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10/18/2018

Riverfront parks and recreation sites are the latest trend in Oregon as a way to transform former industrial sites into recreation areas. Some projects are incorporating economic development, such as Eugene's plan for housing, a hotel and restaurant connecting to a three-acre park.

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10/18/2018

The Parks and Recreation Department in Meriden, Conn., is promoting wellness with a twice-a-week outdoor full-body workout program at Meriden Green. The workout can be adjusted to accommodate age and activity levels.

10/18/2018

Tolay Lake Regional Park in Sonoma County, Calif., opens to the public Oct. 27, with local officials working with the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria on the project. "It's a precedent-setting model, whereby when we say co-manage, we will be sitting with the county determining together how the park is going to be used, for what purposes and what's going to be done," said Greg Sarris of the Graton Racheria.

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10/18/2018

A renovation of Hawk Ridge Park in Raymore, Mo., has begun with a spring completion target. The upgrade will add an inclusive Hawk's Nest playground, amphitheater, boardwalk, fishing dock and a trail around the lake.

10/18/2018

A park is being built in Shreveport, La., thanks to a $1.2 million grant awarded by the Economic Development Agency. Construction on the Common Park is expected to take at least six months, and officials hope to raise funds to pay for additional features.

10/18/2018

Denver has become the first city in Colorado capable of getting location information directly from devices through a partnership with RapidSOS. Athena Butler, Denver's 9-1-1 director, said smartphone owners should download the most recent software updates to ensure compatibility with the location-sharing option.

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10/18/2018

Ron and Jill Plush, whose son died six months ago after his calls to 9-1-1 did not trigger urgent notices to dispatchers because he was not enrolled in Smart9-1-1, have made public service announcements to encourage people to sign up. Cincinnati City Council member Amy Murray said she wants the service, which gives first responders additional information, to be promoted at school assemblies.

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10/18/2018

Sanders County, Mont., has been using the Hyper-Reach mass-notification system since Aug. 1, funded by $5,000 from grants, the county budget and 9-1-1 funds. County emergency manager Bill Naegeli said the system is especially helpful for disseminating information, because the police force is relatively small for such a large area.

10/18/2018

The police chief and the fire chief in Bozeman, Mont., support a proposed $36 million public safety location that would replace the Law and Justice Center, while Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin does not. Gootkin is concerned because the sheriff's office and the police department will no longer be co-located if voters approve the proposal.

10/18/2018

Law enforcement is still primarily charged with protecting public safety, but will need to "develop a more agile workforce and rely on an increasingly expanded ecosystem of partners" no matter the policing model, said the authors of an Accenture report. FirstNet senior adviser Bill Schrier said the heavy fieldwork involved in law enforcement will require a "mobile-first" outlook, but he noted the continued importance of communication skills for officers.

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