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CPRS Executive Director Jane H. Adams to retire
Please join us in thanking Executive Director Jane Adams for 25 years of dedicated service to our organization. Jane has given notice to the Board of Directors that she will retire upon completion of her current contract which runs through April 30, 2014. Jane has decided that it is the right time to "ride into the sunset" and we are grateful for the time to thoughtfully prepare for this transition.

Jane started her CPRS career Jan. 3, 1988, when the office was located at 3031 F Street in midtown Sacramento. During her tenure CPRS developed several initiatives that have advanced the profession of parks and recreation nationwide. These initiatives include the VIP Action Plan, Creating Community through People, Parks, and Programs, the successful Parks Make Life Better! statewide branding campaign, numerous statewide park bonds, and educational programs.
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  • June 8, CPRS District 10 TOTAL Guard Training,click here for more information
  • June 8, CPRS District 13 Recreation Leader Training, click here for more information
  • Oct. 23-25, CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, click here to download brochure

  • How does your hometown stack up among fittest cities?
    USA Today
    The Twin Cities — Minneapolis - St.Paul — are the healthiest, fittest cities in the USA for the third year in a row, according to an analysis of the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the USA. Other top fit cities: Washington, D.C., Portland, San Francisco and Denver. The annual American Fitness Index, out today from the American College of Sports Medicine, is based on a number of health behaviors including smoking, exercise, obesity rates, chronic health problems and access to health care.
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    First off-grid commercial pool powered solely by solar
    Athletic Business
    There are countless community pools in North America like the one at Hawaiian Shores, a subdivision south of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. It's of modest size (110,000 gallons) and ordinary shape, and draws a crowd on weekends like any other. But there's something unique about this pool — all of the power to drive its filtration pumps comes from the sun.
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    Creates unique outdoor environments for the future generation, assists public agencies with landscape architecture and park design
    Designing spaces to enrich communities
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    Gage Park veterans memorial moving, but unfinished
    The Topeka Capital-Journal
    Steadied by a walker, decorated World War II veteran Charles Hamm stood before the newest addition to the Gage Park War Memorial — a 20,000-pound granite hexagon installed last fall as a tribute to combat veterans. However, the monument to combat veterans remains unfinished. Rance Sackrider, executive director of Gage Park Memorial Inc., said he is looking to Topeka, Kan.,-area residents to step up and donate the remaining money needed to complete the monument.
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    The City of San Ramon has named its annual volunteer clean-up day "Parks Make Life Better!" Clean Up Day. Read more here.

    CPRS Award Winners Demonstrate How "Parks Make Life Better!"
    The 2012 annual CPRS Awards Program concluded Friday, March 8, 2013, with the presentation of the prestigious Award of Excellence recognition to 33 agencies in the areas of recreation programming, community initiatives, management innovation, park planning, facility design, marketing and communications, 17 Champions of the Community (citizen leadership), and 3 Professional Service. For a brief recap of our 2012 recipients, click here.

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

      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

    July is 'Parks Make Life Better!' month
    The California state legislature is set to approve Assembly Concurrent Resolution, declaring July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month. This measure declares the Legislature's recognition of the importance of access to local parks, trails, open space, and facilities for the health and development of all Californians. This measure declares July 2013 as Parks Make Life Better! Month.
    Click here to download a sample resolution here.

    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is offering reduced tickets for July is Parks Make Life Better!® month. For more information, click here.

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    When Lincoln Park was Eastlake
    Like many of Los Angeles' first public parks, Eastlake (now Lincoln) Park began as unwanted land: a fifty-acre site rejected by a railroad and given to the city for free. But like its crosstown rival, Westlake (now MacArthur) Park, Eastlake soon grew into one of the city's most popular outdoor retreats. Located along an old wagon road to the San Gabriel Mission, the land that eventually became Lincoln Park might never have become a public space were it not for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
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      Got Surfacing? Safe*Resilient* Accessible

    Playgrounds are designed to meet age appropriate challenges. Playground safety is paramount and ReadyPlay can be part of your safety program. Installation services available.


    'Powerful People' curriculum now available!
    "Powerful People: Building Leadership for Healthy Communities" is an initiative of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program that strives to empower underrepresented community voices and support effective community engagement to help create healthier and equitable communities. The leadership and advocacy program prepares emerging community leaders with the skills and tools necessary to foster environmental and policy change.
    Click here to read more.

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        Invitation from Kyla Brown, Chief - Parks and Recreation, Riverside County (CPRS)
    Swimming pools may pose hazard for people with heart devices (U.S. News & World Report)
    $400,000 spending plan proposed (U-T San Diego)
    Fitness program gets results for students (South Bend Tribune)
    The Children Learning with Nature Conference 2013 (CPRS)

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

    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
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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.

    Affordable Care Act
    Keri Smith, City of Palmdale, asks, "Is your agency reducing work hours for part-time employees this summer in anticipation to the Affordable Care Act? Is your agency holding part time un-benefited employees to a firm 29 hours or less per week? Is your agency considering a 12-month measurement period to determine their weekly average (for example, some weeks an employee would work more than 29 hours, some weeks less)? Is your agency working with an advisor or consultant regarding the Affordable Care Act?"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Field use policy and fees for club sports, traveling teams
    Randy Davis, City of Dixon, asks, "Many cities and districts reduce or eliminate field use fees for sports organizations that are open to all children in the community. However, I would like to know how your city or district deals with club sports organizations or traveling teams that limit participation to only the very skilled athletes. Do these types of organizations or teams pay reduced fees to use fields or do they pay the regular rate?"
    Please answer his question here.

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    Adult day care use of community center
    Alison Martinez, City of Claremont, asks, "Our community center is used primarily for meetings and contract classes. We often have Adult Day Care groups use our community space to play games, watch television, and use the computer lab. Recently the numbers of individuals and groups has grown significantly and we find large groups (10-20) hanging out in the hallways talking, sleeping or playing games. We want to be inclusive but find we are limited in space to accommodate the growing number of groups and individuals. Have other centers experienced this? How have you managed? Do you have policies or guidelines? Do you have activities or programs specifically designed for groups with special needs, on a drop in basis?"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Employee safety manual
    Sandi Kukkola, El Dorado Hills Community Services District, asks, "Do you have an employee safety handbook? We have tried several times to create one but always end up with a large document. We want something concise that can be quickly referenced. Thank you!"
    Please answer her question here, or post your documents in the CPRS Library for all to share.

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  • 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

  • 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference — Take advantage of early-bird rates
    Early-bird registration rates are available for the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference, but only until June 28. To register, visit the conference website here. Don't miss out on participating in over 60 sessions, seven tours of model projects and programs, networking opportunities, and some exciting interactive features including an on-site Charitable Bike Build.
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