Tuesday, June 25, 2013

17 Stunning Seconds Give Blackhawks The NHL's Stanley Cup

Ok I have to admit that I watched no hockey on TV this year preferring instead to participate in sports rather than being a couch potato. Even harder to admit because I have been a Detroit Red Wings fan since my childhood and remembering going to games at the old Olympia Stadium in Detroit with my father.
Last night I was talking to my son Alex after my yoga class and with him at the gym working out. He said, "Dad, you have to turn on the Stanley Cup as Chicago could take it all if they win." So I did turn on the TV to find out there are 2 minutes left with Boston up 2-1.

Low in behold the Blackhawks scored twice in the span of 17 seconds then proceeded to take the game and the Stanley Cup. All I can say is Wow, and glad I was talking to Alex and turned on the game. Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks!

See the story and highlight video on this NPR story titled, 17 Stunning Seconds Give Blackhawks The NHL's Stanley Cup.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Group rates Minneapolis as top U.S. city park system

Well Minneapolis is Number One in yet another category! This time in the Trust for Public Land's second annual ParkScore index where Minneapolis was rated has having the top city park system in the United States.

My last blog post was on how the Twin Cities were the fittest in the United States and perhaps the two are linked because people have several place to go and be active.
The article says that the Minneapolis system, which includes 197 parks covering 6,744 acres, is visited annually by 20 million people. ParkScore does their rating on three factors.
1. Park Access - Measures the percentage of residents living within about a half-mile of a park.

2. Park Size - Based on a city's median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks.

3. Services and Investment - a combination of the number of playgrounds per 10,000 city residents and per capita spending.

Minneapolis scored strongly in all three categories as this article titled, Group rates Minneapolis as top U.S. city park system, from USA Today details.