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Department of Parks and Recreation
Codified Title: 
Title 56: Department of Parks and Recreation

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

 

NOTICE OF ADOPTION

Revision of New York City Department of Parks & Recreation’s Rules

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to the authority vested in the Commissioner of the Department of Parks & Recreation (“the Department”) by Sections 389 and 533(a)(9) of the New York City Charter and in accordance with the requirement of Section 1043 of the New York City Charter, the Department hereby revises § 2-14 of Chapter 2 to Title 56 of the Official Compilation of the Rules of the City of New York.

 

Written comments regarding the rules were received in accordance with the notice published in the City Record or electronically through NYC RULES at www.nyc.gov/nycrules and a public hearing was held on December 15, 2014, at Chelsea Recreation Center, 430 West 25th Street, New York, NY  10001.  Written comments and a recording of the oral testimony from the hearing were made available to the public within a reasonable time after the hearing Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., at The Arsenal, Room 313, telephone (212) 360-1313.

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

The purpose of the rule is to enhance access to recreational opportunities for New York City residents at the Parks Department’s recreation centers and tennis courts. The rule will establish a new membership fee category for recreation centers, with a reduced membership fee and a reduced tennis permit fee for adults with a valid New York City Identification (IDNYC) Card.

 

The rule will:

 

  • Allow adults between 25 and 61 years of age with a valid IDNYC Card to purchase or renew a recreation center membership for $90 at recreation centers without an indoor pool, or $135 at recreation centers with an indoor pool.  The fees were $100 and $150, respectively; and

 

  • Allow adults between 25 and 61 years of age with a valid IDNYC Card to purchase a tennis permit for $180.  The fee was $200.

 

The rule also rewords certain provisions of the Parks Department’s rules in order to make the language of those rules consistent with the language of the added provisions relating to fee discounts for IDNYC cardholders. The Parks Department’s authority for these rules is found in section 533 of the New York City Charter.

 

New material is underlined.

[Deleted material is in brackets.]

 

“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

 

Section 1. Section 2-09 of Title 56 of the Official Compilation of the Rules of the City of New York is amended to read as follows:

 

(a)    All boroughs.

 

Permit

 

Fee

TENNIS

   

    Adult (18 years to [62] 61 years)

 

$200.00

    Adult (18 years to 61 years) with valid IDNYC Card

 

$180.00

    Senior (62 years and above)

 

$  20.00

    Junior

 

$  10.00

    Adult Duplicate

 

$  15.00

    Junior Duplicate

 

$    6.00

    Single Play

 

$  15.00

    Reservation Ticket

 

$  15.00

    Lockers

 

$  20.00

LAWN BOWLING

 

$  30.00

CROQUET

 

$  30.00

MODEL YACHT STORAGE

 

$  20.00

KAYAK/CANOE

 

$  15.00

POOL PERMITS (Groups of 10 or more supervised
individuals)

 

$25.00 plus

$1.00 for each

individual [in]

in group

SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT

 

$25.00

USE OF BOARDWALK SPACE BY RESTAURANTS

 

 

    Self-serve Restaurants

 

$55.00/linear foot

    Table Service Restaurants

 

$110.00/linear foot

 

Section 2. Subdivision (a) of Section 2-14 of Title 56 of the Rules of the City of New York is amended by adding a new paragraph titled “Adult Membership Fee (with valid IDNYC Card)” after the paragraph titled “Adult Membership Fee”, and by amending the paragraphs titled “Adult Membership Fee”, “Young Adult Membership Fee”, “Senior Citizen Membership Fee”, and “Child Membership Fee” to read as follows:

 

Adult Membership Fee. “Adult Membership Fee” [shall] means the membership fee for use of recreation centers [in a particular class (i.e. Recreation Center with Indoor Pool, Recreation Center without Indoor Pool)] for all patrons between and including [twenty-five (]25[)] and [sixty-one (]61[)] years of age [,not including session fees,], except for patrons who otherwise qualify for the Senior Citizen Membership Fee. This membership fee does not include session fees. Membership includes, but is not limited to, use of fitness equipment, indoor pools and computer resource centers.

 

Adult Membership Fee (with valid IDNYC Card). “Adult Membership Fee (with valid IDNYC Card)” means the membership fee for use of recreation centers for all patrons who present a valid IDNYC Card when purchasing or renewing a membership and who are between and including 25 and 61 years of age, except for patrons who otherwise qualify for the Senior Citizen Membership Fee. This membership does not include session fees. Membership includes, but is not limited to, use of fitness equipment, indoor pools and computer resource centers.

 

Young Adult Membership Fee “Young Adult Membership Fee” [shall] means the membership fee for use of recreation centers  [in a particular class (i.e. Recreation Center with Indoor Pool, Recreation Center without Indoor Pool)] for all patrons between and including [eighteen (]18[)] and [twenty-four (]24[)] years of age[, not including session fees].  For patrons who, as of June 1, 2013, are between and including [eighteen (]18[)] and [twenty-four (]24[)] years of age and have [six (]6[)] months or more remaining on their Adult Membership, the Department will extend membership for [three (]3[)] months beyond the current expiration date.  For patrons who, as of June 1, 2013, are between and including [eighteen (]18[)] and [twenty-four (]24[)] years of age and have less than [six (]6[)] months remaining on their Adult Membership, the Department will extend membership for [one (]1[)] month beyond the current expiration date.  This membership fee does not include session fees.  Membership includes, but is not limited to, use of fitness equipment, indoor pools and computer resource centers.

 

Senior Citizen Membership Fee "Senior Citizen Membership Fee" [shall] means the membership fee for use of recreation centers  [in a particular class (i.e. Recreation Center with Indoor Pool, Recreation Center without Indoor Pool)] for all patrons [sixty-two (]62[)] years of age and over[, not including session fees]. Patrons who held active Senior Citizen Recreation Center Memberships as of June 30, 2011, but allowed their membership to expire, have until December 31, 2013 to purchase a new membership at the Senior Citizen rate.  Patrons who held active Senior Citizen Recreation Center Memberships as of June 30, 2011, but allowed their Senior Citizen Membership to expire and subsequently purchased an Adult Membership, may purchase a new membership at the Senior Citizen rate after the expiration of their current Adult Membership. This membership fee does not include session fees. Membership includes, but is not limited to, use of fitness equipment, indoor pools and computer resource centers.

 

Child Membership Fee "Child Membership Fee" [shall] means the membership fee for use of recreation centers  [in a particular class (i.e. Recreation Center with Indoor Pool, Recreation Center without Indoor Pool)] for all patrons under [eighteen (]18[)] years of age[,].  This membership does not include[ing] session fees. Membership includes, but is not limited to, use of fitness equipment, indoor pools and computer resource centers.

 

Section 3. Subdivision (c) of Section 2-14 of Title 56 of the Rules of the City of New York is amended to read as follows:

 

(c)    Recreation Center Membership Fee Schedules. The Commissioner shall charge a recreation center member subject to these provisions the amount set forth in the following schedule for an annual membership. Such annual membership does not include session fees.

 

Type of Recreation Center

Child Membership  Fee

Young Adult Membership Fee

Adult Membership Fee

Adult Membership Fee (with valid IDNYC Card)

Senior Citizen Membership Fee

Recreation Center with Indoor Pool

$0

$25

$150

$135

$25

Recreation Center without Indoor Pool

$0

$25

$100

$90

$25

 

 

Effective Date: 
Wed, 01/28/2015

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, December 15, 2014
Proposed Rules Content: 
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule
 
This proposed rule will enhance access to recreational opportunities for New York City residents at the Parks Department’s recreation centers and tennis courts. The rule will establish a new membership fee category for recreation centers, with a reduced membership fee for adults with a valid Municipal ID Card and a reduced tennis permit fee for adults with a valid Municipal ID Card. 
 
The proposed rule will:
 
• Allow adults between 25 and 61 years of age with a valid Municipal ID Card to purchase or renew a recreation center membership for $90 at recreation centers without an indoor pool, or $135 at recreation centers with an indoor pool.  The current fees are $100 and $150, respectively; and
 
• Allow adults between 25 and 61 years of age with a valid Municipal ID Card to purchase a tennis permit for $180.  The current fee is $200.
 
 
The Parks Department’s authority for these rules is found in section 533 of the New York City Charter.
 
Subject: 

Proposed Rule to Reduce Recreation Center Membership and Tennis Permit Fees for Adults with Municipal ID Card

Location: 
Chelsea Recreation Center
430 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The purpose of this rule is to:

 

  • Enhance recreational opportunities for individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 years at the Department’s recreation centers, and address public health and transitional needs of these individuals, by creating a $25 membership fee category for this age group.

 

  • Reflect the Department’s effort to complement New York City’s Young Men’s Initiative and other key programs.

 

  • Allow patrons and former patrons who once held Senior Citizen Memberships a second opportunity to be grandfathered into that membership category. The Department on July 1, 2011 increased the minimum age for Senior Citizen Membership from 55 to 62 years, but allowed patrons between the ages of 55 and 61 years to renew at the Senior Citizen rate, provided such renewals took place prior to expiration of their memberships. Some patrons, however, were unaware of this option and either allowed their memberships to expire or purchased a new membership at the Adult rate. These patrons and former patrons will again be allowed to purchase Senior Citizen Memberships, if they do so by December 31, 2013 (in the case of those who allowed their memberships to expire) or upon expiration of their current membership (in the case of those who, after July 1, 2011, purchased Adult Memberships).

 

  • Clarify the age ranges for each membership fee category.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Sun, 06/30/2013

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The purpose of this proposed rule is to:

 

·         Clarify the Department’s original intent that individuals providing entertainment, such as musical performances, juggling, dance, or other performance arts in exchange for a fee or for a donation are considered vendors and that entertainment services and performances are considered expressive matter under the Department’s rules.

 

·         Indicate clearly that vendors of expressive matter, including entertainers, are exempt from permitting requirements of the Department applicable to vendors of goods or services so long as they comply with the Department’s Expressive Matter Vending Rules.

 

·         Address the recent decision in the Matter of New York Skyline, Inc., 94 A.D.3d 23 (1st Dep’t 2012), leave to appeal denied, 2012 N.Y. LEXIS 2019 (Aug. 30, 2012), which held that vendors of tickets to entertainments are exempt from permit requirements of the General Vendors Law, insofar as, without the proposed revisions, that decision could have been construed to similarly exempt entertainers from having to comply with the Department’s Expressive Matter Vending Rules.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Wed, 05/08/2013

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 



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Effective Date: 
Fri, 04/20/2012

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The purpose of this proposed rule is to:

 

·       Clarify the Department’s original intent that individuals providing entertainment, such as musical performances, juggling, dance, or other performance arts in exchange for a fee or for a donation are considered vendors and that entertainment services and performances are considered expressive matter under the Department’s rules.

 

·       Indicate clearly that vendors of expressive matter, including entertainers, are exempt from permitting requirements of the Department applicable to vendors of goods or services so long as they comply with the Department’s Expressive Matter Vending Rules.

 

·       Address the recent decision in the Matter of New York Skyline, Inc., 94 A.D.3d 23 (1st Dep’t 2012), leave to appeal denied, 2012 N.Y. LEXIS 2019 (Aug. 30, 2012), which held that vendors of tickets to entertainments are exempt from permit requirements of the General Vendors Law, insofar as, without the proposed revisions, that decision could have been construed to similarly exempt entertainers from having to comply with the Department’s Expressive Matter Vending Rules.

 

 

Subject: 

Opportunity to comment on proposed changes to Parks Department rules governing expressive matter vendors.

Location: 
Chelsea Recreation Center
430 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
Contact: 

General Counsel
Alessandro G. Olivieri
Department of Parks and Recreation
The Arsenal, Central Park,
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, May 17, 2013
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The purpose of this proposed rule is to:

·         Enhance recreational opportunities for individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 years at the Department’s recreation centers, and address public health and transitional needs of these individuals, by creating a $25 membership fee category for this age group.

 

·         Reflect the Department’s effort to complement New York City’s Young Men’s Initiative and other key programs.

 

·         Allow patrons and former patrons who once held Senior Citizen Memberships a second opportunity to be grandfathered into that membership category. The Department on July 1, 2011 increased the minimum age for Senior Citizen Membership from 55 to 62 years, but allowed patrons between the ages of 55 and 61 years to renew at the Senior Citizen rate, provided such renewals took place prior to expiration of their memberships. Some patrons, however, were unaware of this option and either allowed their memberships to expire or purchased a new membership at the Adult rate. These patrons and former patrons will again be allowed to purchase Senior Citizen Memberships, if they do so by December 31, 2013 (in the case of those who allowed their memberships to expire) or upon expiration of their current membership (in the case of those who, after July 1, 2011, purchased Adult Memberships).

 

·         Clarify the age ranges for each membership fee category.

 

Subject: 

Opportunity to comment on proposed changes to Department of Parks and Recreation’s recreation center fees.

Location: 
Chelsea Recreation Center
430 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
Contact: 

General Counsel
Alessandro G. Olivieri
Department of Parks and Recreation
The Arsenal, Central Park,
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Proposed Rules Content: 



 Click here (.pdf) for the complete text of the proposed rule.



Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Proposed Rules Content: 



 Click here (.pdf) for the complete text of the proposed rule.