• Tampa Mayor Eyes $15M for Park Overhaul

    by Christopher O'Donnell April 2016

    The city is planning to raid its BP settlement money and its share of a countywide sales tax to pay the bulk of the $35.4 million cost of overhauling Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. The park that hugs the west bank of the Hillsborough River is intended to be the centerpiece of the city's ambitious West River plans to rejuvenate the area north of Cypress Street. The city wants to transform the 23-acre park with new boathouses for rowers, a community center and a waterfront promenade. In a plan that will be presented for approval Thursday to the Tampa City Council, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is proposing to use $15 million from the $20 million the city was awarded in a settlement from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • Opinion: State-of-the-Art Facilities Burden Taxpayers

    by Joe Brown April 2016

    The team entered Major League Baseball in 1998 as an expansion franchise with a taxpayer-funded ballpark. Now the ballclub has indicated it wants to move to a better location, even though it is under contract to stay put for at least another 10 years. No, I'm not talking about the Tampa Bay Rays. The team I'm describing is the Rays' expansion mate from 1998, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last month the D-Backs threatened to sue Maricopa County and leave downtown Phoenix if local officials don't provide them with a state-of-the-art facility.According to the Arizona Republic, One of the key issues is which side is responsible for roughly $187 million in current and future maintenance obligations through 2027 at Chase Field.

  • Public-Private Proposal Could 'Take Back' Plaza Park

    by Arlene Martinez April 2016

    It’s been called Drug Park, Hobo Park, Needle Park. None are particularly flattering and none are words the city of Ventura wishes people would associate with Plaza Park. After all, few cities can boast a 3-acre park that’s walking distance to both the beach and a quaint downtown that draws tourists from all over the world. Located at Santa Clara and Chestnut streets, the park has a gazebo, walking path, a playground with slides and swings and lots of tall, leafy trees to escape the sun.

  • New Field Expands Community Youth Sports Offerings

    by Maria Perez April 2016

    Immokalee Little League organizers had been asking for more than five years for more fields, saying kids couldn't practice enough on a real diamond and had to train on uneven grass lots where they risked tripping.

  • Park Board to Vote on $1.7M Sports Complex Upgrade

    by Marie Wilson April 2016

    Naperville park board members are likely to approve a $1.7 million contract today for upgrades at Frontier Sports Complex, a 110-acre space with athletic fields, a playground, trails and a skate park near Neuqua Valley High School.

  • Maine Legalizes Roller Derby

    by From staff reports April 2016

    Roller derby is no longer an outlawed sport in Maine. The sport - in which two teams roller skate around a rink while blocking, bumping and slamming members of the opposing team - has been growing in popularity for years.

  • Bill Would Ban Smoking at California State Parks

    by Laylan Connelly and Suzanne Hurt April 2016

    A bill that would end smoking in California's state parks cleared a state Senate committee, a move that brings advocates a step closer to putting out butts on Inland beaches and boating lakes, and in forests and orange groves where smoking still is allowed.

  • $15M Sought for New Youth Sports Facilities

    by Natalie Daher April 2016

    The growth of youth sports has prompted the city of Rosemount to ask voters for $15 million to build a second indoor ice arena and more fields for other sports.

  • Bribes in Brazil: Corruption Overshadowing Olympics

    by Taylor Barnes April 2016

    Four months before the opening ceremony of the Rio Games, investigators said the probe had found evidence of bribes potentially paid in two key Olympic works, including an urban renewal project in Rio's historic port zone and a new metro line.

  • Commissioners OK Park Renovation Despite Opposition

    by Adam Wagner April 2016

    Despite opposition from Ocean Ridge Plantation residents, Brunswick County s commissioners on Monday approved an overhaul of Ocean Isle Beach Park. Residents concerns cast a wide range, from lighting to noise to the necessity of the planned four baseball fields.