parks http://wamc.org en State Funding Helps Launch Second Phase of Pittsfield Common Project http://wamc.org/post/state-funding-helps-launch-second-phase-pittsfield-common-project <p></p><p></p><p>The largest city in the Berkshires has received state funding to continue its restoration of a downtown greenspace. The grant is part of a multi-million effort to improve parks in cities across the Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…</p><p>The First Street Common located in downtown Pittsfield has historically been a hub for the people of the city, but in recent years had become neglected and ill-maintained. Jim McGrath is Pittsfield’s park, open space and natural resources program manager…</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 53660 at http://wamc.org State Funding Helps Launch Second Phase of Pittsfield Common Project Massachusetts Grants Fund State Parks Improvement Projects http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-grants-fund-state-parks-improvement-projects <p>The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is funding&nbsp; a series of initiatives aimed at making public recreation improvements in areas across the state. WAMC&rsquo;s Lucas Willard reports&hellip;</p><p>The Masschusetts DCR recently announced two programs to help upgrade outdoor attractions and state parks. The 2012 Partnerships Matching Funds Program last week awarded $1 million in matching grants to community organizations, private businesses, non-profits, and parks advocacy groups to help fund select improvements. DCR&rsquo;s Conrad Crawford explains&hellip;</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:30:43 +0000 Lucas Willard 41795 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Grants Fund State Parks Improvement Projects Cuomo Administration Eases Smoke Ban http://wamc.org/post/cuomo-administration-eases-smoke-ban <p>The Cuomo administration is suspending its restrictions on smoking in parks, pools, beaches and historic sites after a smokers&#39; rights groups objected. WAMC&rsquo;s Dave Lucas reports.</p><p>The administration says Tuesday the measures will be voluntary for at least two months while a full rule-making process including public comment is concluded.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 11:54:41 +0000 Dave Lucas 40028 at http://wamc.org Cuomo Administration Eases Smoke Ban NY State Parks System Getting $89M Funding Boost http://wamc.org/post/ny-state-parks-system-getting-89m-funding-boost <p>New York&#39;s two most-visited state parks are getting two of the biggest shares of the $89 million in additional funding the Legislature has approved to fix up the aging system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:22:53 +0000 Dave Lucas 36726 at http://wamc.org NY State Parks System Getting $89M Funding Boost NY State Parks Ban Smoking at Playgrounds, Pools http://wamc.org/post/ny-state-parks-ban-smoking-playgrounds-pools <p>The state is creating smoke-free areas outdoors at New York state parks and historic sites, including around playgrounds and pools. WAMC&#39;s Dave Lucas reports&hellip;</p><p>The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says Monday the smoke-free zones will be around recreation areas, including beaches and picnic shelters. The agency operates 178 parks and 35 historic sites.</p><p>Parks officials say that will protect children and others from the dangers of secondhand smoke and reduce litter from discarded cigarettes.</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:11:12 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 36489 at http://wamc.org NY State Parks Ban Smoking at Playgrounds, Pools