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The 2014 Annual Conference Program Committee seeks proposals that will teach how-to's; be more than relevant, be progressive, encourage opportunities for learner engagement, and demonstrate application to public sector work. 2014 in Ontario will feature a diverse range of trainers, not just presenters, contain cutting edge ideas while stimulating and provoking discussion. Different levels of experience are welcomed.
Click here for our "call for sessions" submittal form. The deadline for sessions and intensive proposals is July 1.

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July is 'Parks Make Life Better!' month
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The California state legislature is set to approve Assembly Concurrent Resolution, declaring July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month. This measure declares the Legislature's recognition of the importance of access to local parks, trails, open space, and facilities for the health and development of all Californians. This measure declares July 2013 as Parks Make Life Better! Month. Click here to download a sample resolution here.
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CPRS DISTRICT/SECTION HIGHLIGHTS


  • May 11, CPRS District 10 Recreation Leader Training Consortium, click here for flier
  • May 16, CPRS District 7 General Membership Meeting "Technology in Parks & Recreation", click here for more information
  • May 17, CPRS D&O Section Park Planning & Development Institute, click here for flier
  • May 18, CPRS District 3 TOTAL Guard Training, Click here for registration flier
  • May 19, CPRS District 4 TOTAL Guard Training, click here for registration form
  • May 22, CPRS District 3 Therapeutic Section Roundtable Series, click here for registration flier
  • June 1, CPRS District 1 Summer Leadership Workshop, click here for flier
  • June 1, CPRS District 1 TOTAL Guard Management, click here for flier
  • June 8, CPRS District 10 TOTAL Guard Training,click here for more information
  • June 8, CPRS District 13 Recreation Leader Training
  • Oct. 23-25, CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, click here to download brochure


  • NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Pinellas schools might open their playgrounds after-hours
    The Tampa Tribune
    A proposal to open more or perhaps all Pinellas County school playgrounds after classes end each day came up at a meeting of elected school officials, Juvenile Welfare Board members and county commissioners. While matters such as operational costs and liability must be resolved, Pinellas commission Chairman Ken Welch said the idea will become a county priority.
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    Medical university, park commission team up for green exercise
    The Post and Courier
    One of the newest terms creating a buzz in the fitness world actually describes something quite old. Green exercise, or simply exercising outside, is starting to be recognized for its benefits beyond just burning calories. Studies, published in Environmental Science & Technology in 2010 and 2011, reviewed other studies and found that exercising outside surprise, surprise trumps indoor exercise for stress management, improved self-esteem and mood, increased frequency of exercise and improved sense of well-being.
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    Sope Creek gets kids moving
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    As the sound system pounds out "Glad You Came" by The Wanted, the doors to the modest gymnasium at Sope Creek Elementary School fly open and children come streaming into the room, racing to take their place among the line dancers. Shawn Maloney, physical education teacher at the Marietta school, said the academic payoff of its "Body Shop" and "Sunrise" programs is already evident. "Our test scores have gone up," said Maloney, who helped organize the morning exercise program.
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    Trust for public land donates golf course to UCSB
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    The Trust for Public Land gave to the University of California at Santa Barbara a 64-acre former golf course in upper Devereux Slough, which will immediately provide more ways for people to reach an existing network of public trails and parks. The donation came a month after The Trust for Public Land bought the land for $7 million from Mark Green, who had operated the Ocean Meadows Golf Course on it. The land is located just north of UCSB's Coal Oil Point Reserve.
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    Want to host world's largest swimming lesson?
    Athletic Business
    Aquatics facility operators have very little time left to register to participate in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. For the fourth consecutive year, the event — scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18 — will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson. The current record, set in 2012, stands at 24,873 participants representing 15 countries on five continents.
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    BRANDING CAMPAIGN IMPLEMENTATION


    If you visit nearly any city website in California and drill down to find the city parks and recreation department, you often will see a logo that says "Parks Make Life Better". California has lots of parks that range from national to state to city operated. For daily activity it's the city parks that really do make life better. These are the parks that normally feature free parking, easy access from your home, and all the amenities you won't find in California State Parks or National Parks, such as swings for kids, ball fields, jog trails, dog parks, etc.
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    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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    Ward Creek restoration a win for environment, park lovers
    Tahoe Daily Tribune
    Anyone standing on the new wood-planked boardwalk surrounded by the lush, green meadow dotted with yellow flowers within Ward Creek Park would have been standing in a water-entrenched trail this time last year. Nathan Shasha, an environmental scientist for California State Parks, explained this during a recent tour of the newly restored park, a 179-acre connector park off Lake Tahoe's West Shore ready to offer users a fresh recreation experience this summer.
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    California sets regulatory sights on trampoline parks
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune
    State Sen. Ted Lieu knew little about indoor trampoline parks until he took his son to a child's birthday party at one featuring wall-to-wall trampolines in a warehouse setting near Torrance. Before any of the children could bounce on the trampolines, Lieu and other parents were asked to sign a liability waiver. This gave the Democratic lawmaker pause. "How safe is this?" he wondered.
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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.

    Social media booth at special events
    Valerie Taylor, City of Yorba Linda, asks, "We are planning on hosting a social media booth at our 4th of July celebration. We are going to be encouraging our attendees to "Like" our Department's Facebook page and to check-in at the event. Has anyone else ever hosted a similar booth? Do you have any ideas for incentives for participation? How did you promote your booth? Thank you!"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Guidance for offering support groups
    Valerie Taylor, City of Yorba Linda, asks, "I have recently had several requests from attendees of our senior center for different support/social groups. Some of the requests we've had are widow/widowers, Persian community, and fibromyalgia. Being that we are a multi-use facility, we are not able to accommodate all requests for room use. In addition, we do not have the staff to facilitate these groups. Do any of your centers offer support/community groups for seniors? Who facilitates them? City staff? Local business/agencies? Are they run by the participants themselves?"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Senior citizen walking group
    Valerie Taylor, City of Yorba Linda, asks, "Does your center offer a walking group for seniors? Is there a fee? Who facilitates the group? How is registration handled?"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Does your city allow ribbons to be placed on city property?
    Ann Dunleavy, City of Benicia, asks, "Does your city allow ribbons to be placed on city property (ie: trees, city buildings, parks etc) for various causes? (Blue ribbon for Autism, Pink for breast cancer) If the answer is no, can you please respond so we can include that information in the data we are collecting. If yes, could you please provide us with your current policy with rules & regulations."
    Please answer her question here.

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    EDUCATION


  • May 17, Park Planning & Development Institute, click here for flier
  • Aug. 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Elk Grove), click here to register
  • Sept. 9-11, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Ventura), click here to register
  • Dec. 10-12, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Clemente), click here to register
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