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The pre-registration deadline is Jan. 31. Get your paperwork in now!

Tell us How Parks Make Life Better! works — apply for Ignite!
Ignite sessions are scheduled at the San Jose conference from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7. Ignite is a style of presentation where participants are given five minutes to speak on engaging ideas from presenters who are already integrating Parks Make Life Better! into agency operations. Our Ignite format is up to 20 automatically advanced slides, quickly and effectively sharing ideas, tips, experiences.

DEADLINE DATES: Presentation ideas due Feb. 1; when selected, PowerPoint slides are due by Feb. 20. Ignite Coordinator: Leslie Peay, City of Daly City, or fax to 650-991-0303.


  • Jan. 9, CPRS District 14 Leadership Academy, click here for details
  • Jan. 17, CPRS District 2 NCAMA Workshop, click here for details
  • Jan. 18, CPRS District 11 '80s Game Night Social, click here for flier
  • Jan. 23, CPRS District 10 Adaptive Recreation Roundtable
  • Feb. 2, CPRS District 10 Recreation Leader Training Consortium, click here for details
  • Feb. 7, CPRS District 10, General Membership Meeting – Mentoring, click here for flier
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 3 Awards and Installation Luncheon
  • Feb. 22, CPRS District 2 Awards and Installation Banquet
  • Feb. 28, CPRS District 4 Annual Awards and Volunteer Recognition Dinner
  • March 2, CPRS District 1 Awards & Installation Banquet
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for details


    Questions raised by jewelry entrapment
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    Recently, an unusual, nonfatal entrapment garnered press attention around the country. The incident took place at the Greeley Family Funplex, a recreation center in Greeley, Colo. A 31-year-old woman was lounging on her abdomen in an approximately 6-inch-deep beach entry area of the pool when her belly ring became stuck in the large, unblockable drain cover. The jewelry had chains hanging from it, which became wedged between the slats of the Strongwell Dura Grid grating, according to officials at the facility. More

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    Report: California parks department lacks budget controls
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A new report has concluded that state Parks and Recreation officials need to rebuild trust and tighten reporting procedures after flawed internal controls gave them room to hide tens of millions of dollars collected from fees, even as they planned to cut services and close facilities for lack of funds. Department of Finance auditors concluded that Parks needs to more tightly control its budgeting and purchasing procedures. They also concluded that a special department fund that takes in gifts, bequests, and donations also is poorly administered and at risk for abuse. More

    California court: Can't sue park for bumper car injury
    USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Bumper-car riders in California take note: The thrill is inherently risky, and you know that, so you can't sue an amusement park if you get hurt, the state's top court ruled. The California Supreme Court sided with a lower court and overturned the appellate court in rejecting a lawsuit by San Jose doctor Smriti Nalwa, who broke a wrist in 2005 while riding in a "Rue le Dodge" car driven by her 9-year-old son at Great America park in Santa Clara. Their car was hit from the front and back, and Nalwa, an OB-GYN, was injured when she braced her hand (the courts don't say which) against the dashboard. More

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    Bradenton, Fla., police want power to issue trespassing citations at Riverwalk skate park
    Bradenton Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    To weed out the troublemakers at the new skate park on the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton, Fla., police are asking city officials to authorize officers to issue trespassing citations. Bradenton police Officer Tony Cerniglia made the request to the Bradenton City Council. Currently, Bradenton officers don't have authority to issue trespass citations on city-owned property. Cerniglia, who patrols downtown Bradenton, says hundreds of people routinely are converging at the skate park Friday and Saturday nights — the majority being nonrecreational visitors using the area as a hangout spot. More

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    'Fitness parks' catching on in cities
    USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Free outdoor gyms, the latest weapon in fighting the nation's obesity epidemic, are sprouting up in city parks across the country. Clusters of traditional fitness equipment from elliptical machines to leg press and sit-up benches are being installed in city parks, often in poorer neighborhoods that may not have access to healthful options. More

    Research: Swimmers hold intellectual edge
    The Washington Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While the intelligence boost delivered through music learning is often touted, it turns out swimming can give your children an intellectual and developmental boost as well. While many parents want their children to learn to swim as a safety measure, getting them into the pool can help in other ways. An Australian study conducted by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research followed more than 7,000 youths under the age of 5 and found that the skills learned early in the pool translate into real-world application. More

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    Public health at work
    Parks & Recreation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Obesity is a national crisis reaching epidemic levels, and park and recreation agencies across the country are taking strides to combat the problem. However, parks have been readily accessible to the public long before the obesity crisis reached critical levels, so to make an impact, recreation leaders will need to come up with innovative strategies to get their communities physically engaged and using their parks to their full potential. Read on for some examples of parks that are making progress in public health. More

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    10 endangered state parks
    Budget Travel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    They're beautiful, they're close to home, and they're steeped in history. But the best reason to vacation in one of our state parks? They're fast becoming an endangered species. Yet last year, the nation's 6,624 state parks attracted 720 million visitors, more than twice what the national parks see, and they did it with almost $1 billion less in annual operating revenue. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Clarify and prioritize key target audiences as they pertain to the six key messages of the Parks Make Life Better!® campaign.

    Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages to Jane H. Adams,

    The CPRS Forums are the place for members to exchange ideas and to ask questions. The forums area currently has 200-plus threads. The value of forums increases when you share your knowledge and resources. Increase the value of your membership by answering or posting a question in the forums. Visit CPRS Forums. You can also pose your own question.

    Policies/guidelines on commercial programs/farmers markets in public parks
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    Sheila Molinari, City of Salinas, asks, "The City of Salinas is developing policies/guidelines on commercial programs/farmer markets in public parks. If someone already has policies/guidelines on this topic, I would appreciate receiving any information you can share." Please post your answer here.

    Boat rentals in parks with lakes
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    Ed Jost, City of Las Vegas, asks, "The City of Las Vegas is exploring the idea of adding paddle boats to one of our urban lakes. We are looking for other cities that either have had boats in lakes in the past or who currently offer boat use on lakes as part of their operation. Specific questions are:
    • Do you provide lifeguards for the lake? What kind of certifications are required for the lifeguards (because our lake has depths of up to 17 feet, we have been told they will need deep water rescue certifications).
    • Do you operate the boat rentals yourself or is this contracted out? Do you have specific hours the boats are available?
    • What have your experiences with boats taught you about structuring this program if you had to do it over?
    Any assistance you can give will be very appreciated." Please post your answer here.


  • March 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for more details
  • Starting January 2013, DEPR – CPRS Webinar Series, click here for more information
  • April 16-18, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Riverside), click here to register

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