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CPRS ballots coming to you this week
On Jan. 16 you will be receiving an email from CPRS with election ballots for the CPRS State Board of Directors and your Districts and Sections. Please take the time to vote in this year's election. Below is the list of candidates who will be running for the state board:

    Vice President: Idris Al-Oboudi, Tim Barry, and Adrian Reynosa
    Region Representative: Anna Bielecki and Patricia Hall
    Secretary/Treasurer: Ann Dunleavy and Henry Perezalonso
    Region 4 Representative: Tom Boecking and Michael Wright

Conference news you need!
The pre-registration deadline is Jan. 31. Get your paperwork in now!

One hotel is full; book your room before the others fill up!
CPRS has negotiated special discount rates at designated conference hotels. Your patronage of these official hotels makes it possible for CPRS to secure the meeting space necessary to support our districts, sections and affiliates. Click here for more hotel information.


  • 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, click here for flier
  • Jan. 23, CPRS District 10 Senior Services Network Meeting, click here for flier
  • Jan. 31, CPRS District 10 Child-Friendly Spaces Program, click here for flier
  • Feb. 2, CPRS District 10 Recreation Leader Training Consortium, click here for details
  • Feb. 4, CPRS District 11 5th Annual D&O Operations Golf Tournament, click here for flier
  • Feb. 7, CPRS District 10, General Membership Meeting – Mentoring, click here for flier
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 3 Awards and Installation Luncheon
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 10 Mentoring Workshop, click here for flier
  • 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


    It's a fight over fitness in Santa Monica's parks
    The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Physical fitness is a way of life on the beautiful beachfront oasis of Santa Monica. From sunrise to sunset, there's huffing and puffing in the City's parks as trainers put their students through the paces of every form of exercise imaginable. Karen Ginsberg, the City's director of community and cultural services, said other park users are complaining about fitness enthusiasts not only blocking pedestrian walkways but also making too much noise, killing the park's grass with their weights and damaging its trees and benches with all the exercise gadgets they connect to them. So now the City Council is considering requiring that fitness trainers who conduct workouts in Santa Monica's parks and on its beaches pay an annual $100 fee and turn over 15 percent of their gross revenues to the City. More

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    Legalizing marijuana: What it means for camps
    American Camp Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With the results of the November 2012 elections, 18 states and the District of Columbia have now enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. However, the federal Controlled Substances Act still makes the use and possession of marijuana generally illegal. It's important for your camp to understand the implications of all of the laws should a staff applicant or camper want to bring and use their medical marijuana prescription at camp. Learn the top tips for camps and find resources about state laws regarding the use of medical marijuana, as well as information about the Controlled Substances Act, at ACA's Medical Marijuana and Camps resource page.

    What will be the consequences?
    CPRS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    CPRS Executive Director Jane H. Adams will be presenting at the South Bay Cities Council of Governments in February, and she is addressing "At What Cost – Unintended Consequences of Declining Revenues?" with a focus on parks and recreation. CPRS members have been dealing with declining revenues for four-plus years. What do YOU see as the unintended consequences of less money for programming, staffing, maintenance and operations, acquisition, development, rehabilitation? Send your thoughts, staff reports, insights, etc., to If you have data that supports any of the consequences, please share that! Data examples could be increase in juvenile crime, more graffiti, loss of plants/turf, closure of facilities, etc.

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    Walkability as an economic development tool: Lancaster's revitalized downtown hailed as model
    California City News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The City of Lancaster has grown rapidly since its incorporation and its revitalized downtown has received all kinds of recognition, leading many to tout its walkability as a key economic development tool that more cities should promote, particularly suburban communities. Known as THE BLVD, the project has won multiple awards, including EPA's top national award for smart growth achievement. Designed by Moule & Polyzoides, the form-based zoning code for the downtown Lancaster Boulevard corridor enhances walkability by encouraging mixed uses and a pedestrian-friendly streetscape. More

    Fact check: LAO releases new report, 'Cal Facts 2013; Broad Overview of Trends in State'
    California City News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    You've probably heard the saying "You're entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts" (though in a period of rampant partisanship it would seem there is even a lack of consensus on what are indeed "facts.") That being said, if you're looking to brush up on your facts about California, then you're in luck. The Legislative Analyst's Office has released its "Cal Facts 2013," which provides a broad overview of public finance and program trends in the state. Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters has called the report a "must-read." More

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    US Supreme Court sides with Los Angeles County on urban runoff issue
    Contra Costa Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Los Angeles County is not liable for billions of gallons of urban storm water runoff that pollutes the ocean and inland waterways. By a 9-0 vote, the high court reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which had held the Los Angeles County Flood Control District responsible for violating the Clean Water Act. More

    Park & Rec's secret stash
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Last summer, it was reported that the California Department of Parks and Recreation had been hiding more than $50 million even as the governor and Legislature were desperately slashing spending to address a multibillion-dollar budget gap. Today, the public knows a few more things about what happened and how. Yet what we still don't know is galling, according to the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, particularly because the woman who was in charge refuses to speak about it. More

    Related article: Ex-parks head should come clean about hidden funds (Modesto Bee editorial)

    Playground equipment draws lawsuits
    The Hutchinson News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Three families have sued Hutchinson, Kan., USD 308 after their children suffered injuries — broken wrists or arms — while playing on the monkey bars at Faris Elementary School. All three suits accused the district of being negligent. The third suit was lodged in Reno County District Court. The first two cases were closed recently, with the district's liability insurer agreeing to pay a total of $3,000, inclusive of medical expenses, to each of those families. More

    California lawmaker proposes 'Homeless Bill of Rights'
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California law protects its residents from discrimination based on sex, race, religion and sexual orientation. Now a state lawmaker is pushing to add another category to the list: homelessness. New legislation titled the "Homeless Bill of Rights" by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco is meant to keep communities from rousting people who have nowhere to turn. More

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    Oceanside City Council approves $1 million skate park
    U-T San Diego via Playground Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Construction of a $1 million skate park that supporters said would be the envy of skaters throughout Southern California was approved by the Oceanside City Council. "It's going to be a great park for Oceanside," said city project manager Nathan Mertz, who was a skateboarding enthusiast in his youth. "This will be something that will allow beginners to learn and polish their skills as well as seasoned professionals to show off their skills." The council voted 4-0 to approve construction of the park. Councilman Jerry Kern was absent. More

    Call for contributors
    MultiBriefs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In an effort to enhance the overall content of P&R Weekly, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of CPRS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.

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    Nation's 2nd-largest bike share program coming to Los Angeles
    Inhabitat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Los Angeles is hoping to rid its reputation of gridlocked traffic by launching the country's second largest bike share next spring. Come April, Bike Nation will transform the car-laden city into a green transportation hub with a bike share program that will bring 4,000 bikes, complete with solar-powered bike stations, to downtown Los Angeles. The $16 million project will provide bikes to the public for $6 a day, or $75 for a full year. More

    How 'Step Into Swim' can help aquatics facilities
    Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Michael Popke writes, "The reasons for a program like Step Into Swim — which by the end of 2012 was expected to have generated at least $125,000 in donations and NSPF matching funds — are obvious: Obesity rates are dramatically increasing; drowning rates remain alarmingly high, especially among African-Americans and individuals younger than 19; and at least one-third of all Americans admit they can't swim or are afraid of the water. Plus, new research suggests that children who swim are smarter." 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.

    Hesperia Recreation and Park District is promoting the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign at a new movie theater built adjacent to one of its big parks, Hesperia Civic Plaza Park. A 15-second ad is shown just prior to the previews. You can view the ad here.

    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.

    Water parks, splash zones or similar water features in city parks
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    Anna Bielecki, City of Gilroy, asks, "The City of Gilroy is exploring the option of putting a water park, splash zone or similar water feature in one of our City parks. Any assistance answering the following questions would be much appreciated:
    • Do you have a water park, splash zone or similar water feature in a City park?
    • If so, can we get a description?
    • Do you charge for the community to use the water feature?
    • How much did it cost to build?
    • How much does it cost annually to maintain?
    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Thank you." Please post your answer here.

    Safety in after-school programs
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    Ed Jost, City of Las Vegas, asks, "As a result of the school shooting last week, our after-school program staff have received numerous calls from parents inquiring about how we will increase safety in our programs. We operate programs at 68 school sites providing both before and after-school programming. Because we operate at the school sites, we do not have keys for the multipurpose rooms that we use. We are meeting with our school district to discuss how we can increase our safety at these sites without fundamentally changing the programs. While we realize the probability of something like this happening is small, we still need to do what we can to protect the children involved in our programs.

    What has your department done to address safety concerns in your program in recent years?" Please post your answer here.

    Staff per acres ratios
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    David Mooney, City of Menlo Park, asks, "Has anyone done a recent (past five years) staff level per acres maintained ratio study of park departments/districts within District 4 agencies that could share their findings with us?" Please post your answer here.


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

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