Durham County, N.C., has announced a new next-generation data center that's expected to be completed in June 2017. The data center will use Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure to manage networks, connect departments and offices, and provide citizens with more data.
A proposed "scatter garden" in Takoma Park, Md., could be the first such memorial park where families can scatter cremains of loved ones. Cremation was chosen after nearly half of all US deaths last year.
The Parks and Recreation Department in Provo, Utah, completed numerous projects, saw pavilion reservations increase and has a recreation center that more than covers its costs, Director Scott Henderson said. The department also manages sites that include the Covey Center For the Arts and the county's only ice rink.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is shaking up its organization to have employees focus on specific tasks. Park rangers will no longer need to be law enforcement officers; the forestry unit will oversee timber cutting and give campground oversight to a renamed parks and recreation department.
Students from several universities in the California state system are leading free exercise programs. The 3WINS Fitness program is available at parks in several locations.
Voters in Fairfax County, Va., recently made an informed decision to authorize three bond issues, including one for parks projects, write Dan Marsh and Mike Nicholas. "It is simply sound finance to spread the cost of long-term capital improvements over their useful life so that the beneficiaries of those improvements pay for them, rather than just those who [are] around during the construction period," they argue.
Nonprofit Urban Rivers hopes to bring more than 600 feet of floating wetlands to the Chicago River. The Urban Rivers program, funded partly by a Kickstarter campaign, is looking to revitalize Chicago's urban waterways.
Park District officials in Mokena, Ill., plan to sell $810,000 in bonds to help pay for park projects, including improvements at the Oaks Recreation Center and the Yunker Farm historic site. The board could approve the bond issue in January.
Pittsylvania County, Va., has hired David Smitherman as county manager. Smitherman currently works in the private sector but has previously served as town manager and interim manager in Elizabethtown, N.C., and various locations.
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