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May 2006

A Place to Play!
Street skaters & skateboarders welcomed at Twin Lakes Park

Greensburg, PA (April, 2006) After chasing away skateboarders from rails, stairways, courthouses, and a variety of other areas that provide a challenge, Westmoreland Co. is designing a skate park complete with the kinds of ramps and excitement that will make Twin Lakes Park a destination point for skating enthusiasts.

With assistance from a $190,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant, Westmoreland Co. will design a skate park with help from the local community. Currently, there are no large skate parks in Westmoreland Co. and the demand is unquestionable. The skate park is and will offer recreational opportunities that are lacking for skateboards, in-line skating, and free-style biking. Consistent with the Twin Lakes Park master plan, the County intends to develop the skate park on 73 acres that are somewhat isolated from the balance of the 359+ acres of Twin Lakes Park. Some matching funds are being raised through the Westmoreland Street Park Alliance and local concerts held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg Campus in anticipation of a grand opening sometime in 2007. For more information, please contact Mary Vavra at mary_vavra@nps.gov or 215-597-9175.

Congresswoman Hilda Solis and project partners dedicate the site along the San Gabriel River. Photo courtesy Anne Dove, NPS.39 Acres added to San Gabriel River Network
Watershed Conservation Authority finalizes acquisition and dedicates site

Azusa, CA (January 23, 2006) – Where the San Gabriel River flows from the mountainous Angeles National Forest to the urbanized San Gabriel Valley, a 39-acre site has been protected for conservation and recreation purposes. Thanks to the Trust for Public Land and the Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA), a joint powers authority between Los Angeles Co. Flood Control District and the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Authority, this site will play an important role in the ever-growing network of protected open spaces and recreation amenities along the 75-mile San Gabriel River.

Congresswoman Hilda Solis, a long-time supporter of efforts to protect and enhance the San Gabriel River, joined dozens of river stakeholders and agency representatives to celebrate this acquisition and dedicate the site. The WCA is currently planning the site’s transformation into a public facility, enhancing the public’s ability to enjoy the river. The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program has been assisting Los Angeles Co. Department of Public Works with the preparation of the San Gabriel River Master Plan, which identifies this site as a project. For more information, please contact Anne Dove, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at anne_dove@nps.gov or 323-441-9307.

Image of Cooley Landing. Photo courtesy EPA.netBay Front Access for the Community
Cooley Landing Nature Center land transfer agreement

East Palo Alto, CA (February 21, 2006) – At a recent meeting, the East Palo Alto city council agreed to accept the transfer of 6.6 acres of bay front property from the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) for conservation and recreation use by the community. Until now East Palo Alto has been the only bay front community whose residents had no public access to the bay itself. The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program assisted the key stakeholders in moving beyond a 5-year stalemate over appropriate uses for this property by designing and facilitating a process through which project partners were able to agree on potential site uses. This enabled the stakeholders to agree on conveying the parcel from POST to the City for implementation of their mutual goals. In addition to the City and POST, partners included City of Menlo Park, City of Palo Alto, Mid Peninsula Regional Open Space District, and the National Audubon Society. For more information, please contact Peg Henderson, RTCA, at peg_henderson@nps.gov or 510-817-1448. (Photo courtesy EPA.net)

Preserving a Historical Lewis & Clark Expedition Site

Lynch, NE (April 2006) “Old Baldy” or “The Tower” was visited by the Lewis and Clark expedition in September 1804, who captured a prairie dog, which they sent back to President Jefferson. Today the Old Baldy site is covered with unbroken mixed grass prairie and burr oak woodlands, home to bald eagles, sharptail grouse, prairie chickens, elk, and prairie dogs.

Northern Prairies Trust worked closely with the property owners, as well as Nebraska Environmental Trust and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find funding for a conservation easement on this historic 524 acre site. This conservation easement ensures this historically significant piece of Nebraska is protected for the future, including land in close proximity to the Missouri National Recreation River.

Preserving Old Baldy was a goal of the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway, a project of the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. For more information, please contact Mary Hanson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at mary_hanson@nps.gov or call 402-661-1554. Contact Northern Prairies Land Trust at 605-339-3184 or email info@northernprairies.org

Group leaders cut the ribbon to open the first State of Texas sponsored inland paddling trail along the San Marcos River.  Photo courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife Department  2006, Chase Fountain.A First for Texas!
Zedler’s Mill paddling trail opens

Luling, TX (April 2006) – A new six-mile route on the San Marcos River offers canoeists and kayakers a safe, well-mapped route with convenient access, parking, and much more. Officials from the City of Luling, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Texas State University, Zedler’s Mill Steering Committee and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) cut the ribbon to open TPWD’s first inland water trail. A pilot project of the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program-supported Luling Zedler’s Mill Project, the trail idea energized community partners who wanted to increase recreation opportunities, support tourism, and conserve the natural and cultural resources of their town.

NPS RTCA provided group facilitation, planning and design, and fundraising support for this effort. Additional support came from the Texas Department of Transportation as well as paddling and fishing outfitters who were engaged to move the dream to reality. For more information, please contact Steve Bonner, Community Planner, at steve_bonner@nps.gov or 512-245-7263.

 
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