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Creating superior athletic facilities through an interactive workshop environment with agency staff and user groups


CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 30 job announcements; Here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Seasonal Lifeguards, Walnut Creek, here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D2 Connecting Members, Sharing Resources, Feb. 5, click here for more details.

Forum Highlight
Park Development on Decomissioned Landfills
We have a couple of decommissioned landfills in our system, and we have groups that would like to see these developed into fields. Natural turf is not an option, and any structure would be an issue because the ground is still settling. Does anyone know of any projects where synthetic turf has been used over a decommissioned landfill?
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CPRS has added an additional hotel!

The housing deadline has been extended to Feb. 25. The Radisson Ontario Airport Hotel is conveniently located across the street from the Ontario Convention Center. Click here for housing form or click here to book your room online.
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EASTVALE: Serving a different demographic
The Press-Enterprise
Richard "Ric" Welch, California's Jurupa Community Services District's director of parks and community affairs, announced at the Jan. 28 town hall that the department is expanding its recreation schedule to include, shall we say, mature adults. Eastvale is known as a young city of young families who are always on the go, go, go.
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Legislative change to after school program snack requirement
California AfterSchool Network
New legislation pertaining to the snack requirement for ASES, 21st CCLC, and ASSETs programs became effective Jan. 1. Attached is a handout explaining the change, comparing the new requirement with the prior requirement, and a list of suggested resources on meals and snacks served in after school programs.
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'Youthful enthusiasm' help adults overcome fear of water
Aquatics International
When helping adults overcome their fear of water, I believe that one of the most overlooked components of that process is something that can be subtle, even unrecognizable, yet plays an unmistakingly significant role in a positive outcome. By the time most adults come to me for help, they bring with them all the emotional baggage that they have developed and dragged along with them all those years as a result of that fear.
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State schools chief Tom Torlakson urges agencies to apply to become summer food service program sponsors
Helping students get enough nutritious food during the summer recess will help them succeed in school in the fall, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who today urged eligible organizations to become sponsor meal sites under the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). "California's young people need healthy meals and intellectual stimulation as much when school is out of session as they do during the regular school year," Torlakson said. "That's why I'm urging leaders at school, in the community, and other agencies to sign up to become summer meal sites to help keep kids well-nourished and ready to learn when they return."
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  Got Surfacing? Safe*Resilient* Accessible

Playgrounds are designed to meet age appropriate challenges. Playground safety is paramount and ReadyPlay can be part of your safety program. Installation services available.

Roanoke's Countryside Golf Course deal with athletic group part of trend
The Roanoke Times
The lease deal between Roanoke, Va., and a private soccer club that will develop playing fields on the old Countryside golf course is the first partnership of its kind to develop athletic facilities in the city. It's part of a growing national trend as cash-strapped local governments struggle to fund those kinds of community amenities on their own.
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Pickleball courting growing popularity
Carol Drake loves a variety of sports and regularly played racquetball until foot surgery made the pace a bit challenging. Then a couple of years ago she saw a demonstration of pickleball at Four Seasons Health Club. The game is a cross between tennis, badminton and pingpong.
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EPA not entirely confident playground turf is safe for children
The Huffington Post
The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly updated its website in response to a complaint that its public information on artificial turf made from old tires understated potential concerns about safety. The recycled tire parts, sometimes called "tire crumb," are used to make pliant surfaces for playgrounds, tracks and playing fields. There are concerns that the tires contain lead and other harmful chemicals, putting children who play on the turf at risk.
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World We Want Foundation Grants
Deadline: Rolling

In an effort to support youth who are looking to make a positive impact on their community and the world as a whole, the World We Want foundation is accepting applications for grants for funding used towards Social Action Projects. The organization encourages Young Global Citizens to take action in their community to design projects with social importance while building valuable knowledge in the 21st century.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

2014 California Children's Report Card (Children Now)
Children Now has released the 2014 California Children’s Report Card which includes a detailed analysis of the status of California students. The evaluation of kids’ performance is meant to encourage state leaders to make effective policy decisions that make children a priority in 2014. The report card examines 27 critical education, health, and child welfare topics, emphasizing that a variety of factors affect child performance. Additionally, the report includes in-depth assessments of progress as well as offering suggestions for moving forward.

To read the full report, click here.


Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages in your programming — We want photos! Send to Jane H. Adams,

Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    17 jobs at risk in proposals for San Bernardino parks (San Bernardino County Sun)
Indianapolis mounting push to privatize parks (Indianapolis Business Journal)
Newport Beach's $100,000 lifeguards threatened as pensions mount (San Francisco Chronicle)
What happens when a suburb can't afford its roads (The Atlantic)

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  • March 4-6, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Ontario), click here to register.
  • March 4-7, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here to register.


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