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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.
Parks and Open Space Equipment Operator, San Mateo, California —Click here to view the listings.
CPRS District Highlight
CPRS District 10, 3 Keys Before Degrees Communication & Mentoring Social, Long Beach, California, Oct. 1.
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Wading pool water to be reused
City of Santa Barbara via Edhat
The City of Santa Barbara has made the drought-conscious decision to reuse the water from the Oak Park wading pool rather than discarding the water into the sewer. The Parks and Recreation Department and Fire Department will be working together to pump approximately 16,000 gallons of dechlorinated water from the wading pool, and will use the water to irrigate many of the large oak trees in Oak Park.
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Study: Increased access to nature trails, forest lands — not nature preserves — could decrease youth obesity rates
University of Missouri
Researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Minnesota have found that local governments can help reduce youth obesity levels by increasing the amount and type of public lands available for recreation. Sonja Wilhelm Stanis, an associate professor of parks, recreation and tourism in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, found that counties with more non-motorized nature trails and forest lands have higher levels of youth activity and lower youth obesity, while counties with more nature preserves have lower activity levels.
Auditors critical of OC Parks contracts with 'one-man vendor'
Orange County Register
Internal auditors say they have substantiated allegations that Orange County executives granted no-bid contracts to a friend of a county Parks Department official — dividing the contracts to avoid scrutiny from the Board of Supervisors. From 2009 until 2014, OC Parks officials authorized 13 consecutive consulting contracts totaling $913,095 to BPM Advisors, which is owned by Ahmad Iqbal, who attended grad school with former OC Parks Deputy Director Michael Brajdic.
Connecticut mayor wants department heads to live in the city
The Record Journal
All future Meriden, Connecticut city managers, department heads and non-union managers would have to become city residents, under a proposal from Mayor Manny Santos. Although they would not have to be Meriden residents at the time of their hiring, those hired would have to relocate within 18 months of being hired or be immediately terminated, the resolution says.
South Carolina council nixes tax hike for recreation
The Post and Courier
The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Town Council voted 7-2 to nix a proposal to raise property taxes about $12 a year on a house assessed at $300,000 to provide for recreation. The recreation increase would have paid for major recreation projects in a town booming with heavy recreation users, namely families and retirees.
Tampa, Florida, unveils plans for Julian B. Lane park renovation
The Tampa Tribune
Susan Lane stopped by to hear and see first hand the renovations planned for Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, tucked onto the west bank of Tampa, Florida's Hillsborough River between Tampa Preparatory School and the Laurel Street Bridge. She had not been invited by city officials. If they had known she would be there, they may have asked her to say a few words. Her father was Julian B. Lane, Tampa's mayor from 1959 to 1963, who was instrumental in fighting segregation and went on to become a state lawmaker. The park named for him was built nearly 40 years ago, and Susan Lane had never walked through it before.
Warning signs go up where Oregon family drowned
The Associated Press via The Gazette
Warning signs have been placed at the popular Oregon lake where four members of a family drowned last month. The Washington County parks department posted temporary signs Monday at Henry Hagg Lake, two days after a local activist was given a $5,000 ticket for criminal mischief because he ignored orders not to bolt his own warning signs into posts and trees.
Study: High-intensity aquatic exercise helps OA
New research has confirmed another healing benefit of aquatic exercise. A study recently published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, has documented the benefits of high-intensity aquatic exercise for those with osteoarthritis.
Illumination to light up St. Louis' Frontier Park
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The St. Charles Parks and Recreation Department is inviting everyone to come out for Illumination, a celebration of its 100th anniversary, according to a press release. The event will light up the night while also enlightening visitors to the past, present and future of St. Charles Parks and Recreation.
Georgia's 'Power Up for 30' aims to get kids moving
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Athletic Business
A message co-signed by Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald and State Superintendent John Barge that was sent to elementary schools across the state was simple: Find a way to get kids moving more. It was not as a replacement for recess or PE, but school systems instead were asked to develop new and innovative cardio programs to braid into an already time-pressed day.
Latest Belmont Plaza Pool plan has separate diving well, fewer seats
Later this month, officials will publicly show a new Belmont Plaza Pool design incorporating a separate diving well at a cost of diminished seating capacity. A dive well apart from an indoor pool has been a sticking point for aquatics advocates eager to replicate the competitive successes of the current Belmont Pool, the site of the 1968 and 1976 U.S. Olympic trials.
Professional Development Symposiums
Three complimentary Professional Development Symposiums are being offered to CPRS members. Topics include:
Pathways for Play: Infusing Play into Pathway Networks
Building Inclusive Communities through Play and Outdoor
Adult Fitness Parks: Best Practices for Promoting Community Health by Increasing Physical Activity
Lunch, educational resources and continuing education certificates will be provided.
Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Santa Barbara
Wednesday, Sept. 17 in Jurupa Valley
Thursday, Sept. 18 in Mission Viejo
For additional information and to register click on the date you want to attend.
CPRS training opportunities
Playground Safety Certification in Diamond Bar in November. Details here.
Playground Safety Certification in Sacramento in late September. Details here.
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