P&R Weekly
Nov. 12, 2012

Barbers raise funds with pushups
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
You get more than just a good haircut at City Barber Shop in Gardner these days. You get a front row seat to an impressive display of physical fitness. After your fallen locks have been swept away, it's time for pushups on the same floor space. Lots of pushups. Since July, barbers Steve Landry, Scott Cordeiro, Ron Savoy and Tina Gemborys have done more than 30,000 pushups in a fundraiser for playground renovations in Gardner. Instead of a cappella harmony from this barbershop quartet, it's "one, two, three," up-and-down counting, in sync with deep breaths during the most demanding of basic calisthenics exercises.More

Contracting: Not just in parks and recreation
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
"Contracting out" park maintenance and recreation services has been escalating due to the continuing economic recession. Interestingly, it's not just happening in parks and recreation. Read this story about trends in contracting out police/public safety in a number of California cities. More

'Walk with a Doc' kicked off at McKinley Park Walks planned each month at different parks around town
Valley Community Newspapers
Walk with a Doc is a national program developed by cardiologist David Sabgir in Ohio. The California Medical Association Foundation held a kickoff event for bringing the program to California at the State Capitol. The program is being piloted in Sacramento, Fresno, and Humboldt counties. Locally, the Sierra Sacramento Medical Society is now in charge of organizing these events.More

Santa Ana park aims to lift area's fitness
The Orange County Register
It used to be just a patch of dirt, a wide spot in the Pacific Electric Bicycle Trail, a spot where on occasion you'd see a car being worked on. Now it's the Maple/Occidental Exercise Park, a tiny (0.41 acres) but peaceful spot full of native plants and clusters of shiny green, purple and yellow outdoor workout equipment.More

Off-road state park near Livermore debated
San Francisco Chronicle
State park officials plan to turn a swath of hills southeast of Livermore — regarded by conservationists as historic and ecologically sensitive — into a motorcycle park, even as off-road vehicle use has declined and the state struggles to keep traditional parks open. The state is midway through the planning process to open the 3,400-acre Tesla area between Livermore and Tracy for off-road use by motorcycles, ATVs and other vehicles. The parcel would be a significant expansion of the adjacent Carnegie State Vehicular Recreational Area. The move by the state has angered conservationists but given hope to off-road vehicle enthusiasts.More

Proposed federal budget cuts would deal blow to Americans' beloved parks
Fox News
As many as 200 parks across America could greet visitors with "Sorry, but we're closed" signs come January unless Congress reaches a deal to stop automatic, across-the-board cuts to domestic and military spending — including an estimated $218 million less to the National Park Service, according to a conservation group. Most of the attention on the so-called "fiscal cliff" has centered on the defense side of the ledger. But the proposed park service cuts is one example of how everyday Americans might feel the pinch.More

Seattle switches from bike lanes to bike tracks
Move over, bike lanes: Bike tracks are gearing up in Seattle. The city has spent $35 million over the past five years on bicycle lanes, but now officials are changing direction. Bike tracks will be installed in some sectors, and the city will study a bike track running through downtown. Cycling advocates say tracks are the future. More

Childhood obesity declines in several states, cities
USA Today
Nutritional improvements made in the foods served at schools could help reverse the nation's childhood obesity epidemic, and the first evidence of success is in places that have implemented changes early. Childhood obesity rates have declined slightly in several cities and states that are tackling the issue, including Mississippi, California, New York City, Philadelphia, El Paso, Texas, and Anchorage, Alaska, according to two groups that are tracking the trend.More

Orchard Heights Park has variety of amenities
Statesman Journal
Orchard Heights Park in West Salem is a true community space because it offers something for just about everyone seeking recreation. Located off Orchard Heights Road in West Salem — and just a five-minute drive from downtown — the park is basically split into thirds. There are athletic facilities closest to the road, playground equipment near the parking area and, along Glen Creek, a surprisingly large wooded area home to a half-mile loop of trails, picnic tables and an off-leash dog park.More

California coast's best surprise view — 33 pictures, video
San Francisco Chronicle
From the Lookout Bench at Garrapata State Park, it might seem you could take a flying leap into the vast white pool of fog that stretches into a pearlescent sea. Nearby, atop a crag at Rocky Ridge, you tower over the Monterey coast. It can feel like you are on top of the world. Rocky Ridge at Garrapata is the best surprise lookout on the Pacific Coast.More

Secrets to discovering national parks this fall
Fox News
Maybe your children aren't in school yet. Or maybe you want to plan a getaway for the two of you or with a group of your best buddies. Consider the national parks — they're a great bet in fall and a treat for the eyes during a road trip. The weather is cool and delightful, the crowds are gone, and you should be able to get a good spot, whether you're at Yellowstone or a more local park.More

Back to their roots in local parks and recreation
La Habra Journal
Pete Dangermond, former Director of the the California State Department of Parks and Recreation, came to La Habra to receive a distinguished award from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. So did Joe Crookham, president of Musco Lighting, and Roger Brown, a parks and recreation director for seven different departments over 50 years.More

Responsibilities of contracted instructors during an emergency/disaster

Anna Bielecki, City of Gilroy, asks, "I am looking for any language in contracted instructor contracts/handbooks pertaining to responsibilities of contractors regarding students/participants during a disaster (earthquake, fire or flood in a building, etc.). As city employees, we are mandatory disaster service workers, but we are looking for anything in writing pertaining to contracted instructors obligations to participants in an emergency/disaster. Thanks so much for any assistance." Please post your answer here.More

Scholarship program

Olivia Lemen, City of Calistoga, asks, "We are looking to establish a new scholarship program for our entire department. I am curious about other scholarship programs out there:

Currently, we provide sponsorships for sports teams — dwindling in support — and various programs ask for money directly. I want to consolidate and centralize 'asks' to minimize impact to our community." Please post your answer here.More