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As 2014 comes to a close, CPRS would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of P&R Weekly a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 5.

Where is your city on the list of Best & Worst Cities for Recreation?
WalletHub
From Aug. 4: In an effort to educate Americans on the value of an active lifestyle and the importance of public open spaces in their communities and finances, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities and highlighted those with the most diverse opportunities for recreation, sports and culture. It did so using 24 key metrics that examine each city's finances, parks quality, entertainment and recreation facilities as well as its weather and environmental conditions.
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Why 'no t-shirt in the pool' rule doesn't hold water
MyPoolSigns.com
From March 24: At first glance, the story out of Bakersfield about a man who's fighting the city to be able to wear a t-shirt while swimming might seem trivial — the kind of fodder local news stations love, but which have no real consequences. Dig deeper, however, and you'll see that this issue is about much more than a t-shirt. Ultimately, it's about who lives and dies in the water.
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A big legal blow to the Rails-to-Trails movement
The Atlantic Cities
From March 24: You can find them in every state in the union, from Maine to Hawaii, from Alaska to Florida: old railroad rights of way that have been or are being converted to trails for biking, hiking and other recreational uses. As many as 1,400 such trails covering perhaps 15,000 miles have been built since a movement to repurpose such land began in the 1960s, and about another 1,100 are in the planning stages. But a decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court could endanger those trails, many of which have become integral to the economies and communities where they are located.
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10 tips for keeping your rec center looking like new
Athletic Business
From June 30: 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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EPA not entirely confident playground turf is safe for children
The Huffington Post
From Jan. 13: The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly updated its website in response to a complaint that its public information on artificial turf made from old tires understated potential concerns about safety. The recycled tire parts, sometimes called "tire crumb," are used to make pliant surfaces for playgrounds, tracks and playing fields. There are concerns that the tires contain lead and other harmful chemicals, putting children who play on the turf at risk.
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California state parks acting director named
The Sacramento Bee
From July 14: California's state parks system has a new acting director. Lisa Mangat, whose resume includes tours of duty with several state departments, is taking the helm of the $654 million California Department of Parks and Recreation following Anthony L. Jackson's abrupt resignation earlier this year after just 18 months on the job.
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American teens don't hang out at malls anymore
The Atlantic Cities
From April 21: This article highlights the shifting social priorities of teens from "hanging at the mall" to desiring "experiences" through eating out. According to the article, "Quietly, the restaurant has displaced the mall as the socially acceptable place to hangout for teenagers in America. Restaurants have become a gathering place and teens are increasingly suggesting they prefer dining out to other forms of status brand spending. We see restaurants as the next generation hang out for teens." Is this an opportunity for park and recreation agencies to capture the interests of teens by promoting teen centers, events, etc., as places of "experiences?"
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Police probe string of razor-blade incidents hurting kids
CBS This Morning
From May 12: Police in San Diego are investigating a recent string of dangerous incidents where kids have been cut by razor blades intentionally scattered across a public park. Using flashlights and metal detectors, police scoured every inch of the park night searching for razor blades in the ground. By morning, they found a total of 19, all seemingly planted on purpose to hurt kids. Now, they're searching for a suspect. At least one child has been sent to the hospital.
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At least 174 child drownings this summer in swimming pools and spas
Pool Safety
From Sept. 29: From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014, at least 174 children between the ages of 1 and 14 drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation. Of the 174 reports, 112 victims were children younger than age 5.
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17 jobs at risk in proposals for San Bernardino parks
San Bernardino County Sun
From Jan. 27: Parks are in such poor condition and staff so overworked that the city should ask for proposals from contractors to handle maintenance, even though it could cost all 17 jobs in the division, Parks Director Mickey Valdivia says. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department has developed four potential solutions to the staffing problem.
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