Friends of the Herkimer Home State Historic Site honored the first ever, “I love My Park Day.”
The state wide event was recently proclaimed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as May 5, the official “I love My Park Day,” which is organized by Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and local friends groups to help improve and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites.
Director of the Herkimer Home State Historic Site, Karen Sheckells said, Friends and volunteers are here cleaning up the historic site.
“The event is a great inactive started by the Governor, and it helps to get the community involved and help to beautify the historic site. The Main project we are focusing on is moving branches and weeds away from a historic bridge that is currently hidden. Once everything is cleared out of the way people will be able to see the historic landmark,” said Sheckells.
Sheckells also explained that an original historic landmark sign which once stood at the Historic site, that went missing years ago, was finally found.
“The sign is damaged but, we are going to try and repair and hopefully set it back up at it’s rightful spot,” Sheckells added.
Commissioner of New York State Office of General Services, RoAnn Destito said, “The project is very close to home, over 40 in parks in the state under the jurisdiction of Parks and Recreation are honoring the first ever “I Love My Park Day.”
Also helping to clean the Herkimer Home Site were volunteers from the New York State Office of General Services, Park Police Officer, Cory Telarico, Thruway Authority Chief of Staff, Tom Ryan, Herkimer Home employees and friends of the community.