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Birdies, eagles sought at CPRS Candidate PAC Golf Tournament
Golfers are invited to the Santa Teresa Golf Club for a four person scramble golf tournament which includes green fees, carts, range balls, barbecue lunch, dinner and raffle prizes. Learn more here.

Agencies can promote their job announcements for free
One of the goals of the annual conference is to connect aspiring professionals with agencies seeking motivated, well-qualified staff. The 2013 Job Mart in San Jose is a great setting for this to occur. Don't miss this chance for your agency to promote job openings ranging from entry-level part-time positions through top management recruitment for FREE! Download forms here.



CPRS DISTRICT/SECTION HIGHLIGHTS


  • Feb. 19, CPRS Recreation Therapy Section Recreation Therapy in Corrections Workshop, click here for registration form
  • Feb. 20, CPRS District 1 Roundtables on Marketing, Special Events & Hot Trends in Programming, click here for more information
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 3 Awards and Installation Luncheon
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 10 Mentoring Workshop, click here for flier
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 14 Daycamp Summit, click here for flier
  • Feb. 22, CPRS District 2 Awards and Installation Banquet
  • Feb. 28, CPRS District 4 Annual Awards and Volunteer Recognition Dinner
  • March 2, CPRS District 1 Awards & Installation Banquet
  • March 5, CPRS RT Section Recreation Therapy Institute, click here for details
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for details
  • March 8, CPRS Building Healthy Youth Think Tank, click here for details
  • March 15, CPRS District 8 Get Wild! Awards & Installation, click here to enter an award
  • April 18, CPRS District 10 Awards & Installation Banquet


  • NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Close roads to let children out to play
    The Daily Telegraph    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    City streets should be closed to cars in afternoons so children can play and rooftops should be turned into safe play spaces, a world leading health and planning expert says. The proposal by Dr. Karen Lee targets a severe shortage of places for children as schools go high rise, crowded classrooms don't have enough space for jump rope competitions and residents fight playground plans. Lee is New York City's award-winning healthy urban planning expert, who also has helped reverse childhood obesity rates in the city. More

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    Ohio board would like to see rangers at parks
    Dayton Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tipp City, Ohio, Parks Advisory board members are happy to see continued growth in use of parks, but also are concerned about the increasing need for someone to keep an eye on things. Board member Doug Slagel asked the board to propose that city officials hire a part-time park ranger to patrol the parks, particularly in the evenings. Following discussion, the board voted unanimously to forward the proposal to the city council to consider for future budgets. Slagel said as the number of athletic fields has grown along with possible activities, there's been more graffiti, unauthorized tournaments held at facilities, vandalism of restrooms, and other concerns. More

    Cooling solutions trending in synthetic turf industry
    Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From its introduction in the late '90s, the role of synthetic turf infill was to make synthetic turf play more like natural grass, providing more cushioning for the athlete's safety and performance. Sand and crumb rubber proved effective in creating a more playable surface for athletes, and combining the two was even better. Most modern systems are comprised of at least two different substances, with the sand in the traditional sand and rubber combination providing a base to keep the rest of the mixture from dispersing or being displaced by athletes moving on the field. More

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    Suit filed in Gonzaga student's kayaking death
    The Spokesman-Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A Spokane, Wash., city parks instructor manual appears to ban city-sponsored kayak trips in the kind of weather that led to a chaotic and deadly excursion organized by Gonzaga University and sponsored by the Spokane Parks Department, according to a recently filed lawsuit. More

    Sacramento County DA won't file charges in state parks scandal
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Sacramento County district attorney announced she will not pursue criminal charges against state parks officials in the recent "hidden funds" scandal, saying a recent investigation by the state attorney general left her little option because of its "failure to identify any crime." More


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    Looking to share your expertise?
    MultiBriefs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In an effort to enhance the overall content of P&R Weekly, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of CPRS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.

    Americans spending more on outdoor recreation
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Americans devote more money to enjoying the outdoors than buying gasoline, purchasing pharmaceutical drugs or owning cars. More than 44 percent of us make outdoor recreation a priority, adding up to an annual economic impact of $646 billion, according to a recent report by the Outdoor Industry Association. Outdoor recreation supports 6.1 million jobs and a combined $80 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue. More



    Park ranger security breakdown
    WRC-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The National Park Service has launched an internal investigation into the actions of some park rangers after the News4 I-Team obtained video that shows possible security risks at some of D.C.'s most famous monuments. It started when the News4 I-Team received an anonymous DVD in the mail with the words "This must stop" written on it. The video shows rangers accessing some of the most famous monuments in Washington: above the Lincoln Memorial, inside the Washington Monument and underneath the Jefferson Memorial, Tisha Thompson reported. But here's why this isn't just your average tourist video. More

    Emotions run high on issue of Memphis, Tenn., park name
    The Commercial Appeal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The emotionally charged issue of renaming Forrest Park in Memphis, Tenn., landed at City Council in January, leading one council member to leave a committee meeting in tears. The meeting of the council's Parks and Neighborhoods Committee began with chairman Bill Boyd offering a history lesson of sorts on the park's namesake, Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slave owner and trader who served as a Confederate cavalry leader in the Civil War and as first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan white-supremacy organization formed immediately after the war. The defense of Forrest distressed Councilwoman Janis Fullilove, who left the meeting with tears streaming down her face. More

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    Baja California celebrates 1st urban composting center; will produce almost 150 tons in its 1st year for urban greenscaping in Tijuana
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and the Municipality of Tijuana celebrated the opening of the Urban Composting Center in Tijuana, Mexico. This is the first center of its kind on the Mexican side of the border region. The compost center will produce about 150 tons of compost in its first year, which will be used to plant trees and nurseries throughout Tijuana. More

    Related article:
    Could urban gardens help save the honeybee? (Sustainable City Network)


    BRANDING CAMPAIGN IMPLEMENTATION



    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Make a Parks Make Life Better!® presentation to your commission/board members/city council.

    Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages to Jane H. Adams, jane@cprs.org.



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    MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS
    The CPRS Forums are the place for members to exchange ideas and to ask questions. The forums area currently has 200-plus threads. The value of forums increases when you share your knowledge and resources. Increase the value of your membership by answering or posting a question in the forums. Visit CPRS Forums. You can also pose your own question.

    Employee discounts
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    Cindy Toms, Town of Windsor, asks, "Our agency is wondering if any of you offer city/town employees a discount for your recreation programs. If so, could you let me know some details?
    • How did you determine how much?
    • Is the discount available for all programs?
    • How long have you been offering the discount?
    • Has there ever been any push back from policymakers and/or the community?
    • How do you budget for the loss in revenue?
    You can email her at ctoms@townofwindsor.com.


    Employee firearms policy
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    Stephanie House, West Side Recreation & Park District, asks, "I'm looking for any agencies who might ALLOW employees to carry a firearm (with the proper CCW permit) on work premises. This would pertain to non-law enforcement personnel. From quick research, I've learned that a majority of city agencies prohibit employees from carrying a firearm, but I have found at least one county and one special district who allows it with the proper department head approval. If your agency DOES allow this, could you please share any policy verbiage?" Please post your answer here.

    Communication during special events
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    Jennifer Herb, City of Santa Clara, asks, "The City of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department is reviewing our past practice of renting portable radios to communicate among and between staff, commissioners and volunteers at our large-scale special events. I wonder if there is insight regarding how other parks and recreation departments successfully communicate with one another at special events?" Please post your answer here.

    Open space use policy and fees
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    Jeff Ruth, City of Yorba Linda, asks, "The City of Yorba Linda is researching policies and fees related to use of open spaces, e.g., grass areas that are not officially designated as parks, green belts, grass areas next to rental facilities. If your agency has a policy and fees covering the use of an area of open space, please share your agency's policy and any additional comments with us. You can upload your policies to the CPRS Networking Communities Library." Please click here to leave a comment.

    Metal detectors in parks
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    Robin Bettin, City of Poway, asks, "Does anyone have a policy or a section in your muni code prohibiting the use of metal detectors in parks? We have been having an issue with people using them in the parks and causing damage — their finds include parts of our irrigation system, etc. Is anyone else having this issue?" Please post your answer here.

    EDUCATION


    Join us! Webinar highlights successful partnerships to keep children healthy when school's out
    Did you know that low-income children may be at greater risk of food insecurity and obesity when school lets out for summer vacation? Join the California Summer Meal Coalition for its "Cities, Schools, and Community Partners: Working Together for Healthy Summers" webinar to learn about the different ways in which elected officials, city agencies, school districts, and community-based organizations can work together to create a healthy summer for children. Click here to register.

  • Continuing through 2013, DEPR – CPRS Webinar Series, click here for more information
  • March 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Jose), click here to register
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for more details
  • April 16-18, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Riverside), click here to register
  • May 17, Park Planning & Development Institute
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