Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Notable News

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Notable News

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* Longtime NRPA member, supporter and trustee Jim Ball, 69, died August 30 after recently being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Ball's involvement in the park and recreation industry dates back four decades, when he was president of the National Student Recreation and Park Society Board of Directors from 1972-1973, and worked as director of the Roselle Park District in his home state of Illinois. Through the years Ball served as director of many park and recreation agencies - just prior to his professional retirement, Ball was executive director of the Solano County, California, Land Trust. He then went on to found the nonprofit Parks and Recreation Trust and The Center for Imaginative Reuse, the latter of which benefited the local community by providing inexpensive supplies for artists and educators and finding creative uses for landfill-bound materials. The Trust's first major project was to be the planting of a heart-shaped memorial grove at Lagoon Valley Park in honor of the 59 Solano County Vietnam soldiers who died in combat. Ball served as a U.S. Air Force medic during the Vietnam War, and also wished to create a 100-acre park in the county that would be planted with 5,300 trees in honor of all Californians who died in Vietnam.

* An elementary school in NRPA's hometown of Ashburn, Virginia, is poised to complete a new inclusive playground project. Discovery Elementary School hopes to have its adaptive playground ready for students this month, following receipt of a large corporate donation from Texas-based Panda Power Partners. …

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