Children from Nevada recently took a three-day camping trip to Utah's Zion National Park through the Concrete to Canyons program, which has operated since 2013 and plans to expand to Utah students. "Breathing the fresh air and seeing things that some of the students have never seen before was phenomenal," said John Dillard, a parent who volunteered for the trip.
City council members in Casper, Wyo., are considering a request from Spectra Venue Management for $880,000 to replace seats in the city's event center. The city spent $1.2 million to replace the seats five years ago, and some council members are concerned about the cost of replacing them.
The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Monterey County, Calif., had to be replaced after major rains destabilized the bridge, cutting off the community of Big Sur. Work has been completed on the new bridge after the $24 million project was put on a fast track.
Council members in Lake County, Ind., have agreed to make funds available next year for a paid paternity leave program for county employees. The council voted to set aside $175,000 for the program and is considering offering male staff up to six weeks of paid paternity leave.
Reducing pesticide use and switching to organic methods to manage landscaping can be challenging and expensive, but some agencies have been able to do it effectively and economically. Midwest Pesticide Action Center's Ryan Anderson points out that parks need to wean soil off pesticides, not switch right away.
Tyler Thomas, a longtime youth coach and now recreation programmer in Cabot, Ark., is hoping to increase sports participation while adding offerings such as racquetball and tennis. "I get to be involved with sports and work with kids full time, and I feel incredibly blessed by that," he says.
Site work has begun on the SC Johnson Community Aquatic Center in Racine, Wis., with a planned opening of summer 2018. The facility will feature a lap pool and an activity pool with water slides, a ropes course, water play equipment and a zero-depth-entry pool.
The National Recreation and Park Association has awarded Patti Solano the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity. Solano is being honored for her work helping underserved residents in Riverside, Calif., live healthier lifestyles.
The U.S. Navy has paid $4.92 million in land easement fees to preserve more than 3,300 acres in Jefferson County, Wash., near its operations. The Navy partnered with conservation groups through the Defense Department's Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program.
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