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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.
Community Services Coordinator, Yucaipaclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D10 Recreation Leader Training Consortium, May 3 — click here for flier.

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Does your agency purchase swimsuits?
A couple of questions:
  1. Does your facility have a uniform policy, and if so do you provide swimsuits for your staff?
  2. Do you provide a new suit one time only for new hires, or do you provide a swimsuit to each guard every year they are employed?
  3. If you do not provide a uniform swimsuit, do you require all guards purchase the same suit? If so, do you have suits on hand to purchase?
  4. When guards' suits become worn/damaged, do you replace their suit?
  5. Do you allow two-piece suits?
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Faulconer appoints new Park & Recreation Department director
Mission Times Courier
Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the appointment of Herman Parker to the position of Park & Recreation Department director. "San Diego's park system is a great source of our city's pride," said Faulconer. "I'm confident that Herman Parker's skills and talents will be a major asset to the city's diverse park system, which includes some of the nation's most beautiful and scenic parks, beaches and open space as well as the community and neighborhood-based recreational facilities."
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Zach Jones moves on
Elk Grove Citizen
Elk Grove's loss is the city of Lathrop's gain as well-known and popular Recreation Manager Zach Jones of the Cosumnes Community Services District has accepted a position as head of the Parks and Recreation Department in Lathrop.
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American teens don't hang out at malls anymore
The Atlantic Cities
This article highlights the shifting social priorities of teens from "hanging at the mall" to desiring "experiences" through eating out. According to the article, "Quietly, the restaurant has displaced the mall as the socially acceptable place to hangout for teenagers in America. Restaurants have become a gathering place and teens are increasingly suggesting they prefer dining out to other forms of status brand spending. We see restaurants as the next generation hang out for teens." Is this an opportunity for park and recreation agencies to capture the interests of teens by promoting teen centers, events, etc., as places of "experiences?"
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Oak Brook park program helps participants drop 363 pounds
The Doings Oak Brook
It's a team effort to get fit and active during Oak Brook Park District's annual Choose to Lose program. Attracting 31 teams and a total of 102 participants, the eight-week weight loss effort started Jan. 13, and in just three weeks participants have shed over 363 pounds. Choose to Lose is sponsored in part by Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and focuses on providing the support, education and motivation necessary to create a positive weight loss environment.
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Caltrans backs innovative street design guides to promote biking, walking
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
In an effort to support the construction of more multimodal local streets and roads, Caltrans endorsed National Association of City Transportation Officials' guidelines that include innovations such as buffered bike lanes and improved pedestrian walkways. "California's transportation system must be multimodal and support bicycles and pedestrians as well as automobiles," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
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Get to Know:
  • Get to Know was started in Canada in 1999 with the mission to help youth get to know nature. They have gained nationwide reach in the US in the last five years.
  • Their focus is helping kids take that first step into the outdoors through creative arts and gamification.
  • Get to Know Contest: This is a chance for kids 19 and under to share their experience in nature through painting, writing, photography, etc. Submissions go into an online gallery based on the theme. (regional, medium, event)
  • Art in the Park is a resource which has 24 cool ways to use art to connect kids with their surroundings.
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  • More great resources here.

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    Kern River Parkway analysis omitted from high-speed rail report (The Bakersfield Californian)
Lathrop aims to control skateboarders (Manteca Bulletin)
Park bond proposal advances out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee (CPRS)
TED Talk by Amanda Burden, 'How Public Spaces Make Cities Work' (TED)

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CPRS Recreation Therapy Section
Recreation Therapy in Corrections Workshop
A full day of gathering on innovative techniques being used to address therapeutic recreation challenges for therapists based in corrections. Click here for details.

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.

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