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October 12,1999

Berkman calls for changes in Orange County Parks System.

Middletown, NY - Jeffrey D. Berkman, representing Middletown and Wallkill (20th District), calls for use of surplus county and state lands to be incorporated into the park system. Berkman suggests Orange County include 36 surplus acres, along County Route 78, baseball field and lands along Monhagen Avenue of the Middletown Psychiatric Center be included with Maple Hill Park. Berkman says "Intergovernmental contracts between Orange County and the cities could foster county-city parks. Our current park system is currently out of balance." Berkman further said that this plan could assist Middletown and provide equal opportunity for our urban residents.

Recently Berkman submitted a six-point plan to the Orange County Parks Mater Plan committee. He urged cooperation with local historical associations, Orange County Land Trust and environmental groups. This plan includes a system of hiking trails connecting historic buildings of Orange County and utilizing conservation easements for park purposes.

Berkman concludes his comments by urging Orange County officials to analyze equal accessibility for all Orange County residents to its park system. "The residents of the cities who pay a fair share of the tax money for our park system are entitled to equal access -- including persons with physical challenges."

Berkman will submit his six-point plan to the Physical Service Committee of the Orange County legislature.

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