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1/21/2020

Hutchinson , Kan., city manager John Deardoff is considering options for how to replace the Atrium Hotel and Conference Center, which closed in December and left the city without conference space. The city is reportedly debating whether to buy and renew the existing facility or purchase something new.

1/21/2020

City Council members in Stockton, Calif., last week voted unanimously to hire former Cincinnati manager Harry Black to the city's top post. "Stockton is a city on the rise and I look forward to working with the community, Mayor, Council and staff in the pursuit of the Stockton of the future," Black said in a news release.

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1/21/2020

Recreation and park agencies can suffer greatly when technology breaks, so they should have backups for operational functions and be ready to notify residents of the problems, writes Hunter Pooser, recreation specialist with Parks, Recreation and Facilities in Marietta, Ga. "When systems are back to their usual operation, staff should use the provided tools to create new user accounts, perform registration processes, including transactions, and check in all participants," he writes.

1/21/2020

The Jefferson Park Recreation Center in East Point, Ga., hosted a day of service Monday in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day that included a job fair and wellness screenings. In Port St. Lucie, Fla., a Family Fun Day at Whispering Pines Park was "a way to offer a sense of community and have some fun," says David Schoen of the city's Parks & Recreation Department.

1/21/2020

Jesse Gibson, chairman of the Little Rock, Ark., Parks and Recreation Commission, says his group's ideal park is "a place you can go with a family and spend all day doing different things." He doesn't favor privatizing public space but argues public funding is essential to attract private donations.

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1/21/2020

Tina Moore and Paul Green have bought 700 acres near Devil's Den State Park in Arkansas and arranged for the property to be controlled by the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust. The move will also help preserve the quality of drinking water from the Lee Creek Reservoir.

1/21/2020

Adults with disabilities are playing in a kickball league created by the North Charleston, S.C., Recreation Department. Participants, including first responders, value the friendship and competition that the league provides.

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1/21/2020

Michigan residents will have to pay a dollar more for state park Recreation Passports beginning in March. The cost is $12 as part of renewing a vehicle registration and $17 otherwise.

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1/21/2020

More than 20 jurisdictions across Illinois' Cook, DuPage and Kane counties are receiving part of more than $32 million in state and federal grants announced Friday. The state grants are from the Illinois Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program, while the federal ones are through the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Recreational Trails Program.

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1/21/2020

The Charleston County Consolidated 9-1-1 Center in South Carolina got over 1,700 calls last year from people for whom English was not their main language. To serve these callers, nearly all of whom speak Spanish, the center uses a third-party translation service called Voiance.