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The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Deputy Director, Burbank, CaliforniaClick here to view the listings.

CPRS District Highlight
D3 Annual General Membership BBQ, Castro Valley, Aug. 28 — Click here for details.

Forum Highlight
Sports Floor vs. Tartan Floor
We are going to replace our Sports Center floor. We opened the Sports Center in Fairfield in 1978 and have had the tartan floor, which lasted from 1978-92. In 1992, we installed another tartan floor. It lasted from 1992-2014. We are considering a Sports Court floor to replace the current tartan floor. Any feedback on the quality and maintenance required for the Sports Court floor would be greatly appreciated.
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Member Highlight
The Beach Cities Health District has won its bid to bring the Vitality City program to Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. BCHD officially entered into a contract recently with the Healthways/Blue Zone Vitality City project, an innovative public health initiative that began with a National Geographic study of the world's longest living and healthy regions and seeks to apply lessons from those populations.
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To make children healthier, a doctor prescribes a trip to the park
About 40 percent of Dr. Robert Zarr's young patients are overweight or obese, which has led the doctor to come up with ways to give them very specific recommendations for physical activity. Zarr writes park prescriptions on a special prescription pad, in English and Spanish, with the words "Rx for Outdoor Activity" on top, and a schedule slot that asks, "When and where will you play outside this week?"
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Doctor's orders: More outdoor time for kids
On a recent summer day, Bay Area families streamed off the bus, eager to explore the park and participate in the Crab Cove Visitor Center programs. It may not seem like your typical pharmacy, but these families are following doctor's orders by participating in a new partnership between UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and the East Bay Regional Park District: Park Prescriptions.
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San Dimas council recognizes its parks staff
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
In recent months, the San Dimas City Council has given special recognition to creative activists, teenage athletic champions, student leaders and community volunteers. Recently, council members tipped their hats and offered high praise to the city's entire Parks and Recreation Department staff, singled out San Dimas Dog Park founder Caryol Smith and declared July as Parks Make Life Better Month.
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Huge paddle-out is tribute to Newport lifeguard
Orange County Register
Thousands showed up for the paddle-out tribute for Ben Carlson, the first lifeguard killed in the line of duty in Newport's near-100-year history. The Newport Pier was crowded with spectators as hundreds of people on boards paddled out to where nearly a dozen rescue boats from various agencies sat in the water.
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New park at Tustin Legacy will provide space to play
Orange County Register
After a decade of planning, Tustin's "flagship" active park, to be built in 2016, will include four soccer fields, three ballfields, four tennis fields, two basketball courts and eight pickleball courts at the Tustin Legacy. For youth sports teams, it is a much needed boon. Some league officials have been watching the planning of the park for years, hoping for more field space.
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6 children hospitalized from chemical exposure at Edgewater camp
Capital Gazette
Six children remained hospitalized recently after campers and counselors were exposed to dangerous concentrations of pool chemicals at an Edgewater summer camp, a camp spokeswoman said. Some 31 campers and four counselors were hospitalized after swimming in the pool at YMCA Camp Letts.
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Columbus, Ohio, recreation centers safe, data show
The Columbus Dispatch
A review of incident records provided by the Columbus, Ohio, Recreation and Parks Department shows that from 2011 through March 1 of this year, each of the city's 29 recreation centers averaged 1.4 incidents in which police were called or there was a threat of violence inside the building or in the parking lot.
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Should nonresidents pay more to use city fields, parks?
Palm Beach Post via Athletic Business
Palm BEach Gardens, Florida, is considering quadrupling the fee it charges out-of-town youths to play in its sports programs — a move that has organizers alarmed at its potential to price many youths out of participating. Under a proposal scheduled for City Council discussion in September, the city would replace the current $40 participant fee with a $170 family fee.
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College interested in taking over Highland Park's historic Lummis Home
The Eastsider LA
Highland Park's Recreation & Parks Department will begin negotiating with Occidental College to have the school manage and restore the Lummis Home, one of the Northeast Los Angeles' most important historic landmarks that is in need of repairs and renovation. The Board of Recreation & Parks Commissioners authorized city staff to negotiate a "partnership agreement" with the Eagle Rock college to takeover the more than century-old Lummis Home, the two-story house built out of arroyo stones by Charles Fletcher Lummis, a journalist and civic activist who help establish the nearby Southwest Museum.
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Sand volleyball plans in Spokane's Browns Park OKd
The Spokesman-Review
Spokane, Washington, city leaders have given a green light to a plan that could make Spokane Valley a regional destination for sand volleyball players in the coming years. The Spokane Valley City Council approved the Browns Park Master Plan that seeks to install 16 tournament-quality sand courts in the 8.2-acre park.
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Drought creates headaches for California recreation
Santa Cruz Sentinel
California's drought is taking a toll on recreation, disrupting boating, rafting, swimming and camping in some places as the third dry year in a row erodes water supplies in creeks, rivers and lakes. To be sure, many recreation spots have escaped major pain
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$73.6 million awarded to cities and counties for parks and recreation upgrades
The Department of Housing and Community Development announced record-breaking awards to help cities and counties build much needed parks and/or repair existing parks and recreation facilities within their community. HCD's Housing-Related Parks Program uses voter-approved funds from the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006 to expand and improve the availability of parks and recreation facilities within communities. Click here for details.

NRPA Fund Your Park Program
A new member benefit for NRPA members, Fund Your Park is a crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for park and recreation agencies. This summer, we will choose 5-10 projects from NRPA members to profile on the platform for funding. Click here for details.

LWCF Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program
The National Park Service State and Local Assistance Division announces the availability of $3 million set aside in FY 2014 appropriations for Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance grants for a new nationally competitive grant program. Eligible U.S. state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes are invited to submit proposals for matching grants to support projects that would acquire or develop public land for outdoor recreation purposes located within or serving jurisdictions with a population of 50,000 or more people that are densely settled. 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.

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    Transforming lives by transforming public space (Pogo Park)
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Sacramento Play Summit
Sept. 29-Oct. 1
Sacramento, (part of the Maintenance Superintendents Association Conference) The 2014 Play Summit date has been set for Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Play Summit will be held at the Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, California, 95814. Early Bird registration deadline is Aug. 31. Cost is $35 per person, $25 students, seniors (65+), members of Fairytale Town, Friends of the Sacramento Library or ScholarShare account holders. Click here for details.

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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