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1/18/2018

Officials in the Chinese city of Baotou have revised revenue figures in the city's annual work report, reducing fiscal revenue numbers by close to 50%. The city says unspecified "fake additions" caused the inflated numbers in the original report.

1/18/2018

Council members in Humble, Tex., have appointed interim city manager Jason Stuebe to stay on permanently. Humble Mayor Merle Aaron praised Stuebe for his resolve and effort since Hurricane Harvey.

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1/18/2018

Auburn, Ala., officials have acquired sufficient land to begin the first phase of the Saugahatchee Creek blueway and trails project. The first phase is close to 100 acres long and will include the development of two trailheads.

1/18/2018

The Mega-10 Park in Marshalltown, Iowa, was renovated last year, receiving train-themed playground equipment including a gravity rail zipline, a climbing area and a mobile game system. Funding was raised through grants, a class project and the sale of pickets for $100 each.

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1/18/2018

The Mishawaka, Ind., parks department will use the crowdsourcing platform Patronicity to raise money for a park-based outdoor fitness center. The goal is to raise $35,000 toward the $90,000 total cost.

1/18/2018

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has begun building a wastewater-treatment plant to be used to water Golden Gate Park and a pair of golf courses that use drinking water for irrigation.

1/18/2018

A playground geared toward children with disabilities is opening in Scottsdale, Ariz. The wheelchair-accessible playground features spinning equipment, swings that allow parents and children to face each other, multisensory panels and a quiet area.

1/18/2018

A bicycle park has been approved for Buffalo, N.Y., that will include trails and other amenities. This article shows pictures of the proposed design.

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1/18/2018

A panel has been assembled in Montana to help the state realize its five-year parks and recreation strategic plan created in 2015. Gov. Steve Bullock signed an executive order establishing the 12-member advisory panel to create ways to fund parks, establish public-private partnerships and improve park advocacy.

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1/17/2018

The city of Oshkosh, Wis., along with help from infrastructure firm AECOM, worked to transform an abandoned marina into a public space. To do so, they had to overcome environmental concerns on the property and numerous design challenges.

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