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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.
Park Services Manager, San Francisco, Californiaclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D2 Lunch & Learn Series — Senior Programming, June 27 — click here for flier.

Forum Highlight
Dog Park Surface
What type of surface do you have in your dog park (natural grass, synthetic turf, decomposed granite, etc ...)? Do you have a cost estimate for materials and installation for the surface only? Please indicate surface area in square or acres. Thank you so much for your assistance. Ann Dunleavy.
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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW


New study values Silicon Valley's natural capital at $1.6 billion
KPIX-TV
A new study is attempting to put a dollar amount on the value of nature and other open spaces in Silicon Valley. But how do you commodify things like mountains, lakes, streams and meadows? The study comes from preservationists with the Santa Clara Open Space Authority that are tyring to make dollars and sense with this abstract concept.
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Operation Swim Boutique Nights provide for children
Rocklin and Roseville Today
Operation Swim gives donated swimsuits and towels to income-qualified children who might otherwise be without. Operation Swim started in 2011, after a Roseville Parks & Recreation staff member noticed numerous children were swimming in their clothes and dripping dry because they couldn't afford a swimsuit or towel.
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Rancho Cucamonga, San Francisco on list of Playful City USA communities
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Rancho Cucamonga was noted for relieving toxic stress by providing opportunities for a balance of play. San Francisco was recognized for promoting community-building through play to gain a competitive advantage.
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States push annual park passes to raise revenue
The Pew Charitable Trusts
State parks have had to get creative about ways to raise money because budget officers are being chintzier with tax revenue. State general revenue for parks has plunged from a nationwide average of 59 percent of park funding in fiscal 1990 to 33 percent in fiscal 2012. Park officials have scrambled to make up the difference, often by raising fees.
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Organizers: Proposed grass parking ban for Toronto parks could end Ribfest
CityNews Toronto
Rotary clubs of Toronto are worried that a motion before city council being discussed could put an end to their annual Ribfests. The motion recommends the city ban all parking on the grass in city parks starting in 2016. Currently, the 2014 Ribfests are exempt and will proceed as planned but the organizers seem concerned that the food fests won't be exempt in 2016 if the ban is implemented.
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Teens' Undark the Park campaign nets $365,000 in lighting
The Inquirer via Athletic Business
The nights will last longer this summer in a corner of Camden's Cramer Hill section of Philadelphia, and will linger, too, when fall comes, and even into the cold of winter. Much of the credit goes to the young people of the neighborhood, who for two years pressed county officials on the need for lights in Von Nieda Park. Recently, together they flipped the switch that flooded its playgrounds with $365,000 worth of hard-fought illumination.
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Auditors find 93 problems at Virginia conservation agency
The Virginian-Pilot
After months of data diving, a team of state auditors has discovered a deep-rooted pattern of lax financial oversight at the agency that runs Virginia's state parks and land preservation efforts. Their report identifies 93 problems, such as improper state credit card use by employees, procurement policy violations and roughly $500,000 in unpaid taxes.
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Boy works on Eagle Scout badge, park improvements in New Mexico
Albuquerque Journal
Boy Scouts and their supporters planted 60 evergreen trees (emerald green arborvitae and Leyland cypress) at "A Park Above" to create a living windbreak that will reduce the impact of wind and blowing sand at the New Mexico park site when it opens. Assisting Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department staff with the tree-planting was Boy Scout Connor Haines and approximately 35 volunteers he recruited.
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RESOURCES

Afterschool program awards
The Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are seeking nominations for afterschool programs that have excelled in providing literacy support to middle school students to win the first ever Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award. Click here for details.


BRANDING CAMPAIGN IMPLEMENTATION


Celebrate "July is Parks Make Life Better! Month" at a local amusement park
Amusements Parks across California are offering discounted tickets to CPRS members, park and recreation agencies and your communities to help celebrate July as "Parks Make Life Better! Month." Additionally, a portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to CPRS by both parks!

California's Great America: To download the coupon with the CPRS code click here or for instructions for ordering California's Great America tickets click here.

Six Flags Magic Mountain: Tickets for Six Flags Magic Mountain are available at www.sixflags.com/magicmountain. Use the special promo code of CPRS14 for your lowest price! The promo code link is located in the upper right hand area of the website.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Click here to download special flier. Click here to download the coupon.

Call Susan Wipf at CPRS at 916-665-2777 if you have questions.



TRENDING ARTICLES
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CPRS Training Opportunities
Look at the CPRS training calendar — we've got Playground Safety Certification (CPSI), Maintenance Management School, Desktop Education Webinars, Recreation Therapy Institute, plus others!



 

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