NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has drafted new rules to govern hundreds of community gardens that give city dwellers with no back yards a chance to dig in the dirt.

Under the rules announced Monday by the Parks Department, active gardens will be renewed and new gardens may be created.

The city signed an agreement with the state attorney general’s office in 2002. It created a framework for preserving community gardens and finding alternate sites when a lot is slated for development.

The new rules will codify practices established in the 2002 agreement.

There are more than 600 community gardens across New York City. The Parks Department has jurisdiction over 282 of them. Most are about one-third of an acre.

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