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August trendSCAN
Young adults in need of Social Aiding Accessories? New job titles ahead, possible even for parks and recreation. Who are the entering freshmen college students and what makes sense to them? Read the August trendSCAN here.
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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.
Program Leader/Teens and Teen Centersclick here for details.

CPRS Forum Highlight
Holiday Celebration Activities — What do you do?
Cindy Bagley asks, "I am writing to get some ideas of what other cities do for their Winter Holiday Celebrations? Could you please share some of your ideas for activities and features. Thank you so much!"
Please answer her question here.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS District 4 Bay Area Institute, Nov. 8, 2013.

Special training for park maintenance workers
Is it September already? Register now for Maintenance Management School and put those training dollars to good use. What is Maintenance Management School? A school that teaches you to plan appropriately with the money you still have and make a case for money you need to keep. Our best pricing package is available until Sept. 25! Register here.
"That is one of the easiest decisions to make!" Rick Gould, Director, City of Santa Clarita


30 stories in 30 days
National Park Service
Each day in September, the National Park Service will highlight one story from its Northeast Region. These success stories respond to "A Call to Action", a strategy that advances the agency by its centennial anniversary in 2016.
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Investing in childhood makes economic sense
What is the world's most vital resource? It's not oil. It's not gold. It's our children. As acclaimed economist Jeffrey D. Sachs puts it, "Investing in the health, education, and skills of children offers the highest economic returns to a country." The earlier we start making these investments, the better.
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Popularity of city-run fitness centers skyrockets
The Star Tribune
From weightlifting to Zumba, more Minnetonka, Minn., residents are taking their workouts to one central place: the city's fitness center. Attendance at the city-owned Williston Fitness Center has skyrocketed since it underwent a $4.5 million renovation in 2010. This year, membership is expected to peak at 8,400; users will top 300,000. For the first time, the city has closed nonresident memberships.
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Add your inclusive playgrounds to a national database
PlayCore and National Public Radio
NPR is identifying the address of inclusive play spaces throughout the U.S. They currently have over 1700, is your inclusive playground one of them? You can access the database and add your playgrounds.
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Playgrounds are designed to meet age appropriate challenges. Playground safety is paramount and ReadyPlay can be part of your safety program. Installation services available.

East Topeka community unites around Abbott Center
The Topeka Capital Journal
More than 70 people turned out in the gymnasium of the Juan "Poppy" Abbott Community Center to share one united message to Shawnee County, Kan.: Keep the center open. For the kids. For the community. For East Topeka. "This facility is vital to our community," said Foster Chisholm, with the East Topeka North Neighborhood Improvement Association. "Closing it would be devastating."
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County charges charity drive a fee for B&A trail
Maryland Gazette
When the organizers of the annual walk-a-thons tally up the results of their annual benefits for hunger relief in north county, they expect to come up a few hundred dollars short. On Sept. 29, the North Anne Arundel County CROP Hunger Walk will be the first in which each person who takes the two, four or six-mile stroll on the Baltimore Annapolis Trail will be charged $2 by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks.
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San Francisco city vehicle fatally hits woman in park grass
San Francisco Chronicle
VideoBriefA woman was killed when a San Francisco Recreation and Parks worker ran over her with a pick-up truck at a park in Bernal Heights, authorities said. The 35-year-old woman was lying with her baby and a dog in the grass at Holly Park when the driver struck her at about 2:20 p.m., said police spokesman Officer Tracy Turner.
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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,

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

    Glendale ramps up park oversight (Los Angeles Times)
Irvine most bicycle friendly city in Southern California (Melissa Fox, Irvine Community Services Commissioner)
Play is not important (PGP)

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How to build your own nature-based outdoor classroom
Here is a great resource for planning, designing and implementing your own outdoor classroom. The website also suggests the, "At Home With Nature" book, available here.

Maintaining high-wear areas on natural grass fields
Here are some great tips on maintaining natural grass playing fields, such as soccer fields and baseball diamonds. The article specifically details the high-traffic areas, and ways to combat the excessive wear that comes with use.

GP Red releases survey results on shade features
One of the survey results found that the cost of shade features is an obstacle to installation in parks and recreation facilities. View the survey results here.

Here are two good places to get news on trail funding, construction, user issues, and advocacy efforts
  • Recreational Trails Coalition, a national advocacy group that keeps up on legislation for MAP 21 and other trails funding
  • LinkedIn Group, Recreational Trails U.S., The group has consultants, builders, advocates, trail administrators and good discussions — the latest on how to manage OHV with quiet recreation in trails planning for large land tracts


  • 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

  • Global Conference on Disaster Management
    Oct. 24,
    Los Angeles
    Click here for details


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