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As 2012 comes to a close, the California Park & Recreation Society would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of P&R Weekly a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

Recreation departments restructure to maximize efficiency
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From Feb. 27: Cities and recreation departments have been slashing services and staff, struggling to operate within their budgets without sacrificing programs. For many, the situation is only getting worse, with many departments hard-pressed to find ways to stay in business. With a staff consisting of two employees and a budget bordering on nonexistent, the city of Half Moon Bay, Calif., didn't have a lot of options remaining when it sent out requests for proposals to take over operation of its recreation department last year. The city was expecting responses from organizations like the YMCA or Boys & Girls Clubs of America, but the winning bid ultimately came from the city of San Carlos recreation department, just a few miles up the road. More

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Seattle reverses course, allows breast cancer survivor to swim topless
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From June 25: In a city as progressive as Seattle, Jodi Jaecks never thought her desire to go swimming would make such a splash. "That's not my style — to make big waves — but this is much bigger," Jaecks said, sitting on the porch of her Seward Park home. It might be one thing if it was a style choice for Jaecks to want to swim topless in public. It's a whole different thing when you realize it's because of what happened last year. More

New York introduces its 1st adult playground
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From July 16: It was a classic father-son moment, reversed: The 2-year-old sat and watched patiently as his parent hung upside down from the monkey bars. A few feet away, a white-haired man skipped across an S-shaped metal beam. Another man squeezed his 6-foot frame onto a metal rack for situps, and two others hoisted themselves up chin-up bars. Never mind the punishing diets, the gym dates and the doctors' warnings, the quest to live a healthier, more active lifestyle has come to this: playgrounds for adults. More

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Irate singer hits Los Angeles County worker with her car over dog-leash dispute
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From Feb. 13: No one ever tells you the dangers of being a county employee, such as the off-chance that a struggling musician might try to run you over. That’s what happened for one L.A. County park employee who was caught in the headlights of a singer who was rabid over the fact that the local government official had the simple temerity to tell Arune Kavaliauskaite to put a leash on her dog at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena. More

What theme park pass costs $2,500?
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From Nov. 19: Remember back in May when Disneyland raised its annual passes to a top price of $649, creating shock and awe among Southern California residents? It was easy to assume that $649 was the ceiling, but there is a Southern California attraction that charges much more for its top membership package. It's Legoland California. The Carlsbad property offers an "Ambassador Resort" membership for $2,500. More

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California parks director resigns amid scandal
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From July 23: State Parks Director Ruth Coleman resigned and her second in command has been fired after officials learned the department has been sitting on nearly $54 million in surplus money for as long as 12 years. The moves come in the wake of a scandal, revealed by The Sacramento Bee, in which a deputy director at State Parks carried out a secret vacation buyout program for employees at department headquarters last year. That buyout cost the state more than $271,000. More

Weed pulling provides full-body exercise
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From Oct. 29: A self-described "weed warrior," Sue Duckles combined her love for hiking and gardening into a hybrid hobby — removing invasive weeds from wilderness parks. It all started when she cleared ivy from her own backyard, restoring it into a beautiful oak woodland. Having seen volunteers working on habitat restoration during her hikes in the East Bay regional parks, Duckles decided to join them when she retired two years ago. She now volunteers almost every weekend. "While I didn't take this up specifically for its exercise benefits, it has proven to be an outstanding fitness activity," she said. More

What are the best cities to find a park?
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From July 16: A ground-breaking park rating system developed by The Trust for Public Land ranks San Francisco, Sacramento, Boston and New York as the nation's top city park systems. Mesa, Ariz.; Louisville, Ky.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Fresno received the lowest ParkScores among the 40 largest U.S. cities. ParkScore is the most comprehensive park rating system ever developed and was designed to help local communities identify where new parks are needed most and which park improvements can deliver the greatest impact. More

Playing: A risky business
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From June 18: Brett Lezon writes, "Recently I read an article titled 'Return of risk: The growing movement to let kids play like kids.' After glancing at the title I found myself confused and interested so I read on. While reading, questions began to pour through my mind. What led to this? What happened to 'old-fashioned' play where your parents let you out in the morning and expected you back in the evening?" More

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Rethinking redevelopment in California
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From Feb. 13: One of the country's oldest and largest public economic development programs came to an inglorious end when the governor and Legislature pulled the plug on California's 400 redevelopment agencies. So why did the governor and lawmakers end the state's only real community revitalization program, especially at a time when there is such great need for jobs and affordable housing? More

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CPRS/Aquatics International    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Feb. 13
The February issue of Aquatics International magazine featured a special report called "Power 25," which honors 25 standout leaders in the industry. CPRS member Tom Hellmann made the list of professionals to be recognized for his contributions and ongoing commitment to the aquatic industry. Tom works for Cosumnes Community Services District as a Recreation Supervisor I. More

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