Works of art now adorn roundabouts in downtown Sarasota, Fla., a city that prides itself on its support for the arts. The roundabouts are designed to make the city more welcoming to pedestrians and reflect Sarasota's civic nature.
City Manager Jane Foltz of Abilene, Kan., is retiring after a lengthy career that dates back to her days as a municipal lifeguard in 1975. Foltz returned to the city's parks and recreation department after graduating from Kansas State University and ultimately became city manager in January 2020.
Cincinnati's parks and recreation departments are asking the city for more money to pay for millions of dollars in deferred maintenance at recreation centers and park sites. Both departments have suffered revenue declines during the pandemic.
The Gathering Place waterfront park in Tulsa, Okla., was built using principles of accountability and diversity, equity and inclusion, and as a remembrance of the violence directed against the African American community 100 years ago, Mark Trieglaff writes. Planners worked with community groups to engage, educate and excite residents about the park, he writes.
Roan Mountain State Park in Tennessee is offering workshops this weekend that feature guided or forest meditation followed by a yoga class. Participants can earn points using the state park system's "Healthy Parks, Healthy Person" app.
Wetlands will be restored where the Chippewa Lake Amusement Park once operated in Medina County, Ohio. The county Park District hopes to retain aspects of the amusement park, such as the Ferris wheel.
Emergency dispatchers can improve their mental health and alleviate job-related stress by building resilience and taking better overall care of themselves, Audrey Fraizer writes. The National Emergency Number Association has several wellness resources for dispatchers, and it plans to issue its revised Acute/Traumatic and Chronic Stress Management Standard this year.
Chester County, S.C., dispatcher Telatha Graham, who is African American, says she "was on both ends of the fence" regarding the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements after her third cousin was killed by police. However, Graham says she believes love and unity can help reduce tensions, noting that at the end of the day, "everybody wants to go home."