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Conference Polling Results

Thank you to those who voted on the CPRS Future Conference Site poll.
The overall winner was Palm Springs Convention Center with 55 percent of the 1st place votes, followed by Pasadena and then Los Angeles.
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  • April 24, CPRS Aging Section Senior Symposium, click here for brochure
  • April 25, CPRS District 9 Awards and Installation, click here for invitation flier
  • 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
  • May 17, CPRS D&O Section Park Planning & Development Institute, click here for flier
  • May 19, CPRS District 4 TOTAL Guard Training, click here for registration form
  • June 1, CPRS District 1 Summer Leadership Workshop
  • June 1, CPRS District 1 TOTAL Guard Management, click here for flier
  • June 1, CPRS District 3 TOTAL Guard Training, Click here for registration flier
  • June 8, CPRS District 10 TOTAL Guard Training,click here for more information
  • Oct. 23-25, CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, click here to download brochure


    Windham, N.H., skate park won't reopen
    New Hampshire Union Leader
    The skateboard park in Griffin Park, N.H., has been closed since mid-September, but that hasn't stopped people from breaking in and creating all sorts of havoc for local police and recreation officials. After a lengthy debate during a recent selectmen's meeting, the board voted unanimously to close the park for good, though the question of whether the town would one day open another skate park in town or sell off the equipment has yet to be determined. All agreed, however, that the park should be dismantled as soon as possible to avoid potential vandalism.
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    Woman finds rescuer 49 years after nearly drowning
    The voice mail, left a few weeks ago, was from a woman named Edie Rothstein. Dr. Larry Brickman didn't recognize the name. "Are you the pre-med student who worked at the beach club in Lido Beach, Long Island, back in 1964?" she asked. "I wonder if you're the same man who saved my life?" Then, he knew. Blue eyes, yellow bathing suit: Almost half a century ago, she nearly drowned before he pushed air back into her lungs.
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    The potential of parks (with programs)
    What gets people out and exercising in the park? Is it the characteristics of the community that surrounds the park, such as the presence or absence of crime and blight? Or is it the organized activities, such as the presence or absence of a Zumba class taught on Thursday nights by a local resident in neon tights? The results of a study in the journal Public Health by researchers from RAND Corporation, University of Pennsylvania, and other academic institutions suggest that the latter might be more important. The study surveyed 24 parks in four cities, including six in Philadelphia, as well as 7,000 people who use and/or live near them.
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    May 1 Is Project ACES Day
    American College of Sports Medicine
    In conjunction with May as Exercise is Medicine Month, "The World's Largest Exercise Class" is coming to children and schools around the world May 1. Millions of children across the globe will be celebrating the 25th annual Project ACES Day beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1. In addition to Exercise is Medicine Month, Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) coincides with National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and National Physical Education Week.
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    Water parks to reopen in May
    Concord Patch
    The long, hot, school-free days of summer are still months away — but summer feels right around the corner with the reopening of the Meadow Homes Spray Park and Waterworld California next month. Concord kids can start splashing around in the water play area at Meadow Homes Park on Detroit Avenue starting May 4. Waterworld California starts its season in May too, with opening day on May 11.
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      California Land Management
    We have been providing a cost effective alternative method of providing security and maintenance services in city and county parks for over 30 years. Current and past clients include a wide variety of local, state and Federal agencies, private companies and non profit land trusts. For information call 6500-322-1181 or email MORE

    Coastal Commission OKs Beachfront Lodge amendments
    Times Press Recorder
    Amendments to Grover Beach's Local Coastal Plan that will allow development of the Beachfront Lodge and Conference Center were approved in a modified form by the California Coastal Commission. But a proposal to locate an equestrian staging area on the south side of West Grand Avenue was rejected by the commission in a 5-4 split vote.
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    County receives lake proposals
    Mountain News
    Two proposals for operating all or part of Lake Gregory were delivered to County Regional Parks, but such a limited response to the county's request for proposals may mean the process could reopen. "I'm pleased to see there was interest," said Keith Lee, Regional Parks director, "I don't quite know what happened to the others (who were supposed to submit proposals), but it shows there is interest in providing service to the (mountain) community." Submitting the two proposals were Rim of the World Recreation and Park District and Urban Park Concessionaires, a division of the California Parks Company.
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    San Leandro's Recreation and Human Services Department, in partnership with the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day, is hosting "Parks Make Life Better: Family Fitness Day," Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Washington Manor Park, 14900 Zelma St. in San Leandro. Family Fitness Day will include a number of stations where family members of all ages can try out fun fitness activities including a challenge course, old fashioned picnic games, dance, martial arts and sports. For more information, click here.

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      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

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        2013 Conference Handouts (CPRS)
    Restoring peace: 6 ways nature in our lives can reduce the violence in our world (Children and Nature)
    A healthy opportunity for children (The Charlestown Gazette)
    Tap additional revenue streams (Parks & Rec Business)
    Group seeks to end bullying in youth leagues (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

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

    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.

    Senior citizen walking group
    Valerie Taylor, City of Yorba Linda, asks "Does your center offer a walking group for seniors? Is there a fee? Who facilitates the group? How is registration handled?"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Designing spaces to enrich communities
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    Soccer Camps & Seasonal Training Programs
    Are you looking for a quality week long soccer camp during spring or summer vacation, and/or an ongoing soccer training program during your spring or fall season? MORE

    Guidance for offering support groups
    Valerie Taylor, City of Yorba Linda, asks "I have recently had several requests from attendees of our senior center for different support/social groups. Some of the requests we've had are widow/widowers, Persian community, and fibromyalgia. Being that we are a multi-use facility, we are not able to accommodate all requests for room use. In addition, we do not have the staff to facilitate these groups. Do any of your centers offer support/community groups for seniors? Who facilitates them? City staff? Local business/agencies? Are they run by the participants themselves?"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Need field allocation policies
    John Jones, City of Torrance, asks "I need to develop a field allocation policy for use of our sports fields in our city parks. This allocation policy will be used for all local nonprofit organizations, field rentals, city programs, etc."
    If you have a field allocation policy to share, please send it to John Jones, City of Torrance Community Services Director.

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    Concessions — Mobile food vendors
    Merry Rorabough, County of Stanislaus asks "Do you allow mobile food vendors to operate in parks? Stanislaus County is considering allowing a limited number of mobile food vendors at our Regional Parks. We are interested in reviewing guidelines and best practices before proceeding. If you do allow these vendors, may I contact you to gather more information?"
    Please answer her question here.

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

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