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"Dallas, Texas is about to become one of the greenest cities in America - by building one of the country's largest urban nature parks." -Inhabitat
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-National Parks Conservation Association
"National parks are known for their priceless beauty," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "They are a bargain anytime but on these ten days in 2017, they really will be priceless. We want everyone to visit their national parks and the fee free days provide extra incentive to experience these amazing places."
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"What are Trees worth to cities? Meet the U.S. Forest Service scientist putting a dollar value on urban forests. David Nowak whittles down 30 years of studying the economic value of forests to this advice: If you only plant one tree, plant it in a city." -- CityLab
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"Since 2013, a unique collaboration between NRPA (National Recreation and Park Association) and the Coca-Cola Foundation has supported employing veterans as fitness instructors within community recreation facilities. Park and recreation agencies have utilized the skills and fitness expertise of United States military veterans to help improve the health and well-being in 12 communities across the nation. Veterans have been recruited by these agencies to instruct programs ranging from martial arts to yoga that are free or low-cost for participants. The Coca-Cola Foundation’s support is enabling participating veterans to develop their leadership skills while providing community members with opportunities to improve their health." -- National Recreation and Park Association
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Jewell Hodge's Park, previously known as Hill Street Park, has now reopened today Monday, November 7, 2016.
This city pocket park has a brand new playscape! Come check out this awesome, new playscape!
"Urban green space and public recreation areas, or “parks,” are often viewed as key factors in
increasing physical activity, thereby preventing obesity and reducing the incidence of chronic
medical conditions, not to mention improving mental health and overall quality of life. Parks
may also improve public health by increasing social interaction, reducing stress through
exposure to nature, and more. Being able to show the positive outcomes of investment in public
parks is useful for municipal park departments that depend on local funds for their programs,
infrastructure, and activities.
This paper begins with a brief discussion of the evidence that links physical activity to
improvements in health" - National Recreation and Park Association.
Last year, 30-year-old Darius Nabors did something many Americans only dream of. He quit his job and hit the road.
Nabors grew up visiting national parks on family vacations, but realized it would take him 42 years to see the ones he had not yet visited if he only traveled to one park per year.
Planning for the trip included obtaining permits to raft down the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. Photo courtesy of Darius Nabors
Inspired by his father, a former park ranger at Olympic National Park in Washington, Nabors hatched a plan to ramp up his visitation rate to one park per week.
The trip of a lifetime was born.
"HARLINGEN — A half-million-dollar playground so unique there’s not another like it in Texas...the city’s parks and recreation advisory board approved plans for what is known as an all-inclusive playground designed specifically to allow children of all ages with special needs to join the fun...." - Ricky Kelly (Brownsville Herald)
National Recreation and Parks Association:
Our nation’s local parks and recreation—whether large or small, rural or urban—connect us to nature and help preserve open space, provide health and wellness opportunities and essential services, and connect all people making communities livable and desirable.
We believe local parks and recreation are uniquely positioned to make a measurable difference in three key areas—what we have dubbed the “Three Pillars.” Champion the pillars in your community and communicate how you are making a difference in these areas:
"The more people appreciate the parks, the more constituents we have for our parks. It’s not just a numbers game. It’s an appreciation."— Karl Knapp of California State Parks
More minorities are hiking and camping —
The first aerial survey of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch shows that the amount of debris swirling in the North Pacific has been “heavily underestimated,” the expedition group said.
On Monday, The Ocean Cleanup, a project founded in 2013 by then-18-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat with the goal of ridding the world’s oceans of plastic, shared initial findings from its aerial expedition of the trash vortex between Hawaii and California. - The Huffington Post
" For the first time in the United States, bees have been placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Seven yellow-faced bee species that were once abundant in their native home of Hawaii, were declared endangered on Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...Those species have been devastated by “habitat loss, wildfires and the invasion of non-native plants and insects...The federal protection of the bees will “allow authorities to implement recovery programs, access funding and limit their harm from outside sources...These species of bees are essential to the islands’ produce..." - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
"If American children were to race children from other countries, chances are, they'd lose. Badly. A review of children's fitness levels in 50 countries around the world suggests the youth of America are not nearly as healthy as they could be, according to researchers at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the University of North Dakota.." - Stephen Feller United Press International
The 2016 Trick or Treat Trail is hosted by the Bastrop YMCA, Bastrop Ministerial Alliance, the City of Bastrop Parks & Recreation Department, Main Street Program, & the Public Library. The inaugural event will take the place of Halloween Fest. The newly revamped concept will bring thousands of parents and children to the Main Street Program Area, focusing the activities at the Library and Fisherman's Park. Candy, games, contests, and entertainment will ensure a safe & family-friendly evening of fun.
TRICK or TREAT TRAIL APPLICATION
"President Barack Obama has created the first underwater national monument off the US east coast, protecting a vast ecosystem of canyons and extinct volcanoes. It is home to thousands of rare species...On 15 September, President Obama designated the area as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument - placing it in the same category as the Statue of Liberty and Yellowstone National Park. The 4,913 square mile (7,906km) area, one of the richest deposits of life in the oceanic world, is now protected from fishing and mining..." -BBC
Food Allergy Research & Education nationally launched the Teal Pumpkin Project in 2014. The project's message of inclusion, awareness, & community have aided hundreds of families enjoy a safer, happier Halloween. By placing a teal colored pumpkin outdoors, families with with food allergies or other conditions are aware that you offer non-food treats. For more information visit: FARE's Teal Pumpkin Project
Here are a few non-food item ideas!
"The county is interested in building a new emergency shelter using the last remaining funds from a $25 million U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant from the 2011 Complex Fire...." - Austin Statesman
Join our event happening this Friday, September 16th at Neighbor's Kitchen & Yard. Movies on the Riverwalk will be featuring the film: Rudy. This is a great inspritiational film for the entire family to enjoy. If you can't make out to support your local football team, come out to Movies on the Riverwalk. Remember this is a free community event!
Show your spirit by dressing up in your favorite team jersey/t-shirt (Any sport) or best spirit outfit. At the show use our new Old-Iron Bridge themed photo frame. Use the hashtag: #PlayinthePineswhen sharing your images.
Don't forget to bring your blankets and chairs for a beautiful night on the Colorado River banks. We ask the public to refrain from bringing personal coolers, outside food & drinks. Concessions will be available and food maybe purchased through Neighbor's Kitchen & Yard.
We hope to see you next Friday night at Movies on the Riverwalk!
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The Splash Pad located in Fisherman's Park will be close for the Fall/Winter Season starting October 1st. The last day to enjoy fun in the sun will be Friday, September 30th. The Splash Pad will be open 9 am- 7pm weekly until 10/1/16. Thank you for supporting your local Parks and Recreation Department. For more questions or concerns email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 24th is celebrated across the country as a time to enjoy and give back to our public lands and learn more about the health benefits of spending time outdoors. Special activities are planned around the park and entrance fees are waived at all park entrances. With National Public Lands Day 3 weeks away, plan your next mini-vacation today!
Here is a list of Texas's National Parks:
13,000 years ago this site was already well-known by mammoth hunters as a place to get the best stone for their tools. Centuries passed but the colorful flint found right here in the Texas panhandle never lost its value and usefulness. Visit and gain a sense of how integral this site was to the survival, commerce and culture of the High Plains.
An oasis in the desert, Amistad National Recreation Area consists of the US portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. Amistad, whose name comes from the Spanish word meaning friendship, is best known for excellent water-based recreation, camping, hiking, rock art viewing, and its rich cultural history. Amistad is also home to a wide variety of plant and animal life above and below the water.
There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend.
Life of all types abounds in the Big Thicket. This national preserve protects the incredible diversity of life found where multiple habitats converge in southeast Texas. Hiking trails and waterways meander through nine different ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. It is a place of discovery, a place to wander and explore, a place to marvel at the richness of nature.
Chamizal is more than just an urban park to recreate or enjoy a quiet afternoon. These grounds are a reminder of the harmonious settlement of a 100-year border dispute between the United States and Mexico. We celebrate the cultures of the borderlands to promote the same mutual respect that helped to diplomatically resolve an international disagreement.
Come on a journey that will carry you through 300 years of Louisiana and Texas frontier settlement and development on a Spanish colonial "royal road" that originally extended to Mexico City, Mexico.
Take a journey on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail to savor 300 years of heritage and culture in the Southwest. This Spanish colonial "royal road" in New Mexico and Texas originally extended to Mexico City, Mexico.
Fort Davis is one of the best surviving examples of an Indian Wars' frontier military post in the Southwest. From 1854 to 1891, Fort Davis was strategically located to protect emigrants, mail coaches, and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos portion of the San Antonio-El Paso Road and on the Chihuahua Trail.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is the world's premier example of a fossil reef from the Permian Era. The park is known for its extensive hiking and backpacking opportunities in one of the nation's most pristine wilderness areas. Birding, history, and many other opportunities to learn and have fun await visitors in this hidden gem of West Texas.
Within the dry and windswept high plains of the Texas Panhandle lies a hidden oasis, a welcoming haven where wildlife and humans find respite from the dry grasslands above. Through this plain, the Canadian River has cut dramatic 200-foot canyons, or breaks, where humans have eked out a living for over 13,000 years. Lake Meredith now occupies these hidden coves where early humans once roamed.
---Lyndon Baines Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park tells the story of our 36th President beginning with his ancestors until his final resting place on his beloved LBJ Ranch. This entire "circle of life" gives the visitor a unique perspective into one of America's most noteworthy citizens by providing the most complete picture of any American president.
Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world. The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.
On May 8, 1846, United States and Mexican troops clashed on the prairie of Palo Alto. The battle was the first in a two-year long war that changed the map of North America. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park preserves the site of this notable battle and provides an understanding of the causes, events, and consequences of the U.S.-Mexican War.
It is an irresistible playground where unruly rapids check your skills as a canyon wren’s definitive call cascades down ancient limestone cliffs. Below the chasm, the canyon’s raw beauty dances across mirrored water. While the primal nature of the river stirs hunger for spirited adventure, the river is also an undulant ribbon of wetland corridor and, against all odds, the lifeblood of the desert.
After 10,000 years, the people of South Texas found their cultures, their very lives under attack. In the early 1700s Apache raided from the north, deadly diseases traveled from Mexico, and drought lingered. Survival lay in the missions. By entering a mission, they foreswore their traditional life to become Spanish, accepting a new religion and pledging fealty to a distant and unseen king.
On July 10, 2015, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation making the Waco Mammoth Site a new unit of the National Park System. This paleontological site represents the nation’s only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths. Visitors can view "in situ" fossils including female mammoths, a bull mammoth, and a camel that lived approximately 67,000 years ago.
" Republican lawmaker, [U.S. Senator Tim Scott] has introduced a bill creating the Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Park as the nation's 60th national park and second in South Carolina..." - Fox News
"Since the fire, 1.5 million pine seedlings have been planted for a total of 3,000 acres...With the tree replanting, much of the park’s five-year recovery plan has come to fruition to get the park healthy again...the forest will recover on its own over a long period of time, but workers made a conscious effort to boost its recovery. Part of the recovery work included replanting, erosion control, maintaining native plant species, hazard tree removal and to protect the trees that survived the blaze..."- Jamie Creacy Bastrop & Buescher State Park Superintendent
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"...Park upkeep, litter and landscaping are among the types of problems users can identify for staff to address. In addition to reporting a problem, people can also take a photo and pin the location within the park or on the trail. Users can also follow their report and see how it's handled..." - Catherine Wheeler
"National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) adamantly opposes this development. It would do irrevocable harm to the Grand Canyon’s natural and cultural resources..." - Kevin Dahl, Senior Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association
"A 21-year-old worker at the Yellowstone National Park plunged to her death early on Friday from the edge of a canyon while socializing with colleagues, park officials said." - Sarah Malar
"The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument was created by President George W. Bush in 2006. At the time, it was seven times larger than all the other U.S. marine sanctuaries combined and the biggest marine reserve in the world. On Friday, Obama signed a proclamation expanding the monument to more than 580,000 square miles — twice the size of Texas, and once again the world's largest..."- Camila Domonoske
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5. Court approves agreement with Bastrop for emergency shelter — It’s been a long road for the city of Bastrop, which has worked over the past year to make use of a $1.5 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant to build an emergency shelter. It’s a small portion of money given to the county after the 2011 Complex Fire. After a proposed deal with the YMCA for a 25,000-square-foot shelter and recreation complex fell through,...- Austin Statesman
"In 1992, I had the great pleasure of working as the assistant director on a film called “Rudy.” For almost 25 years this film has held up as a classic story of the underdog, through hard work and determination, finally getting his day of victory." - Michael Waxman
"For Native American tribes, water more than sustains—it is a sacred, living thing to be revered and protected. It is their cultural touchstone.
Yet tribes across the United States face water pollution problems that make their members sick, taint their traditions and epitomize the weight of modernity squeezing spiritual connections to a breaking point. When it comes to water, more than just treaty rights are at stake for Native Americans. It's basic environmental justice.
Sacred Water is Environmental Health News’ ongoing investigation into Native American struggles—and solutions—to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation." - Brian Bienkowski
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and we're inviting visitors of all ages to join in the celebration throughout the month! With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial!
The Parks & Recreation Department is searching for food vendors to participate in Bastrop’s Bummer Bummer End-of-Summer Benefit. We are celebrating the start of the new school year, and promoting community unity. ANY CUISINE EXPECPTED. Great advertising opportunity, engage with the citizens of Bastrop County, and enjoy the tunes of the band Son De Rey. The event begins at 5:00 pm and ends at 9:30 pm. Contact the department by Wednesday, August 23rd to enter the event. Email: email@example.com to receive a food vendor contract.
A Worthy Cause
Park and recreation agencies across the country provide endless recreation opportunities, and it seems only fair to make those opportunities as accessible as possible to everyone, including individuals with medical conditions. While daunting at first, a good process and dialog with key stakeholders (participants, parents, the medical community, an attorney and staff) can create very meaningful, safe and worthy outcomes.
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Rainy weather lets you experience the world in new ways from every one of your senses and discover a whole list of things you can only find in stormy weather, like rainbows and lightning, umbrellas and puddles. We’ve found activities to help your family explore them all: the sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and yes, even some rainy-day–specific foods to taste!
Next time it rains, use this list to find something fun to do before your cooped-up kids start complaining about being bored.
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