City's Public Golf Courses Draw Private Interest
by Jay Rey, News Staff Reporter December 2014
As many as a dozen companies have expressed interest in managing and operating the three municipal golf courses in Amherst. The town met with potential contractors last week to show off the facilities and answer questions before the Jan. 16 deadline for proposals.
City Invests $400K to Keep Fields Dry, Playable
by Tony Doris Palm Beach Post Staff Writer December 2014
A trench digger has taken its first bites out of the playing fields at Gardens Park, a heavily used 7-acre expanse of soccer fields behind City Hall with poor drainage that put them out of commission for 18 days in September.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.