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National Parks And Recreation Month An Opportunity To Enjoy What NY Has To Offer

Weekly Column from Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay

July is celebrated as Parks and Recreation Month. Since 1985, the National Recreation and Parks Association has been celebrating this tradition to promote strong, vibrant and resilient communities. New York is home to many natural marvels, and I encourage both visitors and residents to visit the incredible facilities and take time to enjoy our state’s unique natural landscape.

New York is blessed with an abundance of state parks, offering residents and visitors unrivaled opportunities to connect with and appreciate nature. From Jones Beach in Long Island, to Niagara Falls in Western New York, there are more than 250 state parks that offer some of the best outdoor recreation in the country. These landmarks are well maintained, and New Yorkers are indeed fortunate to have access such natural wonders right here at home. July is a perfect time to take advantage of this season to reconnect and enjoy endless possibilities for adventure and relaxation.

As part of Parks and Recreation Month, individuals and organizations have an opportunity to get involved in support of their local communities through volunteering, organizing events or simply spending time in the great outdoors. Here in Oswego County, there are several destinations available for activities, including Selkirk State Park, Sandy Island Beach, the Fort Ontario Historic Site and many more around the region. These areas offer trails, picnic areas and other great features for everyone to explore.

Residents of Central New York have an opportunity to experience many local outdoor activities, whether it includes fishing charters or local golf clubs, a helpful resource guide can be found here. Summer is a perfect time to engage with your local community and enjoy outdoor family fun. I hope families take advantage of this season to reconnect and enjoy the fresh air. The great outdoors offers endless possibilities for adventure and relaxation.

One of the area’s most enjoyable community events is only a few weeks away. The Oswego Harborfest is scheduled for July 27 and festivities will continue through July 30, 2023. Scheduled activities remain free of admission and promise entertainment for all ages. Musical guests such as The Guess Who, Firefall and the Atlanta Rhythm Section will share the Breitbeck Park Stage as headliners for the event. Not only will there be musical performances, but there will be activities such as midway rides and games, vendors and national acts. The celebration will close with fireworks over Lake Ontario. I encourage you to bring your families out to enjoy this community event.