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9/25/2018

Stress needs to be included in lifeguard training to ensure that candidates can handle emergencies, writes Becky Herz of the Sunrise Recreation & Park District in Citrus Heights, Calif. Herz, a speaker at this week's 2018 NRPA Annual Conference, suggests that aquatics training should include variations of military tactical drills.

9/25/2018

The TreePhilly program in Philadelphia will expand thanks to more than $8 million in funding over three years from TD Bank, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the city of Philadelphia and the state. The program provides free trees to Philadelphia neighborhoods that are lacking in tree cover.

9/25/2018

The Topeka Zoo in Kansas will open Kay's Garden, a Japanese garden in 2020 with a koi pond, walkways and an events center. The zoo also plans to build stormwater-management infrastructure and a new parking area.

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Nonprofit organizations just starting out need to build relationships within their communities, write Ramona Sudbeck and Michael Bradley with Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Recreation and Park Administration. "Creating a network of community relations and community engagement will promote and develop positive benefits, such as community partnerships, name recognition and continued growth -- all in cost-effective and sustainable ways," they write.

9/25/2018

Growing up near a park leads to fewer respiratory problems in children and could lower the risk of such problems when they reach adulthood, according to findings presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. The study looked at satellite images to determine proximity to green space for the 5,000 study participants in Europe.

9/25/2018

Public and private funding was used to raise $36 million to protect more than 30,000 acres of the Southern Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. "Climate is not necessarily a bipartisan issue, but outdoor recreation is, conservation is," says Joel Houser of the Open Space Institute.

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9/25/2018

A playground for children of all abilities will be built in Lodi, N.J., next year thanks to a $75,000 matching grant from the Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund. "The fact that this is ADA compliant is important," said Mayor Emil Carafa.

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9/25/2018

The emergency services department in Fulton County, Ga., says its 9-1-1 infrastructure is now fully portable and can be operational within 20 minutes of arriving at a new location. County spokesman Greg Thomas says the system ensures all 9-1-1 capabilities will be maintained in the event the department needs to be relocated.

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9/25/2018

The first 90 days of a $1 million program that provides a triage line staffed by registered nurses at a Washington, D.C., 9-1-1 center have produced positive reviews from callers who talked to nurses, according to fire chief Gregory Dean. There has been no significant decrease yet in ambulance trips, but D.C. Fire and EMS Medical Director Robert Holman said he hopes the program will lead to less unnecessary emergency room utilization as nurses become more confident taking calls.

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9/25/2018

Hot Springs, Ark., interim city manager Bill Burrough said the city is building its own public-safety answering point instead of consolidating with Garland County's PSAP because the two use different software and a merger would be expensive or require one entity to lose call history. The city and county will both use NextGen9-1-1 through AT&T Hosted Solutions to receive calls, even though their dispatching systems will continue to differ.