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CPRS elections now open. Vote now!
CPRS voting members have received an email announcing the electronic voting process. Please take the time to vote in this year's election; click here to enter the CPRS E-Vote System. Below is the list of candidates who are 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. 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. 7, District 13 City Managers & School Superintendents Day, 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


    Rift between homeless, City of Riverside shows difficulty of balancing act
    The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A dispute between Riverside officials and the homeless people who inhabit a city park illustrates the complex issue of assisting the homeless while making sure residents feel safe to use the City's playgrounds and picnic areas. The homeless at La Sierra Park say they are being rousted by police and that the Parks Department has locked them out of the gazebo that shelters them from rain and sun and provides them with a place to worship. More

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    Experts: Playgrounds need more elements of risk
    Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The thrill of the playground is gone. It hasn't just been supplanted by the lure of high-tech gadgets and fast-paced video games, although those do take their share of the blame for the nation's childhood obesity epidemic. The real problem, say playground researchers and child development professionals, is that building standards like those specified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission limiting how fast or high a child can go and accessibility requirements dictating equipment placement, have brought too much order to playgrounds, making them unappealing to children. More

    Syracuse, Utah, residents can donate to playground via utility bill
    The Deseret News via Playground Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Residents can donate via their city utility bill to a proposed playground for children with disabilities. The Chloe Sunshine Playground, which would offer disabled children a place to play, has been in the fundraising stages for multiple years. The first phase's estimated cost is $410,000. So far, residents, local businesses and Davis County have donated more than $250,000 toward the project. More

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    Moreno Valley hopes to slash fees for youth sports
    The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Moreno Valley City Council said they want City staff to come up with ways to reduce fees that youth sports teams pay to use fields and lights. Mayor Tom Owings said during the study session that he wants to at least cut fees in half. He also urged Mike McCarty, the city's park and recreation director, to seek business sponsorships and other ways to raise money and cut costs. Owings said it should be up to the City, not youth sports, to find ways to offset costs. He said he wouldn't charge the leagues anything, if he had his way. More

    New operator for Libertyville, Ill., golf course will replace greens and tees with a synthetic surface
    Daily Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    After more than 30 years operating a 9-hole golf course through its parks department, Libertyville officials have decided to cut their losses in an arrangement that will bring a new concept to the Par 3 layout along the Des Plaines River. A 10-year lease with BCS Golf LLC, with an option for another 10 years, is the answer to an ongoing issue that appeared to have no good solution. More

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    City officials welcome arrival of privately operated indoor park
    Star Tribune via Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A business park in Eagan, Minn., is about to become home to an unconventional business — a privately operated indoor playground that aims to be an alternative to play facilities typically found in city-operated community centers. The 25,000-square-foot space will be "a convenient place for families to have some laughs together and burn off some energy." Good Times Park is the brainchild of Lakeville resident Bonnie O'Meara, a former human resources executive who says her interest in family-oriented recreation comes from her own experience as a mother. More

    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.

    California town reactivates parks, recreation committee
    The Desert Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A once-dormant parks and recreation committee was reactivated with a 5-0 vote at a recent Coachella City Council meeting. The change could mean good news for sports leagues in the City, as the council looks to keep better track of these growing teams. The committee was last active in 2008, when the City approved the renovation of its parks. Its reactivation was long overdue, according to both City officials and residents. More

    California now has more 'National Parks' than any other state
    KCET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California has a new National Park, but it's nothing new to those already well versed in the state's great outdoors. Legislation signed by President Barack Obama changes the name of Pinnacles National Monument to Pinnacles National Park. That technically gives California the claim of having the most National Parks, even though the monument-turned-park was always a unit of the National Park Service. More

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    Fee-free days in the National Parks
    KNBC-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Free Entrance Days, a program courtesy of the National Park Service, start with the new year, or nearly: Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the first pay-no-entrance date on the NPS calendar. That date in 2013 is today, Monday, Jan. 21, meaning it comes at the close of a three-day weekend. You can build a little road trip to one of our California parks, right? Perfection. More

    The value of recreation
    Sun News via The Plain Dealer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    On any given day in suburban America many residents can be found participating in activities around their respective cities. It may be watching a child or grandchild playing baseball, pushing a youngster on a swing at the local park or enjoying the day at the city pool. These activities, and many others, are thanks largely to the hard-working staff that comprises the recreation departments in these cities, villages and towns. The recreation department is a vital component to a city. More

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    Scandal's surprising impact on our parks
    U-T San Diego    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    One of the few areas of agreement between California's liberals and conservatives is the need to maintain adequate funding for our state parks, that gorgeous archipelago of reserves, beaches and historical monuments stretching from the Tijuana Estuary in the south to Crescent City up north. These forests, cultural parks and coastal vistas remain the gems carefully inlaid in the Golden State and — amid crumbling schools, a struggling economy, and a disconnected Sacramento — represent one of the few enduring points of pride for residents of our state. 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.

    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.

    Concessions partnership
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    Christopher Roke, City of Concord, asks, "We are interested to see if anyone is partnering with a school, nonprofit, or other group with their concessions from adult sports, swimming or other programs that you run. If you have any documents that you would be willing to share please feel free to send my way along with any comments as to how this partnership has worked out, how long it's been going, what things to watch out for, etc. If you are doing this, we'd love to look at your model, and ask some more detailed questions. Please contact me direct at or by phone at 925-671-3319. Thanks."

    Anti-bullying policies
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    Jane Adams, CPRS, asks, "CPRS is searching for examples of anti-bullying policies. Please send any you have or names of agencies that you know have instituted such policies. Send examples or any ideas to Thanks!"


    From 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 7, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar: Matching Funds for Map-21 — How states and communities are pulling together match funding for MAP-21 grant applications. Register 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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