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Seattle Parks and Recreation unveils the $100 million Green Lake Community Center

Coinciding with the third and final installment of a series of public feedback-seeking online open houses, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) recently released conceptual renderings from architecture firm Miller Hull Partnership and landscape architecture practice Berger Partnership that show a new community center at the city’s cherished and heavily-used Green Lake Park.

Centered around a titular 259-acre freshwater lake in north-central Seattle, the Olmsted Brothers-designed green space was established in 1908 and is best known for the 2.8-mile multi-lane recreational path that encircles the lake and its wealth of (occasionally surprising, sometimes panic-inducing) urban wildlife. Nestled alongside the eastern shore of the lake, the park’s existing art deco community center opened in 1928 while the adjacent indoor public swimming pool, Evans Pool, debuted in 1955.

aerial view of a lakeside community center surrounded by a park, the Green Lake Community Center
Aerial view of the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool captured in 1995. (Seattle Municipal Archives/Flickr/CC BY 2.0)

The Green Lake Community Center—complete with gym, dedicated meeting and activity spaces, second-floor “tot room,” and restroom/shower facilities—is one of the oldest of the 26 community centers operated by the parks department. While its popularity hasn’t wavered, the nonagenarian neighborhood hub has been showing its advanced age for some time. A $750,000 multi-phase stabilization project is currently underway so that it can remain open to the public and, to date, numerous fixes have been completed including a crucial roof repair, the installation of a new pool pump, and electrical improvements. Per the SPR, new boilers and an upgraded ventilation system are next up. Meanwhile, both the community center and pool remain closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While these much-needed repairs will enable the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool to remain open in the immediate years to come, the eyes of most Seattleites are fixed on what’s to come further down the line: A brand new community center that, at 90,000 square feet, will be three times the size of the current one.

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An airy welcome hall will serve as a natural place to congregate. (Miller Hull Partnership and Berger Partnership/Courtesy Seattle Parks and Recreation)

As David Graves, a strategic advisor with the parks department, told the Seattle Times, the new Green Lake Community Center will cost an estimated $100 to $120 million—that’s well over three times the cost of the most expensive community center built in the city’s history, a $32 million LEED Gold recreational center and pool that debuted in the South Seattle neighborhood of Rainer Beach in 2013.

The spacious new Green Lake Community Center is slated to feature many of the same amenities as the existing facility while introducing new ones in an effort to introduce a broader range of programming and place additional emphasis on inclusivity and accessibility. The planning and early design phases also come just ahead of next year’s scheduled opening of Roosevelt Station, a new light rail station part of Sound Transit’s Link Northgate extension. Located roughly 20 minutes by foot and less than 10 minutes by bike from Green Lake (also,

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The District of Summerland is reviewing over the recreation and health needs of the community – Penticton News

The District of Summerland will be reviewing the Summerland Community Recreation & Health Centre Engagement Strategy Summary and the Draft Needs Assessment report from the Director of Community Services on Monday. 

The update on the project will provide an overview of community summary and further information on options presented from the program and space requirements excerpt.

This section of work on the project is targeted to be completed by the end of January 2021.

Consultants hired by the district have now completed the comprehensive community engagement process. The public survey included over 600 responses, online open houses, stakeholder workshops, stakeholder questionnaires, and meetings with the Steering Committee, Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee and the Penticton Indian Band (PIB), as well as content for the project website.

From the results, the consultants have begun to develop program and space requirements for the new facility. First choice options for spaces and costs details will be provided, along with options and costs for secondary spaces for Council’s consideration. 

Key feedback from the community on the project include replacement and improvement of the aquatic centre as the highest priority. There is strong support for a larger pool, more than one pool, a hot tub, and better accessibility. 

The community would also like to see replacement of the fitness centre, building a better workout space with access to cardio machines, and weights. There is also a demand for gymnasium space, adding to indoor activities for all ages in fall/winter/spring; event and community gathering space, programs and drop-in for children, youth and families. 

Additional community services would also like to be improved in the community centre, including youth programs with a dedicated youth space, childcare/daycare for children up to 5 years old, Seniors’ services as well as  a dedicated seniors’ spaces. 

There is a need for better access to family doctors, a walk-in health service option, and space for dedicated mental health professionals (Interior Health).

After Monday’s meeting, the summary of the results will be posted on the website. The community is encouraged by the District to review the documents and provide feedback on their level of support for the options presented. 

Funds for the initial phase of the project are budgeted for $80,000 and are included in the District of Summerland 2020 Financial Plan.

Full details of the Community Engagement Summary and the Program and Space Requirements Excerpt will be presented to the council on Monday.

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Greene County recreation department holding children’s Christmas activities | Community News

Children from all across Greene County will be able to enjoy two upcoming Christmas-themed events being coordinated by the county’s department of recreation.

Santa Claus will be the focus of the upcoming activities, as he will serve as the special guest at “Breakfast with Santa” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 5. He will also be receiving letters from local youths who write to him through the department’s “Letters to Santa” initiative.

The breakfast starts at 9 a.m. in the lower level of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Admission is $7 per person and includes a breakfast catered by Dan Wagner, culinary arts instructor at Greene County Career and Technology Center.

To follow CDC guidelines put in place because of COVID-19, the current plan is for the department to offer three time frames with a 35-person occupancy per time frame, and masks must be worn by attendees unless they are seated.

Also, Santa will be seated behind a Plexiglas frame in the upper level of the 4-H Building and available for a picture. Children will also receive that picture with Santa and a special treat.

A mailbox for the North Pole will be available for children to write and deposit their letters into, along with “Dear Santa” templates to compose their wish list on.

The event is sponsored by Direct Results and Waynesburg VFW Post 4793.

Recreation department director Bret Moore said all steps are being taken to ensure the event will follow all CDC mandates and guidelines.

“We haven’t made a final decision yet as to whether we will allow people to come inside and eat breakfast, or if this will become a ‘to-go’ event,” Moore said. “We will make the decision based on what is best for those coming, and what is mandated.

“As for Santa, unfortunately children will not be able to sit on his lap this year because of COVID-19, but he will be there, greeting and waving, and he will be situated behind a safety glass that will resemble a wonderful Christmas card.”

Moore said tickets for the breakfast are now available at the recreation office, located at the county fairgrounds, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Also, through Dec. 15, area children wishing to receive a personalized letter from Santa can simply send their letter with a completed request form to Greene County Department of Recreation, ATTN: Santa Claus, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, Pa., 15370.

Letter request forms include the child’s contact and basic information, including gender, age and any gifts requested from Santa, and must be completed by a parent or guardian.

A completed form must accompany each letter, and parents are asked to limit one request per child. There is no cost for a letter from Santa, as funding has been provided through various sponsors and fundraising efforts the department of recreation holds throughout the year.

Children should receive the letters before Christmas.

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Lafayette Parks and Recreation takes fun approach to community outreach

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette Parks and Recreation is taking a new approach when it comes to connecting with the community.

“It was a way to raise morale internally, but to try to give the public something positive and fun during a scary time,” Lafayette Parks and Recreation Marketing Manager, Samantha Haville, told News 18.

Haville has not only used the account to raise morale but promote safe activities as well.

“Our parks are open,” Explained Haville. “We wanted to encourage people to safely get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.”

Haville says the TikTok account has also served as a hiring tool for the department.

“Some of our returning lifeguards danced to a trending song and we kind of put out a call [for lifeguards],” Haville says the message was well received. “Immediately following we received tons of applications.”

Back in July, the department posted a video to Living on a Prayer.

“Jon Bon Jovi himself actually shared our video on his Instagram,” Haville told us.

Haville has no plans on stopping the videos any time soon. She told News 18, “It seems to be something positive and something to look forward to. I think we’re going to keep going and see where it takes us.”

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Maratha community to send one lakh petitions to Supreme Court for vacation of stay on reservation – cities

More than two months after a three-judge Supreme Court (SC) bench put an interim stay on the reservations for Marathas in government jobs and school admissions, the community members have started a movement to plead the top court for the vacation of the stay by sending 1 lakh postal petitions.

The community has been agitating after the bench stayed the implementation of the reservation and transferred the petition to a constitutional bench on September 9.

The Maratha community was granted 12% reservations in employment and 13% in admissions two years ago under the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018.

Owing to the stay by the Apex court on the implementation of the reservations, the junior college and medical course admissions in the state have been stalled. The Maharashtra government has requested the Chief Justice of India, through four applications in the past six weeks, to form a constitution bench to hear the reservation petition at the earliest.

The 18-page petition by the community members states that the SC bench set aside the Bombay high court decision (HC), permitting the implementation of the reservations, without going into the factual aspects of the matter.

“The reservation has been stayed without giving an opportunity of hearing to the members of the aggrieved SEBC category. The reservation to the Marathas has been stayed when there is 42% reservation given for 43% population, which excluding the reservation for SC (Scheduled Castes)/ST (Scheduled Tribes) and SEBC, is 62% reservation in the state. The 103rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 2019, has nullified the limit of 50% reservation and the existing reservations have been protected till the date of enactment. This means the reservation to Marathas, which was in existence by then, has been protected,” their petition stated.

It further read that the reservation to Marathas was given in an extraordinary and exceptional situation and the HC had justified it under three grounds.

“The situation arises because of an erroneous exclusion of Marathas for seven decades. Secondly, the reservation was given on the basis of the quantifiable data and recommendations by the state backward classes commission. The extraordinary situation has also arisen as 85% of the state population is backward,” the petition read, while quoting the HC order given last year.

Balasaheb Sarate, a community leader who is a part of the movement, said, “The petition covers all the factual aspects, legal points and substantial questions of law for the attention of all the judges. Till date, more than 5,000 applications have been sent through registered post and email and the number is expected to reach 25,000 in a week. More than 2,500 community members have signed the online petition. In the first phase, at least one lakh applications will be submitted under our ‘One family, One Application’ drive. The community had submitted about 2 lakh memorandums to the state backward classes commission in 2018 as part of the collection of the quantifiable data. This movement too will get similar support.”

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As Homelessness Increases, NYC Community Divided Over Hotel Housing on Cheddar

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Shams – better known as Da Homeless Hero – has lived in four different locations. His current address is The Lucerne Hotel in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where he and over 200 other homeless men are residing as part of a New York City program. He loves his most recent home, which has provided him with support during a difficult time.

“This is a deadly disease,” Shams, who recovered from COVID-19 a few months earlier, explained. “A lot of us are older, and going through being homeless, a lot of times you’re not getting the right help that you should.”

But some locals believe Shams and the other Lucerne residents would receive better care in a different area of Manhattan. After a months-long battle, a judge will decide next week whether the homeless men will stay or be relocated to the Radisson Hotel in the Financial District of Manhattan. 

“For me it was both as a parent my concern and especially as an anesthesiologist,” said Westside Community Organization president Megan Martin. “What I was seeing was that people were in the throws of an addiction who were not receiving services.”

Hotels for Homes

From Baltimore to Los Angeles, many local cities across the United States have struck deals with hotels to pay for unused rooms during the pandemic. These spaces are then turned into temporary shelters in order to help socially distance homeless individuals. Similar to the Upper West Side, many area residents are pushing to relocate them outside of their own neighborhoods.
The issues may continue to increase as more people find themselves displaced. Up to 250,000 additional people could become homeless as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an analysis by Columbia University professor of economics Dr. Brendan O’Flaherty. The unemployment rate in October reached 6.9 percent, an improvement from earlier in the pandemic. However, as states begin to shut down schools and businesses again with coronavirus levels spiking, there are worries more people could find themselves destitute. 

The Lucerne is one of three hotels in a ten-block radius that house homeless people. It is specifically earmarked for men in substance abuse recovery and many of its residents have mental health disorders. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the facility in September and called the conditions “unacceptable.” WestCo’s Martin said the hotel is far from the shelter of origin for many of its residents and other resources like methadone clinics are also quite a distance away. The new proposed location is closer to those facilities.

“When you have this severe mental illness and chemical addiction and you are not receiving the proper medical care and substance abuse services, you are basically saying you are just warehousing individuals, and then not giving them the proper treatment,” Martin said. 

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Keeping the homeless men in the Upper West Side is also putting families in danger, she adds. She says there’s open prostitution, needles on playgrounds, robberies, and illicit

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This Time, Washington Recreation Lands Remain Open Despite Rocketing COVID-19 Rates | Community

As cases of COVID-19 surge across Washington and the country, business are closing yet again, hospital beds again are filling and health officials are urging people to avoid holiday travel (at least that’s new).

It all feels familiar, except for one major difference: Washington land managers and recreation czars aren’t urging folks to avoid the outdoors, nor are they closing lands to public access.

In the spring, roughly 7 million acres of state-owned land closed in hopes of preventing travel. Beloved local gems like Mount Spokane and Riverside State Park were suddenly off limits. Those lucky enough to live near green space were urged to take a walk in a local park.

This time it’s different.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, for instance, is not making any new changes due to the viral surge. The Washington State Parks system is closing indoor activities, but parklands remain open. It’s a similar story at the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

“We understand the physical and mental benefits of being able to get outside to fish, hunt, hike, wildlife watch and do other activities at this time,” said WDFW spokeswoman Staci Lehman in an email. “We are reminding people to please be responsible and respectful of others they encounter while outside and do their best to social distance from those not in their immediate party and to wear masks when that isn’t possible and where appropriate.”

That difference in approach reflects a greater understanding of the virus and the fact that it’s fall, not spring, said Jon Snyder, the recreation policy advisor for Gov. Jay Inslee.

“We can see that we can’t tie many cases to outdoor recreation cases,” he said.

In particular, the spring closures were aimed at preventing travel. With several popular hunting and fishing seasons opening — lowland trout and coastal fishing in particular — officials worried the surge of travel would spread the virus to rural communities.

“We do not have anything going on right now that gets thousands of people crossing the state for fishing,” Snyder said.

In 2018 and 2019 WDFW sold about 160,000 annual fishing licenses prior to opening day. The agency does not track where people fish, according to Peter Vernie, the licensing department manager. Vernie doesn’t believe people travel far for the opener because WDFW stocks so many lakes.

The bigger concern for WDFW was reports of “shoulder-to-shoulder” fishing at popular lakes, said Lehman.

Although the spring closures were deeply unpopular, leading to “Let Us Fish” protests and vocal dissension among some Fish and Wildlife commissioners, Snyder defends them as necessary.

“Find any state that didn’t close and compare us to them,” he said. “At the time we just really needed to crush mobility.”

Brock Millern, a recreation and conservation manager for DNR, echoed Snyder. The mental and physical health benefits of going outside, combined with the increase in knowledge and decrease in good weather, has prompted a much different response.

Still, he cautioned that closures could happen.

“I think it’s possible

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Chicopee eyes Community Preservation Act tax for historic preservation, recreation, open space

CHICOPEE — City residents are considering adding a tax surcharge to real estate bills that would help raise money for recreation, historic preservation, protecting open space and improving community housing.

Two decades ago the state adopted the Community Preservation Act, which allows communities to increase tax bills from anywhere between 1% and 3% and earmark that money for a variety of uses. The state also provides a partial match to the amount raised, estimated at about 17% this fiscal year.

About a year ago the Historical Commission formed a committee to examine adopting the act in Chicopee. City Planner Lee Pouliot is now assisting the group and working with the Law Department to find the best way to move forward with the idea, said Joshua Clark.

“I am, as chairman of the historical society, really, really excited about this,” Clark said. “It can raise a lot of money and raise awareness for historic preservation.”

The only way the act can be approved is if voters pass a ballot question, according to state law. The City Council and mayor can agree to place the question on the ballot, or supporters can collect enough signatures to bring the issue to the electorate, which is done less often.

If the act is adopted, a committee is appointed to review proposals and vote on how to spend the money raised each year, according to the state law.

A total of 186 communities in Massachusetts have adopted the act, including Springfield, which instituted a 1.5% surcharge in 2016 and raised about $1.4 million last year. Holyoke voters also approved a 1.5% surcharge in 2016 and raised about $579,400 in the last fiscal year. West Springfield, Westfield, Agawam, Northampton, Wilbraham, Easthampton and Pittsfield are also among those who have instituted the act.

The city funds a lot of projects the Community Preservation Act supports, such as park improvements, but it could be helpful to have money dedicated to recreation and historic improvements. If the city receives a grant that needs a matching amount, Community Preservation Act money could be used for that, Pouliot said.

The guidelines for how the money can be spent are broad, meaning that it can benefit the city in many ways such as funding a project that wasn’t anticipated in the budget, he said.

“I think we should look at all funding opportunities. Every dollar counts, particularly in this economy,” he said. “Once we better understand the administrative side there needs to be an educational campaign to dispel myths.”

The Historical Commission is hoping to join with other groups such as the Recreation Commission to work toward putting the question on the ballot and to educate voters. With a $500 annual budget, the Historical Commission will not be able to do the work alone, Clark said.

“People are going to be asked to increase tax money. Especially in a pandemic that is a hard ask, but we are trying to improve the neighborhoods in Chicopee,” he said.

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East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community | News

The City of Arlington’s East Library and Recreation Center, featuring an outdoor innovation space designed by UTA students, held its grand opening Monday.

The 47,249-square-foot building is the first collaboration between Arlington’s Parks and Recreation and Libraries departments and replaces the Hugh Smith Recreation Center and East Branch Library.

The recreation center is equipped with fitness and community rooms, a gym, a 113,000 gallon indoor pool, a child care center and senior lounge. The 8,500-square-foot library offers books in physical, digital and audiobook formats, as well as DVDs, free Wi-Fi and adult education classes.



East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community

Lifeguards swim and demonstrate different areas of the pool during a ribbon-cutting at the East Library and Recreation Center on Nov. 9 in Arlington. The pool features a climbing wall, zip line and area for water aerobics.



Lemuel Randolph, Parks and Recreation director, said the project started around 10 to 12 years ago through the groundwork laid by the Parks and Recreation department, an invested City Council and citizen support.

The $26 million project was approved by Arlington voters, along with other community projects, in the 2014 Bond Election.

The library and recreation center will help nurture community identity, improve east Arlington neighborhoods and enhance lives, Randolph said.

Graduate architecture students Belén Vigil, Lydia Martinez and Iran Mejia were part of a 14-student group that designed the outdoor innovation space. The three attended the grand opening to talk about their design.

With an Innovation Zone grant, the team set out to extend technology access to the east Arlington community, designing pods and a gathering area.

Currently, the outdoor space has three pods with TVs, outlets, seating for two and fold-down tables. Once complete, there will be more tables and a canopy.



East Library and Recreation Center opens its doors to the Arlington community

Architecture graduate student Iran Mejia, left, talks with State Rep. Chris Turner during a ribbon-cutting at the East Library and Recreation Center on Nov. 9 in Arlington. Mejia was one of several College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs students who designed the new facility’s outdoor space.



Partnering with the Libraries and Parks and Recreation departments, the team sent surveys and met with community members to discuss what people of different age groups would want to see at the new location.

Through those interactions, especially with children, Vigil said they knew they needed to have a space for kids to play.

Libraries director Norma Zuniga said it was apparent how much Arlington loves its libraries because they have been growing alongside each other since the first library, a stored box of books, was started in 1923.

With advanced technology and over 30,000 items, she said the new library offers support for literacy and learning for all ages.

High school equivalency, English as a second language and citizenship classes are some of the adult education classes that will be offered along with workforce training.

“Libraries and parks and recreation make great neighborhoods,” Zuniga said. “The investment made in this community will leave a legacy for years

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MVP Health Care to provide free flu shots at the Miller Community Recreation Center

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When:

Saturday, November 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Miller Community Recreation Center

Monday, November 9 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Enosburg Fire Station

Monday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Martha’s Kitchen

Wednesday, November 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. @ Sheldon Food Distribution Center

Wednesday, November 11 from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Northwestern Medical Center

Thursday, November 12 from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Enosburg Fire Station

Thursday, November 12 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ St. Albans City Hall

Where:

Miller Community Recreation Center

130 Gosse Court

Burlington, VT 05408

Enosburg Fire Station

83 Sampsonville Road

Enosburg Falls, VT 05450

Martha’s Kitchen

139 Lake Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

Sheldon Food Distribution Center

45 Church Street

Sheldon, VT 05483

Northwestern Medical Center

133 Fairfield Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

St. Albans City Hall

100 North Main Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

You do not need to make a reservation, but you will be asked to register upon arrival.

What:

Many doctors say that having the flu and COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the same time could be very dangerous, even for healthy adults. That’s why this flu season, the best ways to stay healthy are to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and get a flu shot.

Getting a flu shot reduces your risk of flu, hospitalizations, and even death. The flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19. However, it will protect you (and your loved ones) from the many serious complications the flu can cause.

The good news is that flu shots are free for most MVP Health Care members*, no matter where you get one. And, if you get a flu shot at one of MVP Health Care’s flu shot clinics, it’s free for everyone. That means MVP Health Care members, members of other insurance companies, and even those with no insurance at all.

Visit mvphealthcare.com to learn more about how to Manage Your Health.

 

Contact:
Danielle Ruckert

RH Strategic for MVP Health Care
[email protected]

386-479-6524

 

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