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1/16/2020

The Fannin County, Ga., Recreation Department is creating a prekindergarten program to help meet demand. The program for 3- and 4-year-olds will begin next school year.

1/16/2020

Plans to refurbish Southport Pleasureland in England were announced after the amusement park was granted a lease of 50 years and an option to extend it to another 50 years by the Sefton Council. The long-term lease will allow the park's owners to invest in new attractions and facilities.

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1/16/2020

David Milliron became the city manager in Danville, Ky., this week as he was sworn in to replace retiring manager Ron Scott. "When you come into Danville, you recognize the history immediately, and that's something to be excited about," says Milliron, who previously held the post of city manager in Hogansville, Ga.

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1/16/2020

Table Rock State Park in South Carolina has introduced a virtual reality experience featuring a five-minute video of scenes from around the park. "It's for anybody who can't take this strenuous hike but still has a passion for this type of experience," says Dawn Dawson-House of the state Department of Parks, Tourism and Recreation.

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1/16/2020

Shane Wampler, recreation supervisor for the Omaha, Neb., Parks, Recreation and Public Property department, has played pickleball since he was young and has organized tournaments and clinics to introduce the sport to others. "It's super fun to see new folks come in and play against people they've never played before, and have a blast with it," he says.

1/16/2020

Margie Lewis, the new executive director of St. Tammany Parish Recreation District No. 1 and Pelican Park in Louisiana, says she was drawn to the job by the quality of the district's staff and support of its board. Lewis was the board's unanimous choice out of nearly 30 candidates.

1/16/2020

The Lancaster, Ohio, Parks and Recreation Department has added exercise space at the Olivedale Park Health and Fitness Center and lowered the age minimum from 55 to 35. "That's what the parks department is all about, being able to provide the spaces that will encourage folks to get up and move and be active," says Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Tharp.

1/16/2020

The historically black West Las Vegas neighborhood of Las Vegas will be the home of a $3.5 million, 2-acre park "to honor the leaders who have left a legacy in the community," says Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, who grew up in the area. The park will break ground this December and be built before 2022.

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1/16/2020

A proposed waterfront park in Portland, Maine, has been awarded a $750,000 federal grant. The total cost of the project is $16 million.

1/16/2020

The Washington, D.C., Department of Parks and Recreation is set to take over a recreational field from the district's public school system. Officials said they will put into writing that school-based events have primary access, but such language would not rule out an agreement with a private entity.