New York launches new tourism campaign
New York state recently launched its new tourism campaign, replacing the heart in well-known slogan “I Love NY” with residents’ favorite things and activities in New York. Using inspiration from Erie County’s many outstanding events and places, we could compile an impressive list. From beaches to golf, outdoor concerts to baseball, summer in our region is busy.
Wendt and Bennett beaches top many families’ list of things to do during the summer months. Located in the town of Evans, the beaches are fewer than 2 miles apart and will be connected by the Evans bike path, suitable for walking, running, in-line skating or biking when the path is complete.
To make use of the beaches as safe as possible, the county is currently taking applications for lifeguard positions at both locations. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older and possess all applicable certifications, including waterfront. For additional information, contact the parks department at 858-7037.
If you prefer green grass over sand, the county’s parks system also has two golf courses, Elma Meadows and Grover Cleveland.
This summer, the Grover Cleveland Golf Course, in partnership with the PGA’s Western New York section, is hosting the 2012 Erie County Amateur Championships on July 7 and 8. The event marks the 100th anniversary of the course’s hosting the 1912 U.S. Open Championship. Combining our region’s rich and interesting history with modern day events truly makes Erie County unique.
Continuing this month is the annual Guided Walks in County Parks Series. Remaining walks are Saturday, June 23 at Times Beach Nature Preserve and Saturday, June 30 at Sprague Brook Park. Registrations for the walks begin at 9 a.m. Signs will be posted at the parks’ entrances to direct attendees to the walks’ starting points.
If you are planning a family reunion, picnic, birthday party, wedding or any other occasion, county shelters are available in a variety of sizes and feature many amenities. From fully-enclosed with bathroom and kitchen facilities to economical, open space shelters, the county has spaces available to fit your specifications. Reservations are required to use a shelter; visit www.erie.gov/parks for more information.
When the inevitable question, “What do you want to do today?” is asked, don’t forget about camping at Sprague Brook Park, driving along the Western New York Scenic Byway, visiting the sites or attending one of the many festivals planned throughout the summer.
Our region is also commemorating the anniversary of the War of 1812 this summer, with some observances already held. More information can be found online.
For more information on any of these events, please contact my office at 858-8850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!