HOW IMPORTANT ARE ROCHESTER’S PARKS? City council candidates discuss future of Med City recreation

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — As more people head outside because of the pandemic, parks have never been more valuable in the Med City.
However, should $2 million go towards them if it will cost homeowners more?

Katrina Pulham and Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick are both running for the Ward 4 City Council seat and use the parks in their neighborhoods. The potential increase of around $33 a year for homeowners has one candidate warning now is not the time for park improvements.

Yet the candidates can agree on a few things.

“I think the parks need help.,” Kirkpatrick said. “I think the parks need community input for what this referendum is going to do.”

“I don’t feel like we’ve touched the surface of what we could have for our park system here,” Pulham agreed.

Some people feel this year is not the right time.

“My problem with this referendum is that

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Braun, ACRA recognized by gov’s office; COVID messaging, outdoor recreation opportunities kept Aspen open, safe | News

Debbie Braun, president and CEO of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Colorado Tourism last week.

Additionally, the ACRA team was given the Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative Award for achieving gold-level status from the International Mountain Bike Association for mountain bike routes throughout the valley.

The awards were announced at a governor’s tourism conference at Red Rocks Amphitheater with attendees logging in virtually from throughout the state. The announcement of Braun’s achievement came as a surprise to her, when a video rolled showcasing Aspen and her team.

“It is a lot to surprise me,” Braun said.”I cried. And I don’t cry over stuff like that.”

The state tourism office cited her “swift and ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis” in contributing to the recognition, as well as ongoing procurement of marketing funding for Aspen, her her 20-year career with ACRA and overseeing

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What Oregon outdoor recreation areas are closed due to wildfires?

As wildfires continue to rage across Oregon, outdoor recreation areas are beginning to temporarily shut down to the public.

Some land management agencies are instituting blanket closures to access and recreation, including the Mount Hood and Willamette national forests, while others are shutting down select parks that are either being evacuated or closed as a precaution.

Virtually all recreation areas in Oregon have also instituted fire restrictions to some extent, including complete bans on campfires and open flames in some areas.

Poor air quality caused by smoke from several wildfires may also make outdoor recreation unsafe. On Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory for the Willamette Valley, Oregon coast, southern Oregon and southwest Washington. Check the current air quality levels here.

This post will be updated as the situation continues to unfold and more information comes in.


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LDAF’s Indian Creek Recreation Area to reopen

(LDAF) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF’s) Indian Creek Recreation Area is scheduled to reopen Thursday, September 17, 2020. The popular recreation area was closed August 26, 2020, in preparation for Hurricane Laura which ravaged parts of Louisiana including Indian Creek.

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FILE: Indian Creek

“We are eager to see our visitors again. Indian Creek Recreation Area sustained a significant amount of tree damage and our staff has been working tirelessly to get the area cleaned up,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M.

Indian Creek Recreation Area, located in Woodworth, La., offers primitive camping, RV sites with water and electricity, beaches, fishing in Indian Creek Lake and a children’s playground. Other amenities include bathrooms, laundry facilities, handicap parking, boat launch, canoe rentals, Wi-Fi (in RV area) and a covered pavilion which is available for rent. Indian Creek is managed by

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‘Exciting display’ of foliage expected in Vermont, recreation officials say

Officials with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation released the group’s first foliage report last week, and it features some good news for soon-to-be leaf peepers.

a large green field with a mountain in the background: FILE - Foliage in Vermont, as seen from Hogback Mountain

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FILE – Foliage in Vermont, as seen from Hogback Mountain

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The report says several factors have contributed to predictions of a strong foliage season — strong growth last year, a dry Spring season and a lack of forest pests.

“Although many factors contribute to the vibrancy and length of Vermont’s foliage season and some are yet to unfold, conditions so far point to an exciting display of color again this year,” wrote Michael Snyder, commissioner of DFPR.

Additional updates are expected from the group each week as fall kicks off and the bright colors of foliage continue to pop up.

While foliage season typically runs

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Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act supports local economy and recreation | Columnists

Our recreational economy is big business in our neck of the woods. The folks who come to Seeley and Ovando to fish, hunt, snowmobile or float positively impact all of us. The BCSA would add new, desirable snowmobile access in the Otatsy, which is a prized area due to its northeast facing steep slopes that retain stable snow much longer into the season. The Rice Ridge fire opened up new riding terrain in the area, and through funds with the recently passed Great American Outdoors Act, we can now do needed clearing of deadfall for safety and access.

In the summer, our streams and rivers are flooded with anglers and recreationalists, and the protections the BCSA would provide for headwaters streams like Monture Creek and the North Fork of the Blackfoot would be a safety net for the historic Blackfoot River. We’ve lived here long enough to remember when the

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A look at fall recreation programs in Dover, Sherborn and Medfield – News – Dover-Sherborn Press

The scramble continues.

After canceling and changing programs for the spring and summer because of the coronavirus pandemic, recreation department directors continue to keep one eye on the pandemic while staging programs for the fall.

“We want to make sure we do it correctly and safely,” said Medfield’s Recreation Department director, Kevin Ryder.

For the fall, Ryder said he and his staff are offering programs suitable for those working from home, as well as students in remote learning.

“We’re trying to navigate through all this,” he said.

Most of Medfield’s programs will be offered outdoors, with the Pfaff Center available in case of rain.

This includes morning yoga at Hinkley Swim Pond and a fitness boot camp, both led by local fitness instructors, as well as Puddlestompers nature exploration classes for toddlers, soccer leagues, after-school and music classes.

In all cases, face masks and social distancing will be required.


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Denver Parks and Recreation partners with CSU to create a greener Denver

Denver Parks and Recreation and Colorado State University announced Sept. 17 that they have entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation to support and advance efforts in climate resilience, habitat and equitable access to green space.

The Salazar Center will work closely with park planners and other City and County of Denver departments to identify, share and advance best practices for applying natural solutions, alongside a health equity lens, to reduce the impacts of global warming on the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

“The CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation shares in our vision to enhance natural systems to improve community health and support climate resilience,” said Happy Haynes, executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation. “We look forward to our partnership and their assistance in providing the research and technical expertise to improve the long-term health and resilience of Denver’s landscapes and

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DNR to reopen Eastern Washington recreation lands on Friday

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will reopen all recreation lands east of the Cascades to recreation starting Friday.

Eastside recreation was closed on September 8 due to critical wildfire danger. Fire danger has decreased slightly, but DNR would like to stress how important it is to stay diligent when it comes to fire safety.

“We are optimistic the weather will continue to cooperate, allowing us to reopen eastside recreation areas closed due to extreme wildfire danger and the risk to the public as they enter those lands through wildfire-impacted roads and towns,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “I urge everyone to continue to follow all safety regulations, the statewide burn ban and target shooting ban, keeping in mind it only takes one

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Mark Twain National Forest seeking feedback on recreation plan

Document: Mark Twain National Forest Draft Five-Year Recreation Facility Strategy


The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service has extended the public comment period on a draft of its five-year Recreation Facility Strategy for Mark Twain National Forest.

The public has until Oct. 17 to submit comments related to the plan, which outlines some of the changes the national forest is considering.

The Dry Fork Horse Camp, Pine Ridge Campground and Carrington Pits Picnic Site are some of the MTNF recreation sites near Fulton.

According to the draft plan, which can be found at, the USDA is considering adding a host site at Pine Ridge for Pine Ridge and Dry Fork.

Costs associated with the campground projects include $6,750 for a septic system, water line and gravel parking pad, as well as $200 to replace the information board roof at Pine Ridge.

A camping fee is being considered

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