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Show us your presentation skills
The Recreation Therapy Institute at the CPRS Annual Conference & Expo is looking for presenters.

Click here for the Call for Sessions Proposal Form.

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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.
Park Superintendent, Riverside, California Click here to view the listings.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D1 Golf Tournament, Vallejo, California , Sept. 26 — Click here for details.

Member Highlights
Armando da Silva has worked for the city of Cerritos for 5 1/2 years, serving at the Cerritos Senior Center as a Human Services Specialist IV.
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Adolfo Cruz, who served as Deputy Director of Stockton's Community Services Department for nearly four years, has been named Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services in Riverside.
Click here to read more.

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New York City comptroller blasts parks department over tree maintenance
The Associated Press via WCBS-TV
New York's chief fiscal officer on Sunday accused his city of endangering residents by failing to maintain many of the 650,000 trees lining streets. Comptroller Scott Stringer says contractors hired to care for the urban greenery have pruned trees that didn’t need it and neglected those that required attention. In addition, there are questions about charges and record-keeping.
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Residents can help curb goose problem
Simcoe Reformer
In the 1970s, the Ministry of Natural Resources reintroduced a flock of Canada geese to southern Ontario, resulting in a resident population that will not migrate. They inhabited parks, golf courses and corporate campuses with open water and large expanses of grass to eat.
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Bikers take over Valley Park for BMX Bike-tacular
The Burbank Leader
Almost a dozen bikers rode alongside during Burbank's "BMX Bike-tacular" event, a number that grew and fell during the duration of the four-hour event. Parents watched their children pedal through the park and enjoy hot dogs. Youth bands from Burbank Music Academy kept the tempo high, performing rock hits from bands such as Green Day and the White Stripes.
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Parks and climate change: The LA County story
UrbDeZine Los Angeles
Parks are the first and best line of defense against the urban heat island effect, and its mostly negative consequences of modified temperature, precipation, wind, and air quality patterns. In particular, urban parks cool and clean the air, improve and modify local wind circulations, and better regulate precipitation patterns.
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Proof that hiking makes you happier and healthier
The Huffington Post
Hikers battle bug bites, blisters and bruises for the sake of overcoming a challenge and enjoying some quality time with nature. But along with the snow-capped mountain tops and ocean views come an abundance of mental and physical perks.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    LA's new inclusive playground in Sun Valley is ready for fun (Los Angeles Register)
Key considerations when building a splash pad (Athletic Business)
The office of the future could be a park (Fast Company)
New playground intended to help autistic children build social skills (The Baltimore Sun)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Parks Make Life Better!® Month is great success
With the wrapup of July as Parks Make Life Better!® month, CPRS is taking this opportunity to thank and recognize all our members, companies and the California State Legislature, who worked together to promote the value of parks & recreation within our great state.

Special thanks to those cities that shared their July celebration posts on the CPRS Parks Make Life Better!® Facebook page, and to cities who adopted resolutions declaring July as Parks Make Life Better!® month. You can see city examples on the CPRS website.

Also, as a result of CPRS' partnership with California's Great America during the month of July, California's Great America will be donating $20,680 to CPRS, due to the fact that their Parks Makes Life Better!® discount coupon/ticket sales totaled 10,340!!!! Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom also participated in our discount coupon program in July.

Once again, Thanks to Everyone!


Off-Leash Dog Park Design Trends and Planning Tips
Community representatives who are interested in building a dog park are encouraged to log on to to request a copy of the book or link to dog park product sites to design your own perfect dog park!

Students — Apply NOW for a CFPR Scholarship
Park & Recreation Scholarship applications are due in October.

The California Foundation for Parks and Recreation's Scholarship Committee manages and coordinates scholarships to assist noteworthy students fulfill their goal of entering the park and recreation profession. The committee annually awards approximately 20 scholarships to junior, senior and graduate level students majoring in recreation, parks and leisure studies throughout the state of California. Students apply during October; they are selected in December; notified of their awards in January; and are awarded their scholarship at the annual conference in March. Award amounts are generally between $1,000 and $2,000. On occasion, an outstanding student has been the recipient of more than one scholarship.

Application forms (click here to download the 2014 form) must be completed by the candidate and submitted prior to the posted deadline date.


CPRS training opportunities
Just added: Playground Safety Certification in Diamond Bar in November. Details here.
Sacramento Course scheduled in late September. Details here.


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