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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 9, CPRS District 15 Professional Development Symposium and Workshop, click here for workshop flier and click here for symposium flier
  • April 11, CPRS District 14 Awards & Installation Luncheon, click here for invitation
  • April 18, CPRS District 10 Awards & Installation Banquet, click here for invitation
  • April 24, CPRS Aging Section Senior Symposium, click here for brochure
  • 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

    Skip the gym, go to town
    Weight Watchers
    Expand your exercise horizons by exploring your own community. Not only are many of the available fitness options inexpensive, but getting involved in these local activities will connect you with community members who have the same interests (and in most instances, skill level) that you do.
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    21 hotel waterpark resorts opened in 2012 in US
    Hospitality Net
    For the parents of young children and hotel-resort owners, 2012 was a good year, not a great year, but a good one for hotel waterpark resorts. Twenty-one waterparks opened in the U.S. during 2012 compared to 27 in 2011, 20 in 2010 and the record high of 40 in 2007.
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    Trampoline park is bouncing into Chesapeake, Va.
    The Virginian-Pilot
    The 27-foot ceilings at 825 Greenbrier Circle sealed the deal for Case Lawrence, owner and developer of Cloud9, an "extreme" trampoline park opening in July. Over the next few months, Lawrence will configure the building with more than 10,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines.
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    As the Pleasant Hill teen center struggles to attract older children, fees are coming
    Contra Costa Times via San Jose Mercury News
    The free trial at the teen center ends this summer, when the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park district will begin charging drop-ins $10 a day. In the fall, the fee will go down to $8 a day. But will children show up? So far, the promise of foosball and video games hasn't been enough. Attendance data from the first three months the teen center has been open reveal that, on an average day, fewer than 20 middle school students participated in the after-school program. Meanwhile, no high school students showed up during the twice-weekly, three-hour blocks of time reserved exclusively for their use.
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    Diversifying the lifeguard applicant pool
    KPBS
    It may still be winter in most of the country, but here in Phoenix it's almost swimming weather. And that means a new crop of teenagers are training to be lifeguards. It's a job that’s typically been filled by high school swim team athletes, many of whom are white. But now the city is now trying to diversify that classic summer job.
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    Silverado-Modjeska park board awaits ruling on ethics dispute
    The Orange County Register
    The Silverado-Modjeska Recreation and Park District board 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. Board member Tom Smisek runs a design business and donates his services to create materials for the park district. On a newspaper-style brochure he designed for the Christmas in the Canyons event, he included his name and a bit of his background in the introduction, along with purchasing an ad for his business that ran alongside others.
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    Recreation therapist strives to empower those with disabilities
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    As a child, Eric Gray wanted to grow up to be a river guide. Luckily for some disabled veterans who climbed Grand Teton, or amputees who mastered kayaking, or blind skiers who raced down a mountain, Gray went to the University of Georgia and became a recreation therapist.
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    Smarter flood management in California's Central Valley
    American Rivers
    American Rivers is spearheading an effort to improve the safety and sustainability, while increasing the recreational, environmental, and community benefits, of a proposed levee modification project on the Feather River. The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency released a draft Environmental Impact Statement in January, outlining the potential impacts of the proposed Feather River West Levee Improvement Project.
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    Got Surfacing? Safe*Resilient* Accessible
    Playgrounds are designed to meet age appropriate challenges. Playground safety is paramount and ReadyPlay can be part of your safety program. Installation services available.
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    Outdoor recreation is big business for California
    KFSN-TV
    Thousands of tourists come to Central California each year to play in the Valley's backyard. Outside enthusiasts are spending billions of dollars to enjoy the great outdoors. The outdoor industry association says the state leads the nation in consumer spending, generating more than $85 billion a year on outdoor activities.
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    BRANDING CAMPAIGN IMPLEMENTATION



    This story and photo comes from the Janeen, Laudenback, City of Huntington Beach.

    When the City of Huntington Beach Community Services Department staff was asked to meet with a group of second-graders from a local elementary school, it was a perfect opportunity to promote the "Parks Make Life Better" brand. Staff distributed new Parks Make Life Better!® stickers and the Huntington Beach SANDS Community Services Guide to each student, and talked about how our services are vital to quality of life for our residents. The Parks Make Life Better!® brand is so simple, even a second-grader can understand it. This thank-you note shows that even some of the very youngest of our community members can appreciate and articulate the good work that we do through the Parks Make Life Better brand. Keep spreading the word: Parks Make Life Better!

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

        Camera surveillance being considered for city parks (KOMO-TV)
    As teen center struggles to attract older children, fees are coming (Contra Costa Times via San Jose Mercury News)
    Anatomy of a new aquatic facility (Parks & Recreation)
    Swimming pool lift maintenance (Recreation Management)
    Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commission wins statewide award (Santa Monica Mirror)

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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.

    Bird nesting boxes
    Rjahja Canlas, City of Roseville, asks “Have you installed bird nesting boxes in a neighborhood park? Do you have a volunteer group who monitors and maintains them? (i.e., clean out every year and check for pests regularly) What height were the bird nesting boxes installed at?
    Please answer his question here.

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    Spontaneous memorials (i.e. scene of an accident)
    Jan Ransom, City of Irvine, asks "Parks and street corners are often used for spontaneous recognitions in the memory of someone killed, an historic event or other commemorative activity. I am looking for any policies that other cities/jurisdictions have that speak to how these celebrations are handled. There are several impacts that such commemorations have: trash, obstruction of walkways and sight lines, defacement (usually unintended) of benches, trees, plant beds, etc."
    Please answer her question here.

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    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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    EDUCATION


  • 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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