A pop-up park will open next month in Denver's RiNo Art District and operate for six to eight months. Boxyard Park will host concerts and farmers markets and include a climbing wall, a dog park and food trucks.
Agencies participating in the National Recreation and Park Association's Commit to Health initiative play a key role in the well-being of residents in their areas, says NRPA Program Manager Allison Colman. "Park and recreation professionals not only are leaders, but they are also healthcare workers, childcare providers, nutrition educators, coaches, mentors and role models," she writes.
Some Florida ranchers are turning to conservation easements to preserve their lands as wildlife habitats while maintaining their businesses. "Landowners that are interested in land-conservation easements know if they follow our guidance, they can still produce some cattle in an economically viable situation," said Roney Gutierrez of the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The National Recreation and Park Association has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Community Services Department in Eureka, Calif. The Commit to Health grant will help the city's after-school and summer-nutrition programs.
As reviews continue into Cincinnati's emergency response management, the city plans to upgrade technology and amend operating procedures. Changes will include upgrading the computer-assisted dispatch system, improving 9-1-1 dispatcher training and requiring call takers to provide more information.
Lake County, Ind., will implement Smart9-1-1 in July to allow residents to provide information on their homes, family members and more, but Porter County, which adopted the technology in 2011, is considering shutting down the program. Porter County officials say they haven't found it useful, but Lake County leaders say public-safety services need to use the newest technology to help citizens.
The MetroSafe 9-1-1 call center in Louisville, Ky., is looking for call takers and dispatchers to fill 11 remaining positions. The department is currently short by 24, but some of those vacancies will be filled by staff members now in training.
Sonoma County, Calif., will conduct an internal audit of its response to October 2017 wildfires, including its public alerts. The county will also restructure its emergency services division, creating new jobs to focus on a new community alert program.
A new tethered drone from AT&T can provide LTE coverage in harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow and winds up to 50 mph. "We've done quite a few things to it to ensure that it's robust, so it can operate not only in harsh environments but in threatening environments, as well," said Art Pregler, AT&T's unmanned aircraft systems program director.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for a $1 billion redevelopment at the historical Cook County Hospital in Chicago, a 102-year-old building with a Beaux Arts facade. The mixed-use development may contain medical, hotel, residential and retail space, as well as a museum, and Walsh Construction is the contractor for the long-vacant building.