Waynesboro Parks and Recreation, YMCA, Office on Youth host “Bike It”

a group of people riding on the back of a bicycle: It doesn't matter if you know how to ride a bike or not, all children are welcome.

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It doesn’t matter if you know how to ride a bike or not, all children are welcome.

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) — The Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Department partnered with Waynesboro YMCA and the Office on Youth to host “Bike it,” a program teaching children how to ride their bikes safely.

The program teaches a number of ways to safely ride their bikes with confidence. From adjusting helmets and bike safety checks to signaling and braking, children are taught the ins and outs of their bikes.

Every class involves social distancing, is outside and everyone is required to wear a mask.

The bikes were purchased through the national Safe Routes to School grant. The grant provides safe ways for students to get to and from school.

Susan Lendermon is the Safe Routes to School coordinator for Waynesboro. She said the program is for everyone, whether they know how to ride a bike or not.

“It’s just a great opportunity to get kids outside and connect them with the natural world. They are inside on their screens all the time, so getting them out and enjoying biking and watching a child who’s never biked before is just so rewarding,” Lendermon said.

Bike It is held on Tuesdays at the Waynesboro YMCA. Lendermon said if the weather permits, they will continue the program into November.

More information on Bike It can be found here.

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After School Program to being at rec centers in Greensboro

Lindley Recreation Center will open Tuesday, October 20th. A few others will open on November 9th.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department is planning to hold and After School program for kids ages 5-12 next week.

Kristen Herndon, Facilities and aquatics coordinator, said safety is top of mind.

“We are definitely taking the safety of all of our participants to the extreme,” Herndon said.

Beginning Tuesday, October 20th, the program at the Lindley Recreation Center is set to begin. The program will run Monday-Fridays from 2-6 p.m.
Only 8-15 students will be accepted at a site each week. It costs $30 per student.

“We miss the community just as much as the community misses there being something for kids to do. And I know that kids need a space for their kids to go where they can trust that they are not only having fun and doing their homework but they are safe,” Herndon said.

Brown, Leonard, Lewis, and Griffin recreation centers will also serve as sites beginning November 9th. Herndon said students will be screened before entering the building. Everyone will be required to wear a mask, and social distancing is a must.

“There will be handwashing and sanitizing times for the participants and staff as well,” Herndon said.

Herndon said transportation won’t be provided by parks and rec so it’s up to parents to arrange that. She suggests reaching out to your child’s school.
Parents are also asked to send the following with their kids.

“We are asking them to send you know maybe they’re own jacket and then any supplies for homework, also a pre-packaged snack and also a water bottle with their name on it,” Herndon said.

The After School Program will only start when Guilford County Schools return to in-person instruction. So if GCS pushes their October 20th start date back, the start of the After School program would be pushed back as well.

For more information and to register head to the city of Greensboro’s website.

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Celebrate Treat Yo’Self Day By Binging Parks and Recreation on E! & Peacock

It’s time to channel your inner Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle.

Why? Today, Oct. 13, is Treat Yo’Self Day!

While the Parks and Recreation duo would typically splurge on mimosas and fine leather goods, it turns out you don’t have to spend a single penny to celebrate the iconic holiday. Just turn on E! for a Parks and Rec marathon, or launch Peacock, where fans can now stream the series for free in its entirety for the first time!

On Peacock, you’ll also find a special Parks and Rec video with none other than Garry/Jerry/Larry/Terry/Barry Gergich, a.k.a. Jim O’Heir, honoring the real-life Leslie Knopes and Ron Swansons—five actual parks and recreation workers—who make outstanding contributions to their local communities.

As if this year’s Treat Yo’Self Day weren’t already exciting enough, you can also enter to win a package of Parks and Rec-themed indulgences on Twitter!

Parks and Recreation Then and Now

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>It&#39;s the best day of the year!<br><br>Tell us how you treat yo’ self using <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TreatYoSelfSweepstakes?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#TreatYoSelfSweepstakes</a> &amp; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/PeacockTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#PeacockTV</a> for a chance to win a care package with <a href=”https://twitter.com/Dove?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@Dove</a> body polish, vouchers from <a href=”https://twitter.com/MagnumIceCream?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@MagnumIceCream</a> &amp; <a href=”https://twitter.com/TalentiGelato?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@TalentiGelato</a>! <a href=”https://t.co/FYlbo9dY06″>https://t.co/FYlbo9dY06</a><br><br>Must be following us &amp; <a href=”https://twitter.com/peacockTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@PeacockTV</a> to win! <a href=”https://t.co/vZpLKWm44A”>pic.twitter.com/vZpLKWm44A</a></p>&mdash; Parks and Recreation (@parksandrec) <a href=”https://twitter.com/parksandrec/status/1316000741367017473?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 13, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

Don’t miss out on celebrating one of the best days of the year! Tune in to E! or stream Parks and Recreation on Peacock.

(E!, NBC and Peacock are all part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department holding senior walking program

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department is inviting Lafayette Parish residents ages 50 and older to its “Movin’ on to Mobile” senior walking program.

The program is similar to the “Walking to New Orleans” program held over the summer.

According to a release, the goal is to walk 145 miles, which is the distance from Café du Monde in New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama.

Walkers can join the group anytime between Wednesday, Oct. 14 and Jan. 6, 2021, when the program ends.

Walkers can walk together, socially distanced, at Girard Park, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. or can walk on their own, anywhere, anytime.

The release stays that anyone joining the program should download the free Nike Run Club app to enter the challenge. The app tracks miles walked and the progress of fellow walkers.

For more information or questions, contact Denise Ferguson at 337-291-8127.

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Nevada’s outdoor recreation under threat by oil leasing

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This opinion column was submitted by Russell Kuhlman, the executive director of the Nevada Wildlife Federation.

Public lands have always played a central role in my life. I grew up hunting turkey, deer, elk, antelope and waterfowl all across America’s public lands. My passion for hunting is not only because I get to fill my freezer with organic meat but the time I get to spend with my friends and family quietly taking in the wonders of the wildlife landscapes around us. Hunting provides me with a chance to reset and focus on what matters most. As I return from my latest hunting trip in New Mexico, I have been reflecting on both the beauty of the wildlife that surrounded me, as well as the myriad of outdoor enthusiasts who join me in appreciating all that our public lands have to offer. 

a snow covered mountain: A section of the Great Basin Trail is seen in the Ruby Mountains during the spring of 2020.

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A section of the Great Basin Trail is seen in the Ruby Mountains during the spring of 2020.

In a typical year, Nevada’s public lands will draw in over $12.6 billion from outdoor recreation activities such as climbing, biking, hiking, hunting and fishing, and these lands support more than 87,000 direct jobs for Nevadans. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, public lands are providing a much-needed escape and place of serenity — drawing in more visitors and helping our economy to stay afloat.

Unfortunately, the future of our public lands is being put in jeopardy by our nation’s outdated oil and gas leasing system. Right now, the Bureau of Land Management and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt are exploiting our broken system to allow oil and gas companies to lease our public lands — including many parcels that have little to no potential for development — for pennies on the dollar. Allowing oil and gas CEOs to hoard land with low or no actual potential for development wastes taxpayer resources, ties up our land from being used for other revenue generating activities and harms critical wildlife habitat in the process. 

More: Protect Ruby Mountains from development | Erquiaga

Furthermore, through a process known as noncompetitive leasing, millions of acres of public land across the West are being leased for just $2 per acre. This may be nothing to oil and gas companies, but it is a great loss for outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Under the current administration, 2.3 million acres of public lands in Nevada — an area slightly larger than Yellowstone National Park — have been made available for noncompetitive leasing. And in the last decade alone, 70 percent of all acres leased in Nevada were offered noncompetitively, for as low as just $1.50 per acre. To make matters even worse, many of these lease sales were in critical mule deer migration corridors and sage grouse habitat. 

BLM has a mandate to “to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of public lands for the

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‘There’s Leslie Knopes All Over the Place’

When the hit show Parks and Recreation came to an end in 2015, fans mourned the loss of an uplifting comedy about essential workers. To celebrate Treat Yo’Self Day and the arrival of the series on Peacock, series star Jim O’Heir shared what it was like to talk to actual government employees about their jobs.

‘Parks and Recreation’ aired for 7 seasons on NBC

(l-r) Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Retta, Aubrey Plaza, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Jim O'Heir, Aziz Ansari in 'Parks and Recreation' Season 3
(l-r) Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Retta, Aubrey Plaza, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Jim O’Heir, Aziz Ansari in ‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 3 | Mitchell Haaseth/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

RELATED: 5 Highlights From ‘A Parks and Recreation Special’

The series began airing in 2009. It starred Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, an upbeat employee at the Pawnee parks and recreation department. Leslie works alongside many others, including Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), Donna Smeagle (Retta), and Jerry (or Garry, Larry, or Terry) Gergich (O’Heir).

Along with their government work, Parks and Recreation delved into the personal lives of those working there. One example of this was Treat Yo’Self Day, in which Donna and Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) would spend one day doing whatever they wanted, including buying gifts for themselves.

Jim O’Heir honored real Parks employees

Jim O'Heir discusses "Lullaby League" with the Build Series at Build Studio on April 18, 2018 in New York City.
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In honor of Treat Yo’Self Day 2020, O’Heir honored five real-life Parks workers. “I think like most people, I just take a lot of things for granted,” he told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “If I go to the park with my dogs, I just assume it’s always like this, and things are always neat and ready to go. I don’t think about how that happens, but boy, did I learn a lot.”

O’Heir continued, addressing the way their jobs changed in 2020. “There are people doing these jobs to keep it clean and safe, and especially during this whole COVID nightmare. Their jobs have totally been flipped on their heads, which they’ve had to adjust.” He added, “With all of these precautions, they just worked so hard.”

O’Heir on the 1 thing every person said

What many love most about Parks and Recreation are the relationships at the center of it. Working together to complete a goal — be it building a park, hosting a festival, or just fixing a swing — requires a collaborative effort, with everyone playing a part. O’Heir says that attitude is reflected in the people he spoke with.

“I would be like, ‘Listen, congratulations, you are one of thousands of people that were considered for this award, and you got it,’” he said. “Every time, every person I spoke to said, well, it’s not just me, it’s my team. It’s my fellow employees; it’s the department. They are so selfless, just so d*mn selfless. It is about getting it done and using the team to do that.”

Why he compared them to Leslie Knope

(l-r) Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope and Jim O'Heir as Jerry Gergich in 'Parks and Recreation'
(l-r) Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope and Jim O’Heir as Jerry Gergich in ‘Parks and Recreation’ | Tyler Golden/NBCU Photo
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Liberty Campus Recreation Kicks off its Trail Series With Races at Hydaway

The Liberty Mountain Trail Series hosted its first race of the season, drawing many runners from the Liberty community and the local area.

The Deep Hollow Half Marathon and 5k took place on Oct. 10. The race was the first race hosted by LMTS since the COVID-19 shutdowns ended the spring season abruptly.

Understanding the current circumstances that come with COVID-19, this year’s race was different than normal. The half marathon was broken into three heats, and the 5k race was broken up into four heats.

Chip times were used to figure out who the overall winners were. Awards were not distributed in a ceremony at the end of the race; winners collected their awards at another time.

Another change to the race was the registration packet pick-up. Instead of picking up a bib on race day, runners collected them at Green Hall the day before. This was done to allow for more social distancing at the race given the large amount of people present.

Runners were encouraged to show up around 15 minutes before their heat and leave in a timely manner.

As for the race itself, runners were put into a corral five minutes before their heats were set to begin. A horn sounded to signify the beginning of the race and runners quickly launched attacks to set the pace. 

The Deep Hollow Half Marathon featured various ascents up mountains, forest roads and trails. The 5k brought runners from Lake Hydaway to Snowflex  and back.

Fueling stations in each race ensured athletes could properly hydrate and replenish.

The staff took a log of each racer’s bib to make sure racers reached checkpoints and were still on the course.

At the conclusion of the race, finishers received a Deep Hollow neck gaiter. Runners were also able to eat food provided for them, including pizza, bananas and cookies.

The return of the race season gave students something to look forward to for themselves and their friends. Liberty senior Christian Weaner expressed his delight for the return of the LMTS.

“I really enjoyed the race,” Weaner said. “I’ve done a few of the races over the past couple of years. I think it’s been fun to have something to train for and it’s something that my fiancé and I do together.”

LMTS put on five different races throughout the year to give runners a chance to race competitively. Races vary from the Deep Hollow Half Marathon to a 1-mile sprint up Snowflex, called King of the Mountain.

The next race in the series is the Valley View Mike Donahue 5 Miler. The race will take place on November 14.

Students and interested runners can sign up for the races at https://www.liberty.edu/campusrec/outdoor/races/.

Luke Randle is the Asst. Feature Editor. Follow him on Twitter at @lukeandrewr.