Assemblyman Will Barclay (Pulaski-R,C,I) today announced that the National Park ServiceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor seeks applications for excellent corridors. The awards honor advancement of the canal. The deadline to apply is Feb. 25.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Erie Canal is a national treasure. Communities have worked hard to form miles of connected trail ways which are used for many activities including biking, cross-country skiing, marathons and rowing. Many local communities have also created attractive gathering places for community events,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Barclay. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I’d love to see our local communities bestowed more honors from the National Heritage Corridor Commission.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The National Parks Service will accept applications for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Award of Excellence through February 25, 2010. Municipalities, community groups, private entities and non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit an application. The award is intended to Ã¢â‚¬Å“showcase those places where people have come together to contribute their time, talent, creativity, enthusiasm and hard work to make their part of the Canalaway Corridor a vibrant place to live, work or play,Ã¢â‚¬Â according to the National Parks Service.
Barclay encouraged people to nominate their community canalways. Last year’s winners included corridors in Brockport, Spencerport and Lockport, New York.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thanks to the dedicated revival of the canal, more and more people can enjoy the corridors with their loved ones, Ã¢â‚¬Â said Barclay. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is the type of investment that improves community aesthetics and has the potential to attract new residents as well.Ã¢â‚¬Â
To obtain an application, visit www.eriecanalway.org/get-involved_awards.htm or call Director of Communications and Outreach Jean Mackay at (518) 237-7000.