Tree Felled by Tornado to Become Park Play Structure
by KATIE DEAN , The Capital Times email@example.com July 2014
Part of the Orton Park tree that was damaged in a recent tornado on Madison's east side will be saved for kids to play on, but the final design will not be as elaborate as neighbors had hoped.
Opinion: City Erred in Not Warning Public of Park Toxins
by The Columbus Dispatch July 2014
Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman's order to conduct health surveys of residents near a city park tainted with toxins is a step toward restoring trust and assuaging fear, especially since neighbors now know the city was aware of the problem for far longer than it had acknowledged.
City to Survey Residents on Effects of Tainted Park Fields
by Mark Ferenchik July 2014
Mayor Michael B. Coleman has directed Columbus Public Health to survey residents living near Saunders Park to determine whether industrial contaminants found at the city park have affected their health.
Toxins in Active Soccer Fields Known About for Years
by Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch June 2014
City and state officials knew as early as 2011 that Saunders Park contained elevated levels of arsenic and lead, according to surface-soil tests. But Columbus Recreation and Parks decided to allow city youth soccer teams to play at the Near East Side park in 2012 and 2013. "We didn't have complete information to know if it was a problem," said Alan McKnight, Recreation and Parks director. "We felt we need to do more study to understand what it meant."
Opinion: Don't Spend Road Repair Money on Soccer Fields
by Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) June 2014
A Pima County proposal to spend $8.75 million to purchase 167 acres for soccer fields makes sense, with a caveat: No road repair money should be touched to pay for it. Pima County Supervisors have already approved a county budget that allows the expenditure to be made, and they will decide July 1 if the land deal should move ahead and how to pay for it. The land is a piece of a much larger proposal to build a regional soccer complex that supporters say would attract soccer tournaments from outside Tucson and Arizona.
Town Mistakenly Builds Football Field on Private Property
by Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) June 2014
SKOWHEGAN -- A Maine town will spend $27,500 to correct mistakes it made that led to a youth football field being accidentally built on private property.
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
by KATIE DEAN , THE CAPITAL TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org June 2014
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 email@example.com 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.