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2/21/2018

Record levels of fine particulate matter in the air that exceed safe measurements have prompted officials in Paris to call on drivers to reduce their speed or avoid the capital area altogether. Authorities are also asking residents to use indoor heating sparingly and avoid lighting wood or waste fires.

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2/21/2018

The National Recreation and Park Association conducted a survey on how parks departments develop programs and provide resources to ensure inclusivity. Nearly 3 in 4 departments develop programming for those with a physical disability, but only 30% provide programming specifically for the LGBTQ community.

2/21/2018

A community meeting revealed resident concerns about the potential long-term closure of much of Washington Square in San Francisco for a playground renovation and a to-be-approved second phase of construction. "Our goal is to work with the community on how to best mitigate any inconvenience that the construction may cause," said Connie Chan, a city Recreation and Parks spokeswoman.

2/21/2018

To get residents involved in sharing ideas for parks improvements and needs, Glasgow Parks & Recreation in Kentucky held an open house during which each participant received fake money to place in slotted boxes representing improvements they wanted to see. The consulting firm hired by the city to develop a master plan has also created an online survey.

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2/21/2018

Signs warning people not to jump from cliffs at Ka Lae, or South Point, in Hawaii are frequently ignored as people seek to replicate social media posts, officials say.

2/21/2018

The Denver Arts & Venues event is encouraging residents to take selfies of themselves with public art displays and post them on social media using the #DenverPublicArt30 hashtag. Monthly themes include a focus on park fun in June, while memorials and statues are part of May's focus.

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The Denver Post
2/20/2018

City commissioners in Lawrence, Kan., are considering a proposal from Mayor Stuart Boley to use some of the revenue generated by a 9% sales tax applied to groceries to fund a program for food-insecure residents. City Manager Tom Markus warns that funds used for the program would have to be made up elsewhere with new revenue sources or cuts to other programs.

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Stuart Boley, Tom Markus, Lawrence
2/20/2018

Residents of Greene County, Mo., can now contact emergency responders via text using a new service aimed at accommodating people with speech or hearing impairments or those who would be endangered by making a voice call. Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications Director Zim Schwartze says voice calls are still the center's primary method of communication.

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Greene County
2/20/2018

Programs in Chelsea, Mass; Covington, Ky.; and Gary, Ind., have found success with green stormwater infrastructure strategies in the past year, assisted by Southwest Airlines and the National Recreation and Park Association. The three underserved communities were able to encourage residents to become involved in planning and designing green stormwater solutions to better serve the needs of their areas.

2/20/2018

The Friends of James River Park in Richmond, Va., says the local park system needs a 10-year master plan in light of increased attendance, and the group is seeking $250,000 to create that plan. Park advocates are concerned the influx of visitors could threaten the wilderness surrounding the park.