The Michigan Recreation and Park Association, also known as mParks, worked with local governments and conservation groups in 2020 to persuade voters to pass Proposal 1, which ensures dedicated funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund through oil and gas royalties, writes mParks official Tina Nowakowski. The organization secured support from the general public, other organizations, the legislature and Michigan's living governors.
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The Palm Beach, Fla., Recreation Department saw more golfers and more revenue at its par 3 golf course in 2021, while tennis revenue increased 44% over 2020. Mandel Recreation Center also set a revenue record, more than doubling 2020's total.
The Eastway Regional Recreation Center in Charlotte, N.C., is hosting an exhibit that allows visitors to see, smell, hear and feel in a way similar to animals. "Our theme at the Eastway Regional Nature Space is: Nature is not scary," says rec manager Daniel Leatherman.
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The Hilliard, Ohio, Recreation and Parks Department is hosting a hiking program for the second straight year to give people an opportunity to exercise outdoors in the winter. The program attracts many older adults who say they enjoy getting to meet each other.
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Researchers will study New York City's Central Park to document climate change's effects on the urban park and the people who use it. "What we want to do is study Central Park as an ecosystem, as a coupled human-natural system, and we're looking at it top-down and bottom-up -- from soils to satellites," says Karen Seto, a Yale University geography professor who will direct the lab program that was created as a partnership between the university and two New York City-based nonprofit groups.
The Des Moines, Iowa, Parks and Recreation Department is bringing a popular weekday children's program at Evelyn K. Davis Park to three additional parks in underserved areas of the city this year, and a fourth in 2023. The free programming is paid for by $550,000 in city funds.
The Omicron variant is bringing additional stress and emotional strain to many people, including social worker Karen Hahn, who notes that "our brains are not designed to live under chronic stress." Mental health professionals and other clinicians say that clients are feeling exhausted from the pandemic, calls to help lines are up and they're seeing clients increase alcohol intake.
Meet 30 of the top park and recreation young professionals in the February issue of Parks & Recreation magazine. NRPA's Young Professional Network and the magazine present this year's winners of "30 Under 30" and showcase their inspirational stories. And, be sure to tune in to the February bonus episode of Open Space Radio to hear from two of this year's 30 Under 30 honorees, Rosie Santos, CPRP, CPSI, and Hashim Taylor, CPRP! Read the full issue.