Clean Up Long Island - Support Park Watch

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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. 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Suffolk County Parks Legislator, Parks Committee & Environmental Chair
    Kara Hahn
  • State Representative
    Steve Englebright
  • Laura Schaefer
  • Jay Schneiderman
  • Ed Romaine
  • Scott Russell
  • Frank Patrone
  • Angie Carpenter
  • Anhony Santino
  • Ken Lavalle
  • Margot Garant
  • John Venditto

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