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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has more than 20 job announcements, here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Park Maintenance Worker II, Cosumnes CSDclick here for details

CPRS Forum Highlight
Quimby Fee Question
Thomas Reilly asks "What method does your agency use to establish the amount of Quimby Fees on a given development? Are they established by appraisals, an annual fee update, or some other method?"
Please answer his question here.

CPRS Member Highlight
CPRS congratulates the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine and the San Diego Naval Base for being finalists in the 2013 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation. Designations are based on long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. This award is sponsored by the National Recreation & Park Association and the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration.


Parks and rec programs face cuts if revenues aren't generated
Rocky Fork Enterprise
Gahanna, Ohio's parks and recreation programs and personnel are poised to take a big hit if additional revenues aren't generated in the city. Mayor Becky Stinchcomb and finance director Jennifer Teal made recommendations to Gahanna City Council on June 24 to move the city toward financial sustainability without dipping into city reserves.
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Yoga in public schools is exercise, not religion
Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Despite the quasi-spiritual trappings, yoga, as it’s widely practiced by millions of Americans of all faiths, is no instrument of religious indoctrination. It's exercise. In Encinitas, it's being taught to kids in an effort to reduce bullying, obesity and overcompetitiveness. Recently, a San Diego County Superior Court judge said yoga classes are not the same as religious instruction, and ruled that the classes may continue. The plaintiffs and their attorney, Dean Broyles of the National Center for Law and Policy, claimed that giving kids a little bit of yoga twice a week amounts to an unlawful embrace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism or Western metaphysics.
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Tree-climbing gains popularity as a full-body, outdoor workout
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tree-climbing is emerging as a recreational sport, similar to rock climbing. Instructor Guy Mott says tree-climbing builds muscles and can lead to improved fitness and weight loss. "If you engage in a tree climb, it is a full-body workout. It is much more interactive and therapeutic to be outside as opposed to a gym," Mott said. "It helps people to gain an appreciation for nature."
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Parks add climbing structures to draw users
Athletic Business
Parks and green spaces have been lauded as the keys to improving public health, combating childhood obesity and addressing our nation's sedentary lifestyle crisis. Numerous studies have shown that access to parks and green spaces correlates to overall health. But access doesn't necessarily correlate to use. Today's playgrounds have been criticized for being too safe and boring, not to mention unappealing to anyone over the age of 10.
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Celebrate July is Parks Make Life Better!® at an Amusement Park
Two local parks are offering discounted tickets for July is Parks Make Life Better!® month.

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

California's Great America
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The City of Visalia is offering programs and classes for no cost in honor of Parks Make Life Better!® month.

Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages in your summer programming — We want photos! Send to Jane H. Adams,

Soccer Camps & Seasonal Training Programs
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Fishers, Ind., plans $3 million park with zip line, sledding hill
Indianapolis Business Journal
The town of Fishers, Ind., is working to transform 80 acres of suburban farmland into a destination-worthy park with a man-made sledding hill, mountain bike course and zip line. Indianapolis-based landscape architecture firm Rundell Ernstberger & Associates has come up with a concept for the still-unnamed park at 101st Street and Cyntheanne Road, but planners are hammering out details.
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    Celebrate July is Parks Make Life Better! ® at an Amusement Park (CPRS)
Northern Utah water parks are fun, drain taxes (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Green space, parks and recreation strengthen local communities (The Times)

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First lady, 'Let's Move' should fight for more safe parks
The Hill
As widely reported, the American Medical Association board recently voted to classify obesity as a disease. That elevated distinction is intended to spur greater urgency and opportunity for people to get treatment, including the 17 percent of U.S. children who are obese. The AMA's Council on Science and Public Health argued that more widespread recognition of obesity as a disease "could result in greater investments by government and the private sector to develop and reimburse obesity treatments."
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  • July 18, Advancing Trails Webinar Series, click here for more information
  • 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
  • Oct. 23-25, CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, click here to download brochure
  • November 20-23, Academy for Youth Sports Administrators, CPRS members can attend at a reduced rate. This Academy will be held concurrently with NAYS' annual Youth Sports Congress and the Athletic Business Conference and Expo.
  • Dec. 10-12, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Clemente), click here to register

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