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A letter from the president to CPRS owners
By Mark Mariscal, CPRS president
Dear CPRS Owners (you the membership),

The election results are in and I am happy to share the news with you below. I want to thank Kristi McClure Huckaby, the current Vice President of the CPRS State Board of Directors, for chairing the Nomination Committee this year and working with the State office to get the election ballots out after finding great candidates.

Elected to the State board and will become board members at the conclusion of the CPRS Conference and Expo in Sacramento March 11-13, 2015 include:
  • Vice President: Jim Wheeler, City and County of San Francisco
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Tara Gee, City of Roseville
  • Region 2 Representative: Traci Farris, City of Ceres
  • Region 4 Representative: Tom Boecking, City of San Gabriel
  • Council of Section Representative: Lydie Gutfeld, City of Irvine

  • They will join

    Tim Barry, (Livermore Area Recreation and Park District) President-Elect, who advances to the President position and, Vice President Kristi McClure Huckaby, who advances to the President-Elect position. Continuing on the Board include Region 1 Representative Henry Perezalonso, Town of Danville; Region 3 Representative Darin Budak, City of Bakersfield; Region 5 Representative Aliah Brozowski, San Diego County; and Council of Section Representative Tom Hellman, Cosumnes Community Services District.

    Mark Mariscal
    CPRS President

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    CPRS Job Highlight
    The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
    Maintenance Supervisor/CPO Certified, Sacramento, California Click here for details.

    CPRS Forum Highlight
    Program Evaluation/Observation — Form
    We are looking at revamping the way we evaluate our programs and classes from the staff side. Does anyone have a form(s) that they use when they are observing or evaluating their programs and/or staff? Thanks! Please upload your samples here.

    Sports Officials
    The city of Palmdale is reviewing the process by which referees are secured for its youth and adult sports programs. If anyone has a sample contract or associated forms available they would appreciate it. Please upload them here.

    Member Highlights
    Congratulation GVRD for Agency of the Year Award
    The Greater Vallejo Recreation District was recently awarded "Agency of the Year" for 2014 from the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce. The District received the award for its commitment to creativity and innovation and demonstrated socially responsible business practices along with supporting and promoting community.

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    Debate continues over artificial turf fields
    Orange County Register
    There is a growing national debate over fake-grass fields, especially the key ingredient now used to make them softer: ground-up tires. Now a California lawmaker wants the state to stop synthetic fields being built in schools, parks, stadiums and other recreational places until further studies determine whether they are safe.
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    Registration for CSPF's 13th Annual Park Advocacy Day is now open!
    Who will be representing your organization at this year's event? Park Advocacy Day is an important annual event that brings together park supporters from a variety of backgrounds and affiliations to advocate for California's 279 state parks. To make our meetings with policymakers as effective as possible, it is important for us to have a strong turnout from park partners representing as many of California's state parks as possible.

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    Parks and Rec shows it can revive Kentucky's Downtown Arts Center
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    When Kentucky's Lexington Department of Parks and Recreation took over management of the Downtown Arts Center in July, new director Celeste Lewis was prepared for a getting-to-know-you period before arts groups and presenters bought into the new era. But quite the opposite happened.
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    Survey completed on community use of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park
    San Jose Mercury News
    Some 73 people respsonded to a user survey of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park conducted in November and December, including seven from people who live outside of Almaden Valley. The purpose of the survey was to gather community input to be considered when decisions are made about the future of the park's maintenance.
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    Penn senior investigates the politics of Philadelphia's parks
    University of Pennsylvania
    Growing up in Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania senior Emma Schad spent countless days in the city's parks, enjoying nature within the urban cityscape. Now, as a science, technology and society major with a minor in environmental science, Schad has turned a scholarly eye toward examining how Philadelphia manages its 186 parks.
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    Animal poo is a problem, too
    Pool & Spa News
    When the term Accidental Fecal Release is mentioned, immediately Recreational Water Illness comes to mind. Protozoan parasites such as cryptosporidium and giardia are common threats, both spread by swallowing contaminated pool water. But what do you do in the case of a Non-People Fecal Release?
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    Santa Clarita to look at city-funded arts, service programs
    Santa Clarita city councilmembers increased the budget for the Community Services and Arts Grants program from $120,000 to $150,000 for this year's budget, with $90,000 for set for community services and $60,000 for arts programs. City officials received 30 Community Service Grant and Arts Grant applications, with grant requests totaling $144,504. The funding priority for the arts was "community benefit" and and chose to continue previous funding limits of $5,000 per grant award.
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    Construction of soldier statue at Micke Grove Park approved
    Lodi News-Sentinel
    A memorial statue dedicated to the nation's veterans has been given a first go ahead to be placed at the front of Micke Grove Park in Lodi. The San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation Commission voted 5-1 recently to allow John Kautz and family to erect a 7-foot-tall bronze soldier statue on the small hill at the gated entry to the park.
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    West Boggs Park Wellness Playground
    VideoBrief A beautiful place where older adults will enjoy spending time, with many opportunities to exercise, socialize, and play.
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    New Professional Conference Scholarship — Accepting Applications
    The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals introduces the New Professional Conference Scholarship for the 2015 National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, from April 12-16. SORP will award at least four New Professional Conference Scholarships in 2015. Applicants should be employed in the outdoor recreation profession and have completed an outdoor recreation degree within the last five years or be under 35 years of age. Applicants do not need to be current SORP members. For more information:


    Recreation Therapy Institute
    March 13, 2015
    Sacramento Convention Center
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    CPRS training opportunities
    Playground Safety Certification in Sacramento, March 10-12, 2015 .


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