Parks grapple with the popularity of outdoor music festivals | Orlando, Fla., to convert old school into rec center | Md. county installing shade structures at 4 playgrounds
December 7, 2017
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Parks grapple with the popularity of outdoor music festivals
Parks and public lands can benefit from the growing popularity of outdoor music festivals, but the Las Vegas shooting and other incidents have raised concerns about security and the costs associated with it, says City Parks Alliance board member Eric Tamulonis. "The use of public parks for music festivals and other major events remains viable at this point," he writes.
Parks & Recreation magazine (12/2017) 
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Around the Country
Orlando, Fla., to convert old school into rec center
A land swap between the city of Orlando, Fla., and the Orange County school district means the former Grand Avenue School will be turned into a recreation center. The renovated school will house a pottery studio, a youth-mentoring program and a 900-seat gym.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (12/6) 
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Md. county installing shade structures at 4 playgrounds
Structures will be built at four playgrounds in Howard County, Md., to offer park users shade. The structures will be paid for by the county's Health Department.
The Baltimore Sun (12/4) 
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Baseball complex planned for Milwaukee
Nonprofit Journey House and Milwaukee County Parks are partnering transform Baran Park into a baseball complex that would promote athletics and academics. The proposed facility would include three youth fields, a T-ball field and a high school field.
OnMilwaukee (12/6) 
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Health and Wellness
Walking in parks healthier than on busy streets, study finds
Long walks on streets with lots of traffic and pollution don't do much to improve heart or respiratory health, a new study has found. Adults over 60 who walked for two hours a day on a busy street saw less improvement in lung capacity and heart benefits than those who walked in quieter, less polluted areas, like parks.
CNN (12/5),  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (12/6) 
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N.Y. state park to expand with purchase of 400 acres
New York state has purchased 400 acres of land in Orange County that will be added to Schunnemunk State Park. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the purchase will preserve the area's natural habitat while opening up new trails.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (12/7) 
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Public Policy and Grants
Pa. awards grants to more than 200 community parks projects
More than 200 recreational and conservation projects throughout Pennsylvania will share $44 million in grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Additional funding has been awarded to the state's Heritage Area projects.
Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh) (12/5) 
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Leadership and Management
Good leaders understand the value of emotions
Good leaders don't ignore the emotions of subordinates or themselves, writes Steve McKee. "A great deal of internal tension, lack of alignment, turf battles and even working at cross-purposes can result from unaddressed emotional undercurrents, and a leader who is blind to these dynamics (willingly or otherwise) won't be a leader for long," he writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (12/6) 
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Community members transform contaminated land into oasis
Community members transform contaminated land into oasis
On the NRPA’s Open Space blog, NRPA and Southwest Airlines grantee Roseann Bongiovanni of GreenRoots in Chelsea, Mass., shares how her organization is engaging the community in revitalizing a contaminated parcel of land into a natural playground that will incorporate green infrastructure. Buy-in from all types of community members is key and engaging youth is essential. Read more.
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