P&R Weekly
May. 25, 2015

60 Minute webinars return for 2015
CPRS Webinars Planned June-November, the first Wednesday each month at 10 a.m. This year's series will focus on Building a Productive Workforce! Faculty will again be comprised of creative park and recreation trainers and leaders. Click here to download registration form.

2015 Series of six includes Building A Solid Volunteer Program (we can't do it all ourselves); Utilizing Volunteer Leaders (work smarter, not harder); Volunteers as Community Engagement Agents (what better way to get ambassadors for your programs); Leveraging Social Media as a Communication Tool (communication produces darn good results); Supervision with Rewards & Recognition (even supervisors need kudos) and It's About Building Community Relationships (effective relationships are truly the best way to go!) Click here for more information. More

July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month — Start planning now!
Parks Make Life Better!® month is coming in July. Now is a great time to get moving to promote the value of parks in your community.

What can you do? Click here to learn more.

The Town of Windsor Day Parade on May 9 featured the Parks Make Life Better! logo. Our Parks and Recreation Commissioners and Senior Citizen Advisory Council participated and sported the Parks Make Life Better logo!! More

Lake San Antonio slated for layoffs, closure, again
Monterey Herald
The Monterey County Parks Department is all but guaranteed to lose Lake San Antonio to closure this summer in the wake of a costly attempt by county supervisors to keep the lake open and staff in place for a year in hopes rainstorms would replenish the reservoir. New county parks director Mark Mariscal laid out the challenges the financially troubled parks system is facing during a report on the current and next fiscal year budgets to the Parks Commission.More

Kids bored during summer vacation? Here's an idea that's catching on
Boredom during summer vacation is a challenge for many parents, but there's a program in many Utah cities that's designed to solve that problem. Just ask 12-year-old Callie Johnson. Last summer, she and her brothers Luke and Zach were very busy. "We went fishing, and we collected some coins and we did a lot of services," she said. "We visited police departments and hospitals," among other things. Around her neck and around the necks of thousands of other school children are so-called "brag badges." They resemble military dog tags and each one contains brightly colored artwork illustrating various summertime activities. More

Going green and pesticide free
Chicago Sun Times
Homeowners might want to take heed. Collectively, pesticides and fertilizers used to excess on private lawns are far more to blame for the contamination of local lakes and waterways. There are about 50 million acres of turf grass in the United States and residential lawns make up half of of that, Richard Hentschel, an extension educator in horticulture for the University of Illinois, tells us. "We have a far bigger impact on the environment than park districts,' he says. "It's enormous."More

Better parks make better neighborhood, better city
The Florence Morning News
Families that play together stay together. And the communities that offer families and individuals places to play give people a reason to stay. That's our way of saying that we are big proponents of parks. Education, jobs, public safety, good roads and other concrete things are important aspects of a community’s quality of life. Asphalt paves some of the way to progress, but grass also helps a community grow.More

Disc golf course excites players, tees off birders
The Times-News
Construction of a disc golf course in Jackson Park has local Frisbee fans excited about a new option for tournaments. But birdwatchers who flock to the park's woods each spring are teed off about the course encroaching on key songbird habitat. The Henderson County Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with volunteers from the WNC Disc Golf Association to build an 18- to 27-hole disc golf course in the 220-acre municipal park. It could open as early as late summer, Parks and Recreation Director Tim Hopkin said. More

How to explore Mission Trails Park
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Kristoffer von Hassel came to Mission Trails Regional Park in San Carlos to see some wild animals. What the 6-year-old from Ocean Beach got was a wild time. In honor of Explore Mission Trails Day, there were live bees and honey samples at the San Diego Beekeeping Society's discovery station, live snakes and one alligator lizard at the EcoVivarium station, and the chance to break rocks at a tent devoted to geology. Throw in a guided nature walk and pony rides, and it was a big day in a very big park.More

City staff looking into new, gravity-defying summer attraction Howelsen Hill
Steamboat Today
Steamboat Springs, Colorado — Someday, ski jumping may not be the only way to defy gravity at Howelsen Hill. The city's parks and community services department is starting to look into the possibility of adding an aerial adventure course and ziplines as a way to boost summer visitation to Howelsen. Aerial adventure courses allow visitors to tackle a series of obstacles high above the ground while they are attached to a safety cable.More