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Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor Seeks Nominees of Excellence

Assemblyman Will Barclay (Pulaski-R,C,I) today announced that the National Park Service’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.

“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,” said Barclay. “I’d love to see our local communities bestowed more honors from the National Heritage Corridor Commission.”

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 “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,” 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.

“Thanks to the dedicated revival of the canal, more and more people can enjoy the corridors with their loved ones, ” said Barclay. “This is the type of investment that improves community aesthetics and has the potential to attract new residents as well.”

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.