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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; Here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Recreation Supervisor, Tahoe Cityclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D4 Light the Fire — Summer Camp Training, May 31 — click here for flier.

Forum Highlight
I'm looking for graphic designers recommendations/contacts. The City of Emeryville contracts the graphic design of its 3 times a year activity guide, and would like to include more marketing materials in this contract to establish a better brand/theme among our materials. Please send me the contact info for your talented designer (and any RFPs, RFQs, or mechanisms you've used to recruit your designers). I do prefer local designers, so Bay Area folks, please don't be shy. I promise we're a small city/small contract and won't be stealing them away from you with our additional business :)

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Member Highlight
Riverside hires new parks director

Riverside has hired Adolfo Cruz, a former deputy community services director from Stockton, as the its new parks and recreation director. Cruz, who has about 24 years experience in municipal park service, will begin work in Riverside on June 2, at an annual salary of $160,000, a city news release stated. He replaces Ralph Nunez, who retired in March after nearly 10 years with the city.
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Share your expertise
The CPRS Conference & Expo "Call for Sessions" form is ready! The Conference Program Planning Committee's goal is to build a content-rich program by seeking best practices, strategies, partnerships and emerging issues from our membership and colleagues. We ask you to complete the "Call for Session" as the first step using the "call form" as a guide — our deadline is July 1. The annual conference will be March 10-13 in Sacramento. Click here to download the form.
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Bark for your park
Do the dogs in your town dream of wide open spaces and a place to call their own? Then win your furry friends a new dog park from PetSafe. PetSafe encourages community members to partner with local officials, animal shelters and welfare groups, animal professionals and pet owners.
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Police probe string of razor-blade incidents hurting kids
CBS This Morning
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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Anaheim officials weigh closed school for park space
Orange County Register
The shuttered Riverdale Elementary site is being eyed by Anaheim city officials as a potential park that would likely be used by youth sports leagues across the city. The city council agreed to launch negotiations with Orange Unified School District, which is asking at least $15.9 million for the 11.5-acre swath of land in Anaheim Hills.
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Bill seeks to ask motorists to fund bike trail improvements
SF Gate
California motorists could be asked to pay higher vehicle registration fees to fund trail and road improvements for bicyclists under a bill being considered by the state Legislature. The bill by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, started out as a proposed tax on new bike sales, but that idea drew strong opposition from the California Retailers Association, anti-tax organizations and some cycling groups.
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Defibrillator plays life-saving role for heart attack victim
Orange County Register
When a man collapsed from a heart attack during a senior citizen basketball tournament at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, two starkly different things saved his life: luck and technology. A player on the opposing team who happened to be a retired heart surgeon rushed to help. And a quick-thinking city employee grabbed a seldom-used life-saving device that medical experts recommend all public places have: an automated external defibrillator.
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Natural parks and American cities
The Huffington Post
Our nation's largest cities contain grand park systems where more than 50 percent of the park land is considered "natural." In fact, among America's 10 largest cities, only Chicago doesn't have a park system which is more than 50 percent natural — and Chicago's system is close to half natural. The idea that our nation's largest cities are repositories of natural areas of significant size flies in the face of not only the popular notion of cities as concrete jungles, but also of the popular image that American city parks follow the tradition begun by Frederick Law Olmsted.
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DCNR and partners unveil 'Get Outdoors PA' to connect citizens with close-to-home recreation events
The Wall Street Journal
Thousands of guided outdoor recreation events this year — from after work hikes to family fishing programs to night-time paddles — will connect people to enriching outdoor experiences through the newly expanded "Get Outdoors PA" program, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced.
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Tuscon, Arizona, city manager proposes slashing parks, bumping business fees next year
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson's city council offered its two cents on the city manager's $1.25 billion recommended budget. The meeting was an opportunity for City Manager Richard Miranda hear what his elected bosses had to say and incorporate those suggestions into his budget, which is $22 million less than this year, primarily due to streetcar construction coming to an end.
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Building better communities
NRPA is pleased to partner with the American Water Charitable Foundation to implement the Building Better Communities program. Building Better Communities is designed to create and enhance nature-based playgrounds and natural play spaces for children, while also providing educational messaging and demonstration areas about water stewardship and conservation. Building Better Communities projects are supported with funding from AWCF and implemented through annual grants administered by NRPA.

Applications for 2014 Building Better Communities grants are being accepted through May 30. Click here to learn more and apply.

California's Great America and Six Flags Magic Mountain support July is Parks Make Life Better! Month & CPRS
California's Great America, located in Santa Clara, and Six Flags Magic Mountain, located in Valencia, are offering discounted tickets to CPRS members, park and recreation agencies and your communities to help celebrate July as "Parks Make Life Better!" Month. Additionally, a portion of all ticket proceeds purchased during the month of July will be donated to CPRS by both parks!

California's Great America is the Bay Area's most exciting theme park! To download the coupon with the CPRS code click here or for instructions for ordering California's Great America tickets click here.

Six Flags Magic Mountain, known as the "Thrill Capital of the World," is a 260-acre theme park featuring 19 world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games and attractions for the entire family in 2014. Coupon and ticket information for Six Flags will be available closer to July — watch for it!

Be sure to pass a resolution in your city, county or special district to declare "July is Parks Make Life Better!" Month and help promote Parks &am; Recreation as an essential service in all California communities. Click here to download a sample resolution here.

Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Modesto retains consultant to help with parks department (The Modesto Bee)
Save the Children seeks volunteers: Operation Recreation Response Corps (Save the Children)
Ghost-hunting team to seek out paranormal in Exeter, New Hampshire (Seacoast Online)
Livermore Falls, Maine, RSU 73 negotiate terms for recreation program (Franklin Sun Journal)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Any of your staff need to renew or obtain their CPSI? We have courses!
Playground Safety Certification provides the authority to examine playgrounds for compliance with California regulations R-39-97. To become certified we recommend you take the certification course, then sit for the 100 question exam. Once certified with the National Recreation and Park Association, you will remain certified for three years. CPRS is the exclusive provider for playground safety certification courses throughout California.

June 18-20 - Livermore
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Sept. 29-Oct. 1 - Sacramento
in combination with Maint. Superintendents Assoc. Annual Conference
Click here to download registration form.

March 2015 - Sacramento
(part of the CPRS Conference & Expo)
Registration opens in November 2014


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