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Idaho Parks and Recreation increases fees

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-It will cost more to enter and use an Idaho State Park beginning December 10.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation announced Monday it will adopt a new fee structure and site-specific plan that will also increase the motor vehicle entrance fee by $2, from $5 to $7.

The fees and capsite-type structure are intended to make the reservation process easier by limiting the amount of site types from which to choose. The new options will be “Basic,” “Electric,” and “Full Hook-up.”

There will also be at 8% to 16% increase in fees per site. The new fees will include taxes.

“With our improved fee structure, users will know exactly what they are paying for their sites. And additional revenue from the fee increases will be used to improve and maintain campsites, ensuring users have great outdoor experiences for generations to come,” said Susan Buxton, IDPR Interim Director.

The new rates will be included in the 9-month reservation window
when it opens December 10 and on self-pay envelopes for both day use and walk-up camping.

Out-of-state residents will also see the standard surcharge of $3 per night for campsites, $5 per night for camper cabins and yurts, and 10% per night for houses, cottages, deluxe cabins, and group camps.

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Why Cobra Kai fans are rewatching Parks and Rec

In the fourth episode of Parks and Recreation‘s fourth season — entitled “Pawnee Rangers” — outdoorsman Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and the lovable goofball Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) take on the responsibility of leading the local scouting troop, the titular Pawnee Rangers. Their plans quickly turn sour as a heated rivalry emerges between the Rangers and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), and April Ludgate’s (Aubrey Plaza) all-female Pawnee Goddesses. The two go head to head to determine which is the stronger group, with the only real losers being Ron’s grade school-level pupils.

Leslie and her crew take a fun, laid-back approach, but Ron chooses to teach Andy and the boys survival skills by “roughing it” in the wilderness. Unsurprisingly, they grow miserable very quickly, as vocalized by a Pawnee Ranger named Darren, who delivers the now-famous line, “I like you, Mr. Swanson, it’s just, all we do is sit in silence and eat beans.” 

What most audiences didn’t realize at the time is that the actor behind Darren is Cobra Kai-mainstay Jacob Bertrand, who has brought Eli Moskowitz, or Hawk, as he’s now known around the dojo, to life for the past two seasons. Parks and Rec isn’t the only series Bertrand guest-starred on before becoming one of Cobra Kai’s most aggressive combatants, either. He also popped up in the season 3 Community episode “Regional Holiday Music” as a young Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), adding yet another cult-favorite sitcom to his resume.

Thankfully, Jacob Bertrand seems to have grown out of the cameo phase of his career. He continues to impress on Cobra Kai, earning his spot as one of the program’s up-and-coming stars.

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Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department lists 10-year priorities | News

ELIZABETHTON — The completion of a bicycle and hiking trail that has been under construction for decades is one of the top priorities listed in the goals and objectives of the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department.

These goals and objectives for the period 2021 to 2030 can be found in the Parks and Recreation Department’s 10-year Master Plan, which was developed by the Parks and Recreation Board and has been approved by the Elizabethton City Council.

The top priorities of the Master Plan were discussed in the November edition of the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Newsletter. It lists the top priorities to be the completion of the Elizabethton Linear Path; improvements to the Covered Bridge Park; the extension of the Hampton Watershed Bike and Hiking Trail; and Surf Betsy.

In addition to these plans, the Parks and Recreation Board also included the possible partnership with the Carter County Parks and Recreation Committee to build a new park near the start of the new Mary Patton Highway.

Another consideration is the desire to build a skate park.

The completion of the Linear Path would be noteworthy for no other reason than the long time it has been under development. Work began on the trail in the 1980’s. With the exception of the Tweetsie Trail, the Linear Trail also impacts more parts of the city, extending from Sycamore Shoals in the west to East Side in the east.

The trail begins near East Side Elementary School and follows the Doe River to the confluence with the Watauga River, then west along the Watauga River two Sycamore Shoals.

In addition two recreation facility projects, programs and special events are also top priorities. The newsletter reported that work is ongoing to plan and implement several events, including the Covered Bridge Days, which has recently been acquired by the Parks and Recreation Department from the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce. That event coincides with the department’s Covered Bridge Jams, the summering series of free concerts at Covered Bridge Park held nearly every Saturday night during the season.

Athletic leagues and tournament play is also a top priority in the Master Plan. New pickle ball, kick ball, wiffle ball and other atheltic leaves will be offered for the first time in 2021, and the department plans to open its baseball and softball facilities on weekends for travel ball tournament play.

To view the entire 10-year Master Plan, go to www.elizabethton.org and click on the link to the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation page.

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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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Easthampton councilors wonder why Parks and Recreation Commission hasn’t met during pandemic

Published: 11/26/2020 1:46:42 PM

EASTHAMPTON — The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission hasn’t met for months, a development that has drawn questions from city councilors and delayed evaluation of a proposed dog park site.

The commission’s last meeting took place before the pandemic hit. Since then, members have hit snags using Zoom, the videoconferencing app used by other city boards to conduct business.

“The pandemic has presented some challenges for the commission to meet,” said Parks and Recreation Director John Mason in an email to the Gazette. “I’m hoping we have crossed that bridge.”

The commission is scheduled to meet Monday night at 6, via Zoom.

The length of time that the Parks and Recreation Commission hasn’t met came up at the City Council’s Nov. 18 meeting.

“I find it a little bit disturbing that they’ve been unable to meet in any capacity over the course of this entire COVID thing,” City Councilor Thomas Peake said.

Peake noted that people can participate in a Zoom meeting via phone.

“Do they not have phones?” Peake asked. “I would really love an explanation.”

City Council President Peg Conniff also said she would like to know why a committee hadn’t been able to meet for months.

Mason was not available by phone Wednesday to provide an explanation.

One item on the commission’s agenda that’s been delayed is evaluating a proposed dog park near Brookside Cemetery. On Monday the commission will consider allowing exploration of this site as a possibility going forward.

“We’re really just trying to develop preliminary plans,” City Councilor Owen Zaret said in an interview.

Zaret has been a champion of the idea of a dog park on city-owned land, advocating for the idea since 2018.

The city provided $9,000 in Community Preservation Act funds in February 2019 to explore sites. This was done with an eye toward applying for a grant from the Stanton Foundation, whose grants pay 100% of the cost of the design of a dog park, up to $25,000, and 90% of the “hard” construction costs of a park, which include labor and materials, up to a limit of $225,000.

Multiple sites were looked at, and a site plan and cost estimate for a site off of Oliver Street was drawn up. However, moving forward with applying for the grant for the Oliver Street site did not happen due to the council’s opposition.

That’s when Mason, around March, brought the site near Brookside Cemetery to the attention of the council.

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54 Best Ron Swanson Quotes from ‘Parks and Recreation’

If you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation, it’s pretty much a given that you’re also a fan of Ron Swanson. Maybe it’s his outward disdain for the American government, his woodworking skills, or his unending love of meat and alcohol. One thing is for certain: Ron Swanson is consistent, and as the ultimate “man’s man,” he never has any qualms about what other people think of him.

But for a man of few words, Pawnee’s director of Parks and Recreation sure did seem to have an opinion about everything—from fishing and crying to women named Tammy. Here are some of his most memorable quotes from the show’s incredible seven-season run.

Ron Swanson’s Best One-Liners

  • “That is a canvas sheet—the most versatile object known to man. It can be used to make tents, backpacks, shoes, stretchers, sails, tarpaulins, and I suppose, in the most dire of circumstances, it can be a surface on which to make art.”
  • “There is only one bad word: taxes.”
  • “There’s more than one crib tree in a forest. That’s not a lesson, by the way, just a comment on lumber availability.”
  • “When people get too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I don’t really care about them.”
  • “I’ve cried twice in my life. Once when I was 7 and hit by a school bus. And then again when I heard that Li’l Sebastian had passed.”
  • “Capitalism: God’s way of determining who is smart and who is poor.”
  • “Crying: Acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon.”
  • “Fishing relaxes me. It’s like yoga, except I still get to kill something.”
  • “Great job, everyone. The reception will be held in each of our individual houses, alone.”
  • “History began on July 4, 1776. Everything that happened before that was a mistake.”
  • “Literally everything is a weapon, son. That folder, in my hands, is far deadlier than this bow of yours.”
  • “I have a hernia. I’ve had it for a while, and I’ve been ignoring it successfully. But uh, this morning, I made the mistake of sneezing. But as long as I sit still and don’t move my head or torso, I’m good. I got this.”
  • [On bowling]” Straight down the middle. No hook, no spin, no fuss. Anything more and this becomes figure skating.”
  • [Describing his allergies] “Cowardice and weak-willed men… and hazelnuts.”
  • “Birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards.”
  • “Any dog under fifty pounds is a cat and cats are useless.”
  • “I would rather bleed out than sit here and talk about my feelings for 10 minutes.”

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    Ron Swanson’s Life Advice

    • “Give 100%. 110% is impossible. Only idiots recommend that.”
    • “There are only three ways to motivate people: money, fear, and hunger.”
    • “There are three acceptable haircuts: high and tight, crew cut, buzz cut.”
    • “Sting like a bee, but do not float like a butterfly. That’s ridiculous.”
    • “One rage every three months is permitted. Try not to hurt anyone who doesn’t deserve it.”
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    Newington Parks And Recreation Announces Holiday Events

    Press release from the Newington Parks and Recreation Department:

    Nov. 23, 2020

    The Newington Parks and Recreation Department joins with Santa Claus to spread the holiday spirit without spreading germs! Instead of bringing the children of Newington to Santa, we are bringing Santa from the North Pole to the Newington Town Green and our neighborhoods!

    “Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It is so unfortunate that we have to celebrate apart from each other. We are doing everything in our power to make sure everyone enjoys the season in a safe manner,” said Bill DeMaio, Superintendent of Newington Parks and Recreation. The tree lighting celebration to kick off the holiday season will be held on Saturday, December 5, with Mayor Beth DelBuono joining Santa to light our town Christmas tree, as well as the Main Street lights! Although spectators will not be able to gather in the center of town as in previous years, make sure to visit the Newington Parks and Recreation Facebook page to watch it Live for the very first time!

    Along with the tree lighting ceremony, we are also running a few more activities for families to enjoy this holiday season. Starting today through Friday, December 4, we will be accepting registration for the Holiday House Decorating Contest. Families are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit by getting creative and showcasing their holiday style. If your neighbors have decorated their home, please encourage them to register as well! To register, visit the Parks and Recreation website at www.newingtonct.gov/parksandrec for online registration. You can also mail in your registration form or opt for curbside drop off at the Parks and Recreation office located at 200 Garfield Street. Registration is $10.00 per household or business in town. After registering and decorating your home, make sure to send a picture and the street address to Hadeel Majdoub, Recreation Supervisor, at [email protected] The picture will be posted on the Newington Parks and Recreation Facebook page along with the address, so not only will residents be able to vote for their favorite decorated home and/or business, but you will also be able to drive by and safely see them for yourselves! The prize for the household category is a $100.00 gift certificate to the Newington Parks and Recreation Department which can be used towards any of the hundreds of programs and camps offered through the Department. The business category winner will receive a quarter page ad, valued at $500.00, in our upcoming seasonal program guide which is sent to over 13,000 households! This is just the beginning of what the Newington Parks and Recreation has in store for this holiday season! Voting for the contest will end on Sunday, December 20, at 11:59 PM, so make sure to visit the Newington Parks and Recreation Facebook page and “Like” your favorite decorations before then! Winners will be announced the following day, on Monday, December 21, so make sure to visit our Facebook page to see who the winner is!

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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.

    RELATED: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to transform into winter wonderland light exhibit for 150th anniversary

    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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    Covington native rises through ranks to lead Newton Parks and Recreation

    COVINGTON, Ga. — Dwayne Mask says he never thought of working anywhere but his hometown during a four-decade career with the Newton County Parks and Recreation Department.

    Now, Mask has worked his way up to lead the 17-employee department after 33 years.

    County Manager Lloyd Kerr promoted him recently after Mask served twice in three years as interim director.

    Mask said his promotion to the director’s job “worked out for me” after all the years in the department.

    “I’m very appreciative for the opportunity,” he said.

    Kerr said he selected Mask “because his experience, knowledge, job skills and professionalism stood out.”

    “He was twice the county’s interim recreation director and both times guided the department through difficult times,” he said. “I know Dwayne will continue his terrific work for Newton County in leading our Parks and Recreation Department.”

    Kerr said he did not consider any of the other five or six applicants for the job. Mask’s familiarity with the department’s operations and staff separated him from other applicants — most of who were from outside Newton County, he said.

    “I don’t believe they would have fit in Newton County real well,” Kerr said.

    “There was no one else who knew the department top to bottom,” he said. “(Mask) has done everything from cutting the grass to handling administrative details.

    “The personnel have a lot of respect for him,” Kerr said. “It was just a really good fit.”

    Homegrown leader

    Mask, 55, is a Newton County native who was fresh off playing baseball on scholarship for Brewton-Parker College in south Georgia when a maintenance position opened in the department in 1987.

    He worked his way up to become maintenance supervisor before moving to a department administrative role in 2010 and assistant director in 2015.

    Mask served as the interim director but decided not to apply for the permanent position following the Newton County Recreation Commission’s termination of Anthony Avery in December 2017.

    Avery later filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after his firing and the county reportedly settled it with him for $500,000. 

    The recreation commission formed in 1999 to take over the department’s operations after the county and Covington had jointly operated it.

    The Newton County Board of Commissioners asked the Georgia General Assembly to dissolve the commission earlier this year amid a dispute over employee bonuses, and the department became an arm of the county government under Kerr’s direction in July.

    In late July, former director Ternard Turner announced the department was canceling all fall sports, including baseball and softball, because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 — a move which drew some heavy criticism on social media.

    Turner then abruptly resigned on Aug. 7 and Mask again served as interim director until his promotion.

    Mask said the department is offering youth basketball this year but at a much smaller participation level than the usual 500 players and 60 teams because of safety concerns around COVID-19.

    The department limited basketball to 17 teams in four age groups; limited the number

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    The meanest prank pulled on Jerry on Parks and Rec

    In the season 3 episode, “Time Capsule,” the folks at the Parks and Rec office try to figure out what to put in the town’s time capsule. It’s a big responsibility, and the whole thing soon erupts into chaos as everyone in the town fights over what’s going to be preserved. 

    The only person who has a legitimately good idea for what to put in the time capsule is Jerry. He suggests putting in his mother’s diaries. Since she lived in Pawnee all her life, the diaries basically provide a record of everything that happened in the town. It’s a sweet moment, and Jerry managed to get through the entire meeting with mispronouncing a single word. 

    It’s at this point April takes one of the diaries and reads a segment describing how Jerry played Tinkerbell in his school’s production of Peter Pan. Naturally, everyone in the office proceeds to laugh at him as he tries to explain that he went to an all-boys school.

    This moment just seems particularly devastating because for once, Jerry was the big man in the office. He had something genuinely great to put in the time capsule that no one (not even Tom) could make fun of while everyone else submitted silly drawings and restaurant menus. April could’ve just let Jerry have this one, but she had to use the moment to turn Jerry into a big joke. She even translates for her new boyfriend, Eduardo, who points and laughs as well. 

    There are a lot of pranks at Jerry’s expense throughout the show, but this one definitely seems the most mean-spirited. There was nothing for April or anyone else to gain by taking away Jerry’s big moment.

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