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1/18/2018

A playground geared toward children with disabilities is opening in Scottsdale, Ariz. The wheelchair-accessible playground features spinning equipment, swings that allow parents and children to face each other, multisensory panels and a quiet area.

1/18/2018

A bicycle park has been approved for Buffalo, N.Y., that will include trails and other amenities. This article shows pictures of the proposed design.

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Buffalo Rising (N.Y.)
1/18/2018

A panel has been assembled in Montana to help the state realize its five-year parks and recreation strategic plan created in 2015. Gov. Steve Bullock signed an executive order establishing the 12-member advisory panel to create ways to fund parks, establish public-private partnerships and improve park advocacy.

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Gov. Steve Bullock
1/18/2018

Officials in Woodbury County, Iowa, are considering a property tax for county residents outside of Sioux City to generate funding for round-the-clock paramedic service. Revenue from Sioux City residents would be refunded to the city to help offset the costs of its Fire Rescue EMS division.

1/18/2018

At the urging of first responders, the Winona County board in Minnesota unanimously agreed to hire a full-time emergency manager. The board rejected a recommendation to split such a position between courthouse security and emergency management.

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Winona Post (Minn.)
1/18/2018

A Florida bill to cover workers' compensation for first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder has been passed by two state Senate committees with unanimous votes. The bill would include first responders who witness various fatal incidents.

1/18/2018

FirstNet plans to host a hackathon in March to develop ideas for applications and solutions for first responders in its apps ecosystem. "This event will bring together developers, first responders, designers and creators to hack new and innovative solutions for our nation's first responders," AT&T said.

1/18/2018

A device under development could scan a person's phone to tell police if it had been in use just before or during an accident. Chicago aldermen discussed the possibility of adopting the technology once it is available.

1/17/2018

The city of Oshkosh, Wis., along with help from infrastructure firm AECOM, worked to transform an abandoned marina into a public space. To do so, they had to overcome environmental concerns on the property and numerous design challenges.

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AECOM
1/17/2018

The Farmington Parks & Recreation Department in Missouri is using an online survey to assess residents' interest in an amphitheater. The city is considering seeking a matching Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for such a project.