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6/19/2018

A quarter-mile stretch of Rail Park in Philadelphia has opened as part of a planned three-mile elevated park. City officials said the park will bring economic development, though there isn't a timetable for future construction phases.

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6/19/2018

A $750,000 accessible playground is being built in the Lake Highlands neighborhood of Dallas through public bond funding and private donations. The playground is scheduled to open in September.

6/19/2018

The 1.5-acre Sara J. Gonzalez Park in Atlanta will reopen this summer after $300,000 was raised to make improvements, including bringing the park in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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6/19/2018

A Florida judge has ruled against state lawmakers, saying they went against the voter-approved 2014 Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative during the budget process by spending money on uses besides creating parks, restoring land and making land purchases. An appeal is possible.

6/19/2018

The Wood County Park District Board in Ohio has decided to convert Carter Historic Farm into wetlands through a $300,000 grant from the Black Swamp Conservancy. The project will start with creating 10 acres of wetlands to prevent runoff into the Touissant River.

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6/19/2018

Recreation therapists can use parks and recreation facilities and programs to help people gain access to physical and occupational therapy, writes Anthony Martino. He argues for licensing the profession.

6/19/2018

The dispatch center at the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department in Michigan has begun using Smart9-1-1 to provide more details to first responders in emergencies. The county received grant funding to implement the program.

6/19/2018

The Middleburg Heights Police Department in Ohio hired an experienced dispatcher through the city's new lateral transfer hiring process. Officials say the process saves time and money.

6/19/2018

An appeals court in Maryland said police must keep recordings of anonymous 9-1-1 calls tipping police off to illegal activity. The court overturned a gun possession conviction because there was no recording of the anonymous call and the dispatcher's report did not give police enough of a reason to stop the man eventually convicted.

6/19/2018

The Tennessee cities that participate in the McMinn County E9-1-1 center are discussing a new agreement and funding plan for the center, as the current agreement expires at the end of June. Some cities are concerned about funding increases without full transparency of the center's budget.