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July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month — Ticket promotions

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Visit Six Flags Discovery Kingdom — discount tickets

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Super Hero Fun Run Information — Join us July 26
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Visit California's Great America — discount tickets

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Visit Six Flags Magic Mountain — discount tickets

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"Stone Soul will be promoting Parks Make Life Better!® — a campaign to raise awareness of the value and benefits that public parks and recreation offer our communities." Over 300 California cities are using this campaign.
Sample Resolution for your use Have your City Council adopt a resolution proclaiming July as "Parks Make Life Better!®" Month
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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.
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Drought heroes pull plug on mud bath
The Bakersfield Californian
The list of villains might outnumber the list of heroes in the ongoing drive to conserve water, but add one name to the good column: the Epilepsy Society of Kern County, which decided to cancel its annual Mud Volleyball Tournament, the sole source of income the organization relies on to stay afloat. Though the group had secured the permissions necessary to turn Stramler Park into a man-made mini lake, and several teams had already signed up for the tournament, organizers said they couldn't justify using the critically low resource amid the historic drought.
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Incight provides support to athletes with disabilities
The Desert Sun
Vail Horton, a Palm Desert High School graduate and congenital amputee, along with Scott Hatley, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, founded Incight in 2004 in Portland where they attended college. Launched originally as a scholarship program for students with disabilities, Incight would expand its services to meet the educational, employment and independence needs of people with disabilities.
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With summer looming, Florida city to keep some parks open until midnight
The Tampa Tribune
Following a surge in gun violence this year, the city will be extending hours at some parks and offering free programming and activities this summer while kids are out of school. Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced that nine parks in East Tampa and West Tampa — the neighborhoods most affected by the violence — will soon be open until midnight every day.
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PlayCore awards Fitness National Demonstration Site™ Award to a new Marblehead Park
PlayCore recently awarded its Fitness National Demonstration Site™ Award to a brand new outdoor fitness park in San Clemente. The ribbon cutting took place at their grand opening of Marblehead Park on Friday, June 12, 2015.

"The National Demonstration Site Designation is given to parks that align with the four identified areas of a well-rounded workout, involve the community in planning, actively market the space, and agree to participate in future data gathering. The site receives a certification, becomes part of a national registry, and is promoted actively to other communities wishing to offer appropriate outdoor fitness for adults to help share best practices," said Anne-Marie Spencer, PlayCore's corporate VP of marketing.

The new National Demonstration Site will be listed on the National Fitness Park locator at To learn how to bring best practices in outdoor fitness to your community, request a copy of Outdoor Fitness Parks: Best Practices for Promoting Community Health by Increasing Physical Activity, send a request to

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$26.4 million in new state grant funding soon to be available
CPRS members might recall Proposition 40 from 2002. It was the last true park bond and this $2.6 Billion measure was approved by 57 percent of the voters to underwrite critical improvements for California's park and natural resources infrastructure. Contained in this measure was the Youth Soccer Program. This program resulted in awarding tens of millions statewide for "active recreational venue" (baseball, softball, basketball, soccer et al) development across the state. Gov. Brown and the State Legislature are on the verge of adopting, as part of the State Budget, a re-appropriation of unspent Proposition 40 funds and in turn offer $26.4 million in new funding opportunities through both the Youth Soccer Program and the Environmental Education and Recreation Program. (See AB 988). At this juncture, $16.4 million would be available for the former program and $10 million for the latter. Funding was approved to authorize the State Department of Parks and Recreation to conduct public workshops statewide.

California River Parkways Program
The California River Parkways Program is a competitive grant program first created under the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002 (Proposition 50). The program is designed to provide funding to enhance the natural, interpretative, environmental and recreational values of rivers and other waterways in the state (creeks, streams ... not lakes or ocean settings.} Application deadline is Sept. 1, 2015. Read more here

Register your organization with NWF and NRPA's effort to get 10 million kids outdoors
Park and recreation agencies and districts have always been leading providers of nature-based programs, but as a profession our role in connecting kids and families with nature is often undervalued. We have been much better at providing the outdoor experience than promoting it ... at least on a national scale. Getting 10 million kids outdoors in three years is a significant achievement. It is that kind of number that gets respect, and can put the park and recreation industry in a favorable position to forge strategic partnerships and attract funders — corporate, nonprofit and government — who may not have appreciated our reach, impact and value. Join this effort by registering your agency, district or organization to participate in helping get kids back outdoors.


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

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Training
September 28-30, 2015
San Diego, California
Click here to download registration form.
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 & Park Association you will remain certified for three years. CPRS is the exclusive provider for playground safety certification courses throughout California.

CPRS Aquatics Section
California Aquatic Management School (CAMS)

Oct. 7-9, 2015
Granlibakken Conference Center
Lake Tahoe, California
Click here for details..


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