Main Park in Windsor, Colo., has a two-story rope course, a zip line and accessible features, while structures at Woodbriar Park in Greeley emphasize nature play with an interactive sandbox, logs and water pump.
Cities can do a lot to address racial inconsistencies with regard to access to nature, writes Priya Cook of National League of Cities' Connecting Children to Nature program. Strategies to address inequities include getting community input and including nature in out-of-school activities.
The Zoo in Forest Park in Springfield, Mass., is on its way to welcoming at least 50,000 guests this year compared with 44,000 visitors in 2017. The rise in attendance is attributed to the introduction of new exhibits and animals, many of which were brought in for recovery.
Construction is about 20% in for the Yakima Rotary Aquatics Center at Chesterley Park in Yakima, Wash. The $20 million facility is expected to open by September and will feature a water slide, a lazy river, a lap and leisure pool and a fitness facility.
Older adults are often left out of parks and recreation programs, but there are ways to overcome the ageism shown by younger generations and senior citizens themselves, writes Bates McKinney of the Spartanburg County Parks Department in South Carolina. "Spartanburg County Parks realizes the importance of social equity for older adults and is working to achieve social equity on all seven dimensions of wellness: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical," McKinney writes.
A consulting firm recommended a regional 9-1-1 center be established to serve not only the agencies of Rockford, Ill., but also those of surrounding Winnebago County. The integrated center would be located at Winnebago County's existing 9-1-1 center, and the city's center could serve as a backup after integration.
First responders using the Axon Body 3 body camera, which is able to send live video, detect gunshots and upload evidence, will be able to use both AT&T FirstNet and Verizon's first responder network. First responder safety was a critical goal of the partnerships, both AT&T and Axon said.
Tourism and destination marketing is increasingly turning to social media and digital means, Dan Peltier writes. In Sonoma County, Calif., influencer marketing is helping to encourage outdoor recreation on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube.