Resolution J1544-2013

Recognizing Saturday, May 4, 2013, as I Love My Park Day in the State of New York



  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  recognizing Saturday, May 4, 2013, as I Love My
Park Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  the  quality  of
life of the citizens of the State of New York is greatly enriched by the
availability of exceptional recreational facilities; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  recognize
Saturday,  May  4, 2013, as I Love My Park Day in the State of New York;
  WHEREAS, I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to  improve
and  enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to
the entire park system and its needs; volunteers from across  the  state
will  participate  in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at
New York State parks and historic sites; and
  WHEREAS, Volunteers will celebrate New York's park system by  cleaning
up  park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails
and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on  various
site improvement projects; and
  WHEREAS, Parks & Trails New York is the leading statewide organization
working to preserve and enhance a network of parks, greenways and trails
for all New Yorkers for generations to come; since 1985, its influential
reports  and  advocacy  efforts  have been critical to keeping parks and
historic sites open and protecting  New  York's  natural,  recreational,
cultural and historical resources; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites oversees
New York's 214 state parks and historic sites ranging from the shores of
Long Island to the mighty Niagara Falls; and
  WHEREAS, Parks & Trails New York, in partnership  with  the  New  York
State  Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will coor-
dinate the event on the statewide level; friend groups  and  park  staff
will oversee cleanup, improvement and beautification projects as well as
work with volunteers; and
  WHEREAS,  The  legacy  of  New York's park system is unparalleled; the
State of New York is home to  such  iconic  parks  and  historic  sites,
including  Niagara  Falls,  the oldest state park in the country; Olana,
the 19th century home of  Hudson  River  School  artist  Frederic  Edwin
Church;  and  Jones Beach, a world-class swimming destination visited by
twice as many people as visit Yellowstone Park; and
  WHEREAS, Today, the New York State  Park  System  includes  179  state
parks  and 35 state historic sites, covering a total of 330,000 acres of
protected  lands  and  water;  the  park  system  includes  a   valuable
collection  of natural and recreational assets, including 1,350 miles of
hiking trails, over 8,000 campsites, numerous swimming  pools,  beaches,
boat  launches,  nature  centers  and  golf  courses; this collection of
resources contributes significant benefits to New York State's  economy,
health, environment and history; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body, representing the people of the State
of New York, supports this vital day and encourages the citizens of this
great Empire State to participate in the I Love My Park  Day  activities
scheduled  throughout  the  State  to  strengthen  their  commitment  to
preserving the natural, scenic, and recreational qualities of this great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
recognize  Saturday,  May 4, 2013, as I Love My Park Day in the State of
New York; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Parks & Trails New York, and the New  York  State  Office  of
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.


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