Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Briefly Noted

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Briefly Noted

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* The USTA invites facilities like yours to host a USTA Free Tennis Play Event in celebration of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play on any day from September 1--30. USTA Free Tennis Play Events are a fun way for tennis facilities, parks and municipalities to introduce tennis to families. The USTA is hosting thousands of USTA Free Tennis Play Events throughout the country showcasing how fun and easy it is for families to get into the sport, as well as offering a great way for parents to spend time with their children while keeping them active during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September. The event is open to the public, with an emphasis placed on family participation. To register or for more information, visit www.youthtennis.com/host or call 800.990.8782.

* Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) recently introduced the Beach Act of 2013 (H.R. 2601), a bill that would require improved water monitoring procedures where public swimming is allowed. If passed, it would provide $40 million a year to state and local governments. The bill, which is cosponsored by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), also calls for a study on how coastal recreation water pollution is contributing to climate change and requests that the Environmental Protection Agency develop faster methods for beach water monitoring. It was referred to the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment in early July.

* Indiana's parks have enlisted eight young people to serve as youth ambassadors this year and help build an appreciation of the outdoors by telling the stories of all 32 state parks. In this first-year program, the youth ambassadors write blogs and take photos to share their experiences in the parks and also greet visitors. The program, run through America's State Parks, plans to expand this summer and fall to recruit 2,000 new ambassadors across the country.

* Ten thousand marijuana plants, with a street value of $40 million, were yanked from an illegal marijuana grow deep in California's Henry Coe State Park in early July. Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies and fish and game wardens hiked for hours to get to the camp before choppers carried away the bundles of plants. This new grow was in the same place where deputies eradicated a major pot grow last year and also where a neighboring rancher reported hearing a gunshot in late June. …

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