2002-07-13 / Community

Community Garden Legislation Gains Support

Community Garden Legislation Gains Support

Community gardens is a topic that attracts celebrity attention from the likes of Bette Midler to the focus of a Law and Order episode. It now gains the support of the New York City Council, for legislation to provide a public process on determining the use of land and ending the days when bulldozers could crush a park without notice.

The legislation calls for Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) for community gardens, which will provide in-depth public hearing and analysis of land use. The legislation also calls for the creation of a Green Thumb Garden Trust, a non-profit organization that will work with the Parks Department to manage the gardens.

Council Member Jose Serrano (the Bronx) introduced the legislation along with Council Members James Sanders (Queens), Joseph P. Addabbo (Queens) and Joel Rivera, Jr. (the Bronx). Now, with a majority of support, the legislation awaits a public hearing before the City Council Parks Committee.

New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P), the League of Conservation Voters and the Municipal Art Society helped to research, craft, and promoted the legislation. NY4P is an independent, citywide advocacy organization that serves as a watchdog working to attain a higher level of parks and recreation services for every New Yorker.

NY4P’s citywide coalition of civic, greening, recreational, and economic development organizations meets its mission by raising awareness about the importance of parks as a vital public service essential to rebuilding and strengthening the city; serving as an independent watchdog that conducts research and organizes communities toward a more equitable and efficient parks and recreation system; creating public discussion regarding best practices for funding, managing and designing parks and recreation programs and services.

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