Cleveland Metroparks Ceo Brian Zimmerman Elected To The American Academy For Park And Recreation Administration

August 31, 2020

Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian M. Zimmerman has been elected into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), a national organization dedicated to the advancement of parks and recreation. Zimmerman will be inducted at the Academy’s virtual Annual Meeting in October.

AAPRA is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization of 125 elected practitioners and educators who are leaders in the field of parks and recreation. Together, Academy members help advance the public parks and recreation field through education, research and promotion. Zimmerman will be one of five members representing the state of Ohio.

“The Class of 2020 is a great addition to the Academy,” said 2020 President Dianne Hoover of Bakersfield, California. “It is one of most diverse classes the Academy has ever inducted with professionals and educators from eight different states – all of which have superior career experience and a dedication to improving the quality of

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Park Avenue House owner gets the OK to turn lower-income hotel into an upscale Hilton

State and City of Detroit officials have approved $6.1 million in economic development incentives to turn a 13-story residential hotel in downtown that recently housed lower and moderate-income tenants into an upscale Hilton hotel.

a store in a brick building: The former Park Avenue House in Detroit sits empty near Comerica Park just outside of downtown Detroit, photographed on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.

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The former Park Avenue House in Detroit sits empty near Comerica Park just outside of downtown Detroit, photographed on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.

The development group, Downtown Hospitality Detroit LLC, is planning a $50-million overhaul of the old Park Avenue House, 2305 Park Ave., to turn it into a 172-room “Tapestry Collection by Hilton” hotel featuring a first-floor restaurant and a cafe.


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The building would be renamed Royal Palm Hotel, which was its original name when it opened in 1924 as a Louis Kamper-designed property for prominent Detroit hotel developer Lew Tuller.

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City of Norwalk Suspends all City-Sponsored Events and Programming through June as a Result of State Guidelines

The City continues to adopt guidelines recommended by Governor Gavin Newsom and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  The City’s proactive and aggressive measures are being implemented to help slow the transmission of COVID-19.

As part of ongoing evaluations and in an abundance of caution and adhering to state guidelines, the City has suspended all City-sponsored public events and programming through June, including the Independence Day Pageant. Further, the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex will remain closed effective March 13 until further notice. 

As information on coronavirus evolves, the City will continue sharing information and expanding preparedness measures to ensure the safety of its residents and employees.

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Bill Kearns
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