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Friday, January 18, 2019
No. 4


To reduce food sources for rats and other rodents, proposed new rules will prohibit feeding wildlife in parks

NYC Parks today announced it will hold a public hearing on March 1, 2019 at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center for a proposed amendment to § 1-04(g) of Chapter 1 of Title 56 of the Rules of the City of New York, regarding feeding animals in parks. New Yorkers have an opportunity to submit comment on the proposed new rules beginning today; comment submissions will be accepted until the morning of the hearing, prior to its start.

The existing Parks rule on wildlife feeding does not prohibit patrons from feeding birds and squirrels. Under the proposed amendment, feeding all animals in NYC Parks will be prohibited.

The purpose of this proposed rule is to:

  • Reduce food sources available to rats and other rodents, as a humane method of pest control.
  • Prevent harmful interactions with animals in NYC Parks properties.
  • Prevent the transmission of disease that occurs when animals congregate around feeding areas.
  • Support the efforts of New York City’s WildlifeNYC campaign to raise public awareness about how to live alongside urban wildlife.
  • Support healthy wildlife nutrition and behavior.
  • Reduce the maintenance burden on NYC Parks staff.

Anyone can comment on the proposed rules by:

  • Website. You can submit comments to NYC Parks through the NYC rules website at
  • Email. You can email comments to
  • Mail. You can mail comments to:
  • Darci Frinquelli, Assistant Counsel
  • The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
  • The Arsenal, Central Park
  • 830 Fifth Avenue
  • New York, NY 10065
  • Fax. You can fax comments to 917-849-6742.
  • By speaking at the hearing. Anyone who wants to comment on the proposed rule at the public hearing must sign up to speak. You can sign up before the hearing by calling Darci Frinquelli at 212-360-1383 or emailing You can also sign up in the hearing room before the hearing begins on March 1 at noon. You can speak for up to three minutes.

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