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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Parks and Public Works Maintenance Worker, Moraga, California Click here for details.

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, john@cprs.org. Thank you.

CPRS Forum Highlight
Class Software Changeover
Active Network will stop support Class Software in November 2017. We have been looking at multiple other options. Can you give me any update or information on what your agency has done or plans to do? Thank you! Post your answers at this link:
http://community.cprs.org/vb/showthread.php?t=415.

TB Testing
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.
http://community.cprs.org/vb/showthread.php?t=409.

Looking for Red Cross instructors
I'm looking for Red Cross certified instructors for lifeguarding/CPR/First Aid, etc., for our small town. We are located 45 minutes north of Paso Robles and 45 minutes south of Salinas. If you can help, you can reach me at awasson@kingcity.com or (831) 385-6748.






NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW


NPS announces public engagement campaign as centerpiece of 2016 centennial
National Park Foundation
The National Park Service announced that the centerpiece of its 2016 Centennial will be a broad public engagement campaign to reintroduce the national parks and the work of the National Park Service to a new generation of Americans, inviting them to visit and get involved. The two-year effort will begin in 2015 and run throughout the National Park Service's 100th anniversary year in 2016.
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Portland bans 'neonicotinoid' pesticide
Portland Tribune
Oregon's Portland City Council voted to ban the use of neonicioinoid pesticides, which the city currently uses at the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park and at Peninsula Park. Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz introduced the ordinance with support by advocates including the Xerces Society, Audubon Society of Portland, Center for Biological Diversity and Beyond Toxics. Neonicotinoids are one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, but have recently been found to be a major threat to pollinator health.
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Park of the future
NRPA
Parks of the future, much like future professionals, provide an ideal opportunity to progress, change, and move the field of parks and recreation forward and often times beyond what some thought was possible. Thinking into the future and having a vision for the needs of future generations provides an excellent stage for the implementation of a new competition that combines the thoughts and creative insight of students along with spaces for community members to play, recreate and socialize with one another.
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NPS, National Park Foundation launch find your park virtual view tour
National Park Foundation via KCEN-TV
In advance of next year's National Park Service Centennial, the Park Service and the National Park Foundation recently kicked off a nationwide campaign to encourage people to learn about and connect with the 407 national parks by launching a one-of-a-kind interactive installation that invites them to share their stories about their favorite parks and discover new parks and public lands they might want to visit.
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Rooting for answers on ginseng controversy in Ontario
Simco Reformer
Kicksee Farms of Mount Pleasant, Ontario, claims it received permission from Norfolk's community services department to plant 10 acres of ginseng at the Norfolk County Youth Soccer Park, emails say. The emails regarding the ginseng controversy were obtained through a Freedom of Information request. Kicksee Farms planted 10 acres of ginseng on vacant county land on the south side of the soccer park last spring. By July of last year, the county was receiving complaints that an intensive farming operation involving the application of pesticides was incompatible with a sports park frequented by children.
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A moveable feast: Food and parks
Playground Professionals
It is indisputable that people love to eat outside. We love to have picnics in the parks, to gobble popcorn at the Drive In Movie, to take snack breaks while hiking and riding bikes; and who doesn’t want peanuts and Cracker Jack at the old ball game. With all this in mind, we need to think of ways we can incorporate and maximize our opportunities to bring food to our parks and recreation spaces and facilities!
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Tennessee House: Guns OK in any local park
The Commercial Appeal via Athletic Business
The Tennessee House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow people with handgun-carry permits to go armed in any local park in Tennessee, regardless of local ordinances banning them.
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Participate in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson
World's Largest Swimming Lesson
On June 18, join in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson and help spread the word that swimming lessons save lives. Registration is now open to host a location and this year, participating locations can teach their lesson at 10 a.m. wherever they are as the lesson travels around the globe over the course of 24 hours. Since its inception more than 120,000 people have participated in WLSL lessons generating more than 150 million media impressions so this is a great opportunity for you to gain visibility for the important role you play in water safety! Click here to register as an official WLSL Host Location.
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RESOURCES


Grant Information: Urban Farms, Farmers Markets and Gardens
The Aetna Foundation has recently announced an open RFP fund for the creation and expansion of community gardens, urban farms and farmers markets in underserved neighborhoods.
http://www.aetna-foundation.org/foundation/assets/documents/2015go-local-rfp.pdf.

Host a Pitch, Hit and Run competition in your community
Baseball/Softball season is here which means it is time for Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run. You can register to host a FREE Pitch, Hit & Run competition to give boys and girls ages 7-14 the opportunity to showcase their skills and advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the Finals during MLB All-Star Week! Visit www.PitchHitRun.com to get involved.


EDUCATION


Certified Playground Safety Inspector Training
Designed to properly train you or your staff to recognize and prevent potential playground hazards.
May 18-20, 2015
Riverside, CA
Click here to download registration form.


 

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