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Creating superior athletic facilities through an interactive workshop environment with agency staff and user groups


CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has more than 20 job announcements, here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
General Manager, Ambrose Recreation & Park Districtclick here for details

CPRS Forum Highlight
Time Card Software
Frank Carson asks, "We are looking into time card software to help manage our biweekly payroll and we were wondering what other agencies were using? Pros and Cons to the software. We are looking for a one stop shop software that is hopefully Internet based/cloud computing."
Please answer his question here.

CPRS Member Highlight
CPRS District 13 End of Summer Social, Aug. 29, 2013
Bring your staff and celebrate the end of summer at this FREE event! Enjoy great food, refreshing mock-tails, games and raffle prizes at the San Gabriel Adult Recreation Center. Click here to download form


Is it possible to put a value on parks?
Trust for Public Land
A Trust for Public Land report defines and measures how investment in parks provide the City of Virginia Beach with economic benefits.
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District wants to run parks and recreation department
Half Moon Bay Review
The Granada Sanitary District is moving forward with efforts to convert to a community services district with an eye toward operating a parks and recreation department. Aside from talk at previous Granada Sanitary District meetings and a Cabrillo Unified School District Governing Board meeting last month, there has been little widespread public advertisement of the endeavor.
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Girl, 12, in critical condition with brain-eating amoeba
ABC News
VideoBriefA 12-year-old girl is in critical condition at Arkansas Children's Hospital after contracting a deadly brain-eating parasite. Kali Hardig has been diagnosed with primary amoebic meningoencephalitis — a rare form of meningitis caused by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri. She's thought to have contracted the infection from a sandy-bottom lake at Willow Springs Water Park in Little Rock, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.
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Playground love
Aspen Sojourner
Mountains and rivers make for delightful diversions. But every school kid needs slides and swing sets, too. Remember in third grade when you fried the backs of your legs so badly on the metal slide of death that you could barely walk? Or the time when you and your friends piled onto the teeter-totter, flouting theories of spatial relations and gravity over a sizzling sea of asphalt? Yes, playgrounds forge indelible memories.
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  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

2 top design features for an inclusive playground
What helps make a playground more inclusive? If it does not feel safe, if it is difficult to navigate; or if there is nowhere to sit and no shade, then families aren't even going to go to the playground. If families aren't there, it isn't inclusive.
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Scholarships for Maintenance Management School
Just a friendly reminder, we have a scholarship application process for Maintenance Management School. Please note that we typically offer 50 percent subsidy. CPRS Development & Operations members will have access to an additional Maintenance Management School Scholarship as well as District 2 members. Contact your District president to inquire about a professional grant or scholarship opportunity.

Meet the 2013 Board of Regents
You can view all of the 2013 Board of Regents' bios here.


Creates unique outdoor environments for the future generation, assists public agencies with landscape architecture and park design
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

Want a free trip to Congress?
Well, how does a free registration and $500 sound?
Complete a PRORAGIS profile between now and Sept. 4 and your agency will be entered into a drawing for free Congress registrations and $500 travel stipends for up to three agency employees.
Agencies now have two ways to complete their profiles:
  1. They can log in and complete it online, or
  2. They can download a fillable PDF and submit the completed form to NRPA and we will upload the data into PRORAGIS for you.
Whether you choose online or PDF all completed profiles are eligible for the contest.
Don't delay, start today!


After the City of Fresno's City Council adopted the July is Parks Make Life Better! month, staff threw Frisbees from the balcony to the kids and council members.

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,

  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.


National Service Agency announces $14 million funding opportunity to engage volunteers 55-plus
The Corporation for National and Community Service released a Notice of Funding Opportunity to provide local nonprofit and public agencies an opportunity to increase their capacity by engaging adults age 55 and older in high impact with volunteer service. Letters of intent to apply are due on Aug. 9. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at 5 p.m. ET.
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A toolkit for reaching Latino communities
Developed by Environment for the Americas, who received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the barriers to participation in nature and science programs and to develop tools that organizations may use to better reach this audience. The researchers used the studies to establish general strategies that were effective for reaching Latino audiences.
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Feeling unfulfilled at your current job?
You're not alone — according to Gallup's 2013 State of the American Workplace report, a whopping 70 percent of workers are either "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" at work. How can you become one of the 30 percent who are actually enjoying their jobs? It all begins with knowing what you want to do. Here's how to get started.

Best practices: Planning and building an urban greenway
The story of the South Platte River Greenway in the Denver metro area covers the challenges of design in a constricted river corridor to creating a nonprofit foundation to manage the trail. Four Colorado experts discuss:
  • Participation by multiple municipalities, agencies, and flood control district
  • Combining stream stabilization improvements with trail construction
  • Strategies for negotiations for property acquisition and trail rights-of-way
  • Site challenges and the construction solutions and techniques
  • River Corridor park and trail master planning, public involvement
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Turn public land into recreational space!
  • In Lafayette, Calif., a community garden grows on a former utility district parking lot.
  • In Augusta, Maine, a nonprofit organization runs a world-class complex of sports fields on surplus land it leases from the state.
  • In Homewood, Ill., the city expanded a local park after the Army Reserve transferred ownership of unused property.
Federal, state, and local governments own more than one-third of the land in the United States — nearly 900 million acres. Public property is a common asset shared by all, yet much of it is unused or underused. The above examples show how public property can be tapped to create new public resources for recreation and physical activity, potentially improving our health and our communities.
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'Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques'
The seventh edition of Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques has been extensively updated and revised in order to offer a sound knowledge base, current techniques, and the latest evidence upon which to base practice. In fact, the subtitle, Evidence-Based Recreational Therapy, has been added to emphasize the importance of evidence-based practice in recreational therapy.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    3 city departments reorganizing (The Press-Enterprise)
Department head: Parks, street merger working (Rice Lake Online)
33 famous pools around the world that will blow your mind (Swim University)

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  • 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
  • Nov. 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

  • Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. CPRP certification demonstrates your practical knowledge and that you have the current real-world skills necessary in today's changing park and recreation environment. Read more

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