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CPRS DISTRICT/SECTION HIGHLIGHTS


  • March 27, CPRS District 3 Youth Commission Roundtable, click here for registration flier
  • March 27, CPRS District 13 Annual Awards & Installation Banquet, click here for invitation
  • March 30, CPRS District 10 5th Annual Battle for Los Angeles Social, click here for more information
  • 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
  • April 27, CPRS Therapeutic Section Central CA Therapeutic Recreation Symposium
  • May 2, CPRS District 11 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
  • Oct. 23-25, CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, click here to download brochure




  • NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Your chance to set a Guinness World Record
    WLSL
    Register today and be a part of the 2013 WLSL Guinness World Record to help us send the vital message that Swimming Lessons Save Lives to millions of children and adults around the globe. With the 2012 record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson standing at 24,873 participants, we have a big goal ahead of us in 2013. With the support of our fantastic host locations, supporting organizations and media partners, we know Team WLSL can do it again.
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    North Idaho health district to reward healthy habits
    The Spokesman-Review
    If you scrub your bathtub and walk your dog, you may be a winner. North Idaho's health district will launch a monthlong program urging residents to track their physical activity by the minute. People active for 150 minutes or more a week will be eligible for prizes. Raking the yard and washing the floor count, too, according to a news release from the Panhandle Health District. "Our goal is to create an awareness of the many different physical activities that can be incorporated into our lives that can increase fitness levels and start to chip away at the increasing rates of obesity that we are seeing in the United States," said Lora Whalen, the district's director.
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    Water park proposed for Escondido
    U-T San Diego
    Water slides, wave pools and towering zip lines are being proposed for Escondido's Kit Carson Park. A veteran amusement park developer presented city officials with a plan last week to build a water and adventure park on nine vacant acres in the northeast corner of Kit Carson Park. City officials said the park would bring tourists to Escondido, create about 300 jobs for teens and give local children a healthy option for play and exercise.
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    Think outside the bottle
    Corporate Accountability International
    On March 27, those who value the pristine beauty of our national parks will gather in San Francisco, Seattle and Philadelphia to encourage a phase-out of bottled water in favor of tap in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Mount Rainier and Liberty Bell National Parks. This national day of action is the latest in a heated battle between those who are fighting to get billions of plastic bottles out of our waste stream, and Coca-Cola (owner of Dasani), who is throwing hurdles in the way of those parks that want to become bottled water free.
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    Synthetic Turf International launches Better Play & Recreation contest
    Playground Magazine
    Impressed by the dedication of nonprofit groups that work tirelessly to help children, pets and the community overall, Synthetic Turf International has launched its Better Play & Recreation Contest to recognize their efforts. The grand prize is a synthetic turf putting green, playground, park or a special install worth up to $50,000. "We are proud to help enhance the recreation and landscape needs of people throughout North America with the highest quality synthetic turf installations and solutions," said Dakota Harp, general manager of Synthetic Turf International.
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    Why play games when there's work to do?
    The Freechild Project
    There's so much to do! Our communities are falling apart, young people, old people, brown people, black people, poor people, and lots of other people aren't getting the respect or power they deserve. Why play games when there's so much work to do? There are a lot of reasons to look at, but first let's define what we're talking about.
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    Pavley appointed to California's State Parks and Recreation Commission
    Malibu Times
    State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, has been named a non-voting member of California's State Parks and Recreation Commission, her office announced. Pavley, who represents Malibu, Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Woodland Hills, becomes the first sitting state senator to join the commission, which is in charge of approving State Parks plans and policies and also makes recommendations to Parks Director Anthony Jackson.
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    Half Moon Bay puts parks up for adoption
    Half Moon Bay Review
    Half Moon Bay recreation lovers are hoping local businesses, organizations and clubs will step forward to contribute pocket money or elbow grease to local parks. As part of a new "adopt-a-park" program starting this year, independent groups looking to help can take stewardship of public trails, beaches and park lands. The idea took off after the Coastside Mothers' Club spearheaded an effort to rebuild a condemned playground at Ocean View Park.
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    Finance forecast: Park district operations not sustainable
    Oroville Mercury-Register
    The Feather River Recreation and Park District Board in Oroville will hear financial forecasts with options as drastic as deeding the community gymnastics center back to the bank or filing bankruptcy to restructure debt and operations.
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    Park board awaits ruling on ethics dispute
    The Orange County Register
    The Silverado-Modjeska Recreation and Park District board in Silverado Canyon is waiting for word from the Fair Political Practices Commission after one director objected to another including his business name on brochures he donated to the district.
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    The benefits of exercising outdoors
    The New York Times
    While the allure of the gym — climate-controlled, convenient and predictable — is obvious, especially in winter, emerging science suggests there are benefits to exercising outdoors that can't be replicated on a treadmill, a recumbent bicycle or a track.
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    Aquatic knowledge may save your life
    By Jonathan Hoover, Harbor Patrol Officer, City of Oceanside
    Remove all of the tools, the gear, the boats, the boards, PFDs and other equipment. What do you have left when this is all stripped away, when your equipment fails you? All that you can truly rely on is your physical ability, mental preparation and training. Think about that; evaluate yourself and whether you are truly prepared to function in your environment when everything fails you. What is your swimming ability? Do you spend time training to improve your ability to swim, hold your breath and function in dynamic water? Training your mind and body are critical elements to your personal survival and ultimately the survival of others.
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    Industry Pulse: Have you sought out aquatic training?
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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.


    Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently was presented a Parks Make Life Better!® pin by Jane H. Adams, Executive Director, CPRS.


    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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    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.

    Senior out of center title
    Lydie Gutfeld, City of Irvine, asks "Last year in July, I asked general questions to those who have been involved in removing the "senior" out of the center title. We are now in the process of evaluating our survey results, which got more than 900 responses from the community. I would like to see if you can help me with the following questions we are getting from our senior council/advisory board." Can you develop a short questionnaire and send to the senior centers in Orange County to find out:
    • Have they considered the issue of removing the word "senior" from their title?
    • If so, what process did they go through to consider the option?
    • What were some of the pros and cons?
    • What was the final decision and the reasons for the decision?
    • Do they have any important information to share that could be helpful to us as we explore this option?
    Please post your answer here.

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    Social media staff policy
    Olivia Lemen, City of Calistoga, asks "With the popularity of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and spoof videos like Gangnam Style or Harlem Shake, I am feeling the need to add a social media training and policy for my part-time staff, especially with summer coming. Has anyone done something similar? Anything you can share? As funny as I think they are, I don't want my staff to put me in a position like this." Please post your answer here.
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    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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  • 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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