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You are invited to join the State Board of Directors 2014-2016
CPRS seeks board members who internalize the mission, values, and promise of the profession and who have demonstrated a commitment to the profession of parks and recreation. The following positions are available for 2014-2016: Vice President (three-year term; 2014-2017) with automatic advancement to President-elect and President; Region Representatives for Regions 1, 3, 5. Regional candidate must live or work in one of the Districts within the Region: Region 1 (Districts 1, 2, 3); Region 3 (Districts 7, 8, 15); and Region 5 (Districts 9, 10, 12). Click here for the candidate requirements, benefits of leadership to you and your agency; and board expectations. Click here for the Board Interest Form.

"I strongly encourage everyone in the profession to take the leap and run for a state board position. The positive advantages not only help you as an individual, but also your organization." – Alexa Pritchard, former Council of Sections Representative 2008-2010.

Deadline for the Interest Form is Sept. 30, 2013.
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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.
Landscaping and Parks Administrative Assistant, Aliso Viejoclick here for details

CPRS Forum Highlight
Volunteer Hall/Wall/Walk of Fame
Ryan Samples asks, "The City of Rancho Cucamonga is exploring the idea of creating a Volunteer Hall/Wall/Walk of Fame or some other way to publicly honor highly distinguished volunteers. We are looking for other Cities that have criteria/policies for such a concept or similar concept. Please help!"
Please answer his question here.

CPRS Member Question
Are you doing anything about e-cigarettes?
E-cigarettes are gaining in popularity. With bans on smoking in parks and near playgrounds, has your agency added e-cigarettes to their smoking ban and if so, what basis or back-up did you associate with the reasons for the ban (e.g health, safety, nuisance, etc.)?
Please email Tara Gee here.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS District 10 Fall Recreation Leader Training, Oct. 5, 2013


Best cities for recreational activities
Nerd Wallet
Which cities are best for recreation and living an active lifestyle? If you value exercise and personal health, then finding a city that can offer you a variety of recreational activities should be high on your list of priorities when it comes to choosing a place to live. Cities with lots of parkland, playgrounds and recreation centers can provide you with plenty of options to maintain your particular level of physical activity.
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A long, bumpy road for park
Observer Xtra
Current members of the Conestogo Recreation Association will see the fruit of many years' labor when worn-out park is finally revamped. Improvements are coming to the Conestogo Community Park, including a new tennis court and multiuse sports pad, with a design to be completed by Sept. 30. And it only took nine years to get there.
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SC Johnson partners with the city of Racine's Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department for 11th annual Back-To-School festival
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
The new school year is quickly approaching and along with it comes the Mayor's Back-to-School Stay-in-School Festival in Racine, Wis. For the fourth year in a row, SC Johnson will be the major sponsor of the 11th annual free backpack giveaway where students in grades K-12 will receive a free backpack filled with age-appropriate school supplies.
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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

Pico Rivera recognized for effort to fight childhood obesity
Whittier Daily News
In a town that's 83 percent Hispanic, Sandra Gonzalez's mission as the city's parks director was clear. "I can say that because I'm Hispanic," Gonzalez said. The Latino community, like other communities, suffers from a uniquely contemporary American problem of childhood inactivity and obesity.
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CDC finds that shared use agreements increased physical activity in LA county
Salud Today
A recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention looked at 12 school sites in seven Los Angeles County school district facilities between 2010 and 2012 and found that shared use agreements increased moderate to vigorous levels of physical activity among adults and children. The study, which examined 1,669 participants, at sites with a mostly Latino population, found that physical activity was 16 times higher in communities that offered physical activity programing at shared use sites.
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Now that looks like a fun float concept. Kudos to the Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District for their entry in their local parade.

Check out how the City of Fountain Valley adopted July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month at their Concerts in the Park. According to Yolanda Markey, Recreation Coordinator, "Our community had a wonderful time at the concerts and with the glasses as well! Great fun!"

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,

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Bilingual hikes introduce Hispanic residents to nature, fitness
Daily Herald
A Lake County nonprofit group has found a way to introduce the Hispanic community to nature, provide some physical fitness and create a multicultural resource all in one program. The free guided bilingual nature hikes sponsored by Friends of Ryerson Woods and the Lake County Forest Preserve District and several community partners has continued to grow and gain popularity over the four years it has been offered, organizers say.
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Denver Parks permit policy headed for vote
Denver Westword
Colorado: the eighth healthiest state in the nation — and gunning for number one. Home to Denver, a town that's been nationally recognized for its low obesity rates, high level of physical activity, bird-like flocks of young people and, now, attention-grabbing headlines about the city's purported distaste for group exercisers as displayed by its plans to require permits.
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Carbondale council woman proposes alcohol tax for recreation
VideoBriefA Carbondale city council member wants to spruce up the community's recreation offerings through a new tax on alcohol sales. Jane Adams calls the idea the "outdoors and active initiative." Revenue from the sales tax hike would go toward facilities like skate parks and biking trails. The Carbondale Park District, which gets its funding from property taxes, is working on building a new public pool and Splash Park. So, Adams is proposing an alcohol tax that would generate revenue for other outdoor amenities in hopes of improving the quality of life and attracting visitors.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Google will pay for free wireless in San Francisco parks (San Francisco Chronicle)
Building a successful website for your parks and rec agency (Athletic Business)
California Foundation for Parks and Recreation scholarship board (CPRS)

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Green space, parks and recreation strengthen local communities
Times of Northwestern Indiana
The National Recreation and Park Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects commended Reps. Albio Sires, D-N.J., Mike Turner, R-Ohio, and 10 other original co-sponsors for the reintroduction of the Community Parks Revitalization Act. This legislation will help revitalize urban areas making them healthier, more livable and economically competitive through improved access to public parks and recreation programs and services.
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Open space trails plan isn't very open, so far
Marin Independent Journal
There's a lot of potential for stepping on political toes when reconsidering longstanding rules and regulations for the county's open space trails. County officials have taken on this task, holding numerous meetings and poring over drafts. But they don't want anyone to see the latest draft of the report until a few days before it is released to the county Board of Supervisors.
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How to determine the feasibility of a playground area
Many community leaders at schools, parks departments, child care centers, and other agencies often wonder if they should rally resources for new or improved playground areas. Of course their concern is for students or young people who need a safe and healthy place to play and learn that offers challenges but with risks well under control.
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Aging in place can happen
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the anticipated tide of baby boomer retirees will double America's senior population by 2030, Utilizing successful examples, architect and planner Eric C.Y. Fang examines how the suburbs can be adapted to support an aging population.
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  • 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

  • California Association of Senior Service Centers Annual Training Conference
    Oct. 20-23
    Fairfield, Calif.
    Subjects include: "I'm not the Person I Used to Be — Managing Life Transitions," "Tech Tools," "Marketing to Your Audience," and "Fraud Prevention"
    Click here for details


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