Governor Hochul announces New York State Parks Centennial project

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a year-long multimedia campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. As part of this campaign, people are invited to share their memorable experiences, photos, or videos of New York State Parks and Historic Sites with the public.

“For 100 years, New Yorkers have visited State Parks and Historic Sites to make memories, to learn and explore, and to have fun,” said Governor Hochul. “This project is a chance to come together to reflect on those memories, listen to each other’s stories, and celebrate one of New York State’s most significant environmental and cultural legacies and the role it’s played in our lives. Don’t be shy, Share Your Story.” 

There are several options to share your story. Text, photos, and videos can be emailed to You can also make a post on Facebook, Instagram, or X with the hashtag #NYStateParksStory. Lastly, text stories (limit 500 words) can be submitted here.

“As Commissioner, I always enjoy hearing from our staff and from the public about the memories they’ve made at parks and sites,” said Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. “I invite everyone to think back, connect with your friends and family, get out the old photo albums, plug in the old external hard drives, and share your stories with your fellow New Yorkers.”  

Stories will be posted on the New York State Parks website and blog, email newsletters, and Instagram, Facebook, and X pages.

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