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8/16/2018

Municipalities in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville in Ontario are seeking feedback from local businesses on a plan to end tax rebates for owners of vacant commercial or industrial property. Other nearby municipalities have already opted to phase out their rebate programs.

8/16/2018

Sonoma County, Calif., is restructuring its emergency services division as an independent department and will increase training after criticism of the county's response to wildfires last October. Meanwhile, recent wildfires have also called attention to shortcomings with emergency alerts in some California regions.

8/16/2018

Corvallis, Ore.'s police chief is working to establish an emergency dispatch district whose combined taxing authority could fund increased staffing and equipment upgrades. The new 911 taxing district requires approval from residents in 14 county, city and rural jurisdictions.

8/16/2018

A 58-acre plot of land owned by Ohio State University is being purchased by the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks for $5.2 million if the deal closes this year. A park would be built at what has long been a sheep farm.

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8/16/2018

San Francisco's elevated Salesforce Transit Center Park is on the roof of a transit center and includes lawns, a public plaza, an amphitheater and botanical gardens. A skybridge enables access to the fifth floor of the Salesforce Tower.

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8/16/2018

Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit is receiving new aquatic species in its tanks along with new exhibits. The aquarium raises money and seeks grants to pay for its $500,000 annual budget.

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8/16/2018

A Youth Conservation Corps formed in Brutus, N.Y., has been helping with park and trail maintenance, including painting, mulch distribution and weeding.

8/16/2018

Park and recreation agencies can create therapeutic and inclusive programs that allow community members of all ages and abilities to participate, according to CivicRec's Landon Schenck. "By providing inclusive park and recreation activities, you will enable all generations of your citizens to come together to share in the same goal: Being active and engaged in their home away from home," Schenck writes.

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8/16/2018

A $40,000 grant has been awarded to Chattanooga, Tenn., as part of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign and will go toward updating the city's parks master plan to ensure residents are within walking distance of green space. The National Recreation and Park Association is a co-organizer of the campaign.

8/16/2018

Arkansas' 9-1-1 system has significant shortcomings, and "isn't as accurate as we need it to be, and it takes more time than needed," says Robert McGowen of the Benton County Office of Emergency Communications. A task force is working toward updating dispatch technology statewide, but funding is an issue.