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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.
Community Services Worker/Leader I/II, Diamond Bar, CaliforniaClick here for details.

CPRS Forum Highlight
Program Evaluation/Observation — Form
We are looking at revamping the way we evaluate our programs and classes from the staff side. Does anyone have a form(s) that they use when they are observing or evaluating their programs and/or staff? Thanks! Please upload your samples here.

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.

Member Highlights
Congratulations to Gregor Markel of Dahlin Group for being promoted to principal
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BCI Burke Company, LLC partners with Incline Equity Partners
BCI Burke Company, LLC announces the partnership with a Pittsburgh-based lower middle-market private equity firm, Incline Equity Partners. Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Burke is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of commercial playground and leisure equipment.
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City of Los Angeles wins bid to operate historic Point Fermin Lighthouse
Long Beach Press Telegram
In a move sure to cheer locals who worked for years to restore the Point Fermin Lighthouse, the federal government announced recently that it will transfer San Pedro’s historic structure to the city of Los Angeles. The decision comes almost three years after the 3.5-acre lighthouse was declared surplus property in 2012.
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Residents near Ohio's contaminated Saunders Park to be tested
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio's Columbus Public Health plans to test as many as seven people who live near Saunders Park to determine whether they have high levels of arsenic, lead, mercury or other contaminants that have been found in soil at the park. In the meantime, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to evaluate contaminated properties around the Near East Side park to determine whether they are candidates for a federal cleanup.
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Theater works for everyone
The Reedley Exponent
The city of Reedley and the River City Theatre Company want to open the vivid, imaginative world of the stage to more people. Specifically, they want to introduce more young people and families to theater through a new and free program that will allow youngsters to attend full dress rehearsals for RCTC shows in the historic Opera House.
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Santa Ana city council members at odds over armed park ranger unit
Orange County Register
The issue of whether Santa Ana should still have armed park rangers monitoring the city's parks continues to be a source of discord among Santa Ana City Council members. The city council recently, with councilman David Benavides absent, was split on two proposals: Starting an unarmed park ambassador program along with a police department park enforcement liaison program, or recruiting new armed park rangers, including retired sheriff's deputies.
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Victorville passes smoking ban in city parks
Hesperia Star
With widespread support from local hospitals as well as the American Cancer Society, the Victorville city council unanimously approved a ban on smoking in city parks, sports fields, recreation areas and area parking lots. While city officials forged ahead with the plan after hearing no opposition at a recent meeting, the council held off on enacting the same restrictions to electronic cigarette use, also known as vaping.
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Government should begin to measure America's powerful outdoor economy
Center for American Progress
Fewer entities have played a bigger role in protecting the nation's parks, forests, and coastlines than American businesses. Alongside altruistic environmental values, the promise of profit has powered the movement to preserve the nation’s natural wonders.
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Oceanside lifeguards rescue dolphin
San Diego Union-Tribune
VideoBrief Lifeguards recently rescued a dolphin in Oceanside, and the scene was caught on video.
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Ward Canyon dog park would serve several neighborhoods
San Diego Reader
The Normal Heights Community Association is leading a new effort to bring a bona fide dog park to mid-city. The group is set to launch a public relations campaign in hopes of convincing elected officials to procure funding for the long-planned redevelopment of Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park located on Adams Avenue between the border of Kensington and Normal Heights.
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RESOURCES


New report highlights economic impact of the Land and Water Conservation Fund
City Parks Alliance has released a new report, "A Smart Investment for America's Economy: The Land and Water Conservation Fund," which highlights the success stories of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in cities across America. The report details how cities are using LWCF grants to create measurable environmental, economic and public health returns on urban park investments.

Eighty-percent of the America's population now lives in cities, placing a renewed focus on the value of city parks. The report showcases LWCF park projects in nine metropolitan areas in the United States that have generated local, public and private investment, leading to the creation of new green spaces, more efficient storm drainage, improved public health and neighborhood revitalization.

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EDUCATION


Recreation Therapy Institute
March 13, 2015
Sacramento Convention Center
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CPRS training opportunities
Playground Safety Certification in Sacramento, March 10-12, 2015
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