P&R Weekly
Jul. 15, 2013

What's in a name? Quite a bit, actually.
CPRS has organized an annual conference and expo since 1948. It does have an "official" name but we know CPRS members refer to it by other names, which may confuse current and potential attendees. We want your opinion about the name of our annual conference.

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Model Aquatic Health Code modules for review

Each module has a short synopsis or abstract highlighting the most critical recommendations. You can monitor the status of all modules on the MAHC website.More

Glendale tired of butts: 'Smokers will be fed to the bears'
Los Angeles Times
"Do not throw cigarette butts on the ground. Our squirrels are getting cancer," reads one sign on the north end of the Catalina Verdugo Trail in Glendale. Yes, it's a real sign installed by the city. Smoking is banned on city trails and parks, but traditional outreach hasn't prevented cigarette butts from piling up and there aren't enough code enforcement officials to patrol every trail. Tired of having stodgy signs ignored, city officials are giving humor a try.More

Kickball makes a comeback
The Press-Enterprise
Members of the Booters didn't know how to get ready for the first game of the city of Murrieta's inaugural Adult Kickball League season. Some wondered aloud if they should stretch beforehand. Others asked if they should stand on the "on deck" circle and swing their kickin' legs to get warmed up. The venue for the inaugural matchup was the city's Torrey Pines Park, which features an artificial red field.More

County to restore habitat, create 'Braille Trail' at Placerita Park
With more than $570,000 in combined grant funding by the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and the State of California Habitat Conservation Fund, the Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce two initiatives that will yield immeasurable benefits in the beautiful Placerita Canyon Natural Area. The projects — riparian habitat restoration and establishment of a Golden Braille Trail for the visually impaired — enabled by the funding are meant to help preserve habitat in Placerita Canyon and expand opportunities for all people to enjoy natural beauty in Los Angeles County.More

Napa Valley State Park sites among those awarded grants
Napa Valley Patch
The California State Parks Foundation is awarding 16 grants totaling $320,000 to several organizations that are working to support underfunded state parks in California. That includes the Napa Valley State Parks Association, in support of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park.More

Parks After Dark: Using public spaces to reduce violent crime
Los Angeles Magazine
After launching on June 20, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation's Parks After Dark program is in full swing. Kicking off its fourth summer, PAD seeks to foment community solidarity while reducing the rate of violent crime in neighborhoods affected by gang activity. Initially conceived by Parks and Recreation Director Russ Guiney and CEO William Fujioka, it was intended to be somewhat of a Summer Night Lights spinoff (a program which kept parks in gang laden communities open late during the summers).More

Honoring military veterans continues after the fireworks with unique hiring opportunity
Military veterans ready to help their communities get boot-camp fit look no further than your local park and recreation department. Over the next three years, park and recreation departments in 12 communities will seek to hire nearly 200 veterans to teach fitness and nutrition classes and to help inspire healthier, active lifestyles among the public through the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program.More