Burke County, N.C., has informed Morganton and Valdese that the county 911 center will only provide core 911 services to the municipalities after July 1, as Morganton and Valdese have said they will leave the consolidated center at the end of June. The two communities have argued that it's unfair their residents are charged more for 911 services than other towns, and County Manager Bryan Steen said he's open to considering cost-sharing proposals from the municipalities.
Extreme conservation measures have succeeded in pushing back to 2019 the day that Cape Town will run out of water. But the South African city's plight is likely to be echoed elsewhere around the world in coming years, as recent severe droughts in California, Brazil and Spain also indicate water shortages.
Current measures to address stormwater flows in Maryland's Anne Arundel County, particularly from construction sites, are falling short, residents complain. And now they're calling for stricter enforcement of existing regulations, as well as more robust standards.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today could approve a plan to turn a defunct reservoir in Russian Hill into a 4.5-acre park that could open next summer. Francisco Park would include paths connecting three elevation levels, each featuring distinct attractions.
Signs can serve a useful purpose at parks, but they can also cause clutter or annoy, writes Peter Harnik of the four-year federally funded National Study of Neighborhood Parks. The study found that parks with signs encouraging physical activity boasted more users.
The parks agency in Alpharetta, Ga., has reorganized and rebranded itself as the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Services. The department has created cultural services and community services divisions as part of the changes.
A parks agency can promote healthy activity and eating for residents with the help of an effective wellness department, write Chicago Park District officials Emmanuel Salazar and Irene Tostado. "For a mission statement to be embraced, any effective wellness program must have as its foundation a system of policies that bolster the creation of a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment," they write.
The Woodie Wheaton Land Trust has purchased 3,053 acres of land near Amity, Maine, for preservation and recreational uses. The land includes forests and wetlands.
The planned 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C., is intended to link the Capitol Hill and Anacostia neighborhoods without displacing residents. A community land trust funded by JPMorgan Chase has been created to help preserve homeownership in less affluent Anacostia.
Residents of Bay City, Texas, were given a look at designs for a planned indoor and outdoor aquatic center. The city is eligible to receive grants of about $750,000 from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the project, which could cost up to $17 million.