Playgrounds, Pools to Go Smoke Free in New York State Parks

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced on Monday that it will create smoke-free areas in outdoor settings within state parks and historic sites where large numbers of people congregate, including around playgrounds and pools.

Under the new policy, smoke-free areas will be created around all playgrounds and swimming pools, as well as other zones specifically designated as no-smoking areas. These may include specific swimming beaches or areas of swimming beaches; pavilions and picnic shelters; outdoor seating areas that are nearby food and beverage concessions; areas where outdoor environmental education programs are held; or public gardens.

SOURCE: New York State Parks

Cornell hopes to help revive Utica

Recently reported in UTHICAOD.com

The city faces immense challenges on its way back to economic vitality – from hundreds of millions of dollars worth of crumbling infrastructure, to neighborhoods hollowed out by a loss of middle class residents, to the barely audible legislative peep it registers when compared to the powerhouse cities of downstate and Western New York.

But those traits are exactly what several optimistic professors from Cornell University are looking for, and why they’ve selected Utica as one of two cities for its Rust to Green program that seeks pathways for urban rebounds. The other city is Binghamton.

“An interesting part about these cities, they are particularly poised to undertake a recovery,” said Jamie Vanucchi, a lecturer in Cornell’s school of landscape architecture.

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NY State to close parks and raise fees

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is closing 41 parks and 14 historic sites across the state and reducing services 23 parks and 1 historic site.

According to the Press Release

The Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) today put forward a list of closures and service reductions in order to achieve its proposed 2010-11 agency savings target and help address the State’s historic fiscal difficulties. As part of a comprehensive plan to close an $8.2 billion deficit……

The plan also assumes $4 million in park and historic site fee increases that will be identified at a later date, and the use of $5 million in funds from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to finance OPRHP operations.

SOURCE: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

To see the list of parks and historic sites

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