P&R Weekly
Sep. 1, 2014

California State Parks 150th anniversary
Visit California
California State Parks commemorates the 1864 establishment of the first state park in the world. On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill granting 39,000 acres of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the state of California. Never before had land been set aside to protect its natural state for the public to enjoy.More

Foundation's golf tourney a great way to support Alameda's parks
Contra Costa Times
The value of volunteering in Alameda seems to be understood by many. People volunteer for an endless variety of reasons. More

Parks & Rec is a winner
Tallahassee Democrat
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs is woven tightly into the fabric of the Tallahassee, Florida, community. It is also one of Tallahassee's most diverse, offering numerous recreational opportunities for youth and citizens of all ages living in Tallahassee and Leon County.More

Reasonable playground design — Risk and Challenge versus Safety Issues versus Hazard Prevention
Playground Professionals
Writes the author: "Last month I gave my perspective on how playground-related injuries and the different severity of injuries do not necessarily correlate with the notion a currently compliant playground will eliminate or substantially reduce the frequency or severity of injuries. The question which needs to be answered is whether or not performance requirements for both equipment and impact attenuation surface systems are addressing the level of injury, specifically life-threatening and debilitating."More

Foundation gives $50,000 for Katahdin region tourism program
Bangor Daily News
People looking to work in tourism-based jobs in the Katahdin region could get a major boost from a new community college program that may be available next spring, officials said recently. The Quimby Family Foundation, one of the backers of a proposed national park, gave a $50,000 grant to Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor to help develop the two-year program at the Katahdin Region Higher Education Center in East Millinocket, Maine.More

New Mexico city department meeting mission to enhance quality of life
Albuquerque Journal
With little fanfare, they keep our parks green, the pools clean, our children engaged, seniors active and the rest of the community on the go with myriad recreational activities. And with another busy summer winding down, it seems an appropriate time to extend them some well-deserved recognition for the excellent job they do — every day, year round. "They" would be the staff of the city of Rio Rancho Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and Director Jay Hart, who, despite some very tight budgets at City Hall, manage to provide creative, top-notch programs and services year after year.More

Workout tips from our nation's strongest
Fox News
Civilians working out as — and with — soldiers is one of the newest fitness crazes. More

Skate park on hold again in Ontario community
Observer
Plans for a skateboard park in Wellesley, Ontario, remain up in the air, as council again failed to agree on a location for the facility. After discussing finances and suitable sites recently, councillors deferred the matter.More