Substitute House Bill No. 5551
          Substitute House Bill No. 5551

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-132


AN ACT CONCERNING  THE  ESTABLISHMENT  OF  A STATE
PARK ALONG ROUTE 11.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  (NEW)   (a)   The  Department  of
Environmental   Protection   is    authorized   to
establish, in conjunction  with  the Department of
Transportation,  a linear  park  along  Route  11,
utilizing both the  highway right-of-way and other
adjoining lands acquired  for  this  purpose. Said
linear park, if established, shall also link other
state and municipal  recreational  and  open space
areas.
    (b)    The   Department    of    Environmental
Protection:   (1)   May    accept,   receive   and
administer, on behalf  of  the  state, any grants,
loans  or other  funds  made  available  from  any
source  for  the  purposes  of  establishing  said
linear park; (2)  may  acquire  lands,  waters  or
interests  in lands  or  waters,  by  purchase  or
condemnation,  and  enter   into  agreements  with
federal,   other   state    or   local   agencies,
corporations or individuals  concerning such lands
or waters which may be necessary to establish said
park; (3) may  administer  the  design,  including
site planning, construction  and  development; (4)
may administer, maintain  and  regulate the use of
said  park and  (5)  may  enter  into  cooperative
agreements  with agencies  of  the  government  or
local  agencies to  provide  for  maintenance  and
regulation of said park.
    Sec. 2. This  act  shall  take  effect July 1,
1998.

Approved May 27, 1998