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1/17/2017

The National Recreation and Parks Association's Parks for Monarchs initiative helped five cities improve their monarch butterfly habitats in 2016 by planting pollinator gardens.

1/17/2017

Seattle officials are pulling the plug on the city's Pronto bike-share program. The program will end March 31 without a replacement, with $3 million budgeted for bike share to be shifted to bike lanes and pedestrian safety projects.

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1/17/2017

Three blocks of parking space in Miami have become a pop-up park to give Miami a taste of what more green space might be like. The pedestrian-friendly space, open through Jan. 26, includes picnic tables, murals and a dog park, as well as places for yoga and evening concerts.

1/17/2017

A request for proposals has been made for a planned 27-mile interconnected greenway in Columbia County, Ga. The Euchee Creek Greenway is expected to be built in phases over nearly a decade.

1/17/2017

Several Minnesota cities are turning to nonprofit conservancies to help raise funds for local parks. Dozens of leading US cities have such an arrangement, according to a report by the Trust for Public Land.

1/17/2017

Youth baseball and softball leagues are starting up again at Wyandotte Park in Louisville, Ky., after more than 25 years. Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation is organizing the leagues.

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1/17/2017

About $3.6 million in federal grants have been awarded to six Illinois parks and recreation projects. Among the projects are the Chicago Park District's purchase of land along the Little Calumet River and Kendall County Forest Preserve District's purchase of 135 acres near Little Rock Creek.

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1/16/2017

San Jacinto, Calif., has hired Rob Johnson as city manager. Johnson previously served as city manager of Menifee, Calif.

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1/12/2017

Lowell, Mass., updated its city website to improve functionality and navigation, including allowing residents to make online payments and apply for building permits. A mobile app will launch in two months, and the city also procured a new emergency alert system.

1/12/2017

California county leaders are raising concerns about Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to cancel the Coordinated Care Initiative, which streamlines health care for low-income families and seniors. "This would be devastating to counties all over the state," which would "have to make cuts in other vital social services to cover these costs," said Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson.