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Parks pop up on Commercial Street - Nanaimo

Added on Sep 17, 2014

The City of Nanaimo is staging its first-ever Park(ing) Day Friday (Sept. 19), a global event to show how ordinary parking stalls can be transformed into temporary public plazas.

Six organizations will take up the challenge, with plans to create an outdoor yoga studio, a children’s park and a mini library. Groups will have 60 minutes to build a public space, which will be open for two hours – the same amount of time vehicles are allowed to use the stall.

Tamara Cunningham, Nanimo News Bulletin

Review suggests city could save $3M by contracting out more parks work - Calgary

Added on Sep 17, 2014

The city is setting itself up for conflict with its outdoor workers union, after embracing a major review that says the city could save $3 million by offering maintenance contracts to private firms and finding other efficiencies.

The low-end wage for seasonal city parks labourers is $23.88 per hour, compared to the $13.50 Alberta average for landscapers and grounds crews, according to PROS Consulting’s zero-based review of the parks division.

Jason Markusoff, Calgary Herald

Call for Presentations for Ever Active Schools Shaping the Future Conference: Deadline October 1

Added on Sep 16, 2014

October 1 is the deadline for exhibitor, research poster, and concurrent session applications for the conference. We would love if you could promote via your social networks, newsletters, or websites.

Shaping the Future 2015 has an exciting lineup, with three pre-conference sessions, four keynote speakers, three unique workshops and over 30 concurrent sessions! Its goal is to inspire, connect and celebrate healthy school communities. The conference always brings together leaders in health, education and active living sectors, for three days of learning, networking, collaboration and discussion.

Parks Canada, CBU sign MOU on national park

Added on Sep 16, 2014

Parks Canada and Cape Breton University have signed a memorandum of understanding  commiting to work collaboratively on projects related to the cultural and environmental protection and sustainable management of lands and waters at the national park. Those efforts will include research and monitoring initiatives in the park.

Cape Breton Post

Call for Abstracts for symposium on injury prevention in sport and recreation extended to October 1, 2014

Added on Sep 15, 2014

The call for abstracts for the Change, Challenge and Opportunity: An interdisciplinary symposium on injury prevention in sport and recreation, to be held in Toronto on February 4, 2015, has been extended to October 1, 2014.

The programme is open to non-scientific content. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit abstracts to share their experience in developing, implementing or evaluating injury prevention in sport and recreation programs.

Smoking, E-Cigarettes Banned From Chicago Parks, Beaches, Riot Fest

Added on Sep 15, 2014

The Chicago Park District's Board of Commissioners voted to ban all forms of smoking in Chicago parks, beaches, playlots and other facilities including pipes, cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarette vaporizers and medicinal marijuana.

Lizzie Schiffman,

Whitby off-leash dog parks approved for sponsorship

Added on Sep 15, 2014

Whitby’s off-leash dog parks are getting a boost as the Town approves a sponsorship agreement with Royal Canin that will bring in $25,000 over three years.

Parvaneh Pessian,

Ajax mapping out culture, recreation activities

Added on Sep 15, 2014

The city of Ajax has developed an interactive cultural map to facilitate residents and visitors finding cultural activities, which will be launched later this mointh.

Items that will be shown include cultural spaces, venues and facilities, such as libraries, galleries, theatres and banquet halls, along with heritage properties, historical plaques, veterans’ plaques and tree dedications, public art, festivals, parks, community centres, schools and places of worship.

Keith Gilligan,

City parks will remain closed because of snow storm damage - Calgary

Added on Sep 15, 2014

The City of Calgary has announced city parks will remain closed while it cleans up the storm damage - which may take several weeks. The danger is the branches that are hanging precariously from the trees.

The city has collected more than two and half million kilograms of branches and leaves and the work has only just begun.

Karen Owen, CTV Calgary

Questions raised over green space naturalization - High River

Added on Sep 10, 2014

A plan to naturalize some of the green space in High River has met with mixed reactions from the community, with concerns raised about litter, safety and other issues. City officials pointed out that naturalization does not mean neglect and sustained maintenance would be required.

Kevin Rushworth, High River Times