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CPRS and PlayCore join together to promote
healthy play through statewide training & grant

You are invited to attend one of two free Regional Professional Development Events. Lunch, educational resources and continuing education certificates will be provided.

  • CPRS Region 3 Event in Fresno, May 19, 2015 — download information here.
  • CPRS Region 5 Event in San Marcos, May 20, 2015 — download information here.

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    Calling for Conference Program Committee members within driving distance of South Pasadena!
    Our committee will meet in South Pasadena on June 11 and 25, July 29 and Aug. 19. This committee is responsible for the important work of selecting the education sessions delivered at the CPRS Conference. Without them to review, score, discuss and select the abundance of education sessions offered at conference it would not be the success it is today. The 2015 Conference had 125 sessions — it's a big team. We can explain your ROI so join us by contacting Sheila Pautsch, City of South Pasadena,
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    60 Minute webinars return for 2015
    CPRS Webinars Planned June-November, the first Wednesday each month at 10 a.m. This year's series will focus on Building a Productive Workforce! Faculty will again be comprised of creative park and recreation trainers and leaders.

    2015 Series of six includes Building A Solid Volunteer Program (we can't do it all ourselves); Utilizing Volunteer Leaders (work smarter, not harder); Volunteers as Community Engagement Agents (what better way to get ambassadors for your programs); Leveraging Social Media as a Communication Tool (communication produces darn good results); Supervision with Rewards & Recognition (even supervisors need kudos) and It's About Building Community Relationships (effective relationships are truly the best way to go!)

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    CPRS Conference Program Committee calling for sessions this summer!
    We are ready to plan the Long Beach conference educational program. Click here to download the call for sessions form with a July 1 deadline.
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    July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month — Start planning now!
    Parks Make Life Better!® month is coming in July. Now is a great time to get moving to promote the value of parks in your community.

    What can you do? Click here to learn more.

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    CPRS Job Highlight
    The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
    Recreation Manager, Brisbane, California Click here for details.

    CPRS Member Highlights
    Chapjian is the new County of Santa Barbara Director of the Community Services Department

    On May 5, 2015, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors appointed George Chapjian as Director of the Community Services Department. Chapjian currently serves as the Director of the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department for the City of Long Beach. As the CSD director, Chapjian will oversee parks, affordable housing, library funding, the Arts Commission, and energy incentive programs.
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    Rogers joins Buell Recreation, LLC as regional sales manager for Northern California
    Jennifer is a California native with 19 years of experience in commercial design, sales and large scale project management. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she is well versed on the wonderful communities the region has to offer.
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    Hundreds turn out for Magical Bridge opening in Palo Alto
    Palo Alto Online
    The Magical Bridge playground, one of few in the nation geared to the needs of adults and children with disabilities, opened in Palo Alto to a throng of hundreds of people. The playground at Mitchell Park goes well beyond Americans with Disabilities Act requirements to provide wheelchair access on merry-go-rounds and slides, in a two-story playhouse and on other play equipment. And parents with disabilities will be able to push their children on the swings.
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    When searching for park benches for sale, consider the power they have to connect people
    The Park And Facilities Catalog
    There seems to be a certain charm about a park bench when it comes to bringing folks together. And when checking out park benches for sale, think about the type of bench, but also the people who will be sitting on those planks as well.
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    NY swimming pool full of leaks after $50 million renovation
    New York Post
    The $50 million renovation of Brooklyn, New York's famed McCarren Park pool complex three years ago left its historic bathhouses plagued by water leaks, a cracking facade and other problems, according to a report. The Olympic-sized pool in Greenpoint was closed for two decades before the Bloomberg administration reopened it in June 2012 as part of the reconstruction of adjacent bathhouses to include a new recreation center and other amenities.
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    How aquatics facilities can survive a liability lawsuit
    Aquatics International
    Every year, plenty of aquatics facilities are hit with liability lawsuits that stick. Experts say it's especially true for newer managers who aren't yet familiar with all the liability risks an aquatics facility entails — from injuries to recreational water illnesses to sex abuse to drowning — and the steps needed to mitigate those risks.
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    How many kinds of golf can West Virginia's Coonskin Park hold?
    The Charleston Gazette
    Coonskin Park in Charleston, West Virginia could soon have three entirely different types of golf on its premises: foot golf, disc golf and, well, golf golf. To go with its driving range and 18-hole par-3 course, Coonskin will soon have a nine-hole foot golf course.
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    Evolving plans for the 'Commons' park in Minneapolis aren't commonplace
    Star Tribune
    Three types of users of a park next to the new Minnesota Vikings stadium are anticipated: workers seeking respite from the daily grind; nearby residents looking for recreation and visitors attending Vikings games, festivals or other special events. It's important, then, for the park to be a place that's both active and passive, as well as one that's green, inclusive, icon
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    5 essential elements to create safe routes to parks
    NRPA published a Safe Routes to Parks: Improving Access to Parks through Walkability report that lists five essential elements to take into account when creating safe routes to parks — Comfort, Convenience, Safety, Access and Design, and The Park. These five elements are key considerations to make when evaluating how people are accessing your parks today and in the future. Download the report Learn more here.

    Healthy Communities Research Group
    The GP RED Healthy Communities Research Group helps parks, recreation, public health and related departments and organizations use a Systems Thinking Approach to assess, analyze, document and evaluate five key elements related to the repositioning of parks and recreation agencies as a primary provider of activities that impact public health in communities using systems and tools. Learn more here!.

    Voices for Healthy Kids Grant Program
    The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have joined forces to launch Voices for Healthy Kids. Through this collaboration, and in partnership with a team of experts across the childhood obesity movement, the initiative aims to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Details are here.

    Bark for Your Park
    Are the dogs in your community dreaming of a wide open space to run, play and call their own? PetSafe® brand wants to give the dogs in your community a place they can really be themselves with a new dog park!

    National Alliance for Youth Sports accepting applications for Excellence in Youth Sports Awards
    The Excellence Award is a great opportunity to earn recognition for the work your agency is doing for community youth sports.


    Annual TR Summertime Workshop — .9 CEU
    July 17, 2015
    Calamigos Ranch
    Malibu, CA
    FEE: Current membership (show proof by providing membership number/card NOT your certification number)
    CPRS, NRPA or ATRA: $175
    NON MEMBERS: $195
    F/T STUDENTS: $130
    Click here to download registration form.

    CPRS Aquatics Section
    California Aquatic Management School (CAMS)

    Designed to properly train you or your staff to recognize and prevent potential playground hazards.
    Oct. 7-9, 2015
    Granlibakken Conference Center
    Lake Tahoe, California
    Click here to download registration form.


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