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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Celebrate the Season with Fall Activities and Classes from Lacey Parks & Recreation

As leaves turn to fiery hues and pumpkins appear on neighborhood doorsteps, Lacey Parks & Recreation is ready for a fall season full of education and recreation. Whether it’s a family-friendly activity box, at-home cookie decorating kit, or exploring the city’s parks on a spooky scavenger hunt, Lacey Parks & Recreation staff have adapted operations to ensure safe, fall activities for Lacey residents and families.

Back by popular demand, the At Home Cookie Decorating Kits will be available with a fall twist. Each cookie decorating kit will include four cookies, frosting and toppings, in addition to a step-by step video tutorial. Photo courtesy: Lacey Parks & Recreation

To accommodate social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lacey Parks & Recreation team have renovated their entire programming schedule, and modified many in-person events, fitness classes, and after-school programs. Jeanette Sieler, the recreation supervisor for Lacey Parks & Recreation

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Parks and Recreation volunteer tests positive for COVID-19

In a press release, Missoula Parks and Recreation announced that one of their volunteers tested positive for COVID-19.

The volunteer last exposure to participants was Sept. 9th.

The Missoula City-County Health Department’s investigation indicates the potential exposure is limited to fewer than 15 participants within a specific recreation program.

MCCHD is responsible for contacting the affected families.

Families do not need to contact Parks and Recreation or the Health Department to inquire if they qualify as a close contact.

Parks and Recreation has notified program participants about MCCHD’s ongoing case investigation. Based on the case investigation results to date, program cancellations or facility closures are not recommended.

The program in question takes place outdoors in a City park.

The Health Department is working closely with the volunteer and affected program participants regarding quarantine requirements, testing, and returning to the activity.

Parks officials say this is the first and only COVID-19

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Registration now open for Dare County Parks and Recreation fall activities

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) Registration is now open for a variety of Dare County Parks and Recreation programs and activities scheduled for the fall season.

Available activities for children and adults at the Northern Beach Division include Youth Soccer, Youth Gymnastics, Kids Garden Club 1 and Kids Garden Club 2, Kickball Club, Smart Start Soccer, Disc Golf Club, Smart Start Football, Adult Co-Ed Softball and All Sports with Coastal Soccer School.  

Available activities for the Roanoke Island/Mainland Division include boys, girls and co-ed youth soccer for children ages 5 to 15.

Available activities for the Hatteras Island Division also include youth soccer for children ages 5-12.

For detailed information regarding scheduling for specific activities, view the Dare County Parks and Recreation Department newsletter for your division by clicking the appropriate link below:

Registration Information:

The registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, or registration closes once a program is full.

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Local communities to receive $5 million for Parks and Recreation Projects, Gov. Cooper Announces

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) Governor Roy Cooper announced N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund has awarded nearly $5 million in grants to fund 16 local parks and recreation projects across the state.

The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority approved the grants at its meeting held today via conference call.

“Local parks and greenways have been a safe place for North Carolinians to relax, exercise, and improve their quality of life during the stress of the pandemic,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “These grants will add and expand parks, trails, and recreational facilities to communities across our state, creating opportunities to enjoy North Carolina’s natural beauty.”

Local communities applied for the grants to fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas.

N.C. Parks and Recreation Authority considered 66 grant applications requesting $20.5 million.

Each year, the Authority is required to allocate 30% of its total funding

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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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Royal Oak Parks, Recreation & Senior Services Advisory Board Meets Thursday


The Royal Oak Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Advisory Board will hold a meeting at 7:00p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020

On April 1, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-33, which declared both a state of emergency and a state of disaster across the State of Michigan due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans, can spread easily from person to person, and can result in serious illness or death. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, to protect the public health, and provide essential protections to vulnerable Michiganders, it is crucial that all Michiganders take steps to limit in-person contact. The critical mitigation measures include social distancing and limiting the number of people interacting at public gatherings. Therefore, the September 17, 2020 Royal

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Winston-Salem native, former parks and recreation supervisor dies of cancer at 62

Art Blevins, a former supervisor with the Winston-Salem Department of Parks and Recreation died of pancreatic cancer at 62 years old.


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Blevins worked with the department for 38 years, most of it as the supervisor at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center.

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Click the video player above to learn more about the life of Art Blevins.

“We were blessed for some many years in the community with an angel,” said Tim Grant, a retired director. “He did the things to really make an impact upon young people. He never gave up on you. If you made a mistake. He gave you another chance. If you made another mistake, he gave you another chance.”

Grant said Belvins would go above and beyond, taking kids to see games at Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University.

Harry Giles III, who is from Winston-Salem, played with Duke and is

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South Suburban Parks and Recreation program fills gap for hybrid learning

When the Douglas County School District made the decision to only offer hybrid learning this year, it left many working parents scrambling. So South Suburban Parks and Recreation saw a way to help by extending their summer camp program into the fall.

“We just saw the need and wanted to provide a service to the community that would be beneficial to everybody,” said Jessica Skiera, family services coordinator for South Suburban Parks and Recreation.

School Dayz is currently being offered at the Lone Tree Recreation Center. Most of the students are in the Douglas County School District, but South Suburban is ready to open the Goodson Recreation Center in Centennial if other schools or districts in the area have to close.

“Most kids are coming two or three days a week, and we let them get on their zoom calls and help with their paper homework,” said Skiera.

They also

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Shawnee County Parks and Recreation pulls the plug on Spirit of Kansas fireworks display – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

After delays and continued hope that they would still be able to hold the annual Spirit of Kansas fireworks display, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation officials on Monday announced that plans for the public event have ultimately fizzled out.

“We did our best, working with the county commissioners and county health officials to schedule the event safely, first on July 4 and then again in the fall,” said Tim Laurent, Parks and Recreation director. “However, an increase in COVID-19 cases each time made canceling the event in the interest of public health the prudent decision.”

County officials had held off on canceling the fireworks display, and the Shawnee County Commission voted 2-1 to postpone the aerial fireworks shortly before its regular Fourth of July date. Commissioners had suggested Sept. 11 as a new date and

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