AROUND THE REGION NEWS BRIEFS
March 2017 - NEWS BREIFS
NYS Parks Unveils New Family Sharing Empire Pass Card
ALBANY – The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the new State Parks Empire Pass Card is now available for purchase. The new Empire Pass Card, accepted at state parks and recreation areas across New York, is a wallet-sized plastic card that can be shared among family members including parents, grandparents, caregivers and more. The card is presented upon vehicle entry and includes QR code and embedded chip technology to allow for easier park access at select facilities.
“We are responding with this new and more user-friendly product to strengthen the connection between people and their parks,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “With the new Empire Pass card, gone are the days of needing multiple decals on multiple cars for families who enjoy the outdoors. The new Empire Pass card will allow parents to take any vehicle to the park, the family babysitter to keep the kids active over the summer, or grandparents to accompany the kids to a weekend nature program – all with one pass.”
The new card is offered for $80. This price saves multiple-vehicle families a minimum of $50 annually. The original Empire Pass decal, formerly known as the Empire Passport, will still be offered as a decal for $65 and must be affixed to a vehicle as it is not shareable.
Both the Empire Pass card and Empire Pass decal programs provide unlimited day-use vehicle entry to state parks, Department of Environmental Conservation forest preserves, boat launch sites, arboretums and park preserves. A Lifetime Empire Pass is also available with no expiration date with an icon placed on one's driver’s license at a cost of $750.
All passes except the Lifetime Empire Pass can be purchased online at nysparks.com, by mail, at (518) 474-0458, or in person at a state park or regional office. The Lifetime Empire Pass can be purchased online only. New York’s seniors age 62 and older allows for free entry into state parks weekdays (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) simply by showing their driver's license or state-issued non-driver ID. Members of the state militia or any branch of the NYS National Guard or military reserves who is currently serving on active duty in support of the war on terrorism is eligible for the Patriot Plan benefit which provides one free Empire Pass for use by his or her immediate family.
For more information, visit nysparks.com.
Registration for the New Chosen Run 5K Now Open
CLIFTON PARK – Registration for the inaugural Chosen Run 5K on Saturday, May 6 is now open. The new run starts and finishes at Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park. After the race, there is live music from 10am-2pm, with food trucks all day. The race is designed to celebrate the first Shmaltz beer to be released in cans, Slingshot American craft lager.
The Great American Brewery Runs are known for having great swag. Since Shmaltz is celebrating the release of Slingshot, every Chosen Run 5K finisher earns a souvenir flared pilsner glass to commemorate their achievement. The pilsner glass is the perfect vessel for your Slingshot. Every runner will receive an exclusive metal coaster with bottle opener built in. This coaster was custom designed and manufactured exclusively for the race!
The Chosen Run benefits the Helping Hands School in Clifton Park. Helping Hands School is a nonprofit preschool program for children from age two through five that supports children of all abilities. Any runner who donates $20 or more will be rewarded with a free official race growler. In addition, runners who bring a team of ten or more, will earn the free growler for their whole team.
Runners can register at shmaltz5k.com. Adirondack Sports magazine runners will receive $5 off with coupon code ADKVIP if registered by March 19.
NYS DEC Conducts Annual Spring Seedling Sale
SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Department of Environmental Conservation operates the State Tree Nursery in Saratoga Springs, which produces tree and shrub seedlings for conservation plantings on public and private lands. Native New York seed-sources are used when available. Their 2017 seedling sale started on January 3 and continues until mid-May. All species are available in units of 25 for $20 or 100 for $45. Varieties include species of wildlife, conifer and hardwood. To order, call (518) 587-1120 or email email@example.com. For more info, go to: dec.ny.gov.
FROM THE PUBLISHERS
We hope to see you at our Summer Expo on March 18-19 at the Saratoga Springs City Center! It’s wonderful to share the weekend with thousands of sports and healthy living enthusiasts, who celebrate life by living it to the fullest, all under one roof!
Please enjoy this first issue of spring – now the question is will March be more like winter or spring? If history is any guide, it will be a mix of both to sometimes frustrate us! We’ve packed the magazine with ideas, destinations, outings and races to get you motivated and outside!
Thanks as always for reading us and supporting our regional advertisers and exhibitors – and mentioning where you saw their ad or booth!
We’ll see you out there,
Darryl & Mona