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    Share this: CADMAN PLAZA PARK’S NORTHERN OVAL SECTION CLOSES THIS MONTH FOR REFURBISHMENT: The oval section of Cadman Plaza Park (which is closest to Cadman Plaza West and Middagh Street) will be closed for a year starting Monday, December 19 for repairs. According to a schematic plan design available on the official website of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the oval will get a new 12-inch wide granite curb, and new Spring Flowering Understory, the walking track will be replaced, the steps and pavement at the base of the Mayor Gaynor monument will be replaced and a new water supply line will be installed, among other work. The Parks Department also hopes to finish the in-house reconstruction of the public bathroom in the basement of the Cadman War Memorial building in early 2023. ✰✰✰
    ROCKAWAY, Queens (WABC) -- With all the hot and muggy weather we've been having of course people want to spend time at the beach.There were some people in the water getting in a sunrise dip in the ocean, but it's not advised, especially with all the shark sightings that have been reported.In addition to Rockaway Beach, Long Beach, Jones Beach, and East Atlantic Beach were all closed Tuesday due to shark sightings in the area.Swimmers spotted at least two sharks at Rockaway Beach.By the end of the day Tuesday, folks were allowed in the water, but only up to their knees.Earlier in the day, city Parks Department workers and police officers patrolled the shoreline, calling for people to get out of the water for their own safety.Beaches aren't the only way you can stay cool.The Parks Department extended pool hours to 8 p.m. at the city's Olympic and intermediate-sized pools due to the heat advisory.New York City has hired 852 lifeguards in preparation for the hot days we are experiencing.But if you are coming to the beach, always exercise caution.The...
    Share this: A man who was sleeping on the beach at Coney Island was struck and killed by a New York City parks department truck early Monday, police said. The unidentified man was lying in the sand when he was hit by the parks department vehicle shortly before 3 a.m., police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver remained at the scene. The death is under investigation.
    CONEY ISLAND, New York (WABC) -- A New York City Parks Department vehicle ran over a person sleeping on the beach on Coney Island.It happened just after 3 a.m. Monday.The victim was struck while sleeping on the beach at Stillwell Avenue at Riegelmann Boardwalk.There was no immediate word on that person's identity.An investigation is underway.ALSO READ | With shark bites increasing, what to know if you encounter one while swimmingEMBED More News Videos An expert tells Eyewitness News what you need to know if you encounter a shark while swimming. Chatee Lans has more ----------* More Brooklyn news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a tip or story idea to Eyewitness News Have a breaking news tip or an idea for a story we should cover? Send it to Eyewitness News using the form below. If attaching a video or photo, terms of use apply.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Parents concerned about the cleanliness of a Philadelphia public pool reached out to Eyewitness News on Thursday. We went to the city to get answers. The concern was over this dark spot at the Haddington Shepard Pool at 57th and Vine Streets. READ MORE: 2-Year-Old Boy, 4 Teenagers Among 8 People Injured In 2 Separate Shootings In Philadelphia: PoliceParks and Rec says there is some discoloration around the drain, but it is not hazardous. READ MORE: Philabundance Receives Food And Funds From More Than A Dozen Credit UnionsThe health department did a routine inspection on Thursday and the pool passed. MORE NEWS: New Kind Of COVID-19 Vaccine Using Traditional Formula Gets Emergency Use Authorization By FDAParks and Rec says chlorine levels are tested at public pools every hour. The pools are vacuumed and filters are changed every day.
    The Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is teaming up with another Georgia government program to provide free meals to children in the city’s parks through the end of July. “The City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to partner with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning’s Bright from the Start program to feed thousands of youth this summer,” DPR said. Bright from the Start “is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families,” according to its website. “It administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program, federal nutrition programs, and manages Quality Rated, Georgia’s community powered child care rating system,” the site says. The program began in June and runs through the end of July, bridging the gap between school years. It serves breakfast and lunch to children up to age 18. Many children in Atlanta rely on schools for breakfast and lunch, which are not available during the summer...
    Share this: North Brooklyn residents are now enjoying a new café at McCarren Park, courtesy of the city Parks Department, which held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. The historic building in which the café is housed also serves as a new hub for the Parks Department’s North Brooklyn Maintenance and Operations, and Parks Enforcement Patrol staff. It was originally built in 1911 by the firm of McKim, Mead & White as a comfort station with locker rooms. “We are thrilled to herald the start of the summer season, while continuing New York City’s ongoing recovery, by welcoming the opening of a brand new café at McCarren Park,” said Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue, who was joined by café operators Aaron Broudo and Belvy Klein.  
    Two women who tried not to let the cat out of the bag were arrested in Thailand after being caught with over 100 live animals in their luggage. Airport security at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport opened luggage belonging to two women when they detected unusual objects as the bags passed through X-ray machines. When the luggage was opened, security found two white porcupines, two armadillos, 35 turtles, 50 chameleons, and 20 snakes, Thailand's Department of National Parks said in a Monday press release. ABORTION CLINICS ON FEDERAL LANDS POSSIBLE, BECERRA SAYS IN DOBBS RESPONSE The women, Nithya Raja, 38, and Zakia Sulthana Ebrahim, 24, were charged with violating Thailand's Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act of 2019, the Animal Disease Act of 2015, and the Customs Act of 2017, according to the Bangkok Post. Thailand National Parks Department The women were attempting to travel to Chennai Airport in India. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Thailand's Department of National Parks Wildlife trafficking, a multibillion-dollar criminal enterprise, is destroying endangered species, according...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Starting Monday, free snacks and lunches will be provided to children at 46 Los Angeles County parks this summer.The 2022 Summer Food Service Program will continue weekdays through Aug. 5, county officials said Saturday.Lunch will be served between noon and 1 p.m. and snacks between 3 and 4 p.m. No food will be provided on June 20 or July 4.Children under age 18 years are invited to receive a nutritious lunch and snack that includes vegetables, fruits, seeds and dairy products such as milk, string cheese and yogurt.The program is presented by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Education, the LA County Board of Supervisors and the county's Department of Public Health."Food insecurity can have significant negative impacts on the healthy development of children and can increase the risks for depression and other mental health conditions among adolescents,'' said Norma Garcia-Gonzalez, Los Angeles County's director of parks and recreation."Ensuring the consistent delivery of out-of-school-time lunch and snack programs through our department's...
    WASHINGTON -- The Interior Department said Wednesday it will phase out sales of plastic water bottles and other single-use products at national parks and on other public lands over the next decade, targeting a major source of U.S. pollution.An order issued by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland calls for the department to reduce the purchase, sale and distribution of single-use plastic products and packaging on 480 million acres of federally managed lands, with a goal of phasing out the products by 2032. The order directs the department to identify alternatives to single-use plastics, such as compostable or biodegradable materials or 100% recycled materials."As the steward of the nation's public lands, including national parks and national wildlife refuges, and as the agency responsible for the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats,'' the Interior Department is "uniquely positioned to do better for our Earth," Haaland said in a statement.The order essentially reverses a 2017 Trump administration policy that prevented national parks from banning plastic water bottle sales. Only a fraction of the more than 400 national parks, but some...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department said Wednesday it will phase out sales of plastic water bottles and other single-use products at national parks and on other public lands over the next decade, targeting a major source of U.S. pollution. An order issued by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland calls for the department to reduce the purchase, sale and distribution of single-use plastic products and packaging on 480 million acres of federally managed lands, with a goal of phasing out the products by 2032. The order directs the department to identify alternatives to single-use plastics, such as compostable or biodegradable materials or 100% recycled materials. “As the steward of the nation’s public lands, including national parks and national wildlife refuges, and as the agency responsible for the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats,” the Interior Department is “uniquely positioned to do better for our Earth,” Haaland said in a statement. The order essentially reverses a 2017 Trump administration policy that prevented national parks from banning plastic water bottle sales. Only a fraction of the more than 400...
    Share this: This article was originally published on May 24 7:33pm EDT by THE CITY. In December 2021, the city’s investigative agency found the Department of Parks and Recreation’s lifeguard division has been drowning in mismanagement and dysfunction for decades. According to the 20-page Department of Investigation report, the Parks Department allows the unit overseeing lifeguards to operate as its own fiefdom, with poor oversight.
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The embattled director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department resigned Friday and the state filed a lawsuit against the operator of six state park restaurants. The actions come amid investigations by state lawmakers and the state auditor into a multimillion-dollar contract between the parks department and Swadley’s Bar-B-Q to renovate and rebrand restaurants at six parks under the name Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen. The state announced it was ending that contract on Monday. Gov. Kevin Stitt announced the resignation of department parks director Jerry Winchester. “We’re committed to getting to the bottom of this,” Stitt said. “There are a lot of different investigations going on right now and I think we can all agree that the most important things are protecting the taxpayers and shining a light on any corruption or bad actors.” Winchester said in his resignation letter that he was stepping down immediately. “I regret that it is in the best interest of the department” to resign, Winchester wrote. “I am confident that the current audits will reveal that the department has been...
    Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife division is in turmoil after a Black employee accused two white directors of making racist remarks and urged the governor to have them booted from office. In a letter to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Alease “Aloe” Lee, the statewide partnership coordinator of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, accused Parks and Wildlife Director Dan Prenzlow—who’s since been placed on leave—of making racially insensitive comments in front of hundreds of people during a conference that she organized. She also urged Polis to fire Colorado Wildlife Council Chair Dan Gates, alleging he’s a “known racist.” “I am reaching out to you as a traumatized, disappointed, upset, and extremely uncomfortable Black woman and state employee,” Lee wrote. In the letter, Lee said that earlier this month she attended the Partners in the Outdoors Conference in Vail, which is meant to “cultivate common ground, explore best practices of partnering, and design collaborative solutions with diverse voices and stakeholders to conserve Colorado’s outdoor heritage.” But as a woman of color, Lee said she immediately felt uncomfortable and ignored by other attendees. ...
    Two decades ago, the Los Angeles Police Department faced a defining moment, as crime ticked upward, a massive corruption scandal smoldered and a federal judge pushed to correct the department’s long history of civil rights violations. A central preoccupation of L.A. politics in 2002 became: Should Chief Bernard C. Parks get a second five-year term? Or should the department be handed to a new leader? Mayor James K. Hahn and his civilian Police Commission, headed by businessman Rick Caruso, decided to end Parks’ nearly four-decade career with the LAPD and to replace him with former New York Police Department leader William J. Bratton. The decision resonated through the LAPD for years, as Bratton presided over a mostly steady drop in crime and more agreeable relations with the federal overseers of reform. The leadership change triggered demonstrations and calls for Caruso’s resignation. And it echoes today, as the billionaire real estate developer depicts his service two decades ago as critical in guiding the LAPD into a new era. Many experts see that era as the beginning of a better time for...
    New York City children are being forced to wear face masks outdoors in parks, it has emerged, after Mayor Eric Adams unmasked school-aged children but refused to lift the restrictions for kids aged two to four. Brooklyn Nature Days, which organizes trips for youngsters in Prospect Park, wrote to parents explaining that their children will still have to wear face coverings outside to comply with Adams' rule. The announcement comes as the mayor himself has made a point of being out and about unmasked in the city, rubbing shoulders with celebrities such as Cara Delevigne to promote the idea that New York is back for business.   The Brooklyn-based organization wrote in an update to parents that the city's liaison officer from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) told them that masks would still need to be worn - even while outdoors. 'Our liaison at the DOHMH reached out to let us know that ... we should remain masked as we travel through the park in large groups,' the organization wrote on March 25. Children will be allowed to...
    VENICE (KABC) -- Venice's famous Muscle Beach has officially reopened, and there's a lot of new additions to check out.A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Monday. The popular workout spot for body builders has been closed for renovations since 2019. The world famous Muscle Beach has officially reopened! Join us for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony ????✂️ , a tour of the facility, and light refreshments???? on Monday, March 14th at 10AM. See you then! ????????????️‍♀️????️#MuscleBeach #VeniceBeach #ParkProudLA #ParkImprovements pic.twitter.com/aHwBjou5aE— City of LA Department of Recreation and Parks (@LACityParks) March 8, 2022Now, people can enjoy brand new equipment, just in time for the warmer weather. According to the city, new equipment includes:Benches Free weights Flooring Protective barriers and railing Doors Fresh coat of paint Miscellaneous hardware "The Muscle Beach community is excited, they've been pretty much calling us daily to find out when we're going to open," said Sonya Young-Jimenez, the superintendent over Venice Beach and the West Region for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. "It's perfect timing for spring. Everyone's super excited, and Muscle Beach...
    Tennessee State Parks had an economic impact of $2.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2021, as the parks posted 38.5 million visits, according to a report created for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), the department announced Monday. In comparison, the economic impact of Tennessee State Parks in Fiscal Year 2020 was $1.84 billion with 34.7 million park visits, the department notes. “Our parks continue to provide an outstanding experience for visitors and a significant financial boost for our state and local communities,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said in a statement. “Tennesseans enjoy one of the best parks systems in the country, and these numbers reflect the impressive performance of our parks across the state.” In Fiscal Year 2021, the parks generated $121.8 million in state sales taxes and $24.4 million in local sales taxes. The total impact for Fiscal Year 2021 included $144.6 million in capital improvement projects, $21.1 million in deferred maintenance projects, $10.6 million in minor maintenance projects and $35.2 million in grants projects, according to the department. The figures for Fiscal Year 2021 show a...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Recreation and Parks announced Monday it is resuming its sports and fitness programs after they were suspended for more than a month due to COVID-19. The reinstatement of parks and recreation-hosted programs and activities comes nearly eight weeks after the city suspended them as part of its effort to bring the spread of COVID-19 cases under control. The suspension included winter sports leagues, rec center athletic games and open gym activities. READ MORE: Hogan Says He'll Award Citation To Police Officer Who Saved Child From Motorist In CrosswalkWith BCRP programs now back up and running, players, parents and coaches are encouraged to contact their neighborhood rec center or BCRP’s athletics division for information on their respective programs, practice times and free play hours. READ MORE: Hogan Kicks Off Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Week With Visit To UM Baltimore Washington Medical CenterAdditionally, the recreation and parks department said it is adding more than 75 new community-based programs to its out-of-school time offerings through its partnership with the Family League of Baltimore. Programs are offered in dance and...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City parks department wants all visitors to keep ice safety in mind. They’re reminding people to never walk on bodies of water that appear frozen and keep a close eye on your children to avoid any potentially deadly accidents. READ MORE: New York To End Eviction Ban, Reopen Rent Relief Site“With dips and spikes in the temperature, our water bodies can freeze and thaw, causing them to appear frozen when they’re not,” Parks Acting Commissioner Liam Kavanagh said. “Walking on the ice can be life-threatening, and we want all park-goers to be safe.” READ MORE: Gov. Phil Murphy Delivers New Jersey State Of The State Address, Promises No Increase In TaxesParks officials say if you are on ice and hear cracking, lay down immediately to try to distribute your weight. MORE NEWS: Connecticut's COVID Cases Continue To ClimbIf you see someone falling through ice, don’t try to make a rescue by yourself, call 911 right away.
    Public events and programs as well as most park facilities in Prince George’s County will be closed beginning Wednesday through Jan. 18 (Photo by Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation). Public events and programs, as well as most park facilities, in Prince George’s County, Maryland will be closed beginning Wednesday through Jan. 18. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the county’s parks and recreation department announced the decision on Tuesday, saying that all parks and trails will remain open. More Prince George’s County News More Maryland News The closures are part of the department’s COVID-19 response. Face coverings are required in the parks. The special election voting center at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex will remain open and previously scheduled rentals will be honored. The Festival of Lights will remain open through Jan. 2. The department said in a release that it will reassess the status prior to reopening in mid-January.
    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A car that was stuck partly submerged near the brink of Niagara Falls after a daring rescue attempt last week went over the falls this weekend and cannot be seen from the shore, state parks officials said Monday. A U.S. Coast Guard swimmer who descended by a cable from a hovering helicopter pulled a woman from the car Wednesday. State park police said the woman, who did not survive, likely drove into the river on purpose. The car was last seen in the churning rapids above the American Falls at about 9 p.m. Saturday amid rising water and heavy winds. The car was gone from the brink by daybreak Sunday when the water receded, according to a statement from the state parks department. The car was not visible amid the mist and boulders at the bottom of the falls. “However, State Parks will continue to monitor for debris or visual impact,” the department said. “We will evaluate removal if we make visual contact with the car.” Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    The city of Vacaville has been named the awardee of a $6.7 million grant from the California State Parks department through its Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Grant Program. Of 468 prospects, 112 applicants, including Vacaville, is set to receive funding. “Vacaville’s project, to be located on a 2.68-acre parcel along Brown Street, has an award allocation of $6.7 million. The scope includes the construction of a 2,500-square-foot indoor Community Center and outdoor recreation facility including a walking/jogging trail loop around the park perimeter, a basketball court, playground and tot-lot, a natural grass field, a performance stage, sheltered picnic areas, public art, and more,” reads a press release from the city. “This is great news for Vacaville residents,” said Mayor Ron Rowlett in a statement. “Selection of this project creates an opportunity to increase equity and inclusion in District 3 with a state of the art community center and outdoor space leveraging grant funds to bring this vision to reality.” The city partnered with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, Vacaville Youth...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Most people would not want to see bees around, but experts say they are good and now there's a new plan to encourage more pollinators to stay in our area.Bees and flies can be annoying, but these insects play a crucial role in keeping our ecosystem thriving."Without our pollinators, many people would starve and the earth would be a much less beautiful place," Director of Horticulture at New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation Matthew Morrow said.Pollinators are insects that help plants reproduce by spreading pollen to other plants. Some of these insects include bees, butterflies, and moths.The Parks Department recently started the Pollinator Place program with the goal to build more gardens for these types of essential bugs to thrive."The idea is that it mimics a forest in some way to offer those levels of space to many different insects," Morrow said.So far there are about ten pollinator locations in the city, and they consist of many different native and non-native plants.The plan is for these gardens to also help mitigate climate change, especially...
                        Recently Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation and the Nashville Department of Transportation asked residents about their experiences with e-bikes on Metro greenways. The Nashville agencies are working with Greenways of Nashville, a local nonprofit, to bring e-bikes to Music City. “We need your input!” the Parks and Recreation Department wrote on their Facebook page; adding, “The Metro Nashville Department of Parks and Recreation and Nashville Department of Transportation are conducting this survey regarding electric bike usage on Metro greenways. You can access the survey at http://ebikesurvey.nashville.gov. The results of this survey will help the city inform policy on the greenways.”   The Nashville Department of Transportation posted the survey on their Facebook page as well. Similarly, Greenways for Nashville posted the survey on their Facebook page. “Your voice is important in shaping future greenway policy,” the advocacy group wrote.   In August, Metro Council passed a resolution – sponsored by Council Members Burkley Allen (Council Member At Large), Larry Hagar (District 11), Kathleen Murphy (District 24),...
    Meet Teddy the Terp. He’s the University of Maryland Police Department’s new therapy dog. Courtesy UMPD Teddy the Terp is short, friendly and chocolate brown. He is the newest member of the University of Maryland College Park’s Police department. WTOP/Gigi Barnett Teddy is a chocolate Labrador, and he has a special assignment as a comfort K-9 on the force. WTOP/Gigi Barnett Right now, Teddy walks around campus allowing students, who are stressed out from midterms and studying, to pet him and relieve some stress. His handler’s is Melissa Fischer. WTOP/Gigi Barnett The University of Maryland Police Department recently acquired the 4-month-old pure bred Lab. He will undergo one year of obedience and comfort training to help people dealing with anxiety, depression or trauma. WTOP/Gigi Barnett (1/5) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via email. Print. Teddy the Terp is short, friendly and chocolate brown — and he’s the newest member of the University of Maryland-College Park’s police department. Teddy is a chocolate Labrador, and he has a special assignment as...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Department of Parks and Recreation have created a new afterschool program at city recreation centers to introduce kids to hockey. READ MORE: Evoqua Water Technologies Opens State-Of-The-Art Facility In LawrencevilleThe Pittsburgh Community Puck Partners program will teach stickhandling, shooting, and other basic elements of hockey. The first program is Wednesday. READ MORE: Elizabeth Woman Accused Of Laundering Money For Heroin-Dealing Paramour Sentenced To Prison“This partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation aligns perfectly with Citiparks’ mission to provide young people with new learning opportunities and safe, fun, and accessible recreation. Together we are advancing wellness by activating young people around this important sport, while also providing the young people that we serve with greater exposure to the game of hockey,” said Kathryn Vargas, Citiparks’ assistant director for community recreation. MORE NEWS: State Police Reminding Drivers About Rules Of The Road For School Bus Safety WeekClick here for more.
    BRIDGEWATER, New Jersey (WABC) -- Police are investigating if the same man is responsible for two sex assaults in parks in two New Jersey towns, and they're hoping a pair of sketches will lead to an arrest.The most recent incident happened between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on September 28, at Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park in South Brunswick.Authorities say the female victim was walking on a path next to the canal when she was approached by an armed man.ALSO READ | Facial recognition is everywhere. Here's what to knowEMBED More News Videos Tens of thousands of video cameras are embedded throughout New York City, and some of those cameras can be used for facial recognition. He then forced her to a secondary location on the Plainsboro-South Brunswick border, where she was sexually assaulted.The assault has similarities to a sexual assault that occurred around 9 p.m. on July 18 in Duke Island Park in Bridgewater Township, Somerset County.In that case, responding officers met with an adult female victim who reported being sexually assaulted by an unknown male while riding...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Harlem basketball court famous for nurturing young athletes and even some stars is getting a major assist. It just underwent a major renovation. CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to aspiring players in the community on Thursday. READ MORE: During Questioning In Albany, NYPD Commissioner Shea Backtracks On Bail Reform Law As Big Reason For Gun Violence“There’s a lot of heritage in this court right here and it’s a blessing to be right next to it,” area resident Marcus Grimes said. “I’m glad at the fact that they upgraded it and that they made it new,” Shakeem Davenport added. For decades, the Greg Marius Basketball Court at Holcombe Rucker Park has raised street ball icons, even NBA players. But over the years, the court got worn down. “The court had fallen on some tough times. Parks doesn’t have the money always to do everything that we want to do. It had been probably 20 years since there had been capital renovation,” said Christine Dabrow, NYC Parks’ chief marketing and developmental officer. So the National Basketball Players Association...
    Trampoline facilities in Illinois will now be subject to inspections and permitting under the Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Act. The Illinois Department of Labor said the potential for injury has increased, so they crafted legislation to make sure the facilities and employees meet industry standards. “By including trampoline courts in the ARAS Act, Illinoisans can be assured trampoline courts across the state have been permitted for use. Now, visitors can see proof the facilities have been inspected,” said Illinois Department of Labor Director Michael Kleinik. Illinois Department of Labor spokesman Paul Cicchini said the new law includes background checks for employees. “Employees who oversee the operation of the trampoline themselves are now subject to criminal history records check and a sex offender registry check, very similar to the policies that are in place for amusement ride operation,” Cicchini said. The activity is gaining popularity. More than 20 trampoline facilities are located in the Chicago area and several have downstate locations. “There are dozens of them across the state and Illinois is among eight states that actually regulate trampoline parks,”...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) â A state Senate committee in Pennsylvania approved legislation Tuesday to use federal coronavirus relief aid to revive a long-running program designed to help clean up waterways, fix up parks and preserve open space. The bill, approved 10-1, would inject the Growing Greener program with $500 million from the American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Joe Biden in March. READ MORE: Registered Sex Offender Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Missing Westmoreland County TeenThe bill still requires approval from the full Senate and House before it could go to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf. The money likely would have to come out of the $2.4 billion in money left over from the American Rescue Plan Act. That had been set aside to balance next yearâs budget. Growing Greener, begun in 1999, has had prior injections of cash, but environmental advocates say whatâs left is inadequate, considering long-term inflation and growing needs like preventing farmland runoff and storm-water drainage from flowing down the Susquehanna River into the Chesapeake Bay. READ MORE: Law Enforcement Searching For Weapon That Was...
    VICTORVILLE (CBSLA) — A San Bernardino County Parks District employee faces charges of holding a coworker against her will and exposing himself to her. (credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department) Jason Graham Collins, 27, was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of false imprisonment, indecent exposure, and battery, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities say Collins got into a coworker’s car at Mojave Narrows Regional Park and wouldn’t let her get out, exposed himself to her and tried to get her to touch him. READ MORE: Enrollment Down 6% At LAUSD SchoolsWhile Collins was in the car, the woman reported being in fear for her safety. It took several minutes before she was able to convince Collins to get out so she could drive away, sheriff’s officials said. READ MORE: Wind Advisory In Effect For For LA Mountains, Antelope ValleyCollins is being held on $75,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. However, detectives say they have reason to believe Collins may have more victims. MORE NEWS: LeBron James Confirms He’s Vaccinated Against COVIDAnyone with information...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state Senate committee in Pennsylvania approved legislation Tuesday to use federal coronavirus relief aid to revive a long-running program designed to help clean up waterways, fix up parks and preserve open space. The bill, approved 10-1, would inject the Growing Greener program with $500 million from the American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Joe Biden in March. READ MORE: Delaware To Require COVID-19 Vaccine Or Weekly Testing For K-12 Educators, Contractors And VolunteersThe bill still requires approval from the full Senate and House before it could go to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf. The money likely would have to come out of the $2.4 billion in money left over from the American Rescue Plan Act. That had been set aside to balance next yearâs budget. Growing Greener, begun in 1999, has had prior injections of cash, but environmental advocates say whatâs left is inadequate, considering long-term inflation and growing needs like preventing farmland runoff and storm-water drainage from flowing down the Susquehanna River into the Chesapeake Bay. READ MORE: Black Doctor's COVID-19 Consortium...
    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (CBS) — A bunch of high-powered guns one would think were for a SWAT team or maybe special ops was found at a suburban park district police department. As 8-year-old Patrick plays at a park in Chicago Heights, his older brothers keep a close watch on him. Yet their mother wishes there were more for her boys to do at their neighborhood park. READ MORE: Ald. Jim Gardiner Apologizes For Series Of Offensive Texts About Women, Fellow Alderman “Our parks need to be updated, and also they need to implement new programs and stop taking them away,” said Patrick’s mother Paulicia Page. Page clearly believes more cash is needed to upkeep the rundown city parks. “It has been years since I’ve seen a Chicago Heights Park District police around,” she said. And effective this week, no one will see park district police anymore. The board voted to abolish the park police department, and in the process it discovered the five officers on the part time police force had access to M-16 rifles. “They’re meant for, I believe,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – After a Queens park playground appeared to be open for a weekend and then abruptly closed, parents want to know what’s going on. CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis went to the city for answers, and spoke to eager Astoria residents. READ MORE: Spotlight On Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul As Possible Impeachment Looms Over Gov. Andrew Cuomo Over Sexual Harassment Scandal “Please open the playground soon!” two young boys said. It’s a plea to the city Parks Department from friends Archer and Arlo, who don’t like seeing the Astoria Park playground closed. “There’s a lot of stuff to climb,” Arlo Pignataro said. Arlo got a chance to climb and swing in the park when it was open on July 31. “Kids were playing, and the sun was shining, so he got to go in the new splash pad, and swing and climb, and it was great. And then the next day I had to tell him that it wasn’t actually open,” said mother Amybeth Whissel. That’s because the next day, parents like Marianna Scantlebury were asked by Parks staff...
    More On: washington square park Washington Square Park provocateur arrested, parties stop — for now ‘Bringing the city back:’ De Blasio vows quality-of-life crackdown in Washington Square Park De Blasio disagrees with drinking in public, OK with dancing The righteous NIMBYs: Besieged by disorder and failing pols Something stinks at Washington Square Park and it’s not the stench of marijuana. A Parks Department garbage truck sits parked nearly around-the-clock just outside the south end of the square, often with trash bags amassed around it. “It reeks. It smells horrible. The back is open. There are flies,” one long-time local resident fumed. “The bags just pile up into the sidewalk. There’s no excuse for that.” The woman said the trash bags block the path for walkers and joggers. “Don’t even get me started about this garbage,” said another woman walking her dog along Washington Square South on Friday near the truck. “Tell Bill de Bla-Zero to get his damn act together.” A resident of nearby Sullivan Street for 53 years said trash has been an issue inside the park too....
    Share this: Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday appointed Margaret Nelson as acting commissioner of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Nelson, currently Parks’ deputy commissioner for urban park services and public programs, began her career at Parks in 2014. She was appointed to her most recent post in May 2019. In that capacity, she oversaw operations and staff from 36 citywide recreation centers, the Urban Park Rangers and the Parks Enforcement Patrol units.
    The Lionshead Village business center in Vail, Colorado, removed an unwelcome visitor Tuesday morning: a young bull moose that wandered into the parking garage of the complex. The moose was estimated to be between 2 and 3 years old, and about 750 pounds, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers. The animal had been seen in the area for about the past 10 days, and was possibly attracted by de-icing products that had been used inside the garage, the wildlife department said in a statement. GEORGIA FIREFIGHTERS HELP ‘EMBARRASSED’ RACCOON OUT OF A JAM Wildlife staff increasingly became concerned that harm could come to the moose or to people or property in the area, the department said. On Tuesday, officials decided to tranquilize the moose and transport it to a more remote area outside Craig, Colorado, the department said. next Image 1 of 2 (Photo: Colorado Parks and Wildlife) (Colorado Parks and Wildlife) prev Image 2 of 2 (Photo: Colorado Parks and Wildlife) (Colorado Parks and Wildlife) CLICK HERE TO GET THE...
    Parks and wrecked. A perverted parks worker went berserk in a Manhattan playground, exposing himself to a mom and toddler, urinating in the street and then laying down in the middle of Broadway traffic to fondle himself, according to witnesses and video footage. The on-duty, uniformed worker, Jeremy Soto, 36, told cops, "I’m high on PCP," after he was arrested for exposing himself in May in Fort Tryon Park in Inwood, according to a copy of the police complaint. He was busted two days later for allegedly hugging a woman from behind on a Bronx subway platform, grabbing her breasts and kissing her neck, records show. Why Soto was on the city payroll at all — let alone allowed to work inside playgrounds — is a mystery. He has 15 arrests on his rap sheet dating back to 2003, and in January he was charged with — and pled guilty to — twice grabbing the butt of a woman walking near the same park, cops said. "Why was he placed in a playground?" asked a woman who witnessed the May...
    Summer pool season is back in New York City as the Parks Department's outdoor pools will reopen at full capacity.Pools will open beginning Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week.Officials are reminding people looking for a cool dip this summer that everyone will be required to wear a face mask to enter the pool facilities.Face masks must be worn in locker rooms, bathrooms, and on the pool deck, but not in the water.Additionally, social distancing is recommended as pool capacity will not be limited.All outdoor pools will all have dispensers with free, broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen.The Parks Department says that the coronavirus pandemic has affected their ability to hire and train lifeguards and as a result, they are unable to hold summer 2021 swim programs at the outdoor pools.Swimsuits are required to enter the pool area and men's shorts must have a lining.Also, if you're going to wear clothing on the deck, shirts with colors on them are not allowed, white shirts and hats are recommended.Parents are asked to leave...
    Arizona shooting spree suspect thought people were following him, officials say Unclear if Irans election will change nuclear talks, Jake Sullivan says The City of Pittsburgh's Department of Finance says it's three months behind in processing checks, including tax payments. © Provided by RADIO.COM Checks In a statement, finance director Doug Anderson apologized for the delay and said a parks tax is partly to blame. "Due to several factors, including double the volume of checks to process because of a separate bill/payment (this will not be the case for 2022) for the parks tax, we are over 3 months behind in processing payments," Anderson said. The Finance Department says it shifted personnel and started working with a local bank on lockbox banking to help reduce the backlog. Taxpayers who mailed their payments postmarked by the due date will not be charged a late fee. The City is asking taxpayers to not mail a duplicate check.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The City of Miami administrative offices will be closed Monday, June 21st, for business in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. This affects the city’s main administrative building, the Miami Riverside Center, and Miami City Hall. Both will reopen for normal business on Tuesday, June 22. The City’s Department of Solid Waste will provide regularly scheduled garbage and bulky waste pickup service on Monday as normal. Parks and Recreation Department programs and facilities will operate as follows on Monday: Summer Camp programming and programs for Persons with Disabilities will remain open Year-round pools will be open and will follow a holiday schedule. Parks will be open and follow a typical holiday schedule. Grapeland Water Park will be closed.
    WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK, Manhattan (WABC) -- Police, local politicians and the community are meeting Wednesday to address the crime and violence at Washington Square Park.The park has recently been the scene of wild, late-night parties that stretch into the early hours of the morning.Cops say alcohol and drugs are involved in the park parties and neighbors are complaining about noise and crime.A midnight curfew was put into place to help get control of the situation, but community members say many are ignoring curfew.Just this week, officials report there were slashings, muggings and trash left at the park.Shutting the park down has led to other problems -- including injured police officers."There's going to be a presence of police officers in there and our goal is pretty simple here -- for people to be allowed to use the park because it is a beautiful park, it always has been, but also public safety," said NYC Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. "So we will continue to be there for the residents of that community, we are intending on being there, enforcing the closing with...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will be providing free lunch for children up to 18 from June 14 to August 9. This summer, free “Grab-and-Go” walk-up style meals will be provided for pick-up at selected L.A. City Parks sites. READ MORE: FBI Investigating After Vehicle Explodes In Montclair Causing Power Outage The goal of the Summer Food Service Program is to ensure children receive at least one nutritious and balanced meal when school is not in session. “We are incredibly thankful for the Summer Food Service Program, which provides reliable and nutritious meals throughout the summer months, said Mike Shull, General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks. “We encourage children and teens to take advantage of this opportunity”. READ MORE: Aiden Leos, Boy Killed In Road Rage Shooting, To Receive Memorial Plaque At Orange County Zoo The lunch menu will offer a variety of healthy food options such as fresh deli sandwiches, salads, and a serving of fresh fruit or vegetables and milk. Recipients must wear a mask and stand six...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will reopen nearly 30 of its pools Monday, just in time for triple-digit temperatures. The pools will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends from June 14 through 20. READ MORE: Suspect Captured In Norwalk After Wild Pursuit, Standoff Starting on June 19, pools will be available for swim lessons, aquatic sports and the junior lifeguard program. All participants must follow COVID-19 guidelines. From June 21-Aug. 14 pools will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. From Aug. 15 to Sept. 6 pools will be open 2 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. READ MORE: Derrick Smith, Beloved Security Guard Killed In Long Beach, Identified As Hit-And-Run Victim, While Suspect Still At-Large The department will release the list of open pools on Monday and expects to reopen more pools as summer progresses. Information about...
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