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ILMPD 2016 – – – I Love My Park Day, is an initiative of New York State Parks celebrated annually on the first Saturday of May which in 2016 falls on the 7th of May.  It is an effort to improve NYS Parks from a grassroots perspective.  Many NYS Parks hold an ILMPD event and activities may vary greatly from one state park to another.  – – – Checking the NYS Parks website is one way to ascertain where and what some activities will be for this May 7th 2016 event.   two web addresses are:  -and-     Parks and Trails New York ( ) also is a website to check for info.

This “event post” speaks specifically to – 2016 ILMPD on the GVGSP with Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway (FOGVG) who will be working on clearing debris at one specific extant former Genesee Valley Canal (GVC) lock situate on the GVG.  This locale is situate in the southeastern reaches of Letchworth State Park, essentially at the hamlet of Oakland.   Any hikers interested in joining in to clear the extant lock of the former GVC which has now become the GVG should feel free to join in this effort. (Of note: lock 60 is a very short walk in from Oakland Rd, so this is mostly a maintenance event and not much of a hike event.)

Plans are to start the day at 9:30am, working and providing for snacks and breaks as apropos, and work until Noon, with lunch provided to volunteers at 12:30pm in nearby Nunda.  All volunteers are welcome, and if you need to leave early you are welcome to do so, easily accomplished since the ILMPD – Oakland Locks site is very near the car parking area.

ILMPD is coincidentally the same day that one of Springwater Trails’ own, Katherine (Secretary of Springwater Trails, and hiker/hostess extraordinaire), will be honored with an award at Livingston County’s 30th Annual Seniorama 2016, in recognition of the many community volunteer activities she has been involved in throughout many years.  So, … if you wish to attend both the ILMPD event at Oakland locks and the Seniorama event honoring Katherine, you’ll need to make  the ILMPD lunch at Nunda Historical Society pavilion at 12:30pm a quick lunch stop and be on your way by ~12:40PM to make it to Seniorama for the 1:30PM start time.


Below (between the triple arrowheads) is the info copied from the FOGVG website relevant to ILMPD – GVGSP at Oakland Locks.


2016 I Love My Park Day – Saturday, May 7, 2016 

I Love My Park Day (ILMPD) is an exciting statewide event to celebrate and enhance New York’s state parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire state park system and its needs. Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites.   
This year the Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway (FOGVG) have selected one work site rather than three for the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park.  Volunteers will clear the last lock (#60) in the flight of Genesee Valley Canal locks that begin at Oakland Road in Oakland.  We will gather at the work site at 9:30 am.  Parking is available at the parking lot on Oakland Road and along Rt. 436 or Oakland Road.

Volunteers should bring water, gloves, pruning shears or brush cutters, insect repellant, and wear heavy shoes and protective clothing to guard against heavy brush, poison ivy, and ticks.  Snacks will be available and lunch will be provided at about 12:30 pm at the nearby Nunda Historical Society pavilion.  Volunteers will receive ILMPD T-shirts.  If questions: email [email protected] or call 585-476-2354.

Volunteers are encouraged to register at the PTNY website at or by calling 585-476-2354.  Registering in advance on the website is strongly recommended since it avoids the need to complete Volunteer Service and Photo Release Forms on May 7th.


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The flight of Oakland Locks where lock # 60 is situate is accessed via Oakland Road just north off NYS Rt 436, in the hamlet of Oakland in the Town of Portageville (just a bit west of the Village of Nunda, NY).

Of note: On the 4/24/2016 Springwater Trails hike on the GVG, hikers learned about the former Genesee Valley Canal (GVC) and also learned some about the GVG too, at the AP&HS program presented by Tom S Cook on the GVC at the Avon Opera Block on April 24th, 2016 and then following the presentation we furthered some knowledge on the S/T hike in the Town of Caledonia on the GVG .  In fact in traveling to start points all hikers paused at and one group of hikers started their hike on the GVG at NYS Rt 5 trailhead, which was the same locale used for the 1840 party celebrating the opening of the first section of the Genesee Valley Canal.

Additionally, the following paragraph is copied from The Genesee Naturalist, a quarterly periodical about Letchworth State Park, the Genesee Region and surrounding area.  This ILMPD info is about the broader Letchworth State Park effort for ILMPD, as delineated from the Oakland locks of the GVGSP at the southeastern reaches of Letchworth SP.

“Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at 8:00am  I LOVE MY PARK DAY.  A variety of volunteer projects are offered throughout the day: tree planting, invasive species removal, landscaping, leaf raking an canal locks beautification.  Lunch and programming with Friends of Letchworth.  Trailside Lodge.  Volunteers may preregister at  (4-6 hours) (led by park staff and others)”

Below (between the triple arrowheads) is the info copied for Letchworth SP – ILMPD (copied from the NYS Parks website).


Saturday, May 7, 2016 09:00 AM – 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park

(585) 493-3600

Come join us at Letchworth State Park in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.

Project 1: Raking Leaves, Litter clean up, staining benches at Wolf Creek, Great Bend overlook.

Project 2: Maintaining fall material of playgrounds on the south end of Letchworth park.

Project 3: Invasive plant removal

Project 4: We will have a group participating in stream bank erosion control by planting live stem dogwood branches. Please bring work gloves,knee high rubber boots/hip waders, and 5 gallon pails.

All ages are welcome. Volunteers should meet at the Tea Table/Eddy’s parking lot and to wear long sleeves, long pants, and enclosed shoes.

Register Now

Contact event coordinator Douglas Kelly for more information: [email protected]

Registration: Required


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If perhaps you are interested in ILMPD efforts for another park location – you can start at and select the park and then select upcoming events.

Also of note, here are three upcoming hikes on the GVG.  All three are led by NYS Park staff.

* on Saturday April 30th, 2016

Nature Hike from Fowlerville Road to York Landing
Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

(585) 493-3600

Explore the GVG as it travels south, on the west side of the Genesee River. Meet at the York Landing Parking Area off River Road north of Piffard. Car-pooling is required. Bring a lunch. (3 hours, 2.6 miles).


** on Saturday May 14th, 2016:

Quaker Road to Lehigh Valley Trail (Wegmans Hike Number 4)
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

(585) 493-3600

This hike is located in Monroe County just south of the Village of Scottsville. Take River Road South from the Village, or north from Route 20. Turn east onto Quaker Road (Rt. 251). The trailhead is approximately ¼ mile ahead. Meet at the trailhead. (3.1 miles)

*** on Saturday June 11th, 2016:

Fowlerville Road (Wegmans Hike Number 5)
Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:00 AM
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

(585) 493-3600

This hike is located in Livingston County in the Town of York. Park on the south side of Fowlerville Road. Meet at the parking area. (2.5 miles)

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Trail Maintenance

NOTE: New date.  Rain is predicted all day Sunday.  So this trail maintenance is being rescheduled for Saturday morning at 9:00.  We expect much better weather at that time.

It’s spring time and a good time to help clean up our hiking trails before the summer season. This Sunday, Springwater Trails will be cleaning up the Wheaton Hill Trails.There are two loops on each side of the road. We will split into four groups, with each group taking one of the loops.  We will hike the loop, clearing any branches on the trail, clipping anything that is interfering with with hiking the trail, and we will take notes concerning larger items that need to be done on the trail in the future.

Bring gloves to protect your hands, loppers to cut branches and if you have one, a small saw for branches that are too large for the loppers. It’s still early in the spring, so the grass doesn’t need cutting yet, so we are going to skip the weed wackers this time.

Since we expect most of you to want to get back home for additional spring cleaning, we aren’t planning a social to follow trail maintenance. Lunch at Sammy’s may be organized by attendees.

Directions: Wheaton Hill is the first right turn north of the intersection of Rt 15 and Rt 15A in Springwater (0.9 mile north of the intersection).  The trail head is 0.5 miles up Wheaton Hill just before the road turns straight east and heads up the main hill.  More details are on the directions page.

What to bring:

  • Gloves and clippers – hand clippers or long handled loppers for larger branches.
  • Small bow saw.
  • Plastic grocery bags in case you find any litter.
  • Water to keep hydrated.
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Bristol Branch of the FLT – Trail Maintenance

Springwater Trails is the maintenance team for the section of the Bristol Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail between Access Point 3 on Clement Rd and Access Point 6 on NY 245 in Naples.

We need to refresh the blazes between Seman Rd (Access 4) and the blue overlook trail. We also have five or six trees across the trail, and need some general spring cleaning.

Join us at the outside tables next to Bob and Ruth’s restaurant in Naples at 8:00.  We will review our tasks and break into work crews.  Bring gloves, clippers, loppers and if available, a bow saw.


From the north come iinto Naples on NY 21. The park is 6.2 miles south of the intersection of NY 64 and NY 21.  Turn right on My Pleasant St across from the intersection of NY 21 and NY 245.

From the west (Springwater and Wayland): Follow NY 21 North from Wayland, through N. Cohocton.  Starting at the NY 21 and NY 15 intersection in Wayland, follow NY 21N for 6.8 miles to N Cohocton.  Turn left to follow NY 21 for 4.5 miles into Naples.  Turn left onto Main St to continue on NY 21 for 1.4 miles. The park is on the left.

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Trail Maintenance

Robs ExtensionThis Sunday, Springwater Trails will be working with the Nature Conservancy to haul supplies for a footbridge across the gully and to help construct the remaining sections of Rob’s Trail extension. Please note the time change as we try to work with the Nature Conservancy schedule.  Since we are planning this workday in real time, please check back here for updates. Please send John an email ([email protected]) if you are planning to come.

Rob’s Trail is one of the favorite hikes for Springwater Trails. The Central & Western New York Chapter of the Nature Conservancy built this trail in memory of Rob van der Stricht, their Board Chair who died in 2006.  The trail from Rt 15A to Canadice Lake was opened in 2008.

In 2014, the Nature Conservancy announced plans to extend Rob’s Trail down to Hemlock Lake and the along the old road to the North Boat Launch. Based on the map published in the announcement, and on scouting done by Rick Osiecki, Springwater Trails led a hike from the west side of Hemlock Lake to the east side of Canadice last year, and this spring we hiked the partially completed extension from Rt 15A to the Hemlock North boat launch.

The work season for Rob’s Trail is just starting. There is a bridge to be built This Sunday, Springwater Trails will join the Nature Conservancy as they start the planned completion of this trail. Last Friday, we got a message requesting assistance with the work this spring, and decided to devote our trail maintenance Sunday to this trail.  John took responsibility for planning and things have fallen into place.  So please join us, and bring family members and friends, to help get this work off to a great start.


We will meet at the new trailhead/parking lot on the west side of 15A. This parking area is slightly north of the end of Old Bald Hill South and the original Rob’s Trail parking area.  It connects directly to the Extension trail without crossing 15A.  We will meet at 11:00AM. If you can’t make it at 11:00, please come as soon as possible and hike down the trail (west toward Hemlock Lake) to meet us. The upper part of the trail should be easy to follow.  Bring work gloves and loppers.  Be prepared  for some digging in the dirt.

John will cater a social afterwards right at the parking area.  Please contact him if you can help with the social – Springwater Trails will pay for the food.


From Springwater: Go north on 15A for 6.0 miles.  The parking area is on the left just after the north end of Old Bald Hill South.

From Hemlock: Go south on 15A for 5.1 miles.  The parking area is on the right just before the north end of Old Bald Hill South.