The park – Caribbean Cowboy RV Resort http://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 10:11:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-89.png The park – Caribbean Cowboy RV Resort http://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/ 32 32 A walk in the park? Why yes, and there are so many choices | George Block https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/a-walk-in-the-park-why-yes-and-there-are-so-many-choices-george-block/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 04:57:00 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/a-walk-in-the-park-why-yes-and-there-are-so-many-choices-george-block/ It’s a great thing to do any time of the year, but in the winter it can be a lovely peaceful thing to do. The colors are softer in the winter and you definitely need to bundle up, but even though it’s a county park ride, it’s a fun thing to do. Have you ever […]]]>

It’s a great thing to do any time of the year, but in the winter it can be a lovely peaceful thing to do. The colors are softer in the winter and you definitely need to bundle up, but even though it’s a county park ride, it’s a fun thing to do. Have you ever thought about how many parks Pennsylvanians have nearby? I’m sure readers will correct me and add some of their favorites, but here are a few of mine.

Cross Creek Park is beautiful in the winter and still has plenty to do with its geese, ospreys and beavers. Mingo Park is probably the closest county park to me and has some nice trails and roads to visit. A walk through it is very relaxing in winter as ice forms on the banks and hillsides. Ten Mile Creek Park is an older park, and you never know what you’ll see on the way.

Peters Lake Park is surrounded by a nice trail and you can bring your dog. Washington Park has trails that lead to interesting things like the fort. Canonsburg Town Park, Boyce Park, Mayview Park and Upper St. Clair Park are great for kids. Looking across is Raccoon Park, where you can stroll the deserted beach or take the trail along the creek. Ryerson Park has been improved a lot lately and is really a nice little park. If you haven’t been in a while, you really should go see it for yourself. Ohiopyle is beautiful in the winter and a great place to walk around with beautiful views of the falls or Ferncliff. McConnell’s Mills Park is also nearby. How about Laurel Hill State Park with its many streams, lake and trails. In winter it is very quiet. Moraine State Park is right next to Laurel. There are so many parks to visit that one could try a different one every weekend and find a favorite.

Being locked up all winter isn’t much fun. With the wide variety of parks nearby, there’s no reason to stay in the house all winter. Get outside, wander around, and you might be surprised at what you find. My last visit to Mingo Park pleasantly surprised me to see new improvements in the telescope viewing area. I hadn’t ridden this way in a while and it’s nice to see the new area they’ve opened up.

Hillman State Park is in Burgettstown. It is at 914 Kramer Road and has a nice covered bridge. Cedar Creek Park is another nice park in Belle Vernon with a great trail along the creek with a train track on the other side. Settlers Cabin Park is located in Allegheny County, just a short walk away.

If you want to drive a little further, maybe make a weekend of it, Pymatuning is wonderful in the winter. Eagles and birds create spectacular scenery. Go a little farther on the highway and you can visit Lake Erie in the winter and Almost Isle State Park. There is truly spectacular scenery and you have to drive to see if these houseboats are in the creek in the winter. Or if ice fishermen fish. All this is interesting in winter.

These are just a few of the many parks in our region. I’m sure you can name a few more. Some of the more remote little ones might be nice to visit in the winter. There are so many Pennsylvania parks to see and now is a nice, quiet time to visit.

George Block writes a weekly outdoors column for the Observer-Reporter.

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Davenport is bringing block parties back to the park this summer https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/davenport-is-bringing-block-parties-back-to-the-park-this-summer/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 17:24:32 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/davenport-is-bringing-block-parties-back-to-the-park-this-summer/ The City of Davenport is bringing Party in the Park back for this year. The two-hour events will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. select Thursdays starting June 9. Until August 18, Party in the Park attendees can enjoy food, entertainment and activities for the whole family. These events are a great opportunity to meet other residents, […]]]>

The City of Davenport is bringing Party in the Park back for this year. The two-hour events will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. select Thursdays starting June 9.

Until August 18, Party in the Park attendees can enjoy food, entertainment and activities for the whole family. These events are a great opportunity to meet other residents, learn more about surrounding neighborhoods and engage with local elected officials, according to a Thursday statement. City staff will be on hand to discuss concerns and opportunities facing the community and how residents can get involved in their neighborhood.

A party in the park last July at Garfield Park in Davenport. This year’s park events will take place from June 9 to August 18.

The program of park events is as follows:

  • June 9 | Herington Park, 935 Brown St.
  • June 16 | Jersey Farms Park, 2930 E. 65th Street
  • June 30 | Van Buren Park, 205 S. Elmwood Ave.
  • July 7 | Marquette Park, 3200 N. Marquette Street
  • July 21 | Duck Creek Park, 3300 E. Locust St.
  • August 11 | Ridgeview Park, 1819 Ridgeview Drive
  • August 18 | Emeis Park, 4500 W. Locust Street

Visit http://www.davenportiowa.com/pip to stay up to date throughout the summer.

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In France, a new district is part of the adjacent park or is it the other way around? https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/in-france-a-new-district-is-part-of-the-adjacent-park-or-is-it-the-other-way-around/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:52:29 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/in-france-a-new-district-is-part-of-the-adjacent-park-or-is-it-the-other-way-around/ French architect Édouard François is famous for making living plants an integral part of his architecture. Since setting up his Paris office in 1998, he has sought new ways to include flora in his designs: in 2000, “The Building that Grows” featured heavily cantilevered wooden balconies that s extended far into the dense greenery around […]]]>

French architect Édouard François is famous for making living plants an integral part of his architecture. Since setting up his Paris office in 1998, he has sought new ways to include flora in his designs: in 2000, “The Building that Grows” featured heavily cantilevered wooden balconies that s extended far into the dense greenery around the apartment. buildings. In 2004, the “Flower Tower” wrapped a social housing project in an open layer of terraces with oversized flower pots, creating an intense, jungle green layer. That same year in Paris, François proves that even a simple ventilation shaft can be transformed by dense vegetation which presents beautiful flowers according to the seasons. With Patrick Blanc, the inventor of the Vertical Garden, François ranks among the most important supporters of a new green architecture in Europe.

In 2021, François completed what is, to date, his biggest project: “Le Ray” is a new district in the city of Nice in the south of France on the Mediterranean coast. The location was once the site of the city’s old sports stadium which was demolished when a new arena opened in the suburbs. After the demolition, most of the 10-hectare area became a new public park designed by Jean-Frédéric Gay, incorporating the remaining sports facilities. But along the main street, where bus and tram lines provide a quick connection to downtown and the beach, a new residential project with 350 apartments and 65,000 square feet of commercial space has taken hold.

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At the Westerly Library & Wilcox Park: books to satisfy all your culinary cravings | Guest columns https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/at-the-westerly-library-wilcox-park-books-to-satisfy-all-your-culinary-cravings-guest-columns/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 01:20:00 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/at-the-westerly-library-wilcox-park-books-to-satisfy-all-your-culinary-cravings-guest-columns/ A few months ago, I happened to be sitting in peripheral view of a TV playing the new season of “Master Chef,” the home cooking contest starring Gordon Ramsay. I had never seen the show before and honestly never really planned to watch it, but after 15 minutes I found myself unwittingly hooked…and also interested […]]]>

A few months ago, I happened to be sitting in peripheral view of a TV playing the new season of “Master Chef,” the home cooking contest starring Gordon Ramsay. I had never seen the show before and honestly never really planned to watch it, but after 15 minutes I found myself unwittingly hooked…and also interested in experimenting more in the kitchen myself! Whether you yearn to be shouted down by Ramsay on national TV or just want to master a few meals your family will actually eat, we’ve got books here at the library to help.

When it comes to home cooking, few are more qualified to write about it than Alex Guarnaschelli; her mother, Maria, was a prolific cookbook publisher and writer for five decades, so it’s safe to say she learned from the best. We have several of his books currently available, including “Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook”, “Cook with Me”, and “The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart”. The latter features THE most delicious plate of spaghetti on the cover, so I would personally start there.

It seems like almost every celebrity chef has published a cookbook specifically about home cooking, but with their own personal twists. There’s Bobby Flay’s ‘Bobby at Home’, Jamie Oliver’s ‘Jamie at Home’ and Ina Garten’s ‘Barefoot Contessa at home’…and while none of them won titles creative, they are full of fantastic recipes and photographs. . I’m pretty confident you’ll find a similar title for any well-known chef you look up to, whether it’s Martha Stewart, our pal Gordon Ramsay, or the OG herself, Julia Child.

If you have little ones at home, you can include them in the cooking process too! Picky eaters may be more likely to try (and even enjoy) the food they’ve helped prepare, and it’s a good way to keep them out of trouble for a few minutes, assuming you have it. patience. “MasterChef Jr Cookbook” and “MasterChef Jr Bakes” are two books we have in the collection with recipes, tips and tricks to help inspire your young home cooks, and we have plenty of recipes that appeal to little ones. palettes, like “ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food With Your Family” by Sally Sampson.

I hope you find some inspiration in these titles, or at least some new must-have recipes for your weekly dinner rotation. If you’re in the mood to talk cookbooks and recipes, consider joining our monthly “Cookbook Club”, which is currently meeting via Zoom! The club focuses on a different cookbook each month and shares the recipes they have made from the book. Our next meeting is February 16 at 6 p.m.!

Most requested books

1. “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles

2. “Wish You Were Here” by Jodi Picoult

3. “Apples never fall” by Liane Moriarty

4. “The Judge’s List” by John Grisham

5. “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr

6. “The Dark Hours” by Michael Connelly

7. “The Last Thing He Said to Me” by Laura Dave

8. “State of Terror” by Hillary Rodham Clinton

9. “Mercy” by David Baldacci

10. “The Recovery Agent” by Janet Evanovich

Most requested DVDs

1. “No time to die”

2. “Dunes”

3. “The French Dispatch”

4. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”

5. “The Last Duel”

6. “Wood”

7. “The Dry”

8. “Halloween kills”

9. “Dangerous”

10. “The Addams Family 2”

This week

MONDAY –– The library is closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

TUESDAY –– 10am-7:30pm, Crafternoon To-Go – This month, we’re doing bullet journals! Pick up your kit in Reference while supplies last; 1:00-4:00 p.m., Community Resource Advocate – Our volunteer Community Resource Advocate is available to help connect you with local services/resources. Email him at defender@westerlylibrary.org; 2-3:30 p.m., Virtual Tech Social – We meet on Zoom every Tuesday to answer your technical questions. Prior registration is required; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Club – The Knit and Crochet Group meets on Zoom. Please email cwalsh@westerlylibrary.org for meeting details.

WEDNESDAY — 2-3 p.m., Virtual Film Club — We’ll be discussing the three films we’ve selected over the past month and picking three to watch for our February meeting. Please email hbeldock@westerlylibrary.org for meeting details.

THURSDAY –– 6-7pm, Health and Wellness Reading Group – Join us on Zoom to explore health and wellness topics! For our first meeting, please read either “The Little Book of Lykke” or “The Little Book of Hygge” by Meik Wiking. Please email cbadowski@westerlylibrary.org for meeting details.

SATURDAY ––10:30am-11:30am, Zumba in the park and library – Try Zumba for a fun workout! Classes are FREE and will take place on the lawn near the gazebo (weather permitting) or in the 3rd floor terrace room (in case of bad weather).

Cassie Skobrak is a reference librarian at Westerly Library & Wilcox Park.

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The Battlefield Park tennis community has big plans for the future https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/the-battlefield-park-tennis-community-has-big-plans-for-the-future/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 08:29:53 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/the-battlefield-park-tennis-community-has-big-plans-for-the-future/ Venecca Green, center, captain of the Battlefield Tennis Community Association, keeps a close eye on young tennis players training during preseason training at the Dorothy Vest Tennis Center at Battlefield Park in Jackson, Miss., on Tuesday January 4, 2022. Green tried to change the perception surrounding the park that it’s not safe. (Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger […]]]>

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Venecca Green, center, captain of the Battlefield Tennis Community Association, keeps a close eye on young tennis players training during preseason training at the Dorothy Vest Tennis Center at Battlefield Park in Jackson, Miss., on Tuesday January 4, 2022. Green tried to change the perception surrounding the park that it’s not safe. (Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

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When Jackson police found a body lying near a children’s playground in Battlefield Park on a rainy March day in 2021, it was the catalyst for a drive to change the perception of the area.

Venecca Green, Jackson’s attorney and captain of the Battlefield Tennis Community Association, said for years other tennis clubs and community members had whispered about how dangerous the park was, painting a picture of criminals sneaking into black.

But for Green and other tennis players at Battlefield Park’s Dorothy Vest Tennis Center, the perception didn’t match the reality they knew or the future they knew the park might have.

After that dismal morning, Green founded the Friends of Battlefield Park Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at increasing community engagement, improving community health and well-being, and reducing crime, according to the site. Group website.

“We’re actually seeing the restoration and revitalization of this whole neighborhood through tennis,” Green said of expanding the Dorothy Vest Tennis Center for tournaments and restoring the area around Battlefield Park and the along Highway 80.

Green’s plan emphasizes a tennis center economic development project that could bring not only potential revenue to the city, but the revitalization of Highway 80 near the park.

The idea came to Green after attending Southern Sectionals at the Mobile Tennis Center in Alabama.

One of the largest public tennis facilities in the world with some 60 state-of-the-art lighted courts, the facility hosts numerous tournaments, including US Tennis Association adult and junior games, which attract thousands of attendees in the mobile zone, according to the center’s website.

Jackson City Council President and Ward 7 Representative Virgi Lindsay said part of the city’s role is to help Green and the organization’s efforts as best they can, including providing funding. , fixing the lights on the courts and installing more lights in the park. The park is in the Lindsay neighborhood.

While plans for economic development in and around Battlefield Park are still in their infancy, with Green having an engineer and architect sketching out his vision, there is support from the US Tennis Association and other investors, Green said. .

The next step is to contact stakeholders to start the process. Green said she sees the development of a Battlefield Park hotel across the street so people can stay while attending tournaments.

BATTLEFIELD PARK, TENNIS IS PART OF THE SOLUTION TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE

LaPeriall Jones, director of facilities at the Dorothy Vest Tennis Center, said that since the first meeting with city officials and community members in April 2021, discussions have been held with park and recreation officials about the ways to improve the park.

This includes removing the unused swimming pool and replacing it with a water feature for children to play in and removing the basketball courts.

Security cameras have been installed around the courts, Jones said, adding that the tennis community has a great relationship with Jackson police who regularly patrol the area and are responsive when called upon.

Jones’ own organization, Ace to Deuce Community Tennis Association, wants to get more kids and teens interested in tennis, as well as recruit more volunteers, coaches and donors to help with fundraising.

“What it does, it gives kids something to do,” Jones said. “They’re not sitting at home playing video games, they’re learning a skill, they’re getting to think, because you have to think and they’re not just sitting there planning what’s the next big adventure that we can. do with friends.”

Due to the pandemic, many community centers and recreation centers have had to close, leaving children with no place to relax. Advocates and city officials said many children become involved in crime when left on their own.

In 2021, at least nine teenagers were killed and at least six were involved in a shooting in Jackson. Five days into 2022, 14-year-old DeMarcus McGinnis was shot and killed while sitting in a car and three other teenagers were injured, police said.

Jones and Green hope to partner with Jackson State University to bring coaches and mentors to court to teach after-school programs filled with Jackson Public School students.

Jones said Ace to Deuce works with Jackson Public School kids, but he would like more involvement.

“Research supports that (tennis) encourages children to become individuals, critical thinkers and problem solvers,” Green said. “And if we can solve our problems other than with a gun, then they’re not committing a crime.”

Jones added that the goal is to create teams so children can compete with others and help develop life skills. In the fall, Ace to Deuce formed two teams for children under 18 and both competed in state championships, with the girls’ tennis team placing third and the boys’ tennis team placing third. ranking second.

“We need people like Ms. Green and her organizers to step up and be part of the positive energy for our kids,” Lindsay said. “We need more Venecca Greens.”

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Group applications are open for Templeton concerts in the park https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/group-applications-are-open-for-templeton-concerts-in-the-park/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 14:56:22 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/group-applications-are-open-for-templeton-concerts-in-the-park/ Applications are due by February 4 – Group applications for the Templeton Recreational Concerts in the Park Summer Series are now being accepted. They are looking for ten bands representing a diverse mix of music that will appeal to the more than 1,000 members of the community who gather in Templeton Park on Wednesday evenings […]]]>

Applications are due by February 4

– Group applications for the Templeton Recreational Concerts in the Park Summer Series are now being accepted. They are looking for ten bands representing a diverse mix of music that will appeal to the more than 1,000 members of the community who gather in Templeton Park on Wednesday evenings in the summer. The 2022 Summer Concert Series will run from June 15, 2022 to August 24, 2022 (no concert on July 27).

Applications for groups should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, February 4, 2022. Interested groups can find the application at www.templetoncsd.org. Applicants must also submit an electronic press kit or a physical press kit including links, a USB drive or CD with photos, videos and cover demos as well as a two-hour set list. The Templeton Recreation Concerts Band Selection Committee will begin reviewing applications and assigning bands on February 11, 2022.

Interested in becoming a sponsor of Templeton Recreation’s summer concerts in the park? Several opportunities are available to you. Email bheil@templetoncsd.org or call (805) 434-4909 to request information.

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The Paso Robles Daily News news team wrote or edited this story based on local contributors and news releases. The press team can be contacted at info@pasoroblesdailynews.com.

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Grand Portage Superintendent to Lead St. Croix National Scenic Riverway – Twin Cities https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/grand-portage-superintendent-to-lead-st-croix-national-scenic-riverway-twin-cities/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 17:27:40 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/grand-portage-superintendent-to-lead-st-croix-national-scenic-riverway-twin-cities/ Craig Hansen, superintendent of the Grand Portage National Monument in Grand Portage, Minn., Has been chosen as the new superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Craig Hansen (Courtesy of the National Park Service) Hansen, a 19-year National Park Service veteran, will begin his new job in February. He “brings a wealth of institutional […]]]>

Craig Hansen, superintendent of the Grand Portage National Monument in Grand Portage, Minn., Has been chosen as the new superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Craig Hansen (Courtesy of the National Park Service)

Hansen, a 19-year National Park Service veteran, will begin his new job in February.

He “brings a wealth of institutional knowledge from his years of leadership experience and a proven track record of working with a variety of partners,” National Park Service regional director Bert Frost said in a statement. “These skills will make him an exceptional superintendent for the park. “

Hansen succeeds Julie Galonska, who has been superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway since 2017. Galonska left in November to be superintendent of Lowell National Historic Park in Lowell, Mass.

Prior to being appointed Superintendent at Grand Portage in 2017, Hansen served as Superintendent, Chief Interpreter, and Education Specialist at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton, North Dakota. Before joining the National Park Service in 2003, Hansen worked for the parks of North Dakota. and Recreation Department as coordinator of an environmental learning center and held various positions as a ranger within the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Hansen holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation, parks and recreation services from Minnesota State University, Mankato, as well as an associate’s degree in parks and recreation management from State University of Minot – Bottineau.

Hansen and his wife, Kasha, plan to move to the St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin area with their two school-aged children in the coming months, according to an NPS statement.

“They love to hang out with their two dogs and can’t wait to explore all that makes St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and its surroundings special,” the press release said.

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Sterling Heights to add nature trail behind Freedom Hill County Park – Macomb Daily https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/sterling-heights-to-add-nature-trail-behind-freedom-hill-county-park-macomb-daily/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 19:57:41 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/sterling-heights-to-add-nature-trail-behind-freedom-hill-county-park-macomb-daily/ Sterling Heights will receive a late Christmas giveaway in the form of a 1.35 mile long recreational trail behind Freedom Hill County Park in exchange for $ 17,000 upkeep per year – and not everyone is happy with it . The 10-foot-wide trail, which will be used for hiking and biking, will cost approximately $ […]]]>

Sterling Heights will receive a late Christmas giveaway in the form of a 1.35 mile long recreational trail behind Freedom Hill County Park in exchange for $ 17,000 upkeep per year – and not everyone is happy with it .

The 10-foot-wide trail, which will be used for hiking and biking, will cost approximately $ 315,000 to convert an existing access road to a nature trail from Schoenherr to 16 Mile Routes. Municipal authorities estimate that the annual cost of the Parks and Recreation Department to maintain it will be $ 17,000.

“It’s a good deal at twice the price,” said City Councilor Michael Radtke.

Work will begin in the spring and end in late fall. The public will have access to the trail in the spring of 2023, said Brent Bashaw, the municipal engineer.

The project is an offshoot of the work the Red Run Inter-County Drainage District is doing to stabilize the banks of the Red Run Drain near Freedom Hill and the Mark Sawyers Family Park. As part of this work, contractors will construct a gravel access road on the north side of the drain to allow movement of construction equipment and materials.

Rather than removing the access road after the project was completed, the Macomb County Roads Department offered to pay the cost of converting the access road to a non-motorized trail, open to the public.

Macomb County Commissioner Joseph Romano (MACOMB DAILY FILE PHOTO)

The new trail will provide a connection to the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA) Trail on the south side of the Metro Parkway through the north side of the Red Run Drain and Sterling Relief Drain, and terminate at the existing sidewalk on the east side. by Schoenherr.

City engineers say there are no single-family residences adjoining the proposed trail route on the
north side of the drain and the 20 houses on the south side of the drain are over 250 feet away, so they do not anticipate noise complaints. There are no plans to extend the trail west of Schoenherr.

Others, like Joe Romano, former city councilor and current member of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, questioned the wisdom of adding a trail behind Freedom Hill. He raised concerns about parking spaces, litter, noise, and people trying to use ATVs and four-wheelers on the path.

“It’s a good idea, but do we really need it,” he said.

Councilor Maria Schmidt pointed out that the county wanted $ 17,000 per year in maintenance of Sterling Heights. “It’s not a gift,” she said. “It’s a gift with strings.”

Schmidt voted alone against the maintenance contract, which went 6-1.

Others say these problems can be treated.

Bollards will be used to prevent motor vehicles from accessing the trail, there is parking available near the site that can accommodate the number of pedestrians and cyclists, recreation workers can pick up trash and police can deal with it. any other troublemaker, officials said. .

Mayor Michael Taylor said it would add another recreational feature to Sterling Heights, which he says is an important part of increasing property values ​​and building a sense of community.

“Look at how good our parks service has done,” said Mayor Michael Taylor. (MACOMB DAILY FILE PHOTO)

“The Parks and Recreation Department has transformed this city over the past five years,” said the mayor. “The pros outweigh the cons so much, it’s not even close.”

In addition, the Macomb County Executive Office received a $ 300,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for plantings aimed at increasing habitat complexity, connecting habitat corridors, benefit native pollinators, control invasive species, reduce erosion and increase riparian canopy in drain banks. .


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Heartland of America skate tape takes shape in downtown Omaha | State and region news https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/heartland-of-america-skate-tape-takes-shape-in-downtown-omaha-state-and-region-news/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/heartland-of-america-skate-tape-takes-shape-in-downtown-omaha-state-and-region-news/ The skate tape is slated to open with Heartland of America Park in the summer of 2023. The skate tape will allow people to ice skate in the winter and roller skate in the warmer months. The outline of the Heartland of America Park skate tape takes shape. The park is just north of the […]]]>

Jessica Wade Omaha World-Herald

Work continues on the Gene Leahy Mall, which is slated to reopen to the public over Memorial Day weekend in 2022. The work is part of a $ 400 million public-private renovation of the Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland Park of America and Lewis & Clark’s One Landing.



Just north of the bustling redevelopment of the Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha, construction has begun on what could become one of the area’s most popular attractions year-round.

A skate tape is taking shape as part of the $ 400 million public-private overhaul of three waterfront parks in downtown Omaha.

The skate tape will be about the length of a football field, said Katie Bassett, vice president of parks for the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority.

It will look like Chicago’s Maggie Daley Park ice skating ribbon, a design that the designers of Omaha’s skate ribbon took inspiration from, Bassett said.

The equipment is slated to open with Heartland of America Park in the summer of 2023 and will offer ice skating in the winter and inline skating in the summer.

Teams laid the foundation for the skate track and poured concrete slabs for a skate kiosk and maintenance building. The maintenance building will house an ice resurfacer and coolers that will keep the ice cold enough to skate, according to a weekly bulletin from MECA, which manages park renovations for the city.

Over the next few months, workers will pour concrete for the skate tape curves and a new sidewalk. Perimeter handrails will also be installed, as well as planters for the trees and infrastructure for lighting.


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Conneaut township park projects planned for this year | Local news https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/conneaut-township-park-projects-planned-for-this-year-local-news/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 05:30:00 +0000 https://caribbeancowboyrvresort.com/conneaut-township-park-projects-planned-for-this-year-local-news/ CONNEAUT – Two major projects are planned for the Conneaut Township Park this year, with state funding helping to fund both projects. Last year, township park officials began applying for grants to repair the bridge over Kelsey’s Run. Park administrator Michael Smith said the park received a $ 128,000 grant from the Community Development Block […]]]>

CONNEAUT – Two major projects are planned for the Conneaut Township Park this year, with state funding helping to fund both projects.

Last year, township park officials began applying for grants to repair the bridge over Kelsey’s Run.

Park administrator Michael Smith said the park received a $ 128,000 grant from the Community Development Block Grant for bridge repairs. The park also received $ 5,000 from the Ashtabula County Metroparks, thanks to funding the Metroparks receives from the Ohio Department of Transportation, he said. The township park board is grateful for the grant funding, Smith said.

Earlier, Smith said the bridge was designed in 1929 and built in 1930, and the process of repairing the bridge was labor intensive.

The park had previously sought to fund half the cost of the $ 346,000 project with grants, Smith said. He said it was only one in three votes, but that he would be in favor of starting the project with the external funding already secured and paying the rest from the park’s permanent improvement funds. “Our plan from the start was to make this project happen,” Smith said.

Ashtabula County Director of Community Services and Planning Jake Brand said an environmental review is currently underway. Once the review is complete, it will go to the state, and once approved, the state will authorize the release of funds. Brand said that depending on the results of the review, funding could be released as early as April.

Plans are also underway to replace the concession stand and park washrooms this fall, Smith said. Work on the new concession stand will begin after Labor Day, after Conneaut’s D-Day, he said. “They will pull that out in September 2022 and then start the construction phase if time permits,” Smith said.

The pavilion currently attached to the concession stand will remain in place, Smith said. “We updated it, and it’s good,” he said.

The new concession stand will be removed from it slightly, Smith said.

The park received a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for half the cost of the project, $ 379,500, Smith said. The park also put $ 250,000 in the state’s capital budget and received $ 75,000 from the 2020 Civic Development Corporation fundraising campaign. “This is all for the concession stand, the restroom project,” Smith said.

The park also received a grant for the replacement of 1,000 feet of new boardwalk, Smith said. This project will hopefully be completed by July 4, he said.

“We have irons in the fire,” Smith said. “It’s going to be an exciting time.”

The park couldn’t complete projects of this size or apply for grants without the permanent improvement tax approved by Conneaut voters, Smith said. “It is because they have achieved this that we have been able to get this funding and we can get more for our money with this permanent improvement tax,” he said.


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