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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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com. Thank you, or you can leave a comment at the below link. http://community.cprs.org/vb/showthread.php?t=408.
Are you TB testing new hires such as seasonal lifeguards, swim instructors and camp counselors? Do you require them to get it on their own or do you send them to a clinic? Is the agency or the employee paying for the TB test? Do you require outside contractors who teach specialty camps/programs to provide proof of TB testing? Thank you for your input. Post your answers at the link below.
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For new parks chief, Monterey County looks to Los Angeles
To help push its financially troubled parks department forward, Monterey County is turning to an unusual place — urban Los Angeles. Mark Mariscal, 55, a superintendant of operations for the city of Los Angeles’ parks department and the current president of the California Park & Recreation Society, will assume the top parks post in Monterey County on March 23.
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Fairfield hires new community resources director
After several years of having a part-time director of its Community Resources Department, Fairfield City Manager David White has announced that Ann Mottola will be joining the city as its new, full-time director. Mottola was most recently a division manager in the city of Dublin’s Parks and Community Services Department and brings more than 18 years of management experience to Fairfield.
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Emissions-free Pasadena park uses battery-powered mowers, leaf blowers
Men wearing orange vests, khaki shirts and snug green caps wielded an arsenal of power tools at Garfield Park in South Pasadena on a recent afternoon. The landscapers from Canoga Park-based TruGreen LandCare mowed the grass, blew the leaves and whacked the weeds, but they did so using only battery-electric equipment, marking the first city park in the nation to be 100 percent gas- and emissions-free.
San Rafael approves Terrapin Crossroads' plan to improve Beach Park
Marin Independent Journal
A plan by Terrapin Crossroads to renovate Beach Park in San Rafael is moving forward following the approval of architectural designs by city officials. The City Council voted 4-0 recently to approve a plan that will add a new dock, bocce courts and drought resistant landscape to the park at 200 Yacht Club Drive along the San Rafael Canal.
South Bay Family YMCA closes its doors in National City
A short-lived relationship has gone sour in the South Bay. National City Mayor Ron Morrison said the South Bay Family YMCA is backing out of an agreement that saved the city $400,000 a year. In 2013, the city handed control over to the Las Palmas Park pool and the Camacho Recreation Center to the YMCA. It was expected to operate the complex more efficiently than the city with expanded programs and hours.
Family of man killed by tire swing sues New York City
New York Post
Family members of a man killed when an East Village tire swing struck him in the face are suing the city of New York for $10 million over the freak accident, they said. The mother and sister of Aleim Perkins, 39 — who died while playing with his 6-year-old niece in Tompkins Square Park in December — want the Parks Department to remove all 53 of the hard-plastic swings in playgrounds citywide, according to the notice of claim filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Redesigning playgrounds to promote 'loose play' — think pop-up play spaces
In these days of helicopter parenting and obese first-graders, any opportunity that kids get to run around outdoors certainly has to be applauded. And yet, psychologists and designers are starting to question the value of what they call "the playground in a box," the factory-made, cookie-cutter climbing frames that dominate schoolyards and parks across the country.
Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities — San Francisco, April 11-14
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