• State Parks Dept. Feels 'Ambushed' By Developer

    by Emily Bregel July 2016

    The proposed master planned community could bring 28,000 homes and 70,000 people to Benson. Opponents worry the project's groundwater pumping could harm precarious ecosystems in and around the federally protected San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

  • Park Debuts Six New Pickleball Courts

    by Pamela Dillon July 2016

    Dozens of pickleball players came out around 8 a.m. early Saturday to try out the courts before the dedication started at 10. Jan Lucas, whose husband is Colonel Robert Lucas of the Marine Corps, sang an inspirational rendition of the National Anthem. Mayor Don Patterson spoke, as well as ambassador Larry Virgilio. The ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the courts for play. Some pickleball players who attended the dedication were still on the courts that day until 2 p.m. "I never even heard of pickleball until two months ago. It looks like a lot of fun," Virgilio said.

  • Reuse of Hospital Site to Include Soccer Fields

    by Mark Sommer; News Staff Reporter July 2016

    Soccer is exploding in Buffalo, but places to play haven't kept pace. That could change after last week's announcement that a soccer facility will be part of a redevelopment to replace Women & Children's Hospital.

  • Residents Ready for Return of Formerly Toxic Park

    by Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch July 2016

    It has taken the city of Columbus two years and more than $2.3 million to reopen Saunders Park, which was plagued by decades-old toxic pollution that put visitors and the surrounding Near East Side neighborhood at risk

  • Neighbors Opposed to Planned Soccer Field Complex

    by Telegram & Gazette Staff July 2016

    City councilors are considering creating a district in West Fitchburg that will pave the way for a large indoor sports and entertainment complex that will include 10 outdoor fields and numerous indoor courts.

  • Water Policy Changes May Come After Amoeba Death

    by Tiller Rose June 2016

    Charlotte's U.S. National Whitewater Center is the only one of three similar parks in the nation that is not regulated to ensure its water doesn't make people sick. That may change following the recent death of a teenager who contracted a rare brain infection after visiting the park.

  • Opening of New Park Draws Impressive Crowd

    by Chris Haire June 2016

    The city's birthday present is finally open. Over the weekend, residents unwrapped Stanton Central Park - the city's largest open space by far - after more than a decade of delays caused by the Great Recession and the end of redevelopment agencies.

  • New Park Play Equipment Brighter, Safer

    by Tony Biasotti June 2016

    Nearly half of the parks in Ventura are getting new play equipment this summer, in a half-million-dollar effort to bring the city's oldest playgrounds into the 21st century.

  • Township Purchases Land for Youth Sports Fields

    by Bob Susnjara June 2016

    Ela Township Supervisor Lucy Prouty says a need for more athletic fields to help Lake Zurich-area youth sports drove the purchase of 10 acres for $490,000 just outside the village in unincorporated Lake County.

  • NJ Golf Course Becomes State Park

    by Erin Serpico June 2016

    With the first day of summer came the dedication of Gloucester County's first state park. The Department of Environmental Protection on Monday formally opened the Tall Pines State Preserve, which used to be a golf course. The new park's 110 acres are in Deptford and Mantua Townships, with the Mantua Creek rolling through it.