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The CPRS Job Center currently has over 30 job announcements; Here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Parks Lead Maintenance Worker, Vallejoclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D4 Brown Bag Lunch Marketing Series, May 29 — click here for flier.

Forum Highlight
Small, semi-portable water slides
Hello fellow Aquatic Section members,
I am looking to get some feedback regarding the use of a small, portable water slide at our facility. Before we proceed with the purchase, I wanted to see if any of you have any experience with this product, and if so, what those were. Mainly we are looking to see if facilities which have used one of these slides saw any noticeable increase in participation and/or revenue with the addition. Any feedback you can provide will be much appreciated.
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Test of time: Alameda's Jean Sweeney key example of Island involvement
San Jose Mercury News
No matter where you are within the Alameda city limits, you are only a 10- to 15-minute walk away from a park. Think about that. You can enjoy the many benefits of our park system within a few minutes of leaving your home. A wonderful example of this is the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.
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Everything you've always wanted to know about America's city parks
The Huffington Post
Arlington, Va., is going to the dogs and to the seniors who like to stay in shape. Chula Vista is "sick" when it comes to skate parks. And the most heavily visited park in America is an old freight rail line. In a more serious vein, spending on city parks tends to be highest in coastal cities and "blue states," and as a result, those cities may have better park systems than "red state" cities.
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PlaySafe and live well!
The Play and Playground News Center
Butch DeFillippo is the owner of PlaySafe LLC, the premiere recreational consulting company. PlaySafe LLC assists municipalities, schools, childcare providers, communities and other recreation-providing entities by offering playground equipment and safety audits, inspections, testing, and training throughout the United States. DeFillippo's staff members are experts in playground safety, athletic field testing, bleacher inspections, master plans, feasibility studies and program development.
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Parks offer benefits to the 109
Parks offer more than playgrounds and walking paths — they can also provide a variety of benefits ranging from community engagement to economic development to increased property values. There are 259 parks covering 10,825 acres in Fort Worth, Texas, according to the city's parks and community services department. Of those 259 parks, five are located within the 76109 ZIP code, including Hartwood Park, Foster Park, Overton Park, Forest Park and Bluebonnet Circle Park.
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Take the Pete DeQuincy video training challenge
Pete DeQuincy, CPRS Aquatics Section past president and aquatics supervisor for the East Bay Regional Park District is inviting aquatics professionals to take part in a challenge which encourages the use of video technology as well as promote alternative training methods.

Click here to view the video.

The challenge kicks off Saturday, May 17 and runs through August 29. Participants will create a 3-5 minute video each week based on a clip selected from DeQuincy's existing YouTube channel. Props and/or prizes will be Submissions will be ranked on number of views and positive/constructive comments given by the viewers, and props/prizes will be given to the top three videos each week.

For more information on the guidelines and how to participate, send an email to

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    American teens don't hang out at malls anymore (The Atlantic Cities)
Zach Jones moves on (Elk Grove Citizen)
Faulconer appoints new Park & Recreation Department director (Mission Times Courier)
Caltrans backs innovative street design guides to promote biking, walking (The Santa Clarita Valley Signal)

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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.

June 18-20 - Livermore
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