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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.
Parks and Facilities Development Manager, Dublinclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D12 and D13 Awards and Installation banquets, March 26 D12, click here for information and registration.
D13, click here for flier.

Stephanie Stephens named the new CPRS Executive Director

After almost a one year selection process, the final action of the 2013-14 Board of Directors on behalf of the membership was the selection of Ms. Stephanie Stephens to succeed Jane H. Adams as the Executive Director of the California Park and Recreation Society. The appointment is effective April 24.

Stephens currently serves as the Executive Director of the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association and has served in that capacity for more than nine years and for a total of 11 years with CPRA. Prior to working at CPRA, she worked with park and recreation agencies in Broomfield and Windsor, Colorado.

Stephens is a Certified Association Executive and has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. The Board of Directors congratulates Stephanie Stephens and is eager for our 3000+ members to meet her in the upcoming year.

Michelle Lacy, President 2013-14
Mark Mariscal, President 2014-15

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High costs
Arthritis costs the nation $128 billion each year, including $81 billion in direct costs (medical) and $47 billion in indirect costs (lost earnings). Each week throughout the month of March, CPRS, in partnership with the California Arthritis Partnership Program, and the Arthritis Foundation, will share health and wellness information on arthritis and introduce resources to address this growing public health problem.
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President Mark Mariscal thanks outgoing President Michelle Lacy
On Friday, March 7 at the CPRS Annual Awards Recognition Banquet held in Ontario, incoming President Mark Mariscal thanked the 2013-14 President of Board of Directors, Michelle Lacy for her work this past year serving the members of our organization. Mariscal said, "Michelle led the Society and the Board of Directors with one main task at hand, to select a new Executive Director to lead CPRS after the retirement at the end of April of our long serving ED, Jane Adams". Michelle was presented a plaque for her recognition. At the banquet, Congresswoman Janice Hahn installed Kristi McClure, City of Chula Vista, as Vice-President; Tim Barry, Livermore Area Park and Recreation District, as President-Elect; and Mark Mariscal, City of Los Angeles, as President of the CPRS Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 year. Congratulations to all.
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How sweet it isn't
Park and recreation agencies are an integral part of providing health and wellness in a community. Vending machines full of sugar sweetened beverages at our facilities is not providing a consistent message of our role in our communities. Download the Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tool Kit for Park and Recreation Agencies to learn more about what your agency can do cut down the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages in your community. Click here to download.
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Desert Hot Springs considers creating parks department
The Desert Sun
Despite a regional agency's recommendation that the Desert Recreation District provide services for cash-strapped Desert Hot Springs, city leaders next month will start discussing the feasibility of creating their own community services or parks department. The idea will be part of the budget debate that starts in April, when council members start to finalize the 2014-15 fiscal year plan.
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Give a little love to your park
Macy's stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space to support, with more than 550 local parks benefiting from the program. From March 7-31, Macy's customers can donate $1 or more at their local store, and 100 percent of donations will benefit that store's selected local park. Macy's in turn will match the total donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000.
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Indiana council approves budgetary swap
The Journal Gazette
What Fort Wayne, Ind., Controller Pat Roller thought would be a simple budgetary move turned into a dispute over city priorities and promises to constituents. Despite that debate — one that lasted three weeks — Roller won preliminary approval when City Council members voted 6-2 to approve moving $400,000 out of the parks budget to help pay for more firefighters.
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Teens question shuffling of recreation department personnel
Chattanooga Times Free Press via Athletic Business
For 11 years Jamani Greer has practiced softball at Chattanooga, Tenn.'s Washington Hills Recreation Center. And since Greer was 6 years old, the center's director, Dennis Leftwhich, has helped coached her. She's played in national tournaments with a local traveling softball club, even won a big scholarship to a Louisiana college next year. And the 17-year-old Chattanoogan credits Leftwich with driving her to that success. "It's been because of him giving me the opportunity and the life lessons I've had growing up that I am who I am," she said.
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Department of Parks and Recreation receives prestigious award for Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center
County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation
Honored for the Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center, the Department of Parks and Recreation has been named the recipient of a 2013 Award of Excellence by the California Park and Recreation Society. The award, to be presented at the organization's annual conference in March, is in the category of Facility Design–Cultural Facilities.
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Summer camp: The social supplement for modern society
American Camp Association
What an amazing world we live in, with more information and connections at our fingertips than we could ever imagine. This brave new world has come with a price, though, as we've gradually replaced human interaction with technological interaction. We have many young people who are not fully equipped for college, the workforce, or adult life. While the U.S. has the highest percentage of graduating seniors choosing to attend colleges or universities, we also have the highest percentage of first-year collegians that drop out. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a nonprofit comprised of the top corporations and forward-thinking educators, has done research showing a big gap in our education system between the "3 Rs" and what employers are truly looking for with their new hires.
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Park employees arrested for falsifying timecards
Naples Daily News via Athletic Business
It all began with a phone call from an Immokalee, Fla., mother whose daughter's W-2s were incorrect: She'd been at college and couldn't have worked those hours at the Immokalee Sports Complex. It led to a review of county employees' time cards, the discovery of six employees' forged signatures and embezzlement by two county employees — prompting them to confess they'd cashed the checks and ending in their terminations last April.
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Child safety policy
Aquatics International
Whether you're managing a waterpark, natatorium or any aquatics facility, as an operator, the one unremitting definitive purpose is that every swimmer who walks in, walks out. With drowning as a leading cause of accidental death for children instigates the implementation of preventive policies and eventually laws. Unfortunately, having an elite lifeguard staff isn't always enough. Consequently, our team created a child safety policy.
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Mayors share gun law concerns
Charleston Daily Mail
A proposed West Virgina state law that allows concealed carry firearms in municipal recreation centers won't affect just Charleston. Facilities in South Charleston and Dunbar will also be affected by Senate Bill 317, which was passed by the Legislature and is awaiting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's signature or veto.
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How to make cities happier places
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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Ten principles for building healthy places
This report distills lessons learned from the three Advisory Services panels ULI conducted in the spring of 2013, and from a workshop attended by experts from a variety of fields. To read the full report, click here.

Transparent California launches searchable online database of salaries for every city, county, and state official
The California Public Policy Center and the Nevada Policy Research institute have launched, a site that gives free access to an easily searchable database of public employee compensation. To learn more, click here.


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    Encino-Sherman Oaks girls softball sues for equal turf (Los Angeles Daily News)
New natural resource manager named to help restore county parks (The Examiner)
Sugary drinks: Poll finds many favor labels, tax (The Press-Enterprise)
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Certified Playground Safety Inspectors — Training, Certification and Resources
Playground Safety Certification provides the authority to examine playgrounds for compliance with California regulations R-39-97. To become certified we recommend you take the certification course, then sit for the 100 question exam. Once certified with the National Recreation and Park Association you will remain certified for three years. CPRS is the exclusive provider for playground safety certification courses throughout California.
April 28-30 — San Diego
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June 18-20 — Livermore
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Certified Pool Operator Course — April 9-10
The City of Roseville is offering a National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator course on Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-10 at the Mike Shellito Indoor Pool from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration information (click here) is open to anyone that is or will be managing or operating public swimming pool or spa facilities including municipalities, health clubs and community centers. No prerequisite education or experience is required.


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