March 2, 2021
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The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has permitted youth sports leagues to resume at city fields starting April 10. In Los Angeles County, youth and adult outdoor leagues resumed Friday after getting the go-ahead from the county Department of Public Health.
Full Story: KCBS-AM/FM (San Francisco) (2/27),  KABC-TV (Los Angeles) (2/26) 
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Around the Country
Pittsburgh will spend $800,000, including $500,000 from the Allegheny Regional Asset District Art in Parks program, on public art installations in five parks and 18 neighborhoods. Allegheny County, Pa., will also place a sculpture garden in Hartwood Acres Park.
Full Story: Trib Total Media (Tarentum, Pa.) (2/27) 
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Deltona, Fla., has received county grant funding to further develop two parks, and it's also proposing to convert a former community center into a park with campsites, kayak rentals and other amenities. The community center site is a state trailhead for the East Central Regional Rail Trail.
Full Story: The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Fla.) (2/28) 
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Health and Wellness
The Westerly, R.I., Recreation Department this Sunday will promote fitness through indoor and outdoor activities including pickleball and rowing machine relays. A grant is covering the cost of the rowing equipment, as well as kayak racks that will be placed across town.
Full Story: The Westerly Sun (R.I.) (2/27) 
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Social Equity
Wood County, Ohio, resident Ryan Wichman, whose 4-year-old son, Grant, uses a walker, is part of an effort to open inclusive playgrounds at county parks. The group Wood County Plays has raised $800,000 for an accessible play space at Perrysburg's Rotary Community Park.
Full Story: Sentinel-Tribune (Bowling Green, Ohio) (2/26) 
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Public Policy and Grants
Portland, Maine, will expand a skate park at Dougherty Field after receiving funding from the by the Cabin Foundation and the Ollie Foundation. The city has also accepted grants from the Portland Parks Conservancy to start a Youth Corps employment program and from the Friends of the Eastern Promenade to upgrade boat launches at East End Beach.
Full Story: Portland Press Herald (Maine) (tiered subscription model) (3/1) 
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Leadership and Management
Fix virtual meeting burnout with these steps
Avoid virtual meeting fatigue by setting a clear goal for the meeting, assigning everyone a role for the session and reflecting on what worked and didn't, writes Barry Rosen, CEO of Interaction Associates. "In analyzing data from the 2020 State of Online Meetings Report, we discovered meetings that had a clear meeting agenda usually or always met their intended goals 93% of the time," Rosen writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (2/26) 
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