• NYC Won't Remove 'Deadly' Tire Swings from City Parks

    by Kevin Fasick and Natalie O'Neill December 2014

    The city won't remove the tire swing that killed a doting uncle at an East Village playground - or any of the 53 other tire swings in 33 city parks, officials said Wednesday.

  • $1M Naming Rights Deal Funds Park Improvements

    by Ron Maxey 901-333-2019 December 2014

    Southaven has agreed to a $1 million, 10-year deal with Mississippi-based BankPlus for naming rights at the city-owned Snowden Grove Park, and money from the agreement will help finance improvements to Snowden Grove Amphitheatre and other venues within the park.

  • Price Tag of Park Atop Landfill Jumps from $15M to $21M

    by Aisling Swift December 2014

    Revised estimates for Naples’ proposed $15 million Baker Park have been released, and the price tag has risen to more than $21 million — even after key features were scrapped. The city’s environmental engineering consultant, CDM Smith of Fort Myers, will present cost estimates at City Council’s workshop Monday, when supporters and detractors are expected to pack council chambers to speak out. The 389-page consultant’s report shows much of the increase is because the 15-acre park sits atop an old horticultural landfill, so up to 24 feet of soil and debris must be “over-excavated” and the ground strengthened before construction.

  • For Cleaner Parks, City to Purchase Goose-Chasing Dog

    by Lucas High December 2014

    In October, the city of Cheyenne began an experimental program to rid local parks of geese by chasing them away with specially trained border collies. The trial program proved successful, so the city now plans to buy a goose-chasing dog of its own.

  • Popularity of Multigenerational Playgrounds Growing

    by Diane C. Lade Sun Sentinel (TNS) December 2014

    These all-purpose recreational areas are popping up throughout South Florida, where retirement complexes sit next to family-friendly subdivisions, and the weather allows everyone to be outside most of the year.

  • Natural-Surface Bike Trail Coming to Municipal Park

    by Toni Lepeska Special to The Commercial Appeal December 2014

    An off-road natural surface bicycle trail will be created in Olive Branch City Park, the first of its kind in a municipality in DeSoto County, officials said.

  • School Agrees to Cover Football Practice Lighting Rentals

    by Sandra Emerson December 2014

    Lights being rented to allow the Redlands East Valley High School football team to practice after dark will be paid for by the school.

  • Once-Contaminated Former Coal Plant to Become Park

    by Geoff Liesik Deseret News December 2014

    When crews began cleanup work at the site where the Knight-Ideal coal processing facility once stood, the place was a mess.

  • Philly Playground Restoration Rises from Arson's Ashes

    by Dan Geringer November 2014

    LAST WINTER, an arsonist set fire to Pleasant Hill Park's new playground, burning swings - including one for children with physical disabilities - and blackening the swings' support structure, a climbing tower and much of the playground's safety surface. "To be honest with you, I'm disgusted," City Councilman Bobby Henon, whose 6th District contributed $580,000 to the 35-acre Torresdale park's $2.9 million makeover, said at the time.

  • Anti-Obesity Group to Construct 'Outdoor Classroom'

    by Lydia Nuzum, Staff writer November 2014

    A lack of outdoor experiential learning opportunities inspired KEYS 4 Healthy Kids - an outdoor classroom in the middle of downtown Charleston.