• NFL PAC Donated to Concussion Reviewers in Congress

    by Wire reports March 2016

    The NFL’s political action committee has given campaign contributions to many of the lawmakers who are reviewing concussion research, Berkeley-based MapLight told the San Jose Mercury News. The nonprofit that analyzes campaign finance data reported the NFL’s Gridiron PAC has given money to 42 of 54 members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that began informal hearings last week on one of the league’s most pressing safety issues.

  • Community Park to Get New Scoreboard, Other Upgrades

    by Alexandra Seltzer March 2016

    Currently, if someone scores a touchdown at a youth football game and the crowd wants to know the score, parents can't see it. Coaches have to ask the ref anytime they need an update. But next season, the scoreboard is being replaced.

  • $19M Parks Makeover Nearly Complete in Roseville

    by David Peterson March 2016

    In an era when lots of suburbs are gunning for awe-inspiring amenities, Roseville has decided to play small ball. Lots of money, sure: $19 million. But very little glitz.

  • YMCA, Proposed Library Spark Debate Over Park Land Use

    by Mark Niesse March 2016

    DeKalb County shouldn't have built a YMCA at Wade Walker Park near Stone Mountain because the land was partly purchased with federal funds dedicated for outdoor recreation, a state agency concluded last year.

  • Bucks Unveil New Stadium Renderings

    by Mary Louise Schumacher March 2016

    The first detailed glimpse of the new downtown Milwaukee arena reveals a giant building with a dramatically arcing roof, curving body, tall sheets of glass, social spaces - and a few challenges yet to overcome. The Milwaukee Bucks will share the development plans with the City of Milwaukee on Thursday; several renderings were released in advance to the Journal Sentinel. They are considerably more detailed than the conceptual renderings released in April 2015 and represent the first step in a public design approval process that's required for construction to begin. More importantly, they underscore the broader vision for the signature project, which has been both controversial and more anticipated than any downtown project since the Milwaukee Art Museum addition designed by Santiago Calatrava.

  • Philips Arena Development Could Get Tax Break

    by James Salzer March 2016

    Developers planning to turn the area surrounding Philips Arena into a mixed-use entertainment district would get a tax break to help pay for their project under legislation that won initial approval from a Senate panel late Tuesday.

  • County Visitors Bureau to Market Sports Activities

    by Nancy Bowman March 2016

    Miami County's Visitors and Convention Bureau will be paying more attention to sports marketing and its offerings. "If we don't do it now, we are going to get left in the dust, so to speak, so we need to be venturing more into the sports category," Diana Thompson, the bureau's executive director told the county commissioners during a recent meeting.

  • City Plans Renovations for Sports Park

    by Brooke E. Seipel March 2016

    Designs are in the works to spruce up Shaffer Park. The city recently hired gkkworks to design and renovate the 7.32-acre sports park - a project estimated to cost $276,511. Shaffer has seen little work done since it was built in 1964.

  • Parks Get $150K Donation for Pickleball Complex

    by John Reinan March 2016

    Edina parks are getting into a pickle. Thanks to a $150,000 donation from a local family, Edina expects to have a five-court pickleball complex - at Rosland Park - ready for play by the Fourth of July.

  • Council Debates Need for Proposed Waterfront Park

    by Bill DiPaolo March 2016

    Does north county really need another waterfront park? That's the question Michael Counts, who is running for a Jupiter Town Council seat, asked when he saw the plans for Karen Marcus Ocean Park Preserve, a proposed public natural area on 150 vacant acres between A1A and U.S. 1. Plans for the preserve, named after a former Palm Beach County commissioner, include a boardwalk through wetlands, a lifeguard station, playground equipment and parking for about 500 vehicles.