By Kellen M. Quigley
It’s spring at Allegany State Park, which means an array of outdoor activities.
Whether you’re looking for nature education, a way to give back or a trail run, you’ll find it coming up in the next month.
Quaker Easter Egg Hunt — April 13
Quaker’s Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 13. There is a rain date of April 20, 2019.
Organizers have 5,000 toy and candy-filled eggs for this event. The plan is to have three designated areas for each age group: 1 to 4, 5 to 9, 10 and up. The hunt is set to begin at 11 a.m.
J.Con has generously donated refreshments for the event, served around noon. Refreshments include hot dogs, water and coffee.
Organizers are asking that anyone interested please contact Quaker Rental Office to register for the event by April 10. This is so that organizers can provide J Con a head count for refreshments.
For more information or to register, call 354-2182.
I Love My Park Day — May 4
Celebrate Star Wars Day by giving back to the park!
I Love My Park Day is a statewide event, organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and local Friends groups, to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.
This annual event, held the first Saturday in May, attracts thousands of volunteers from across the state to participate in cleanup, improvement and beautification events at New York state parks and historic sites.
Join us to celebrate New York’s park system by cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trail and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.
Each year, 8,000 volunteers take part in more than 250 projects at 125 state parks, historic sites and public lands throughout the New York.
Allegany State Park is once again taking part in the event, with the Friends group leading several projects. Past projects have included clearing brush, picking up garbage, painting cabins and trail maintenance.
Thanks to one of the Friends’ members, a few sponsors and the Friends of Allegany State Park, a free hot dog lunch will be served after the event at the Quaker picnic shelter. There will also be a few prizes to give away thanks to our sponsors.
Registration is now open at www.ptny.org.
Allegany Adventure Run — 4
Also happening on Saturday, May 4 is the 2019 Allegany Adventure Run, which kicks off the trail running season in the park at 9:30 a.m. that day.
The Summit Ski Area in Red House is home base for this annual wild and challenging experience covering one of three course distances: a 5K, 13K and 27K.
The 5K is the perfect option for experiencing a walking or running course close to the starting area on Sweetwater trail. A few climbs keep the lungs and legs working and will surely give any entrant a good nights sleep after the race.
The 13K course includes Sweetwater, Christian Hollow and Leonard Run. Rarely flat, this course is very popular and features many rolling climbs and descents non-technical in nature for experienced trail runners or those with a decent early season base.
The 27K uses the same trails as the 13K for the first half, but then turns down Ridge Run and includes Thunder Run, a 3-mile section of technical single-track.
Pre-register at www.heartrateup.com by April 27 to guarantee a t-shirt!
For more information, visit heartrateup.com/alleganyadventurerun.