A green space on the site of the former Innerbelt freeway in Akron, Ohio, will be open through September and could lead to a permanent installation. The Innerbelt National Forest includes trails, play areas, potted trees and an outdoor museum.
Health coaches can help parks and recreation agencies promote healthy lifestyles for residents, writes American Council on Exercise's Sheila Franklin. "These professionals can help recreation and park agencies continue to grow their health and wellness programming and increase opportunities for community members to have easy access to behavior-change expertise around developing healthy lifestyles," she writes.
Detroit is using Ella Fitzgerald Park, built on empty lots, as an example of the kind of improvements officials want to make to other neighborhoods. "We want to create a neighborhood that feels complete, intentional, and cared for without having to build a single house," says Alexa Bush, city design director for the east region.
Officials in Denver have released five proposals aimed at expanding the city's public transit and parks to provide better service to new developments. Every city neighborhood would be 10 minutes' walk or less from a park by about 2040
The Boulder County, Colo., emergency dispatch center is only 80% staffed, leading many dispatchers to work overtime. Dispatchers worked 5,330 hours of overtime in 2017.
After 10 years of preparation, Benton County Emergency Services' Southeast Communications Center in Washington has begun taking 9-1-1 calls for all of Franklin County. Richland, Wash., Police Capt. Mike Cobb said there were no problems during the transition to the new center.
The Albany Police Officers Union in New York has warned that the police dispatch unit is understaffed, risking public and police safety. The Albany police communications division is operating with the minimum staffing required to ensure emergency coverage.
A new Kentucky law requires 9-1-1 dispatchers to be trained to give callers instructions over the phone for administering CPR. The training makes a difference in saving lives and in making the job easier for first responders once they arrive, said Boyd County 9-1-1 Director Matt Saunders.
Some Cincinnati officials are calling for a review of the police department's Taser policy after officers used the device on an 11-year-old accused of shoplifting at a grocery store. The current policy permits Taser use on people as young as 7.
FirstNet subscribers can use AT&T's Emergency Drop Kit to get network connectivity wherever they go with a 300-foot Wi-Fi radius for 12 hours on one charge. "Any public-safety person, in minutes, can drop this kit, set it up and be live [with communications], with no special knowledge," said Fred Scalera, director of public safety strategy and policy for AT&T-FirstNet.