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Parks Make Life Better
City of Foster City
Writes Jennifer Liu: "July is celebrated nationwide as 'Parks Make Life Better' month. I could make a long list extolling the merits of parks. For example, I could tell you that they make you smarter, happier, and improve your health. But rather than listing my or pundits' opinions on how parks benefit our lives, I decided to visit several of Foster City's 24 parks to find out from park users how parks are improving lives, right here in Foster City."
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Burbank plots to rent space for community garden
The Burbank Leader
Like some plants that take a few seasons to mature before they blossom, plans for a proposed pilot community garden in Burbank that have been nurtured since October 2008 may soon be flowering. Recently, Judie Wilke, director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, provided an update on the project at a meeting of the Sustainable Burbank Commission. Earlier this year, the City Council allocated $125,000 for the effort in the budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
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San Juan Capistrano settles on location for a skate park
The Orange County Register
The San Juan Capistrano Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission voted unanimously recently to allow a skate park in the San Juan Sports Park, the latest in a decades-long struggle to build a local skater sanctuary. Plans for the 20,000-square-foot Capistrano Grind Skate Park along Via Positivia now will go on to the City Council for approval. The park will cost an estimated $700,000 to $900,000 to build and could break ground by the end of 2016, said community organizer Nathan Banda.
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Recreation taxes a hit with counties and cities
The Salt Lake Tribune
RAP, ZAP, CARE, RAMP, RAPZ, PAR, PARAT. No, this isn't a cryptogram. These are different names for the zoo, arts, parks and recreation taxes growing in popularity throughout Utah. The sales tax, set at 0.1 percent, collects a penny for every $10 spent to fund different cultural programs.
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Indiana parks department plans to offer adult daycare
The Times
Merriville, Indiana's Parks and Recreation Department is developing a new program that it hopes can assist residents caring for elderly relatives and loved ones. The department plans to offer an adult daycare program, Merrillville's Parks Director Jan Orlich said. She said the department is working out the details for the service and Merrillville hopes to start offering the adult daycare in September.
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Non-resident fee eases crowding at Tennessee spray park
The Commercial Appeal via Athletic Business
Thanks to a new regulation, residents are giving Collierville, Tennessee's Johnson Spray Park another try. A pass is now required for admittance to the 15-year-old park. Nonresidents must pay $10 per child for a one-day pass. Residents need a season pass, which is free with proof of residency and good for any family member.
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Good things in small spaces
The Wall Street Journal
After the reclamation of that dead space and its rebirth as play space, New York City's first vest-pocket park — a railroad car-shaped recreation area initially dubbed "Teen Park" — opened on May 9, 1965. Its 50th anniversary just passed, virtually unnoticed. But its impact on the streetscape and urban park design was seismic.
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Larkspur dog park to move, see improvements
Marin Independent Journal
A new dog park is being planned for a site just east of the Central Marin Police Authority station to replace the existing Canine Commons at Larkspur's Piper Park. The move is one of several subprojects related to the $16 million Bon Air Bridge rebuild project, and designed to offset the environmental impact on wildlife while maintaining Larkspur's recreational amenities, such as trails and park space along Corte Madera Creek.
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RESOURCES


The Captain Planet Foundation offers grant opportunities
The Captain Planet Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow. All applicant organizations or sponsoring agencies must be exempt from federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501, in order to be eligible for funding (this includes most schools and nonprofit organizations). The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.
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EDUCATION


CPRS Aquatics Section
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Becoming Certified as a Playground Safety Inspector benefits both the public served, and those who oversee playgrounds as a service of quality control. Certification is verification by an agency or company that those who are certified have the skills, knowledge, and the ability to do the work for which they are employed and provides the overview and training needed to implement California regulations that mandate playground safety standards in public parks.

September 28-30, 2015
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