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7/18/2018

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has pledged $1 million to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, advancing its goal to revitalize Buffalo, N.Y., parks and trails. "We're trying to find out how to be a catalyst and really have an impact in the community," says the organization's JJ Tighe.

7/18/2018

The Keene Parks and Recreation Department in New Hampshire created webpages with an inventory of trails, photo galleries and an interactive map displaying parks, playgrounds and sports fields. The department used Facebook to tell residents about the website.

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7/18/2018

The Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Department in Georgia is inviting park visitors to seek out dinosaur statues within parks and use the hashtag #MeetMeAtThePark as part of National Parks and Recreation Month. Information on the dinosaurs is also being posted on Facebook by the Gwinnett Parks Foundation.

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7/18/2018

Providing more information in various ways is important to the Deerfield Park District in Illinois, which has five Facebook pages along with Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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7/17/2018

The growing tax base in Waco, Texas, will allow the city to invest in necessary street improvements. "I think we've worked with the council really well to start moving some more resources toward infrastructure, particularly streets, which is important to our council and all of our citizens," says city manager Wiley Stem III.

7/17/2018

Officials from the city of Columbus, Neb., and Platte County have announced plans for a Joint Communications Center to improve services to both city and county residents. The city will provide facilities and fund initial costs, while the county will supply equipment and contribute to ongoing operating costs.

7/17/2018

Engaging Local Government Leaders and OpenGov have launched a project to examine if age, gender, and ethnic or racial diversity in municipal officials fairly reflects the diversity of local populations. "It's really this idea that what gets measured, gets improved," says ELGL Executive Director Kirsten Wyatt, adding that "[y]ou can't solve a problem that you can't identify."

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7/17/2018

For the second consecutive year, 45 goats have been turned loose in a Minneapolis park as the city tries to control invasive species. "They eat primarily buckthorn, an invasive species, and other unwanted vegetation," said Robin Smothers of the city park and recreation board.

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7/17/2018

A 10-year, $5.4 million project in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., is one of more than 70 New York City projects where pedestrian plazas have been installed. "Cities are looking for these opportunities, which is the reverse of what they used to do when they widened street after street," says former city traffic commissioner Samuel Schwartz.

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7/17/2018

Recommendations from the Parks Forward Commission in California will help state parks improve their budget processes, modernize systems and improve staff diversity, write Parks California Chairman Stephen Lockhart and Caryl Hart, a former county and state parks and recreation official. The state will also have a partnerships office to manage vendor and volunteer relationships.

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