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Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel putting up hundreds of firefighters

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is famous for inspiring Stephen King’s horror classic “The Shining.”

ESTES PARK, Colo. — The historic hotel made famous by “The Shining” will be known to hundreds of firefighters for something decidedly less spooky.

The Stanley Hotel said it is putting up 380 firefighters who are helping to battle the East Troublesome Fire, which has caused hundreds of evacuations in Estes Park and closed Rocky Mountain National Park to the public.

Some of those firefighters were from Denver and Aurora Fire. In a tweet, the Denver Fire Department said its crews were treated to a dinner on Thursday night.

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The Stanley Hotel shared a video on Facebook of firefighters congregating in its lobby.


For what it’s worth, according to Google’s hotel booking tool, a room at the Stanley for Sunday night would cost $299 a night to the general public.

The East Troublesome Fire grew by more than 100,000 acres from Wednesday to Thursday, and is now straddling both sides of the Continental Divide at 170,163 acres. It is the second largest fire in Colorado history, behind the nearby Cameron Peak Fire, which is now more than 206,000 acres.

Estes Park, the home of the Stanley Hotel, is closed to all incoming traffic. Roads are open to evacuees.

The 142-room Stanley Hotel built in 1909. Part of its fame comes from horror legend Stephen King, who said he was inspired to write “The Shining” after staying there near the end of the season, when they were the only guests.

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Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division named state’s top agency | Johns Creek

Johns Creek residents know they have a great parks and recreation department. Now the rest of the state knows as well.

The Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division was recently honored with four awards by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association, including being named State Agency of the Year.

The city’s park and rec department was also recognized as the state’s Agency of the Year, while Parks Recreation Manger Kirk Franz was named Administrator of the Year for District 7 and  Dianna Aichele was named Volunteer of the Year.

The GRPA Agency of the Year Award recognizes excellence and leadership in providing quality recreation programs, parks and facilities that enhance the quality of life in communities.

“These esteemed industry recognitions further exemplify Johns Creek as a city with exceptional recreation and park management leaders, volunteers and programs,” Mayor Mike Bodker said. “Our talented staff and dedicated volunteers have helped to create one of the most admired and recognized family of park facilities and community programming in the state and across the entire southeast.”

The District 7 Agency of the Year Award recognizes the top-notch service and quality of facilities within a city. Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division serves a population of 84,946. The Johns Creek team consists of five full-time employees, six permanent part-time employees and two part-time seasonal swim coaches for the JCAT Swim Team that competes in the GRPA State Swim Meet.

Franz was recognized for his dedication to ensuring the highest level of recreation programing to meet the needs of a diverse community. Kirk was the first recreation staff member after the city of Johns Creek was incorporated in December 2006.

City officials said that from the outset, Franz began the development and consistency for all programing including innovative events like the first City of Johns Creek 5K; theming this environmentally friendly 5K, “Go Green – Be Green!”

Aichele has been a volunteer with the City of Johns Creek and at Park Place Adult Activity Center for nine years, since the Park Place facility opened. City officials said she has proven herself “an indispensable participant who is always willing to help new Park Place members, programing, and many other projects pertaining to Park Place.”

The city maintains over 400 acres of parkland, green space, and nature preserves. The city currently operates four primary parks: Newtown Park, Ocee Park, Shakerag Park and the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve.

The city is in the process of design and master planning for five  additional parks: Cauley Creek, Linear Park, Bell/Boles Roads, Morton Road and State Bridge Road. The current park system offers a variety of settings and venues for multiple recreation activities accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

The Georgia Recreation and Park Association was formed in 1945 as a private, non-profit institution to support and promote the recreation and park industries within the

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Kids can make gnome homes from recycled materials following this lesson from the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Departement

Here is a fun way to create a fairy tale world filled with castles and gnome homes built from recyclables. This project is adapted from the San Antonio Parks and Recreation’s “Quick Crafts Cardboard Castles and Gnome Homes” lesson taught by educator David Jimenez in a video on the City of San Antonio YouTube channel.

Ingrid Wilgen

What you need

Hot glue, tape, white glue, scissors, construction paper, cardboard scraps, markers, pencils, cardboard tubes from toilet paper, paper towel or wrapping npaper rolls, recycled disposable cups, bowls and plates.

What to do

First, play around with the recycled materials, stacking bowls on cups or cups on tubes, to discover shapes that will work for your gnome home and castle construction. Let your imagination soar by combining materials to create new shapes.

A small disposable bowl glued to the top of a paper cup, for example, becomes a mushroom-shaped gnome home.

You also can create cones from construction paper to make a pointed roof for a toilet paper tube tower.

Place a a small bowl with the rim facing down onto a piece of construction paper and trace a circle around the bowl with a pencil. Once done, cut the shape out. Try making circles with different diameters, using bowls and cups of various sizes.

Using a ruler, draw a line across the center of the paper circle. Measure the length of the line. Divide the resulting number by two. Using a pencil, mark the halfway point determined by your calculation with a dot. Cut along the line, stopping at the dot.

Next, overlap the cut edges of the circle to form a cone shape. Use glue or tape to secure the shape. Place the cone on top of a disposable cup or cardboard toilet paper tube to create a gnome home.

Now it’s time to create a castle. You’ll need cardboard and cardboard tubes to make the walls — make sure that the tubes are taller than the cardboard you are using to make the walls.

Cut four rectangular walls of equal height out of cardboard (walls opposite each other should be the same length, too.) Castle walls often have a pattern of rectangular notches across the top, where archers can fire their arrows; add those, too, if you want.

You can join the walls using four paper towel tubes. Starting at the bottom, cut two slits in each tube 90 degrees apart that are the same length as the castle walls’ height.

Using four paper towel rolls, cut a single slit from the bottom to the top of each roll up to the castle walls’ height. Slide the tubes onto the castles’ four corners using the slits you cut.

Make as many structures as you want to complete your vision. Using hot glue is the fastest way to see your creation come to life, but if you don’t mind the drying time, white glue also gets the job done. When the glue is dry, use markers to decorate your

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Parks And Recreation To Host Drive-through Halloween Event

Press release from the Town of Milton:

Oct. 22, 2020

This pandemic has led to changes in how we experience just about everything. Halloween is no exception. In order to provide some Halloween fun in a safe manner, Wilton Parks and Recreation is hosting “Spooktacular Nightmarish Halloween Hootenanny”, a drive-thru Halloween event at Comstock Community Center on Friday, October 30th from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. There is no cost to attend. Families are encouraged to wear costumes (not required) and decorate their vehicles.

The Halloween drive-thru will take place at Comstock Community Center’s main entrance loop at 180 School Road. Families driving through can expect to see spooky Halloween décor, great costumes, classic ghoulish music, and most importantly, candy! Families visiting the drive-thru won’t be exiting their vehicles – they’ll simply drive straight up to where Parks and Recreation staff will be handing out candy in a socially distanced fashion. Additionally, families are encouraged to decorate their cars in Halloween themes – the two best decorated cars will win a prize!

Some of the precautions taken to manage participant safety include: designated entry and exit points for the drive thru, screening of staff prior to building entry, and rigorous use of PPE for staff during the event. Parks and Recreation has coordinated with the Wilton Department of Public Health to ensure all public health guidelines and policies are being abided by.

Questions and comments should be directed to Wilton’s Parks and Recreation Office at (203) 834-6234 or emailed to kregg.zulkeski@wiltonct.org.


This press release was produced by the Town of Milton. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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ND Parks and Recreation Department seeks advisory committee applicants

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is searching for applicants for the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee.

The Recreational Trails Program is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for recreational trail projects.

The purpose of the RTPAC is to assist in ranking projects seeking federal trail funds administered by the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department and to provide additional program guidance. Committee members are appointed by the Parks and Recreation Department director and required to be recreational trail users and represent trail interests.

Those considering applying should classify themselves as representing the following interests, per the Parks and Recreation Department:

  • A nonmotorized recreation representative.
  • An off-highway vehicle representative.
  • A motorized recreation representative.

Committee members serve three-year terms. The term will run from 2021 to 2024. Committee meetings occur at least once a year and members are reimbursed for mileage and hotel expenses if meetings are unable to be conducted virtually.

Interested parties must email parkrec@nd.gov before 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Include name, email address and phone number, desired category, county of residence and one to two paragraphs about why one wants to be considered.

For more information, contact Jolene Rieck, PLA, chief of planning and programs, or Char Binstock, grants coordinator at the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, at 701-328-5357.

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City names Rudy Flores Parks & Recreation director, begins fitness initiative | Local & State

Rudy Flores, former owner of Changing Lives Dance Center, has been named the director of Lufkin Parks & Recreation.

“We are very pleased to have Rudy bring his success and emphasis on fitness to the City of Lufkin’s Parks & Recreation Department,” assistant city manager Jason Arnold said. “We believe the quality of life for our residents is greatly enhanced through Parks & Recreation programs. We want to see an already fine department expand its impact by adding fitness programs and citywide initiatives in the future.”


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Johns Creek Receives 4 Awards From GA Recreation & Parks Assoc.

JOHNS CREEK, GA — Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division has been recognized by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association with four distinguished awards, city officials announced Tuesday.

The prestigious awards, which were announced at the annual GRPA Conference in this month, include: State of Georgia Agency of the Year Award, District 7 Agency of the Year Award, Administrator of the Year Award for District 7 to Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Recreation Manager Kirk Franz, and Volunteer of the Year Award, which was awarded to Dianna Aichele.

The GRPA Agency of the Year Award recognizes excellence and leadership in providing quality recreation programs, parks and facilities that enhance the quality of life in communities.

“These esteemed industry recognitions further exemplify Johns Creek as a city with exceptional recreation and park management leaders, volunteers and programs,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “Our talented staff and dedicated volunteers have helped to create one of the most admired and recognized family of park facilities and community programming in the state and across the entire southeast.”

The District 7 Agency of the Year Award recognizes the top-notch service and quality of facilities within a city. Johns Creek Recreation & Parks Division serves a population of 84,946 (2020). The Johns Creek team consists of five full-time employees, six permanent part-time employees and two part-time seasonal swim coaches for our JCAT Swim Team that competes in the GRPA State Swim Meet.

GRPA also awarded Kirk Franz with the District 7 Administrator of the Year Award recognizing the service provided by Franz and his dedication to ensuring the highest level of recreation programing to meet the needs of a diverse community. Franz was the first recreation staff member after the Johns Creek was incorporated in December 2006.

From the outset, Franz began the development and consistency for all programing including innovative events like the first City of Johns Creek 5K; theming this environmentally friendly 5K, “Go Green – Be Green!”

The fourth GRPA award was the Volunteer of the Year Award which was bestowed to Dianna Aichele. Aichele has been a volunteer with Johns Creek and at Park Place Adult Activity Center for nine years, since the Park Place facility opened. According to city officials, she has proven herself an indispensable participant who is always willing to help new Park Place members, programing, and many other projects pertaining to Park Place.

Johns Creek maintains over 400 acres of parkland, green space, and nature preserves. The city currently operates four primary parks: Newtown Park, Ocee Park, Shakerag Park and the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. The city is currently in the process of design and master planning for five additional parks: Cauley Creek, Linear Park, Bell/Boles Roads, Morton Road and State Bridge Road. The current park system offers a variety of settings and venues for multiple recreation activities accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

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Ferguson Parks & Recreation awarded much needed field refurbishments from Scotts and MLB | News Headlines

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Young ballplayers in north St. Louis County will soon be able to play on the field of their dreams thanks to a huge upgrade by The Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program, which works alongside Major League Baseball.

Each year they award modern, playable youth baseball and softball field refurbishments to local communities. Ferguson Parks & Recreation was one of only four community organizations in the country to receive the grant.

“For something good to happen in the community, it just helps lift everyone’s spirits involved,” said Ferguson Director of Parks & Recreation Dave Musgrave. “Over the past three, four years, the amenities offered there have kind of went downhill due to budget restraints.”

They came across The Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program earlier this year and applied for the grant. The panel involved in the selection process included Olympic Gold Medalist and MLB Youth Softball Ambassador Jennie Finch. They were so moved by Ferguson’s request for help that they chose them over nearly 500 other applicants.

“They were definitely of need,” said Finch. “It was so much fun to hop on a call with the youth of the community, just to see their faces light up and how excited they are to have a decent field now to go out and play on.”

The program provided products and services, with a value up to $50,000, renovating their existing ball fields with an infield makeover, and more enhancements such as new pitcher’s mound and home plate.

While they finished the renovations last month, due to the pandemic, they’re hoping to do a ribbon-cutting for the fields this coming spring, just in time for the baseball and softball season.

“It just brings more eye-appeal and it’s more encouraging for them to be able to participate in an environment that’s more appealing,” said Musgrave. “It gives them a little pride in the community I think.”

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Survey finds Bourbonnais residents rank parks and recreation important | Local News

BOURBONNAIS — A recent online survey by the village of Bourbonnais found 96 percent of participants rate parks and recreation as important in the village.

The Local Parks and Recreation Planning survey welcomed input from residents, businesses and visitors via an online survey in September.

The three-minute survey saw 300 people participate in and provided feedback as a part of efforts to create a master plan for upgrades and improvements to existing and future parks.

The largest demographic of respondents fell between the ages of 31 to 40.

If funding were available, the top priority park amenities include: a village-wide trail system, a community pool, a water playground, playground area upgrades, and river access for recreation and boating.

“We looked at what could be safely executed now while still providing the community opportunities to get involved,” Mayor Paul Schore said.

“Even without events, we’ve seen our local engagement participation skyrocket this year. Residents are really taking pride in providing constructive feedback and being a part of these ongoing improvement projects.”

The village’s Public Works Department currently maintains 22 parks on more than 100 acres of parkland which serves an estimated 19,526 residents.

The parks and recreation planning online survey followed the village’s assessment of existing conditions in current parks.

The internal park assessment began in March and evaluated components such as park access, signage, points of entry, parking, sidewalks, surrounding land use, bathroom facilities, age of equipment, acreage, amenity availability, activity areas, safety, aesthetics and subdivisions served.

Both the survey data and park assessment will be included in a report along with recommendations for a village-wide master park plan.

The village welcomes an additional online engagement opportunity to “Imagine Bourbonnais” with the Community Campus Plan.

The third and final online survey encourages participants to rank preferred concepts and provides a chance to name the community-wide project. Since its Oct. 5 launch, the village has received 400 online survey responses.

In the fall of 2019, the village announced its plans to create a dynamic and attractive central core for community gatherings around the Municipal Center and surrounding areas.

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Glen Cove to raise taxes nearly 8%, eliminate city’s parks and recreation department

Glen Cove Mayor Timothy Tenke’s proposed 2021 budget would bust the tax cap with a 7.9 percent tax levy increase as one-shot revenues used in recent years have dried up.

Tenke’s $64.2 million budget proposal would increase the tax levy to $33.5 million from $31 million. The budget would also eliminate the parks and recreation department, with the department of public works and youth bureau taking over its functions.

From 2013 through 2016, “the council was relying on nonrecurring revenues, debt and interfund transfers to balance the budget and to meet just normal operating expenditures,” Tenke said during a budget presentation Tuesday at City Hall. From 2014 through 2018 the city relied on one-shots totaling $13 million to keep taxes from growing as fast as expenses, according to a Power Point presentation Tenke went through during the livestreamed meeting.

“We can no longer kick the can down the road,” Tenke said.

More than half of those one-shots, $7.3 million, came from the sale of waterfront property where the $1 billion Garvies Point development is rising. Large development projects also helped the city coffers with nonrecurring building permits totaling $4.1 million from 2014 through 2018.

“We had property that was sold … to fill the holes in our budget where our expenses was going up and our revenue from our taxes stayed basically the same,” Tenke said.

Under the budget proposal, a homeowner with a house assessed at $500,000 would see their annual property taxes increase by $260.

The city anticipates losing $769,378 in state and county aid due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hurt economically sensitive revenue such as sales taxes that get passed down to local municipalities.

Several residents called into the meeting to criticize the tax hike. One caller, whose name was unclear on the audio, said he was surprised that during “this crazy” time the city would raise taxes so steeply.

“To just blow it out of the water like that while people are trying to survive right now while business is going under is just absolutely ridiculous,” the caller said.

Eliminating the parks and recreation department means the department director position will be eliminated. The director, Darcy Belyea, has a 2020 salary of $132,744, according to the budget. Belyea filed a harassment complaint against the city last year that was found to be “unfounded and/or unactionable” by an outside legal firm earlier this year. Tenke said the elimination of her position was not related to her complaint.

“It’s strictly a financial decision,” Tenke said in an interview. “She’s one of the highest-paid directors that we have, and financially it makes sense to consolidate these types of departments.”

Belyea declined to comment.

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