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Notable News
n The timely completion of Freshkills Park in Staten Island, New
York, is uncertain, as officials question whether adequate funding will
be available through Mayor Bill de
Blasio's office. The destination park
- comprised of almost 6 percent
of Staten Island's landscape and the
largest New York City park to be built
in more than a century - would reclaim 2,200 acres of land where the
city dumped some 150 million tons
of garbage. Staten Island officials
are hoping to capture de Blasio's attention, and purse strings, to ensure
the project continues uninterrupted,
with a goal for completion in 2036.
At least $950 million has already
been spent on site development and
years-long efforts to cap four large
mounds of trash under the fields,
trails and playgrounds that will make
up the park. However, much of the
project is still in the planning stages
and city officials aren't yet sure of the
total cost. Current plans call for four
parks within Freshkills - North,
South, East and West for each of
the landfill mounds - and a Confluence, intended to be the cultural
and waterfront recreation core of the
site. Planners intend to construct the
site from the outside in, so locals can
enjoy portions of the park as soon as
possible. Some areas of the park are
already in regular use and more than
10,000 people have also taken advantage of events and annual sneak
peeks. In an interview with SILive.
com, New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver said it's " very
difficult to say " if the whole project
will be built on time, " because, as you
know, funding is going to be key. "
According to reports from SILive.
com's Anna Sanders, the city budget20	 Parks & Recreation

ed $4.8 million to the park in 2014,
plus $3.6 million in noncity money,
and committed $31.3 million more
through 2017. Talks are ongoing as
to what amenities to include or leave
behind at Freshkills, and whether to
seek out additional funding from private-sector partners.
n As part of its continued revision
and updates to the collection of U.S.
Topo topographic maps, the United
States Geological Survey (USGS) is
outlining mountain biking trails in
addition to other land features. The
2014 edition of U.S. Topo maps covering Arizona were the first to feature
the trail data - several other states,
including some portions of Alaska
and the Pacific Territories, will follow
throughout 2015. The mountain bike
trail data is provided through a partnership with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and
the MTB Project, which allows local
IMBA chapters, IMBA members and
the public to provide trail data and
descriptions through their website.
MTB Project and IMBA then verify
the quality of the trail data provided, ensure accuracy and confirm that
the trail is legal. This online crowdsourced project also allows availability
of the mountain bike trail data though
mobile and web apps. U.S. Topo maps
can be downloaded at http://on.doi.
gov/1bms9Vb. To take part in IMBA's
crowdsourcing project and contribute
your own data, visit www.mtbproject.
com and enter trail descriptions, ratings and other information. 
For more news from around the
industry, visit www.parksandrecreation.org/2015/February/Notable-News.

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