A09927 Summary:

BILL NOA09927
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07765
 
SPONSORO'Donnell
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 3.09, Pks & Rec L; amd 3-0301, En Con L
 
Relates to the development and posting of a senior trail guide that identifies walking and hiking opportunities for active seniors within the state park system and along public non-motorized multi-use trails within the state.
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A09927 Actions:

BILL NOA09927
 
02/27/2020referred to tourism, parks, arts and sports development
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A09927 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9927
 
SPONSOR: O'Donnell
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law and the environmental conservation law, in relation to the development and posting of a senior trail guide that identifies walking and hiking opportunities for active seniors within the state park system and along public non-motorized multi-use trails within the state   PURPOSE GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of the bill is to create an easily accessible resource for active seniors seeking appropriately graded walking and hiking routes on state owned and managed lands.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends Section 3.09 of the Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Law to direct OPRHP to post on its website a senior trail guide identifying walking and hiking opportunities for seniors. Section 2 of the bill amends Section 3-0301 of the Environmental Conser- vation Law to direct the Department of Environmental Conservation to post on its website a senior trail guide identifying walking and hiking opportunities for seniors. Section 3 of the bill establishes an effective date of 180 days after the bill shall have become a law.   JUSTIFICATION: New York State offers vast recreational opportunity for active seniors to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The State should review its trail inventory to curate a listing of walking and hiking routes appropriate for senior fitness and enjoyment. The number of Americans age 65 and over rose nearly 23% between 2011 and 2017 to 50.9 million, and is projected to expand another 44% to 73.1 million by 2030. This population growth is matched by rapidly escalating healthcare costs but also scientific evidence demonstrating a positive correlation between physical activity and a wide breadth of healthy outcomes. Active lifestyles, particularly among seniors, have shown tremendous preventative value in reducing impacts of well-studied, societal ailments like heart disease and diabetes, however a maintenance exercise regimen can vastly improve quality of life in many other ways. Exercise produces endorphins, which improve mood and promote healthy sleep patterns; exercise increases cognitive function and helps stave off dementia; and exercise increases balance, coordination and strength, which helps avoid falls (and resulting rehabilitation). The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recently completed its Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, or SCORP, which similarly found New York's rising senior population, due largely to longer life expectancy and the aging of the baby boomer generation, will result in a 30% increase in the number of New York State residents over the age of 65 by the year 2030. SCORP user surveys also found that hiking was the most popular activity category among all respondents, especially those age 65-85 (86.2%). NYS already incentivizes senior residents to visit our State Park hold- ings through the Golden Parks Pass, which offers free weekday access to New York State residents age 62 or older. DEC currently posts seasonal hiking recommendations as well as non-high peak hiking opportunities in the Adirondacks, while OPRHP provides links to federal, state and local hiking opportunities. Massachusetts offers a guide identifying heart healthy trails that each measure from one to two miles in length and are of easy to moderate difficulty. Similarly, AARP has identified senior hiking opportunities within the national park system. This bill will provide seniors with an easily accessible resource to identify appropriate routes and locations within New York State for exercise and enjoyment of our outdoor resources.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred and eightieth day after it shall have become a law.
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A09927 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          9927
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 27, 2020
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  O'DONNELL  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development
 
        AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law  and
          the environmental conservation law, in relation to the development and
          posting  of  a  senior  trail guide that identifies walking and hiking
          opportunities for active seniors within  the  state  park  system  and
          along public non-motorized multi-use trails within the state
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 3.09 of the parks, recreation and historic  preser-
     2  vation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 24 to read as follows:
     3    24.  Shall  develop  and post on its website a senior trail guide that
     4  identifies walking and hiking opportunities for  active  seniors  within
     5  the  state  park  system and along public non-motorized multi-use trails
     6  within the state. Such guide shall include, but not be limited to: iden-
     7  tification of low impact trails and routes appropriately accessible  for
     8  patrons  aged  sixty-two  years and older; listing of any impediments to
     9  mobility along such identified trails or routes such as steep  inclines,
    10  declines,  or uneven terrain; and identification of corresponding activ-
    11  ities or amenities along or in close proximity to such trails and routes
    12  such as the location of birding areas or  geologically  or  historically
    13  significant  sites.  The office shall update the senior trail guide from
    14  time to time.
    15    § 2. Subdivision 1 of section 3-0301 of the environmental conservation
    16  law is amended by adding a new paragraph aa to read as follows:
    17    aa. Shall develop and post on its website a senior  trail  guide  that
    18  identifies  walking  and  hiking opportunities for active seniors within
    19  lands managed by the department. Such guide shall include,  but  not  be
    20  limited to: identification of low impact trails and routes appropriately
    21  accessible  for  patrons  aged sixty-two years and older; listing of any
    22  impediments to mobility along such identified trails or routes  such  as
    23  steep  inclines,  declines,  or  uneven  terrain;  and identification of
    24  corresponding activities or amenities along or  in  close  proximity  to
    25  such trails and routes such as the location of birding areas or geologi-
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14246-02-9

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     1  cally or historically significant sites. The department shall update the
     2  senior trail guide from time to time.
     3    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
     4  it shall have become a law.
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