Abernathy Greenway Park, located in Sandy Springs, Ga., demonstrates what positives are possible when collaboration and cooperation exists among governing entities and the community. With little undeveloped land available to add park area, the community and civic leaders were able to visualize a potential opportunity within a road improvement project. With help from two civic organizations, playable art was added to the park, introducing children to fine art through active outdoor play, promoting the concept of art in public open and green space, as well as encouraging community health and well being.
Miramar, Fla., recognizes that healthy communities cultivate economic vitality. With this in mind, the city chose a location adjacent to an elementary school and a youth outreach center to create the Miramar Community Garden. The park’s intergenerational fruit and vegetable Garden was completed in May of 2014. It set out to embrace not only cultural and generational diversity, but also bio-diversity, which would boost the vitality of the local ecosystem.
On March 16-20, Urgent Communications, an American City & County sister publication, hosted the International Wireless Communications Expo in Las Vegas. The expo brought scores of communications experts and vendors to the Las Vegas Convention Center for a week of networking and education. Photo by Derek Prall, American City & County.
In mid-February, representatives of American Water Resources presented a $5,000 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. American Water Resources offers optional water and sewer line protection programs to customers of Metro Water Services (MWS) in Nashville as part of an exclusive partnership with the utility. Last fall, American Water Resources committed to make a $1 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee for each new MWS customer enrolled in its service line protection programs between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. The donation, which represents 5,000 new enrollments, will help Second Harvest Food Bank provide 20,000 meals for people struggling with hunger in Middle and West Tennessee. Barbara Boyarsky, Vice President and General Manager for American Water Resources, presented the check (holding check on the left) to Melinda Judd, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee Director of Corporate Engagement (standing at middle of the check). Holding the check on the right is Martha Segal, Assistant Director of Customer Service for Metro Water Services.
Orange County, N.Y., Executive Steve Neuhaus meets with reps from Dagele Produce, located in Florida, N.Y., which will will supply the county Office for the Aging (OFA) with agricultural products per an expanded purchasing agreement. The 550-acre farm signed a contract to provide produce to the county in 2014; OFA will utilize the existing two-year bid to purchase packaged and loose fresh and frozen vegetables and fruits.
To select the location for the city's new dog park, the Salina, Kan., Parks and Recreation Department reached out to citizens. The community was asked to vote online between three potential sites. The location eventually chosen was behind the local animal shelter. Here, adoptable dogs play with each other and volunteer workers in the park. Photo by Zachary Richter, the city's intern.
A suspicious package taped to a bridge shut down the major highway running through downtown Atlanta in early February. Officials later determined the package to be a time-lapse camera placed on the bridge by an art student. Photo via the Atlanta Police Department Facebook page.
Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Jeremy Boling, from Douglasville, Ga., serves as the landing signalman during flight quarters aboard USS Donald Cook Feb. 8, 2015. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karolina A. Oseguera)
City officials say expansions to the roads in Duluth, Ga., will help traffic and pedestrians alike access the various shops and businesses downtown. For more on this effort, as well as profiles of other transportation projects across the country, check out the upcoming issue of American City & County magazine. Photo by Derek Prall - American City & County.
A controlled avalanche along Alaska's Seward Highway. The Alaska Department of Transportation uses blasts from cannons to bring down snow that threatens transportation infrastructure.
Seaman Phillip Dorst, from Atlanta, stands watch during a vertical replenishment between the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart and the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. The ship is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Card)
To commemorate the event’s 100th anniversary, a re-enactment of the Christmas Truce soccer match was held on Dec. 13 at Emory Woodruff PE Center Field in Atlanta, Ga. The soccer match was reminiscent of the day when World War I soldiers entered No Man’s Land to exchange gifts, bury the fallen and play a friendly game of soccer. The event was part of Football Remembers Week, a partnership between the Premier League, the Football Association and the British Council to remember what took place in Flanders on Christmas Day, 1914. British diplomatic posts in nearly 30 countries participated in similar activities. This event is part of Football Remembers Week, a partnership between the Premier League, the Football Association and the British Council to inform fans about what took place in Flanders on Christmas Day, 1914. British diplomatic posts in nearly 30 countries participated in similar activities.
Construction has begun on the realignment of Runway 3/21 and its taxiway at the Orange County Airport in New York. The estimated $18 million project was approved by the county legislature in 2012 and will be funded almost entirely (90 percent) through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program. The remaining 10 percent will come from New York state (5 percent) and through the county (5 percent). The FAA announced its initial $2,918,052 investment in September. The runway project is expected to be completed in 2017 – phase one is anticipated to last 110 working days, and is being undertaken by Boyce Excavating. Orange County Airport, located in Montgomery, is home to 150 aircraft, a flight school, two aircraft-maintenance-service businesses, a restaurant and aircraft-sales business. Pictured left to right are T.J. Labore, Louis Berger Group representative; Christopher Viebrock, acting DPW commissioner; Deputy County Executive Wayne Booth and Airport Director Ed Magryta.
The new Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) represents the next generation of public transportation in Southern California. Projected to serve the transportation needs of more than 3 million people annually in the coming years, the 67,000-square foot transit hub links commuter and regional rail service and intercity bus systems including Amtrak, Metrolink, OCTA bus service, Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART), Megabus and Greyhound. ARTIC’s flexible design ensures that it can serve as a southern terminus for California’s future high-speed rail system. In addition to accommodating passenger arrivals, departures and transfers, ARTIC integrates amenities such as transit-oriented retail, Wi-Fi and charging stations, parking, bike racks, lockers, community space and specialty dining.
Every year, St. Cloud, Fla., decorates City Hall for Christmas. Illuminated at night, a 25-foot tree provides holiday cheer for downtown visitors. St. Cloud is a family-oriented community in Central Florida with less than 40,000 residents. Photo by St. Cloud Public Information Officer Sandra Ramirez.
Grace Curtiss delivers her Christmas wish list to Santa at Torrington, Conn.'s, Christmas Village. A tradition of 67 years, Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Christmas Village City Park during the afternoons and evenings to speak with nearly 20,000 of the area's children. The village also includes live reindeer, carolers, Santa’s workshop and more.
The Pillar of Fire, a new sculpture in Washington, D.C., draws its inspiration from the Book of Exodus, and serves to honor healthcare workers on the front lines of the AIDS pandemic. The sculpture is comprised of 370 egg-shaped layers of float glass. The slender column stands 16 feet high, weighs 2,000 pounds and is rigidly post-tensioned to 15,000 pounds.
Construction crews worked through diligently to complete the rehabilitation of the bridge that carries Santa Fe Street over the Union Pacific Railroad in Downtown El Paso, Texas. Work included reconstructing the bridge deck, repaving approaches to the bridge, and restriping the roadway. Contractors were able to expedite the work which was originally expected to take through the end of February to complete.
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