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7/21/2017

City Council members in Astoria, Ore., have agreed to raise the city's lodging tax from 9% to 11% to fund its cash-strapped Parks and Recreation Department. The council also considered levying a $3 fee on water customers but opted instead to accept voluntary donations.

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7/21/2017

Dana Point, Calif., deputy city manager Mark Denny takes over as city manager this week after council members unanimously approved his contract.

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7/20/2017

Officials in Grand Junction, Colo., are at odds with Mesa County leaders over the county's proposed 0.37% sales tax increase aimed at funding public safety initiatives. City leaders say they need to know what the increase would mean for the region's struggling 911 communications center before they can make a decision to endorse or reject it.

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7/20/2017

Park benches with sensors, USB ports and Wi-Fi do more than help charge cellphones. At Anita Stroud Park in Charlotte, N.C., these benches collect data about how often people visit and how long they stay, which helps park planners with facility development and management.

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7/20/2017

LED lighting is a hit at professional sports fields, but managers at local parks and fields still have questions, writes Ephesus Lighting Business President Mike Lorenz. LED lighting may save communities money on maintenance and energy costs while reducing neighborhood light pollution, he writes.

7/20/2017

North Houston Skate Park is opening the facility to wheelchair users in what organizers hope will be a monthly event. WCMX Houston, a wheelchair motocross organization, hosted the first event, in which wheelchair users maneuvered up and down the ramps in a display of adaptive athletics.

7/20/2017

For the third straight year, a pop-up park is in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D., throughout July. The park at the Phillips Avenue Plaza features live music, benches, potted plants and a variety of games.

7/20/2017

Getting people moving with programs such as youth sports, yoga and corporate team challenges is the goal of the recreation department in Easton, Pa., which now has two full-time employees after losing its only employee last year. "Our new philosophy is getting out and interacting with neighborhoods, ultimately focusing on all citizens to not only get them engaged but active and fit," said Kevin McCarthy, one of two new recreation coordinators.

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7/20/2017

The Conservation Fund is looking to buy about 105 acres from the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority to preserve it and add it to William B. Umstead State Park in North Carolina. The nonprofit has offered the airport authority $6.46 million for the land.

7/20/2017

Funding caps have expired from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, allowing the Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program to receive up to $125 million in guaranteed funding each year, but President Donald Trump's budget request for fiscal 2018 could affect LWCF funding. National Recreation and Park Association has opposed these cuts, writes NRPA Senior Government Affairs Manager David Tyahla.