Because of continued discrimination toward detectorists in NYC Parks, the Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights has scheduled a “Call to Action” for Monday, June 30th, 2014.
What this means is that the Task Force needs your help and support in contacting the Mayor, and the Parks Dept with your concerns.
With the large membership of the Task Force actively calling, emailing and expressing their concerns, we can get our voice heard. We cannot afford to let the New York City Parks Department ignore our requests any longer.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t live in New York City, or utilize these parks. The discrimination against detectorists is a nationwide problem.
Below is a letter from the Task Force containing a guideline of what you should let the Mayor and the Parks commissioner know, and their contact information.
From the Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights:Protect Your Rights: If you own a metal detector or know anyone who does, your voice needs to be heard. Metal Detectorists in New York City are being discriminated against as a group. Activities and groups that might pose a much greater threat to park facilities are still allowed full access to NYC Parks, and we, the Metal Detectorists, are the ones being excluded from using many of OUR parks! NYC Parks premise for banning the Metal Detectorists from “their” parks is that we may pose a potential “hazard”, and that parks were removed from the permits due to the effects of Super Storm Sandy. Well–that was almost 2 years ago, and these same parks have been re-opened to all other activities, EXCEPT Metal Detecting. Recently the NYC permits were further limited by removing several parks from the permit. Also, certain days and time limits were placed on other parks. We ask, Why is it okay to hunt certain parks, and not others? If its OK to hunt one park any day, at any time, then why isn’t it OK in all parks? There is no reason why we should not have full access to metal detect in approved areas on any day of the week, in any park, as we did for the prior 30 years.
What to do Next:
On Monday, June 30th, 2014
Call or email the people listed below and let them know the following:-That you are very angry about the discrimination singling out Metal Detectorists in NYC Public Parks. -You want Metal Detectorists to be able to enjoy their hobby in all NYC Parks, and that metal detecting is a lawful hobby that should not be restricted. -Demand that NYC Department of Parks and Recreation allow the recreational use of metal detectors in all NYC parks.
NYC DP&R Commissioner
Mitchell J. Silver
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 360-1305/1307
Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York, NY 10007
Office of the Mayor
100 Gold Street
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 788-3000