Two outdoor pickleball courts at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park in Hilliard, Ohio, have attracted older players since opening in August. "It is vital in this COVID-19 environment to grow local outdoor-recreation opportunities," with the closure of the city's indoor pickleball courts, says Hilliard Parks and Recreation Department Director Ed Merritt.
The Douglasville, Ga., Parks and Recreation Department has been pursuing social equity during the pandemic by giving families bags of activities to do at home and providing mobile playgrounds, Assistant Director Christopher Bass writes. The department has also conducted an analysis of its services to be used in further equity efforts.
New Mexico's Outdoor Equity Fund has awarded 25 grants totaling $261,863 to organizations that introduce low-income young people to outdoor recreation. "It's about youth learning about their community, where they came from, why it's really important to take care of these special places," grant application reviewer Gabe Vasquez said.
Sixteen local recreation and park projects in North Carolina are receiving a total of almost $5 million from the state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. The grants range from $72,500 to $500,000 and must be matched.
Mayors from a group of Canadian cities bordering the US have met with Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair to press him to keep the international border closed to nonessential traffic. Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop says that the closure has significant economic effects on his town, but the severity of the pandemic must be considered.
Police detectives in Holland, Mich., will drive a Tesla Model 3, which can travel around 300 miles on one charge. "Yes, there's a higher front end cost on this, but the fuel savings alone is generally pretty significant," said Mayor Nathan Bocks.
Public Works Director Steve Grenier of Green Bay, Wis., says the city was able to increase the size of its municipal roadwork program by 20%, compared with last year, because of a $20 annual wheel tax implemented in 2018. If the city chooses to impose a sales tax to do more roadwork in the future, there will need to be a state law change.
Officials in Westbrook, Maine, are meeting with state authorities to discuss remediation plans for a portion of river blocked by a landslide last week. A flash flood watch was issued after the slide occurred, but the risk of flooding has since abated.
Local and state leaders are stepping up plans to ease the pandemic's financial impact on communities after shutdowns left residents unemployed and struggling to find work. Local scholarships and educational "promise" programs, pipelines to connect educational institutions with in-demand industries and funds for customized training can help ensure communities' skills match those sought by employers, write John Austin and Brad Hershbein.
Rodger Worthen, city administrator of Riverdale, Utah, died Sept. 13 at age 57. "He encouraged us," said City Attorney Steve Brooks, who noted Worthen's supportiveness.
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