m. and continues through the following Tuesday on the schedule listed above through August.