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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 30 job announcements; Here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Park Planner, Rancho Cordovaclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D10 Battle for LA Social, March 29 — click here for flier.



PlayCore announces Hero Award winner at CPRS Annual Conference
Annual award recognizes professionals making a difference in the recreation profession

PlayCore bestows its annual Hero award as a way to recognize the inspirational people they meet throughout the course of business. Bob Farnsworth, PlayCore CEO explains, "We are continually inspired by the people we encounter, people who have made a career of giving back selflessly, with complete dedication to improving the communities they serve. These are the true heroes of any community — spending their time with no expectation of recognition, in order to make a difference. Their dedication mirrors PlayCore's mission and values, so we wanted to find a way to recognize them and honor their commitment."

PlayCore chose Jane H. Adams, CPRS Executive Director, as the 2014 recipient. Adams, who retires this April, has served CPRS for 26 years. During her tenure CPRS developed several initiatives that have advanced the profession of parks and recreation nationwide. These initiatives include the VIP Action Plan, Creating Community through People, Parks, and Programs, the successful "Parks Make Life Better!" statewide branding campaign, numerous statewide park bonds and educational programs.

The award was presented at the 2014 California and Pacific Southwest Recreation and Park Training Conference in Ontario, Calif., on March 5. As part of the award, PlayCore will make a $1,500 donation to her charity of choice.

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Unequal impacts
Arthritis affects all racial and ethnic groups; some population groups, however, experience a higher proportion of arthritis-attributable activity limitations, work limitations, social participation restrictions and severe joint pain. CPRS, in partnership with the California Arthritis Partnership Program and the Arthritis Foundation, will share health and wellness information on arthritis and introduce resources to address this growing public health problem.
Click here for more information, resources and webinar.

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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW


A big legal blow to the Rails-to-Trails movement
The Atlantic Cities
You can find them in every state in the union, from Maine to Hawaii, from Alaska to Florida: old railroad rights of way that have been or are being converted to trails for biking, hiking and other recreational uses. As many as 1,400 such trails covering perhaps 15,000 miles have been built since a movement to repurpose such land began in the 1960s, and about another 1,100 are in the planning stages. But a decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court could endanger those trails, many of which have become integral to the economies and communities where they are located.
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Connecticut town combines parks, social services directors
The Hartford Courant
In Wethersfield, Conn., parks and recreation Director Kathleen Bagley's responsibilities doubled recently, and she couldn't be happier. In addition to Bagley's current job, the town council voted to make her the director of social and youth services, a position vacated earlier this month when former Director Nancy Stilwell retired. "I'm excited about it," she said. "I'm looking forward to it. I think it's going to be a challenging but rewarding addition of responsibilities."
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Why 'no t-shirt in the pool' rule doesn't hold water
MyPoolSigns.com
At first glance, the story out of Bakersfield about a man who's fighting the city to be able to wear a t-shirt while swimming might seem trivial — the kind of fodder local news stations love, but which have no real consequences. Dig deeper, however, and you'll see that this issue is about much more than a t-shirt. Ultimately, it's about who lives and dies in the water.
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Will 2014 drought dry up public pools and water parks?
MyPoolSigns.com
Just how bad is the drought in the south-western United States — and how might it affect swimmers and their safety this summer? To answer that increasingly dire question, look no further than Witchita Falls, Texas. This city of just over 100,000 is already enforcing stage 4 water restrictions, which forbids residents from any outdoor watering or risk a $2,000 fine.
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Connecticut basketball league takes aim at violence
New Haven Register
New Haven, Conn.'s, latest effort to combat violence on the eastern side of the city doesn't involve gang round-ups or community discussions. It involves basketball. The league started after members of the Police Department approached New Haven Family Alliance street outreach workers and other groups about ways to reduce violence in the eastern side of the city.
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California playground catering to younger, special needs children opens
Long Beach Press-Telegram
A new playground will be the center of attention during a community celebration at Thompson Park. The recently completed playground on South Bellflower Boulevard will cater to children up to age 5, and to children with special needs. The project also reclaims old park space that has gone unused for a number of years, city officials said.
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RESOURCES


How to make cities happier places
A new study from researchers at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School shows that moving from a less-green urban environment to a more-green one can lead to lasting positive changes in mental well-being.
For more information, click here.

Ten principles for building healthy places
This report distills lessons learned from the three Advisory Services panels ULI conducted in the spring of 2013, and from a workshop attended by experts from a variety of fields. To read the full report, click here.

Transparent California launches searchable online database of salaries for every city, county, and state official
The California Public Policy Center and the Nevada Policy Research institute have launched TransparentCalifornia.com, a site that gives free access to an easily searchable database of public employee compensation. To learn more, click here.



BRANDING CAMPAIGN IMPLEMENTATION


Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages in your programming — We want photos! Send to Jane H. Adams, jane@cprs.org.



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

    How sweet it isn't (CPRS)
Desert Hot Springs considers creating parks department (The Desert Sun)
Park employees arrested for falsifying timecards (Naples Daily News via Athletic Business)
Teens question shuffling of recreation department personnel (Chattanooga Times Free Press via Athletic Business)

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EDUCATION



Certified Playground Safety Inspectors — Training, Certification and Resources
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
Click here to download registration form.
June 18-20 — Livermore
Click here to download registration form.

Certified Pool Operator Course — April 9-10
The City of Roseville is offering a National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator course on Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-10, at the Mike Shellito Indoor Pool from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration information (click here) is open to anyone that is or will be managing or operating public swimming pool or spa facilities including municipalities, health clubs and community centers. No prerequisite education or experience is required.



 

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