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CPRS
As a CPRS voting member you are an owner of CPRS. Being an owner means you have the responsibility to elect who will govern CPRS at the state, district and section level. We hope you will exercise your owner rights and vote in the 2015 election. Once you enter the E-Vote System, you will be prompted to provide your CPRS Voting User Name (fist and last name, no spaces) and Password (your 6 digit member number). Thank you in advance for voting in the CPRS election! Voting closes at midnight, Jan. 23. Click here to enter the CPRS E-Vote System.
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Conference hotels filling fast

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Book your hotel room now at http://conference.cprs.org/Housing_Travel.html.
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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Chief of Design and Construction, East Bay, CaliforniaClick here for details.

CPRS Forum Highlight
Sports Officials
The city of Palmdale is reviewing the process by which referees are secured for its youth and adult sports programs. If anyone has a sample contract or associated forms available they would appreciate it. Please upload them here. http://community.cprs.org/vb/showthread.php?t=402.

Recreation Cooking Class Instructor Requirements
I am looking to expand the variety of classes we offer through the Recreation Department. I placed an ad in our Activity Guide that if anyone had a special skill, and would like to share it in a class setting to contact me. I was contacted by someone who would like to do a cooking class, but has never taught a cooking class before.
My question is, do they need a ServSafe or any other specific certificates to teach this class? Click here to leave your response.

Member Highlights
After 3 decades, Palo Alto recreation chief says farewell
After a varied three-decade career that took him from a teenaged volunteer at Palo Alto's animal shelter to the director of the city's Community Services Department, Greg Betts is preparing for the next phase. Betts, long known around City Hall for his genial manner and passion for enhancing the city's recreational programs and open-space preserves, earned a standing ovation and a resolution of appreciation from the City Council recently after he concluded a 31-year career in city government.
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Fighting childhood obesity a high priority in Patterson
Writes Juliene Flanders: As the director of the Department of Recreation and Community Services, I'm not just managing Patterson’s facilities and public programs, I am your partner in health. At a time when obesity rates remain high, my colleagues and I know that to improve our communities' health we need to make addressing childhood obesity our top priority.
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Pilot program looks to transform infrastructure into art in Redwood City
San Jose Mercury News
Several of Redwood City's graffiti-covered utility and traffic control boxes are getting a major makeover. Local artists have been tapped to turn the otherwise drab infrastructure into colorful works of art under a pilot program introduced last fall by the Civic Cultural Commission and the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
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South Valley organizations partner for walking program
The Business Journal
The Kaweah Delta Health Care District is teaming up with several community and health advocacy groups to offer a Just Walk With a Doc program. Together with the Healthy Visalia Committee, Family HealthCare Network, Tulare County Medical Society and the Visalia Parks and Recreation Department, the district will host walking events on the second Saturday of each month.
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Boys & Girls Club wants to expand in Burbank
The Burbank Leader
With the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley bulging at the seams, the club's leadership approached the city of Burbank to discuss a possible partnership allowing them to build a new facility on city park property. Recently, the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Board voted 4-1 to recommend that the City Council allow the partnership to move forward in developing plans for the new club.
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Plans to be announced to restore tornado-ravaged Michigan park
WXMI-TV
The powerful tornado that ravaged homes and businesses in parts of Kent County, Michigan last summer left damage that continues to concern many residents. City of Wyoming officials will present residents their plan to restore one of the hardest hit areas, Ideal Park. Ideal Park was covered with dense old-growth forests, some trees up to 300 years old.
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When the parking space becomes a park
The New York Times
The three parking spots on the street directly in front of Tony's Pizza Napoletana, in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, have been the site of a rap-music video, poetry readings, a fashion photo shoot and jazz mini-concerts. In 2011, Mr. Gemignani had bamboo flooring, tables, brightly colored cafe chairs and dwarf fig and olive trees installed on a platform that extends from the curb over the pavement. In this way, the parking spots are transformed into a micro park, or parklet.
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Changing perceptions of urban parks and play
Athletic Business
Play has a role in shaping our cities. Recent demographic trends show a migration from the suburbs back into the central cores of America's cities. This is good news to those who believe that dense development is healthier and more sustainable than the sprawling growth patterns of recent decades.
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SB 47 — The Children's Safe Playground and Turf Field Act of 2015
SB 47 prohibits installation of new fields & playgrounds containing crumb rubber from used tires for two years (Jan. 1, 2016–Jan. 1, 2018) while the state conducts a comprehensive study on potential health impacts. Fields/playgrounds made from alternative materials not containing crumb rubber from used tires are not subject to the moratorium. Fields/playgrounds made from crumb rubber from used tires that are already under construction, or any contract for such installation entered into by Jan. 1, 2016, are not subject to the moratorium. To view the bill, click here.
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SCR 9 — California Girls and Women in Sports Week
SCR 9 proclaims Feb. 1-7, 2015, as California Girls and Women in Sports Week in recognition of the important contribution by female athletes, coaches, officials and sports administrators in promoting the value of sports. For more info download the governor's letter from CPRS.
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NRPA Awards time
The National Recreation and Park Association is now accepting applications for its Gold Medal, National and Hall of Fame awards. Applying for these awards is a great chance to receive national recognition for outstanding individuals, your department and programs as well as demonstrating your value to your community and local leaders. Applications are available now and due by March 23, 2015. Visit www.nrpa.org/awards to learn more and apply.
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RESOURCES


January trendSCAN
What do the important gurus of trend setting and future projections envison for 2015 and beyond? Will the current support for land acquisition continue? What do the identified trends such as "instant skills" and "fast laning" mean for parks and recreation? And the repeated projections for urbanization of the world not just the United States has major implications. Click here to read. .

New research reports on active transportation
Two new research papers from NRPA that focus on walking and active transportation and the important role of parks in both are now available. The "Active Transportation" research report examines the benefits of active transportation such as walking and bicycling. Use this report to glean important research facts you can use with your leaders and elected officials to demonstrate your vital role in active transportation.

The "Safe Routes to Parks" research report presents research and information on the intersection of parks and walkability and gives you the steps and information to establish more safe routes to parks in your community to improve well-being and foster livable communities.

Click here to access both reports and use them in your community.


EDUCATION



CPRS training opportunities
Playground Safety Certification in Sacramento, March 10-12, 2015
http://www.cprs.org/user_media/pdfs/Education/sacramento%202015.pdf .


 

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