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10/18/2017

A proposal has been submitted to let the lease run out on Great Waves Waterpark in Alexandria, Va., and replace it with a year-round attraction. A citizen advisory group made the recommendation citing expensive ongoing projects in the city and the possibility of creating a venue that could generate more revenue.

10/18/2017

States that have legalized marijuana use are moving to withhold tax revenue generated by pot sales from cities that implement local bans on the drug. Lawmakers in Oregon, California and Massachusetts have implemented or are working on plans to keep marijuana tax revenue from cities that ban or restrict sales.

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10/18/2017

The city of Myersville, Md., is stepping up to meet federal stormwater management rules, even as surrounding Frederick County contests the mandates. Myersville Town Planner Brandon Boldyga recommends starting with tree plantings on town-owned properties, followed by plantings on easements deeded to the town then outfall stabilization.

10/18/2017

The National Recreation and Park Association commissioned a survey of local government officials to determine how they rank budgeting for parks and recreation services. The survey found 83% of officials agree that services are worth what's budgeted, but most respondents say government does not make parks a high priority.

10/18/2017

The city of Pelham, Ala., has launched a smartphone app to help residents communicate with the city, receive notifications and view Oak Mountain State Park trail maps, among other services.

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10/18/2017

Kern County, California, departments will collaborate Saturday for Hart Park After Dark, a community event that encourages residents to get outside for rock painting, stargazing and photo opportunities.

10/18/2017

The Airlie Gardens Foundation worked alongside the New Hanover County in North Carolina to increase visitors by 15%, with rack cards and Facebook advertising among the credited factors.

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10/18/2017

The city of Kingsport, Tenn., has launched a marketing initiative through its Visit Kingsport tourism unit that encourages residents to explore certain locations and post selfies on social media using #CaptureKingsport. The "Selfie Trail" campaign will award some participants T-shirts for exploring areas such as Bays Mountain Park.

10/17/2017

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.

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10/17/2017

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.