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Changed or new educational sessions at Conference

CPRS
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.
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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.
Recreation Specialist II, Belmont, 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, john@cprs.org. Thank you.

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.

Food Truck Policy
Cordova Recreation & Park District is finding that with the popularity of food trucks, so are the requests for setting up in and around their parks. CRPD currently has two parks being used on a regular basis for community gathering spots and are receiving more requests. Does anyone have a policy that helps regulate use of parks as well as collecting fees from the trucks. Please email sample policies to John Glaeser, john@cprs.org. Thank you, or you can leave a comment at the below link. http://community.cprs.org/vb/showthread.php?t=408.




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Retired recreation manager recalls joys of the job
San Angelo Standard-Times
Writes Maryann Vasquez, former recreation manager for the city of San Angelo, Texas: "I ... continued my employment with the city because I felt I could make a difference in the community in which I was born and raised. With each position, more responsibility was added for helping our community understand the rules that govern our fine city."
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Parklets offer 'play and go' in cities
Playground Professionals
We've all heard the timeless adage "stop and smell the roses." While this is sound advice, when folks today find a spare moment away from life's responsibilities they are more likely to be transfixed by a handheld device than by the natural beauty that surrounds them. This is especially true in urban environments, where nature and play spaces are often hard to come by. This is what inspired the invention of parklets.
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Collaboration needed on nature and well-being links
BBC
Scientists need to capitalize on a growing body of evidence showing a link between biodiversity and human well-being, a U.S. review has suggested. It said rapid progress could be made if there was better communication and collaboration between researchers and public health and land-use officials.
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Burbank's Earthwalk Park to receive ADA-compliant upgrades
The Burbank Leader
"Antiquated" playground equipment will soon be replaced at Burbank's Earthwalk Park with new equipment that will be compliant with new Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, according to a staff report. The proposed project will also replace shade structures at the park, located at the corner of Grismer and Peyton avenues.
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