Artists create fruit parks | Vt. task force to study economic opportunities in recreation | Minneapolis parks promote reading with Little Free Libraries
June 22, 2017
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Artists create fruit parks
A pair of artists have installed fruit trees at parks across the country, with the latest in Los Angeles. David Burns and Austin Young began Fallen Fruit in 2004, and their first fruit park opened in El Segundo, Calif., in 2013.
KQED (6/20) 
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Vt. task force to study economic opportunities in recreation
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has signed an executive order establishing a task force to figure out how to capitalize on recreational opportunities. Vermont's state parks brought in $6.3 million last year.
The Stowe Reporter (Vt.) (6/22) 
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Minneapolis parks promote reading with Little Free Libraries
Several Minneapolis organizations have helped create dozens of Little Free Libraries with children's books at parks and other sites. The wooden boxes are repositories for borrowing or keeping books or to donate.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (6/21) 
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Opinion: Conn. needs to preserve funding for preservation
Connecticut's General Assembly is considering consolidating the Community Investment Act into the general fund, which could affect the preservation of open and historic land, argues Connecticut Preservation Action President Leah Glaser. "Our cities and towns have only investment act funding to protect, preserve, reuse, recycle and revitalize what is left of their best resources," she writes.
The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (6/20) 
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Social Equity
Ga. city hopes recreation opportunities can reduce youth violence
A plan to share community and school facilities for youth activities in Rome, Ga., has been proposed by the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation advisory board as a way to curb youth violence.
Rome News-Tribune (Ga.) (6/21) 
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Volunteers helping build playground for children of all abilities
Volunteers have been working this week to assemble a playground for children of all abilities at Gordon F. Moore Community Park in Alton, Ill. The playground is part of a larger renovation planned for the park.
The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.) (6/21) 
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Md. Park Service opens its first all-accessible playground
A playground accessible to all children and adults has opened at Patapsco Valley State Park in Ellicott City, Md., the first such playground in the Maryland Park Service. Equipment includes an open-spaced glider, spinning wheels and open and closed slides.
The Baltimore Sun (6/21) 
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Public Policy and Grants
Clarksville, Tenn., votes to buy land for urban wilderness
Officials of Clarksville, Tenn., voted to set aside $450,000 to purchase a 70-acre tract of land to turn it into an urban wilderness area. The land remains private property for now.
The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, Tenn.) (tiered subscription model) (6/20) 
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Leadership and Management
6 habits for managers to break
Managers can easily find themselves playing favorites, which robs them of new perspectives and ideas, while not giving each employee a chance to shine, writes Joel Garfinkle. He lists six bad habits to watch out for, including having a go-to person for everything, preferring a single style and creating hierarchies that squash open-door policies.
SmartBrief/Leadership (6/19) 
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"It Was Worth Every Moment"
This quote from a past Directors School attendee doesn't stand alone. Others have said, "The networking opportunity is invaluable," and "I only wish I had attended sooner." If you are a director or aspiring director, this is the place for you. Directors School, sponsored by Toro, is a two-week professional development program spread over two years (one week per year) and is designed to prepare new and potential directors of park and recreation agencies for the challenges of leading and managing effectively. Join us this year from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1 in Wheeling, West Virginia. There is also a scholarship opportunity still available. Applications are due June 30.
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