[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Amherst 10-6-2020 by L.L. No. 10-2020. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is hereby found that the health, safety and quality of life of the citizens of the Town of Amherst would be furthered by the creation of an Amherst Central Park. It is further found that the opportunity to enjoy or participate in recreational events in Amherst Central Park is a valid and proper local government object and purpose. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Town of Amherst to promote recreational activities within the Town of Amherst in the Amherst Central Park and to cooperate with various and appropriate individuals, groups, associations, organizations and citizens concerned with the Amherst Central Park to promote, ensure and enhance the function, object and mission of the Town of Amherst. The Amherst Central Park will utilize and share the Town of Amherst's natural and diverse collective resources, become self-sustaining over time and a location for individuals to participate in as a community. Therefore, enhancing the quality of life of all citizens. The Town of Amherst will develop and oversee the creation of Amherst Central Park as a central, community location for guests and residents alike. It is perceived that Amherst Central Park will become a haven for greenspace and recreation for all people to experience and further implement the Town's reputation at the forefront for a fight against climate change. The Town Board further finds that this community asset will serve as a safe and inclusive space for individuals of all ages to play, learn, engage and join together in perpetuity.
There shall be and hereby is created and established the Amherst Central Park Task Force for the Town of Amherst. It shall consist of eleven (11) members, each member appointed by the Town Board. Each member shall serve a three (3) year term commencing at the bi-annual Town Reorganization Meeting, with the exception of the first such Board, which shall be appointed following the adoption of this chapter. The terms of the members are to be staggered to prevent the entire Board from overturning at one time. Initial membership terms are to be adjusted to have a term of three (3) members expire on December 31, 2020, the terms of three (3) members to expire on December 31, 2021, the terms of three (3) members to expire on December 31, 2022 and the term of two (2) members to expire on December 31, 2023. Board members are limited to serving three (3) consecutive terms. Members shall be representatives of the community and have a particular interest in the creation, maintenance and fulfillment of recreational activities in Amherst Central Park. In making appointments to the Board, the Supervisor and the members of the Town Board shall give due consideration to the recommendations made by recognized representatives of local, civic, education and cultural associations, groups and organizations that are concerned with or engaged in the establishment of public recreational facilities. The Amherst Central Park Task Force shall elect its own chairperson and adopt its own rules of procedure.
The Amherst Central Park Task Force shall promote, stimulate, encourage and coordinate the pursuit of recreational activities in Amherst Central Park; encourage public input into the utilization of Amherst Central Park; promote the utilization of the Amherst Central Park by all members of the community and make appropriate recommendations in the development process concerning the Amherst Central Park.