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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.
Community Services Supervisor, La Verne, Californiaclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS Region 4 Mini Conference, Nov. 13, 2013, click here for more details.

Member Highlight
Modesto's top parks and recreation official resigns
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Member Question
Secret Shopper/Mystery Shopper programs

If you have any information regarding a Secret Shopper/Mystery Shopper program with your agency, please send it to Todd Gutjahr, City of Yucaipa.
CPRS Survey
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Hotels now open
The housing site is now open to take your room reservations for the 2014 Conference. Click here to book your room online.

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CPRS Leisure Research Symposium looking for abstracts
Please consider submitting an abstract for the CPRS Leisure Research Symposium in March in Ontario and encourage graduate students to submit. Our goal this year is to publish abstracts on the CPRS website for use by the practitioners. Review the call form, and please contact Dr. Keith Fulthorp, CSU Long Beach, for more info.
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Conference show and tell
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 Dec. 1. Anything that your residents continue to support each time its 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. Send submissions to
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CPRS Membership Campaign
CPRS welcomes the following new members to our CPRS Community:
Donna Wood, Miles Slattery (City of Eureka); Penny Hernandez, Cyndi Williamson (City of Vacaville); Brenda Sylvia, Jason Kukkola (Cordova Recreation & Park District); William Walker (North Tahoe Public Utility District); Joseph Melancon (City of Emeryville); Michelle Jacobs (City of Pleasanton); Frank Fanara (City of Belmont); Mike Noce (City of Burlingame); Samantha Haimovitch (City of South San Francisco); Carol Atwood (City of Cupertino); Chris Ghione (City of Morgan Hill); Judy Burditt (North County Recreation and Park District); Leslie Ciletti (A Day Away ADHC); Juan Medina, Lori Ochoa, Marti Carroll, Paul Victoria (City of Garden Grove); Stacy Blackwood, Chris Hill (OC Parks); Ashley Cain (Big Canyon Country Club); Mariana Mitchell, Erik Garwick (City of Fontana); Amanda Shanks (City of Whittier)

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 October 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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Don't miss Nov. 15, 2013 — The entry deadline for the CPRS Awards Program is quickly approaching!
The Awards Program is an excellent opportunity to acknowledge all that you have done:
  • Champion of the Community Award honors your Volunteers, Partners, Stakeholders, Elected Officials
  • Creating Community Award of Excellence honors programs, special events, or initiatives that promote the mission of the profession
  • Excellence in Design — Parks recognizes outstanding neighborhood, community, regional, and specialty parks
  • Excellence in Design — Facilities recognizes outstanding aquatic, community center / mixed use, or cultural facilities
  • Marketing & Communications Award of Excellence honors print, audio visual, or electronic communications
Professional Awards recognizes CPRS members for their service and commitment to the field:

Rising Professional — NEW! For those with 5 years or less of involvement
Citation of Merit — for those with 6 years or more of involvement
Honorary Membership — honors those with long term service
Fellowship / Hall of Fame — CPRS’ highest award of professional excellence

To learn more, click here

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Fresno's Wills Community Center gets major makeover
The Fresno Bee
One of Fresno's flagship community centers has received a makeover. City officials gathered to sing the praises of a year-long rehabilitation of the Ted C. Wills Community Center in central Fresno. City Hall spent nearly $1.3 million on a long list of maintenance chores, including the removal of decaying structures, the remodeling of crumbling bathrooms and the replacement of old electrical systems.
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Feral pigs go hog wild, root and ravage at park
The Press-Enterprise
Feral pigs from the Santa Ana River are making nocturnal raids into Riverwalk Park in Eastvale, causing thousands of dollars in turf damage as they root for grubs, worms and other food. Richard "Ric" Welch, the Jurupa Community Services District's parks and community affairs director, said there have been two such incidents in the past three or so weeks.
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Los Angeles city controller opens the data floodgates with new online resource
CA Fwd. via Public CEO
n a city the size of Los Angeles, five weeks might as well be five minutes when it comes to the government Iaccomplishing anything significant in that span of time. But about five weeks is what it took L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin's office to build and launch ControlPanelLA, a slick and intuitive portal into a massive amount of the city's under-the-hood data that was launched this morning via a press conference at City Hall East.
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Santa Rosa gas station gets OK despite cyclists' objections
The Press Democrat
A plan to reroute a popular bicycle trail around a proposed gas station and market on the western edge of Santa Rosa was criticized as not doing enough to protect bicyclists but was approved anyway by the city's Planning Commission. In a 5-1 vote, the commission signed off on plans to build the station, market and one-bedroom apartment along the Joe Rodota Trail at North Wright Road just south of the Fulton Road and Highway 12 intersection.
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TrueLine Game Court Building & Renovation
TrueLine now does complete renovations and building of courts. See our splashpad surfaces! We continue to offer tennis court, basketball and other game court surfacing. MORE
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Why parks matter: How our parks affect city life
The Rapidian
In an era of urban revitalization that is creating increased populations in American urban environments, it is important for cities to maintain the appropriate levels and quality of green space to keep up with the growth. Various studies indicate many benefits that urban green space provides. Four major benefits of city parks are they increase health, social connection, aid the environment and have significant positive impacts on the local economy.
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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.


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.

    Council votes to launch bike corrals, plan parklets in Sacramento (The Sacramento Bee)
Local recreation wouldn't be the same without PARC Foundation (Presido Sports)
YMCA comes to rescue of struggling recreation center (Athletic Business)

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


With the renewed interest in outdoor fitness, PlayCore’s newest best practice guidebook release is a timely tool for providing communities with guidance to create meaningful outdoor fitness spaces. To learn more about becoming a National Demonstration Site for Fitness, or to obtain a copy of the Best Practice Guidebook, click here.

Research you can use: Newly published research sheds light on programming and its affect on park usage. 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.
  • March 4-6, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Ontario), click here to register.

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