Oregon Parks and Recreation Department begins to assess wildfire damage

Noble Horvath

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said the wildfires continuing to burn across the state have so far burned about 900 acres of state park land. Most of that land is undeveloped forest.

Collier Memorial State Park in Chiloquin saw the most damage, losing roughly 400 acres of Ponderosa pines, the department said.

“Although 400 acres is a lot by any estimation, the careful fuel reduction and stand improvement slowed the fire spread enough to be contained before major damage occurred,” Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Forester Craig Leech said in a statement.

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area and the Mongold day-use area on Detroit Lake suffered only minor damage from the Beachie Creek Fire, the parks and recreation agency said.

North Santiam State Recreation Area, about 20 miles west of Detroit Lake, saw much more damage. The Beachie Creek Fire burned straight through that campground located on the North

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to resume collection of day use recreation fees October 1

Noble Horvath

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will resume the collection of fees at its day use recreation areas beginning October 1. Fee collections were suspended earlier this year when recreation areas were closed due to COVID-19 precautions.

USACE collects fees at its day use swimming beaches and boat launches. Fees are also collected for camping and for a Special Use Permit, which covers events, facilities and activities. For more information on recreation fees and passes visit https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/visitors/pdfs/discount-chart.pdf.

USACE began the gradual reopening of its lake and river projects in April. Visitors are encouraged to contact USACE lake and river projects before visiting to ensure recreation areas are open. The status of USACE-managed campgrounds, boat ramps, swimming beaches and other sites is available at https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/visitors/status.cfm.

While visiting USACE recreation areas, visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions required

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Fairview Park names new Kerry Kemp as new recreation director

Noble Horvath

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — After a nearly six-month delay due to COVID-19, Fairview Park earlier this month appointed new Recreation Director Kerry Kemp. He replaced Steven Owens, who was not retained by Fairview Park Mayor Patrick Cooney.



a small clock tower in front of a house: Fairview Park City Hall.


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Fairview Park City Hall.

“We had about 30 applicants — including one in-house person — for the position,” Cooney said. “From there it was narrowed down to six interviews. We were about to make a hire when the pandemic hit and everything stopped.”

The mayor said what impressed him about Kemp was his diverse resume. A native of Port Clinton, the new rec director’s most recent position was as athletic director at Middleburg Heights.

Kemp also had collegiate intramural experience at the University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University and University of Kentucky.

“He’s been involved in recreation since a teenager, where he worked for the city of Port

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Stressed? Try Virtual Meditation Sponsored By Holmdel Recreation

Noble Horvath

HOLMDEL, NJ – Hoping to reduce and manage stress, but don’t know where to start? Bell Works-based Josh Wright is hosting a user-friendly Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for residents of all experience levels.

Sponsored by Holmdel Township’s Recreation Department, the 8-week class runs from Sept. 15 to Nov. 3 on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The class meets virtually once a week on Tuesday evenings.

The MBSR helps to manage stress through a combination of informal mindfulness exercises, formal sitting meditation, light yoga and group discussion, according to Wright’s website. The program is taught in hospitals and community centers globally to treat everything from chronic pain to anxiety and depression, but it’s definitely not just for individuals with medical conditions.

In fact, Wright says that if pandemic-related stress is getting you down, you’re certainly not alone:

“In more stable times, people get in ruts. They don’t even know how

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Homebuyers Make a Play For Recreation Spaces

Noble Horvath

With remote learning and remote work the norm for the foreseeable future, homes with dedicated sport courts and recreation areas are in high demand—and it is boosting sales prices.

According to an August analysis by Realtor.com, prospective buyers in the country’s 100 largest counties who are scouting for homes of 5,000 square feet or larger were drawn to—and willing to pay over the average square foot prices for—properties with recreational areas. (News Corp, owner of The Wall Street Journal, also operates Realtor.com under license from the National Association of Realtors.)

The highest premium can be found in Michigan’s Oakland County, in which Detroit is located. There, homes of 5,000 square feet or larger with recreational areas, like basketball and tennis courts, a yoga studio or home gym, command a whopping 31% price premium per square foot over that of similar homes that lack recreational spaces.

Home is “no longer just

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Pierre recreation head highlights new facilities, new fees for fun and games | Local News Stories

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The newly expanded and remodeled Boys & Girls Club now can provide Pierre residents with some room for indoor recreation, a civic element said to be long in short supply since the downtown City Auditorium was closed in May 2011, just before the historic flood.

The need for such space was the topic of city government for several years under former Mayor Laurie Gill, who ramrodded a plan — through a task force, then through the commission and a public hearing process — to build a $14.5 million recreation and events center on 16 acres of donated land off Garfield Avenue in the northeast corner of town and have it open in 2019.

Gill often cited the need to replace the recreational space lost when the 80-year-old City Auditorium went dark. It was demolished in 2014, leaving the green acreage between the old City Hall downtown and Sioux Avenue.

But

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5 things to know about free fitness classes offered by Meriden Parks & Recreation

Noble Horvath

Meriden Parks & Recreation is now offering free fitness classes open to the public. Kathy Matula, the Recreation Coordinator, said yoga will be held weekly at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center on Monday mornings and outdoors in the Hubbard Park Band Shell on Wednesday evenings. 

This past Wednesday I met with yoga instructor Stephanie Giacco and Matula for yoga at Hubbard Park.

Giacco said the Wednesday night class begins with a breakdown of poses at 4:15pm, for people completely new to yoga, and then there is a flow session at 5:00pm.

1. What to bring

Matula’s instructions as per the colorful fliers distributed by the Parks & Rec specify that you should bring a yoga mat, water, and a mask to all fitness classes.

For the outdoor classes, consider wearing sneakers in case you decide to hike up to Castle Craig or walk around the pond at Hubbard Park.

Bring

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Olathe Parks, Recreation provides safe place for remote learning | School Authority

Noble Horvath

OLATHE, KS (KCTV) – Parents who can’t work from home need a place where their kids can have some structure and a good WIFI signal. That means some are getting creative with finding places to work and a few cities are working to fill new needs.

At first glance, it looks just like any other classroom, a place to keep kids’ mind and bodies working.

“Week two I think we’re getting the hang of it,” Adrienne Lund with Olathe Parks and Recreation said.

The Olathe Parks and Recreation Department saw a need in its community this fall.

“We wanted to come up with a solution for parents who have to work or other obligations,” Lund said.

They converted a childcare room previously used by parents using the fitness center. They already had staff on hand who could help with the kids.

Olathe schools lent desks and the WIFI works great.

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Bethel residents fight to maintain access to reservoir

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Mike Randall
 
| Times Herald-Record

BETHEL – For almost 20 years now, residents have been fighting an electric company to live up to its obligation to maintain an access road to a reservoir and its beach that serves as a recreation area.

Now the Bethel Town Board has agreed to add its weight to the fight.

The reservoir in question is Toronto Reservoir, one of five reservoirs in Eagle Creek Renewable Energy’s hydroelectric system on the Mongaup River.

Under its licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Eagle Creek is supposed to provide public access to the reservoir.

But a group called Friends of Toronto Reservoir (FTR) has been waging a battle since 2002 to get Eagle Creek and a predecessor company to get that done. They say it is a struggle to get Eagle Creek to do even the minimal maintenance.

“It’s exhausting,” said Nino Nannarone, who chairs Friends

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Outdoor recreation industry sees some rebound from pandemic, but says future remains uncertain

Noble Horvath

Business is starting to turn around for parts of the outdoor recreation industry, which has suffered during the pandemic not only from the shutdown of stores and manufacturing plants but also the closure of national and state parks, trails, marinas and other places where people recreate.

In May, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked the industry as the second most affected by the coronavirus-induced downturn, behind the food and accommodations sector, said Lindsey Davis, vice president of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable.

But Davis said a new survey of the national trade organization’s members shows that the financial impacts are starting to ease as more Americans have turned to the outdoors as options for vacations and entertainment remain limited. Sales of recreational vehicles, boats, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles are setting records, she said during a call with reporters Thursday.

The surging sales and the start of a turnaround for many businesses coincide

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