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Decatur Active Living Receives Three Georgia Recreation awards

Additionally, Greg White, Decatur Active Living’s longtime director, was named GRPA president for 2021.

Active Living’s supervisor for adult programming, Sara Holmes, received GRPA’s top award, the Mike Daniels Award, “reserved for individuals,” according to a GRPA statement, “who have excelled in situations where they are primarily responsible for the supervision or implementation of recreation, parks or leisure programs.”

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Lyft’s Thanksgiving travel push receives backlash amid worsening pandemic | Lifestyles

As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the United States, Lyft is enticing people to get on the road for Thanksgiving — a message that doesn’t jibe with the recommendations from many local health and government officials.

Lyft, while best known for its ride-hail services, also has a rental car offering in some markets and it’s trying to leverage the upcoming holiday as a marketing opportunity. Through push notifications shared by some customers on social media Wednesday, the company sent the message: “Last-minute Thanksgiving plans? Rent a car and make them happen.” Emails received by some customers contained similar messaging.

Unsurprisingly, some recipients didn’t take too kindly to the call-to-action given the latest surge in the pandemic. “No, @lyft. Read the news,” tweeted one person. Another tweeted that the push was “WILDLY irresponsible. Last time I checked we were in the midst of a worsening pandemic and no one should be going anywhere for Thanksgiving.”

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“We recognize that there are changing local guidelines and regulations related to Covid-19 and Thanksgiving travel, and as always, we encourage our users to follow those guidelines — we should have made that more clear in the email,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business when asked about the effort.

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Lyft’s Thanksgiving travel push receives backlash amid a worsening pandemic

As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the United States, Lyft is enticing people to get on the road for Thanksgiving — a message that doesn’t jibe with the recommendations from many local health and government officials.



LAX AIRPORT, CA - AUGUST 20:     Passengers connect with drivers at the Rideshare Lot at LAX as Uber and Lyft drivers held a moving rally as part of a statewide day of action to demand that both ride-hailing companies follow California law and grant drivers basic employee rights and to denounce the corporations efforts to avoid their responsibilities to workers. Uber and Lyft threatened to suspend services in California Thursday night but a court granted Uber and Left a stay to a preliminary injunction requiring both rideshare companies to reclassify their drivers as employees, meaning the rideshare companies will not suspend service in California tonight as they threatened.  Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in LAX Airport, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times


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LAX AIRPORT, CA – AUGUST 20: Passengers connect with drivers at the Rideshare Lot at LAX as Uber and Lyft drivers held a moving rally as part of a statewide day of action to demand that both ride-hailing companies follow California law and grant drivers basic employee rights and to denounce the corporations efforts to avoid their responsibilities to workers. Uber and Lyft threatened to suspend services in California Thursday night but a court granted Uber and Left a stay to a preliminary injunction requiring both rideshare companies to reclassify their drivers as employees, meaning the rideshare companies will not suspend service in California tonight as they threatened. Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in LAX Airport, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Lyft, while best known for its ride-hail services, also has a rental car offering in some markets and it’s trying to leverage the upcoming holiday as a marketing opportunity. Through push notifications shared by some customers on social media Wednesday, the company sent the message: “Last-minute Thanksgiving plans? Rent a car and make them happen.” Emails received by some customers contained similar messaging.

Unsurprisingly, some recipients didn’t take too kindly to the call-to-action given the latest surge in the pandemic. “No, @lyft. Read the news,” tweeted one person. Another tweeted that the push was “WILDLY irresponsible. Last time I checked we were in the midst of a worsening pandemic and no one should be going anywhere for Thanksgiving.”

“We recognize that there are changing local guidelines and regulations related to Covid-19 and Thanksgiving travel, and as always, we encourage our users to follow those guidelines — we should have made that more clear in the email,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business when asked about the effort.

The company said the campaign has been paused.

While Lyft’s car rental page indicates that safety is a top priority and that “protocols and thorough cleaning processes have been implemented,” the marketing push comes as the United States recently surpassed 11 million Covid-19 cases. On Tuesday, the country had its highest daily death toll in the past six months and places like New York City and a number of counties in California are facing new restrictions.

An emergency physician said Saturday that he is “terrified” about this holiday season, predicting “an unprecedented surge of cases following Thanksgiving this year.” Experts say those who plan to visit family should quarantine for 14 days first.

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Lyft’s Thanksgiving travel push receives backlash amid worsening pandemic | Technology

As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the United States, Lyft is enticing people to get on the road for Thanksgiving — a message that doesn’t jibe with the recommendations from many local health and government officials.

Lyft, while best known for its ride-hail services, also has a rental car offering in some markets and it’s trying to leverage the upcoming holiday as a marketing opportunity. Through push notifications shared by some customers on social media Wednesday, the company sent the message: “Last-minute Thanksgiving plans? Rent a car and make them happen.” Emails received by some customers contained similar messaging.

Unsurprisingly, some recipients didn’t take too kindly to the call-to-action given the latest surge in the pandemic. “No, @lyft. Read the news,” tweeted one person. Another tweeted that the push was “WILDLY irresponsible. Last time I checked we were in the midst of a worsening pandemic and no one should be going anywhere for Thanksgiving.”

“We recognize that there are changing local guidelines and regulations related to Covid-19 and Thanksgiving travel, and as always, we encourage our users to follow those guidelines — we should have made that more clear in the email,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business when asked about the effort.

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Grapevine Parks and Recreation receives national accreditation

The city of Grapevine’s Parks and Recreation department recently received a national accreditation distributed to only 186 departments throughout the country.

The city of Grapevine’s Park and Recreation department received the accreditation through a national program with the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and the National Recreation and Park Association. As part of the accreditation process, Grapevine Parks and Recreation was required to demonstrate compliance with 151 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures.

The standards focus on the agency’s management, operations and community service. Among the areas covered in the accreditation are historical and cultural resource management plans, community relations plans, specific licenses for staff and guidelines for volunteers.

According to the release, Grapevine’s department has been working toward accreditation since 2018.

A concert at Grapevine's Town Square Gazebo during the Grapevine Main Street Festival in 2019. The outdoor concerts in Grapevine are one of the options for socially distanced date nights in the city.

“Getting CAPRA accredited validates the quality of operations, management and service to the community here in Grapevine is the best in the industry. It’s rewarding for our team to know they’re doing the very best for the citizens day in and day out,” Director of Grapevine Parks and Recreation Kevin Mitchell said in a press release.

In order to maintain their accreditation, the city must submit an annual report and go up for review again in five years, according to the release.

A cluster of rocks devoted to U.S. military branches on the rock art trail at Parr Park in Grapevine, Texas on October 15, 2020.

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Johns Creek Receives 4 Awards From GA Recreation & Parks Assoc.

JOHNS CREEK, GA — Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division has been recognized by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association with four distinguished awards, city officials announced Tuesday.

The prestigious awards, which were announced at the annual GRPA Conference in this month, include: State of Georgia Agency of the Year Award, District 7 Agency of the Year Award, Administrator of the Year Award for District 7 to Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Recreation Manager Kirk Franz, and Volunteer of the Year Award, which was awarded to Dianna Aichele.

The GRPA Agency of the Year Award recognizes excellence and leadership in providing quality recreation programs, parks and facilities that enhance the quality of life in communities.

“These esteemed industry recognitions further exemplify Johns Creek as a city with exceptional recreation and park management leaders, volunteers and programs,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “Our talented staff and dedicated volunteers have helped to create one of the most admired and recognized family of park facilities and community programming in the state and across the entire southeast.”

The District 7 Agency of the Year Award recognizes the top-notch service and quality of facilities within a city. Johns Creek Recreation & Parks Division serves a population of 84,946 (2020). The Johns Creek team consists of five full-time employees, six permanent part-time employees and two part-time seasonal swim coaches for our JCAT Swim Team that competes in the GRPA State Swim Meet.

GRPA also awarded Kirk Franz with the District 7 Administrator of the Year Award recognizing the service provided by Franz and his dedication to ensuring the highest level of recreation programing to meet the needs of a diverse community. Franz was the first recreation staff member after the Johns Creek was incorporated in December 2006.

From the outset, Franz began the development and consistency for all programing including innovative events like the first City of Johns Creek 5K; theming this environmentally friendly 5K, “Go Green – Be Green!”

The fourth GRPA award was the Volunteer of the Year Award which was bestowed to Dianna Aichele. Aichele has been a volunteer with Johns Creek and at Park Place Adult Activity Center for nine years, since the Park Place facility opened. According to city officials, she has proven herself an indispensable participant who is always willing to help new Park Place members, programing, and many other projects pertaining to Park Place.

Johns Creek maintains over 400 acres of parkland, green space, and nature preserves. The city currently operates four primary parks: Newtown Park, Ocee Park, Shakerag Park and the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. The city is currently in the process of design and master planning for five additional parks: Cauley Creek, Linear Park, Bell/Boles Roads, Morton Road and State Bridge Road. The current park system offers a variety of settings and venues for multiple recreation activities accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

The Georgia Recreation and Park Association was formed in 1945 as a private, non-profit institution to support and promote the recreation and park

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