Sandboxes have been removed from 16 of 19 playgrounds in San Francisco that were renovated during the past 10 years. The city doesn't have an official policy against sandboxes, says Phil Ginsburg, the city Recreation and Park Department's general manager.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has contracted with researchers at the University of Florida to stun or kill invasive iguanas. The researchers are allowed to kill iguanas under state law provided the method is humane.
The Anahuak Youth Sports Association and The City Project in Los Angeles use soccer to gather immigrants, bolster struggling communities and help them organize. "Parks and recreation provides a space for immigrants to come together and build community, forming the tapestry that is the United States," writes Robert Garcia of The City Project.
Brooklyn Park, Minn., officials have approved a $54,000 feasibility study to examine the costs and design options for an aquatic center. The city lacks a standalone government-owned pool, and residents rejected a ballot measure on the matter more than 20 years ago.
The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has awarded a $250,000 grant to West Columbia for a playground accessible to those of all abilities. The playground will feature butterfly and scent gardens, a nature play area, and accessible play equipment and surfaces that will make it easier to maneuver wheelchairs or walkers.
Clinton, Mo., officials are looking into the reason for an error in which Henry County dispatchers sent a police officer to the wrong address, 20 miles from the originating call, where he ended up being shot to death. One potential cause could be if the caller used a Voice over Internet Protocol phone, which relies on the internet and can give the wrong location if a user moves and does not update the registration address.
In a recent status update, FirstNet said that as the FirstNet partnership with AT&T nears its first anniversary, the companies are continuing to build out the core network. AT&T said it will equip about one-third of its cell sites with Band 14 equipment this year.
Google has finished a study in 50 emergency communications centers in Texas, Tennessee and Florida of its Android ELS technology, which sends location information from Android phones to 9-1-1 services. Christy Williams, 9-1-1 director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, said she saw positive results with fast and accurate location services.
City commissioners in Atchison, Kan., have selected interim city manager Becky Berger to fill the post of city manager on a permanent basis. Berger previously served as Atchison's assistant city manager and finance director.
Voters in most Polk County, Iowa, cities have rejected a proposal to raise the local sales tax by one cent, an increase the county expected would generate $79 million a year for parks, trails and street improvements. City officials are now expected to raise the property tax rate by 20 cents to generate revenue instead.