P&R Weekly
Jul. 28, 2014

Ohio park's weekly kid event adds entertainment fountainside
The Columbus Dispatch
Music pulses through the public-address system in Columbus, Ohio's Bicentennial Park, but the squeals of happy children create the soundtrack to the city’s Fountainside events. Fountainside takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. most Wednesdays. The event, in its fourth year, continues to grow and usually draws several hundred people, said Bill Behnke, a program coordinator with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.More

New Mexico disabled advocate pushes for playground access
Albuquerque Journal
Tonya Rivera is championing her "Every Ability Plays Project," which envisions playgrounds with specialized equipment that can provide disabled children — kids with mobility issues or blindness or anything else that might pose obstacles to using what Rivera calls "everyday" playground equipment — a way to play alongside kids without disabilities. It's an idea that has collected partners from across the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. More

Planning and prioritizing renovations for rec centers
Athletic Business
Many communities across the country are emerging from the recession with new energy, new life and new ideas for their future. While budgets are loosening, recreation organizations are still limited when it comes to undertaking new projects. Construction of a new recreation center is still out of reach for many organizations, but long-desired renovations of an existing facility might be feasible — at least some of them.More

Fontana Community Services Department oversees many popular events
Fontana Herald News
If you are one of the thousands of residents who enjoyed events at a park or public pool in Fontana so far this summer, chances are that you can thank the Fontana Community Services Department for helping supply the good times. The Community Services Department oversees a huge assortment of entertaining activities throughout the year, and interest is particularly high during the summer months.More

Oregon parks board discusses possible relocation of senior center
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Should Oregon's Corvallis Senior Center stay where it is or move to a new location? The issue was discussed for the first time in a public forum Thursday when the Parks, Natural Areas and Recreation Board addressed it at its monthly meeting.More

National Park Service and Boys & Girls Clubs merge outreach efforts
National Park Service
As part of the Department of the Interior's ambitious youth initiative to engage and employ the next generation through America's great outdoors, the National Park Service and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently announced they are combining their efforts to provide memorable and meaningful experiences for young people.More