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CPRS Member Highlights
Long Beach City Manager Pat West names interim parks director
Long Beach City Manager Pat West announced today that Stephen Scott will serve as interim director of the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department. Scott currently manages business operations for the department and will replace George Chapjian, who is leaving June 26 to lead the Santa Barbara County Community Services Department.
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Arcadia's Dan Belling retiring
Dan Belling, Recreation Supervisor, City of Arcadia is retiring this month after 29 years of park and recreation service. We wish him well.
Hollow posts double as death traps
Thousand Oaks Acorn
Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency rangers are saving wildlife one pipe at time, and the Conejo Valley Audubon Society applauds them. What do wildlife traps and open-topped vertical pipes have in common? Both are death traps for birds, lizards and other small animals.
Lifeguards take a final training plunge as public pools open
The Modesto Bee
About 130 lifeguards for community pools in Stanislaus and south San Joaquin counties gathered for training at Johansen High School in Modesto recently as more public pools are set to open for summer recreational swimming. The training was presented by the California Park & Recreation Society, which includes Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Merced and Mariposa counties. Lifeguards being trained were from Ceres, Modesto, Riverbank, Manteca, Escalon, Oakdale and the Stanislaus County Police Activities League.
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'Splash' program offers low-cost swimming lessons
Riverside and San Bernardino are providing sliding-scale-fee or free swimming lessons and pool passes to low- and moderate-income city residents under grants from Kaiser Permanente's Operation Splash. The grants aim to boost exercise and fight obesity in kids and adults, according to Vita Willett, executive director of the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan in the Riverside area.
Ellwood City Community Gardeners keeping the park beautiful
Ellwood City Ledger
The Ellwood City Community Gardeners express their pride in the community by tending the flower beds at Ewing Park.
This small but loyal group of volunteers adds to the beauty of the park by planting and maintaining the gardens. At Trefoil Lodge, the gardeners planted all native plants, in keeping with the historical significance, including black cohosh, hepatica Americana, wild geranium and Jack in the pulpit and others that are adapted to the shade.
Problem park in Arizona to be closed
Arizona Daily Star
Downtown Tucson, Arizona's Veinte de Agosto Park will close because of safety and health issues caused by a growing homeless camp there. In a city memorandum recently, Parks and Recreation Director Fred Gray said he is closing the park for "public health, safety and welfare, and for proper operations of the park."
Hammock ban for South Carolina parks back before council
The Post and Courier
Just when hammock users were starting to rest easy, officials say they are going to renew their push for a ban in Charleston, South Carolina, parks. Charleston City Council in April deferred the proposed ban to give staffers more time to study the impact of tying hammocks to trees, and possibly come up with alternatives.
California lifeguards get drone, instantly spot 10-12 great whites
Orange County's Seal Beach is a popular spot for swimmers and surfers, so its lifeguards figured they'd use a camera drone to keep a better eye on them. But what they saw instead was "10 to 12 great white sharks just feet from shore."
Cancer among soccer players prompts Long Beach to pay extra for alternative artificial turf
Long Beach may join other cities and organizations in spurning artificial turf fields cushioned with crumbs of recycled tires because of concerns about the potential health effects they could have on children. The Parks and Recreation Commission decided earlier this week to recommend the use of natural fiber materials as the standard infill for all future synthetic field projects in the city.
$26.4 million in new state grant funding soon to be available
CPRS members might recall Proposition 40 from 2002. It was the last true park bond and this $2.6 Billion measure was approved by 57 percent of the voters to underwrite critical improvements for California's park and natural resources infrastructure. Contained in this measure was the Youth Soccer Program. This program resulted in awarding tens of millions statewide for "active recreational venue" (baseball, softball, basketball, soccer et al) development across the state. Gov. Brown and the State Legislature are on the verge of adopting, as part of the State Budget, a re-appropriation of unspent Proposition 40 funds and in turn offer $26.4 million in new funding opportunities through both the Youth Soccer Program and the Environmental Education and Recreation Program. (See AB 988). At this juncture, $16.4 million would be available for the former program and $10 million for the latter. Funding was approved to authorize the State Department of Parks and Recreation to conduct public workshops statewide.
California River Parkways Program
The California River Parkways Program is a competitive grant program first created under the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002 (Proposition 50). The program is designed to provide funding to enhance the natural, interpretative, environmental and recreational values of rivers and other waterways in the state (creeks, streams ... not lakes or ocean settings.}
Application deadline is Sept. 1, 2015. Read more here.
Register your organization with NWF and NRPA's effort to get 10 million kids outdoors
Park and recreation agencies and districts have always been leading providers of nature-based programs, but as a profession our role in connecting kids and families with nature is often undervalued. We have been much better at providing the outdoor experience than promoting it ... at least on a national scale. Getting 10 million kids outdoors in three years is a significant achievement. It is that kind of number that gets respect, and can put the park and recreation industry in a favorable position to forge strategic partnerships and attract funders — corporate, nonprofit and government — who may not have appreciated our reach, impact and value. Join this effort by registering your agency, district or organization to participate in helping get kids back outdoors.
Annual TR Summertime Workshop — .9 CEU
July 17, 2015
FEE: Current membership (show proof by providing membership number/card NOT your certification number)
CPRS, NRPA or ATRA: $175
NON MEMBERS: $195
F/T STUDENTS: $130
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Certified Playground Safety Inspector Training
September 28-30, 2015
San Diego, California
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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 & Park Association you will remain certified for three years. CPRS is the exclusive provider for playground safety certification courses throughout California.
CPRS Aquatics Section
California Aquatic Management School (CAMS)
Oct. 7-9, 2015
Granlibakken Conference Center
Lake Tahoe, California
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7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063