• County Voters Mull $191.5 Million in Park Upgrades

    by Patrick McNamara, Arizona Daily Star October 2015

    For many, their closest connection to local governments comes through the parks systems. Regional parks are where families come for sporting events, picnics and community events. Many others use park amenities individually, from swimming pools to golf courses, or the region's extensive trails and bicycle path systems. "I think parks meet a huge need in an urban community," said Dane Woll, president and CEO of the YMCA of Southern Arizona.

  • Landowners, Advocates Talk Proposed Trail Closure

    by Spokane Spokesman-Review October 2015

    Landowners, trail advocates and elected officials packed the Tekoa City Hall on Wednesday morning to debate the recently proposed closure of part of the cross-state John Wayne Trail.

  • Opinion: Tampa Region Should Prioritize Rays Over Braves

    by The Tampa Tribune October 2015

    Keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the region got a little more complicated with news that a proposed sports complex might compete for tourist tax dollars that could go toward a new stadium for the Rays.

  • City of Columbus Completes 22-Mile Bike Trail

    by Mark Ferenchik October 2015

    The last link of the Alum Creek Greenways Trail opened on Thursday, completing a 22-mile trail connecting Westerville and Easton to Three Creeks Park near Groveport. 16 years in the making and cost the city of Columbus $20 million. Of that, $7 million came from grants, most of them federal. The last section of the trail, with a bridge over Alum Creek, cost $4.8 million.

  • YMCA Seeks County Support for Swimming Programs

    by By Casey Fabris 981-3234 October 2015

    The Franklin County Family YMCA is seeking funding to help keep its swim programs benefiting students afloat. The nonprofit provides free swimming lessons to the county's second-graders and also hosts Franklin County High School's swim team and the Rip Tide feeder team. The YMCA spends upward of $90,000 on these programs. CEO Jim Currie has been making the rounds to ask for support, specifically for the $16,500 spent on equipment needed for the high school's swim meets. He approached the Franklin County Board of Supervisors in May, the Franklin County School Board in August and the town of Rocky Mount in September. Currie said he's done his part - he could be boating or golfing, but instead he stepped in to turn the Y around in 2013 - and now he's looking for others in the community to do theirs.

  • St. Paul Police: Marathon Disrupters Will Be Arrested

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    Anyone disrupting or interfering with runners during the Twin Cities Marathon this weekend will face consequences, according to St. Paul police chief Tom Smith.  

  • Judge Orders Ex-Rec Director's Lawsuit Reopened

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter October 2015

    The discrimination case brought by Lockport's former youth and recreation director against the city was reopened Wednesday, as the state Division of Human Rights conceded before a court hearing that its initial investigation of the case was incomplete.

  • How to Establish and Protect Your Organization's Trademarks

    by John T. Wolohan September 2015

    In April 2015, the Glenview (Ill.) Park District filed a complaint with the United States Patent and Trademark Office claiming the National Collegiate Athletic Association had violated its official trademark. In particular, the Glenview Park District claimed that the NCAA's marketing phrase "Experience It Live" was too similar to the phrase "Experience It" used by Glenview since 2008 in promotional materials. Glenview received formal registration of the mark Feb. 15, 2011.

  • Opinion: Leave Taxpayers Out of Rec Trail Plan

    by Naples Daily News September 2015

    The latest ballpark dollar estimate attached to a possible recreational trail between Naples and Miami is evidence it’s time to end government involvement in this idea, for now if not for good.

  • Work Remains Before Bucks Can Break Ground

    by Tom Daykin Milwaukee Journal Sentinel September 2015

    Mayor Tom Barrett was ready to make it official. Common Council endorsement "We've got some files to sign here," Barrett said before approving a $47 million city financing package for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena, less than two hours after it received a Tuesday. "Then, we've got a lease to work out," Barrett said at the signing ceremony, held outside the BMO Harris Bradley Center, near the future arena site. "Then, we've got some ground to break. Let's build a new arena. Let's get at it!" he exclaimed, as onlookers cheered. Of course, it's not that simple. The next steps before construction begins on the new basketball arena will take months to complete. And the Bucks' owners are already saying the facility might not open until the 2018-'19 National Basketball Association season, one year later than initially planned.