Magazine article Parks & Recreation
Pacific Region. (Regional Reports)
Developers in Lancaster, Calif., will have to pay a higher park development fee, now that the City Council has unanimously approved increasing the parkland standard from three acres per 1,000 residents to five. NRPA used to recommend five acres per 1,000 residents; however, we now suggest that communities develop needs assessments to be sure the needs of the community are met.
For the past 13 years, the Wilderness Education Program has been providing a year-round experiential outdoor education program that focuses on teaching wilderness skills and environmental stewardship, and developing leadership potential. The guides and staff have hiked and climbed the local mountains, the Sierras, the Rockies, Africa, Europe and the Himalayas. More than 9,000 kids and adults from local, public and private schools, Ventura (Calif.) Police Department PAL Program, adaptive programs, Foundation for the Junior Blind, corporate programs, youth groups, at-risk kids programs and traditional guiding services, have participated. Yet this valuable nonprofit organization is struggling to stay open, as the unstable economy has left a huge gap in funding. A concentrated fundraising campaign for the organization is underway to raise $200,000 in the next five months. …