Day: November 1, 2020

Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation ranks among best in the country

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation has been recognized by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies for the third time in three attempts, dating back to 2010.

There are about 10,000 U.S. park and recreation agencies, and less than 2% are accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. That list includes Sioux Falls.

“Really tries to make you better as a department and also holds you to high standard of providing great parks & rec services to your community,” Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation director Don Kearney said.

Accreditation is awarded every five years. This year, Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation met all 151 standards and received a perfect score.

“Sioux Falls Parks & Rec has been around for over a hundred years, and we’ve got a lot of policies and procedures in place, we’ve got systems in place, we’ve got standard operating procedures,” Kearney said.

Experience is where many other communities fall short on accreditation.

“A lot of newer communities that have parks & rec departments that haven’t been around that long, really haven’t evolved enough to really be able to provide that level of compliance with the standards that they set out,” Kearney said.

Sioux Falls was honored during a virtual conference due to COVID-19, but Kearney says Parks & Rec is up and operational. The Midco Aquatic Center and community centers are open and the department is gearing up for winter and spring activities. Allowing the public a short break from the pandemic.

“We want people to get out and recreate and get the exercise and mental break that I think we all need due to this COVID situation that we’re in,” Kearney said.

Registration for hundreds of classes, programs, and activities for the winter season begins Sunday.

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Frisco adopts new visioning plans for Peninsula Recreation Area

FRISCO — Frisco Town Council members signed off on the new Comprehensive Vision & Project Implementation Plan for the Frisco Adventure Park at the Peninsula Recreation Area.

The final plan represents more than a year of development through public meetings, stakeholder interviews, advisory committee hearings and more, and will serve as a guiding document for officials to gradually improve one of the town’s most prized amenities over the coming years.

“This was a really monumental effort,” said council member Melissa Sherburne. “We set out two, maybe three years ago at this point to have a collective vision for this area, and to be moving forward with purpose and strategy so that future councils really understand what the community vision for this area is.”

The plan was put together in partnership between Frisco, Lose Design and Sports Facilities Advisory. In total, the vision would cost about $30 million to implement in its entirety, but officials are planning on making the upgrades over time based on financial considerations, community feedback and necessity.

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The plan’s goals are broken down into three categories: revenue generating opportunities, operational efficiencies and value-added enhancements. The idea is that officials will be able to add amenities and improvements piece by piece in a way that’s sustainable, with increased revenue coming in to help fund projects.

“We really thoughtfully went through all these elements to find out what should be tackled first, and what our biggest issues are,” said Diane McBride, Frisco’s director of recreation. “We’ve got issues with crowding, storage and concerns about navigating the location. So we’ve taken those items we’ve heard from the town, staff and the community and made those high priority. …

“But we realize there are opportunities to generate revenue. In terms of how you invest in this and make changes, when you add on you have to decide what that means for generating potential revenue from that site for saving and building future amenities as well.”

What has been budgeted so far is $210,000 for the design and development of a wedding overlook and a new Village Center, a part of the Recreation Village that will serve as a centerpiece of the area’s eventual redesign.

The Recreation Village is meant to serve as the park’s new base camp, encompassing a new Village Center that would house all administrative functions, concessions, classrooms and more. The village would also include a new activity center, ice rink, art installations and renovations to the day lodge and Nordic center.

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The plan also includes a new wayfinding system which will incorporate better lighting and signage for pedestrians and vehicles. It’ll serve as a means to both define the character of the park and help visitors find their way around. There are also ideas for improving transportation issues on a broader scale, like adding the Adventure Park along the Summit Stage bus route, increasing parking capacity and creating a bypass for recpath users.

“It’s all organized in a

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Greenwood deputies locate inmate who climbed a recreation yard fence and escaped from detention center’s roof | News

GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) said they located an inmate who escaped from the Greenwood County Detention Center on Friday.

According to the sheriff’s office, at approximately 8:10 p.m. Dwight Dawayne Smith climbed a chain-link fence inside a fully enclosed recreation yard, made it onto the roof, and then scaled down an exterior wall escaping from the detention center. Smith was believed to haven been able to obtain a ride out of the area.

Deputies said staff at the detention center discovered the escape during the nightly formal head count at approximately 9:50 p.m. 

GSCO said they were joined by South Carolina Highway Patrol to search for Smith. During the search, bloodhounds were able to locate half of the inmate’s orange inmate uniform at the corner of Park Avenue and Owens Street. The other half was initially found on the roof along with Smith’s blood.

Deputies described Smith as 5’9″, 180 pounds, and possibly wearing a white t-shirt, white long sleeve thermal undershirt, white thermal underpants, and white socks. It is believed that Smith sustained cuts to his legs from the razor wire.

GSCO said Smith’s last known address was Taggart Street in Greenwood.

The sheriff’s office said smith was incarcerated on May 21 for three counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, one count of Burglary 2nd Degree, four counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Petit Larceny, one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property and a Probation Violation. Smith was bond was denied for the said crimes.

Major Smith with GCSO said the inmate was located at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday morning at a residence on Edgefield Street which is the same road that the detention center is on.

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Recreation facilities coming up in FTL of Osmansagar

At a time when the city has been battered by a flood and there is a debate about construction activity near water bodies, a recreational park to mark 100 years of completion of the Osmansagar Reservoir is being built on the right side of the dam. “The park will be spread over 18 acres and provide various recreational facilities. We are only executing it,” said an official at the makeshift office on the site.

This reporter was stopped from photographing the ongoing work as pneumatic drills, earthmovers and trailer-tractor have been deployed for creating the facilities. Access to the park was blocked during the COVID-19 lockdown and work began after a few months. “The work has been pending for two years,” said a Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority official who refused to go on record. The Osmansagar reservoir was completed in 1920 and was built as a flood protection for Hyderabad as well as a source of drinking water to the growing city.

The small park and the bund were one of the favoured sunset points in Hyderabad. “There was always a lot of crowd because we invariably went on a Sunday. Lots of water in the lake. I remember the route to Gandipet very clearly, though — it used to be charming with old trees on both sides and bougainvilleas of many colours along the way. Just some farm houses, no big buildings,” reminisces Sadhana Ramchander an editor and nature lover about visits to the park.

The survey map dated December 2019 shows that the park being developed falls within the Full Tank Level of the lake. The G.O.Ms.No. 111 prohibits construction within the FTL limits. The GO has a vast overarching clause and it prohibits: “Various developments within 10 km radius of Himayatsagar and Osmansagar lake areas which are main sources of drinking water supply as per the recommendation of the Expert Committee constituted by Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board to suggest ways and means to monitor the quality of water in these reservoirs.”

Ironically, during a Lake Protection Committee meeting of HMDA in September 2019, the issue about protection for the two lakes was noted. “The Chairman, LPC has instructed the District Collector, Ranga Reddy District to list out all the construction activities taken in the conservation zone in catchment limits of Osmansagar and Himayatsagar as per G.O.Ms.No. 111 and to verify the legality of permissions.”

Emails and messages to clarify on the park status to Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar went unanswered.

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Egypt’s Tourism Minister, CDWS discuss cooperation in marine recreation activities

(MENAFN – Daily News Egypt) Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani met with Chamber of Diving and Water Sports (CDWS) members, to discuss methods of joint cooperation during the coming period.

The cooperation will look to develop Egypt’s diving and marine activities, in a way that preserves the environment and achieves the development of sustainable tourism.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed a number of topics that would contribute to the improvement of diving and marine activities, and the controls needed to regulate this sector’s work. At the same time, it would ensure the safety of Egypt’s marine environment.

The meeting also touched on preventing incorrect practices regarding tourists and marine life, especially in light of Egypt’s global excellence in this field.

Al-Anani stressed the importance of diving centres and marine activities at the various tourist destinations in Egypt, and their adherence to the requirements and controls of the established licences.

This comes in addition to the commitment to implement all precautionary and preventive measures, and health and safety controls, to protect workers and visitors.

For their part, the Chamber members gave a presentation on the efforts made by the CDWS to facilitate work procedures in this field. They reviewed the ways to reach tourists who prefer to practice these activities, especially through what is provided by the Chamber’s website, which will be officially launched soon.

The site provides all information on marine activities in Egypt, and where they can be accessed. The chamber also provides an opportunity to train tourists to dive through a group of skilled and highly experienced divers.

In addition, the two sides reviewed the number of diving awards the country has been awarded for its facilities in the Red Sea area, and the distinguished diving sites in this area.

In 2008, 2009, and 2010, opinion polls conducted in the UK showed that Red Sea beaches were the most popular for diving and marine activities, with Egypt winning second place in 2015, Meanwhile, Egypt also won second place in 2020 for marine and diving activities.


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