Protect our local parkland—enact legislation to protect communities from a loss of parkland
Parkland alienation is the process by which the use of parkland is discontinued. As a matter of policy, PTNY opposes any alienation that results in a net loss of parkland for a community. PTNY supports a more rigorous review process of proposals to alienate municipal parkland which would be administered by OPRHP. All parkland legislation should be required to include a detailed description of the parcel to be alienated and the replacement parkland, and a requirement that alienation authorization not become effective until a municipality has first acquired and dedicated replacement parkland. When replacement parkland is not available, there should be the dedication of an amount equal to, or greater than, the fair market value of the alienated property dedicated for park improvements. In addition, a process for tracking and enforcing alienation actions once they have been approved is essential to holding municipalities accountable and providing for transparency.
The Senate has passed a bill supported by PTNY and sponsored by Sen. Jose Serrano for the past three years that would provide greater accountability and transparency regarding approved park takings (alienations). It’s time for the Assembly to act.