S08718 Summary:

Enacts the "parks are growing act"; directs the commissioners of parks, recreation and historic preservation, agriculture and markets, and environmental conservation to conduct an assessment of suitable areas of land for establishing floral and vegetable garden plots and introducing pollinator-friendly species, and to provide cost estimates therefor; directs such land assessments and cost estimates to be submitted to the governor and legislature 6 months after the effective date.
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S08718 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                    IN SENATE
                                      March 4, 2024
        Introduced  by  Sen.  MAY  --  read  twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
          Parks and Recreation
        AN ACT in relation to enacting the "parks are growing act"
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
     2  the "parks are growing act".
     3    § 2. 1. The commissioner of parks, recreation and  historic  preserva-
     4  tion  shall,  in  conjunction  with  the commissioner of agriculture and
     5  markets and the commissioner of environmental  conservation,  conduct  a
     6  land assessment of New York state parks regarding  the current condition
     7  of  such  state  parks,  and  shall  determine  cost  estimates  for the
     8  increased use of such state parks for farming, gardening, and  introduc-
     9  tion  of  pollinator-friendly plant species across the state as provided
    10  under subdivision 2 of this section.
    11    2. The land assessment and cost estimates conducted under  subdivision
    12  1 of this section shall include, but not be limited to:
    13    (a)  an  assessment  of  suitable areas of land in each state park for
    14  establishing floral and vegetable garden plots and introducing  pollina-
    15  tor-friendly  plant  species,  and  cost estimates for establishing such
    16  plots and introducing such species.  The  following  criteria  shall  be
    17  considered in conducting such assessments and cost estimates:
    18    (i) locations easily accessible by walking and/or car;
    19    (ii)  locations  of  continuously undisturbed, arable land of at least
    20  half an acre in size;
    21    (iii) locations with soil  types  suitable  for  growing  flowers  and
    22  crops;
    23    (iv)  locations  deemed  appropriate  for  plants native to the state,
    24  composed of a variety of nectar and  pollen-rich  flowers  with  a  wide
    25  range  and  variety of shapes, sizes, and colors that blossom at various
    26  times throughout the year; and
    27    (v) locations that will enhance enjoyment of the park by  the  general
    28  public;

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (b)  a  map  of  each state park deemed to have met the criteria under
     2  subdivision (a) of this section along with a sketch of the  area  deemed
     3  to have met such criteria and such park's estimated size;
     4    (c) for each state park, a list of the native plants and/or crops that
     5  could  be  expected to grow in each such park, based upon the USDA Plant
     6  Hardiness Zone Map for each region;
     7    (d) an estimate of costs associated with the creation and annual main-
     8  tenance of garden plots in each park deemed to have available land; and
     9    (e) a list of local organizations which  may  provide  partnership  in
    10  service  of  the  annual  maintenance of each state park's garden plots.
    11  Such organizations may include but shall not be limited to:
    12    (i) boys and girls clubs;
    13    (ii) girl scouts and boy scouts groups;
    14    (iii) local gardening clubs;
    15    (iv) senior living programs;
    16    (v) BOCES programs;
    17    (vi) Future Farmers of America clubs; or
    18    (vii) 4-H gardening clubs.
    19    § 3. The commissioner of parks, recreation and historic  preservation,
    20  in  conjunction with the commissioner of agriculture and markets and the
    21  commissioner  of  environmental  conservation,  shall  submit  the  land
    22  assessments  and  cost  estimates  conducted pursuant to this act to the
    23  governor, the speaker of the assembly, and the  temporary  president  of
    24  the senate no later than six months following the effective date of this
    25  act.
    26    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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