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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.
Recreation Coordinator (Aquatics), Pacifica, Californiaclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D3 Money Makers: A Facility and Park Rentals Roundtable, July 15

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Project Based Learning
I am wondering if anyone has experience developing a Project Based Learning Program for teens in an after school setting. We currently have a drop-in format but are seeing that the teens do not seem engaged in our program and are getting into trouble elsewhere. I see a lot of non-profit organizations that use project based learning in their programs but I am wondering if anyone has implemented them in a public agency like a city or special district. Thanks!
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Council could OK parks panel in Eastvale
The Press Enterprise
Eastvale city leaders could approve a panel they hope will provide more local input on how to improve and expand the city’s park system. A proposal going to council members states that an Eastvale Parks Commission would be comprised of two members of the Council and the two directors representing the city on the Jurupa Community Services District.
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Sunnyvale's newest neighborhood park in nearly 30 years opens in July
San Jose Mercury News
Sunnyvale's newest park that will officially be opened July 12 is built to be an oasis within the urban sprawl of the city. Seven Seas Park is the first city-developed neighborhood park since Encinal Park was dedicated in 1987 in north Sunnyvale.
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Year later, Roseville officials share lessons learned from unsolved Maidu fire
KMAX-TV
It's been one year since an arson-fueled fire ripped through one of Roseville's most popular parks. While the Maidu Fire remains unsolved, the lessons from that blaze are being taught to agencies in the area.
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Chattanooga City Hall weighing recreation center upgrades
Times Free Press
Tennessee's Eastdale community has been asking for major upgrades to the game room, the gym and playground at their 50-year-old city recreation center for more than a decade. Each year, the requests are denied, said Eastdale manager Dank Hawkins. But when Mayor Andy Berke took office, he said the city's 18 recreation centers would be part of his focus on education.
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Proposed park decommissions upset some residents
Corpus Christi Caller Times
Two dozen city parks in Corpus Christi, Texas, could be placed on the November ballot for decommissioning, prompting protests from some neighbors who asked the city council to reconsider in a public hearing recently.
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Neighbors ask Wisconsin city to save fallen oak for natural play structure
The Capital Times
An enormous oak that tumbled to the ground in Orton Park in Madison, Wisconsin, during recent violent storms should be used for a natural play structure, some neighbors say. The tree fell in the middle of the city's oldest park in the early hours, its leafy branches wedged in a nearby swing set and its trunk stretched across the main sidewalk through the park
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Elf doors add whimsy to Ohio parks
The Columbus Dispatch
Small wooden doors really are nestled at the bottom of a few trees in Columbus, Ohio, parks. And they are meant to look as if little elves built them.
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What's up with secondary drowning?
Aquatics International
Perhaps the most popular water safety story in the media these days is about secondary drowning. Although this phenomenon may be new to the media, it has been studied by physicians for decades. Fortunately, the condition is extremely rare.
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10 tips for keeping your rec center looking like new
Athletic Business
Recreation facilities are high-traffic buildings. They are going to be cracked, chipped, scratched, dinged, worn and torn starting on the day the doors open. However, there are specific preventative steps that can be taken to keep a recreation facility looking like new every day regardless of how long ago operations commenced.
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RESOURCES

California AfterSchool Network
The California Expanded Learning strategic planning process is a collaboration between after school program practitioners, support providers, the California Department of Education After School Division and K-12 educators. The website will serve as the hub for all the news and opportunities to get involved with the implementation of the strategic plan. Click here for details.

Grants available
The National Park Service State and Local Assistance Division announces the availability of $3 million set aside in FY 2014 appropriations for Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance grants for a new nationally competitive grant program. Eligible U.S. state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes are invited to submit proposals for matching grants to support projects that would acquire or develop public land for outdoor recreation purposes located within or serving jurisdictions with a population of 50,000 or more people that are densely settled. 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.



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EDUCATION



Become a Certified Playground Safety Inspector
Sept. 29-Oct. 1
Sacramento, (part of the Maintenance Superintendents Association Conference) Click here to download registration form.

Maintenance Management School registration information
Did you know we have five years of curriculum? Register now for Nov. 3-7. Registration fees include classroom instruction, course materials, meals and shared lodging for the week (sharing with one roommate.) CPRS individual members are eligible for registration discounts. Registration open: Download the MMS Information with Registration form here.

CPRS Maintenance Management School
Nov. 3-7
UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center.
Click here for more information.

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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