Directs the commissioner of parks, recreation and historic preservation to cooperate with municipalities in establishing adopt-a-park programs; municipalities may enter into agreements with volunteer groups for provision of services.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law and the general municipal law, in relation to authorizing an adopt-a-park program
PURPOSE OF THE BILL: This bill would direct the Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic preservation to cooperate with municipalities in establishing an adopt-a-park Program.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: § 1- Amends subdivision 4 of § 3.09 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.
§ 2- Amends § 277 of the General Municipal Law.
§ 3- Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Municipalities are often with limited budgets and strained resources. This bill would provide assistance to municipalities who obtain technical advice and guidance in organizing volunteers to "adopt-a-park" that is owned by the municipality. The Commissioner of Parks and Recreation is granted authority to develop regulations necessary to implement the program.
The "adopt-a-park" program will allow volunteers to cooperate in projects to maintain and beautify parks such as vandalism remediation, litter removal, developing and maintaining nature trails, planting and maintaining flowerbeds, and otherwise improving the park. A similar program, the "adopt-a-highway" was passed in 1985 and has been very successful in using volunteer services to beautify New York highways.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: A.2895 2007-2008: A.1746/S.874 2005-2006: A.3442/S.1387 2003-2004: A 5238/S.2581 2001-2002: A.4240A/S.2312A 1999-2000: A.4887/S.2758 1998: S.7247
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Anticipated cost savings to local governments.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2686--B 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 28, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, KENNEDY, AVELLA, DeFRANCISCO, HANNON, JOHNSON, KLEIN, MAZIARZ, O'MARA, OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading -- recommitted to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law and the general municipal law, in relation to authorizing an adopt-a-park program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 3.09 of the parks, recreation and historic preservation law is amended to read as follows: 4. Cooperate in the planning, organization, development and operation of municipal and private park, recreational and historic preservation projects and programs. THE COMMISSIONER MAY PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSIST- ANCE TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR THE PLANNING, ORGANIZATION, DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION OF ADOPT-A-PARK PROGRAMS UNDERTAKEN PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-SEVEN OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF AN INFORMATIONAL GUIDE FOR PARTICIPANTS IN SUCH PROGRAMS. S 2. Section 277 of the general municipal law, as added by chapter 626 of the laws of 1991, is amended to read as follows: S 277. Adopt-a-municipal park, shoreline or roadway programs. 1. The governing body of any county, city, town or village is hereby authorized and empowered to authorize and direct such of its officers or agencies as it shall designate to enter into adopt-a-park, shoreline or roadwayEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06183-05-2 S. 2686--B 2
program agreements with volunteers or groups in an effort to reduce and remove litter from parks, shorelines, roadways and other public lands. Such agreements shall include but not be limited to: a. providing and coordinating services by volunteers or groups to reduce the amount of litter including providing trash bags and trash bag pick up and in designated areas where volunteers may be in close proxim- ity to moving vehicles providing safety briefings and reflective safety gear; and b. providing and installing signs identifying those volunteers or groups adopting particular parks, shorelines, roadways or other sections of public land. 2. WITH RESPECT TO ADOPT-A-PARK PROGRAMS, A PROGRAM AGREEMENT MAY ALSO BE ENTERED INTO FOR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES BY VOLUNTEERS OR GROUPS TO PRESERVE, MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE MUNICIPALLY-OWNED PARKS. SUCH PROGRAMS MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, REMEDIATING VANDALISM, PRESERVING WETLANDS, CLEANING AND MAINTAINING PARK PROPERTY, ESTABLISHING AND MAIN- TAINING ACCESS TO NATURE TRAILS, ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING DOG RUNS, PLANTING AND MAINTAINING FLOWER BEDS OR OTHER VEGETATION, OR OTHERWISE IMPROVING AND MAINTAINING THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF SUCH PARKS. 3. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, the county, city, town or village and its employees shall not be liable for damages suffered by any persons resulting from the REASONABLE AND GOOD FAITH actions AND/or activities of such volunteers or groups. 4. NO ADOPT-A-PARK PROGRAM SHALL RESULT IN THE DISPLACEMENT OF ANY CURRENTLY EMPLOYED WORKER OR THE LOSS OF POSITION, INCLUDING THE PARTIAL DISPLACEMENT SUCH AS REDUCTION IN THE HOURS OF NON-OVERTIME, WAGES, OR EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, OR RESULT IN THE IMPAIRMENT OF EXISTING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.