Editorial: Kudos to Sports Commission for Tourism Efforts
by Super User May 2014
The Greater Columbus Sports Commission has earned the city's thanks for working hard over the past dozen years to show off this city to sporting officials and persuading them to choose Columbus for big events.
Pittsburgh Penguins Introducing Dek Hockey to 12 Parks
by CORINNE KENNEDY May 2014
Graham Park in Cranberry is slated to be the site of a new Dek hockey rink, provided by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. The rink will be the first one built by "Project Power Play," the program run by the Penguins and Highmark, outside Allegheny County.
City's Rec Director Victim of Budget Cuts, Tax Concerns
by SCOTT TAYLOR, Staff Writer May 2014
Recreation Director Maggie Chisholm was one of four city employees to lose their jobs Thursday because of budget cuts and efforts to keep property taxes from going up.
Officials Balk at $3K Fee to Use School for Summer Rec
by DONNA PERRY, Staff Writer May 2014
LIVERMORE FALLS -- Selectmen voiced displeasure Tuesday night when they learned the town would need to pay a $3,000 fee to RSU 73 to use the former high school for a summer recreation program. Selectman Kenny Jacques and other board members say they are being made to pay for the use of the school and taxpayers already pay taxes for the building and adult education. They also will now be required to pay an additional $44,000 in next year's budget as of July 1 to keep the building open. Jay and Livermore, also in the district, will pay $44,000 each, too. Jacques called it a triple dip into taxpayers' pockets.
Union Sues Parks Department, Alleges CBA Violations
by Jeff Wiehe and Julie Crothers, The Journal Gazette May 2014
A union representing some of the city's parks employees is suing Fort Wayne and its Parks Department for allegedly violating its collective bargaining agreement. And its lawsuit against the city was filed the same day two City Council members made it clear they want that same collective bargaining agreement eliminated.
Florida's Grass Struggling to Keep Up with Sports Use
by Tony Doris, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer May 2014
While it's great that the number of people in outdoor sports programs in the city has nearly doubled in five years, one participant gets trampled every time: the field. And city officials say that with fields in short supply, participation growing and maintenance budgets trimmed, turfs in Palm Beach Gardens are getting less time to recover from the battering of constant play. A staff report released Friday says field conditions are worsening and require both quick and long-term action. The short-term strategies under consideration include: establishing minimum down times for fields to rejuvenate; increasing the field maintenance budget to allow more intensive care of the fields during these periods; and educating teams that use the fields about how not to abuse the turf.
County Initiative to Get Kids Active Launches Website
by Super User May 2014
EveryBody is on the move in Franklin County. The campaign that encourages kids and teens in Franklin County to get out, get moving, and try something new has just launched a website: EveryBodyOnTheMove.org.
Village Reverses Course, OKs Beer at Adult Athletic Events
by By Deborah Donovan firstname.lastname@example.org May 2014
Reversing two previous votes, the Wheeling village board on Monday granted the Wheeling Park District a license to sell beer at adult athletic events in the rebuilt Heritage Park. Village President Dean Argiris and Trustee Mary Krueger changed their votes, joining Trustees Ray Lang and Bill Hein. Trustees Kenneth R. Brady and David Vogel voted against the license. Trustee Robert Heer did not vote because his daughter works for the park district.
Rec Study: Residents Willing to Pay for Facilities, Offerings
by Jennifer Berry Hawes; email@example.com May 2014
This is a community of highly active recreation users willing to pay higher taxes and fees, especially for athletic facilities and youth sports and they want offerings bolstered rather than cut, a new report shows.
Program Fields Kids With, Without Intellectual Disabilities
by Cindy Hval firstname.lastname@example.org May 2014
On Saturday, the soccer fields at Mead High School looked just like the fields at schools all across the city. Students in team jerseys dribbled soccer balls while shouts of "Goal!" and "Pass the ball!" rang out. Parents and friends bundled up against the chilly wind, and refs in yellow and black, blew whistles. But these teams are part of Unified Sports, a program sponsored by Special Olympics Washington. The program is designed to promote inclusion by combining people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same sports teams.