Grants worth almost $29 million for recreation development and land purchases in Michigan have been approved by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The grants will go to 78 projects including urban parks and playgrounds.
Officials in Lafayette, La., will prevent four recreation centers in predominantly Black neighborhoods from closing for a year by using Lafayette Parish funding. Parks and recreation is largely funded by tax revenue from Lafayette City.
Contra Costa County in California is hiring teenagers to post on social media about the importance of wearing masks and taking other steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, along with facts about the disease. The teens will receive a $525 stipend.
Some New Jersey state parks and forests will reopen today after being closed Tuesday because Tropical Storm Isaias. State parks and campgrounds in Connecticut will be closed today because of the storm, which damaged trees in New York City.
Officials in Long Beach, Calif., are eyeing staff furloughs and the elimination of 136 municipal positions to help close a $30 million gap in next year's budget. The city also proposes reduced spending on park maintenance, landscaping and local libraries.
Officials in Berlin are hoping residents will play a role in maintaining the city's green cover using the city's "Water the Neighborhood" platform. The interactive online tool provides information on the city's 600,000 trees and their water requirements and encourages users to water trees as needed.
The Arlington County, Va., Board on Friday voted to ban gatherings of more than three people on local sidewalks after hearing concerns from residents about crowding outside bars and restaurants. Violators could see fines as high as $100.
City Council members in Smyrna, Ga., voted 6-1 this week in favor of an ordinance that outlaws discrimination based on a wide range of factors, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion and sexual orientation. "This city government has been very clear that discrimination has no place in the City of Smyrna, and that this is a place that welcomes everyone," Mayor Derek Norton says.
Former Clawson, Mich., City Clerk Michael Smith has been selected to fill the city's vacant manager post. Smith says he hopes to "help residents understand government because local is what matters most in your community."
The Murrysville, Pa., Recreation Department and Community Library have created a trail walk in Murrysville Community Park that includes a children's book, "The Three Ninja Pigs," posted by page by page along the way for families to read while getting exercise.