The property of Cliveden, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, dates to 1767 and was the site of a Revolutionary War battle. The property highlights its history through tours, student activities, Eagle Scout projects and use as a public park.
Officials in Charleston County, S.C., are asking residents for feedback on proposed projects the county could undertake using greenbelt funds derived from a half-cent sales tax approved in 2004. One option is for the county to buy out properties that are prone to flooding and use them as conservation easements.
Many community parks aren't living up to their potential as places to promote public health, and a study by RAND Corp., City Parks Alliance and The Trust for Public Land has suggestions for improving visitor engagement. The study says parks need a better variety of features and activities, better marketing and offerings for different age groups.
More needs to be done to expand forested areas in Baltimore, write Katie Lautar and Miriam Avins of nonprofit Baltimore Green Space. "Despite all the value they provide, protections for forested land in Baltimore are minimal; municipal and individual action is needed," they write.
Two groups plan to build a park to commemorate Ford Hunger March of 1932, during which five people were killed when police and Ford Motor security guards fought with unemployed autoworkers. The Fort Street Bridge Park is still about $300,000 away from its funding goal.
Three playgrounds will be built in Pendleton, Ore., thanks to a grant pledge by playground builder GameTime to match the city's spending on equipment. The playgrounds will help replace five shut down two years ago because the equipment wasn't safe.
Background checks are key for making decisions on hiring or placing volunteers, but one problem with the process is that data reporting isn't standardized. Try to get data from multiple sources, and have a plan for screening data for quality.
Leaders can't build a great team unless they are willing to delegate, solicit ideas and thank people for them, and let people take action on those ideas, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Employees rally around leaders who allow them to learn through doing and raise them up when they've done well," he writes.
New poll shows growing demand for nontraditional rec programs
As community needs continue to grow and expand, so do the programs and services offered by local park and recreation agencies. A recent Park Pulse poll conducted by NRPA found that most people agree recreation centers should offer a wide variety of services, such as healthy living classes, programming directed toward older adults, nature-based activities, arts and crafts opportunities, access to computers and the internet, inclusive facilities for all abilities and needs, and health clinics. Read more in our press release.