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    DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado Parks and Wildlife met to discuss wolf reintroduction and management on Wednesday. They also discussed how they plan to hose listening sessions for public input. (credit: CBS) CPW wants to have the public sessions in person later this year, if possible. They also plan on hiring a wolf reintroduction facilitator. Those public sessions would take place primarily on the Western Slope. Last November, Colorado voters approved a measure by a razor thin margin that requires Colorado Parks and Wildlife to come up with a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves.
    DENVER (CBS4) — If you are an outdoor activist, it might feel odd to plug your car into the grid while you are trying to unplug yourself from it. But a pro-environment group hopes charging your vehicle while recreating will become normal practice. READ MORE: Independent Investigation Into Elijah McClains Death Complete, Major Aurora Police Changes Recommended Environment Colorado announced earlier this month its launch of the “Recharge Where You Recharge” campaign. The aim of the campaign is the establishment of charging stations at public parks. Electric vehicles outside the City County Building in Denver for National Drive Electric Week in 2019. (credit: CBS) Not at every high country trailhead, a spokesman for the organization was quick to point out. Only in those places that already have electric capacity. “We are not advocating to tear up new land and build invasive infrastructure,” Eric Timlin said. “Where there is the capability...
    (CBS4) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working to educate all of us about how mountain lions live as people move into the big cats’ spaces. Wildlife officers in the northeast region of the state are researching how mountain lions behave in the wildland urban interface. They released educational video series on mountain lions. CPW Director Dan Prenzlow shared the following comment about the series: “Sightings of mountain lions are increasing and we’ve had a couple high-profile attacks in the last two years. Thanks to sound management practices implemented over the years, mountain lions are doing quite well in Colorado. The challenge going forward will be balancing decreasing habitats and our exploding human populations, since we share the same spaces. This video series is meant to lay that all out.” 

The video series is available on YouTube.
    In an effort to preserve as much parkland and trails for public access throughout the state, New York State announced the protection of more than 260 acres of open space in the Hudson Valley. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday, Feb. 8 the new protected spaces will add new trails and public access to three State Parks, as well as conserving valuable ecological corridors.  The acquisitions represent an investment of $1.14 million in state funding from the Environmental Protection Fund and Hudson Highlands Conservation Act. "The Mid-Hudson Valley boasts some of our most breathtaking natural resources and landscapes, and we're committed to protecting these open spaces for generations to come," Cuomo said. "We've experienced record attendance at our state parks during this pandemic and these expansions will not only make these jewels shine even brighter but will build on our work to address climate change and create a...
    An expensive purse and other items were taken from a Lexus at a Fairfield County park after thieves smash the vehicle's window. The thefts were discovered around 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, when the New Canaan Police Department responded to Waveny Park to investigate a report of a larceny from a motor vehicle, said NCPD Chief of Police Leon Krolikowski. The owner of a 2018 Lexus RX 350 was using the park at the time of the incident. The vehicle’s right rear passenger window was smashed. The vehicle’s owner said a Longchamp purse left on the rear passenger seat was taken. In addition to the purse, an iPhone 6, a pair of reading glasses, a driver’s license, credit cards, approximately $50.00 and house keys were stolen, the chief said. "Many towns in Fairfield County are experiencing similar crimes," Krolikowski said. "It is probable that the crimes are being committed by...
    Originally Published by: Princess Cruises adds onboard sports betting ahead of Super Bowl Intoxicated airline passenger arrested for headbutting flight attendant when told to wear mask French government shuts down St. Barts tourism as part of new COVID-19 restrictions Protective face masks are now a requirement for entry into a national park. The National Park Service announced its new mandate in a press release on Tuesday, which notes that the PPE requirement is in compliance with President Joe Biden’s executive action that states masks must be worn on federal property, including parks and buildings. Mask wear is required for visitors, park employees, partners and contractors due to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. In the U.S., more than 26.3 million Americans have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to data from the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard. For this reason, face masks must be worn on lands managed by the National Park Service...
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Members of a Second Amendment activist group stole signs prohibiting firearms posted at public parks and shot through them before returning them to Bren Mar Park early Monday morning. Members of the Virginia Gray Ranks shot the signs as a form of protest against the restriction of firearm possession, including for those with concealed carry permits, at public parks, Spokesperson Mat Rose told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The signs were posted after the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted 9-1 to prohibit firearms from municipal government facilities including parks, community centers and county buildings on Sept. 15, 2020, the Fort Hunt Herald reported. “They want to put up signs we’ll take them down, they want to go farther than that we will too,” Rose told the DCNF. The signs were targeted to “put a little bit of a hit on the city’s wallet, but not one...
    BRITS should wear face masks in crowded outdoor spaces to combat the spread of Covid-19, SAGE has warned. Documents released by the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies say the public should consider wearing masks in parks and supermarket queues to stop mutant strains. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1The public should consider wearing masks in parks and supermarket according to SAGECredit: London News Pictures The papers say public advice should be “strengthened” so that restrictions are followed “more consistently and effectively”, according to The Daily Telegraph. It reads: "Consideration should be given to using face coverings in a wider range of settings where people could be asymptomatic and may be in close proximity (less than two metres).  “This may include outdoor spaces where it is difficult to maintain distance and people may be close together for extended periods." It explains that the...
    Residents of Bensonhurst and Bath Beach, as well as the New York Parks Department itself, recently celebrated the completion of the newly reconstructed Bensonhurst Park Playground in Brooklyn. The treasured park reopened to the public this week. The small park, which is 0.789 acres, is between Gravesend Bay and Cropsey Avenue, on both sides of the Belt Parkway. The playground is one part of the park, which also includes green space, ballfields and basketball courts. “Bensonhurst Park and the surrounding community is rich with history and deserving of public greenspaces that can be honored and celebrated,” said NYC Parks Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher. “Thanks to the advocacy of community members and the funding support of Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Councilmember Justin Brannan, we are able to deliver the people of Bensonhurst world-class park amenities, play equipment, new pathways, and the comfort of knowing that their families have...
    It was on this day in 1955 when a simple act of defiance elevated a seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, into a pivotal symbol in America's civil rights movement.On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a city bus. Little did the 42-year-old know that her act would help end segregation laws in the South.She was on her way home from work that evening and took a seat in the front of the black section of a city bus in Montgomery.The bus filled up, and the bus driver demanded she move so a white male passenger could have her seat.But Parks refused to give up her seat, and police arrested her. Four days later, Parks was convicted of disorderly conduct.The events triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system by Blacks that was organized by a 26-year-old Baptist minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.The boycott...
    Garbage and graffiti may not be the sexiest issues for campaign flyers, but they are a crucial component of New York City’s recovery from COVID-19. Let’s face it: Quality-of-life services have taken a big hit since the pandemic began. A return to normalcy must include a focus on improving quality of life in every neighborhood. A clean and safe neighborhood is the foundation of urban fulfillment. All people need such neighborhoods, but it’s often some of the wealthiest ones that complain about the decline — even as it is low-income communities of color that have long borne the brunt. We can start with our parks. In our densely populated city, parks have long been a popular refuge for working families. But when gyms, event spaces and other recreational facilities were closed due to COVID-19, green spaces became absolutely critical for New Yorkers seeking to exercise, play and congregate safely and...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled “explosive” state park attendance in Colorado as people have looked for safe ways to get out of the house, and now Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is looking to expand. Exactly where remains to be seen, but the state agency is open to suggestions. CPW is looking for properties and partnerships for future state parks, and it is asking members of the public to nominate places they think could work. Officials set up a convenient online form so anyone with an idea for a new Boulder State park can submit it. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for properties and partnerships for future state parks. (iStock) COLORADO COUPLE LURED, FED BEARS IN ‘SELFISH AND UNETHICAL’ ACT, OFFICIALS SAY Colorado’s state parks were seeing increased interest even before the pandemic. Dan Prenzlow, director of CPW, said in a written statement that the parks and other...
    ridepsta/Facebook After suspending service in anticipation of tropical storm Eta, Pinellas and Hillsborough’s respective public bus services—PSTA and HART—are back on today, Thursday, Nov. 12 at noon. Coronavirus restrictions like limited-capacity and mask requirements still apply, and more information on route schedules is available via psta.net and gohart.org. Overnight, Tropical Storm Eta brought high winds and flooding to Tampa Bay, especially in Pinellas where deputies had to rescue 33 people from flooded homes. Several streets in Tampa remain flooded, but city officials are updating their map via tampagov.net/floodmaps as roads become passable throughout the day. Tampa International Airport, which also suspended service yesterday, is back to business as usual, and while Pinellas public parks remain closed until 3 p.m., the City of Tampa has cautiously reopened its public parks and restrooms, which means you don’t have to hold that poop in anymore. Support local journalism in these crazy days. Our...
    Deputy Secretary of the Interior Katharine MacGregor joined SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight on Tuesday, where she discussed the Trump administration’s work to allow veterans and Gold Star families into national parks for free. “We already thought our parks pass was one of the best deals on the face of the planet and what we did under Secretary [David] Bernhardt and President Trump’s leadership is basically put out an order saying they will have, all our nation’s veterans and Gold Star families, will have free lifetime passes,” MacGregor said. “It’s all free for Interior managed land,” MacGregor added, noting that veterans will also receive free parking when they visit. She also noted that the fee removal will be valid for veterans in all “National parks, all our wildlife refugees, as well as our public land out in the West.” MacGregor went on to note the Trump administration’s admiration for American veterans and...
    TampaParksRecreation/Facebook Because of Hurricane Eta—which has the Bay area under a tornado watch until 5 p.m.—Tampa’s public parks facilities, and restrooms will be closing at 1 p.m. That certainly sucks for anyone who loves taking their kids and dogs to our public greenspaces, but it’s really bad for that midday jogger who counts on public lavatories for… relief. Squeeze your butt cheeks a little tighter, Tampeños. In all seriousness, storms—especially Eta, which is expected to bring heavy rains and gusty winds from about 40 mph-50 mph, possible tornadoes, and power outages later today and this evening—can be scary. Hillsborough County has opened five shelters, including three that are pet-friendly, for anyone who needs them. A Wednesday morning press release says that Pinellas County’s Board of Commissioners is holding an emergency meeting at 11 a.m. regarding Hurricane Eta. So for now, we don’t know whether you can poop in parks bathrooms...
    Veterans and Gold Star families are getting a free pass to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day.They will then have free access for life to nearly 2,000 public locations spread across 400 million acres of land."With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter," said Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt.Veterans are identified as individuals who have served in the the US armed forces, including the National Guard and Reserves.Gold Star families are the next of kin of a member of the US armed forces who lost their life in a "qualifying situation," which would be a war, an international terrorist attack or a military operation outside of the U.S....
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    Starting on Veterans Day, Gold Star families and United States veterans can enjoy free entry to national parks for life. The Interior Department approved a push led by two Maine lawmakers, Independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Rep. Jared Golden, who viewed the efforts as a way to honor families of military members who died during their service. "Making our national parks and public lands open to these Americans free of charge is a small but meaningful way to express our gratitude for their sacrifices," Golden said. The department says the fees will be waved for Gold Star family members and veterans who are now able to access freely almost 2,000 public locations across 400 million acres of land. A Gold Star family member includes the immediate family of a soldier who died while in combat. "The free access program is a way to thank America’s veterans and...
    (CNN)Veterans and Gold Star families are getting a free pass to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day.They will then have free access for life to nearly 2,000 public locations spread across 400 million acres of land."With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter," said Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt.Veterans are identified as individuals who have served in the the US armed forces, including the National Guard and Reserves.Gold Star families are the next of kin of a member of the US armed forces who lost their life in a "qualifying situation," which would be a war, an international terrorist attack or a military operation outside of the US...
    By Carey L. Biron WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Ricardo Cortes' oldest son started kindergarten at their neighbourhood school in Oakland, California, he was disheartened by the barren, baking schoolyard.  "It literally reminded me of a prison. It's got these huge, high chain-link fences, bare asphalt, no shade," the 48-year-old police officer told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Although his two sons, now ages 7 and 9, are attending school remotely due to the pandemic, things could start to change by the time they go back.   Next week, alongside choosing the president and other elected officials, Oakland voters could make available $200 million for school improvements based on COVID-19 requirements.  The improvements include what backers call green or living schoolyards, areas that could also be opened to the broader public.  "Green schoolyards can benefit not only the children at that school, they can provide an accessible network of oases...
    FITCHBURG (CBS) — Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg is hoping it will be allowed to reopen next month. The hotel and water park is now accepting bookings starting Nov. 25. A spokesman told The Worcester Telegram & Gazette that Great Wolf is in contact with state legislators and public health officials “with the hope a change in the current situation will allow us to open later this fall.” According to Massachusetts reopening guidelines, indoor water parks fall under “Phase 4.” Unless there’s a policy change, they won’t be allowed to reopen until an effective vaccine or therapeutics are developed. Coronavirus cases in the state are rising, with Massachusetts reporting more than 1,000 new cases on Sunday. The spokesman told the newspaper that about 700 Great Wolf employees in Fitchburg have been furloughed since the park shut down in March. Great Wolf said 15 of its 19 water parks have reopened...
    Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced this week it is offering refunds to second-season rifle hunters with deer or elk tags in Boulder, Gilpin, and Clear Creek Counties because wildfires have forced the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to close two of the state’s most popular hunting grounds, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. Hunters with tags in Game Management Units (GMUs) 29, 38, and 39 will be affected by the closures, CPW said Tuesday. CPW has already issued refunds for licenses in GMUs 6, 7, 9, 19 and 20 along with S1 and S40. “We are working closely with the Forest Service and will continue to monitor the situation and prepare for potential impacts to other seasons,” CPW’s Northeast Deputy Region Manager Kristin Cannon said in a statement. “These are unprecedented times and we ask that hunters do their part to observe emergency closures and other restrictions.” ...
    California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state's top health official said Tuesday. San Francisco and neighboring Alameda and Santa Clara are the only counties that meet the threshold for pro sports. However, immediately after the announcement officials in Santa Clara, home to the San Francisco 49ers, issued a statement saying they weren't prepared to allow even a limited number of fans into Levi's Stadium.  NFL TEAMS GOING FOR 2 AT RECORD-SETTING RATE Major theme parks, on the other hand, strongly objected to the state's restrictions, saying they could safely operate even with thousands of people in attendance. As many as 14,000 people could attend Levi's Stadium events under the state's guidance, setting up the chance of devastating “superspreader” events, said Dr. Jeff Smith,...
    New York Citys coronavirus restrictions on workout facilities are driving fitness fanatics to use public playgrounds as makeshift gyms, causing parents to complain their children can no longer play. "Its unfair on the children," said one mother in Astoria Heights, Queens, who told the New York Post children "can feel intimidated" by adults working out at playgrounds "and cant play properly because of their presence." She added, "My friend recently spotted a trainer with half a dozen clients in tow. They took up half of the available space with little regard for anyone else." Another Asotria-based mother, author and comedian Michelle Slonim Rosenfeld, suggested New York City Parks "should start putting up signs. Playgrounds are already filled with tears and dirty diapers. We dont need to add sweaty armpits." NYC Parks press officer Anessa Hodgson said, "For many New Yorkers during the public health crisis, they have become their gym, their...
    ANTIOCH (CBS SF) – Public playgrounds in Antioch have begun the process of reopening for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, city officials said Friday. According to parks and recreation director Nancy Kaiser, “closed” signs are being removed, swings that were removed for health and safety purposes are being reinstalled and resuming regular cleaning and maintenance of the playgrounds. “We welcome back all our parents and know that they will take the lead to ensure that kids learn and grow while playing in our parks,” Kaiser said in a statement. Earlier this week, state officials released guidance that allowed for the reopening of playgrounds and other outdoor recreational facilities to reopen. Guidelines include maintaining social distancing, wearing masks at all times, and limiting visits to 30 minutes per day. Additionally, adults are asked to supervise children at all times. City officials also encouraged not to eat...
    RANDY Brits are seeking new thrills from sex outdoors after months stuck inside due to Covid lockdowns, new research reveals. And while Yorkshire and Cardiff locals favour bonking in parks, horny Mancs are having sex in public loos - despite the risk of germs. 10A mum-of-two and her lover are caught having sex in a park in Leeds, West YorkshireCredit: Ben Lack 10,000 raunchy searches Researchers found a whopping 10,290 Brits - nearly 350 thrill-seekers a day - have searched online for "sex outside" in the past month alone. Romping in public can get you in trouble with the law, but experts say cooped-up Brits may be desperate for adventure and "naughtiness". Among the most popular places to have sex in public were woodland, cars, public toilets and even balconies, the researchers also found. Other saucy spots were hot tubs, parks and swimming pools. And indoors,...
    Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public Friday morning following a weeklong closure due to significant smoke impacts from California’s wildfires. The popular national park will welcome guests once again starting at 9 a.m., the National Park Service (NPS) said in a statement, citing improved air quality conditions. California’s largest national park closed Sept. 17 due to hazardous air quality and smoke impacts, as wildfires burned through the state. Looking ahead, officials will continue to monitor air quality through Yosemite and may intermittently close parts of the park – or the entire park altogether – pending any changes that impact public health. The NPS said it will continue to confer with local and federal public health experts during this decision-making process. Though visitors are still required to make a day-use reservation to visit Yosemite on Friday, all are welcome to explore the park free of charge on Saturday for...
    Now is the time to visit a national park. On Saturday, some national parks will waive their admission fees in celebration of National Public Lands Day, according to the National Park Service website. National Public Lands Day happens every year on the fourth Saturday in September and this year, it falls on Sept. 26. Rocky Mountain National Park (pictured) is one of many national parks that is waiving admission fees on Saturday to celebrate National Public Lands Day. (The Associated Press) MICHELOB ULTRA HIRING ‘CHIEF EXPLORATION OFFICER’ TO VISIT NATIONAL PARKS According to the NPS, National Public Lands Day was established in 1994 and “celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship and encourages use of open space for education, recreation and health benefits.” Some of the national parks that are waiving their fees on Saturday include the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona,...
    SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County parks and the Bexar Heritage Center are set to reopen to the public on Monday, Sept. 28, according to the county. The county’s playscapes, basketball and tennis courts, and outdoor pavilions will reopen to the public, the county said in a statement. County outdoor pavilions will be available to rent for groups of 250 or less for events exempt from the local and state executive orders. Individuals reserving outdoor pavilions will be required to have their guests use facial coverings, maintain social distancing and provide hand sanitizer for their event, the county said. Betty Bueche, director of Bexar Heritage and Parks, said she was glad residents could once again utilize shared natural areas. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Bexar County parks and our other shared natural areas have served as a place of mental refuge for our residents. Our open spaces and trails have allowed for...
    Access to public space has been restricted in the pandemic, from libraries to parks to transit to sidewalks. While it's still too early to predict exactly how public space will evolve, some concerning patterns have emerged. Who gets to exist in these spaces and how will likely be drawn along race- and class-based lines, experts told Insider. "Who knows if we'll ever be able to do the things we used to do?" one library director said. "I hope we can." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On a Friday in early March, Jennifer Pearson looked around her library in Lewisburg, Tennessee. "The library was full of older people," Pearson, the library's director, said. "I thought, if I don't close this space, they will never stop coming to it, so I have to close it, for their good and for my staff." The Marshall County Memorial Library closed in...
    By ANDRES VIGLUCCI, The Miami Herald MIAMI (AP) — Water, water everywhere, but no way to put in. That’s often the case in Miami-Dade County, blessed and cursed with hundreds of miles of mostly publicly inaccessible waterways, from the Biscayne Bay shoreline to lakes natural and artificial and rivers and canals that stretch to the edge of the Everglades. Now Miami-Dade’s parks department has some ideas to get you and your boat, kayak or paddleboard in that water — and it thinks you might, too. It has launched a public effort to devise a plan for a system of “blueways” to provide new public entry points to the water along the bayfront and lake and canal banks, opening up previously out-of-reach spots for use by boaters and paddlers and even splashers. The improvements could range from the basic, like a rustic canoe or kayak launch at a place where a...
    A new directive would allow for alcohol consumption in some Montgomery County, Maryland, public parks. The county is looking to expand its “Picnic in the Park” initiative, which took effect in August. The program encourages park-goers to support and order from nearby restaurants during the pandemic. Currently, park visitors can scan signs with QR codes to find restaurants that deliver food right to their socially-distanced picnic location in the park. If approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board next week, residents will be allowed to order alcohol from those same restaurants starting Sept. 17. “We know people do occasionally like to have a glass of wine or beer with their lunch or dinner, so we know that will attract more participation,” Montgomery Parks Director Michael Riley said. Alcohol is currently prohibited at all county parks, with some exceptions. The rule would be in place until the end of May 2021...
    The city government in Seattle closed down a public park ahead of a planned Christian prayer rally, so the supporters held a "worship protest" service outside of the fences installed at the park instead. Organizers planned the worship service at Gas Works Park on Labor Day, but the city said it would shut the service down "due to anticipated crowding that could impact the public health of residents," over the coronavirus pandemic. "Seattle Parks and Recreation does not allow unpermitted public events to take place in Seattle parks and asks the public continue to adhere to current public health guidelines so that we can keep our parks open," the city added. Sean Feucht Ministries condemned the decision and called out the city's hypocrisy on political rallies. "This is the height of hypocrisy for the City of Seattle to turn a...
    Seattle closed a park ahead of a planned prayer rally but didn't extend the same treatment to a park that became a "staging area" for "anti-cop extremists." The Parks and Recreation Department put fences around Gas Works Park, and social distancing ambassadors and park rangers were deployed to prevent gatherings in the area. “Seattle Parks and Recreation does not allow unpermitted public events to take place in Seattle parks and asks the public continue to adhere to current public health guidelines so that we can keep our parks open,” Seattle parks officials told local news outlet Q13 Fox. King County, where Seattle is located, is in phase 2 of Washington's COVID-19 reopening plan, and outdoor events of more than five people are not permitted. Seattle police cleared Cal Anderson Park on July 1 after two people were killed near the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. Officers...
    By: KDKA-TV News PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Art Commission announced a special hearing and public comment period about the Columbus statue in Oakland. The hearing will be held on Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. The link to join will be posted on the Virtual Art Commission page the day before the meeting, and it will also be streamed on Youtube. People can give testimony in three ways: by a verbal statement during the hearing, through Engage PGH or in a written statement. Each person has to say what they want to happen to the statue: nothing, removal, replacement or alteration. Last month Mayor Bill Peduto called for a public process for reviewing the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park. The statue is owned by the city and sits on city property in Schenley Park. This statue has been vandalized twice in the recent months. (Photo Credit: KDKA...
    By: KDKA-TV News PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Mayor Bill Peduto has called for a public process for reviewing the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park. The Art Commission will lead the public process, which will include a special hearing and a period of online engagement where people can recommend whether to leave it, remove it, replace it or alter it. The statue is owned by the city and sits on city property in Schenley Park. “Art is an essential element of our identity, history, & evolving culture. It reflects who we are & what our communities mean to us.” Mayor @billpeduto said. “The Commission will thoughtfully lead us through this evaluation with the backdrop that a public process is crucial.” https://t.co/KhfxZ84HDH — Office of the Mayor (@TheNextPGH) August 25, 2020 “Public art is an essential element of community identity, public history, and evolving culture. It reflects and reveals who we...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an outdoor learning plan for New York City public schools. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images In a daily briefing on Monday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an outdoor learning plan. Schools are urged to use outdoor spaces, like parks and empty streets, as classrooms when schools reopen in September.  Principals can submit their plans for outdoor learning by Friday. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that schools should use outdoor spaces as classrooms this fall.  De Blasio pointed to schoolyards, empty streets, and public parks as adequate spaces for classrooms in public, charter, religious, and private schools.  "We want to give schools the option to do as much outdoors as they can," de Blasio said. "Starting today, we empower our principals to determine the maximum amount they can do outdoors."...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The Parks and Recreation Department determined the Boston Public Garden lagoon is “unsafe for wildlife” and will be drained, then refilled over the upcoming days. Residents complained that the water was full of algae and trash during recent months. The company that runs the Swan Boats is responsible for testing and treating the water, but they are not operating this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. A Parks and Recreation spokesman said Wednesday the city is in the middle of a 2-day process of draining the lagoon. Within about eight days, the lagoon will be cleaned and filled. “Boston Parks and Recreation Department began draining the Public Garden Lagoon today because the water has become unsafe for wildlife, particularly the ducks,” the department said. Also contributing to conditions has been the hot and dry summer, which led to bacteria and algae growth. In addition, the Swan Boats...
    NORTH LAWNDALE — Chicago Park District officials are trying to create a better process for changing park names after the recent push to rename Douglas Park to honor abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The Park District Board of Commissioners is trying to better spell out how community members can propose removing the name of a historical figure from a park and replacing it to honor someone else. Until recently, the district had never stripped the name of someone from a park. But amid growing demands for the city to stop honoring people with racist histories, city officials are creating a formal process to determine who is memorialized in statues, memorials and park names. Members of the public have 45 days to offer feedback on how the park district naming process can be improved. You can contact the parks board at lca@chicagoparkdistrict.com or at 312-742-4762. “We also want to reflect the obligation to protect...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City -BY RACHEL HOLLIDAY SMITH, THE CITY. This article was originally published on Aug. 11 at 9:18 pm EDT by THE CITY   On the Upper East Side, two private schools hoped to use part of a dead-end block for less than six hours each weekday to help students keep a safe distance. In Brooklyn Heights, the Saint Ann’s School eyed using local parks and streets for its kids. And on the Lower East Side, public school officials submitted plans to the city Department of Transportation to utilize adjacent streets to help keep students spread out. But with less than a month before school begins, none of them have gotten the go-ahead — and with about 736,000 public school students set to start the school year with in-person learning, the city is no closer...
    Since outdoor spaces have become one of the last refuges for businesses reeling from the pandemic, San Jose is making it easier for business owners to take advantage of the city’s public parks, plazas and parking lots. The San Jose City Council this week approved waiving fees and expediting the application process for businesses — such as restaurants, hair salons, fitness studios and retail shops — to operate in some of the city’s underutilized public outdoor spaces. The council’s decision marks the latest adaptation to San José Al Fresco — a plan introduced by Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmember Dev Davis in early May to help businesses struggling from the economic fallout of forced closures and reduced operations due to the pandemic and corresponding public health orders. Last month, the city shut down its first street to vehicular traffic — San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets...
    A dead humpback whale roughly 36 feet long drifted Thursday afternoon onto Platforms Beach in Aptos. Gabriel McKenna, public safety superintendent for California State Parks said they don’t have a cause of death. “State Parks is evaluating expedient ways of removing the dead whale from the beach,” he said. “We are working in conjunction with Long Marine Lab and NOAA.” State Parks advised the public to stay away from the whale and view from afar to ensure safety. On Tuesday, the whale remained at the beach. McKenna confirmed that they are monitoring the weather and tides to determine when they can safely tow the whale back out to sea, likely later this week. He said the plan is to tow the whale far off shore and let the natural course of nature take place.
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s national parks, forests and public lands will receive hundreds of millions of dollars for repairs and restoration after President Donald Trump signed The Great American Outdoors Act into law. It is the most significant conservation law in 50 years. (credit: CBS) Trump is an unlikely ally of conservationists, having lifted protections for millions of acres of public land, but the new law doesn’t just help the environment, it helps the economy, and it helps Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who wrote the bill. “I’ve been working on the Land and Water Conservation Fund for decades beginning with the Great Sand Dunes National Park. I’m excited that we got this done. There are some groups out there that are partisan Democrat interest groups, but that’s not this bill. This bill is a Democrat and Republican success.” Colorado’s Democratic Congressman Joe Neguse, whose district includes Rocky Mountain National Park,...
    Plan on playing hooky tomorrow, August 5. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has come in for plenty of criticism from environmentalists, but it's hard to find fault with the native Coloradan's latest move: In honor of the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act, he's waiving entrance fees at public lands managed by the Department of the Interior — assets overseen by the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — tomorrow, August 5. After 2020, the free day will move to August 4, now named Great American Outdoors Day. Related Stories Swamped! The Forty-Year War on Public Lands Comes to a Head The Ten Biggest Colorado Environmental Stories of 2019 Environmentalists Rally Against William Pendley's BLM Nomination Colorado has thirteen national parks, as well as national trails and historic sites, along with numerous other federal lands that will...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law a rare bipartisan bill that will use royalties from offshore oil and gas drilling operations to fund long-overdue maintenance of public lands, national parks and Native American schools. Trump said more than 5,500 miles of road, 17,000 miles of trails and 24,000 buildings were in critical need of repair. "Today we're making the most significant investment in our parks since the administration of the legendary conservationist President Theodore Roosevelt," Trump said during a signing ceremony at the White House. The Great American Outdoors Act will permanently direct $900 million a year to a long-standing federal program aimed at acquiring and protecting public lands. Work on the unusual bipartisan effort was led by Republican Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado and Steve Daines of Montana, who are both up for re-election this year and spoke at the event, and Democrat...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump signed a measure Tuesday that will fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund -- a program his administration's budget proposals had repeatedly tried to cut. The legislation signing marks an important political win for Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Steve Daines of Montana, who both hail from conservation-minded states and face tough reelection races this November. The Great American Outdoors Act passed with bipartisan support, but no Democrats were invited to the event. Instead, Trump largely credited Daines and Gardner for its passage. In addition to funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal program which is aimed at protecting federal public lands and waters, the act also addresses a maintenance backlog on federal public lands, with $9.5 billion in funding over five years.Trump called the bill a "very big deal from an environmental standpoint" and compared himself to the "legendary conservationist"...
    President Trump has solved the riddle that has bedeviled previous presidents and Congress for decades, putting forth an unprecedented conservation funding proposal and calling on Congress to get it done for the American people. His proposal, which became the Great American Outdoors Act, finally addresses the long ignored, multi-billion-dollar deferred maintenance backlog at our great national parks and public lands and permanently and fully invests in conservation and recreation opportunities through the Land and Water Conservation Fund to the tune of $900 million a year forever. No president before President Trump challenged Congress to move forth with such a bold proposal, combining these two great conservation efforts and entirely funding them with mandatory appropriations. His call to action and sustained support to see it through until its passage resulted in a bipartisan crescendo in Congress with relatively swift action by both the Senate and House. TRUMP SET TO SIGN LANDMARK GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS...
    After spending his presidency denying climate change, placing coal and oil industry officials in top environmental jobs, and weakening dozens of public health and wildlife rules, President Donald Trump on Tuesday reversed course and signed a historic law to pump billions of dollars into long-neglected repairs and upgrades at America’s national parks. The measure, known as the “Great American Outdoors Act,” is the most significant new federal conservation law in 40 years, since President Jimmy Carter doubled the size of the national park system by establishing 157 million acres of new parks, wildlife refuges, scenic rivers and other wilderness areas in Alaska during his final weeks in office in 1980. “There hasn’t been anything like this since Teddy Roosevelt, I suspect,” Trump said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Environmentalists cheered, finally securing a win they have sought for more than 20 years. Election year...
    GARY, Ind. (CBS) — All beaches in Gary, Indiana will be closed for the next two weeks, the city announced Tuesday. Effective Wednesday, Gary Mayor Jerome Prince announced all City of Gary beaches will be closed, along with their parking lots, Marquette Park shelters, and adjacent parking there. Marquette Park will remain open for recreational activity such as walking and cycling pursuant to social distancing requirements. All other Gary city parks will remain open. “Understanding that beach goers from our community and the Chicagoland area have had fewer outdoor venues for exercise and to enjoy the weather because of the pandemic, last week, my team and I introduced an experimental plan to keep our beaches open to the public while promoting social distancing techniques as we continue to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Mayor Prince said in a news release. “City of Gary Health Commissioner Dr. Roland Walker...
            by Derek Draplin   The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation that will provide billions in funding for public lands across the country. The Great American Outdoors Act, which passed the U.S. Senate in mid-June, was approved Wednesday in the House by a 310-107 vote. The legislation received approval from President Donald Trump, who urged the House to approve the bill ahead of its vote. “We MUST protect our National Parks for our children and grandchildren,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “I am calling on the House to pass the GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT today.” The act was first introduced in March by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and received significant bipartisan support in the Senate. The legislation creates the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund that would use tax revenue to cover deferred maintenance costs on federal public lands. Total deferred maintenance costs, or infrastructure projects that...
    The Michigan Senate Thursday approved spending $28.7 million from a restricted state revenue fund to purchase land and improve public projects. SB 145, if signed into law, would unleash money across the state. The money would come from the Michigan National Resource Trust Fund (MNRTF), created in 1984 to develop and purchase public land using funds generated from interest and earnings on state-owned mineral rights programs. Of the $28 million, $17.2 million would cover 18 land acquisition projects, and 60 land development projects cost $11.5 million. The MNRTF amount spent would total $28.7 million, but counting matches from local government entities and private donations may reach $49.4 million that could flow into projects ranging from Wayne County to Presque Isle in Northern Michigan. A $5.3 million chunk would fund buying up to 272 acres from the Sargent Minerals Company, including coastal habitat, wetlands, and...
    During the current COVID-19 global pandemic, parks and open space areas providing safe places for outdoor activity are experiencing an unprecedented surge in visitation and impacts on facilities. Take, for example, the East Bay Regional Park District, a system of 73 parks with 125,000 acres and 1,300 miles of trails. EBRPD’s pre-COVID visitation rate was 25 million a year. (For comparison, Disneyland had 18 million visits annually.) Since the shelter-in-place orders in March, the park district’s general manager estimates, the rate of trail use has doubled. This surge in park visitors, which is being seen around the country, has an impact on infrastructure, natural resources and the ability to manage the parks effectively for control of fire. That’s why the federal government, now more than ever, needs to sufficiently fund maintenance of parks for current and future generations. And why members of Congress are backing legislation to provide that money....
    The House on Wednesday approved a major public lands conservation bill, sending it to the White House, where President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than a dozen people wounded in shooting near Chicago funeral home Cleveland Indians players meet with team leadership to discuss potential name change Pelosi calls coronavirus the 'Trump virus' MORE is expected to sign it into law. The measure passed in a 310-107 vote. The bill, known as the Great American Outdoors Act, would provide $900 million in federal oil and gas revenues for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which helps secure land for trails and parks. The bipartisan legislation would also put billions toward addressing a maintenance backlog at national parks over a five-year period. “For too long we have allowed our national parks to fall into disrepair,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) on the House floor ahead of the vote....
    Says Miguel Otarola of the Star Tribune, “Police and heavy equipment cleared out what was left of the east homeless encampment at Minneapolis’ Powderhorn Park, forcing campers to pack up and find a new place to live. Park Board Superintendent Al Bangoura issued an eviction notice to the encampment Friday, just days after the board voted to cut down on the number of tent camps in local parks. The notice gave campers 72 hours to leave, parks spokeswoman Dawn Sommers said. All but two to three campers had left the encampment Monday, with the holdouts refusing to leave, Sommers said.” The Pioneer Press’ Bill Salisbury writes: “There’s still no deal on a $1.8 billion public construction bill in the Minnesota Legislature. Just four days after Gov. Tim Walz predicted he and Republican lawmakers would negotiate a compromise to pass his “local jobs and projects plan,” also known as the bonding...
    (CBS4) – The National Park Service is celebrating Latino Conservation Week. The annual celebration involves Latino communities in activities within their national parks and other public lands. (credit: Hispanic Access Foundation) There are many ways to observe the week including researching a park or place with Latino heritage, or working with other Latinos in your community to help national parks or public lands by volunteering. The week-long celebration started as an initiative in 2014 with the Hispanic Access Foundation. It’s goal was to support the Latino community getting outdoors and participating in activities that protect our natural resources. Last year, more than 36 Latino Heritage Internship Program interns worked in more than 33 national parks across the country on their own Latino Conservation Week projects. Latino Conservation Week ends July 26. Everyone is invited to celebrate. LINK: Latino Conservation Week | 2020 Events
    In the pre-dawn hours of Monday, July 13, an anti-racist activist in Charlottesville, Virginia, awoke to find that someone, in the dark of night, had planted a flaming tiki torch on their front lawn. About half an hour later, another local anti-racist organizer would discover a blazing tiki-torch had also been placed, in his words, “very carefully and deliberately next to my mailbox.” Later in the day, another tiki-torch was found—this one unlit and abandoned by the side of a road, along with a bottle of a fuel, near the home of a third activist. The message was clear. “Tiki torches are irrevocably linked to August 11th and 12th,” one of the targeted activists told me, referring to the mob of neo-Nazis and Trumpists who descended on Charlottesville in 2017. “And so for us here, it's impossible to see this as anything other than intimidation, and I would say you'd...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- Downtown Disney reopened on Thursday - but fans will have to wait longer before they can enjoy the full Disneyland theme park.After months of closure, some people lined up as early as 5 a.m. for the outdoor shopping district's 10 a.m. opening.For some, it was about being able to buy Disney merchandise.For others, it was simply a way to get out of the house.Joselyn McCutcheon drove 90 minutes from Lake Elsinore so her young daughter could be at the Downtown Disney reopening"She's bored at home. She can't wait to get out and about. That's why she's excited to be here."The business district filled with shops and restaurants outside Disneyland reopened with new protocols meant to promote social distancing and sanitation. Parking was intentionally kept limited and workers were frequently sanitizing heavily used areas.Guests were required to wear masks and submit to temperature checks at the entrance.The...
    DENVER (CBS4) — Denver’s controversial plan to cull the population of Canada geese is moving forward after an effort by activists to stop it was blocked by a judge. Wednesday night, they’ll continue their fight at a public meeting. (credit: CBS) Denver Parks and Recreation Department managers say the culling is needed to properly control the resident geese population. Last year, Denver culled over 1,600 Canada Geese. This year the city is working with the USDA towards a goal of 40 percent reduction, or by about 2,000 within 5 years. So far, the plan this year includes: 50 geese at Garfield Park 50 geese at Harvey Park 100 geese at Sloan’s Lake 30 geese at Barnum Park 25 geese at Garland Park 100 geese at the City Park Golf Course Parks and Recreation wildlife biologists have said resident geese droppings post a health risk to people and habitat....
    SAN ANTONIO – All parks in San Antonio and Bexar County will be closed for the Fourth of July weekend in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All city parks will be closed to the public effective Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. until Monday, July 6 at 5 a.m. All county parks and park amenities will be closed to the public effective Friday, July 3 at 9 a.m. until Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m. “With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to surge in San Antonio, we need the public’s support to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus,” said Homer Garcia III, director of San Antonio Parks and Recreation. “Temporarily closing public parks this weekend emphasizes the importance of staying home, wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, and avoiding gatherings with people outside your immediate household.” “We know what happened back on Memorial Day,” Bexar...
    Here’s some good news for New Yorkers seeking to beat the summer heat. About a quarter of the city’s public outdoor swimming pools that have been closed because of the coronavirus pandemic and associated budget crisis will open to the public on Aug. 1, according to budget documents released by City Hall late Tuesday. The Parks Department will welcome swimmers at 15 of its 53 pools across the five boroughs in August. They include Crotona, Mullaly and Haffen in the Bronx; Sunset, Betsy Head and K-Pool in Brooklyn; Hamilton Fish, Jackie Robinson, Wagner and Marcus Garvey in Manhattan; Astoria, Liberty and Fisher in Queens; and Lyons and Tottenville on Staten Island. Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council agreed to restore $9.9 billion to the Parks Department budget to hire 716 lifeguards, pools staff and fund sprinklers and water fountains. De Blasio had slashed the entire $12 million...
    BOSTON, JUNE 30, 2020 (State House News Service) — With many indoor activities on hold during the pandemic, state officials have been encouraging people to get outside for exercise, recreation and fresh air. One top Baker administration official said Tuesday that people are taking that advice to heart. The numbers of people flocking to state parks and beaches are soaring, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides said, and that’s making the importance of protecting and preserving the environment even more clear to her. “I think during the difficult times that we’ve been through, many of us have really taken respite in the natural world and enjoyed the opportunity to get outside to many of our local green spaces and some more far-flung locations across the state that we may not have visited in the past,” she said during a virtual meeting with groups advocating for bold climate policy. “Our...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Phalen Regional Park Beach will reopen for the summer, St. Paul Parks and Recreation announced Friday morning. The beach will open to the public every day starting on Saturday June 27, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Because of COVID-19 and public health restrictions however, some amenities including the showers, changing rooms, and flush toilets will not be available for use. Portable toilets will be available. St. Paul Parks recommends families maintain physical distance whenever possible and asks visitors to limit their stay to 2 hours to allow others to use the beach. The beach is free, but officials advise that those who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home.
    Sewage spilling into waterways in Yosemite. Water pipes leaking in the Grand Canyon. Run-down trailers housing staff in Yellowstone. Set against the grandeur of national park landscapes across the country, these images make no sense. Yet they’re our reality thanks to a mountain of overdue maintenance that threatens the wonders the National Park Service was created to protect. Conservation means caring for what we own. After neglecting maintenance for too long, Congress is poised to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill popular for its land-acquisition component but that should also be widely praised for finally dedicating funding to deferred maintenance. REP. CHUCK FLEISCHMANN: CORONAVIRUS RECOVERY — THIS CAN HELP REBUILD COMMUNITY AND HOPE This would be a crucial step in cleaning the tarnish from our crown jewels. And as public landowners and funders, we have a duty to make sure we never let them end up in this state again. In...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bipartisan bill that would double spending on a popular conservation program and devote nearly $2 billion a year to improve and maintain national parks. The 73-25 vote on Wednesday sends Great American Outdoors Act to the House, where approval is expected. It would be the most significant conservation legislation enacted in nearly half a century. The bill would spend about $2.8 billion per year on conservation, outdoor recreation and park maintenance. “America’s hundreds of millions of acres of public lands are the result of hundreds of years of exploration and conservation,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell, R-Ky. The Senate vote will “ensure this inheritance will stand the test of time for generations of Americans yet to come,” McConnell said, urging the House to pass it quickly. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., one of the bill’s chief sponsors, said the bill...
    CHICAGO — Public libraries and some closed parks will reopen Monday. The city’s libraries have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Chicago moved into Phase 3 of its recovery plan Wednesday, and that’s allowing more places to reopen. Public libraries will have social distancing and safety measures in place to prevent spread of COVID-19. The city will also reopen parks west of Lake Shore Drive, like Lincoln Park and Jackson Park, though the Lakefront Trail will remain closed. Park facilities, like playgrounds and facilities, are still closed, as well. Lakefront parks have been closed since late March due to crowding along the lakeshore. Chicago has seen a slowdown in the number of new coronavirus cases recently, but officials have warned people should still wear masks and practice social distancing. CPL and City of Chicago staff have worked hard to ensure that the library will continue to...
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