Mark Gleason, the general manager of Watervliet, N.Y., has stepped down from his position and will now serve as director of fiscal operations at the Albany County Nursing Home. Gleason served as general manager for 11 years, and held roles as public works commissioner and public safety commissioner during the same time period.
The park district in Waukegan, Ill., with help from the Waukegan Parks Foundation, is offering free swimming lessons to first- and second-graders. A new indoor pool is expected to help the district further expand its swimming offerings.
The 28-acre Bushwick Inlet Park in the Williamsburg neighborhood of New York City is finally moving forward, but there is a fresh dispute among advocates about dedicating seven acres of land for a theater and other uses. The use of abandoned oil tanks on that section of land is also opposed by some community members.
The three cities surrounding Tampa Bay in Florida are working on waterfront parks or renovations to help revitalize downtown areas.
Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park in Arizona has opened, honoring the 19 firefighters who died battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013. The site features plaques with images of each firefighter, each spaced about 600 feet apart along the 2.85-mile Hotshots trail, as well as an observation deck.
Journalist and activist Grace Simons took quick action in the 1960s to save Los Angeles's Elysian Park from development. Simons' grass-roots efforts galvanized the community and "set the standard for pursuing a conservation-minded vision that continues to inspire activists to this day," Andrea Thabet writes.
Seven parks in Grand Rapids, Mich., were refurbished this year with funds from taxes and federal grants, and more upgrades are planned for next year. More than $2.5 million was spent on improvements including new playgrounds and equipment, restrooms and landscaping.
The Brunswick, Ohio, City Council approved hiring Carl DeForest as city manager and safety director. DeForest currently serves as chief of police and acting city manager.
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