If Vermont lawmakers fail to reach a state budget agreement, the resulting government shutdown could wreak havoc on city and town governments, warns the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. The state's role in setting property tax rates means a shutdown could delay collection or force cities to spend extra on sending out multiple assessments.
The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation department in North Carolina has an "ag-vocating" program that teaches gardening to residents and discusses topics such as childhood obesity. Another offering is the Bringing Accessible Agriculture Recreationally Now program, which teaches youths business and marketing concepts.
The iXplore Yellowstone app helps visitors who download the app to identify flora and fauna without internet access. The app also features a journal for people to track their travels.
The Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission in Oregon is spending $230,000 on developing a 100-year plan for Lithia Park. The effort includes public forums and an online survey.
Wake Forest, N.C., is holding public meetings as it decides how to develop outdoor-recreation opportunities on a 80-acre parcel of land. "Funds will be requested next fiscal year to develop a master site plan for the property based on the information we receive from the citizens," said Ruben Wall, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources.
A cycle of perpetual learning, adaptation and influencing can be hard to achieve but is critical for leaders, Art Petty writes. "Adding complexity to this challenge is the reality that our organizations are mostly designed to optimize the status quo," he notes.
A quarter-mile stretch of Rail Park in Philadelphia has opened as part of a planned three-mile elevated park. City officials said the park will bring economic development, though there isn't a timetable for future construction phases.
A $750,000 accessible playground is being built in the Lake Highlands neighborhood of Dallas through public bond funding and private donations. The playground is scheduled to open in September.
A Florida judge has ruled against state lawmakers, saying they went against the voter-approved 2014 Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative during the budget process by spending money on uses besides creating parks, restoring land and making land purchases. An appeal is possible.
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