The past few years have seen an increase in outdoor activities as a way to safely socialize amidst COVID-19. Though we don’t recommend braving the recent frigid temperatures engulfing the area, the Gottesman Libraries Services Team would like to share some stories of outdoor recreation. As always, the articles are inspired by the Front Pages on Newseum.org.
Pisgah National Forest by Jeff Gun, Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The McDowell News Published in Marion, North Carolina, USA
In North Carolina construction is beginning on the Old Fort Trails Project which will bring 42 miles of new hiking trails to the Pisgah National Forest. The community is throwing a celebration including a groundbreaking ceremony and reception this weekend to mark the start of the project.
Napa Valley Register Published in Napa, CA, USA
Napa is seeking a grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation to construct an entrance to the Suscol Headwaters Park, which can now only be entered through an adjacent park requiring an 8-miles roundtrip additional hike. The park on a clear day boasts views of the Bay Area and beyond, from Mount St. Helena to the Sierra Nevadas.
China Daily Published in Beijing, China
Ahead of the Winter Olympic Games coming to Beijing this February, the city opened an ice rink that can hold up to 4,000 visitors. Over 10 municipal parks offering winter recreational activities have recently opened to the public in the area.
The Aspen Times Published in Aspen, CO, USA
The Aspen community celebrated the 75th anniversary of the first chairlift on Aspen mountain yesterday, christened in 1947. New skiable terrain and chairlifts on the mountain are planned for the next few years.
Aspen chairlifts by Ron Hoffman, Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
And a bit off topic but we at the library couldn’t a resist a story about students protecting their right to read:
Casper Star Tribune Published in Casper, WY, USA
After a group of parents wanted the school board to remove several books from school libraries related to topics such as race, sex work, gender, and sexuality, students in the Natrona County School District took to the mic, citing the importance of having access to books on these topics and sharing the library is a safe and inviting space for them.
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