Love Your Park!

In episode 137 of Walk in the Park, we follow volunteers around Robert H. Treman State Park as they participate in I Love My Park Day, on Saturday, May 7. This event takes place in state parks all over New York, and is sponsored by Parks & Trails New York and NY State Parks, as well as individual park “friends groups,” in this case the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. Join us as we erect a split-rail fence, plant trees, seed a lawn, clean up the Old Mill, and build picnic tables!

We finish off this episode with two short videos at Buttermilk Falls State Park, a discussion of protecting ourselves from Lyme disease, and the beginning of a presentation about the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network and the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom.

You can watch this episode on Ithaca cable TV channel 13 or online right here and now!

The cablecast schedule is:

9:00 p.m., Thursday, May 12

10:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday

8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 17

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca.

Transformation at Taughannock Falls!

Watch this episode (#103) of Walk in the Park online here (below) or on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable TV channels 13 and 97.3: this Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally Tuesday, May 12, at 8 PM

This time, we visit Taughannock Falls State Park on the west shore of Cayuga Lake for a ground breaking ceremony where NYS Parks is spending $1.9 million to dramatically improve the overlook at Taughannock Falls near Trumansburg and Ithaca, NY. NY State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey explains how this project is part of Governor Cuomo’s New York Parks 2020 program to fix and improve long-neglected infrastructure in New York state parks.

Then we go to Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY for I Love My Park Day on May 2. More than 60 volunteers plant trees, install signs, and paint campsite posts in the new campground loop. I Love My Park Day was sponsored and coordinated by Parks and Trails New York and New York State Parks and occurred in parks all over New York. The event at Robert H. Treman State Park was hosted by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park.

Next, we look at a quick survey of some of the amazing spring wildflowers in our woods!

Finally, we visit Watkins Glen State Park in Schuyler County near Seneca Lake and look at the gorge and waterfalls on Sunday, May 3.

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Love Your Parks!

Episode 77 of Walk in the Park, recorded May 21, 2014. On Ithaca public access TV cable channels 13 and 97.3, continuing Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday, May 27, at 8:00 p.m. And, of course, online right here anytime.

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Volunteers assemble picnic tables in the parking lot of the upper park in Robert H. Treman State Park on I Love My Park Day on May 3. Photo by Monica Howland of the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park.

This time we look at I Love My Park Day on May 3 at Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca; initiated and coordinated by Parks & Trails New York and organized and run by park staff and the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. Fifty-five volunteers built picnic tables, filled sand bags and carried them and stones into the upper gorge for post-flood stone masonry repairs on the Gorge Trail, cleared the South Rim Trail of leaves and tree limbs that had covered it over the winter, cleared gravel and other debris from the footbridge below Lucifer Falls, and cleaned the Old Mill.

Buttermilk Falls in flood May 16, by Lucienne Cruvellier

Buttermilk Falls in flood May 16, by Lucienne Cruvellier

In the second half of the show, we take a look at flooding at Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca Falls, Taughannock Falls, and Cayuga Lake through the lenses of local residents, and watch an aerial video of downtown Ithaca by Photography 4d.

See the show right here!

And, you can watch our Park Minute summary of I Love My Park Day right here as well:

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