Philadelphia residents stay cool for free at spraygrounds | Nev. parks projects to receive nearly $80M in funding | Renovations underway at Ohio recreation center
August 17, 2017
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Philadelphia residents stay cool for free at spraygrounds
Free spraygrounds throughout Philadelphia "are great fun for kids, without the costs or the maintenance of pools," says Kathryn Ott Lovell, Parks and Recreation commissioner. The city features about 100 spraygrounds along with more than 70 pools.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (8/9) 
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Nev. parks projects to receive nearly $80M in funding
A new park will be built and others refurbished in Clark County, Nev., thanks to more than $77 million in funding approved by county commission. Improvements will include new sports fields and courts, bathroom renovations, lighting and splash pads.
Las Vegas Sun (8/16) 
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Renovations underway at Ohio recreation center
The Leo H. Bender Community and Recreation Center in Broadview Heights, Ohio, is undergoing renovations and expansion. The main gym, natatorium and fitness center will be expanded, and the nonregulation-size basketball court will be replaced with two full-size courts, among other improvements.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (8/15) 
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Health and Wellness
Research suggests link between Chicago-area tree coverage, crime
Research suggests link between Chicago-area tree coverage, crime
Park in Chicago (Nova Safo/AFP/Getty Images)
Data from a comprehensive map of the Chicago area's tree canopy highlights the significance of greenery for neighborhoods in affecting property values, health and crime. "Areas where trees are prevalent, people tend to be outside, mingling, enjoying their community," says Lydia Scott of the Chicago Regional Tree Initiative, which created the database along with the Morton Arboretum.
Atlas Obscura (8/14) 
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Conservation
Nonprofit moves closer to $300,000 goal to preserve Brentwood, Tenn., land
Nonprofit conservation group Citizens for Brentwood Green Space is moving toward its goal of raising $300,000 to preserve open space in Brentwood, Tenn. So far, the group has raised more than $196,000, presenting the city with $8,000 this week.
Brentwood Home Page (Tenn.) (8/16) 
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Social Equity
The boom in dog parks brings good and bad news
The boom in dog parks brings good and bad news
(Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)
Dog parks in cities can bring disparate people together while giving space to play for an increasing number of urban dogs. The phenomenon brings controversy, however, with territorial neighbors and worries about gentrification, safety and the lack of dog parks in low-income areas.
CityLab (8/11) 
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Public Policy and Grants
N.C. city highlights programs at NRPA Park Champions event
Mount Airy, N.C., recently showed off its parks and recreation offerings to Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., during an NRPA Park Champions event. The city's offerings include a 7-mile greenway.
National Recreation and Park Association Open Space (8/15) 
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Leadership and Management
How to disagree like a leader
How to disagree like a leader
(YouTube/Marshall Goldsmith)
When a direct report disagrees with you, make sure you've listened to the reasons why, says Marshall Goldsmith. You might change your mind or you might stick with your decision, but be able to communicate that respectfully rather than describing why the other person is wrong.
Marshall Goldsmith (8/13),  YouTube/Marshall Goldsmith (8/15) 
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NRPA News
"Five Reasons to Post Your Open Position on the NRPA Career Center"
"Five Reasons to Post Your Open Position on the NRPA Career Center"
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Fall can be a great time to hire new employees. It is also the perfect time to assess your agency's team and find new staff to fill in the gaps. Hiring is a large obstacle to tackle, but starting off right can make the process much easier. This Parks & Recreation magazine article has the tips you need to get started -- including a limited-time, 20% off discount code. Check out the article to learn more and get your discount.
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