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9/17/2019

Local and tribal governments in Rhode Island can apply for state grants to help them purchase or renovate outdoor recreational facilities. The grants total $5 million, and include a matching component.

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9/17/2019

The City of Midland Parks and Recreation Department has announced the closure of the splash pad at Dennis the Menace Park in Midland Texas, for the rest of the season following a spike in Cryptosporidiosis cases. The splash pad will undergo disinfection to prepare for next year.

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9/17/2019

Larry "Chip" Filer was sworn in Monday as the 16th city manager of Norfolk, Va., succeeding Doug Smith, who retired. Prior to his appointment as city manager, Filer served as the Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Old Dominion University.

9/17/2019

Wheaton, Md., recently opened a new library, recreation center and park, all within the same 92,000 square-foot property. The library and rec center share a building in the first such combined space in Montgomery County.

9/17/2019

Senior centers nationwide have modified their offerings to serve the rising "active aging" population of people ages 50 and older, offering fitness challenges and changing their names to reflect an emphasis on being active. The National Recreation and Park Association is observing National Senior Center Month in September.

9/17/2019

Parks in Harnett County, N.C., will not be allowed to be named after individuals under a recent decision by the county Board of Commissioners, which cited concerns about favoritism. Meanwhile, Alexandria, Va., is considering enacting formal guidelines for naming and renaming parks after people.

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9/17/2019

Visitors to parks in Jefferson City, Mo., can read children's books as they exercise along trails during an event this month and next. The stories are printed out in a large format and "are spaced out enough so that you can talk about the pages throughout the trail," said Julie Haupt of the city's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

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9/17/2019

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority partnered with a local NAACP chapter to install an interpretive sign at the site where a 14-year-old African-American boy was lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in 1889. The site is now along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, which is run by NOVA Parks.

9/17/2019

Honolulu has spent less money repairing damage from vandalism in parks since it began using private security guards at certain locations last year, officials say. The city spent almost $223,000 in fiscal 2019, down 5% from a year earlier, and plans to expand the program to more parks.

9/17/2019

Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa in Florida have launched an initiative to prevent suicide among first responders by offering a hotline for free, anonymous counseling. A local advertising agency is promoting the initiative through posters and social media, while the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay will be the partner available to first responders who call 2-1-1.