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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.
Area Park Manager, Riverside Countyclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D4 Golf Tournament, May 2 — click here for flier.

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Youth Assessment Resources
Looking for any studies or compilation of data on what the savings is to a community when all youth are actively engaged. Savings to the community and systems, including: probation, sheriff and police departments, district attorney and judges, etc. Can anyone help with an assessment I can review? Thank you.
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Conference Educational Session handouts available!
Conference session handouts can now be found on our website at the "Information and Referral Section," please click here. CPRS would like to thank all the speakers who have shared these resources with our membership.
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CPRS Executive Director Jane H. Adams, Retirement Reception
The California Park & Recreation Society Board of Directors invites you to a retirement reception for CPRS Executive Director Jane H. Adams, on Saturday, April 19, 3–6 p.m. at the Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Click here to register to attend.
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Social media revolutionizes campus recreation marketing
As the literature on the bulletin board went unnoticed, Chris Butler could see the writing on the wall. Beginning with Butler's arrival in the Georgia Southern University Campus Recreation and Intramurals department in 2008, he observed students walking through campus with their cellphones front and center and their earbuds plugged in. Now as the department's assistant director of marketing and communications, he knew then the days of reaching students solely with printed fliers, posters and brochures were numbered.
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Lodi Parks and Recreation Commission votes to start parks donation fund
Lodi News-Sentinel
Lack of funding for Lodi's parks may soon be a thing of the past. The Lodi Parks and Recreation Commission voted, 4-0, to approve the creation of an expendable parks donation fund, as well as approving an endowment fund through the Lodi Community Foundation.
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As sports-tourism fever spreads, will investments pay off?
The Tampa Tribune
Whether taxpayers really benefit from paying big bucks for ballparks has stumped communities and economists for decades, and the debate continues in Florida with the Tampa Bay Rays stadium talks. However, the same cost-benefit analysis is playing out in some surprisingly small venues: youth baseball diamonds and basketball arenas.
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Murrieta shifts downtown park funds to other parks
The Press Enterprise
Murrieta officials have pulled nearly $400,000 out of fund reserved for a future downtown park for what they say are more pressing priorities. The Murrieta City Council voted unanimously to shift $250,000 to projects that will conserve water — and money — by ripping out thirsty turf at a few existing parks.
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'Flagship' park plans call for 33 acres of courts, fields
Orange County Register via AthleticBusiness
Jogging trails, cricket and a dog park. These were among the suggestions given during a March 19 city forum on amenities that should be included at the future Tustin Legacy Park, which is expected to open by early 2016. Current plans for the public 33-acre park include four full-size soccer fields, three baseball/softball fields, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, eight pickleball courts, a skate plaza and kids' playgrounds.
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Everything you've always wanted to know about America's city parks
The Huffington Post
Arlington, Va., is going to the dogs and to the seniors who like to stay in shape. Chula Vista is "sick" when it comes to skate parks. And the most heavily visited park in America is an old freight rail line. In a more serious vein, spending on city parks tends to be highest in coastal cities and "blue states," and as a result, those cities may have better park systems than "red state" cities.
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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,


2014 'City Park Facts'
Based on in-depth surveys of park systems in the nation's 100 most populous cities, City Park Facts is the leading source of urban parks data. The annual City Park Facts report covers park acreage, spending and accessibility as well as the number of specific types of parks in each city.
For more information, click here.

NRPA's Young Professional Network
  • The Young Professional Network frequently contributes to NRPA's blog and vlog series. Check out the latest article written by YPN's Sarah Sandquist titled "Legislative Forum 101." Click here
  • The NRPA scholarship and fellowship program enables recipients to attend NRPA's Congress and Legislative Forum. The 2014 scholarships and fellowships application deadline is May 4. Young Professional Fellowship, Student Scholarship and Diversity Scholarship applications can be found here.

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

    Special needs recreation thriving, but facilities still an issue (SouthtownStar via Athletic Business)
As golf declines, cities struggle to stay the course (Star Tribune)
Make your voice heard — Afterschool and summer challenge (California School-Age Consortium)
San Francisco votes for same smoking laws for e-cigarettes (SFGate)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


California Aquatics Management School
Registration for CAMS 2014 is now open. Join us in Lake Arrowhead at the UCLA Conference Center for three days of the very best aquatics training! Educational sessions include:
  • Keynote Speaker: Dave Denniston, Resident Coach, U.S. Paralympics Swimming
  • Aquatic Programming for Seniors
  • Innovative Marketing for Aquatic Facilities
  • Concession Revenue, How to Get It and How to Increase It
  • Model Aquatic Health Code: What is it, and what does it mean for my facility
  • Team Building: Adventure Ropes Course
  • Certified Pool Operator Course
  • CEU's are available!

California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) 10th Annual CA Afterschool Challenge
May 12-13, — Sacramento | Registration is FREE.
The CA Afterschool Challenge aims to educate and inspire professionals, youth, and parents in after-school and school-age care programs to engage in grassroots advocacy to advance the out-of-school time field. This unique event, held each May, includes a full day of training and networking that culminates with legislative visits and a rally at the State Capitol. Training is provided for middle and high school youth, professionals and experienced advocates. Participants learn about the issues impacting the out-of-school time field as well as educate legislators about the importance of these vital afterschool and school-age care programs from their first hand experience. Visit the CA Afterschool Challenge website for more event details.

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.

June 18-20 - Livermore
Click here to download registration form.


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