• Playground Repair Among City's Post-Recession Priorities

    by Art Marroquin, Staff Writer June 2014

    City officials plan to hire 10 police officers, repair playground equipment at parks and upgrade the utility system as part of a $1.6 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, reflecting a 3.7 percent spending increase over the past year.

  • Eagles to Return to Franklin Field Roots for One Practice

    by Staff Report June 2014

    THE LAST time the Eagles won an NFL championship, the game was played at Franklin Field, the team's home from 1958-70. As part of this year's training camp schedule, one of the Birds' three open practices will take them back there for what's believed to be the first time since 1970.

  • Park Neighbors Want Fallen Oak to Stay as Play Structure


    An enormous oak that tumbled to the ground in Orton Park during last week's violent storms should be used for a natural play structure, some neighbors say. The tree fell in the middle of the city's oldest park in the early hours of June 17, its leafy branches wedged in a nearby swing set and its trunk stretched across the main sidewalk through the park. "As soon as I saw that tree laying there, I said, ?Oh, maybe this is our play structure,'" said T.R. Loon, who lives next to the park.

  • Fate of 24 Parks Facing Referendum, Protests Ensue

    by Kirsten Crow 361-886-4316 June 2014

    Two dozen city parks could be placed on the November ballot for decommissioning, prompting protests from some neighbors who asked the City Council to reconsider in a public hearing Tuesday.

  • Keebler-Sponsored Elf Door Art Draws Visitors to Parks

    by Carrie Wise, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH June 2014

    It's not your imagination. Small wooden doors really are nestled at the bottom of a few trees in Columbus parks. And they are meant to look as if little elves built them.

  • Officials to Vote on Decomissioning of 24 City Parks

    by Kirsten Crow June 2014

    City officials could begin decommissioning 24 parks, should the council approve a resolution Tuesday declaring that the properties are no longer feasible as parks. A public hearing on the fate of 24 parks will precede the council’s vote.

  • State Grant of $1M to Speed Development of City Park

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett Special to The Star June 2014

    A community effort to create a public park in Ventura’s Westside neighborhood has moved one big step closer to reality with help from a $1 million state grant.

  • Teens' 'Undark the Park' Campaign Nets $365K in Lighting

    by David O'Reilly; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    The nights will last longer this summer in a corner of Camden's Cramer Hill section, and will linger, too, when fall comes, and even into the cold of winter.

  • Virginia State Parks Audit Yields 93 Recommendations

    by Super User June 2014

    The sheer number of problems uncovered by an audit at the state Department of Conservation and Recreation speaks to an alarming failure in the agency's culture and processes.

  • Naming Rights Deal Would Give School Synthetic Turf

    by Bill DiPaolo, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer June 2014

    Spending $370,000 to install artificial turf by the fall at Jupiter High School's athletic field is up for final approval at tonight's council meeting. "New turf will turn a complete embarrassment of a field into a facility that the community can be proud of," said Councilman Todd Wodraska, a 1989 graduate of Jupiter High who played football on the field.