Nominations sought for Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence

Posted 9 January 2020 at 8:04 am

Provided photo: Little Falls Canal Place was chosen the 2008 Heritage Award recipient.

Press Release, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

WATERFORD – The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is calling for nominations for the Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence, which celebrates outstanding places within the National Heritage Corridor where people have come together to make the Corridor a more vibrant place to live, work and visit.

The award recognizes local investment in places, including parks, trails, historic buildings and canal structures, streetscapes and entire communities. Municipalities, community groups, private entities, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit a nomination by Feb. 28, 2020.

The nomination asks applicants to make a compelling case for “What makes their place great?” Recognition for excellence is selected based on the applicant’s effectiveness in helping to advance one or more of the goals set forth in the Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan.

Award recipients benefit from statewide recognition and the promotion of their efforts as best practices to inspire others within the Corridor. A formal presentation of awards will take place in June.

Past recipients include: Lockport Locks District, Lockport; Canal Place, Little Falls; School Street Hydroelectric Facility, Brookfield Renewable Power, Cohoes; Hudson Crossing Park, Schuylerville.

For additional information, past recipients, and the online nomination form, visit

About the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor preserves New York’s extraordinary canal heritage, promotes the Corridor as a world-class tourism destination, and fosters vibrant communities connected by more than 500 miles of waterway.

It achieves its mission in partnership with the National Park Service, New York State agencies, non-profit organizations, local residents, and more than 200 communities across the full expanse of upstate New York.

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