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And now a word from our Leaders ...
CPRS spent some time at our last Board Retreat to ask our leaders some questions. Here's the first installment of our series of Video Blogs (Vlogs) so you may get to know them a bit better...

CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Superintendent of Parks & Facilities, Chico, California Click here for details.

CPRS Member Highlight
Congratulations to Jurupa Community Services District for earning its National Accreditation in Parks & Recreation
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Burbank's Johnny Carson Park is getting a new look
The Burbank Leader
Judie Wilke, director of Burbank's Park, Recreation and Community Services Department was updating the Parks and Recreation Board recently on the ongoing revitalization project at the 17.6-acre Johnny Carson Park. It's one of the largest and most used parks in the city, but it has been closed to the public since April while crews complete the $3.7-million project, largely funded through grants. Part of that effort — the first major renovation of the park since 1977 — will involve planting more than 100 trees, resulting in a net increase in the park, said Sean Corrigan, city engineer, in an interview this week.
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Surgeon general's call to action to promote walking and walkable communities
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Increasing people's physical activity levels will significantly reduce their risk of chronic diseases and related risk factors. Because physical activity has numerous other health benefits — such as supporting positive mental health and healthy aging — it is one of the most important actions people can take to improve their overall health.
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Want to carry a gun in a city park? Define 'city park'
Knoxville News-Sentinel via Athletic Business
Guns are not allowed at the Tennessee Valley Fair at Chilhowee Park but they are permitted at World's Fair Park, according to the city of Knoxville. The definition of a city park continues to be at the root of the controversy over whether licensed handgun carry is allowed in Knoxville parks.
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Pearl Chase Society boycotts Franceschi demo
Edhat Santa Barbara
The Pearl Chase Society continues to petition the demolition option proposed for the historical Santa Barbara Franceschi house. The nonprofit is asking the community to help find lasting solutions for the landmark and has created an online petition to save Franceschi House and Park.
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Learn about your playground amenities
Playground Professionals
Often when playground safety is brought up in a discussion, the focus is centered on the playground equipment and surfacing. But there are other areas of play that should be reviewed. Playgrounds often have amenities that should be designed and kept as safe as possible.
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Richmond, Albany hosting streetside pop-up parks
Contra Costa Times
PARK(ing) Day, a pop-up park/community building idea that originated in San Francisco a decade ago and spread around the world as an annual event, is coming to the East Bay on Sept. 18. The National Park Service unit in Richmond is hosting a PARK(ing) Day event at 12264 San Pablo Ave., between the Wendy's and William's Natural Foods. The event, co-hosted by the city, will include participation by park service rangers and city representatives, and information on parks and recreational opportunities in the region.
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Minnesota council ties downtown park approval to long-term maintenance funding
Star Tribune
Minneapolis' support for the ornate downtown park designed by prominent national consultants will ultimately be contingent on securing the funding to maintain it, the City Council decided recently. The last-minute condition convinced a wide majority of the council to support the concept for a new park that will sit in the shadow of the Minnesota Vikings stadium and Wells Fargo's new downtown campus. There are still plenty of challenges ahead, most prominently the need to raise $22 million for the park's construction.
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Bismarck Parks OKs $21 million budget
The Bismarck Tribune
Bismarck Park District's 62 full-time employees will receive a 3.5 percent boost in merit pay as part of a $21 million budget its board approved recently. The budget raises spending by 8 percent over the 2015 budget. The pay increases will cost the park district $96,000 more.
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UBC study: Risky outdoor play positively impacts children's health
New research from UBC and the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children's Hospital shows that risky outdoor play is not only good for children's health but also encourages creativity, social skills and resilience. The findings, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that children who participated in physical activity such as climbing and jumping, rough and tumble play and exploring alone, displayed greater physical and social health.
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Frontline Parks 2016
Frontline Parks promotes inspiring examples of urban park excellence, innovation, and stewardship across the country. Twelve parks — one each month — will be featured on CPA’s home page in 2016. Each Frontline Park story will show how parks and their stewards are on the forefront of creating healthier, more sustainable cities, and how these park projects are succeeding in tough economic times.
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