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CPRS CONFERENCE NEWS


The CPRS office will be closed for conference, March 4-8. We will return on March 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Don't forget to bring with you to conference:
  • Your badge.
  • Comfortable shoes and clothes. Dress in layers, sometimes rooms are cold and sometimes they're warm.
  • Business cards.
  • Your drawing card for the Browse, Byte & Network: CPRS Night at the Tech Museum social.
Network with friends or meet new ones
CPRS Districts, Regions and Sections will be having socials at the annual conference. They are great opportunities to network and meet new contacts. For a list of socials and other meetings during conference, click here.

Teen Academy
Hosted by the CPRS Youth Development Committee and CPRS District 4
Friday, March 8
San Jose Convention Center, Room 210A
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration accepted at the event: $25 per teen delegate and $50 per teen chaperone. Youth Advisors may register for the full CPRS conference package at $115 when combined with a Teen Academy-only registration. Get ready to be inspired, challenged and encouraged! This one-day conference is designed for youth and/or adult advisors from any organization who support youth development practices.



CPRS DISTRICT/SECTION HIGHLIGHTS


  • 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 7 Annual Awards & Installation Banquet, click here for invitation
  • March 15, CPRS District 8 Get Wild! Awards & Installation, click here to enter an award
  • March 27, CPRS District 13 Annual Awards & Installation Banquet, click here for invitation
  • April 10, CPRS District 2 Day Camp Lunch & Learn, click here for details
  • April 18, CPRS District 10 Awards & Installation Banquet, click here for invitation
  • April 25, CPRS District 9 Awards and Installation
  • May 3, CPRS District 4 Golf Tournament, click here for flier
  • June 1, CPRS District 1 TOTAL Guard Management, click here for flier


  • NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Donors pitch in to rebuild Playland in Latrobe, Pa.
    Tribune-Review
    Efforts to rebuild arson-damaged Playland at Latrobe's Legion Keener Park in April have received a big boost from a local contractor, as well as companies, trade schools and colleges, recreation officials said. "It's incredible how many people are involved. This community is amazing how they responded to this," said Jeanne Ashley, executive director of the Latrobe-Unity Parks & Recreation Commission.
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    Creating a park like no other
    CNNMoney
    Artist/philosopher team Claudia Moseley and Edward Shuster, who met in a tree-house protest site in the English countryside a few years ago, are taking an idea that began as a community project and branching it out to create a first-of-its-kind pop-up city in a major London city park for Summer 2013. Called The Invisible City, this architectural experiment aims to bring the cultural life of the city — including art installations, performances, lectures, music, food, drinks, and plain old hanging out — to London's leafier quarters.
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    The happiest and saddest states according to Twitter
    CNN
    If you're sick of cheerful, happy people, it might be wise to avoid Hawaii or Napa, Calif. They were found to be the United States' happiest state and city, respectively, in a recent study of geotagged tweets. Researchers at the University of Vermont sifted through more than 10 million geotagged tweets from 2011 to map out the moods of Americans in urban areas. They ranked the locations based on frequency of positive and negative words using the Mechanical Turk Language Assessment word list.
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    More recreation programs using tablet devices
    Athletic Business
    Last fall, Bobby Brown, a graduate assistant with the University of South Florida's recreation facilities department, started reaching out to other collegiate recreation professionals to ask about their experiences implementing iPads or other tablet devices among their programs. "I asked questions like how long they have had them, how many gigs, how often they need to be recharged, how to monitor apps, deal with damage, whether or not a contract is used."
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    California prosecutors launch criminal inquiry into parks 'hidden funds'
    The Sacramento Bee
    The state attorney general's office has launched a criminal investigation of California parks officials after the "hidden funds" case seemingly reached a dead end when state and local prosecutors did not pursue charges last month. Peter Southworth, a supervising deputy at the attorney general's office, disclosed to a joint legislative committee Wednesday the matter is "still under criminal review in my office." He did not specify how long the inquiry would take.

    Related article: California state auditor offers hypothesis on hidden parks funds (The Sacramento Bee)

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    Are parks keeping up with community needs?
    U-T San Diego
    People are changing, and maybe their city parks should, too. To help determine what changes are needed, Carlsbad is asking what people want in their city parks.
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    National park cuts detailed in memo
    The Associated Press via KCRA-TV
    The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. At Cape Cod National Seashore, large sections of the Great Beach would close to keep eggs from being destroyed if natural resource managers are cut.
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    Parks panel revives talk about tax, assessment
    Chico Enterprise-Record
    Chico Area Recreation and Park District is moving forward with research on a possible tax or assessment to help pay for its master plan projects. SCI Consulting of Fairfield was hired more than a year ago to do groundwork for funding options but was reined in when another Chico group proposed a 1-cent sales tax measure.
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    The value of natural play
    By Gordon MacIntyre
    Children today do not play outside as much as even a generation ago. It is a function of the way society, parenting and, therefore, children are developing. As parents, we worry about the boogeyman syndrome, that if we let our children out of our sight, someone will harm them. We worry about the evil in the world and about the safety of children. So — albeit with good intentions — we restrict them. We don't let them explore on their own. We structure the majority of their time, too often placing our own rules on them, leading their play. But natural play is nourishment to a child's soul, and here's why.
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    Call for contributors
    MultiBriefs
    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 Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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    Simply The Best
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    Building a community garden in your park
    Eat Smart Move More South Carolina
    The National Recreation and Park Association has released a new resource, "Building a Community Garden in Your Park: Opportunities for Health, Community, and Recreation." Use this tool to evaluate and promote garden projects in your community as a way to enhance sustainability, community engagement and wellness.
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    Transportation spending for biking and walking
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    International transportation expert Michael Ronkin recently addressed the issue of how much of our transportation budget should be spent on active transportation (biking and walking). This issue is like many other budget conundrums public officials face, such as, how much do we spend on our health and safety, or clean air and water? Michael Ronkin provides insights into the transportation budget question.
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    BRANDING CAMPAIGN IMPLEMENTATION



    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Create a response for when people say to you "Yes they do" or "I love parks too" after they see you wearing a Make a Parks Make Life Better!® garment.


    Amy Poehler of the television show "Parks & Recreation" visited the City of Orange Parks & Recreation and received some Parks Make Life Better!® swag.


    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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    Are you looking for a quality week long soccer camp during spring or summer vacation, and/or an ongoing soccer training program during your spring or fall season? MORE

    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 benefits/privileges
    Hal Paris, Incline Village General Improvement District, asks, "IRS Publication 15b Employee Fringe Benefits establishes a number of guidelines and restrictions. How do you apply the following to your operation?
    1. Employee discounts on goods and services not to exceed 20 percent — do you offer this benefit and if so on what types of goods and services? (Examples: Pro shop/snack bar/food operations? Programs or facility use fees? Greens fees? Gym or pool memberships?)
    2. Meals on your premises/short meal period — do you incur these circumstances, and if so do you offer meals at a reduced rate to provide relief to employees with less than 45-minute breaks? How much of a reduction?
    3. No added cost benefits — do you allow employees to utilize facilities when they are off duty if it can be provided at no additional cost?"
    Please post your answer here.

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    RFP for parks and recreation master plans
    Timothy Barry, Livermore Area Recreation & Park District, asks, "We are looking to do an update of our parks and recreation master plan for the district. Can you please send me an RFP in Word from any parks and recreation master plan you've done recently?" Please add your samples to the CPRS Networking Library.
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    Communication during special events
    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.
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    EDUCATION


  • Continuing through 2013, DEPR – CPRS Webinar Series, click here for more information
  • 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
  • Aug. 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Elk Grove), click here to register
  • Sept. 9-11, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Elk Grove), click here to register
  • Dec. 10-12, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Clemente), click here to register
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