Social cohesion and equity should be key values of any conservation effort involving recreation and parks, write Viniece Jennings and Na'Taki Osborne Jelks. They highlight a project in Atlanta that successfully combines environmental education, green space conservation and environmental justice.
The Dallas Park and Recreation Board has unanimously named interim leader John Jenkins to be permanent director of the city's Park and Recreation Department. Jenkins has worked for the department for 25 years.
The Downtown Angola Coalition in Indiana has received a $5,000 grant from the state Office of Community and Rural Affairs to develop a pocket park. The park will feature a pollinator garden and container gardens, among other amenities.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum of Mexico City has ordered nonessential businesses such as shopping malls and department stores to close in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. The city is also closing all large public parks.
Dispatchers in New York City have been fielding record numbers of 911 calls, resulting in holds and longer wait times for less urgent calls. More than 1,000 of the city's police officers have tested positive for coronavirus along with 282 other emergency responders, making it even more difficult to respond promptly to calls.
Officials in Coos Bay and Coos County, Ore., have passed legislation banning nonessential travel in the region and asking hotels and motels to restrict lodging to those providing essential services. "We want to have those nurses, doctors, and truck drivers coming in, we just don't want people who are just coming down here recreationally," says Coos County Commissioner Melissa Cribbins.
Officials in Carson, Calif., are asking the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to shut down county bus services in an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus. The city is working with ride-hailing service Lyft to provide city-subsidized transportation for residents after a Metro bus driver died from COVID-19 and two others tested positive.
Residents of Washington, Ind., will need to book their public transit rides ahead of time starting this week, and rides will be limited to essential trips such as medical visits and grocery shopping trips, says Washington Street Commissioner and Transit Manager Bryan Sergesketter. "We want to be able to continue to offer rides to those who really have a need to get somewhere," Sergesketter adds.
The city of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., officially hired Carisse LeJeune to fill the post of deputy city manager last week. "We are delighted to welcome her and her skills to our administrative team as we now face difficult challenges and rapid growth in our community," said City Manager Mell Smigielski.
Officials in Routt County, Colo., have named a temporary replacement for City Manager Tom Sullivan, who retired from his post in March after serving the city for nearly two decades. Mark Collins, former city administrator in Sheridan, Wyo., will serve as interim city manager until a permanent replacement is hired.