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Marianna Recreation director visits Optimist Club | Local

Marianna Recreation Director Clay Wells visited the Optimist Club of Marianna recently to talk about the planned restoration of Jennings Field on South Caledonia Street.

The property where Jennings field was established was originally donated to the city for the youth sports complex by the Optimist Club of Marianna. The projected renovation, rebuilding, and upgrades to the park area are projected to cost in the neighborhood of $800,000 to $900,000, with $380,000 of that from insurance funds received after the storm. A large portion of the remainder is expected from the state, including recreational and storm water upgrade grant funding.

Once completed, the park will include a multi-purpose sports field, which can be used for soccer, football, and baseball. It will also include a 2,500 foot cork-based walking, running track, a new playground, a splash pad, a dog park, a skateboard park, and a new, large pavilion. There will also be new restrooms constructed and the parking areas will be upgraded.

All in all, Jennings Park should be another gem added to the outdoor resources that our citizens can be proud of. The Optimist Club of Marianna thanked Wells for his hard work and dedication to the citizens and youth of our area.

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

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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PLA’s morale extremely low, China sets up recreation centres

To boost the troops’ morale, China has started to set up recreation centres comprising a fitness centre, heated swimming pools, hot tubs, library and other facilities, sources said.

China has deployed thousands of its troops along the LAC with India in a bid to change the status quo on the borders. Now with the winter setting in and the temperature dipping to as low as minus 30-degree Celsius, the troops’ condition has worsened with less rotation on the ground. “This is a matter of concern for the PLA,” said a source, adding that PLA troops’ “morale is extremely low now”.

The recreational centres also have computers and play stations, sources said. “One such recreation centre has come up near the Moldo Garrison, opposite India’s Chushul,” the source said.

The sources also said that China is facing a shortage of specialised cold climate clothing and has gone for emergency procurements. Also, PLA troops are struggling to survive in the sub-zero temperatures with poor quality of clothing and accommodation, sources said.

The sources added that the PLA Joint Logistics Support Force (JLSF) has constituted a quality supervision team for emergency procurement of extreme cold climate clothing.

This team has been tasked to ensure good quality clothing and fast delivery to forward area troops.

“Emergency plans such as the setting up of special working classes, scientific planning, factory supervision, on-site inspections and placement of military representatives in factories to supervise production have been put in place,” the source said. This team is reporting directly to the Central Military Commission.

Chinese and Indian troops are deployed along the LAC in extreme weather conditions. Both the countries are engaged in an eight-month-long standoff along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh. They are also engaged in military and diplomatic talks to resolve the border disputes.

Eight rounds of corps commander level talks had taken place between both the countries’ military and the ninth round of talks is scheduled very soon to disengage troops.

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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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Man jailed for unprovoked attack on group of friends at Mangravet recreation ground near Maidstone

An unprovoked attack on a group of friends by a thug, who left one of them with lifelong scars to his face after striking him with a torch, ended only when he was hit on the head with a bottle of rum.

James Appleby found “Dutch courage” and grabbed the bottle of Captain Morgan, hitting the robber with it before chasing him away from the Mangravet recreation ground near Maidstone.

William Saunders has been locked up. Picture: Kent Police
William Saunders has been locked up. Picture: Kent Police

Now William Saunders, of Camp Way, Maidstone, has been given an extended jail sentence.

Judge Charles Gratwicke jailed him for five years and three months’ and placed him on licence for three years after Saunders admitted two robberies, attempted robbery and having an offensive weapon.

It was Saunders’ fourth conviction for robbery and the judge told him: “Anyone who listened to what happened couldn’t help but be horrified and revolted by this behaviour which cannot and will not be tolerated.”

Maidstone Crown Court heard how Saunders, 35, and a pal were walking their dogs in July this year as they passed the group, appearing at first to be friendly.

But the drunken yob then returned about 10 or 20 minutes later and had turned aggressive, the court was told.

One of the entrances to Mangravet Recreation Ground, off Camp Way. Picture: Google Street View
One of the entrances to Mangravet Recreation Ground, off Camp Way. Picture: Google Street View

Prosecutor Irkshad Sheikh said Saunders went up to Andre Fremlin, 20, and “without provocation” kicked him in the face three times.

He then turned to James Appleby, kicking him twice to the chin – before demanding the incident be filmed on a mobile phone by Saunders’ pal.

“Saunders was carrying a heavy duty torch which he shone in the faces of the victims demanding alcohol and money,” said Mr Sheikh.

“He was calling all of the group n***** and Mr Appleby gave him £2, which was all he had. He then started pacing up and down as the group sat down threatening to hurt them if they got up.”

The court heard how he then ordered 21-year-old Steven Pearce to call his mother and demand £100 – and frogmarched the frightened victim to his garden gate, after warning the other two that if they moved he would kill them.

‘My behaviour was horrible. I am disgusted in what I did and I shouldn’t have done it…’

“Mr Pearce’s mother and brother saw them and ran back inside out of sheer fear – and called the police,” Mr Sheikh added.

Saunders, who has convictions for robbery and assaults, then began kicking Mr Fremlin again after taking £24 out of his victim’s wallet and laying into him with the torch, cutting his head several times.

“But as he continued the attack, Mr Appleby found Dutch courage and defended his friends, using a bottle of Captain Morgan,” the prosecutor added.

Kitchen porter Mr Fremlin received “lifelong facial scars” and revealed how he now struggles to eat and sleep after the incident.

“I look each day in the mirror and am

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Spot On Live-Action Style Recreation of the Cowboy Bebop Intro

Spot On Live-Action Style Recreation of the Cowboy Bebop Intro
Recreating anime doesn’t always go as planned, since obviously there are elements of anime that can’t be replicated that easily and there are a lot of common reasons why. It’s about the same with any cartoon that someone might want to recreate using live-action since there are limitations that those in the real world have to deal with that animated characters don’t, such as the laws of physics and anatomy that are sometimes broken in animation. But thankfully this live-action version of the Cowboy Bebop title sequence below isn’t taken to an extreme and it’s pretty accurate and spot-on. Thankfully

Spot On Live-Action Style Recreation of the Cowboy Bebop Intro

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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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Cabin owners petition to protect Tepee Lake from motorized recreation | Montana Untamed

Cabin owners around a small, remote lake in northwestern Montana are worried that increasing pressure from motorized recreationists could forever harm their little slice of heaven.

That’s why Rachel Potter and her neighbors have petitioned the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission to pursue a nonmotorized watercraft designation for Tepee Lake.

“We really believe that now’s the time to make a rule before there is a problem,” Potter said.

The commission agreed, which will start a rule-making process to ban motorized boats and personal watercraft from the lake.

Tepee Lake is located in the scenic North Fork Flathead River valley and abuts the Flathead National Forest. With no inlet or outlet the lake has proven inhospitable to fish, although leeches thrive in the shallow waters.

The 17-acre lake, which is surrounded on the shores by large weedbeds, is a seasonal home to nesting loons, a species of waterfowl known for its haunting cry.

Like most public lands and waters in Montana, the North Fork Basin continues to see increasing pressure from boaters, campers and hikers. Nestled just west of Glacier National Park, the well-traveled gravel road up the valley leads to the Canadian border.

“Disturbance abounds in the national forest,” said Teagan Hayes, a Missoula research ecologist who worked on a project in the North Fork Basin for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Wrentham Residents Vote To Fund Recreation Trails

WRENTHAM, MA—Residents at Wrentham’s special town meeting on November 16 voted in favor of funding two new recreation trails.

A total of 115 residents participated in the meeting, which was held in the auditorium of King Philip Regional High School and set up to follow social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

Voters approved using $100,000 from the Community Preservation Fund for an engineering study related to a walking path project at the Rice Recreation Complex and $80,000 for a feasibility study for the Metacomet Greenway recreational trail project.

The proposed walking path project at the Rice Recreation Complex would go around the perimeter of the property.

The Metacomet Greenway recreational trail project is working to utilize the abandoned 17-mile Old Colony Railroad rail-trail in Walpole, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, and North Attleboro as recreation and open space, potentially connecting the five towns.

The voters also approved the requests for $54,200 for a bulkhead and storm door replacement project for the Housing Authority, $27,100 to purchase a mechanical aquatic weed harvester and trailer, $26,000 to fund the Roderick School Playground project, and $1,200 to fund the Council on Aging’s Raised Garden Bed, all funded by the Community Preservation Fund.

Funds for a mower for the DPW and an HVAC system for public safety at the cost of $187,574 and funds for a new ambulance for the fire department and to cover costs of a Wrentham Fire union contract were also approved.

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