2003-09-05 / Community

Park Adoption Bill

Park Adoption Bill

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed a bill that will allow residents, civic organizations and businesses to "adopt" city facilities owned by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

"The bill, Introductory Number 399-A, sponsored by Council Member Joseph Addabbo, Jr. and Speaker Gifford will assist parks all over the city," the Mayor said in signing the bill.

This bill amends the Administrative Code of the City of New York to create an Adopt-A-Park program.

"This legislation will provide a mechanism for individuals, community groups and businesses to offer direct financial assistance to a City park, playground, pool or recreational facility of their choosing," the mayor said as he signed the bill into law.

"This legislation is in line with my Administration’s commitment to link every park with a business, foundation or individual that can offer direct financial support to our parks. It complements the successful and substantial on-going efforts of the Administration to develop new volunteer and philanthropic partnerships that increase private support for public space," Bloomberg added.

The revenue generated from park adoptions under this bill will be used to supplement the budget of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the maintenance and programming of its extensive properties.

"I want to commend the Council for its interest in helping the Parks Department to identify alternative sources of funding and I welcome their assistance in building other new public-private partnerships. I want to especially thank Council Member Addabbo for his work on this legislation," the Mayor concluded.

Those who are interested in adopting a park facility should contact the Parks Department.


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