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Changed or new educational sessions at Conference
We've added a few educational sessions and added speakers to other sessions. To learn more about New/Changed Sessions, please visit the CPRS Conference & Expo Website.
CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Recreation Coordinator, North Highlands, California —Click here for details.
CPRS Forum Highlight
CPRS Resource Request
A member agency is creating an office procedures manual and is requesting sample manuals which could be used as a template rather than having to start from scratch. Ideally this would be a something that could be downloaded with the ability to edit and amend as needed for the agency's office operation. Please email any samples to John Glaeser, email@example.com. Thank you.
Mail Seasonal Recreation Guide/Brochure?
We are trying to get an idea of how many agencies still mail a seasonal recreation guide/brochure to all households within their jurisdiction through the U.S. Postal Service. Any reply, "yes" or "no," and what agency you are from is appreciated. Post your answer here.
Spray Park water reductions
In August of 2014 Bakersfield closed all spray parks as a result of the State of California Drought Plan. Our spray parks do not re-circulate and were shut down to conserve water. We are now planning for spring and summer of 2015. We have discussed hourly reductions, day reductions, reducing flow to each park, etc. ... I would like to know what other communities are doing with their spray park operations in 2015. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from everyone.Post your answer here.
Want your park, what's your hurry?
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Developers have paid more than $157 million in impact fees since San Diego approved the charges on new construction in the 1980s, and despite a litany of needs the city has spent only half the money, budget records show.
The money was collected from builders in some of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods, with the idea that they should contribute to community needs such as parks and fire stations.
Mission Viejo's Pavion Park plays to all ages
Orange County Register
Pavion Park, the first universally designed park in Orange County, reopened in December after going through a renovation. Universal design is intended to provide equal access for all, including children and caregivers of all ages and abilities, a city staff report states.
Spray parks present problem for Bakersfield amid drought
Officials with the Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department are brainstorming options for keeping their spray parks open as much as possible amid the state's drought.
The city was forced to close all spray parks early last summer, because the state called for a 20 percent reduction on water usage.
El Monte renovates facilities to create senior gym
Mid Valley News
As a result of community feedback, the City of El Monte celebrated the opening of its new Senior Gym with a ribbon cutting ceremony recently. Featuring two recumbent bikes, two treadmills, two elliptical machines, a set of free weights with an adjustable bench, a multi-gym machine, a stability ball and a stretch area, the gym, located at the Jack Crippen Multipurpose Senior Center, will be open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Parks district to consider proposed hiker's fee for Mission Peak
Fremont city leaders are asking East Bay Regional Parks to consider a hiker's fee for Mission Peak.
People who live near the popular trail said the proposed fee would help keep the crowds down. Those in opposition said the fee would keep out people who cannot afford to pay.
Children in our towns and cities are being robbed of safe spaces to play
As Jay Griffiths argues in her heartrending book Kith, "Today's children are enclosed in school and home, enclosed in cars to shuttle between them, enclosed by fear, by surveillance and poverty and enclosed in rigid schedules of time." Since the 1970s the area in which children roam without adults has decreased by almost 90 percent. "Childhood is losing its commons."
Program gives 4th-graders, families free admission for a year
International Business Times
Starting this fall, fourth graders and their families can visit any of the United States' 59 national parks for free. President Barack Obama was expected to unveil his Every Kid in a Park initiative in an effort to get more young people off their phones and out the door, The Washington Post reported.
Healthy Playground Makeover 2015
Enter today and every day to win a new playground and more for your school! Each year, the Sweepstakes provides the opportunity for you to win big for your school. Enter every day until Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 5 p.m. EST for your chance to win! For more details, click here.
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