A community garden started in a vacant New York City lot in 1973 was the template for the hundreds of plots cultivated since. Community gardeners have repeatedly fended off efforts to develop their land.
Members of the Bergen County, N.J., freeholder board plan to release a revised budget that cuts more than $1 million from the plan that county executive James Tedesco proposed last month.
Officials in Franklin County, N.Y., are considering contracting an enforcement agency to improve compliance with occupancy tax collection. While the decision is debated, the county is reaching out to qualifying businesses to educate them on why collecting the so-called "bed tax" is in their interests.
County officials in El Paso County, Colo., are expected to award a contract for unmanned aircraft services as they move ahead with plans to use drones to assist with infrastructure inspections, law enforcement and emergency response.
Burlington, Vt., this week is hosting a 21-person delegation from its sister city of Yaroslavl, Russia. "At the top levels, you see governments not getting along, but along the bottom you can see more people that are just regular folks, and they can get along just fine," said Burlington Yaroslavl Sister City Program President Alex Bunten.
The former El Toro Marine Corps base in Irvine, Calif., is being converted into a 1,300-acre leisure destination that includes a water park, and a 175-acre sports park whose first phase will open in summer. The city is seeking bids for the water park.
The results of an $850,000 upgrade to the Hugh Moore Park in Easton, Pennsylvania, will be unveiled this spring. New attractions at the park include a performance venue, a kids' coal-mine-themed tunnel, a bicycle obstacle course and a playground and zipline.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will create venture parks at four sites, pending contracts, at a cost of $35 million. Each park has its own set of planned features, including an alpine slide, ziplines and an interactive aquarium.
Nearly 6,000 acres of parkland in New York state has been set aside for preservation. The land has been acquired since 2011 through a state program.
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