New England News
6:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

State Funding Helps Launch Second Phase of Pittsfield Common Project

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…

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…

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New England News
5:30 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Massachusetts Grants Fund State Parks Improvement Projects

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is funding  a series of initiatives aimed at making public recreation improvements in areas across the state. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

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’s Conrad Crawford explains…

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New York News
7:54 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Cuomo Administration Eases Smoke Ban

The Cuomo administration is suspending its restrictions on smoking in parks, pools, beaches and historic sites after a smokers' rights groups objected. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

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.

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Hudson Valley News
8:22 am
Fri April 13, 2012

NY State Parks System Getting $89M Funding Boost

New York'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.

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Hudson Valley News
9:11 am
Tue April 10, 2012

NY State Parks Ban Smoking at Playgrounds, Pools

The state is creating smoke-free areas outdoors at New York state parks and historic sites, including around playgrounds and pools. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports…

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.

Parks officials say that will protect children and others from the dangers of secondhand smoke and reduce litter from discarded cigarettes.

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