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Jan. 31, 2012

A plea for Southern treasures
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Southern Environmental Law Center, a Virginia-based nonprofit legal advocacy group, has released its 2012 list of the top 10 endangered places in the Southeast, environmentally speaking. While the list only considers six states, the issues raised by each site resonate nationally and even globally. More

Love your parks: NRPA Legislative Forum early bird deadline Feb. 14
National Recreation & Park Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Make change happen at this year's NRPA Legislative Forum, the association's premier advocacy event. This year more than ever it is critical for parks and recreation agencies to come together and be heard in Washington. Register today, before the Feb. 14 early bird deadline! More

NBA Denver Nuggets Supermascot Rocky Immortalized at new Rocky's Kids Zone

"The Nuggets provided exciting decor and a recognized, respected showman in Supermascot Rocky," said Kelmore Development owner Bob Koontz. A 10-foot Rocky welcomes families to the Denver Nuggets custom-themed indoor play area in Kelmore’s Celebrity Lanes family entertainment center. More

US unveils new forest rules
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The Obama administration says new rules to manage nearly 200 million acres of national forests will protect watersheds and wildlife while promoting uses ranging from recreation to logging. The new rules, to replace guidelines thrown out by a federal court in 2009, will be released by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. A summary was obtained by The Associated Press. More

Lifesaving authority seeks input on open water guideline revisions
Aquatics International    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the wake of the 2010 death of swimmer Fran Crippen, the United States Lifesaving Association is looking to update its guidelines on open water swimming event safety. The nonprofit professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers has issued a call for comments and will review the matter at its April board meeting. More

Register Now! ACA National Conference

Hurry! Early bird rates for ACA’s national conference end soon. Register today! Conference features a Children and Nature Symposium and keynote from Richard Louv.

Oregon city gets $50,000 for community health projects
The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The city of Wilsonville, Ore., has been selected as one of four communities nationwide to receive a $50,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the ACHIEVE — Action Communities for Health, Innovation and EnVironmental changE — program. More

Suburbs' recreation centers making it
The Columbus Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the mid-1990s, the Ohio economy was surging, the suburbs were expanding and cities were looking to accommodate their fitness-crazed residents. Today, 10 years after most of the area's modern recreation centers opened, cities report that they’re thriving. More

Green School kickoff coming soon
National Recreation & Park Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's still time to sign up for Green School, held Feb. 26-March 2 at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.V. Register now for this cutting-edge, four-day retreat that kicks off a two-year program designed to make you a leader in sustainability. Green School offers you the knowledge and the network you need to make your community a role model for environmental stewardship. More

Connecticut announces urban forestry grants
East Hampton-Portland Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced the 17 winners of the agency's municipalities and nonprofit urban forestry grants. In all the department will award $81,425 in America the Beautiful grants for the urban forestry projects in communities. More

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Park officials launch 'friends' group to combat crime, vandalism
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The Everett, Wash., parks department is helping launch a "friends" group for a park that has earned a reputation for crime and vandalism: Clark Park, the city's oldest. The city has been working with neighbors, churches and businesses surrounding the park to come up with low-cost ways to improve it and to foster community engagement. More

Seeking donations for a cause? Turn to texting
Xperedon    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study of real-time charitable giving has confirmed the rising popularity of text donations. The report, produced by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, offers a detailed look at mobile giving and suggests groups that do not offer text donations are missing out on potential supporters. More

Urban depavers return parking lots to paradise
TreeHugger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Throughout America, a dedicated nonprofit team slowly is taking back the land in an effort to create more green space and improve the local environment by ripping up unwanted asphalt. Depave, based in Portland, Ore., organizes volunteer "depaving" sessions, wherein a group descends on an empty or underutilized lot and transforms it into a public green space, whether a community garden, playground or soccer field. More

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America's favorite cities for public parks and outdoor access
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Travel + Leisure has released the results of its 2011 poll asking Americans to vote for their favorite cities. Do you know which city's residents voted it tops in public parks and outdoor access? Or what visitors think of the public parks in your town? More

A massive proposal to turn pier into floating park
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A clean energy-powered concrete canopy with curving walkways and an underwater reef has won an international design competition to replace an aging pier in St. Petersburg, Fla. Called The Lens, the project will replace the inverted pyramid that has presided over St. Pete's waterfront for nearly four decades. Looping pathways will give pedestrians, cyclists and runners a greater medley of outdoor experiences than a traditional "walk-the-plank" boardwalk. There's even room for a tram. More
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Wyoming city explores new streetscape possibilities
Billings Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Looking to increase pedestrian traffic and build a vibrant and wider downtown core in Cody, Wyo., officials and business backers hope to modernize the city's main streetscape for the first time since 1985. More

Indiana park manager looks to outsource background checks
The Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Park Board in Valparaiso, Ind., is considering a contract to outsource its background checks on potential seasonal and contract employees and vendors. Parks Director John Seibert said the proposal offers a much more thorough search than currently is done — but does not cost more. More

Public awareness campaign launched to combat pet waste problem
The Galveston County Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Officials in Galveston County, Texas, have launched a public awareness campaign — using signage and media outlets — to remind pet owners to pick up their animals' waste in order to prevent the spread of bacteria and pests (such as hookworm) to other pets and children. More

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Big plans in store as officials break ground on trails park
The Daily Home    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Elected and appointed leaders from the federal, state and local levels turned out recently to break ground on the TOP Trails Park, which eventually will accommodate many outdoor activities for residents of Talladega, Ala., and surrounding communities. More

How to set up a volunteer program
The Business Journals    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Starting a volunteer program at a business can do more to just give back in a charitable way. It can engage employees and help them develop new skills valuable to their job. More

Parks officials seek guidance from ethics commission
The Charleston Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Parks officials in Kanawha County, W.V., want the state ethics commission to tell them exactly what they're doing wrong by offering discounted picnic shelter and meeting room rentals to civic and charitable groups. Ethics officials have accused the county parks director of using his position for personal gain, while parks employees say the practice is normal for the industry and has been done for years. More

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In a neighbourhood park, aquatic facility or anywhere really, these successful aquatic play projects prove that fresh ideas equal tidal waves of fun! MORE

Utah legislation stakes claim to federal lands
Utah Pulse    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Soon to be introduced into the Utah legislature will be a bill that, in time, could become one of the biggest changes in Utah life since statehood. Sound groundbreaking? Literally so — as it could lead to nearly all of the federal land in Utah becoming state land, controlled by the legislature, the governor and a new public land commission. The land could be tilled for planting, mined for coal or sold or leased into real estate development. More

Opinion: Pre-empting summer fertilizer ban a costly mistake
Herald-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gulf Coast governments and residents love urban fertilizer controls. It is a no-brainer, really: Keep the pollution out of the water so you don't have to pay big bucks to clean it up later and you don't feed wasted fertilizer to the toxic algae that threaten livelihoods and public health. Unfortunately, for the sixth legislative session in a row, the pest control operators have managed to persuade legislators to sponsor bills that would gut Gulf Coast fertilizer regulations. More

Push for private operators of California state parks draws criticism
The Press Democrat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The state of California is seeking authority to attract bids from concessionaires to potentially operate 11 parks, including six on the North Coast, a move that critics fear is a step toward privatizing these public places. The state could award contracts for work ranging from operating campgrounds to running entire parks. More

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