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

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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.


  • 26 / Apr / 2013
  • 30 / Apr / 2013
  • 30 / Apr / 2013

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