P&R Weekly
Jul. 21, 2014

To make children healthier, a doctor prescribes a trip to the park
About 40 percent of Dr. Robert Zarr's young patients are overweight or obese, which has led the doctor to come up with ways to give them very specific recommendations for physical activity. Zarr writes park prescriptions on a special prescription pad, in English and Spanish, with the words "Rx for Outdoor Activity" on top, and a schedule slot that asks, "When and where will you play outside this week?"More

Doctor's orders: More outdoor time for kids
On a recent summer day, Bay Area families streamed off the bus, eager to explore the park and participate in the Crab Cove Visitor Center programs. It may not seem like your typical pharmacy, but these families are following doctor's orders by participating in a new partnership between UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and the East Bay Regional Park District: Park Prescriptions. More

San Dimas council recognizes its parks staff
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
In recent months, the San Dimas City Council has given special recognition to creative activists, teenage athletic champions, student leaders and community volunteers. Recently, council members tipped their hats and offered high praise to the city's entire Parks and Recreation Department staff, singled out San Dimas Dog Park founder Caryol Smith and declared July as Parks Make Life Better Month.More

Huge paddle-out is tribute to Newport lifeguard
Orange County Register
Thousands showed up for the paddle-out tribute for Ben Carlson, the first lifeguard killed in the line of duty in Newport's near-100-year history. The Newport Pier was crowded with spectators as hundreds of people on boards paddled out to where nearly a dozen rescue boats from various agencies sat in the water. More

New park at Tustin Legacy will provide space to play
Orange County Register
After a decade of planning, Tustin's "flagship" active park, to be built in 2016, will include four soccer fields, three ballfields, four tennis fields, two basketball courts and eight pickleball courts at the Tustin Legacy. For youth sports teams, it is a much needed boon. Some league officials have been watching the planning of the park for years, hoping for more field space.More

6 children hospitalized from chemical exposure at Edgewater camp
Capital Gazette
Six children remained hospitalized recently after campers and counselors were exposed to dangerous concentrations of pool chemicals at an Edgewater summer camp, a camp spokeswoman said. Some 31 campers and four counselors were hospitalized after swimming in the pool at YMCA Camp Letts. More

Columbus, Ohio, recreation centers safe, data show
The Columbus Dispatch
A review of incident records provided by the Columbus, Ohio, Recreation and Parks Department shows that from 2011 through March 1 of this year, each of the city's 29 recreation centers averaged 1.4 incidents in which police were called or there was a threat of violence inside the building or in the parking lot.More

Should nonresidents pay more to use city fields, parks?
Palm Beach Post via Athletic Business
Palm BEach Gardens, Florida, is considering quadrupling the fee it charges out-of-town youths to play in its sports programs — a move that has organizers alarmed at its potential to price many youths out of participating. Under a proposal scheduled for City Council discussion in September, the city would replace the current $40 participant fee with a $170 family fee. More

College interested in taking over Highland Park's historic Lummis Home
The Eastsider LA
Highland Park's Recreation & Parks Department will begin negotiating with Occidental College to have the school manage and restore the Lummis Home, one of the Northeast Los Angeles' most important historic landmarks that is in need of repairs and renovation. The Board of Recreation & Parks Commissioners authorized city staff to negotiate a "partnership agreement" with the Eagle Rock college to takeover the more than century-old Lummis Home, the two-story house built out of arroyo stones by Charles Fletcher Lummis, a journalist and civic activist who help establish the nearby Southwest Museum.More

Sand volleyball plans in Spokane's Browns Park OKd
The Spokesman-Review
Spokane, Washington, city leaders have given a green light to a plan that could make Spokane Valley a regional destination for sand volleyball players in the coming years. The Spokane Valley City Council approved the Browns Park Master Plan that seeks to install 16 tournament-quality sand courts in the 8.2-acre park.More

Drought creates headaches for California recreation
Santa Cruz Sentinel
California's drought is taking a toll on recreation, disrupting boating, rafting, swimming and camping in some places as the third dry year in a row erodes water supplies in creeks, rivers and lakes. To be sure, many recreation spots have escaped major painMore