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Streamed live on Jul 17, 2012
Mayor Bloomberg and Secretary Salazar Join Forces to Cooperatively Manage 10,000 Acres of City, Federal Parks in and Around Jamaica Bay
Goals Include Improved Access, Seamless Park Experience for Visitors
Partnership Is Seeking Academic Partner to Manage Intensive Research Program, New Science and Resilience Center
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today signed an unprecedented agreement between the National Park Service and the City of New York Department of Parks of Recreation -- spelling out ways the two agencies will cooperatively manage 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parks in and around Jamaica Bay to promote visitation, education programs, scientific research and recreational opportunities. By allowing the National Park Service and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to work on each other's property, comingle resources and undertake joint planning, this innovative new partnership will serve to better connect urban communities to the natural beauty and history of Gateway National Recreation Area and adjacent city park lands. The Mayor made the announcement at City Hall and was also joined by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and New York City Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Director of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability David Bragdon.