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  • 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. 19, CPRS Recreation Therapy Section Recreation Therapy in Corrections Workshop, click here for registration form
  • 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


    In twist of fate, rec center staff saves stricken doctor
    The Virginian-Pilot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The doctor who helped save lives throughout his 40-plus-year career recently recognized those who saved his life. "I died and came back," Dr. Vasilios Roussis told a group that included his rescuers gathered at the Great Neck Recreation Center. "I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart." That heart failed the 77-year-old internist Dec. 5 after a workout at the center. For about 20 years he and his wife, Athena, who live in the Great Neck area, have visited the center several times a week. The doctor usually heads to the workout area while his wife swims. More

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    City of Riverside wants to see YMCA reopen
    The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Less than a week after the Riverside YMCA abruptly closed its doors, city officials have started to talk about what they can do to get it open again. Riverside won't be taking over the YMCA, but city leaders may try to find an organization that could run it and help search for funding. In the meantime they're urging residents who lost their fitness facility or recreation programs when the YMCA closed to check out the city's similar programs. More

    California Field Research release
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    Ninety-four percent of registered voters surveyed in 12 rural California counties say obesity is a serious problem for the nation, and 84 percent believe it's a serious problem for their communities, a Field Research poll finds. A majority of these voters say their communities should do more to address obesity, and want help from business, government, individuals and community groups. Of significance to parks and recreation is 78 percent of voters agree that public investments aimed at keeping people healthy, like building parks and promoting neighborhood safety, pay for themselves in the long run by preventing disease and reducing health care costs. More

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    Fitness boot camps may get the boot in Santa Monica
    NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It appears that even in Southern California, the fitness craze has its limits. The city of Santa Monica is considering a crackdown on the yoga teachers and fitness coaches who have come to dominate the park. Lauren Hoffmann, with the National Recreation and Park Association, says the organization's members have various ways of addressing the situation. "Many are finding solutions to work together, permitting the trainers and other private instructors to use public spaces rather than banning activities," she says. More

    Good urban parks and well-being
    Planetizen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    How far of a walk is a park from you, from your home, work or school? Are there any significant obstacles in the way, such as large parking lots or major intersections? The standard in the literature suggests that a distance of 400 meters or a five-minute walk to a park is ideal, which generally contributes to good neighborhood design. In this are two qualities regarding our well-being: one, the ability to conveniently walk to a park, and two, being in a park itself. More

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    Sex offender ban repeal sparks applause, frustration
    The Orange County Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Lake Forest last month repealed a year-old ordinance banning registered sex offenders from its public parks. The city was one of more than a dozen in Orange County to add such a ban to their books since April 2011. Last month, in the face of a lawsuit challenging the ban's constitutionality, Lake Forest became the first of those cities to reverse course. Proponents say the ban is needed to protect children from predators, while critics argue the ban violates the civil rights of registered sex offenders. More

    Governor budgets $30.07 million for California boating
    The Log    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a $97.65 billion general fund budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year beginning July 1 that includes $30.07 million for boating facility loans and grants, and financial assistance to local boating law enforcement agencies. However, for the first time, the money is included in the Department of Parks and Recreation budget because effective July 1, pursuant to the Governor's Reorganization Plan No. 2, the Department of Boating and Waterways (California Boating) becomes a division within the Department of Parks and Recreation. More

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    Study queries campers: Do state park campgrounds compete unfairly?
    The Free Lance-Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Virginia Board of Conservation and Recreation, which oversees the state parks, last fall commissioned Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business to do a report on what motivates campers to choose where to camp. The report suggests campers make choices based on a variety of factors, but the price of a campsite does not rank highly as a factor that drives a camper's choice. It also says the more camping amenities there are in an area, the more likely it is that people will visit that area to camp. More

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    How inclusive playgrounds benefit everyone
    Recreation Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Since the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 came into effect, there's been a growing focus on making parks and recreational facilities accessible. And thanks to these efforts, many, many more of them are. However, accessibility includes a whole spectrum of possibilities, and there's a big difference between something that's minimally accessible (ADA compliant), completely accessible and truly inclusive of people with all types of abilities and challenges. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Conduct a Parks Make Life Better!® workshop for all personnel responsible for generating any marketing materials (fliers, brochures, new releases, etc.).

    City of San Ramon makes the connection with the messages of "the beauty and serenity of nature" and "Forever — valued today and always" through their Parks Make Life Better!® cleanup day. Read more.

    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.

    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!"

    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."

    Car show insurance
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    Crystal Knox, City of Diamond Bar, asks, "Do you require proof of insurance from your car show participants? If so, do you require an additional insured? Are there options for them to purchase insurance through yours or another agency?" Please post your answer here.

    Community safety protocols
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    In the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department, San Carlos School District and San Carlos Parks and Recreation Department have formed a committee to look at our community safety protocols as they relate to youth in traffic safety, Internet and media safety (anti-bullying), and violence prevention to ensure we as a community are implementing current best practices, and if not, what steps we can take to ensure we are. We would love to hear what steps your community is taking to ensure the safety of your children in those same areas. We are looking for best practices and evidence-based approaches that will be successful in our community. Thank you all in advance. Please contact Michael Becker, youth development coordinator, City of San Carlos, 650-802-4486, or


    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
  • May 17, Park Planning & Development Institute

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