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Inside the upmarket Carden Park hotel in Cheshire

Who needs Versace? Inside the upmarket Carden Park hotel in Cheshire where I’m A Celebrity stars stay after being eliminated from camp

  • The plush Versace hotel in Australia is normally home to I’m A Celebrity contestants after they leave camp
  • The Carden Park hotel in Cheshire which is just an hour’s drive for Gwrych castle in Wales where the show was filmed for the first time this year amid the coronavirus pandemic 
  • Two housemates have already been eliminated from camp, Hollie Arnold and Ruthie Henshall, who are alrady staying at the Carden Park, with ten remaining celebrities battling it out to the final 
  • The hotel boasts four luxury restaurants and no nasty Bushtucker Trials in sight, and all of the food is overseen by executive head chef Graham Tinsley MBE 
  • There’s also a huge golf course, £12million spa facility and guests can enjoy tailored evenings, such as a Bollinger tasting event 
  • Rooms cost around £89, with suites starting at £189, while a treatment at the spa will set you back around £45 

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The plush Versace hotel in Australia is normally home to I’m A Celebrity contestants after they leave camp.

But this year, they’ll have to make themselves at home at the Carden Park hotel in Cheshire which is just an hour’s drive for Gwrych castle in Wales, where the series was filmed for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Two housemates have already been eliminated from camp, Hollie Arnold and Ruthie Henshall, who are alrady staying at the Carden Park, with ten remaining celebrities battling it out to the final. 

Who needs Versace? Inside the upmarket Carden Park hotel in Cheshire where I¿m A Celebrity stars  are staying after being eliminated from the Welsh camp at Gwrych castle which is one hour away

Who needs Versace? Inside the upmarket Carden Park hotel in Cheshire where I’m A Celebrity stars  are staying after being eliminated from the Welsh camp at Gwrych castle which is one hour away 

Living it up already: Two housemates have already been eliminated from camp, Hollie Arnold and Ruthie Henshall, who are alrady staying at the Carden Park, with ten remaining celebrities battling it out to the final

Living it up already: Two housemates have already been eliminated from camp, Hollie Arnold and Ruthie Henshall, who are alrady staying at the Carden Park, with ten remaining celebrities battling it out to the final

Ross King revealed the location of the hotel on Good Morning Britain on Monday morning. 

The hotel boasts four luxury restaurants and no nasty Bushtucker Trials in sight, and all of the food is overseen by executive head chef Graham Tinsley MBE. 

There’s also a huge golf course, £12million spa facility and guests can enjoy tailored evenings, such as a Bollinger tasting event. 

Counting down the days: No doubt the freezing campmates will be looking forward to swapping the cold castle for piping hot showers and meals

Counting down the days: No doubt the freezing campmates will be looking forward to swapping the cold castle for piping hot showers and meals 

Lots to look forward to: There's a huge golf course, £12million spa facility and guests can enjoy tailored evenings, such as a Bollinger tasting event

Lots to look forward to: There’s a huge golf course, £12million spa facility and guests can enjoy tailored evenings, such as a Bollinger tasting event

No more witchetty grubs: The hotel boasts four luxury restaurants and no nasty Bushtucker Trials in sight, and all of the food is overseen by executive head chef Graham Tinsley MBE

No more witchetty grubs: The hotel boasts four luxury restaurants and no nasty Bushtucker Trials in sight, and all of the food is overseen by executive head chef Graham Tinsley MBE

Greenery: With views over the Nicklaus golf course and Cheshire countryside, stunning bathrooms and bedrooms boast starlight ceilings and a Sonos sound system

Greenery: With views over the Nicklaus golf course

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Moiseichik Appointed to Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies


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Merry Moiseichik, a professor of Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Arkansas, has been appointed to the National Recreation and Park Association’s Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies.

CAPRA is the accrediting body for park and recreation agencies, ensuring high standards of practice in quality of operation, management and service to the community. The commission has 15 members, and Moiseichik will represent the Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators.

“I was thrilled and honored to select Merry to the CAPRA Commission for a three-year term, based on her dedication and commitment to educate the parks and recreation profession,” said Michael McLarty, executive director of the American Academy for Park Recreation Administration.

Moiseichik has been a member of the accreditation community for 15 years and has contributed as editor and chapter author for four editions of the “Management of Parks and Recreation” textbook. The fifth edition will be out by next summer and the project will again be led by her.

“The management book is based on CAPRA standards and is one of the best books in the industry,” McLarty said. 

Moiseichik said she has wanted to be a member of the commission for many years as “it’s the leader in the parks and recreation industry for increasing the quality of administration and provision of parks and recreation services.”

“It is these services that create the quality of life in a community,” she said. “Excellence in these services improves air quality, economic growth and positive health benefits, which has been especially true in the pandemic. 

“It creates beauty in our community and gives us wonderful places to play. The CAPRA Commission helps administrators identify where they can improve and the Management book tells and shows them how to do it.  The two work hand in hand.”

Moiseichik joined the faculty of the College of Education and Health Professions at the U of A in 1989.

Moiseichik was appointed by the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration, which has five appointments to the commission.

The commission is committed to the development of quality park and recreation agencies. The agency accreditation program focuses on the education and evaluation of the agencies using standards considered to be the essential elements for effective and efficient operations.

Accreditation is earned through comprehensive and systematic self-assessment process and on-site visitation and peer review. Also, visitors are trained as peer evaluators and review the agency as part of the process.

Established in 1980, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration was formed to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators to enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and conduct research, publish scholarly papers and/or sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration.

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UC Freeholders Officially Open Clark’s Oak Ridge Park Athletic Field

CLARK, NJ – The Oak Ridge Park Athletic Field opened officially on Monday after a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Union County Freeholders, the Union County Improvement Authority, Union County College and members of the Clark Recreation Department.

The field features an eight-lane Olympic running track, soccer and lacrosse field, field house with lockers and concession, bleachers, press box and track and field facilities.

According to county officials the field will be used by Union County College teams and athletes for soccer and lacrosse games, track and field meets and practices. The facility is also open through the County Parks Department to the public, schools, and organizations for the same usage.

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“The College’s athletic teams have struggled without a home field for many years. Frankly, it’s a social justice issue when poorer community college students don’t have the decent and safe facilities that wealthier college students take for granted,’’ said Union County College President Dr. Margaret McMenamin.  “So we are pleased to partner with the County on this endeavor. Our soccer, lacrosse, and track athletes need to compete on a modern, safe, state-of-the-art field. This includes our nationally recognized women’s soccer team that finished the 2018 season ranked third in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament…”

The 12-acre site can be used for Division I athletic competitions and is considered to be the best in the county according to officials.  The complex also includes lighting for night competition, bleachers for up to 800 fans, a press box, an underground storm water detention area and provides scenic views of the park and the Watchung mountains.

Developers constructed a dedicated entrance to the field at the intersection of Woodland Road and Oak Ridge Road.  It leads into the parking lot which contains 120 spaces for use by field-goers.   The lot also has its own exit from the park across from the Clark Pool.

“This magnificent facility now takes its place as one of the top-notch recreational fields in the state,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Union County is highly regarded for its award-winning parks system, and the Oak Ridge Park Athletic Field is a great new attraction for our residents and student-athletes to enjoy.”

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‘Like hitting three home runs in a row,’ Spokane County park planner takes the big picture to conservation, recreation

It’s likely you don’t know Paul Knowles.

But you almost certainly know his work.

Over the past decade, the 38-year-old Spokane transplant has been a key force behind the region’s growing trail and green space portfolio, in the process reshaping regional recreation for decades to come.

As Spokane County’s park planner, his work is often dry and behind the scenes. While others swing Pulaskis (although he’s been known to pick one up on occasion), Knowles submits impeccable grant applications, coordinates volunteer efforts and generally takes in the big picture.

If you’ve ever appreciated a well-marked trail in Spokane County, stared longingly at Mica Peak’s snow-covered slopes while driving on I-90 or taken a quick lap up and down one of Beacon Hill’s numerous mountain bike trails after work, you owe Knowles a beer.

Particularly this year.

That’s because three Spokane County projects are ranked first in a highly competitive state grant program.

“That’s like hitting three home runs in a row,” said Jeff Lambert, the executive director of the Dishman Hills Conservancy and a veteran grant-writer. “If it was in the sports world, it would be on the front page of the newspaper.”

Unlike the sports world, these wins are making tangible and long-lasting differences to the quality of life in our region.

“We’re lucky to have someone so competent working behind the scenes for the public good,” said Rich Landers, the outdoors editor at the Spokesman-Review for 40 years and a trail guidebook author. “He’s the right man at the right time for Spokane County Conservation Futures.”

In May, Knowles submitted two grant requests totaling $1.5 million that allowed the county and city to purchase several parcels of private land on Beacon Hill, thus preserving public access to a popular mountain biking area minutes from downtown Spokane. The sale was announced in August and made possible by the fact that both grant requests are No. 1 in the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Every two years, the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office evaluates potential projects and ranks them. The nonprofit then submits a funding request to the Legislature. The Legislature allocates money to the program. Projects receive funding based on their ranking.

“Beacon Hill, that thing is on track,” Lambert said. “It makes me weep with happiness. He’s the most valued conservationist.”

Another Knowles grant, this one for Antoine Peak’s Etter Ranch project, also received top billing in the grant cycle.

“Our grant programs are very, very competitive and for a county to be that high on the various lists they applied for is incredible,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office, which administers the grants. “It really talks about how much work they put in to showcase the project.”

Knowles also oversaw the completion of the Phillips Creek Trailhead, the “jumping-off point” for the new, 2.25-mile “Flying L Trail.” In recent years, he’s also pioneered the use of trailhead webcams, which allow users to check how busy a trailhead is before driving there. It’s a

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AC Hotel Park City Opens as the City’s Newest Lifestyle Hotel

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PARK CITY, Utah, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
PARK CITY, Utah, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — AC Hotel Park City, owned by Ensign Hospitality, opens its doors on Dec. 7, 2020, inviting travelers to experience a hotel with style and intention in Utah’s cultured city. Part of AC Hotels by Marriott®, the design-driven hotel brand from Marriott International, this newly constructed hotel combines a small-town lodge feel with elegant, comfortable rooms and sleek, modern amenities, bringing purposeful design to Park City.

“We are excited to introduce AC Hotel Park City to our community near and far,” said Kirk Barker of Ensign Hospitality. “Park City is a year-round recreational haven, cultural hub, and distinctive venue for business, making it a perfect location for the well-intentioned AC Hotels guest.

AC Hotel Park City takes form with clean modern lines, aesthetically proportioned spaces, and balanced use of premium materials distinctive to the AC Hotels brand. The intuitive design was created to capture the majestic and wondrous spirit of the hotel’s surroundings and appeal to modern lifestyles. Embracing AC Hotels’ focus on harmonious design and tailored style, the hotel features minimalist guest rooms that allow travelers to use the space in whatever way they see fit. Free of traditional hotel room distractions, the 100 guest rooms are designed to maximize a sense of openness with plenty of open surfaces to place luggage or pull up a chair and work.

The AC Lobby features inviting furnishings, locally sourced art, and timeless, contemporary touches that evoke the feeling of a well-curated gallery. The AC Kitchen offers the brand’s signature European-inspired breakfast with options ranging from butter croissants imported from France, artisan cured meats such as thinly sliced Italian Prosciutto from AC’s iconic Berkel slicing machine, an international selection of cheeses, as well as yogurts and cereals, seasonal fruits, and local specialties. During the day, the AC Lounge® serves as a place to relax or create with maximum comfort and function in mind. In the evening, the AC Bar serves up a variety of signature cocktails, craft beers, and local wines paired with a Spanish-inspired tapas menu. The hotel also includes a state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor swimming pool with whirlpool.

Members of Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s global travel program, have many of the hotel’s services at their fingertips with the Marriott Bonvoy App, including a digital room key, seamless check-in and check-out, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi.

Located just 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, AC Hotel Park City is in close proximity to Park City’s wealth of activities, including a vibrant shopping district, exquisite dining options, and leisure options for all, including local breweries, Olympic Park and, most notably, the host of the International Sundance Film Festival in the winter.

To learn more about AC Hotel Park City, please visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/slcac-ac-hotel-park-city. 

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DNR approves nearly $2M in recreation grants for local park and trail improvement, development

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – A program that started 10 years ago with the goal of boosting visitation and funding for Michigan state parks also has created another important benefit: more funding for local, community parks and trails enhancement throughout the state. Today the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 18 communities will share $1,926,000 for projects including trailhead development in Marquette County, recreation center renovation in Oakland County and park improvements in Crawford County.



a tree in a forest: Michigan Recreation Passport logo on an image of Little Presque Isle Park in Marquette County.


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The DNR introduced the Recreation Passport in 2010, replacing the traditional window sticker system for state park access with a purchase program tied to the renewal of license plate registrations. Support for the Recreation Passport has steadily grown since the program’s start – more than a third of Michigan registered vehicles now have the Recreation Passport on their license plate tabs – and that means more available funding for grants. With the announcement of this year’s recipients, the Recreation Passport grant program (established by Public Act 35 of 2010) has awarded just over $12.7 million statewide.

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View a full list and descriptions of this year’s Recreation Passport grant awards. Counties where funded grant projects have been approved include Alcona, Alpena, Barry, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Genesee, Isabella, Lapeer, Manistee, Marquette, Monroe, Montmorency, Oakland, Ogemaw, Osceola and Shiawassee.

In Upper Michigan, two projects will receive grants. In Chippewa County, the Village of DeTour was awarded $150,000 for DeTour Village Veterans Park improvements. In Marquette County, the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority was awarded $73,300 for work at the Iron Ore Heritage Trail trailhead in Negaunee Township.

Selected projects were scored and selected from a field of 59 grant applications seeking $6.5 million in local funding. Successful applicants clearly demonstrated projects designed to broaden public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities.

“Recreation Passport grants help communities of all sizes bring more and better recreation opportunities to residents of all abilities, and those types of amenities make communities stronger,” said Christie Bayus, Recreation Passport grant program manager. “During this time, having a fun, safe place to enjoy the outdoors is more important than ever, and these grants make projects to achieve that possible.”

Funding for this program is derived from sales of Michigan’s Recreation Passport, required for vehicle entry into Michigan’s 103 state parks, 140 state forest campgrounds, hundreds of miles of state trails, historic sites, hundreds of boating access sites and other outdoor spaces. With every sale of a Recreation Passport, 10% goes directly to the grant program.

“We’ve seen an upswing in the number of visitors coming out to use Michigan state parks, trails and other outdoor opportunities, as people look for COVID-safe ways to relax and get exercise,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “Those visitors represent a direct investment in state parks and local parks, because about $1 from every Recreation Passport purchased funds those local park and recreation grants.”

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Woolpert, J.D. Goodrum Collaborate on $13.5M Design-Build for Lake Wylie Recreation Park

CLOVER, S.C., Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Just two years after breaking ground, the Lake Wylie recreation park is ready to play ball. York County, S.C., signed Woolpert and J.D. Goodrum to a progressive design-build contract for the 32-acre athletic complex on Crowders Creek in the Paddlers Cove subdivision. The $13.5 million Field Day Park at Lake Wylie celebrated its grand opening Oct. 31.

The park offers a wide range of sports and recreation amenities, including three multipurpose turf fields, three baseball/softball fields, pickleball courts, a building for concessions and restrooms, a community building, walking trails, shelters and a playground.

Woolpert provided park programming and comprehensive design services for the project that included architecture, MEP and civil engineering, and landscape architecture. J.D. Goodrum, which previously collaborated with Woolpert on the Sportsplex at Matthews, N.C., was the general contractor.

Woolpert Project Manager Katie Thayer said the traditional design-bid-build process would have added about a year to the project, due to the extended architecture and engineering selection and design process.

“Both J.D. Goodrum and Woolpert specialize in parks and recreation facilities, and the design-build process is not often applied to athletic complex projects such as this,” Thayer said. “But if you have a good partner, this process saves time and money and yields the same exceptional result. It is great to work with a county that trusted our experience and expertise and is willing to invest the time and effort to be part of the process. York County got everything they wanted, saved money and can more quickly begin generating income for the region with leagues and tournaments.”

York County Park Superintendent Jason Ratterree said the park will fill a needed niche in the region, offering desired amenities and catering to all age groups.

“The park has the unique distinction of having the first public, free and dedicated pickleball courts in the county. We have six right now with room for expansion,” Ratteree said. “Many people have been enjoying the courts, with at least four being used every day.”

Ratterree added that the community center is the focal point of the park. It can be rented out for events or meetings, can provide a place to hang out or can host programs like music events, once it is safe to do so.

“As we went through the design process with Woolpert and J.D. Goodrum, we were able to determine how we could achieve the goals we set out for the park—from the physical materials to the specific facilities that would address our community’s needs,” he said. “This collaborative process provided us with a recreation destination that will benefit people in the region for years to come.”

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If smiling is your favorite, you’ll love this ‘Buddy the Elf’ themed suite at Royal Park Hotel in Rochester

If smiling is your favorite, you will love this ‘Buddy the Elf’ themed suite at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan.

This one-of-a-kind experience looks like Buddy himself decorated the digs with lights, gift wrap and ornaments — the ceiling is even a show-stopper with paper garland and snowflakes.

GALLERY: ‘Buddy the Elf’ themed suite at Royal Park Hotel

“Our team worked around the clock trying to get this Buddy’s suite up and running,” said Sue Keels, Royal Park Hotel general manager.

It’s a 1,100 sq. ft. suite that has been transformed into literal Christmas cheer.

For each booking, the Royal Park Hotel says 10 percent of the proceeds will go to help fund the Big Bright Light Show in Downtown Rochester. The suite is sponsored by Maker’s Mark and guests will receive a few of Buddy’s favorite things with their booking, including a signature ‘Mailroom Cocktail.’

You can find more booking details here.

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San Francisco Recreation and Parks holds soft opening for new aerial ropes course at McLaren Park

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — 10 eager residents took to the treetops Saturday at John McLaren Park in San Francisco, clambering through the soft opening of a new ropes course.

The course, led by trained Outward Bound educators, was open for the first of four free community days in November: this weekend, and next.

There are ground-level team challenges and loftier features like logs and bridges slung between poles several feet off the ground.

Bravery is definitely put the test through a variety of novel aerial challenges, including a “centipede ladder.”

The contraption is a ladder made of rope and wood suspended in the air, meant to be climbed as it sways in the wind.

There is also an “incomplete bridge” that challenges climbers with fortitude to cross a span of increasingly wide-spaced planks attached to steel cables slung between poles.

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Located in the Wilde Overlook area of the park, on the city’s southeastern edge, the course is the product of a partnership between the city’s recreation and park department and Outward Bound California.

City officials say the goal of the challenges, besides getting past that first glimpse of the ground below, is to provide a mix of leadership training, character development and recreation.

This course is intended to help in those areas especially for schools and nonprofits serving students from low-income communities.

In addition, elements of the course have been made accessible to students with disabilities, according to city officials.

RELATED: SF’s Golden Gate Park celebrates 150th anniversary with 150-foot SkyStar Observation Wheel

For those worried about the coronavirus, a maximum of 10 people are allowed on the course.

There are also helmets and harnesses for safety purposes.

To get on the waiting list for future free community programs or to bring a school group, Outward Bound can be contacted here.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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New 40-acre recreation park could be coming to Port St. Lucie



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The need for speed and space to ride in Port St. Lucie is growing.

On Thursday, the city’s parks and recreation department held its second of two meetings to discuss its master plan for a new outdoor recreation park.

“It’s huge for businesses, it’s huge for community, and it’s huge for people who love the outdoors,” said Lisa Beert, Sales Representative at Treasure Coast Cycle Werks.

The proposed park will be located at the corner of Crosstown Parkway and Cameo Blvd. and could include mountain bike trails, zip lines, BMX biking tracks, mountain climbing, and wave riders.

“We have a lot of new people moving into our area and they come to our shop saying where can we ride,” said Beert. “It’s way overdue. We really need this park.”

“Our desire is to offer amenities within this park to the broadest age group and range possible,” said Brad Keen, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director in the City of Port St. Lucie.

City officials said money for the project was approved earlier this year in the city’s capital improvement plan.

“We do have money in this fiscal year to start at least the first phase,” said Keen. “It’s about 1.78 million.”

Beert said a park like this one will help the city’s economy grow.

“It’s not just the restaurants that will benefit from it,” said Beert. “It will be local shops such as sporting good shops, local mom and pop shops, recreation, all of the gas stations and convenience stores.”

The design for the project still needs to be approved by the city council.

Officials said if that happens, the park will be built in phases over the next 10 years.

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