ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON TOURISM, PARKS, ARTS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Oral Testimony by Invitation Only
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) currently oversees 180 State Parks and hundreds of structures within the parks system, ranging from buildings of historic importance to storage and maintenance facilities. Following years of critical budget constraints, New York State has been able to invest an unprecedented amount of capital in the system. While these investments go a long way, a system of this size requires additional resources and various approaches to managing its facilities. During prior discussions, OPRHP has indicated that there are many individual facilities that are not currently in use since they require significant investments to be restored and/or do not serve a park-related purpose. In light of current budgetary restraints, what options exist for efficiently and effectively managing existing assets while continuing to grow the parks system? OPRHP has previously identified use of programs such as a resident curator program, similar to those operated in other states, including Massachusetts and Maryland, or offering leases, on a case by case basis, through legislation, of terms longer than is currently granted within the authority of the Commissioner. This hearing will examine the future plans of OPRHP, as well as seek public input on such plans, to achieve a consensus so that the State maximizes public use and enjoyment of its facilities while employing efficient and effective management of them.
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Member of Assembly
Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development