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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.
Waterpark/Pool Supervisor, Riversideclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS Aquatics Section — California Aquatic Management School Oct. 23-25, click here for more details.

What is your top programming idea?
The CPRS Conference in Ontario will offer a showcase session of remarkable community programs — we want to highlight the finest California has to offer!

Send us your best program or special event by Oct. 15 — Anything that your residents continue to support each time it's offered. What about a new twist on movies in the park? Who offers an International Festival that truly kicks butt? What about a program you submitted for a CPRS award?

Submissions can be as short as one paragraph or up to 1500 words — as much as you need to explain your program. Be sure to include your name, the name of the program, and city. By the way — we might post this information on our website or in a future magazine article.

Submit your programs here.

Executive search consultant needed
The California Parks & Recreation Society is seeking proposals from executive search consultants to assist the CPRS Board of Directors in recruiting an Executive Director, conducting initial evaluation and screening services, and providing counsel for the CPRS Executive Director Search Task Force. The Search Task Force will interview candidates and perform other evaluative functions in order to recommend the top two or three candidates to the CPRS Board of Directors for final selection. Download RFP here. Proposals due no later than Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. Direct inquiries to Michelle Lacy, president at or at 925-330-9712.

CPRS Membership Campaign
The CPRS Membership Campaign is underway and we would like to welcome the following new members to our CPRS Community:

Steve Petterle (County of Marin); Ricardo Farias, Johnny Mort (City of Napa); Scott Wade (Orangevale Recreation & Park District); Steve Ehrhardt (City of Orinda); Christine Boland (City of San Carlos); Dave Setterlund (City of San Luis Obispo); Jeff Van Sickle, Rene Camarena (City of Garden Grove); Jim Piacenti (City of Lakewood); Jacob Grant, Jesus Medina (City of Garden Grove); Frank Garcia, Melissa Romero (City of Commerce); Lee Ochoa, Lisa Phillips, Fidel Gonzalez, Joe Navarro, Guy Bowers (City of Bakersfield)

Professionals joining CPRS as a new member through Oct. 31 will receive a "Training Gift Voucher" from their CPRS District to use at a District training (value up to $50 — good through Oct. 2014)! Additionally, your agency will be placed into a drawing for a free 2014 Conference registration. You may download your membership application here.
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Tulare Skate Park proves its users don't need to be monitored, saves city money
Tulare Advance-Register
Tulare officials are reporting a $10,000 savings one year after deciding to remove city supervision at the Rotary Skate Plaza at Topham Park. Director of Community Development Rob Hunt, in a report that he prepared for the Tulare Recreation Commission, said the city spent $9,900 since last September, when city officials decided to remove park attendants.
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Raflo Park bike depot earns Best New Renovation award
Leesburg Patch
The new bicycle depot installed at Raflo Park in Leesburg won praise this month during the 2013 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Conference in Williamsburg. Leesburg's Parks and Recreation Department won the Best New Renovation/Addition (Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways or Trails) for the depot, which including bike rack, a screened restroom, lighting, an air pump and water fountains for park patrons and their dogs.
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Big trucks roll in to Avon Lake Big Trucks and Community Services Open House
The Morning Journal
Big trucks were big fun for those who attended this year's Avon Lake Big Trucks and Community Services Open House. Hosted annually at the Avon Lake Safety Center, 21855 Walker Road, the event offers people the chance to get up-close and personal with some of the area's biggest and most renowned safety and service vehicles.
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TrueLine Game Court Building & Renovation
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City's community services turns to 'micro city' model
Cambridge Times
Challenged by a growing system of parks and trails, increasing public expectations, and a rapidly changing workforce, Cambridge's Community Services Department is getting an overhaul. "This started back in 2009 when the city decided to rightsize its workforce," explains George Barnes, director of community services operations. "Two of our managers retired and weren't replaced, which has lead to us rejigging the entire system."
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Helping you navigate federal health care changes
Covering Health Care
Beginning Jan. 1, most Californians will be required to have health insurance under federal law as a result of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "health care reform," "Obamacare," or the "Affordable Care Act." This "individual mandate" to obtain health insurance will impact you whether or not you choose to purchase health insurance.
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Recreation department swaps program control for school facility access
Athletic Business
The Oak Creek, Wis., Recreation Department is ceding control of three of its largest programs — playground, basketball and swimming — to the school district in exchange for retaining priority use of portions of East Middle School. "This is the best we're going to get at this time," Recreation Director Mary Jane Trate said.
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Students at CSU Long Beach joined the Park(ing) Day campaign on Sept. 20 with this park. We like the addition of the Parks Make Life Better! welcome mat.

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,

Mayor Kevin Johnson and Coca-Cola announce grant to get Sacramento moving
The Wall Street Journal
Finding fun ways to get active in Sacramento just got easier. Mayor Kevin Johnson joined Coca-Cola to unveil a substantial program to help bolster the city's health and fitness initiatives. Totaling $192,500, the grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to the National Recreation and Park Association will be used by the City of Sacramento's Department of Parks and Recreation. The grant will help the city to marshal fitness resources for neighborhoods through multiple initiatives.
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Oakley City Council approves lease extension for senior center at former fire station
Contra Costa Times
Council members extended a lease agreement with the Oakley Senior Citizens group from three to 10 years for a former fire station while pledging to offer financial support and seek federal grant funds to help with improvements so it can open next year. As a result of a recent 4-0 vote, the nonprofit will pay a monthly token of $1 to lease the building on Second Street for meetings and recreational activities through June 14, 2015.
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To avoid lawsuits, health clubs must heed equipment life expectancy
Athletic Business
Jeffrey Long, a contributor for Athletic Business, writes: "My litigation practice has taken me into hundreds of athletic facilities over the last few years and I have witnessed facilities making expensive mistakes on a regular basis. Operating a sports facility carries many risks, some of which are unavoidable, but reducing or eliminating risks where possible can result in your facility avoiding lawsuits. Recently, I handled a case in which a small mistake resulted in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a health club."
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    College recreation finding synergies with YMCA partnerships (Athletic Business)
Is your agency's trail one of the top 10 in California? See if it made Rails to Trails' list (Rails to Trails Conservancy)
Region-wide ban of smoking in play areas under consideration (The Woolwich Observer)

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


The U.S. Access Board issued new accessibility guidelines for outdoor areas on federal lands. The guidelines provide detailed specifications for accessible trails, picnic and camping areas, viewing areas, beach access routes, and other components of outdoor developed areas when newly built or altered. They also provide exceptions for situations where terrain and other factors make compliance impracticable. Guidelines for non-federal sites covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act will be developed separately at a later date. Read more here.


  • 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.

  • Access Board Webinar: Accessible Playground Surfaces (Oct. 3)
    The U.S. Access Board will present a webinar Oct. 3 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., which will cover accessible surfaces for playgrounds. In this session, Board staff and a representative from the National Center on Accessibility will present results from a recently completed study on playground surfaces that assessed how well various types of surface systems, including engineered wood fiber, poured in place rubber, and rubber tiles, perform over time. NCA conducted this research with funding from the Board. For more information, including registration instructions, click here.

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