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  • April 9, CPRS District 15 Professional Development Symposium and Workshop, click here for workshop flier and click here for symposium flier
  • April 11, CPRS District 14 Awards & Installation Luncheon, click here for invitation
  • April 18, CPRS District 10 Awards & Installation Banquet, click here for invitation
  • April 24, CPRS Aging Section Senior Symposium, click here for brochure
  • April 25, CPRS District 9 Awards and Installation
  • April 27, CPRS Therapeutic Section Central CA Therapeutic Recreation Symposium
  • May 2, CPRS District 11 Awards and Installation
  • May 3, CPRS District 4 Golf Tournament, click here for flier
  • May 11, CPRS District 10 Recreation Leader Training Consortium, click here for flier
  • June 1, CPRS District 1 TOTAL Guard Management, click here for flier
  • Oct. 23-25, CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, click here to download brochure


    Half Moon Bay puts parks up for adoption
    Half Moon Bay Review
    Half Moon Bay recreation lovers are hoping local businesses, organizations and clubs will step forward to contribute pocket money or elbow grease to local parks. As part of a new "adopt-a-park" program starting this year, independent groups looking to help can take stewardship of public trails, beaches and parklands. The idea took off after the Coastside Mothers' Club spearheaded an effort to rebuild a condemned playground at Ocean View Park.
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    How to 'Handel' loiterers? Give 'em a blast of the classics
    The Columbus Dispatch
    On a recent Tuesday evening, two men were arguing on the sidewalk outside the Downtown YMCA. As the exchange grew more heated, Sue Darby turned up the volume on a set of speakers affixed to the building exterior. The defuser: Antonio Vivaldi. The delicate orchestral strains of the Four Seasons concertos prompted the opponents to walk away.
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    Group calls for overhaul of California state parks
    Athletic Business
    The Little Hoover Commission, hired last year to examine operations of the California State Parks system, released a report calling for a major overhaul of parks' management and operations. Among the chief recommendations was outsourcing of some of the state's 280 parks that the department did not have the means of supporting.
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    Santa Fe, N.M., officials concerned sports field fees too low
    Albuquerque Journal via Athletic Business
    Youth sports leagues and schools would pay just $25 per season to use most Santa Fe, N.M., playing fields under the newest iteration of a proposed city ordinance. Teams also would be required to supply volunteers for an annual cleanup day organized by the city. In addition, the ordinance, which was reviewed by the city's Public Works Committee, would create a fund for voluntary contributions to the city's sports fields.
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    Little League to boycott CRPD meeting on fees
    Rosemont Patch
    The Cordova Recreation and Park District is planning a meeting to hear the concerns of Rosemont Little League officials upset by a field rental fee increase, but the little league says it's not coming. "We're not going to break any new ground," League Treasurer Dennis Gallagher said. "We already know what their position is."
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      California Land Management
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    GP RED Launches MindMixer National Engagement Tool
    GP RED is pleased to announce the launch of our MindMixer Virtual Think Tank website, an online national engagement tool designed to activate conversations and ideas that matter. MindMixer provides an opportunity for a national audience to help foster a culture of innovation and action, based on GP RED’s mission of creating innovative, practical management tools and strategies to promote the integration of health, recreation, and land management industries through research, education, and development. Click here for more information.

    The American Grants and Loans Catalog is now available.
    Our new and revised 2013 edition contains more than 2,800 financial programs, subsidies, scholarships, grants and loans offered by the U.S. federal government. In addition you will also have access to over 2,400 programs funded by private corporations and foundations. That is over 5,200 programs available through various sources of financial providing organizations. CD version is $69.95 and the printed version is $149.95, to order please call: 800-610-4543.

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    The City of Palmdale created three very attractive and informative ads using messaging from the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign. They are about about the health benefits of Parks & Recreation, the economic benefits of Parks & Recreation, and the benefits of Parks & Recreation to at-risk youth. Thank you for sharing.

    Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages to Jane H. Adams,

      Simply The Best
    Antiwave Pool Products offers both competitive and recreational lane lines, with our Supertensioner included on each lane. Seventeen standard colors are available along with custom color capabilities and can build any length of lane. Also offer Storeels, Water Polo Goals and playing fields along with Starting Platforms. MORE

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

        Camera surveillance being considered for city parks (KOMO-TV)
    As teen center struggles to attract older children, fees are coming (Contra Costa Times via San Jose Mercury News)
    Anatomy of a new aquatic facility (Parks & Recreation)
    Swimming pool lift maintenance (Recreation Management)
    Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commission wins statewide award (Santa Monica Mirror)

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    Soccer Camps & Seasonal Training Programs
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    The CPRS Forums are the place for members to exchange ideas and to ask questions. The forums area currently has 200-plus threads. The value of forums increases when you share your knowledge and resources. Increase the value of your membership by answering or posting a question in the forums. Visit CPRS Forums. You can also pose your own question.

    Feedback regarding recreation registration software
    Craig Bronzan, city of Brentwood asks "Could you please let me know what recreation registration software you are currently using, the benefits vs. limitations of that software and specific items that influenced you to maintain the contract with that software? Thank you so much."
    Please answer his question here.

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    Dog park noise complaints — proximity to homes
    Michael Perez, City of Pacifica asks "We have some issues with our dog park – lots of complaints by neighbors who are in close proximity to the park. If you have a dog park, I would love to hear back from you and/or if you. Our dog park is located very closely to some neighbors’ back yard fences. Our two main issues are dust from the DG surface (watering helps that and I think we can manage that issue) and the noise from users (dogs and their owners). We are interested in how other cities have dealt with similar issues and whether or not they have been successful."
    Please answer his question here.

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    Bird nesting boxes
    Rjahja Canlas, City of Roseville, asks “Have you installed bird nesting boxes in a neighborhood park? Do you have a volunteer group who monitors and maintains them? (i.e., clean out every year and check for pests regularly) What height were the bird nesting boxes installed at?
    Please answer his question here.

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    Spontaneous memorials (i.e. scene of an accident)
    Jan Ransom, City of Irvine, asks "Parks and street corners are often used for spontaneous recognitions in the memory of someone killed, an historic event or other commemorative activity. I am looking for any policies that other cities/jurisdictions have that speak to how these celebrations are handled. There are several impacts that such commemorations have: trash, obstruction of walkways and sight lines, defacement (usually unintended) of benches, trees, plant beds, etc."
    Please answer her question here.

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  • May 17, Park Planning & Development Institute
  • Aug. 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Elk Grove), click here to register
  • Sept. 9-11, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Elk Grove), click here to register
  • Dec. 10-12, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Clemente), click here to register

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