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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 30 job announcements; Here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Recreation Services Coordinator, Orangeclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS Admin Section 2014 Executive Summit — Think Again: Learning "How to Think" not "What to Think", January 30, click here for more details.

Forum Highlight
Summer Entertainers
We are looking for new ideas for entertainment ideas for this Summer in the East Bay. Our day camp hosts the entertainment and it's open to the public, charging $2 a child. In the past we've used:
Mad Science
Python Ron
Phylip & Henry Magic Show
Wildlife Associates
Jeremy the Juggler
Click here to answer.

Deadline this Friday to vote for your CPRS Elected Officials
If you are a CPRS voting member, you will have received your CPRS Electronic Ballot. Please be sure to vote for your CPRS State Board of Directors and your District/Sections boards. Click here to access the CPRS electronic voting system.
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Staff training for around $20/month?
Interested in a monthly Webinar series developed especially for the parks and recreation profession? Last year's CPRS DePR series sold out. Here's the scoop:
  • Monthly webinars (same day and time each month) are presented LIVE by the park and recreation profession's best trainers.
  • This year's topics include: Starting with Your Why, Risk Management, Personal Brand Building, Event Collaboration, Elevating Employee Morale, Best Practices to Next Practices, Purpose Driven Programming, Parks & Recreation—Both Departments Leading Together, Sponsorship ROI, Managing Millennials, Political Savvy and ending with a Show & Tell Session!
  • You can participate alone or in a group (lots of agencies use the webinars to bring high-quality education directly to staff — especially staff who don't usually get to conferences.)
  • You pay the same price no matter how many people are gathered around your monitor or screen.
  • CEUs are offered for each webinar at no extra charge.
  • Can't make every webinar? No worries. Each webinar is recorded, and as a subscriber, you and your staff can access and watch the recorded version whenever it works for you.
  • The cost for the webinar averages to about $20/month — no kidding! (It's a little more for those who are not CPRS members). At these prices, you can't afford NOT to sign up.
Here is the registration form. Click here to download the 2014 catalog of webinars.

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CPRS Conference

Preregistration deadline is Jan. 31. Get your conference registration form in now. Register online here. Learn more about the conference here.

Conference housing is filling fast
The conference hotels are 80 percent filled. Book your room now! Click here for online hotel reservations.

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Liability – Accident – Vendor – Special Event – Contractor
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Contact us to customize an insurance package for your agency

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Tacks on causeway likely not an accident, officials say
The Tampa Tribune
The scattering of hundreds of thumb tacks along the Upper Tampa Bay Trail likely was not an accident, officials said. Police began receiving calls from cyclists and pedestrians, and though five cyclists were listed as victims on police reports, dozens more — perhaps as many as 50 bikers — may have limped home on damaged bicycles.
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Green spaces deliver lasting mental health benefits
Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology. Analyzing data that followed people over a five year period, the research has found that moving to a greener area not only improves people's mental health, but that the effect continues long after they have moved. The findings add to evidence that suggests increasing green spaces in cities — such as parks and gardens — could deliver substantial benefits to public health.
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How to make cities happier places
The Atlantic
Researchers have been studying the relationship between mental health and urban green space for years, but they haven’t always been able to make a causal connection between the two. Now, a new study from researchers at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School shows that moving from a less green urban environment to a more green one can lead to lasting positive changes in mental well-being.
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Meet LA's fittest grandmas
The Trust for Public Land
It's a new year, and if you've resolved to get fit in 2014, this group of motivated grandmas (and one grandpa) will encourage you to jumpstart your workout. This group of superstar seniors has been meeting up at the Morgan Park Fitness Zone in Baldwin Park to exercise together four times a week. Thanks to this dedicated regimen, the group's members — some in their eighties — have successfully completed two 5K races. In the process, they're also building friendships — and having a blast.
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  Got Surfacing? Safe*Resilient* Accessible

Playgrounds are designed to meet age appropriate challenges. Playground safety is paramount and ReadyPlay can be part of your safety program. Installation services available.

The decline of the family-friendly city
The Atlantic Cities
Aaron Renn, in an article published on his popular blog The Urbanophile, is troubled by the trend. He believes that many inner cities essentially lost the family market some time ago and now appeal mostly to a growing, but nonetheless limited, demographic of "singles, gays, and empty-nesters." He does address the need for more green space, parks, and playgrounds to attract families back into the cities as does this blog
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5 ways to think about greener, healthier cities
The "people habitat" — the realm of places that humans build and inhabit — as having an ecology of its own, roughly analogous to that of natural wildlife habitat. Nature works best when it is in balance and, like the natural environment when operating at its best, the built environment created by us humans should achieve harmony among its various parts and with the larger world upon which it depends.
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The 2014 Playful City USA application is now available
There are opportunities to build playgrounds in the Northern California area. For more information about becoming a Community Partner and the cities and towns we are building playgrounds please click here. To apply as a Community Partner, click here.
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The World's Largest Swimming Lesson
Join Team WLSL by becoming a Supporting Organization for the World's Largest Swimming Lesson event, scheduled for June 20. The World Waterpark Association started this event in 2010 with the support of dozens of the country's leading water safety organizations, industry media and US Olympic athletes as a means to spread the word about the importance of swimming lessons. Over the last four years, it has become a main rallying event in the drowning prevention movement. Click here to learn more about the event.
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National Endowment for the Arts grants
The purpose of the Art Works program is to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Art Works refers to three things: the works of art themselves; the ways art works on audiences; and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. This program supports works or projects that meet these criteria. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Grant information and application guidelines are available online. Grant applications are due Feb. 20.

The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth and seniors) does not qualify a group as being underserved and at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Matching grants are for $10,000. Grant information and application guidelines are available online. Grant applications are due May 8.


Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages in your programming — We want photos! Send to Jane H. Adams,

Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    EPA not entirely confident playground turf is safe for children (The Huffington Post)
Merced City Council to consider park grant (Merced Sun-Star)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


FREE WEBINAR — Learn more about earning the CYSA Credential at the CPRS Conference
Join us for a webinar on Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. | Register now!
CPRS and NAYS believe that every community should have at least one certified and trained professional who understands the core/foundations of positive youth sports so that regardless of locale youth sports are guided by a similar, positive philosophy.

  • March 4-6, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Ontario), click here to register.
  • March 4-7, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here to register.


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