Regional Roundup – 07/08/19

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Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell talks about summer programs at pools in Philadelphia. (Jennifer Lynn/WHYY)

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell talks about summer programs at pools in Philadelphia. (Jennifer Lynn/WHYY)

On today’s Regional Roundup, summer is in full swing which means the parks and pools around Philadelphia are open for kids all over the city. But the Department of Parks and Recreation is facing a few challenges as they deal with the high volume of people utilizing these summer public spaces. Parks & Rec Commissioner KATHRYN OTT LOVELL joins to talk about how Philadelphia is coping with lifeguard shortages, outdated recreation centers, and sound devices meant to deter teenagers in public parks. Then, we discuss the staffing shortages and high turnover of child-abuse investigators in Delaware and how it’s affecting kids with TRENEE PARKER, director of Delaware’s Division of Family Services, and KAREN DeRASMO, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Delaware. We end the hour talking about our wetter climate and how cities, towns and residents in the region can prepare for the rising waters, flooding and stormwater surge. CHISTOPHER OBROPTA, professor of environmental science and an extension specialist at Rutgers University, join us.

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