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Erie Canal Heritage ParkRecipients offer models of successful heritage development

Waterford, NY - The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is pleased to announce recipients of the 2020 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence: Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron and Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas in North Tonawanda and Tonawanda. The Port of Newark in Newark received Honorable Mention.

Waterford_Lock2CanalPark_WesleyMerritt_980pxDeadline for Submission: August 28, 2020

Waterford, N.Y. – Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is calling for entries for its 15th annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Images should convey the unique character of New York’s canals and canal communities. Entries must be postmarked by August 28, 2020. Winning photos will be featured in the 2021 Erie Canalway calendar.

Canalway Challenge LaunchWaterford (5/1/20) – Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor invites New Yorkers to take part in the Canalway Challenge in 2020, tracing history and tracking miles along New York’s canals and Canalway Trail. Part fitness challenge, part journey of discovery, the Canalway Challenge is free and registration is open to people of all ages and abilities.

“Staying healthy is a #1 priority for everyone right now. The Canalway Challenge is a great way for people to get outside and invest in mental and physical health, while exploring the canals in their local area,” said Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Excelsior PR logo·         Will Repurpose the Canal to Grow Regional Tourism, Reduce Flooding in Canal Communities, Improve Irrigation for Upstate Farmers, Expand Fishing Opportunities and Restore Wetlands

·         $165 Million Phase One of the Plan to Begin this Year

·         Recommendations Made by Reimagine the Canals Task Force 

·         Renderings are Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the 29th proposal of his 2020 State of the State: a $300 million plan to reimagine the Erie Canal by creating recreational activities on the Canal to boost tourism, mitigating flooding, enhancing irrigation and recreational fishing and restoring wetlands.

Erie Canalway 2020 Calendar19,500  Free calendars distributed across upstate NY

Waterford, NY – The public is invited to pick up a free 2020 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendar starting December 1, 2019 at selected libraries and visitor centers throughout the National Heritage Corridor. The calendar features winning images from this year’s Erie Canalway photo contest.

Canalway ChallengeVIDEO LINK: Canalway Challenge Finisher Video 2019,   https://youtu.be/ajNyj1iv4YI 

Waterford, NY – People from 26 states and Canada walked, ran, cycled, and paddled their way to fitness and fun this year as part of the new Canalway Challenge, launched by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in May. More than 1,279 individuals, 267 teams, and 30 organizations signed on. Participants completed 285,000 miles on the Canalway Trail and NYS Canal System, the equivalent of circling the globe 11 times.

Erie Canal Harbor Development CorporationFamily-friendly Season Opening Celebration planned for Friday evening

Visit www.buffalowaterfront.com for skating hours, venue and event details

See photos of The Ice at Canalside here

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Be Our Guest, Ltd. will open The Ice at Canalside, presented by BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. A family-friendly Season Opening Celebration is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22, starting at 5 p.m.  This season marks the return of Ice favorites, including skating, curling, ice bikes, ice bumper cars and more. New this year: six-person heated igloos available to rent. Skaters will also be able to warm up and get a snack at the new Explore & More-The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum Low Bridge Café, presented by M&T Bank.

The DeMerritt FamilyCongressman Tonko recognizes Capital Region Participants

WATERFORD, NY- Congressman Paul D. Tonko, representatives of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and Capital Region participants of the Canalway Challenge celebrated a significant milestone today at a reception at the Waterford Harbor Visitor Center: people from 24 US states, Puerto Rico, and Canada have pledged to walk, run, cycle, and paddle 300,000 miles along New York’s canals and Canalway Trail this year as part of the Canalway Challenge. The new program invites people to trace history while tracking miles to discover all they can do along New York’s canals.

Ilion, Sunset at the Marina by Cliff OramCapture the distinctive character of the Canal Corridor and be featured in the Erie Canalway Calendar

Waterford, N.Y. - Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit entries for the 14th annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Photos should convey the wealth of things to do and see along the waterway and express the beauty and unique character of the canal and canal communities. Winning photos will be featured in the 2020 Erie Canalway calendar.

Journey Along the 1st Mile - CanalsPeople with Disabilities are invited to take part in 1st Mile Challenge along the Erie Canal

Waterford, N.Y. (June 12, 2019) - Get ready for the ride of a lifetime! From July 1-10, John Robinson, CEO of Our Ability, Inc, will complete his 7th Journey Along the Erie Canal. A congenital amputee born without full arms and legs, Robinson will use a handcycle to ride all 360 miles from Buffalo to Albany to raise awareness of the needs of people with disabilities. Along the way, he and his team are inviting people with disabilities and their families and friends to join them for the 1st Mile Challenge, as part of the Canalway Challenge.

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