The city of Muskegon Heights, Mich., has reached an agreement to hire Troy Bell to the post of city manager after more than a month of contract negotiations. "I'm looking forward to getting my feet on the ground and moving forward with the initiatives as outlined by the council and putting into action some of the ideas we discussed in the interview process," Bell says.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a Fall Color Finder on its website to help leaf-peepers find the most stunning foliage. The site also has a calendar of fall events at state parks.
Plans are moving forward for the St. Cloud All-Inclusive Splashpad in Huntington, W.Va., and a splash pad in Alton, Ill., after the cities' parks and recreation agencies were announced as the recipients of two $250,000 grants from the National Recreation and Park Association and the American Water Charitable Foundation. In Huntington, the grant will fund an inclusive water play area and educational programs.
Schools and local public health officials in Boone County, Mo., are introducing a campaign including social media, streaming radio advertisements and fliers to discourage teens and young adults from vaping. "People don't really put two and two together that Juuls are e-cigarettes, so we wanted to make sure that we got that info out there," says Sarah Varvaro of the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department.
Sarah Veile worked in marketing for almost 10 years before joining the Missouri Park and Recreation Association, where she is assistant executive director, and she uses her background to promote the association's offerings and connect local recreation and park agencies with one another. "In the parks and rec world, nobody is too proud to not share their ideas, so everybody is more than willing to share their ideas of how they successfully run day camps or how they successfully run ball leagues," Veile says.
The City of Midland Parks and Recreation Department has announced the closure of the splash pad at Dennis the Menace Park in Midland Texas, for the rest of the season following a spike in Cryptosporidiosis cases. The splash pad will undergo disinfection to prepare for next year.
Larry "Chip" Filer was sworn in Monday as the 16th city manager of Norfolk, Va., succeeding Doug Smith, who retired. Prior to his appointment as city manager, Filer served as the Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Old Dominion University.
Wheaton, Md., recently opened a new library, recreation center and park, all within the same 92,000 square-foot property. The library and rec center share a building in the first such combined space in Montgomery County.
Senior centers nationwide have modified their offerings to serve the rising "active aging" population of people ages 50 and older, offering fitness challenges and changing their names to reflect an emphasis on being active. The National Recreation and Park Association is observing National Senior Center Month in September.
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