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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.
Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, Riversideclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D4 YAC Attack, March 1, click here for more details.

Forum Highlight
Affordable Care Act
Now that this Act is going forward, we wanted to check in with agencies to see how they are tackling this new mandate. Attached is our City's new draft policy and we are working through the nuances that affect our Parks and Recreation business. What are you doing to address the ACA?
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Become a Certified Playground Inspector
Playground Safety Certification provides the authority to examine playgrounds for compliance with California regulations R-39-97. To become certified we recommend you take the certification course, then sit for the 100 question exam. Once certified with the National Recreation and Park Association, you will remain certified for three years. CPRS is the exclusive provider for playground safety certification courses throughout California.

April 28-30 | San Diego
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June 18-20 | Livermore
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Don't miss out on the 2014 CPRS Candidate PAC golf tournament!
The tournament will take place on Tuesday, March 4, and will be a great way for you to kick-off the 2014 California and Pacific Southwest Recreation and Park Training Conference in Ontario. Your golf game has a chance to reach its peak as you play below the peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains at the Sierra Lakes Golf Club. As you stand on each tee you will feel as if you can reach up and touch the imposing San Bernardino Mountains that lie just beyond the green. The entry fee of $100 includes green fees, carts, tee prize, box lunch and dinner with open bar. There will also be a reverse raffle board and a fantastic raffle with golf equipment, electronics and more! Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. Download flier here.
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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.


Riverside may hire unarmed guards at some parks
The Press-Enterprise
Private, unarmed security guards may be hired to patrol as many as 13 of Riverside's 58 parks, despite mixed reactions from residents and split opinions on the City Council. After public complaints about crimes such as illegal camping, drug deals and two shootings in parks, City Manager Scott Barber suggested hiring private guards as a temporary solution.
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Pedal power in city square
As a part of our work, CityPeloton won the first prize of a competition held by the municipality of Jerusalem. The aim of the competition was to design an urban installation for the city hall square. Our proposal was to place dozens of bicycles, mounted to the square's surface. The paddling of each bike generates a different amusing action, such as drum beat, gramophone tune, ventilator, dancing lamp, flower popping and a large scale speedometer.
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Hit the trails and play as a family!
The Play and Playground News Center
Across the United States, playful trails and pathways are being added to both urban and suburban neighborhoods. Trail owners are increasing community capital, encouraging active lifestyles and utilizing infrastructure that is often already in place by creating more interactive paths that add playful stops along the way. Many trail and pathway owners are finding that although the path is utilized by couples, joggers, dog walkers, cyclists and seniors, the usage by children and families is not as prevalent.
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  Let us simplify your Recreation Insurance needs
Liability – Accident – Vendor – Special Event – Contractor
– Director & Officer - Tulip

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Gary Duncan 760-238-1491 800-849-0293

Study finds swimming grows minds
Aquatics International
Trying to sell a pool to a family that isn't quite convinced? Hit 'em with this fact: Kids who swim are smarter. According to a recent Australian study, children who participate in swim lessons at an early age reach significant developmental milestones earlier than their nonswimming peers. They score higher in tests and are generally better coordinated.
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SPARK Grant Finder
Need a grant? This is the place to start. The SPARK website has a very extensive list of grants.
For more information, click here.

Become Summer Food Service program sponsor
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson is encouraging schools, camps, Indian tribal governments, private nonprofit agencies, and municipal, state, county, and local government offices to apply to become summer food service program sponsors. Sponsors will obtain food from another SFSP sponsor, public or commercial food vendor, or school food service department and provide activities to promote the food program, inviting families to bring their children to the site to be fed nutritious food without any income verification required. To read the full article and learn about how to apply, click here.


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

    Facility fails to protect stabbed flag football player (Athletic Business)
As the middle class fades, the casual youth athlete dies out with it (Forbes)
Sustainable renovation: A question of return on investment (Athletic Business)
60-minute webinars for 2014 — Great for an addition to a staff meeting (CPRS)

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Frederick Law Olmstead Jr.: A Vision for the American West Symposium
March 27-28, Stanford University

This symposium brings together nationally known planners, designers, scholars, and thought leaders to explore how the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. has shaped landscape architecture, regional planning, and natural resource conservation in the American West.
Visit our page here.

Online Masters from North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University online Masters Degree for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sports Management Professionals is looking for applicants for the Fall 2014 semester.
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