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Poll: US parents want kids more active during school day
HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new poll finds that almost all parents of young children believe it's important for elementary school kids to get exercise during each school day. However, one-third said their children don't get enough physical activity at school. The survey findings come at a time when U.S. schools continue to cut back on physical activity due to budget cuts. Obesity is thought to affect one out of every six kids in the United States. More

Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum

Unstructured playtime helps develop crucial social and intellectual skills needed to succeed in life, advocates say as they try to pull children and their parents away from the screen. "A big part of free play is having space to do it in, a space that isn't ruled over by adults." 

Colorado State Parks, Division of Wildlife merger bill moves ahead in Senate
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Despite a few hurdles and the resignation of a State Parks Board member, a bill that proposes to merge Colorado State Parks with the Colorado Division of Wildlife continues to sail through the state Senate. More

Flat-out hiking fun
The Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Joe Miller, a freelance writer based in Cary, N.C., does more than think on his feet: He's written about hiking and camping for years — at least 10 as outdoor adventure columnist for The News & Observer. In a recent interview, Miller talked about coastal similarities and differences. "Coastal terrain is obviously flatter, but there are some surprising similarities with hiking in the mountains. Consider the Neusiok Trail, which is 22 miles in the Croatan National Forest, near Havelock. There are a couple stretches that have galax and holly and a fair amount of terrain change. At times you'd almost think you were in the Appalachians." More

Become a Playful City USA

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Editorial: Opportunities were lost for Helotes, Texas parks
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The author of this article wrote, "It is bittersweet to watch Helotes, Texas struggle with how parks will play into its future. Strides were made when the Helotes negotiated the acquisition of the Iron Horse Canyon open space property and Parragin Park at no cost to the city. There was more success when Helotes was awarded $1,125,000 and $50,000 matching grants by the state for a park and park equipment in 2007 and 2008." More

Volunteers to construct North Park wetland trail
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Allegheny County, Pa., is seeking volunteers to help build a nature trail in North Park. The Dragonfly Interpretive Trail will pass through a wetland that was constructed recently by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to replace one that was swallowed by the $113 million toll road widening project between the Warrendale Toll Plaza and Butler Valley. More

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Parks, green space essential for health
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People in greener settings tend to become more generous than others, with more mutual trust and willingness to help others, U.S. researchers said. Frances Kuo of the University of Illinois studied the effect of green space on humans in a number of settings, such as Chicago public housing residents living in high-rises with a tree or two and some grass outside their buildings, college students exposed to slide shows of natural scenes in class, children with attention deficit disorder playing in a wide range of settings, senior citizens in Tokyo with varying degrees of access to green walkable streets and middle-class volunteers restoring prairie ecosystems. More

Budget problems could impact Garden City, Michigan parks programs
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Like all Garden City, Mich., departments, the Parks and Recreation Department faces cuts should the May 3 public safety millage fail. Decreasing population, decreased state-shared revenue and declining home values have created the problem. More
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When outfitting your park, context matters
Recreation Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to furnishing your site — from selecting the types of furnishings you will include to choosing the best designs for your location — there is no right or wrong. As you make those decisions, the most important thing to remember is context — the context of the environment and the community in which the park sits. More

Opinion: Don't hold California state parks hostage
Chico Enterprise-Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The author of this article wrote, "We don't like the idea of California's renowned state parks system being a bargaining chip in state budget negotiations. It's spring, and with the tantalizing promise of better weather on the way, people are thinking about summer vacations. For many families, particularly in this bleak economy, that means time in California's state parks. They're close, they're wonderful and they're inexpensive." More


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Active ideas for park sites
Forsyth News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A 225-acre property in northwest Forsyth, Ga., could make a good home for archery practice, a BMX track and a canoe launch. Eagles Beak, one of the county's green space properties, drew much interest from residents during a public participation meeting at Coal Mountain Park in Coal Mountain — an unincorporated community in Forsythe County. More

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State park police cuts raise concerns
Niagara Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the brink of a new tourist season, the regional state park commission heard recently that park officials have serious concerns about reduced police coverage in Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, N.Y. "We anticipate no more than a dozen officers working this summer," said Major David Page, who heads the regional parks police force. Page noted that during the prime tourist season, the full-time staff would be in the low 30s. More


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