Northeastern Region. (Regional Reports)

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Northeastern Region. (Regional Reports)


In July, local officials, community leaders and park supporters participated in rededication ceremonies for the 21st Century Park Program, which is supported by NRPA and the Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation. Ceremonies were held at Worcester Common, in Worcester, Mass., and South Williamsport Borough Park, in Williamsport, Pa.

Recreation agencies in Delaware will receive the proceeds from the Delaware Recreation and Parks Society's 4th Annual C.R.A.B. (Come Ride Around the Bay) that will be held on Oct. 13. The event not only is a fun way to being cyclists and naturalists together to enjoy the benefits of recreation, but it also brings Delaware agencies together with a common goal of promoting parks and recreation and garnering support for programs.

Greenwich (Conn.) Safe Cycling has acquired 45 bike racks and will be installing them around town to ease traffic congestion and make the community more livable. Each U-shaped rack costs about $100 and can secure two bikes. The group bought more than half of the racks, and the rest were funded from the sale of train station parking permits. Working together, city governments and nonprofit groups made a difference.

After 25 years of making Boston a greener, more livable city, the nonprofit Boston Natural Areas Fund has adjusted its name to reflect its focus on special urban places as well as the importance of people and partnerships to its work. In addition to the name change, the Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) has expanded by joining forces with Garden Futures, the foremost community gardening support organization in Boston. In the spring issue of BNAN's newsletter, Urban & Green, President Valerie Burns says the partnership "enhances our capacity to expand the culture of environmental stewardship for community gardens, greenways and urban wilds. …

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