Plano Parks And Recreation Supervisor Nominated As TAAF Region Director

Noble Horvath

September 15, 2020

Parks and Recreation supervisor nominated as TAAF region director

Congratulations to Aquatics Supervisor Kelly Kessler, who was recently named the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s (TAAF) Region 7 Director.

The Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center staff member will oversee all sports in this region, which is one of the largest in the federation. TAAF is a nonprofit organization established in 1925 to promote, organize and conduct amateur athletics in the state of Texas. Members range from cities to private organizations and national or state organizations whose purpose is to advance the profession of parks, recreation and leisure services.

As the region’s former Commissioner over Swimming, Kelly is very excited about her new leadership role: “I was honored to be nominated for this new leadership role. With one of the largest regions in amateur athletics in the state, I look forward to working with the other cities and affiliates to

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Disney to Lay Off 28,000 Workers in Parks, Experiences, and Products Unit

Noble Horvath

Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) is biting the bullet and enacting a large round of job cuts. It was revealed after market hours Tuesday that the company informed its employees it is cutting 28,000 workers in its sprawling parks, experiences, and products business segment. The majority of these eliminations will come at the entertainment giant’s two signature U.S. theme parks, Disneyland in California and Florida’s Walt Disney World.

Of the two, Disneyland is still closed due to a mandate from California Governor Gavin Newsom. The park employed approximately 32,000 employees before the coronavirus pandemic hit and widespread furloughs were announced.

Walt Disney World, meanwhile, reopened with restrictions in July. Prior to that, around 77,000 people worked there.

Man in an office holding box containing all of his work possessions.

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“As heartbreaking as it is to take this action, this is the only feasible option we have in light of the prolonged impact of Covid-19 on our business, including limited capacity

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St. Paul Parks and Recreation faces major forestry, stump backlog

Noble Horvath

When it comes to removing tree stumps from city boulevards, St. Paul Parks and Recreation is stumped.



Mary Hammes, Environmental Steward and Volunteer Manager with Mississippi Park Connection, holds a dime for size comparison near an emerald ash borer hole on an infected tree at Crosby Farm Regional Park in St. Paul on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. The 72-mile Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is expected to lose more than 20 percent of its canopy within the next ten years. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)


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Mary Hammes, Environmental Steward and Volunteer Manager with Mississippi Park Connection, holds a dime for size comparison near an emerald ash borer hole on an infected tree at Crosby Farm Regional Park in St. Paul on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. The 72-mile Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is expected to lose more than 20 percent of its canopy within the next ten years. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

Not only has the pandemic already forced deep cuts in city spending, but the campaign against the emerald ash borer is taking an outsized bite out of forestry resources, threatening to elbow out most other non-emergency services.

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As a result, a huge backlog in removing non-ash tree stumps is set to grow considerably.

“We prioritized

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Parks and Recreation Leaving Netflix at the End of the Month

Noble Horvath

The post Parks and Recreation Leaving Netflix at the End of the Month appeared first on Consequence of Sound.

Get ready to treat yo’ self to one last binge watch of Parks and Recreation, because the beloved sitcom is set to leave Netflix on October 1st.

As of the end of the month, you will no longer be able to revisit the Pawnee posse on Netflix, Amazon, or even Hulu. The news was expected since NBC decided to launch its own proprietary streaming service, Peacock, which went wide on July 15th. Now, Netflix’s show page has revealed that Parks and Recs will make its exit at the end of the month. Everything hurts and I’m dying.

Of course, this doesn’t mean Leslie Knope is gone from our lives. Parks and Recs will end up on Peacock in the near future, though exactly when is not yet known. It’s also

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These COVID-19 changes at California theme parks need to become permanent

Noble Horvath

In trying to persuade California Governor Gavin Newsom to allow theme parks to reopen, managers at Disney highlighted all the things they have changed at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort and will use at Disneyland to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

I do not have a medical degree, so I cannot pass judgment on how effective those new procedures are at stopping the virus. But I can say that many of them have the potential to make visiting a theme park a much more pleasant experience, so I hope that they stick around as industry standards long after this pandemic is over.

Capacity limits: COVID-19 has inspired many parks to develop advance reservation systems to maintain limited capacity levels. That’s a far more precise way to restrict daily attendance than the date-specific pricing plans that Disneyland and some other parks have used to discourage people from visiting

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Parks and Recreation gears up for fall with programming options – News – Waxahachie Daily Light

Noble Horvath

Prosper’s Parks and Recreation department is offering a plethora of programming this fall for town residents.

“Parks and Recreation has always offered high-quality programs for all ages and we are pleased to announce we will continue numerous activities throughout this season,” Dudley Raymond, director of Parks and Recreation, said.

“If you’re looking for ways to get out in the fresh air, we’ve got that. Indoor options following our fun-and-fitness theme include nutrition workshops, art instruction, fitness classes and methods for learning to relax and improve creativity.”

Raymond said the schedule also includes expanded programs for active adults and seniors age 55-plus, including the recently launched Prosper Area Senior Bowling League.

The league, which is open to bowlers of all skill levels, meets at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Strikz, 8769 Lebanon Road, Frisco. A $10 weekly fee is charged to cover shoe rental and games. Advance registration is requested and additional

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Pamplin Media Group – Wilsonville parks and recreation department reinvents the Harvest Festival

Noble Horvath

The event will include virtual programming, drive-throughs and other interactive activities


For months, Wilsonville Parks and Recreation Coordinator Erica Behler could not perform her favorite aspect of her job — planning events for the community.

But with regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic fairly steady and the holiday season coming up, Behler and the rest of the department got their heads together to figure out how they could provide entertainment and connection once more.

“We finally feel comfortable wrapping our heads around what we can or can’t do safely,” Behler said.

With that in mind, the department is hosting its annual Harvest Festival this October. The extravaganza is much different than in years past. Instead of mainstay activities like hayrides and face painting in the Stein-Boozier Barn throughout a single day, this year’s event will take place Oct. 14-29 and include both virtual and drive-through events.

“I think we’re really

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Rochester Parks and Recreation Department recommends pool closure

Noble Horvath

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — A longtime pool in Rochester could be closing for good.

In a study session on Monday afternoon, the City Council went over the Rochester Park and Recreation recommendation to close the pool and install splash pads and other water features.

Parks and Recreation Supervisor Ben Boldt

Parks and Recreation Supervisor Ben Boldt said the current version of the pool was built in the 1950s and for the past few years the operation of the pool has been under review.

“Every spring, when we start up Silver Lake pool, we keep our fingers crossed that all systems will fire back up and that they will work again in the summer,” Boldt said.

Boldt said the recommendation comes after the usage and attendance for the past several years has been on the decline.

“We feel like at this point with the budget reduction, we need to undertake it

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Amarillo Parks & Recreation Fall Fun schedule | KAMR

Noble Horvath

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The City of Amarillo has released key events from the Parks & Recreation department set for the fall season.

Oct. 10, 9 a.m. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will celebrate the partnership project between the Amarillo Pickleball Association, Amarillo National Bank, Old Pal Construction Corp., and Amarillo Parks & Recreation.

Oct. 16-17 The Amarillo Parks & Recreation will host a Glow in the Dark / Black Light Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament. Black lights will light up the courts, players, volleyballs, lines, and nets. The cost is $125 per team with a guarantee of 3 matches per team.

Oct. 17 Amarillo Parks & Recreation will join Pondaseta Brewery for Amarillo’s only Virtual Oktoberfest Event from 4-5:30 p.m. Purchase a ticket to this virtual festival and receive an event kit with 4 different beers from Pondaseta Brewery, a custom pint glass, 1 lb of German sausage and other goodies

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Theme parks have sharply cut spending on new attractions: Travel Weekly

Noble Horvath

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many theme parks across the country to close or, in cases where they have been permitted to reopen, drastically change operations. Significantly reduced capacities, increased sanitization and mask requirements for guests have become the new normal.

Equally impacted are vendors who are less visible to the public but are critical for the financial health of the parks: The manufacturers and suppliers who design and fabricate the attractions.

The supply side of the theme park industry was the topic of discussion on the inaugural “I’m 4 Fun” podcast, hosted by Dennis Speigel, founder and CEO of theme park consultancy International Theme Park Services. Speigel’s guest was Jim Seay, president of Premier Rides, which supplies parks with amusement rides and attractions.

Due to Covid-19, Seay said, many park operators’ revenue is at around 10% to 15% of normal.

“The last thing you’re thinking about, and the last

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