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May 6th Is I Love My Park Day 2017: Where to Go to Clean-Up, Spruce-Up & Lend a Helping Hand

Volunteer your time, and help to clean-up and beautify our Long Island parks on May 6th!

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Volunteer your time, effort and skills on May 6th in celebration of I Love My Park Day!

Photo by: Parks & Trails New York.

The first Sunday in May is I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an annual event created by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in collaboration with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) that focuses on improving and honoring local parks and historic sites. From beach clean-up, to beautification projects like repainting and power washing, to weeding and tree planting, there is much to be done to enhance New York parks and it’s all happening on May 6th.
 
Take a look below at the various volunteer projects taking place at parks across Long Island for I Love My Park Day 2017!
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Wildwood State Park
Hulse Landing Road, Wading River, NY 11792
Saturday, May 6th at 9 AM
631-929-4314
Project 1: Beach clean up or Trail maintenance. All ages welcome. Please bring a snack and weather appropriate clothing.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
Saturday, May 6th from 9:30 AM - 3 PM
631-427-5240 Ext. 112
Project 1: Cleanup, improvement, and beautification projects at the historic site. Projects include weeding, pruning, planting, bench staining, power-washing and general repairs. All ages welcome Please bring: Garden gloves and water.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Valley Stream State Park
Exit 15A on Southern State Parkway, Valley Stream, NY 11580
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 12 PM
516-825-4128
Project 1: Trail/cleanup. Registration/sign in from 9 AM - 10 AM. All ages welcome. Please bring water. 
Project 2: Painting. All ages welcome. Please bring water. 
Project 3: Picnic tables repair. 13 and up. Please bring hammer, screws.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Sunken Meadow State Park
1 Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park, 11754
Saturday, May 6th from 10 AM - 2 PM
631-269-4333 Ext. 202
Project 1: Building wooden picnic tables.Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves.
Project 2: Weeding, mulching, and renovating native butterfly and pollinator garden. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves.
Project 3: Painting lifeguard beach stands. All ages welcome. Please wear painting-ready clothing.
Project 4: Shoreline beach cleanup. All ages welcome. (children must be supervised)
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Robert Moses State Park
Robert Moses Causeway, Babylon, NY 11702
Saturday, May 6th from 9:30 AM - 1 PM
631-669-0449
Project 1: Remove existing fence running from Field 2 parking lot to Golf Course entrance gate. Once removed, re-set old fence posts and replace removed fence with new fence. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring water and snack. Hats are recommended.
Project 2: BBQ area improvements. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring water and snack. Hats are recommended. 
Project 3: Painting projects. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack. Hats are recommended.
Project 4: Erosion control fence installation at various locations along Field 2 beachfront and dunes. Appropriate for ages 13+. Please bring water, snack and sun hat.
Project 5: Litter removal from Field 2, 3, Democrat Pt. beachfront and dunes. All ages welcome! Please bring water, snack and sun hat.
Project 6: Volleyball area improvements. This includes metal wire fence installation, landscaping, painting Appropriate for ages 13+. Please bring water, snack and sun hat.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 1 PM
516-922-8601
Project 1: Remove invasive plants from parking lot area and spread mulch. Adults 18 and over only.Please bring snack and water.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Orient Beach State Park
40000 Main Road Main Road, Orient, NY 11957
Saturday, May 6th from 10 AM - 2 PM
631-323-2440
Project 1: Tree planting.
Project 2: Beachgrass planting.
Project 3: Beach cleanup.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Nissequogue River State Park
799 St. Johnland Road, Kings Park, NY 11754
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 12 PM
516-437-4000
Project 1: Cleanup. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Jones Beach State Park
1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 12 PM
516-679-7200
Project 1: Beach Cleanup. All ages welcome. 
Project 2: Install Snow fence on beach, and install Mobi Mat walkway on beach. Appropriate for 13 and up.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Hempstead Lake State Park
Eagle Avenue, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 12 PM
516-766-1029
Project 1: Cleanup of NorthWest Pond's shoreline. All ages welcome.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Heckscher State Park
Heckscher Parkway, East Islip, NY 11730
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 12 PM
631-581-2100
Project 1:Coastal Cleanup. All ages welcome. Please bring water. 
Project 2: Picnic Table Repair. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves.
Project 3: Plantings, Flower Bed Preparation.
Project 4: Walkway/Patio Sweeping.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Fire Island National Seashore
Ocean Beach, NY 11770
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 2 PM
631-687-4780
Project 1: Sailors Haven spruce up.
Project 2: Pollinator Garden prep.
Project 3: Wilderness Pick It Up! coastal clean-up.
Project 4: Fire Island Lighthouse Beach and bay clean-up.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Connetquot River State Park Preserve
3525 Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769
Saturday, May 6th from 10 AM - 1 PM
631-581-1005
Project 1: Trail clean-up. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please Bring: Garden Gloves and Tools. (hand saws)
Project 2: Butterfly garden clean-up. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please Bring: Garden Gloves and garden tools.
Project 3: Carpentry work - door repair, porch repair. Adults 18 and over only. Please Bring: Carpentry tools.
Project 4: River maintenance same start and end times, pruning tools.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 11:30 AM
516-381-8289
Project 1: Beach Clean up: Participates will collect garbage along the shoreline. Bring a hat, sun block, water, and garden gloves. All ages welcome.
Project 2: Grassland Restoration Site: Participants will be raking vegetation debris, weeding or digging out woody vegetation OR clipping Bittersweet vines in near by woodland. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves and loppers.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Captree State Park
3500 East Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 1 PM
631-669-0449
Project 1: Prepping and planting flowers in boxes, planters and beds along the dockside and toll entrance. All ages welcome. 
Project 2: Prep and paint lifeguard stands. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please meet at park maintenance.
Project 3: Shore and area litter picking. All ages welcome. Please meet at park maintenance.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 11:30 AM
631-265-1054
Project 1: Invasive removal, planting flowers and trees, and cleaning up streams. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, and appropriate outdoor clothing.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Bethpage State Park
99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 12 PM
516-249-0700 Ext. 109
Project 1: General Park Cleanup. Volunteers will be raking, litter picking and and mulching. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and a snack.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Belmont Lake State Park
625 Belmont Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11703
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM - 1 PM
631-667-5055
Project 1: Painting/Trail work/Trail cleanup. All ages welcome.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739
Saturday, May 6th from 11 AM - 2:30 PM
631-581-1002
Project 1: Friendship Garden-rejuvenate friendship garden with new plantings and mulching. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves, water, and bug spray.
 
I Love My Park Day 2017 at Montauk Point State Park
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Saturday, May 6th from 10 AM - 1 PM
631-668-2765
Project 1 - Beach cleanup - The volunteers will be completing a beach cleanup along Montauk Point and Camp Hero's Coastlines. We will also be pruning the 4 Wheel Drive Access Roads to the Beach at 10 AM.
Project 2: Planting flowers and landscaping the buildings at 10:30 AM.