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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.