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6/26/2019

Members of Baltimore's city council and ethics board are considering changes in the wake of former Mayor Catherine Pugh's resignation. Members of the volunteer ethics board want to strengthen ethics rules, and the city council is looking to place the ethics board under the purview of the Inspector General's Office.

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6/26/2019

Plans were filed to build an Infinity Trampoline Park on a former factory site in Buckie, Scotland. The project will include a large trampoline building and a space for a house parkour area, a ninja warrior course and a cafe.

6/26/2019

The city council in Laconia, N.H., this week approved regulations that will require short-term lodging site hosts to obtain city permission, perform safety inspections and provide guests with on-site parking. The new rules will also limit the number of such rentals permitted in each part of the city.

6/26/2019

Officials have released concepts for parks in Southwest Minneapolis that include areas for playing multiple sports as well as new plants and other features. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is gathering input through community meetings and a survey, and a vote on the plan will take place later this summer.

6/26/2019

Previous studies on whether parks reduce crime in communities have shown mixed results, and new research has taken a deeper look at the issue. "Parks that are designed for safety, heavily programmed on an ongoing basis and well maintained tend to attract residents whose presence serves as a crime deterrent," write researchers Lincoln Larson and S. Scott Ogletree.

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The Conversation (US)
6/26/2019

The Hush City app helps people find quiet places within busy urban areas in the hopes of getting away from stress-causing noise. It can help residents find quiet spots in parks, for example, or areas that are removed from the busiest streets.

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CityLab
6/26/2019

Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation has shared its findings from a survey about the city's parks, facilities and programs. The majority of respondents indicated they are satisfied with the value of the park system, but many said they would favor investment in trails and aquatic recreation.

6/26/2019

The #GoPlayHSV campaign in Huntsville, Ala., will encourage residents to visit the city's park and recreation centers through weekly challenges. Those participants will be encouraged to share pictures on social media and could win weekly prizes.

6/26/2019

The Oklahoma Fishing Trail is a new program that aims to encourage tourism to Oklahoma for its diverse fishing opportunities. The program includes a website that will allow visitors to view maps of fishing locations.

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Tulsa World (Okla.)
6/25/2019

The Asian Lantern festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo incorporates 40 new interactive displays for guests to explore. The organization is hosting the event to create a unique experience for visitors that includes giant inflated lanterns and Asian-inspired food.