• Rec Department Rejects U.S. Cellular Donation, Park Use

    by Craig Sauer Special to the Daily Register June 2014

    The city's Parks and Recreation Board will turn away a $2,000 donation from U.S. Cellular. The cell phone company sought to run events at two city parks throughout July and August in exchange for the donation to the parks.

  • Rec Committee Makes Compromise on 5K, 10K Race Fees

    by Rachel Molenda, Staff writer June 2014

    Organizations that want to host 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer races in Charleston would still have to pay a fee for associated city services under a proposed ordinance, but the Parks and Recreation committee made changes Tuesday that should satisfy the city and organizations, said chairwoman Susie Salisbury.

  • Bill Paves Way for Bike-Sharing Program in Philadelphia

    by CINDY STANSBURY; Daily News Staff Writer, 215-854-5914 June 2014

    City Council's Transportation and Public Utilities Committee approved a bill yesterday that would pave the way for a bike sharing program in Philadelphia The bill, introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, now moves to Council for a full vote.

  • Wheelchair Tennis Program Rolling out in New Mexico

    by Toby Smith For the Journal June 2014

    "There are two differences," says Enrique Aguilar. "One, you're in a wheelchair. Two, you get two bounces to return a ball."

  • Rec Director to Be Replaced by Nonprofit Partnerships

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; NEWS NIAGARA REPORTER June 2014

    The Common Council voted, 4-1, Wednesday to abolish the job of Youth and Recreation Director Melissa I. Junke, while using not-for-profit organizations to provide some summer programming.

  • New $23M Soccer Complex to Ease Demand for Fields

    by Tom Wharton The Salt Lake Tribune June 2014

    When Salt Lake City residents voted in favor of a $15.3 million bond to build a soccer complex in 2003, the Utah Youth Soccer Association had 35,000 members. Sports such as lacrosse and rugby that use similar fields were in their infancy in Utah. Now, with 53,000 kids playing in the UYSA alone, plus adult and high school soccer leagues and growing interest in lacrosse, every school field and city park open space that can be used for these sports is utilized, sometimes seven days a week. Parents often have to drive miles to find a piece of open grass where their kids can learn to play soccer.

  • Residents Get Say in Updating Park's 2004 Master Plan

    by Cameron Austin 981-3435 June 2014

    Improvements to Washington Park in Roanoke are in the works again after being halted because of lack of funding in 2009. At an open-house meeting Monday evening at Lucy Addison Middle School, parents and community members got the chance to provide suggestions to city officials on what they wanted to see out of the park's master plan, which many thought was outdated after being drafted in 2004.

  • Game Changer Program Fights Violence with Hoops Skills

    by Aaron Besecker; News Niagara Reporter June 2014

    A basketball and character-building program aimed at involving young people in something positive will make its home in Niagara Falls for a second straight year.

  • University Professor: Return Youth Sports to Schools

    by Bryan Williams; For the AJC June 2014

    One cannot participate in youth sports without hearing, "It's about the kids" --- a sentiment so common that one might expect to see it on T-shirts.

  • Massive, 1,200-Acre Sports Complex Opens This Month

    by J. Scott Trubey; Staff June 2014

    Neal Freeman stepped out onto freshly laid synthetic turf where some of the top youth baseball players in the country will soon try to catch the eyes of college and pro scouts. Instead of a batting helmet, Freeman had on a hard hat. But he was as excited as a player or coach on opening day. He pointed to the rolling Bartow County hills near Lake Allatoona as a majestic backdrop for day games spring to fall.