Dallas parking lot to become park thanks to $16M donation | Ala. city hailed for park fundraiser | Calif. city encourages residents to install drought-resistant gardens
March 23, 2017
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Dallas parking lot to become park thanks to $16M donation
Dallas will convert a downtown parking lot into a park thanks to a development agreement with nonprofit Parks for Downtown Dallas, which is donating $16 million to build and endow the park. The city will cover the site remediation, which could cost as much as $1.6 million.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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“Thank God we don’t have to touch any more paper.”
Parks foreman Bill Novicki of Sandwich Park District, IL, saw his time spent on inspection reporting drop by 50% after his team started using this software. Many Parks departments have seen similar results once they go digital. Click to see the software CPSIs use to improve efficiency.
Around the Country
Ala. city hailed for park fundraiser
Cullman City Parks and Recreation's inaugural Dinner of First event last May raised $20,000 toward a new park for the Alabama city. The dinner was named by the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association as the Innovative Program or Event of the Year.
Parks & Recreation magazine (3/2017) 
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Calif. city encourages residents to install drought-resistant gardens
Long Beach, Calif., is teaching residents about water efficiency and drought resistance with demonstration gardens. Residents who drought-proof their yards through the city's Lawn-to-Garden Turf Replacement program can receive up to $3,750, plus $750 more for a drip-irrigation install.
Route Fifty (3/22) 
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Social Equity
St. Louis to raze buildings, create green space
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will tear down derelict buildings and replace them with green space to absorb rain. The program is focusing on the north side of the city.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/23) 
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Public Policy and Grants
Master plan for waterfront park approved for N.C. city
A master plan for a waterfront park has been approved by Wilmington, N.C., officials. The park would include a performance venue, beer gardens and retail space.
Port City Daily (Wilmington, N.C.) (3/22) 
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State grant to fund playground renovations at N.C. park
The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority has awarded a grant of nearly $265,000 to Rowan County's Ellis Park for a playground renovation. It is one of 18 projects sharing $3 million in grants.
WBTV-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (3/22) 
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Leadership and Management
Authenticity means you can have multiple communication styles
Women don't need to adopt all the communication styles of men or use only one style, but it's clear that they face higher expectations, or what Andrea Kramer and Alton Harris call the "Goldilocks dilemma." "Because workplaces are so suffused with gender bias, women need to have both a forceful, decisive style and an inclusive style -- and probably many others -- at the ready," they write.
Fast Company online (3/20) 
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Serious cuts to park and recreation funding in proposed budget
Last week, President Trump released his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018. To redirect funding to other priorities, the president has suggested deep cuts and even elimination of federal programs that support local parks and recreation. In a statement, NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane expressed our disappointment in the suggested cuts as they threaten key environmental and community programs. On NRPA's Open Space blog, NRPA's Public Policy Team breaks down the cuts and what they could mean for the field. The bottom line: The time is now to reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to support our priorities.
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