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The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements.
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CPRS District Highlight
D13 End of Summer Social, West Covina , Aug. 28 — Click here for details.

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I am wondering if anyone has experience developing a Project Based Learning Program for teens in an after-school setting. We currently have a drop-in format but are seeing that the teens do not seem engaged in our program and are getting into trouble elsewhere. I see a lot of nonprofit organizations that use project based learning in their programs but I am wondering if anyone has implemented them in a public agency like a city or special district. Thanks!
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Congratulations to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks for winning the 2014 NRPA National Partnership Award.
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SEASPAR brings special recreation programs to Illinois rec center
Daily Herald
When SEASPAR Executive Director Susan Friend looks at the area and out the windows of the new dedicated space the special recreation organization has at Illinois' Lisle Park District Recreation Center, she throws her arms out wide and smiles. "Wow," she says as much for herself as for others to hear. "We needed more space to continue to meet the communities' needs, and Lisle stepped up," Friend said.
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California state parks acting director named
The Sacramento Bee
California's state parks system has a new acting director. Lisa Mangat, whose résumé includes tours of duty with several state departments, is taking the helm of the $654 million California Department of Parks and Recreation following Anthony L. Jackson’s abrupt resignation earlier this year after just 18 months on the job.
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Newport Beach lifeguard killed in the line of duty
City of Newport Beach
The Newport Beach Fire Department announces the on-duty death of 32-year-old Ben Carlson, a 15-year veteran of Newport Beach Lifeguard. On July 6, a Newport Beach rescue boat identified a swimmer in distress in the 6- to 8-foot surf. Ben entered the water to rescue the swimmer. After he successfully made contact with the man, both of them were hit by a large wave. The other lifeguard personnel at the scene attempted to rescue and assist Ben, but — due to the turbulent water conditions — they were unable to do so.
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Ohio mayor orders health survey of Saunders Park neighbors
The Columbus Dispatch
Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Michael B. Coleman has directed Columbus Public Health to survey residents living near Saunders Park to determine whether industrial contaminants found at the city park have affected their health. Coleman said he is disappointed with Recreation and Parks officials after reading that they knew as early as 2011 that high levels of arsenic, lead and other toxic pollutants were discovered in soil samples from the Near East Side park, yet officials continued to let youth soccer teams play there.
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Washington city in talks to buy recreation center
The Columbian
By the end of the year, officials in Camas, Washington, say, they hope to finally have the new community center they've long sought to bring to the city. City leaders are in the midst of working out a multimillion-dollar deal to buy LaCamas Swim & Sport and convert the 41,000-square-foot facility into a new public recreation center.
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'Positive discipline'
"Positive discipline" might sound like an oxymoron, but it's actually a very effective evidence-based program model that teaches kids social and life skills in a way that is encouraging and respectful. "Evidence-based" models or programs are those that have been researched extensively and proven to accomplish the desired end results. Click here for details.


Celebrate "July is Parks Make Life Better! Month" at a local amusement park
Amusements Parks across California are offering discounted tickets to CPRS members, park and recreation agencies and your communities to help celebrate July as "Parks Make Life Better! Month." Additionally, a portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to CPRS by both parks!

California's Great America: To download the coupon with the CPRS code click here or for instructions for ordering California's Great America tickets click here.

Six Flags Magic Mountain: Tickets for Six Flags Magic Mountain are available at Use the special promo code of CPRS14 for your lowest price! The promo code link is located in the upper right hand area of the website.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Click here to download special flier. Click here to download the coupon.

Call Susan Wipf at CPRS at 916-665-2777 if you have questions.

Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    New study values Silicon Valley's natural capital at $1.6 billion (KPIX-TV)
Rancho Cucamonga, San Francisco on list of Playful City USA communities (Kaboom)
Operation Swim Boutique Nights provide for children (Rocklin and Roseville Today)

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CPRS training opportunities
Look at the CPRS training calendar — we've got Playground Safety Certification (CPSI), Maintenance Management School, Desktop Education Webinars, Recreation Therapy Institute, plus others!


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