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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 Supervisor, San Pabloclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D2 Connecting Members, Sharing, February 5, click here for more details.

Forum Highlight
Subletting Issues
Hi everyone, I'm looking to see if any of you have had experience in dealing with a user group who sublets either facility or field/park space to another organization and profits from the exchange. We allocate large chunks of time to our athletic organizations and have recently discovered that some were 'subletting' to outside organizations and charging an hourly rate, even though they were getting their field time for free.
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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.

Join your peers for our annual Continuing Education Learning Exchange!
Complete description can be found here. Registration deadline is Feb. 14. Click here to view the registration form to secure your annual CEUs.

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Active Transportation Legislative alert
The Active Transportation Program, created by S.B. 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes 2013) and A.B. 101 (Chapter 354, Statutes 2013), encourages increased use of active modes of transportation such as biking and walking. The state's recreational trails program was folded into this new Active Transportation Program. The Natural Resources Agency announces the Draft Guidelines are now published for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program. These guidelines describe the policy, standards, criteria and procedures for the development, adoption and management of the Active Transportation Program — including recreational trails. Park and recreation agencies need to review the draft guidelines and forward comments as directed. The public comment period ends on Feb. 10.
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17 jobs at risk in proposals for San Bernardino parks
San Bernardino County Sun
Parks are in such poor condition and staff so overworked that the city should ask for proposals from contractors to handle maintenance, even though it could cost all 17 jobs in the division, Parks Director Mickey Valdivia says. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department has developed four potential solutions to the staffing problem.
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What happens when a suburb can't afford its roads
The Atlantic
From the Chicago Tribune comes the strange story of Long Grove, a well-to-do suburb that nevertheless can't pay to maintain its roads. Housing permits helped subsidize the cost of road maintenance in the village for years. Then the crash hit, and the permit fees dipped to zero.
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The trend towards privatization
While the previous article is about streets and who will pay for them, below is another article on the City of Indianapolis' effort to privatize their park system. Is this a trend? Will we see more initiatives like this? Share your thoughts on privatization of government services to We'll share what we get!
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Indianapolis mounting push to privatize parks
Indianapolis Business Journal
IndyParks put out a request for proposals that could lead to privatization of some or all of the city's parks and recreation facilities. The department also is accepting ideas from third parties interested in opening new attractions within parks properties, or changing and improving existing parks facilities. Proposals could include a single attraction within a park or an operations plan for the entire parks department portfolio, IndyParks officials said.
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Newport Beach's $100,000 lifeguards threatened as pensions mount
San Francisco Chronicle
Newport Beach, where four ranking lifeguards earned more than the town's $109,677 median household income in 2012, may partially disband its municipal ocean rescue to deal with rising pension costs. The Orange County city of 87,000 is weighing bids from other governments and private companies for lifeguard services at Corona del Mar State Beach, which the municipality patrols, according to bid documents.
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Court will intervene in Pennsylvania YMCA dispute
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
A Westmoreland County, Penn., judge will be asked to sort out the legal wrangling over the proposed expansion of the Ligonier Valley YMCA. Attorney Daniel Hewitt filed a land use appeal on behalf of Ligonier Borough in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court. That volley was in response to the YMCA's claim it had won "deemed approval" of its conditional use application — a request to use its commercially zoned property for professional medical offices and to add a surface parking lot.
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PlayCore promotes urban play through renewed partnership
PlayCore, the largest brand of play and recreation equipment and programs in the U.S., has renewed their sponsorship with City Parks Alliance's Frontline Parks program. Each month, City Parks Alliance recognizes "Frontline Parks" to promote and highlight inspiring examples of urban park excellence, innovation, and stewardship across the country. The program also seeks to highlight examples of the challenges facing our cities' parks as a result of shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures, and urban neighborhood decay.
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Greendale's Scout Lake Park could be site of next beer garden
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin's Milwaukee County would authorize a beer garden this summer at Scout Lake Park in Greendale, under a proposal unveiled recently. The beer garden, if approved by the County Board, would be run by the operator of the Estabrook Park Beer Garden since 2012 — Hans Weissgerber III and his ABC Estabrook Inc.
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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.


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