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Oliver Koppell on Parks
Oliver Koppell for City Council
Part 1 – Yes/No Questions
a. Will you work toward committing at least 1% of the overall city budget to the Parks Department’s expense budget over the course of your term? YES
> If so, would you dedicate revenue earned through park concessions to parks maintenance and operations, without simultaneous decreases in baseline funding? YES
b. Will you establish objective, publicly accessible maintenance standards for all park properties in all five boroughs? YES
c. Will you provide in your Mayor’s Management Report park ratings by borough and community board in addition to the citywide level? YES
> Will you make the official Parks Department “property list” that specifically delineates all 1,700 properties available online? YES
> Will you make publicly available details of the private funding that helps to maintain and operate many of our public parks? YES
a. Will you support legislation that requires regular NYPD reports to the City Council on crime in parks (ie. Intro. 470)? YES
b. Will you work toward making parkland part of the city’s CompStat system? YES
5. Open Space/Natural Areas
Part 2 – Open Questions
a. What specific actions would you take to ensure that every park in every neighborhood has green ball fields, working water fountains and open bathrooms?
"In order to ensure that every neighborhood has green ball fields, working water fountains and open bathrooms I would support regular inspections and standards by the Parks Department. I also support committing at least 1% of the overall city budget to the Parks Department’s expense budget as well as supporting concession reform. Furthermore, I believe that when franchises and stadium plans are granted or established, requirements surrounding the maintenance of parks should be imposed."
"Increased funding from the general tax revenue can be used to help move from roaming crews to fixed crews. The Parks Department can be required to create a staffing plan and the money from the general tax revenue can be used to hire more full time staff. For example, they could hire the best workers from the Job Training Program to become staff members."
2. Recreation & Youth Programming
· What specific actions would you take to revitalize the recreational and amateur sports programs that have been decimated by years of budget cuts?
"I support promoting funding to help revitalize recreational and amateur sports programs."
· If NYC is awarded the Olympics in 2012 or 2016, what specific actions would you take to ensure that parks that are changed, altered or improved as Olympic venues are properly funded and maintained after the Olympics are finished?
4. Community Gardens
· What specific actions would you take to reduce the cost of the annual insurance premiums that community gardeners must pay?
5. Stadiums & Amateur Sports
· What specific actions would you take to require that professional sports organizations assist in maintaining and operating public parks near their facilities?
· How would you provide more multi-purpose facilities for amateur sports and recreation?
6. Waterfront Parks
· How would you improve upon recent investment in the NYC waterfront?
· What are your plans to ensure that citizens in all five boroughs have access to waterfront parks?
· How would you fund the especially costly maintenance of waterfront parks?
7. National Parks
· What steps would you take to promote the use of and access to our city’s national parks (ie. Gateway National Recreation Area, National Parks of NY Harbor)?