The National Recreation and Park Association is one of three partners in a national campaign to ensure all citizens have a park or similar space within a 10-minute walk. NRPA "has an incredible reach -- to park directors and park departments across the country -- as well as the on-the-ground experience to help implement this campaign," said Will Rogers, president and CEO of the Trust for Public Land.
The New York City Parks and Recreation Department will run a website providing information and support to urban farmers and community gardeners starting July 1.
The Chicago Park District held numerous public input meetings before presenting three options for redeveloping Jackson Park and the South Shore Cultural Center. Residents at the latest public meeting were asked for feedback on each proposal.
The National Park Service and National Park Foundation hired marketing firm Grey New York several years ago to manage public outreach, social media and other online content to increase donations. Corporate backing and fundraising from millennials are two ways the groups have brought in money.
Christmas Tree Lane, a project sponsored by the Batavia Park District in Illinois, has been held for 20 years. This year's contest called for people to like their favorite tree on the district's Facebook page.
A connected vehicle pilot project is being implemented in Tampa, Fla.; it will be funded partly by the US Department of Transportation. The agency will put radios and computers in more than 1,600 vehicles to enable better traffic signal response.
Misconceptions about the nature of emergency-dispatch jobs leave Berkeley County, Md., officials struggling to hire enough staff to respond to a rising tide of 911 calls, says central dispatch director Mary Kackley. "The job is much more than what people believe it to be," she said, adding that many people don't view the job as a career.
Officials in Louisville, Colo., are appointing Heather Balser to serve permanently as city manager. Balser has worked for the city for 20 years, including stints as deputy city manager, assistant city manager and interim city manager.
A $44 million recreation center in Denver will open Jan. 8 and features an outdoor climbing wall, a children's pool area and more. "It's the first urban rec center [in Denver] in terms of going vertical -- having a gymnasium over the pool," said John Martinez, deputy executive director of recreation.
The new Darby, Mont., Parks and Recreation Committee will oversee the town's public spaces and create park programs to attract more visitors. "We don't want it to be a dying community," said Shelby Rogala, who has been hired as community outreach coordinator.