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    City of Whitehorse offered new, fully-accessible playground – Yukon News - March 5, 2020 by admin

    A 9,500-square-foot, fully-accessible playground could open in Shipyards Park in 2021.

    Whitehorse city council has been asked to accept the gift of the playground from the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charity.

    In a presentation March 2, Jumpstart ambassador Stephanie Dixon told council members about Jumpstarts initiative that started in 2017 to build a fully, accessible and inclusive playground in each province and territory in the country.

    Since then Jumpstart Playgrounds have been built in Charlottetown; Winnipeg; Calgary; Toronto; Prince Albert, Sask.; Surrey, B.C.; and Saint John, N.B.

    Dixon first visited the Jumpstart playground in Surrey last year.

    Everything is double wide, she said as she recalled the space available for those in wheelchairs to maneuver where they want to go.

    For those with hearing devices who cant normally use a metal slide due to issues with static electricity theres roller slides that eliminate static.

    For those who on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing issues or who may just simply get overwhelmed in larger crowds a dome was in place as a quiet place.

    Its a place where every child can participate and ensuring that happens at an early age is important, Dixon said.

    On the playground is where we develop our sense of self, she said.

    As the city works to make the community more accessible, why not start at the beginning with a playground, Dixon said, adding she hopes council members see the magnitude of what the playground would bring to Whitehorse.

    The Whitehorse playground would be located inside the skating loop at Shipyards Park. At 9,500 square feet, it would be close to the same size as the 9,859 square foot playground at Rotary Park.

    Jumpstart would design, supply and install the playground, including the rubberized surface, with the city then responsible for the ongoing maintenance. The contract between Jumpstart and the city states the city would be required to keep up maintenance for the parks 15-year life span.

    Shipyards Park was selected as it has accessible parking, an asphalt surface, washroom facilities and a water fountain. As such it is the only spot in Whitehorse that meets all the criteria for a Jumpstart playground.

    As Landon Kulych, the citys parks and community development manager, said there is also staff on hand at Shipyards Park each day, which means there will be more eyes on the playground. He also said the parks location inside the skating loop means it will not hinder events set to happen at the park.

    While council members were clear in their gratitude for the $1 million playground, Coun. Laura Cabott also raised questions about the maintenance costs stating her desire to ensure the city is ready to take it on.

    City manager Linda Rapp said the costs would be absorbed into the overall operating budget for parks while Jumpstart associate vice president Marco Di Buono said most of the equipment installed into the playground come with a 15-to-20-year warranty. The equipment is also not overly engineered, he said, making it fairly simple to fix when there are issues.

    Whitehorse city council will vote March 9 on whether to sign off on the agreement for the playground.

    If the agreement is signed, construction of the new playground would begin this year with the finishing touches being put in place in the spring of 2021. It would then be open to the public.

    Contact Stephanie Waddell at stephanie.waddell@yukon-news.com

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    Install Indoor Wall Water Fountains in Six Easy Steps … - March 2, 2020 by admin

    Save Money by Installing a Wall Fountain Yourself

    Today, we see an increasing number of home and business owners looking for ways of creating a serene environment. Some people choose plants, others fish tanks, and yet others, art. However, an exceptional way to produce a calm setting while improving the decorum of the room is with indoor wall mounted fountains. In addition to being beautiful, these fountains are also affordable and cost little to operate. As you will discover, installing indoor wall water fountains is something anyone can do. Of course, these instructions are general so you always want to read the instructions that come with the fountain but this will give you a good idea of the time and tools required for the job.

    Hanging wall fountains can typically be installed within an hour. Keep in mind that in some cases, you may need to have an electrical outlet installed or help lifting the fountain due to weight.

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    Instructions

    As you can see, hanging wall fountains is not a difficult task. With a little time and effort, you will transform the appearance of any room. The benefits that you will enjoy from the sound of trickling water and design of the fountain are tremendous.

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    How to Install a Fountain | HowStuffWorks - March 2, 2020 by admin

    Is there anything more relaxing than the quiet, steady burble of flowing water? Large or small, indoors or out, a fountain adds grace, beauty and serenity to almost any setting. It can also be a surprisingly low-cost home improvement.

    Installing a fountain can involve as much or as little work as you want. You can work from a kit that assembles all the components for you (although you'll lose some flexibility in terms of design). Or, once you understand how the different components fit together, you can construct your own fountain from available materials -- including the earth in your backyard.

    But first things first: you should know what you're getting into. Different fountains work best in different places -- tables, walls, floors, patios, gardens. No amount of tinkering will make your table strong enough to support a floor fountain, or keep the end result from looking awkward as well as unstable. And no table fountain will look anything but diminutive if you install it on a floor. Look around to find a fountain in the appropriate scale for your setting. Think about materials -- stone, slate, bamboo, granite -- that will coordinate with the rest of your decor.

    As you choose the location for your fountain, keep in mind that a fountain needs a power source. Some outdoor fountains have solar panels, but the rest will need to be within reach of electricity. Outdoor fountains also need seasonal maintenance, so make sure you choose a relatively accessible spot.

    This article explores the different types of fountains in more detail. We'll also look at the plans and tools you should have on hand before you delve into the installation process.

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    Why a Proposal to Require Schools to Test Their Drinking Water for Lead Crumbled in Olympia – Centralia Chronicle - March 1, 2020 by admin

    Not long ago, Washington lawmakers seemed ready to require public and private schools to test their drinking water for lead.

    Since then, a lot has changed. The bill asked for less. A key advocacy group dropped its support. As of Friday, the measure appeared dead in the Senate.

    What happened? Schools, both public and private, came out in opposition of the measure, lawmakers weakened the proposal and it failed to clear a key legislative deadline.

    To Heidi Speight, who works in transportation policy, it was disappointing to watch. The initial bill, she said, would have been a fitting tribute to her late husband.

    Bruce Speight, former executive director of the advocacy group Environment Washington, spent years lobbying state lawmakers to pass such a mandate. But he died in September, before state Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, refiled legislation this year to require water quality tests in schools.

    "Bruce's name has been on this from the beginning, and (it's) a really beautiful way to honor him," Speight said of House Bill 1860, known as the Bruce Speight Act.

    Although the measure never got a hearing last year, it appeared to have momentum this year: HB 1860 won unanimous votes in the House education and budget committees. And all 98 state representatives voted in support of the bill last month.

    But after public and private schools came out against the measure -- partly because they viewed it as an unfunded mandate -- lawmakers removed much of the teeth in the original proposal. The threshold for when schools had to act on elevated levels of lead got looser, and schools would be exempt from making any fixes unless and until they received money from the state to pay for remediation.

    Those changes prompted the Environment Washington Research & Policy Center to withdraw its support of the bill.

    "Safe drinking water shouldn't be optional," said Pam Clough, interim director of the advocacy group, which initially supported HB 1860 but reversed course after lawmakers weakened the proposal.

    "We don't make fire codes or building safety codes optional" for schools, Clough added. "We do advocate for more state and federal funding, but if we wait for that first, we may be waiting too long to fix this critical issue."

    The changes disappointed Heidi Speight.

    "It's really sad to see legislators wringing their hands over the opportunity to protect children in their (legislative) district," she said, "and then try to weaken standards below what medical professionals recommend."

    Commonly found in old paint and plumbing, lead is poisonous to everyone, but poses a greater risk to children, whose bodies more readily absorb the heavy metal. Exposure to lead can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems, and in elevated cases, lead can damage the kidneys, blood and nervous system.

    Currently, Washington doesn't require schools to test their drinking water for lead or any other contaminant. But two years of voluntary testing at 199 elementary schools across the state revealed that 97% of schools had at least one water source with levels of lead above one part per billion.

    About 61% of the total fixtures tested at or above one part per billion, a threshold recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    HB 1860 would have required all public and private schools to test every outlet used for drinking water or cooking at facilities built before 2000. Schools would have to close access to any outlet with lead levels at or above five parts per billion and notify the state about the test results within 24 hours.

    Schools then would have 30 days to either permanently shut off the water source, provide an alternative source of safe water or install a certified filter.

    While the state would have reimbursed schools for the costs of the water quality tests, it would not have provided funding for any remediation of water sources that exceeded the new threshold.

    Lance Goodpaster, superintendent of Franklin Pierce Schools south of Tacoma, testified against HB 1860.

    "We certainly care about the water our children are drinking at school," Goodpaster said in an email, adding that his school district conducts its own testing. He suggested schools should be held to a looser standard -- 15 parts per billion -- set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

    The bill, he added, "imposed new costs that the Legislature did not fund."

    Suzie Hanson, executive director of the Washington Federation of Independent Schools, said her group opposed the measure because legislators developed it without the input of private schools.

    "It seems that private schools were put into the bill as an afterthought," Hanson said. "Assumptions are being made that there is a problem with lead in private school facilities. This is speculative."

    She also suggested the proposal did not clarify which state agency would be responsible for oversight of private schools.

    Following that opposition, lawmakers changed HB 1860 to exempt schools from remediation if they don't receive a state or federal grant to pay for it. The revised legislation also specifically said schools "may not" conduct remediation for any remediation costing above $2,000 per building.

    Lawmakers also decided to loosen the threshold for when schools needed to take action -- from five parts per billion to nine parts per billion. And the Washington State Department of Health would not be able to revisit that standard until 2030.

    Now, none of that appears likely to happen. The Senate Education Committee needed to vote on HB 1860 by Friday to keep it alive during this year's short legislative session, but it didn't.

    And although any policy idea can reemerge before lawmakers adjourn, it's unclear whether the Bruce Speight Act will survive as an amendment to another bill or the state budget.

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    The ‘crown jewel’ of Wilder would be a secret no longer with these ambitious plans – Soapbox Cincinnati - March 1, 2020 by admin

    Fredericks Landing in Wilder has a long history, going back to its construction by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1965. Back then, it was designed as a flood zone to hold back the waters of the Licking and Ohio rivers.

    Its been a park for decades with a playground,boat launch, picnic tables, and a shelter. The federal government transferred ownership of the land to Wilder, a city of 3,000 people, in 2004.

    City officials now have ambitious plans for Fredericks Landing envisioning it as a focal point of the citys redevelopment. High on the priority list is a $1.4 million amphitheaterthat would be the scene of concerts and other events to bring people to the park.

    Fredericks Landing is really the crown jewel of Wilder, sayscity administrator Terry Vance. Its a hidden secret for most people unless you boat.

    The project received a big boost recently with the award of a $250,000 state grant. The Land and Water Conservation Fund grant provides money to help construct the new community amphitheater as well as the surrounding improvements that need to be made, such as enhancementsto parking, sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, and underground utilities to support the new structure.

    In 2018, Wilder officials surveyed residents and had a comprehensive plan drafted that was called Growing Wilder: Envisioning Tomorrow. City leaders saw a need to attract new residents and businesses to the city and encourage those already there to stay.

    The plan prioritizes land use that encourages outdoor recreation and community gatherings over theproliferation of businesses such as convenience stores and bank branches.

    Included in the plan is a dining establishment that would overlook Fredericks Landing and the Licking River and a splash park.

    The state grant will provide the impetus to move forward on the project because the money must be used by the end of 2022, according to Vance.

    Wilders grant was the largest of four made in Northern Kentucky from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The others were:

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    The 2020 Colorado Garden and Home Show Focuses on Healing and Hope – 5280 | The Denver Magazine - February 20, 2020 by admin

    An attendee of last year's Garden and Home Show. Courtesy of Colorado Garden Foundation

    The annual show, which takes place February 22 to March 1, will distribute over a half-million dollars in grant funding to horticulture therapy programs throughout the state.

    February is a welcome time to see greenand thats what youll get as you walk into the Colorado Convention Center from February 22 to March 1 during the annual Colorado Garden and Home Show. In fact, youll see every color of the rainbow (and more) thanks to the staggering number of flowers (10,000) spread throughout the complex. But sight isnt the only sense visitors can use to enjoy the acres of plants.

    Thats because horticulture therapy, and more specifically sensory gardens are taking center stage at this years event. This genre, now relatively popular in the gardening and landscaping industry, essentially refers to gardens that urge visitors to engage with all their senses. Not only is smelling, hearing, touching, and tasting plant life fun, but it can be therapeutic as well.

    As part of its grant program, the Colorado Garden Foundation will award a total of $543,000 to these local nonprofits, which use horticulture as a means to promote healing, learning, and in some cases, hope.

    Anchor Center for Blind Children: Horticulture Therapy ProgramAnchor Center will receive a $9,000 grant to renovate their outdoor classroom and continue their compost services, which they use to teach students about the plant life cycle and environmental sustainability.

    Horticulture has become central to the curriculum at this Stapleton institution, which has been around for almost four decades. The center, which provides education and therapy to children from infancy to age five who live with visual impairments, depends on its outdoor spaces for horticulture therapy. One of those spaces they call the pizza garden, where the youngsters can improve their motor skills by helping plant the seeds of basil and tomato plants. As they grow, the students can smell and feel the plants, until finally they become toppings on handmade pizzas. The process not only engages the childrens senses, but also helps them make connections from seed to plant, to a delicious meal.

    The center also has a bountiful sunflower patch, where children plant seeds and later feel the flowers stalks grow until the petals are barely reachable above their heads. It can be really impactful for them to see the flowers grow even taller than they are, says Molly Jenkins, one of Anchors managers.

    Such experiences are vital for the 100-plus students who are involved with the Anchor Center per year. What we know from research is that up to 90 percent of early learning takes place through incidental visual observation, Jenkins says. So for these kids, the lessons, activities, and skills they learn at the Anchor Center can help close the gap that could otherwise appear between them and their peers.

    Norwood Public Schools: Outdoor EducationNorwood Public Schools will receive a $15,000 grant to add on to their outdoor classroom area.

    Three years ago, teachers within the Norwood Public Schools District installed a hoop housea greenhouse-like structureto become part of their outdoor education curriculum for high schoolers. Now, with the grant they received from the Colorado Garden Foundation, they can install irrigation and build plant beds. Students who take the schools agriculture course, now in its second year, will then be able to design and create additions to the existing hoop house, incorporating other disciplines such as woodwork and welding for a fountain or water feature.

    The idea is for the program to be interdisciplinary, incorporating not only trade skills like those listed above, but also to help students who are interested in agriculture understand the value of their math, bio, or writing classes. Science teacher Catherine Kolbet used two students as examples: Both wanted to become ranchers, and thanks to the agriculture curriculum, were able to grasp how algebra would play into accounting their property and livestock and how grammar could strengthen their correspondence with stakeholders.

    We appreciate that the foundation was willing to take the risk, Kolbet says. Now were just waiting for the ground to thaw to get started.

    Denver Art Museum: Sensory Garden and CourtyardThe DAM will receive a $50,000 grant to complete its sensory garden and courtyard, including adding an additional terrace.

    Prescribing art as medicine is being seriously considered in the United Kingdom, Canada, and elsewhere. Though the trend has yet to gain traction here in the U.S., its the premise behind the Denver Art Museums next big project: a sensory garden and courtyard. The idea is to create a space that fosters community creativity by bringing together people, plants, and art, says Heather Nielsen, the museums director of learning and community engagement.

    Designed by Didier Design Studiothe firm responsible for the steppe garden, sensory garden, and all-American selections garden at Denver Botanic Gardensthe courtyard will ultimately serve as both an aesthetic outdoor setting and an education space. For example, an Art and About tour for visitors with dementia or Alzheimers could be one likely program.

    Though the museums new digs are set to open June 6, the installation of the sensory courtyard will be ongoing into the fall. The plan is to incorporate community input and then host planting days, so that visitors can play a role in the creative process.

    Craig Hospital: Garden Repairs and ImprovementsCraig Hospital will receive a $3,750 grant to replace a flagstone pathway and update its existing garden spaces.

    When Craig Hospitals horticulture therapy program was just a seedling back in 1982, the program largely focused on rehabilitating and providing adaptive equipment to recovering farmers, gardeners, and ranchers. Since then, under the leadership of coordinator Susie Hall, who joined the team in 1994, the program has expanded to offer a mix of physical and mental therapy to patients who are recovering from spinal cord and brain injuries.

    By partnering with the hospitals physical and speech therapists, the horticulture team works toward goals through gardening. Take, for example, a recent patient recovering from a traumatic brain injury who is able to stand longer working in the greenhouse than in the treatment center. Or patients who can practice memory skills and problem-solving in a more bucolic setting than a hospital room. Hall says some patients have sent her thank you notes, claiming they dont know what they would have done without the horticulture program at Craig.

    Its a way to connect people with plants, Hall says. For some, that may mean diving back into their previous activities involving gardening or being in nature. For others, its an introduction to a new leisure activity. The form of therapy has taken off globally; Hall says shes seen representatives from Japan, Hong Kong, Norway, Australia, and elsewhere at horticulture therapy conferences.

    It doesnt end thereBeyond the grant recipients, the Colorado Garden and Home Show has, for the past quarter century, selected a community group to box up a majority of the flowers and take them to local nursing homes (this year itll be a local junior football team). It costs us about $1,500 to give our flowers away, says Jim Fricke, Colorado Garden Foundation executive director. But we think its money well spent. Because when they walk into the nursing homes, they say the look on residents faces is amazing.

    If you go: The Colorado Garden and Home Show takes place February 22 to March 1 at the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets are available online.

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    ‘Queen of the Hills’ coming to Spearfish | Local News – Black Hills Pioneer - February 12, 2020 by admin

    SPEARFISH Local artist Tony Chytka pitched his idea for a new statue depicting the Queen of the Hills at Mondays Spearfish City Council meeting.

    Spearfish was always known as The Queen City of the Hills, Chytka said. The ending piece would be a life-size fountain (that) depicts the Queen of the Hills.

    Chytka explained that he wanted the piece to capture some of the imagery from the Passion Play.

    She is in her toga wardrobe, kind of carrying back to the Passion Play and what the passion play represented to Spearfish, he said. Shed be dropping water from the palm of her hand in the life-size piece, it would go into a pool in her apron, then a water would fall with the fish coming up out of the water.

    Chytka said he would fund the project by selling limited edition, scale-sized models of the statue for $750 as well as a 28-inch functioning model for $5,500. Half the proceeds from the sales would be applied to the creation of the full-sized statue. He said he expected the final life-size bronze to be ready to install sometime in the summer of 2021.

    The council unanimously voted to approve the project and said the city would work with Chytka to find a suitable place for the fountain statue.

    For more information about the statue, visit http://www.trchytkabronze.com.

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    City of Covington 2019 year in review: Part two looks at events, infrastructure, neighborhood investment – User-generated content - February 2, 2020 by admin

    The City of Covington has provided a year in review assessment of 2019. The second installment of this two-part series looks at infrastructure, neighborhood investment, events and activities from the past year, and parks and recreation. Part one, which focused on economic development, budget and finance, can be viewed here.

    Mayor Meyer

    Inside and outside of City Hall, Covington witnessed increasing momentum and tangible progress on major goals, including job creation, neighborhood investment, economic vibrancy, increased trust in financial decisions, and Covingtons reputation as a place where talented people want to be.

    This was the year that we continued to write a new narrative for a city that is moving toward its best days, Mayor Joe Meyer said. Looking back on 2019, some of the accomplishments were most proud of were completely new decisions, and some built on what the City leaders before us did. Almost everything were working on involves partners outside City Hall, and for that were grateful.

    But, Meyer said, much work remains.

    Were not finished, he said. We know Covington is still not where it wants to be, and 2020 will see us for example further raise the quality of City services and the quality of life of our residents, seal the deal on economic development projects under way behind the scenes, and market the city more actively outside our borders.

    INFRASTRUCTURE:

    This photo taken by Prus Construction in late October shows the massive transformation that got under way in 2019 on the Covington riverfront, the long-awaited crown jewel phase of Riverfront Commons (provided photos).

    RIVERFRONT REMAKE: After years of planning and searching for funding at City Hall, Prus Construction in September began site work on the $6.54 million crown jewel phase of Riverfront Commons. The overall 2.7-mile project will transform the riverfront in Covington, with Phase II bringing a 1,350-seat amphitheater, two concrete paths totaling 2,800 feet, a cobblestone pier for paddlers and anglers, upgraded overlooks, and a redesigned cul-de-sac at the foot of Greenup Street.

    TEXAS TURNAROUND: Covington officials worked with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in 2019 to push forward a plan to reduce accidents on the Brent Spence Bridge by changing where traffic from Fourth Street merges onto northbound Interstates 71/75. The plan, nicknamed the Texas Turnaround, would give drivers more time and space to merge and dramatically reduce backups on the troubled bridge.

    INVITING STREETSCAPES: A $1.37 million infrastructure project designed to attract private economic investment by improving the look and feel of downtown got under way in fall 2019. The Sixth Street and Scott Boulevard Restoration Project, with work being done by Adleta Inc. construction, includes rebuilding sidewalks, moving utilities underground, and adding ADA ramps, decorative lamp posts, decorative brick pavement, streetscape trees, and new trash cans. Meanwhile, the City began the process of hiring firms to do design work related to similar streetscape projects on Seventh Street between Madison Avenue and Washington Street and on Madison Avenue between Eighth and 11th streets.

    SIDEWALK AMENITIES: Covingtons sidewalks grew more organized and useful in 2019. The City used a federal grant to buy 235 black metal trash receptacles to replace most of the existing (and crumbling) concrete on street corners downtown and in neighborhood business districts. The City also gave permission to advocacy group Ride the Cov to install bike racks in front of popular attractions. By years end, 132 racks (funded by the Devou Good Project) had been installed, with 156 additional racks awaiting approval.

    New sidewalks are part of the Sixth Street and Scott Boulevard Restoration Project that got under way in 2019.

    NEIGHBORHOOD INVESTMENT:

    Through its Neighborhood Services and Economic Development departments, Covington made a concerted effort to invest in its neighborhoods in 2019. Among the initiatives:

    LOCAL GRANTS: A dozen projects earned funding during the first two rounds of a brand-new $60,000 Neighborhood Grant Program in 2019, including things like a music and soul food festival in Eastside, sidewalk planters in Latonia, a 4th of July parade in Peaselburg, and a water fountain in George Rogers Clark Park.

    ANTI-EYESORES: City Hall in 2019 wrote formal guidelines for a new effort to return to productive use an array of vacant lots and abandoned houses it had accumulated in neighborhoods over the last few decades. By years end, houses were being built or designed on some of the almost dozen properties or so the City had sold or was selling, with more deals under way.

    RIPPLE EFFECT: A new public-private program called The RIPPLE Effect yielded its first winner: A neighborhood-submitted plan called the Lewisburg Thorofare Project emerged from a months long competitive process to earn $300,000 in infrastructure improvements and a focused application of City services to jump-start a neighborhood business area. By years end, the project was being implemented and proposals were being accepted for a second round.

    LEAD POISONING: The City won a $1.66 million federal grant that will be used to protect children from lead-based paint in older homes. The City expects to be able to fix about 58 homes or apartments over the next three years and is accepting applications, with remediation on the first residences to begin soon.

    SLOWER TRAFFIC: In response to concerns about the volume and speed of through traffic in areas tightly packed with houses and parked cars, the City hired consultants to study whether to return traffic flow on sections of Greenup Street and Scott Boulevard to two-way. At years end, a decision had not been made.

    NO BUTTS: Aiming to reduce sidewalk litter, the City joined with college students, Keep Covington Beautiful, local businesses, and neighborhood advocates to install 23 cigarette stands or urns in public areas, distribute pocket ashtrays, and start a publicity campaign against cast-off cigarette butts.

    MARKET GARDENS: Community groups and budding urban farmers who grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, and other plants in Covington will now be able to sell their harvest on site as well, as the Board of Commissioners voted to allow so-called community gardens to become market gardens, with restrictions.

    MISCELLANEOUS:

    After the City officially cut the ribbon on the redeveloped Peaselburg Park,, youths swarmed the park to play basketball and soccer and climb on playground equipment. The upgrades are part of an ongoing effort to improve the citys parks.

    FUTURE OF PARKS & REC: The Parks & Recreation Division spent much of 2019 defining fun. Why? Because it was working with a consultant to write a master plan to guide how best to identify and invest in the facilities, activities, and sports that Covington families most often use. The initiative included a range of public engagement events and efforts. Its ongoing.

    PARKS IMPROVEMENT: The ongoing effort to renovate neighborhood parks, a few at a time, continued in 2019 with the completion (and renaming) of the new Peaselburg Park on Howell Street, the redesign of Barb Cook Park in Latonia, and the beginning of gathering public input on changes to Goebel Park.

    RIVER TRAIL: In September, the City ceremonially cut a ribbon to close the books and signify the official completion of Phases II and III of the Licking River Greenway & Trails a recreational trail system used by walkers, dog owners, bikers and hikers on the easternmost edge of Covington. As of now, the trail actually parallel trails includes about 0.75 miles of paved trail atop the levee and about 1.5 miles of a gravel nature trail that cuts through a narrow stretch of woods along the rivers edge.Including road infrastructure, the LRGT stretches 2.5 miles from its endpoints: Eastern Avenue and Levassor Place north to Randolph Park in Eastside, with a couple of access points in-between.

    FACES AND NAMES: The seating of the newly elected City Commissioners last January (joining Mayor Joe Meyer were returnees Michelle Williams and Tim Downing, newcomer Shannon Smith, and out-of-retirement Denny Bowman) was just the beginning of personnel moves. Also in 2019: the hiring of Assistant City Manager Bruce Applegate, Zoning Administrator Dalton Belcher, and grant writer Meganne Robinson (a new position), and the promotion of Brian Valenti to assistant police chief (replacing the retiring Brian Steffen) and Greg Salmons to assistant fire chief (replacing the retiring Chris Kiely).

    The City hired a consulting firm to study the feasibility of replacing and upgrading Engine Co. 2.

    FIRE STATION: The City hired consulting firm Brandstetter Carroll Inc. to do the long-awaited fire facility study aimed at replacing and upgrading the outdated and undersized Engine Co. 2. Explained Fire Chief Mark Pierce: Company 2 as it exists today doesnt come close to meeting our needs, and whatever we recommend to the Commission will be based on hard data put together by the consultant, The various parts of the study are being staggered so the Board of Commissioners can analyze data on things like fire runs, response times, traffic patterns, the demands of future growth, space and site requirements.

    CIVIC CENTER: City Hall hasnt had a permanent home in over 50 years, and the current rented space a former JC Penney Department store on Pike Street is too small and poorly designed for government operations. So a citizen task force working with a consultant hired with donated funds spent 10 months in a thoughtful, theoretical, abstract conversation of what a City Hall means for this community. Its report, released in September, said this: If and when the City one day builds a new center, it should be at a visible, accessible, and central site include space for regular community events and programming instead of being a single-purpose fortress dedicated only to government offices be a true civic commons with a place for community debate and demonstrations celebrate the Citys architectural diversity and history.

    OPEN CONTAINERS: In May the City adopted a regulation that during certain festivals and special events would allow visitors to walk between establishments throughout parts of downtown with an open beer, cup of bourbon, or other alcohol. To trigger whats called an Entertainment Destination Center zone, event organizers have to apply for a Special Events Permit. The EDC zone is similar to Fourth Street Live in Louisville and Maysvilles The Landing at Limestone.

    The BLINK public art festival lit up downtown Covington and brought massive crowds to the city.

    MASSIVE CROWDS: Two huge festivals brought massive crowds and international attention to Covington over two weekends in October 2019. The first event, Kentuckys Edge, was an inaugural conference and festival focused on bourbon. Guests at the conference included nationally recognized distillers, experts, and authors. The second festival, BLINK, was a public art event straddling the river that used large-scale light projection to turn buildings into massive canvasses. With pedestrians walking throughout downtown to see the projection mappings and lit-up murals, not to mention attend music concerts, its four days by many accounts brought the biggest crowds in the history of the City.Organizers say from 1 million to 1.5 million people attended BLINK in Cincinnati and Covington.

    RETURN OF TOUCH A TRUCK: For the second year in a row, families flocked to the parking lot in front of the Latonia Shopping Center for Touch a Truck a free show-and-tell event that lets kids (and older people) climb on, in, and around public safety and service vehicles, as well as ask questions of the employees who operate the equipment on a daily basis. It featured fire trucks, backhoe, police cruisers and a riot-response vehicle, ambulances, river rescue boats, helicopters and the like.

    WELCOMING: The City of Covington and City Hall took several steps to show its commitment to inclusivity and diversity in 2019. Once again, City leaders were active participants in the NKY Pride parade that wound through Covingtons streets and in the Pridefest that followed. As a sponsor of the first-ever NKY Pride Community Awards Celebration, Covington got the mic, and a City leader used the opportunity to urge other cities in the region to follow Covingtons lead and adopt a anti-discrimination fairness ordinance. By years end, several Campbell County cities did. In November, the nations largest LGBTQ advocacy group gave Covington high marks for how its laws, policies, and services treat LGBTQ people who live and work here significantly raising the Citys score on groups Municipal Equality Index. The City also announced its strong support for a program that will make photo ID cards available to immigrants and others who need them. The decision directed all City agencies to recognize what are called MARCC ID cards as a valid form of identification for the purposes of using government services or interacting with law enforcement or other public safety agencies. The cards will soon be issued by The Esperanza Latino Center of Northern Kentucky.

    READ READY COVINGTON: The Citys early childhood literacy effort celebrated its one-year anniversary by announcing some impressive numbers: 3,709 children enrolled in literacy apps, 58,395 books read by those kids, 95,418 skill-based games completed, and 1,800 books passed out. Meanwhile, awareness of Read Ready Covington grew with posters in shopfront windows, several sets of alphabet signs spread out throughout Covington as part of a big scavenger hunt, and a mural.

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    Cost to Install a Fountain – Estimates and Prices at Fixr - September 19, 2019 by admin

    How much does it cost to install a fountain?

    Installing a water fountain on your property can greatly add to its beauty, as well as value. You can install a water fountain as a stand-alone feature, or as a decorative addition to a pool or pond.

    Several factors can influence the price you pay: size, materials,the type of fountain you choose, power needs,and labor. This guide looks at the average cost of installing afountain, which averages $1,080 for a medium concrete tier fountain with a pump.

    The size of fountain you choose can have a big effect on your total price. The average fountain cost by size is listed below. Measurements are based on the widest points of the fountain body:

    There are many fountain materials to choose from, and they each influence cost. Homeowners commonly choose materials that are durable enough to withstand outdoor exposure, and relatively inexpensive. These materials include resin & fiberglass1, as well as concrete. However, there are a wide range of other materials that have their own aesthetics.

    For instance, marble and copper may be more expensive than most other materials, but they each have a unique appearance that can add great visual appeal. Below, weve listed the most common types of materials used for fountains, along with their average prices:

    Shallow basin on a raised platform

    that allows wild birds to bathe.

    May not need pump3 depending

    on design.

    Simple spouts that open to basins,

    or shallow square basins.

    Typically hangs on the wall

    and has an ornate design.

    Multiple levels of basins that

    spill into one another.

    Disappearing

    / Pondless

    No pools, the basin is filled with rocks

    and water is immediately absorbed

    for re-flow

    Set on the ground against a wall,

    usually has a pool

    A framed sheet of glass upon which

    the water flows

    Store-bought fountains are usually far cheaper than their custom-made counterparts. But having your fountain custom built can allow you to make unique design choices, and create a fountain that is perfectly suited to your planned location. Custom pricing is highly variable, and depends on your choices of size, materials, style, and specific design elements. Count on paying at least $1,000+ for even small fountains that are custom-made.

    A fountain needs a 110V outlet to hook up to; if you dont have one nearby you may need to install a new line. This can cost several hundred dollars. You will need at least one pump3 to run your fountain. They cost $60-$400.

    Fountain & waterfall companies, pond builders, and some pool builders provide fountain installation services. Plumbing and electrical setup is typically included. This labor cost usually amounts to $40-$65 per hour. Fountain installation usually takes 1 full working day ($320-$520). Some landscaping companies that specialize in adding water features may be able to do the installation as well and they charge $45-$75 per hour ($360-$600).

    You may be able to DIY your fountain installation. If you DIY, you may still need to hire a plumber to set up the pump3 and piping ($45-$65 per hour), and an electrician to connect the power supply ($65-$85 per hour).

    If the land you want to put your fountain on is too high or uneven, you may need to have excavation or regrading work done. This can add costs. Excavation typically costs $225-$420 per cubic yard (100 sq. ft. of soil). The amount of excavation work you may need completely depends on the desired location of your fountain: its size, its terrain, and the surrounding land. Consider the largest basin diameter of your fountain when you determine the size of cleared space youll need for your fountain. Regrading costs anywhere from $0.047 to $2.28 per sq. ft.

    Roman-style fountains are classical in design, usually featuring ornamental carvings and deep basins that the water flows into from small spouts. They can be either freestanding or wall fountains. Average prices are $400-$700+.

    Solar fountains usually cost more than standard fountains, but they can save you a lot on energy costs. They also help you save money on electrical installation, which is very minimal compared to that needed for other fountains. Tier fountains and bird baths are the most common types to be pre-made solar ($250+). You can also outfit other fountains with solar panel & pump3 kits ($50-$250). A high-end solar fountain pump3 can provide power 24/7 ($100+).

    Fountain bubblers are relatively small fountains that bubble up small amounts of water, rather than having basins and moderate flows. Their focus is usually less on the water and more on the fountain designs.They typically cost $400-$600.

    Normally youd regularly refill your fountain garden hose, but you can also use an auto-fill device ($100). This will automatically keep your fountain full. This is useful if you have a hard time remembering to manually refill your fountain - having the water level get too low can damage the pump3. Youll need access to a nearby water line for an auto-fill installation. Expect installation to take at least 1 hour.

    Heavy fountains and fountain materials may require extra laborers to handle the delivery. You should expect to pay at least 1 hours wage to each extra laborer needed for the transport and delivery of your fountain ($40-$75 per hour).

    Wildlife are often attracted to the sound of flowing water. When your fountain is running, you may notice a greater number of insects and animals in your yard. The most common animals to see are birds and dragonflies.

    Routine maintenance will keep your fountain running well. Change the water every month, and clean the fountain every 2-3 months. Cleaning involves scrubbing off algae from the basins, gently scrubbing the pump3, and adding algae-preventing chemicals to the water ($15 per bottle).

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    Fountains – Outdoor Decor – The Home Depot - September 19, 2019 by admin

    The quiet trickle of a water fountain can add a sense of tranquility to your home. Whether used indoors or out, they offer visual interest as well as a soothing sound you can enjoy any time of day.

    Choose Your StyleFind the right fountain to suit your space. Formal tiered fountains have a classic look, while Asian-inspired designs offer a Zen feel thats perfect for modern homes. Pottery-style options have an earthy, Mediterranean vibe. The natural look of stone fountains is fairly neutral but fits especially well in rustic spaces.

    Upgrade an Outdoor OasisWeather-resistant outdoor options add tranquility to your porch, patio or garden. Some models come with a long power cord so its easy to plug in and enjoy. You could choose an energy-friendly solar water fountain to keep costs low. A submersible pump creates a flow that keeps your water fresh so insects dont breed. Who knows? This new retreat may also attract songbirds ready to bathe.

    Enhance Your Indoor DecorA wall-hung waterfall fountain brings movement to a bland room without sacrificing floor space. Optional LED lights could cast an ambient glow from a shady corner or become the focal point of an entire room. Do you have space or budget limits? A tabletop water fountain is a wallet-friendly way to inspire calm.

    For a special touch, let bright blossoms float in the water basin as a fun and fancy party prop. Watch this video to learn how to make your own terra cotta fountain from scratch.

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