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5/22/2017

City Council members in Walnut Creek, Calif., have unanimously approved an employment agreement to hire Dan Buckshi as city manager, beginning in August. City leaders say interim city manager Fran Robustelli will be a "tough act to follow," but they're confident Buckshi is the right choice.

5/19/2017

Jesus Olivares announced his resignation as city manager of Laredo, Texas, at a City Council meeting this week, as council members were debating whether to put him on administrative leave pending the outcome of an FBI investigation. Assistant city manager Horacio De Leon will take over as interim manager until a permanent replacement is found.

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5/18/2017

City Council members in Calgary, Alberta, have approved a $4.6 billion plan to construct an underground light-rail line in the city's downtown. The city has committed $1.56 billion to the project, the federal government has committed $1.5 billion and officials are asking the province to cover the remaining costs.

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5/18/2017

City Council members in Tacoma, Wash., have tapped interim city manager Elizabeth Pauli to stay on permanently. Pauli had initially declined the position, but says she changed her mind after being approached by several people who asked her to reconsider.

5/18/2017

The QueensWay in New York City's Queens borough would have a High Line-like design under plans released by Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay this week. The first half-mile of the proposed 3.5-mile-long elevated park would offer outdoor classrooms and other learning opportunities.

5/18/2017

The quality of natural grass fields can be improved by focusing on factors including aeration, plant feeding and grass selection, writes Jerad Minnick of the Natural Grass Advisory Group. For each of the five factors, Minnick offers real-life examples from parks and recreation agencies.

5/18/2017

Residents in the Soulsville neighborhood of Memphis, Tenn., recently persuaded Lehman-Roberts Co. to donate pavement repairs to a walking trail. "We understand that the city of Memphis' park services have limited resources, so the residents took it upon themselves to make a difference in their community," said Rebecca Matlock Hutchinson.

5/18/2017

The Bourne Recreation Authority in Massachusetts wants to expand the Gallo Ice Arena and add Wi-Fi access to Bourne Scenic Park. Among the hurdles to this plan is the passage of a state bill authorizing the authority to borrow sufficient funds.

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5/18/2017

Wisconsin's Buffalo County Land Conservation & Resource Management Department has set forth conservation goals in its 2016 annual report, including practices for repairing flood damage, maintaining federal watershed structures and restoring a pond.

5/18/2017

San Francisco is the first US city where no resident need walk more than 10 minutes before encountering a park or other open space, according to a report by the Trust for Public Land. The analysis was based on federal Department of Transportation data, geographic mapping and a requirement that sidewalks be available.