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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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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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Covid-19 Saliva Tests, Flu Shots To Be Administered At Hackensack Recreation Department on Monday, October 19

HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Hackensack Recreation Department is slated to hold free Covid-19 saliva tests and flu shots on Monday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the site located at 116 Holt Street in Hackensack, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has announced.

The mobile testing is made possible via the Bergen County Regional Community Testing Program, which is available to all county residents thanks to a partnership between the County of Bergen and the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. Monday’s mobile testing site includes community partners South Hackensack, Moonachie, Teterboro, Rochelle Park, Maywood, River Edge, Bogota, Little Ferry and Lodi. Priority hour for public school staff will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Residents can pre-register for their test at a Regional Community Mobile Testing site through an online portal to receive priority processing. To pre-register visit BergenCOVIDTesting.com. Residents who choose to pre-register for testing must bring their mobile device for check-in.

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For the COVID-19 saliva test, residents are asked not to eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum 30 minutes prior to arrival. Identification is necessary; credentials including a driver’s license/ID card, school identification card, social security card, passport, or birth certificate are required. Proof of Bergen County residency is required.

Monday’s testing will be subject to change due to weather conditions. For updates, go to co.bergen.nj.us or County Executive Jim Tedesco’s Facebook page.

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Boulder Parks and Recreation Department reports multiple coronavirus cases

A frontline working group within Boulder Parks and Recreation has reported multiple employees have tested positive for coronavirus.

The first positive case was reported Oct. 3 and there have been seven total in the 11 days since then, according to Boulder spokesperson Sarah Huntley.

All parks and recreation employees who tested positive, which includes four men and three women ranging in age from 29 to 60, are in isolation or quarantine based on guidance from Boulder County Public Health. Colleagues exposed to them also are quarantining.

Huntley said some are experiencing symptoms while others are not.

“While we have a legal obligation and a commitment to our employees to keep their personal health information private, we can say that this work group performs its public-facing duties outdoors, where the risk is less, and did observe masking and physical distancing requirements when in the presence of community members,” Huntley wrote in an emailed statement.

Chana Goussetis, spokesperson with Boulder County Public Health confirmed that the city has had staff members test positive and said this can be common in a workplace.

“Unfortunately, cases and outbreaks within workplaces will come and go simply because they naturally bring people together so there is more opportunity for transmission of the virus,” she said.

Huntley added that the group works out of a facility closed to the public so Boulder officials think city staff are the only ones who have been exposed.

While Boulder does have data on these particular cases, including the race and ethnicity of those who tested positive, Huntley said the city is not maintaining data in a formal document or data set “because of medical privacy obligations.” As far as the city is aware, this marks the first instance of multiple positive test results in a single facility.

Similarly, Boulder County Public Health acknowledged it does not have an easy way to report coronavirus cases by entity, but Goussetis said knowing that information isn’t always beneficial.

“In fact, it can create a false sense of security if people believe they are more safe at a business that hasn’t had anyone report testing positive,” she said. “We must all continue to follow all precautions, no matter where we go and what we do.”

Boulder City Council member Mary Young requested University of Colorado Boulder race and ethnicity data in early September after a presentation by campus leaders at a council meeting. As soon as she heard that seven Boulder parks and recreation employees tested positive, Young said she emailed to make sure the city collected similar information about its own employees.

“They do, but because the number of people that tested positive is so small, they can’t really share it because we could then identify the people,” she said.

Huntley wrote that the data is important to collect and provide to health officials so they can examine and evaluate potential trends.

County and state public health data shows that people of color are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus. They are more likely

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Town recreation department offers scaled-back Halloween events | Local News

Without resorting to trickery, local children will have several opportunities to get their treats come Halloween.

Making good on promises to provide traditional Halloween activities that adhere to coronavirus social precautions, town Recreation Director Deborah Giardino this week announced a series of low-risk events aimed at safely entertaining the little monsters.

“Halloween as a whole is happening,” Giardino stated on Tuesday night while briefing selectmen on Foxboro’s haunted happenings.

The first activity, which already has sold out, is scheduled for Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25, and involves recreation staffers hiding Halloween eggs filled with nut-free candies in the yards of participating families. According to Giardino, eggs will be hidden between 6 and 7 p.m. on the above dates.

Next, on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m., a trick-or- treat drive-by is planned for the Ahern Middle School driveway loop — envisioned as a socially-distanced version of the long-standing Halloween parade through the town center.

Describing the drive-by as a “down-home event,” Giardino said representatives of the Kraft Group, Grace Chapel and other participating businesses, along with the town recreation, police, fire and highway departments, will set up stations along the school driveway and distribute treats to children in passing vehicles.

Vehicles will enter via the Mechanic Street entrance and exit on Chestnut Street.

“Friends of Foxboro Recreation have been instrumental in helping us pull that all together,” Giardino explained.

There will be no charge for the drive-by, but online registration is required to assist in planning. Parents can register by visiting the recreation department website.

Finally, the recreation department once again is asking local goblins and ghouls to bring their carved pumpkins to the town Common, where they will be outfitted with battery-operated tea lights (provided by the recreation staff) and displayed just outside the iconic Common fence.

Launched four years ago, the pumpkin display has been growing and this year will be judged, with prizes awarded to winners in several categories targeting different age groups.

Assistant Recreation Director Renee Tocci said that anyone interested should drop off their carved pumpkins at the Common on Sunday, Oct. 25. During the ensuing week, recreation staffers will take pictures of the entries for judging purposes and possible positing on the recreation department’s Facebook page.

If participants wish to retrieve their pumpkins they may be picked up on Sunday, Nov. 1. Any pumpkins remaining at that time will be donated to an area farm for animal feed, Tocci said.

Thanking Giardino and Tocci for their efforts at preserving a sense of Halloween normalcy for local families, Selectwoman Leah Gibson acknowledged that townspeople have different thoughts on the wisdom of maintaining social rituals during the coronavirus pandemic.

“People are looking for us to take a stand,” Gibson said, “and it sounds like our stance is we have the CDC and board of health guidelines, follow the rules and do what you feel comfortable with for you and your family.”

Giardino added that alternate low-risk activities suggested by members of the local board

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City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department


Physical Distancing in Public Parks and Trails


 

​2020 Virtual Recreation Programs​

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and its partner organizations are offering a variety of FREE virtual programs and resources. Learn more and register for these activities.

PHXPlays at Home Virtual Recreation series​

FitPHX Virtual Bootcamp, Fall Into Fitness and Yoga series​

Pueblo Grande Museum Virtual Summer Storytelling series

codePHX Self-Guiding Resources

Camp Colley Virtual Environmental Learning Program​

Daring Adventures – Virtual Adventures​



“Take a Hike. Do it Right.”​




Learn about hiking safety guidelines
Millions of people enjoy Phoenix hiking trails every year. Park Rangers educate trail users about important
“Take a Hike. Do it Right.” hiking safety guidelines.

The
annual ban of open fires in Phoenix’s desert parks and mountain preserves​ went into effect May 1, 2020.


Extended summer hours are in effect from June through September at North Mountain Park, Piestewa Peak Trailhead and Pima Canyon Trailhead. Parking lots are open until 9 p.m. and trails until 11 p.m. at those locations.


Learn about the Hance Park Revitaliza​tion Project


Read the Hance Park Newsletter



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Recreation Department | Rye, NY

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The Rye Recreation Department strives to enrich the lives of our residents by providing safe and welcoming parks, facilities, recreation programs and events for people of all ages. We work in partnership with our residents and in cooperation with other recreation service providers in the community in order to maximize all available resources. We are dedicated to building healthy communities and enriching the quality of life through people, parks and programs.

Cooling and Charging Station 

Due to widespread power outages, a cooling station and charging station for cell phones and electronic devices will be available to City of Rye seniors ONLY at Rye Recreation from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, August 6 and 7. For our non-senior community members City Hall will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m as well as the Rye Free Reading Room during normal business hours.

This is NOT intended as a social gathering place; it is only for those needing a cool location or a place to charge their devices.

Please stay home if you are feeling sick or exhibiting any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or if you believe you have been exposed to the virus.

For the safety of both staff and residents, you must:

  • Attest to COVID-19 health concerns and be signed in by staff.
  • Have your temperature taken.The thermometer must read 100.3 degrees or below in order to gain entry.
  • You MUST wear a mask at ALL times.
  • Bring all necessary cords and plugs.Only the outlets themselves will be available.
  • No water or equipment will be available.Please bring water with you if so desired.
  • Restrooms will be available.

Please note our phones are not currently working.  To contact us, please email registration@ryeny.gov

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State Department advises all US citizens to ‘reconsider travel abroad’ due to virus pandemic

The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic and is urging aggressive action from all countries to fight it.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department is advising all American citizens to “reconsider travel abroad” due to the virus pandemic.

The State Department website says the advisory to reconsider travel abroad was issued on Wednesday, shortly after President Trump addressed the nation Wednesday night from the Oval Office on the U.S. coronavirus response.

The Global Level 3 Health Advisory says U.S. citizens should reconsider international travel as the COVID-19 outbreak spreads worldwide.

The department encourages people to check for individual travel advisories online at travel.state.gov.

Federal officials say citizens should make sure to check with airlines or cruise lines for updated information on travel plans or restrictions, and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to limit the virus’ spread.

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The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic and is urging aggressive action from all countries to fight it.

Trump announced in his Oval Office address that he is sharply restricting European passenger travel to the U.S. and moving to ease the pandemic’s economic costs. Soaring cases in the U.S. and Europe’s status as the new epicenter of the pandemic underscore the challenge. 

While Italy exceeds 12,000 cases and the United States has topped 1,300, China reported a record low of just 15 new cases. Three-fourths of its patients have recovered.  

To put the coronavirus numbers into some context, millions of Americans get the flu every single year and there are thousands of flu deaths annually.

Since October 2019, the CDC estimates around 32 million Americans have gotten the flu. That’s one in every 10 Americans.

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It’s Throwback Thursday (#tbt) and we want to see your pictures!

Play BINGO for fun or play for a prize!  Complete BINGO by filling in spaces in a single row, column, or diagonal.  Spaces are filled by sending us your pictures or receipts that coordinate to a square (pictures must be from before March 19).  First 10 submissions to successfully complete BINGO will receive a prize once “Safer at Home” is lifted!  Email submissions to dperez@norwalkca.gov by Sunday, April 19th.  Have fun and good luck!

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City of Norwalk Suspends all City-Sponsored Events and Programming through April as a Result of State Guidelines

The City continues to adopt guidelines recommended by Governor Gavin Newsom and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  The City’s proactive and aggressive measures are being implemented to help slow the transmission of COVID-19.

In an abundance of caution and adhering to state guidelines, the City has suspended all City-sponsored public events and programming through April. Further, the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex will remain closed effective March 13 until further notice. 

As information on coronavirus evolves, the City will continue sharing information and expanding preparedness measures to ensure the safety of its residents and employees.

For more information on coronavirus, visit https://www.norwalk.org/city-hall/departments/public-safety/norwalk-emergency-management-office/preparing-for-emergencies or http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/.

 

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Director, Recreation and Park Services

Description of Activities

The Recreation and Park Services Department provides the residents of Norwalk an opportunity to Create, Play, and Educate themselves through a variety of programs, activities, and events. Service programs include community services, youth and adult services, center and park activities, and citywide special events. Community services include extensive special interest classes and workshops, recreation for the physically challenged, and a vast array of community information and resource assistance. The youth and adult services are provided through excursions, sports and aquatics programs, athletic leagues, day camps, holiday events, and a variety of special activities.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

 


   

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Recreation and Park Services Department
13000 Clarkdale Ave.
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 929-5702
(562) 929-5757 Fax
E-MAIL – recreation@norwalkca.gov

RECREATION ADMINISTRATION OFFICE HOURS OF OPERATION:

8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.   Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.   on alternating Fridays

NORWALK ARTS & SPORTS COMPLEX:

13000 Clarkdale Avenue
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 929-5566
(562) 651-1075 Fax
For information regarding Facility Rentals, click here

NORWALK ARTS & SPORTS COMPLEX HOURS OF OPERATION:

8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.   Monday – Thursday

8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.   Fridays

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.   Saturday

 

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STATEMENTS OF JOE MEADE, DIRECTOR OF RECREATION, HERITAGE, AND VOLUNTEER RESOURCES, NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM AND RICK DELAPPE, PROGRAM MANAGER, RECREATION ONE STOP FOREST SERVICE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE BEFORE THE INTERIOR SUBCOMMITTEE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING THE FUTURE OF RECREATION.GOV

May 24, 2016

Chair Lummis and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to provide information the future of Recreation.gov. We are honored to speak before you today on how this program supports the mission of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (Forest Service) and other federal agencies in delivering outstanding outdoor recreation services to the American people. We are Joe Meade, Director of Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources, National Forest System and Rick DeLappe, Recreation One Stop Program Manager.

Now, more than ever, federal agencies must connect with urban, suburban, and rural populations and encourage outdoor stewardship and remain relevant in our ever-changing world. We know the benefits of outdoor recreational experiences on physical and mental health. We know the demand for access to outdoor settings and outdoor recreational experiences are increasing at a rapid pace, and we know that federal land and water management agencies, assisted by partners and service providers, host the largest and most diverse array of outdoor recreation opportunities in the world.

Outdoor recreation is an essential part of our American culture. Thousands of rural and urban communities benefit from recreation on federal lands. When Americans play outside during outings or overnight trips, their spending directly supports outdoor-oriented industries such as outfitting and guiding, lodging, and concessions, many of which are small businesses, and many more. In 2012, outdoor recreationists made more than 938 million visits to federal lands and waterways, spending $51 billion and supporting 880,000 jobs. Many of these jobs are located in rural communities and are associated with numerous outdoor industries and small businesses. For the Forest Service, outdoor recreational experiences are the single largest contribution to the gross domestic product and local economies, generating over 13 billion dollars in revenue and supporting approximately 205,000 jobs.

The federal lands and waters reservation system, Recreation One Stop, and the interagency website Recreation.gov are critical components of providing these services.

Background on Recreation One Stop

Recreation One Stop (R1S) is an interagency partnership among federal agencies to provide reservation services, sharable data, and recreation trip-planning tools for federal lands and waters across the United States. R1S was created as one of the Quicksilver e-government initiatives under the Bush administration in 2002 with the primary goal of reducing redundancy by combining the online reservation services of the Forest Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Park Service.

At that time, the program was focused primarily on providing advanced reservations through the Recreation.gov website for developed campgrounds and tickets for a few locations such as the Washington Monument and Mammoth Cave. R1S also provided a rudimentary data-sharing tool, which allowed third parties access to a single bulk download of all recreation data. The

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