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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has more than 40 job announcements; Here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
District Administrator, Rio Lindaclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS District 10 Training, Nov. 6, click here for more details.

Forum Highlight
Activity guide & online registration
Ashley Howe asks five easy questions about activity guides and on-line registration. Please answer her questions here.

CPRS Membership Campaign
CPRS welcomes the following new members to our CPRS Community:
Nick Philbin (Ross Recreation Equipment), Brandon Hamann (City of Santa Rosa), Blair Aas (SCI Consulting Group), Heather Vilhauer (CSU East Bay), Jessica Reaber (City of Pleasanton), Edith Figueroa (City of San Pablo), Ricky Silva (City of Alameda), Sarah Reid (City of Reedley), Patti Deirmenjian (City of Atascadero), Keith Zilker (Ladera Ranch Maint. Corp.) and Vickie Hight (Wasco Recreation & Park District.)

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.

Awards Program Correction
The CPRS Awards Program brochure incorrectly states "Project must have been completed between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012." for the Excellence in Design Awards. The correct project completion dates are November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013. The dates are correct on the CPRS Awards Program website.
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Better park signs can spur more people to exercise, study says
If a city wants healthier residents, it might consider new signs in its parks and other simple measures, according to a Rand Corp. study that indicates it can be inexpensive to get people to be more active. Given the widespread calls for Americans to exercise more, from the first lady to the corner gym, the researchers decided to see if they could increase use of and activity in local parks. They picked 50 parks in Los Angeles, gave some of them $4,000 each to spend in efforts to increase use of the parks, and then looked at what happened from 2007-2012.
Read more: Los Angeles Times | TIME Magazine

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Project Fit: Areas of new playground equipment open
"Exercise should be fun, not hard work," students at Unit 5's Benjamin Elementary School in Illinois were told. But both were evident as a ribbon was cut at the McLean County Unit 5 school to officially open an area of new playground equipment, received as part of a Project Fit grant sponsored by OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.
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TrueLine Game Court Building & Renovation
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Getting girls in the game benefits us all
The Huffington Post
Oct. 11 marks the second annual International Day of the Girl, and the United Nations' theme this year is "Innovating for Girls' Education." Making girls' sports a priority is exactly the innovation needed to strengthen educational and employment outcomes across the globe. Female youth who play sports are more likely to stay in school and graduate while avoiding teen pregnancy, and exercise has been linked to a decrease in breast cancer risk and certain types of depression. But getting girls into the game can also increase a country's gross domestic product.
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California's Protected Areas Database
CPAD is a GIS inventory of all fee-protected open space in California and is available for download. Conservation easement data is also available. Help improve CPAD by sharing your data or reviews. You can also learn more about accessing and using CPAD data on their monthly webinars.
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Certification — It's the professional thing to do!
Certified Park and Recreation Professional is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. CPRP certification demonstrates your practical knowledge and that you have the current real-world skills necessary in today's changing park and recreation environment.
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2013 National Congress for Parks and Recreation secret page

Recently, park and recreation professionals converged in Houston for the 2013 National Congress for Parks and Recreation. Their keynote speaker, Jeremy Gutsche, CEO of, presented a powerful and timely keynote on making our case. Gutsche provided delegates with this "secret" page — check it out here.
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Miss Huntington Beach 2013 may look familiar to many of you — she is Recreation Leader Erin Burke, and she attended the CPRS District 10 General Membership Meeting last month! Her platform is how "Parks Make Life Better!" in Huntington Beach, and she will be able to speak about why Municipal Recreation Services are so vital to the communities we serve. Yes, parks really do make life better!

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.

    City of San Rafael wins 1st-ever Silver Beacon Award (Institute for Local Government)
New 'green' playground at P.S. 261 will help prevent flooding of Gowanus Canal (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
RWC Parks & Rec Depertment earns 'Champs for Change' honors (Redwood City - Woodside Patch)

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The American Grants and Loans Catalog is now available
American Publishing's new and revised 2013 edition contains more than 2800 financial programs, subsidies, scholarships, grants and loans offered by the U.S. federal government. In addition you will also have access to over 2400 programs funded by private corporations and foundations. That is over 5200 programs available through various sources of financial providing organizations. Read more here.

Record playground inspections straight to your smartphone or tablet with PlaySafe
PlaySafe is a full playground asset, inspections and task management tool which eliminates paper records . The mobile and desktop applications enable you to record, store, access and report on your playground inspections and audits electronically. It is free to download and will help to save you time and money. Read more 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.

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