• Packing Activists Rally Against 'Gun-Free Zone' in Parks

    by MORGAN ZALOT; Daily News Staff Writer March 2015

    The specter of people openly toting guns several yards from a kids' jungle gym isn't something you see every day.

  • Environmentally Friendly Athletic Field Maintenance

    by Emily Attwood March 2015

    College campuses nationwide are getting greener, focusing on environmental sustainability, from designing LEED-certified buildings to launching zero-waste recycling campaigns and taking "Carbon-Neutral" pledges. College athletic programs are doing their part, increasing energy efficiency through the use of LED lighting and alternative energy sources, reducing water consumption and implementing gameday recycling programs.

  • Teens Raise Profile of Slacklining as Parks Activity

    by Karen Nazor Hill March 2015

    A slackline is a length of webbing suspended between two anchors. Anything that you do on this slackline is 'slacklining' -- most commonly, walking.

  • New Effort Aims to Save California's Parks System

    by Record Searchlight (Redding, California) March 2015

    The 12-member California Parks Forward Commission was formed in the wake of revelations in 2012 that, even as it was preparing to shut down 70 parks, the department had been hiding a $20 million surplus for years.

  • Community Supports Footing Tax Bill for Church Ballpark

    by Emily Attwood March 2015

    While nonprofit and religious organizations have been under the microscope in recent years when it comes to tax-exempt status of their fitness and recreation facilities, voters in Boscawen, N.H. last night approved a plan that would donated $6,000 to a local church to cover property taxes and maintenance on its baseball field.

    The field, owned by Boscawen Congregational Church, was built in 1915 and has been offered free for use by local groups over the last century, including Merrimack Valley Youth Baseball and Softball. But in 2014, the city’s tax assessor determined that because the lot was not being used for religious purposes, it was not tax exempt, and the church was billed $1,600.

    In addition to covering the property tax bill, the city’s donation will also help defray maintenance and upkeep costs for the church ballpark. Church and community volunteers had been assisting with the efforts and will continue to do so.

    “It does need some work,” Merrimack Valley Little League president Eric Crane told the Concord Monitor. “Our plan has always been to revitalize and rebuild the church park.”

    Not all voters agreed that the donation was a grand slam, however. “My concern isn’t about the kids playing baseball. If you give money to one nonprofit, how do you deny others that come forward?” one resident asked.

  • Charges after High School Practice Fields Vandalized

    by Yolanda Putman March 2015

    One Signal Mountain Middle/High School student and several former students have been arrested and charged with felony vandalism to the school's band and football practice fields.

  • Parks Department Seeks $6M in Bonds, $3M Skate Park

    by March 2015

    A $3 million skate park in the industrial Neck Area is the big-ticket item in a new, planned Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission bond issue.

  • Repaired Wind Turbine to Again Aid Park's Sustainability

    by John Reynolds, Staff Writer March 2015

    Work is expected to start this week on the long-idled wind turbine at Southwind Park. The turbine was installed in April 2011, but the Springfield Park District has had multiple problems over the years.

  • Three City Parks to Get New Inclusive Playgrounds

    by MICHAEL WILLIAMS The Orange County Register March 2015

    Three Lake Elsinore parks soon will have new playgrounds on which to climb, crawl, hang, swing and, in one case, to tintinnabulate.

  • Rec and Parks Manager Critically Injured by Falling Tree

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    A recreation and parks manager in San Francisco is in critical condition after being hit by a falling tree on Tuesday in the Bayview district, reports CBS San Francisco