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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW


Whether teens in a pool, a man in the Colorado River or a sister at the beach, these junior lifeguards were there to save the day
The Orange County Register
Fear didn’t stop 11-year-old Gifford Price from paddling through seven-foot waves to save a girl who was foundering in a rip current off Huntington Beach. When Isaiah Flores was summoned to help a man caught in the current at the Colorado River, he didn’t hesitate. An underwater challenge at a pool party could have gone terribly wrong. But when one of the swimmers passed out, Grant Brehm, Dylan Gunn, Chad Nakagawa and Brayden Utley had the training to react properly.
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Ghost tour won't haunt park this Halloween
Camarillo Acorn
Even if Simi Valley's beloved Ghost Tour continues in the future, it likely won't return to Strathearn Historical Park. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board of directors opted not to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Simi Valley Historical Society and the Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi, who have been clashing over the production of the Halloween-time event held annually at Strathearn.
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Tennessee lawmakers file bill to ban guns at events in parks and major sports facilities
The Commercial-Appeal
Two Democratic lawmakers in Tennessee filed a bill to exempt events held in public parks and major sports venues from the "guns-in-parks" law, passed by the Tennessee legislature this year to block cities and counties from banning handgun-carry permit holders from going armed in locally owned parks. Senate Bill 1432/House Bill 1409 would add an exemption to the guns-in-parks law saying that guns, including those carried by permit holders, aren't allowed at events in public parks that require a ticket.
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Rec board wants more upscale playground design in Florida city
Palm Beach Daily News
Buildings in Palm Beach, Florida are known for being luxurious, exquisite and stylish — so a playground should be no different, according to the Recreation Advisory Commission. Palm Beacher and public relations specialist Olympia Devine asked for the board’s endorsement Wednesday to spearhead a fundraising effort to construct a new children’s playground at the Palm Beach Recreation Center. Commissioners liked the idea but not the initial design.
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Corporate partnerships inevitable for parks' survival
The Spokesman-Review
The Idaho Parks and Recreation Board can't count on much state funding, so officials have been seeking creative ways to adopt corporate partners without allowing its natural havens to become crass playgrounds. One idea would give businesses naming rights for park facilities, or offer other marketing opportunities in exchange for sponsorships. The Parks and Recreation board has been working on a proposal that would allow this without going so far as changing the name of parks.
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Vancouver Island Exhibition dusts off plans for agriplex at park
Nanaimo News Bulletin
The Vancouver Island Exhibition is rethinking plans for a $1.8-million agriplex. The VIEX and its new building committee are looking at design changes and options for an agricultural complex on the heels of an updated Beban Park Master Plan. It's been three years since Nanaimo city council hit pause on the organization's agriplex dream and launched into a master plan process for its recreational park.
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Costa Mesa bans vaping in public parks, regulates smoking lounges
The Orange County Register
It soon will be illegal to smoke an electronic cigarette in Costa Mesa parks. The City Council recently unanimously approved the new e-cigarette rules as part of a law that regulates smoking lounges. Costa Mesa staff has said the public park vaping ban updates the city's smoking laws to protect residents from secondhand "smokeless" vapor.
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EDUCATION


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