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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 40 job announcements; Here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Regional Operations Manager, Baldwin Parkclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS District 3 "Navigate Your Career Path" Roundtable, Oct. 24, click here for more details.

New Member Highlight
CPRS welcomes the following new members this week.
Wayne Nakaoka, Director of Planning, Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District
Ben Herrera, Recreation Supervisor, City of Monterey Park Recreation & Community Services

Education Highlight
Wondering what Maintenance Management School is all about?
New feature at the CPRS Maintenance Management School — "Open House" for Administrators. Why not experience The School for yourself? We are offering an opportunity to see the Maintenance Management School 'in action' Nov. 5 — come visit us!

Would you like 100 resources in 100 days?

CPRS is blowing up social media with its new "100 Resources in 100 Days" campaign. If you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or the CPRS Networking Communities, you can participate.

You belong to CPRS for three main reasons: Education, networking opportunities and resources. The campaign started Oct. 1. Resources will include policy samples, videos, valuable links, reports, photos and much more.

Please like the CPRS Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest or log into the CPRS Networking Communities.
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We're rooting for Long Beach!
Long Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine is a finalist in Class 1 of the National Gold Medal Awards!
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association and sponsor Musco Lighting, recognizes outstanding park and recreation management with the prestigious National Gold Medal Award. The award honors communities that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. The Gold Medal Grand Award will be presented during the Opening General Session on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Houston. Other finalists include: Henderson, Nev., Parks and Recreation; Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; and Plano, Texas, Parks and Recreation.

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Unfulfilled vision for a great Sacramento park
Sactown Magazine via The Sacramento Bee
Rob Turner says, "As a child growing up in Sacramento, my first exposure to a great civic park wasn't in Sacramento, but rather Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. I remember hundreds of cyclists, joggers and — because it was the '70s — roller skaters, forming a colorful blur of activity as they traversed its seemingly endless trails and wide expanses of green grass and trees. I also remember the crowds at the blockbuster King Tut exhibition at the de Young Museum and the old planetarium. Even though all of this was in a park, it felt like the busiest city I'd ever been in."
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Marin parks worker saves drowning man at McNears Beach
Marin Independent Journal
A county parks worker saved the life of a man who nearly drowned at McNears Beach. Louis S. Hernandez, a 32-year-old county parks seasonal assistant from San Rafael, was summoned about 6:30 p.m. by a fisherman who said a man was flailing in the water near the park's fishing pier. The victim had dropped his car keys and jumped into the bay to try to find them. After a fruitless search, he grew tired and began to struggle in the cold bay water. Another man watching from the pier alerted Hernandez.
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TrueLine Game Court Building & Renovation
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Woodland Parks and Recreation Department gets a new name
Woodland Daily Democrat
Unlike NBC, which has decided to keep both "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" comedies in its fall line up, the city of Woodland has given one the axe. Woodland's Parks & Recreation Department has changed its name to the Community Services Department.
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New Dodgers Dreamfields at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation, Republic Services and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, dedicated two new Dodgers Dreamfields at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center in Los Angeles. With the addition of the two new fields, there are now 30 completed Dodgers Dreamfields.
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Mayor McGinn suggests soft-drink tax for parks money
The Seattle Times
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is floating the idea of a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, including canned soda and fountain drinks, as a way to raise money for Seattle parks. A 1-cent-per-ounce tax could raise between $21 million and $29 million a year, McGinn said, citing estimates developed for his office in 2011.
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Chris Selley: Forget the latest hysteria, statistics show playgrounds are safe
National Post
Get ready for something else to worry about. Recently, CBC News warned us that "more than 28,000 children are injured every year on playgrounds across Canada," and that "the rate of hospitalizations has gone up by 8% between 2007 and 2012." That sounds like a lot. What might we be able to do about it?
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Parks, library start new venture
Dayton Daily News
The West Carrollton branch of Ohio's Dayton Metro Library has a new partnership with the city's parks and recreation department. The partnership will encourage literacy and physical activity through the StoryWalk project. "South," written by Patrick McDonnell, will be displayed on posts along a half-mile walking path. The path starts near the playground.
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Des Plaines Kiwanis Park equipment to be refitted for kids overseas
Daily Herald
The playground equipment at Kiwanis Park — a Des Plaines, Ill., Park District neighborhood park at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Orchard Street — is on its way to a new home. Volunteers with Kids Around the World, a nonprofit, faith-based organization, recently dismantled the swing sets, playground climbing area and slides, and removed the merry-go-round. Kids Around the World refurbishes used playground equipment and reinstalls it in more than 30 countries around the globe including Ghana, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Bosnia, Costa Rica and Zambia.
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Flood caused $49 million in damage to Boulder, Colorado, infrastructure, parks and open space
Daily Camera
Boulder, Colo., officials have released the city's preliminary assessment of flood damage to infrastructure, parks and open space: $48.91 million. But the numbers are expected to rise as waters continue to recede. The figure, provided to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covers only the public infrastructure that city work crews have been able to access since the end of the heavy rainstorms that caused Boulder's 100-year flood.
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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.

    Mayor Kevin Johnson and Coca-Cola announce grant to get Sacramento moving (The Wall Street Journal)
City's community services turns to 'micro city' model (Cambridge Times)
Recreation department swaps program control for school facility access (Athletic Business)

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Benefits of Nature
The idea that spending time in nature can make you feel better is intuitive. We all feel this to be true, and many of us have anecdotes of our own or from friends or family that support that idea. People who have been suffering from stress, sickness or a trauma can spend quiet, contemplative time in gardens or taken to the mountains or woods to heal. But nature is not just wilderness. The benefits of nature can also be found in parks and green spaces. Read more here.

New Park and Open Space GIS Data for California
An updated version of the California's Protected Areas Database — which is a detailed GIS inventory of all parks and preserves in California published by the nonprofit GreenInfo Network — is now available. The database now includes land holdings of almost 1,000 California agencies and organizations and is ideal to use in multi-jurisdictional planning or as a starting point if your agency does not have GIS data for its holdings. You can also review/comment on CPAD data for your agency though a simple online map application. Complimentary 40-minute CPAD webinars are set for Oct. 9 & 24 and Nov. 6 & 21. Register here.


  • 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.

  • Parks: The New Climate Classroom
    The Institute at Golden Gate is convening a select audience to learn from leading thinkers and share knowledge and practices across agencies, organizations, and geographies. The goals are to mobilize the education, nonprofit and public-land sectors to engage the public in new and innovative ways and accelerate the use of parks as powerful, natural platforms for climate change education. For more information, click here.

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