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CPRS Survey
Is your agency currently in a partnership or coalition with your county and/or local public health department?

-If yes, agency name

Please take our survey here.

Thank you for voting on last week's question about the conference name. The clear winner with 53 percent of the votes was "CPRS Conference & Expo."
CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has more than 20 job announcements, here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Recreation Assistant, Moragaclick here for details

CPRS Forum Highlight
Higher Education Incentive Pay
Stephanie House, asks "One of our board members (we are a Special District) asked why we don't have incentive pay for full-time employees who have a degree higher than a bachelor's and/or who may be interested in taking classes to further their higher education. Does anyone out there work for an agency that pays more for higher education? Whether it be for having a master's degree or for wanting to go back to school to get your master's? Any info would be greatly appreciated."
Please answer her question here.

CPRS Member Highlight
Congratulations to the Cosumnes CSD for its winning photo of their Piranha Swim Team which earned 200 votes and NRPA's panel of judges deemed it the week 2 Agency winner for the Show UR Love for Parks and Recreation photo contest. The photo is also eligible for the grand prize drawing at the end of the month.


California State Parks announces $2.29 million in projects
Sierra Sun Times
California Department of Parks and Recreation Director Major General Anthony L. Jackson USMC (Ret.) announced recommendations to the National Park Service for $2.29 million in funding for 11 local park projects under the Land and Water Conservation Fund program. Grant funding is contingent upon National Park Service approval.
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Calexico parks get boosts
Imperial Valley Press
The city's parks are seeing improvements, and there's more to come thanks to grant funding from the state as well as donated time and labor from local community groups and individuals. The city has been awarded multiple grants from the California Department of Parks and Recreation in varying amounts for playground upgrades, picnic tables and benches, drinking fountain replacements, and ball and field improvements. New benches, picnic tables, retention basins and more have already been installed at some parks in the last few weeks, and "here's a whole bunch of stuff coming," Community Services Director Sandra Tauler said.
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City faces tight timeline on Waterloo Park upgrades
The Waterloo Region Record
The City of Waterloo has less than a year to complete upgrades to Waterloo Park or risk breaching a funding agreement with the federal government. "I have concerns about the timeline," Coun. Scott Witmer said. "I think it's aggressive. I think a lot of things need to go right for that timeline to be achieved."
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The Bay Area's healthy parks, healthy people movement
Healthy Parks, Healthy People is a national movement afoot in the Bay Area, bringing people out to the parks for a healthier lifestyle. Hoofing it in the parks can help people achieve their fitness goals as well as relax and improve their mental outlook. Spearheaded by the East Bay Regional Parks and the Institute at the Golden Gate, 26 agencies are part of HPHP Bay Area and include physicians and health care professionals.
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We have been providing a cost effective alternative method of providing security and maintenance services in city and county parks for over 30 years. Current and past clients include a wide variety of local, state and Federal agencies, private companies and non profit land trusts. For information call 6500-322-1181 or email MORE

Changes planned at Lake Arlington, Ill., path following death
The Daily Herald
The Arlington Heights, Ill., Park District announced that it will make a few interim changes at Lake Arlington in light of the recent death of a pedestrian who was struck by a bicyclist last month. As part of the interim action plan for Lake Arlington, Ill., the park district will restrict bicycle and other wheeled use to the outside lane of the path and require people to only travel one-way — counter clockwise — every day. The inside lane of the path will be designated for walkers only, including strollers and wheelchairs, traveling only clockwise.
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How to tell if your team is burnt out — and what to do about it
When you have a cynical, disengaged, or underproductive employee on your hands, it's probably time to dish out a healthy dose of discipline. Right? Well, actually — when those behaviors are coming from an employee who's typically on his or her A-game, they might be signs of burnout.
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The City of Pasadena created this video promoting the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign. They did such a wonderful job of incorporating the key messages with a variety of their programs, parks and facilities. Click here to enjoy.

Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages in your summer programming — We want photos! Send to Jane H. Adams,

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Are you looking for a quality week long soccer camp during spring or summer vacation, and/or an ongoing soccer training program during your spring or fall season? MORE
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Monstrum playgrounds are great!
Monstrum is a Danish architecture collective designing colorful and original playgrounds. You can find most of them in Scandinavia. We need more of these. Find more crazy playground architecture on the brand's website.
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What's in a name? Quite a bit, actually. (CPRS)
Napa Valley State Park sites among those awarded grants (Napa Valley Patch)

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2 top design features for an inclusive playground
Mara Kaplan for Playground Magazine
I am often asked to recommend equipment that will help make a playground more inclusive. While I can certainly talk about pieces that I love (in fact, I will do this in another column), I think there are design elements that are more important. "More important than the swings, slides, gliders, and ramps that make up an inclusive playground?" you ask. Yes!
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  • 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
  • Oct. 23-25, CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, click here to download brochure
  • Nov. 20-23, Academy for Youth Sports Administrators, CPRS members can attend at a reduced rate. This Academy will be held concurrently with NAYS' annual Youth Sports Congress and the Athletic Business Conference and Expo.
  • Dec. 10-12, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Clemente), click here to register

  • Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. CPRP certification demonstrates your practical knowledge and that you have the current real-world skills necessary in today's changing park and recreation environment. Read more

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