Quality Parks

1,012 supporters

Quality Parks is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit promoting environmental programs in park news & advocacy, master naturalist training, and a CSA for native plants. We offer transparency, honesty, and loyalty to our members, supporting efforts that build quality experiences Since 2000. our home base is Port Jefferson, NY.

Started 7 petitions

Petitioning Suffolk County Legislature

Yes, preserve 62-acre Gyrodyne site

Photocredit from historic article by Derek Stadler [1] This story has bee compiled by Mindy Block Suffolk County legislators Kahn and Trotta, are proposing that this parcel becomes protected as open space. Now it's up to us to show our support too. Please sign this petition to protect 62 more acres of open space. It's located west of Stony Brook Road on 25A. "A Suffolk County legislator on Friday announced a proposal for the county to buy and preserve as open space the 62-acre Gyrodyne property in Smithtown and Brookhaven. Suffolk Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), flanked by elected officials and civic leaders from the Stony Brook area, stood on the steps of Smithtown Town Hall, and warned that an alternative proposal for development of the property — which is now mainly fields and woods — would lead to heavy traffic and contamination of North Shore waterways and bays [2]." On 11/13/2017 - The Environment, Planning & Agriculture Committee Regular Meeting Agenda includes a resolution to begin the process of purchasing this property as open space [3]. According to Gyrodyne, LLC, "The condemnation* resulted in Flowerfield being the majority of which is undeveloped. We have been exploring land use scenarios for this property and will work closely with the Town of Smithtown to our mutual benefit should we decide to move forward [4]. "On Aug. 2, the Suffolk County Planning Commission approved, on 48 hours’ notice, a     subdivision application that – if green-lighted by Smithtown – will transform Flowerfield’s remaining 62 acres into a sprawling commercial park. Plans call for the construction of a 150 room hotel, a 124,000-square- foot medical office and a 220-room assisted living facility [5]." This is also a great article for Gyrodyne history. On a promising note, "Gyrodyne COO Peter Pitsiokos said the company already plans to set aside nearly 30 acres of the 44 acres of previously undeveloped property as open space and said the firm is always interested in the concerns and input from members of the community. . .If the county decides it wants to purchase the property, Pitsiokos says Gyrodyne might be amenable to a deal. 'We’ll consider any offer,' he said[6]." Now it also up to us to show our support too. Please sign this petition to protect 62 more acres of open space. References [1] -https://derekstadler.wordpress.com/portfolio-2/collections-photography/suffolk/the-history-of-the-three-villages-and-st-james-with-a-modern-chronicle-of-the-long-island-rail-roads-eastern-port-jefferson-branch/ [2] - https://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/smithtown-gyrodyne-redevelopment-suffolk-hahn-1.14901208 [3] - https://apps2.suffolkcountyny.gov/legislature/resos/resos2017/i1834-17.pdf [4] - http://www.gyrodyne.com/flowerfield_about.php [5] - https://www.longislandpress.com/2017/11/10/homeowners-resist-development-plan-at-historic-flowerfield/ [6] - http://libn.com/2017/11/10/brookhaven-pols-civics-urge-county-to-buy-gyrodyne-land/  

Quality Parks
38 supporters
Petitioning Dr. James L. Tomarken, MD, MPH, MBA, MSW Commissioner

Why aren't ticks bites considered an imminent threat like hurricanes and mosquitoes?

Why aren't ticks bites considered an imminent threat like hurricanes and mosquitoes? Ever hear about the frog sitting in a slow heating pot of water? As the story goes, if the water is heated slow enough, the frog won't recognize the danger until it's too late. According to NY State Law, an imminent threat is "a wide spread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or man-made causes [1]."  We need to stop tick bites now. As the water warms, we are the frogs blinking our eyes. Let's turn up the heat, not of climate change, but in declaring that ticks bites are an imminent threat, enabling improved resource response (not just for Suffolk County, but for all of New York). Read Complete Article Please sign this petition to show your support. In the meantime, I will be contacting local officials to build support.  I have the letter addressed to the Suffolk County Health Commissioner, but there are others government which I believe can declare of tick bites as an imminent threat to citizens. Let's get the conversation started.

Quality Parks
156 supporters
Petitioning Andrew Cuomo

Pine Barrens Preservation

Urge Governor Cuomo to sign the following bill it into law. Why?  To expand Long Island's greenways, connecting communities with improved health and resilience, more open space, more trees, and more places for recreation. It's Assembly bill 7722 and State Senate bill 6157, and it will preserve 1300 acres including the Shoreham-Wading River Forest and a Mastic property in the headwaters of the Forge River  Please Governor Cuomo sign this bill!

Quality Parks
500 supporters
Petitioning Bridget Fleming, Kare Hahn, Steve Bellone, Kara Hahn

Improving Suffolk County Fire Roads

Quality Parks met with Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming about the excessive bulldozing in Flanders County Park. Once an excellent location for a pine barrens interpretive walk, even though the trail was used by illegal ATVs, and by wildland fire response crews, it's not far from being totally ruined. At our meeting, we spoke about the WITHDRAWN Res. No. 1441-2015 whereby SCParks and Flanders Fire District were to "jointly determine which fire lanes will be cleared by the district." Subsequently, SC Parks requested SC DPW to "help parks regrade and widen a roadway in the pine barrens around Flanders," and at a later SCParks Legislative meeting (9/30/15) former Commissioner Dawson said to former Chairman Schneiderman, "I think its that environmental crew that's doing it .... It's moving right along. Like I said, they started out there. They have a tractor out there, a couple of chainsaws and they're moving."  The result was excessive and damaging use of a bulldozer on hilly terrain used primarily by illegal ATV riders.  Meanwhile, another fire access road off of Pleasure Drive was being planned (Ecological Service Report: Central Pine Barrens Commission), applying US Forest Service minimum impact suppression techniques, and mitigation practices for suppression lines. The Report was also concerned about ATV illegal access, and was being worked on by SC PARKS, NYSDEC, and consultants. This petition requests that SC Legislatures, SC DPW, fire districts, local ecologists, and stakeholders address the issue of downed trees blocking firefighter access by adopting similar minimum impact suppression practices.  SC DPW manages and maintains our roads with standards for a reason to protect us while driving, but there's no standards for fire roads and fire lanes.  We need the same quality standards for our parks.  We thank Legislator Fleming who will be looking into this matter with additional legislative analysis and possible legislation to follow. Her office will be in touch with Quality Parks at a later date, and we will share this information with you. Please join us by showing your support. Learn more: http://www.qualityparks.org/flanders-county-park.html

Quality Parks
3 supporters
Petitioning Steve Bellone, Kara Hahn, Bridget Flemming

Please - Immediately Repair Cranberry Bog Preserve Bridge, Riverhead, NY

The Cranberry Bog Preserve is well loved and used by local residents and visitors from across Long Island. It's known for its beauty, ecology, and cultural value. The loop trail and it's interpretive guide, engages the public in environmental education, appreciation, and a continued conservation ethic to appreciate and value Suffolk County's treasure of open space. And it offers a reason for people to get outside and exercise and to reduce stress by being in Nature. But around two years ago, the bridge crossing was found broken and in need of immediate repair. Suffolk County Parks' response was to close off the bridge and do nothing else. We watched the bridge deteriorate. Quality Parks attempted to work with a Boy Scout on an Eagle project to rebuild the bridge, but had no success. Last week, we were contacted by an irate citizen demanding action, as our name, Quality Parks, would indicate -- that we cared. The irate citizen said that they contacted Suffolk County Parks and nothing happened, so they contacted us. We learned that many local citizens care about the Cranberry Bog Preserve and want the bridge repaired.  They are in support of Suffolk County finding and allocate funding to immediately repair the bridge. And so do we. Learn more: http://www.qualityparks.org/cranberry-bog-preserve.html Please sign our petition to show your support.

Quality Parks
96 supporters
Petitioning Kara Hahn, Steve Englebright, Laura Schaefer, Jay Schneiderman, Ed Romaine, Scott Russell, Frank Patrone, Angie Carpenter, Anhony Santino, Ken Lavalle, Margot Garant, John Venditto

Clean Up Long Island - Support Park Watch

Clean Up Our Parks Imagine taking a walk outside, only to find dumped tires, an injured animal, a locked gate. Then Imagine whipping out your cell phone, snapping a picture, and sending it off to a responsive agency, getting a confirmation ticket, and knowing it's on record.   One Big Step Forward Suffolk County Legislature Kara Hahn introduced legislation to establish a Parks Watch Program for Suffolk County Parks. This is a huge step forwards. We applaud her effort.  "Hahn believes creating stronger relationships between the county’s parks department and the people who live near the parks is integral in helping improve park safety. “This proposal is calling on us to reach out to adjacent neighbors of all of our parks,” said Hahn. “If you see it, we can clean it up.” The initiative will establish a dedicated website, phone number, and email address to allow residents to report unlawful activity." -- from  - Suffolk lawmaker pushes Parks Watch initiative to prevent dumping, illicit behavior (Jan 25th article). Some History The first Incident Reporting System for the Long Island Pine Barrens was under Raymond P. Corwin's watch. It included a detailed incident report, along with staff time to coordinate law enforcement and public land management agency response. Meanwhile, Quality Parks will continue to evaluate, recommend, and seek funding for incident reporting systems that engage positive ways to Clean Up Long Island parklands. Some words from the Legislation include: a Parks Watch Program would aid the County in identifying locations of dumping and other illegal activity and engage the community’s surrounding County parkland as stakeholders and stewards the Department will conduct outreach to neighbors of County parkland to inform them of the program and encourage their participation; that the Department shall establish a dedicated webpage, phone number, and email address for use by the Parks Watch Program and any other initiative which allows residents to report suspicious activity to the Department  Read the full Resolution Also visit Quality Parks tImeline on Incident Reporting Please sign and share this petition, requesting that federal, state, county, town, villages do the same for the entire Long Island. 

Quality Parks
18 supporters
Petitioning Kara Hahn

Reopen the Pine Barrens Trail Center

I love Ray. Do you?  Ray's message to all of us: "...we can, and must, set the stage for our successors."  My message to you is: Reopen the Pine Barrens Trail Center. The Raymond P. Corwin Pine Barrens Trail Center, or informally, Ray’s 2nd House, is now listed on Google as permanently closed. Why? Upon contacting Suffolk Parks for access to the building on a regular basis, we were told to contact the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference (the members we spoke to were just as confused, thinking it closed as well). Though the water is running, the toilets are working, and the electricity is on, the public isn’t allowed inside. Several Quality Parks members are willing to put in a few volunteer hours to make sure the building remains open on the weekend. Quality Parks has liability insurance on record with Suffolk County, and can provide light maintenance such as cleaning, dusting, and emptying trash. Other groups could pitch in and would benefit too. Quality Parks is active in conservation and advocacy for public access to open spaces and water, for individuals and groups. We are willing to work with you to revise the RFP, so that more of us can keep the Ray's 2nd House open. Read the article: https://www.longislandexchange.com/press-releases/hennessey-participates-in-rededication-of-suffolk-county-pine-barrens-trail-center/ Visit timeline: http://www.qualityparks.org/pine-barrens-trail-center.html Join Us: http://www.qualityparks.org/join-us.html

Quality Parks
201 supporters