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South Carolina's oldest city gets long awaited river park

Sep. 19, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in more than a century, the public has access to the Wateree River in South Carolina's oldest city. Camden opened the new $1.4 million Camden Riverfront Environmental Park on Wednesday. The park became possible after the closing of a wastewater lagoon along the...

Miami-Dade 'blueways' plan aims to increase water access

Sep. 12, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Water, water everywhere, but no way to put in. That’s often the case in Miami-Dade County, blessed and cursed with hundreds of miles of mostly publicly inaccessible waterways, from the Biscayne Bay shoreline to lakes natural and artificial and rivers and canals that stretch to the edge...

Bird watch, volunteer leaves $1 million for Florida parks

Sep. 6, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A bequest from a former bird watcher and volunteer at Sebastian Inlet State Park will make finding feathered friends at the park a lot easier. Bonnie Lizer, an Indialantic resident who died last year, left $1 million to the Florida State Parks Foundation. Part of the proceeds...

Warwick beach getting $600,000 worth of improvements

Aug. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Warwick beach is getting $600,000 worth of upgrades. The changes at Oakland Beach include construction of an accessible splash park, a playground upgrades and boardwalk improvements by the seawall, Mayor Joseph Solomon said. “These improvements will offer additional...

Lifeguard shortage prompts Dunes State Park to ban swimming

Aug. 22, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — A lifeguard shortage has prompted Indiana Dunes State Park to ban beachgoers from swimming and wading in Lake Michigan at the lakeside park until September. Park officials announced the ban Friday, but stressed that the beach will remain open for walking and other activities on the...

Oregon, Washington respond to areas of outdoor overcrowding

Aug. 22, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The north Oregon coast crowds have been overwhelming the state park sites this summer with highway traffic jams, illegal parking and overflowing trash bins amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Department of Transportation...

6 new COVID-19-related deaths; Cape towns restrict beaches

Aug. 10, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A look at coronavirus-related developments in Massachusetts: ___ VIRUS BY THE NUMBERS Massachusetts reported six newly confirmed and probable deaths linked to COVID-19 on Monday — bringing the total number of confirmed and probable deaths to 8,741 since the start of the pandemic. The...

New interactive tool helps Hoosiers find canoes, kayaks

Aug. 2, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — A steady breeze rippled the placid water of the Driftwood River, breaking the tranquility surrounding the canoe. The rustling leaves of the towering sycamore, cottonwood and silver maple trees along the river was the only other sound on the water. Though a fellow group of paddlers...