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2013 ParkScore results are in — 5 California cities rank in the top 20
The Trust for Public Land's 2013 ParkScore index features ten new cities — and one of these newcomers has unseated San Francisco as the top spot for parks. The new #1 is the largest metropolis in the land of lakes, a state with more miles of shoreline than even California or Florida. Can you guess the city? The answer may surprise you. Read the full rankings — and find out how your city stacks up — by clicking here.
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Liked attending NRPA in Anaheim? Professionals under 35 are encouraged to apply for scholarship to attend 2013 congress in Houston, Texas
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) is offering an opportunity for outstanding young professionals to further their professional development by attending the 2013 NRPA Annual Congress in Houston, Texas, October 8-11.

The Academy's 2013 Young Professional Externships covers the cost of NRPA Annual Congress registration (early-bird) and provide a $750 stipend toward lodging and transportation costs. During the Congress, Externs also participate in Academy meetings and events and are mentored by Academy members.

Four (4) Externships are awarded, including two (2) Ernest T. Atwell Diversity Externships for ethnic minority applicants. Young professionals, 35 years old and younger, must apply by the June 21, 2013 deadline. Additional information and the application form are available online here or from Academy Externship Committee Chair Robert Armistead.

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    July is Parks Make Life Better!® month
    The California state legislature is set to approve Assembly Concurrent Resolution, declaring July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month. This measure declares the Legislature's recognition of the importance of access to local parks, trails, open space, and facilities for the health and development of all Californians. This measure declares July 2013 as Parks Make Life Better!® Month.
    Click here to download a sample resolution. You may also go to the Parks Make Life Better!® page on the CPRS website to get ideas for your agency and see what others are doing!

    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is offering reduced tickets for July is Parks Make Life Better!® month. For discount coupons, click here.

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    CPRS conference call for sessions
    The 2014 Annual Conference Program Committee seeks proposals that will teach “how-to’s,” be more than relevant, be progressive, encourage opportunities for learner engagement, and demonstrate application to public sector work. 2014 in Ontario will feature a diverse range of trainers, not just presenters, contain cutting edge ideas while stimulating and provoking discussion. Different levels of experience are welcomed. Click here for our "call for sessions" submittal form. The deadline for sessions and intensive proposals is July 1,
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    Volunteers rebuild playground at Sacramento's McKinley Park
    The Sacramento Bee
    Hundreds turned out at Sacramento's McKinley Park to rebuild the children's playground that was torched last July. The city has relied on donations and an army of 2,000 volunteers to build the new structure. "You really can get involved and get something done," said City Councilman Steve Cohn, whose district includes McKinley Park. "It takes a village."
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      California Land Management
    We have been providing a cost effective alternative method of providing security and maintenance services in city and county parks for over 30 years. Current and past clients include a wide variety of local, state and Federal agencies, private companies and non profit land trusts. For information call 6500-322-1181 or email MORE

    What children in Moore, Okla., need right now
    In the tornado-ravaged town of Moore, Okla., all people want is for things to return to "normal." What does "normal" mean? Adults no doubt crave the comfort of their own beds, a running refrigerator, a hot shower. But for kids, "normal" might be as simple as a chance to play. For children whose lives have been turned upside-down, play is absolutely essential for maintaining a sense of stability amidst turmoil. Here's how you can help.
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    It's official: City parks make us happy
    The Conversation
    Spending time with nature in our cities' parks and gardens can improve individual satisfaction in life and make us less aggressive, anxious and stressed. So isn't it time we placed access to nature alongside good health, feeling secure, satisfying employment and positive social relationships as key routes to happiness? A recent study from the University of Exeter links green space to happiness. Earlier studies indicating the importance of urban nature for general and psychological health were unable to control for individual personality differences that affect happiness.
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    Improving physical activity before, during, and after school
    A new report from the Institute of Medicine provides recommendations for strengthening and improving programs and policies for physical activity and physical education in the school environment, including before, during, and after school. The report, Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, also documents the status of physical activity and physical education efforts in schools, how physical activity and fitness affect health outcomes, and what can be done to help schools get students to become more active.

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

        Sacramento City Council plans to boost parks budget for first time since '07 (The Sacramento Bee)
    Biomass projects help parks departments save money, environment (Athletic Business)
    Nonlethal tactics used for goose control (The Spokesman-Review)
    Fitness flash mob hits Madison, Wis., streets (The Capital Times)
    East Bay regional park district and California state parks sign 30 year contract for McLaughlin Eastshore state park (East Bay Regional Park District and California State Parks)

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    Affordable Care Act
    Keri Smith, City of Palmdale, asks, "Is your agency reducing work hours for part-time employees this summer in anticipation to the Affordable Care Act? Is your agency holding part time un-benefited employees to a firm 29 hours or less per week? Is your agency considering a 12-month measurement period to determine their weekly average (for example, some weeks an employee would work more than 29 hours, some weeks less)? Is your agency working with an advisor or consultant regarding the Affordable Care Act?"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Field use policy and fees for club sports, traveling teams
    Randy Davis, City of Dixon, asks, "Many cities and districts reduce or eliminate field use fees for sports organizations that are open to all children in the community. However, I would like to know how your city or district deals with club sports organizations or traveling teams that limit participation to only the very skilled athletes. Do these types of organizations or teams pay reduced fees to use fields or do they pay the regular rate?"
    Please answer his question here.

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    Adult day care use of community center
    Alison Martinez, City of Claremont, asks, "Our community center is used primarily for meetings and contract classes. We often have Adult Day Care groups use our community space to play games, watch television, and use the computer lab. Recently the numbers of individuals and groups has grown significantly and we find large groups (10-20) hanging out in the hallways talking, sleeping or playing games. We want to be inclusive but find we are limited in space to accommodate the growing number of groups and individuals. Have other centers experienced this? How have you managed? Do you have policies or guidelines? Do you have activities or programs specifically designed for groups with special needs, on a drop in basis?"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Employee safety manual
    Sandi Kukkola, El Dorado Hills Community Services District, asks, "Do you have an employee safety handbook? We have tried several times to create one but always end up with a large document. We want something concise that can be quickly referenced. Thank you!"
    Please answer her question here, or post your documents in the CPRS Library for all to share.

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  • 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference — Take advantage of early-bird rates
    Early-bird registration rates are available for the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference, but only until June 28. To register, visit the conference website here. Don't miss out on participating in over 60 sessions, seven tours of model projects and programs, networking opportunities, and some exciting interactive features including an on-site Charitable Bike Build.
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