City Council members in Dunedin, Fla., have unanimously approved the hiring of Jennifer Bramley as city manager after an 18-month search. "I think we can now move along and be that visionary community that Dunedin is known to be, and have somebody at the helm to help us get there," said Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski.
The Meet Me At The Park Play Spaces Grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and Disney will be announced next month. "We're looking for projects that are scalable and also for underserved populations," said Marla Collum of NRPA.
Hollister, Calif., residents had an opportunity to view initial master plans for the city's parks. A community-wide survey and outreach to Spanish-speaking residents are part of the planning process.
The nonprofit Friends of Governors Island is experimenting with mobile structures that provide Wi-Fi, seating, shade, lights and electricity on the back of a bicycle for visitors to the island park in New York City. Two prototypes are being tested.
The Fargo, N.D., Fire Department has added a drone with a thermal-imaging camera to and is teaching two firefighters from each shift to operate it. "It's a lot easier to put this thing up than to put somebody else's life at risk," said Cass County Sheriff's Deputy Mathew King.
City officials around the country are facing a dilemma in which adding green space to low-income neighborhoods leads to higher taxes and more expensive housing that inadvertently displaces low-income populations. One example is Chicago's 606 elevated-rail trail.
A park has opened in San Francisco's Mission District, the city's first new park in about 10 years. A parking lot was razed to make room for In Chan Kaajal Park, which features a large lawn, an outdoor performance space, fitness equipment, an interactive water area, a play area and a community garden.
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