Nestled in western Maryland is a nature park that is one of Frederick County’s true jewels. Catoctin Creek Park captures the imagination of visitors every day as guests enjoy not only historical elements in this one hundred and thirty-nine acre park, but also miles of trails and the County’s newest green energy efficient nature center.
While it doesn’t rain much in the desert southwest, communities must still prepare accordingly for the summer monsoon season and the occasional winter rains. To manage the run off from these storms, water retention is managed through a series of strategically located retention basins.
In 2010 the USA Swimming Foundation conducted a survey and found that a large percentage of minorities had low rates of swimming ability. In Prince George’s County located in Maryland, the staff at Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission found this to be true in their highly diverse community. Over 80% of Prince George’s County’s citizens represent minorities. Given those demographics, MNCPP staff developed a pilot program in partnership with Prince George’s County Schools in 2012 aimed at teaching minority children about the basics of swimming as well as water hazards.
Launching in December 2013, West Valley Veterans were invited to participate in a new fitness program for veterans recovering from physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The fitness program called ‘ActiVet’ is held at the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria, Arizona.
In 2013, only 14 new golf courses were opened across the Country while over 150 courses were closed. Over the last 8 years, this trend has been persistent—more courses are closing then opening, and more golfers leaving the game instead of joining. According to the National Golf Foundation, the industry has seen a decline of over 5 million players since the year 2,000. Local park and recreation agencies are not immune to these trends, with many agencies reporting declining numbers and course usage the last several years. One agency, the Decatur Park District, took a creative approach to this very problem in their community.