January 5, 2021

In This Issue...

News from NACPRO
New Member Welcome
Best Practices Forum
A Word from our Sponsors
Member News
Research and Resources
In the News
Job Announcements


The National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials is a non-profit professional organization that advances official policies that promote county and regional park and recreation issues while providing members with opportunities to network, exchange ideas and best practices, and enhance professional development.

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The next issue of NACPRO News will be delivered on January 19, 2021.

If you have news or an article to share, please send it to the editor by January 18.

Brenda Adams-Weyant
(814) 927-8212
[email protected]

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Job Announcements

Deputy Directors - Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
City of San Jose
San Jose, California
Salary: $124,012 - $193,173 /yr
Closing Date: Jan 22, 2021

Recreation, Arts & Community Services Director
Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD)
Hayward, California
Salary: $154,005 - $187,195 /yr
Closing Date: Jan 25, 2021

Natural Resource Planner
Santa Clara County Parks
Los Gatos, California
Salary: $92,882 - $112,392 /yr
Closing Date: Jan 11, 2021

Director, Washington State Parks
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Tumwater, Washington
Salary: $146,000 - $161,000 /yr
Closing Date: Open until filled

Got a vacancy to fill? NACPRO will post your vacancy on our website and email a copy to our mailing list of over 1100 parks and recreation professionals for a fee of $100 for NACPRO members and $200 for non-members. NACPRO membership is $90/person.

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News from NACPRO

Update on 2021 NACPRO Programs

At the December meeting the Board of Directors decided not to conduct a summer meeting in 2021. Many park districts have cut their travel budgets and there’s still too much uncertainty about when it will be safe for us to gather again. We are hoping to resume our summer meeting in 2022.

The 2021 Awards Program will go forward this year. The Call for Nominations will come out later in January. Since we are not having an in-person meeting this year, the awards will be shipped directly to the recipients and NACPRO will develop an awards presentation video that you can share with your staff and community.

Amendment to the NACPRO Bylaws

The NACPRO Board of Directors proposes to amend the NACPRO bylaws to clarify certain sections, to change some overly restrictive sections, and to update other sections to current practices.

Two important changes allow the Board to conduct their Annual Meeting virtually, and to approve amendments to the bylaws at any Board meeting (currently limited to approval at the Annual Meeting).

Click on the link below to download a copy of the draft amendment. Changes are noted in red ink and comments in the margin provide rationale.

If you have any feedback on this amendment, please send your comments to [email protected] by February 12, 2021.

New Member Welcome

Ms. Ronda DeCaire, Director
Elkhart County Parks
Goshen, Indiana

Best Practices Forum

Got an issue you need advice on? Or a best practice you want to share? Send us the details and we will publish it in the next NACPRO News.

A Word from our Sponsors

Charcoal Grills on Sale
Courtesy of Pilot Rock

We are celebrating the New Year with a new sale! Buy One, Get One Half off Price on ANY charcoal grill during the month of January. This sales event includes ALL charcoal grills including wheelchair accessible grills, stainless steel charcoal grills, large group grills & more!

You must enter "BOGOHOP" in the RFQ Promo Code field to get the discount! This deal ends January 31, 2021.

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Member News

Charleston County Parks Foundation receives 2021 True Inspiration Award
Courtesy of the Post and Courier

SOUTH CAROLINA - The Charleston County Parks Foundation was recently named as a recipient of one of the 2021 True Inspiration Awards from Chick-fil-A. As a recipient of the award, the foundation, which aims to help all area residents experience Charleston County Parks’ facilities and programs, will receive a $125,000 grant to fund their mission.

The True Inspiration Awards were founded in 2015 to honor Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy. The awards honor and support community organizations from across the U.S. and Canada that are making a positive impact in the areas of hunger, homelessness and education. In 2020, Chick-fil-A announced that the awards would support Black-led nonprofits or those that impact communities of color.

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Research and Resources

Are synthetic-turf systems contributing to the microplastics crisis?
Courtesy of Parks and Recreation Business

By Thomas P. Shay

Most third-generation, synthetic-turf fields installed worldwide use some form of rubber as a significant component of infill. Typically, styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) is used as a cost-effective synthetic, often referred to as crumb rubber. Other virgin rubber and plastic alternatives include ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) or thermoplastic elastomers (TPE).

SBR is often sourced from worn-out automobile-tire waste and diverted to synthetic-turf fields for infill. The substance is a low-cost material that has been historically suitable for field surfacing with particles approximately 1 to 2 millimeters in size. However, the particulate nature of SBR means it is easily carried away from synthetic fields by athletes on shoes, clothing, equipment, hair, or skin, and this requires replenishment. Some of the crumb rubber can be found in perimeter areas surrounding synthetic-turf fields, especially when snow removal is conducted on the turf as part of maintenance.

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In the News

Widower of woman decapitated by gate at Arches National Park struggles after trauma, files lawsuit
Courtesy of East Idaho News

By Jeff Todd

The family of a woman killed while visiting Arches National Park in Utah in mid-June is hoping they can change the dangerous conditions that lead to her death and continue the philanthropy she inspired around the globe.

After COVID-19 closures were lifted, the newlyweds took a trip to Arches National Park. Upon leaving, an unsecured metal gate swung into the road, killing Nakajjigo, who was sitting in the passenger seat.

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2021 River Management Symposium - Registration is open
Courtesy of the River Management Society

April 12-15, 2021

Presented by the River Management Society, in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Virginia State Scenic Rivers Program.

RMS welcomes you as a river manager, scientist, planner, legal expert, student, professor or river conservation and recreation advocate to brush up your skills as you grow your network! Richmond, Virginia is our host city, blossoming amidst the excitement of a resurgent James River. Having suffered decades of untold levels of misuse, the James is redefining the City as its environmental, economic and cultural centerpiece. You will delight in the virtual discovery of Richmond's vibrant businesses, innovative programs and exciting events held against a backdrop of our nation's founding history and the majestic James.

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