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The Awards Banquet deadline has been extended to Feb. 15. Banquet tickets are still $70 and will increase to $80 after Feb. 15. You can download a registration form here. Visit for all the 2013 offerings!

Agencies can promote their job announcements for free
One of the goals of the annual conference is to connect aspiring professionals with agencies seeking motivated, well-qualified staff. The 2013 Job Mart in San Jose is a great setting for this to occur. Don't miss this chance for your agency to promote job openings ranging from entry-level part-time positions through top management recruitment for FREE! Download forms here.


  • 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
  • March 15, CPRS District 8 Get Wild! Awards & Installation, click here to enter an award


    Putting the play back in playground
    Slate Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In 1888, the psychologist Stanley Hall published a story about a sand pile. A minor classic, it describes how a group of children created a world out of a single load of sand. These children were diligent, they were imaginative, they were remarkably adult. More than a century later, at the architect David Rockwell's Imagination Playground in lower Manhattan, small humans scurry back and forth all day long, carrying Rockwell's oversized blue foam blocks from self-devised task to self-devised task. These children are intent, they are cooperative, they are resourceful. More

    AAP: All work and no play bad for children
    MedPage Today via Playground Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Recess during school offers children cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits they don't get through academics alone, the American Academy of Pediatrics wrote in a policy statement. The policy statement emphasized that recess is "a necessary break in the day" and that it "should be considered a child's personal time, and it should not be withheld for academic or punitive reasons," according to Dr. Robert Murray, of Ohio State University School of Medicine in Columbus, and Catherine Ramstetter, Ph.D., of the University of Cincinnati, and colleagues. More

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    Rhodie society splashes park with color
    Bandon Western World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    This spring and summer, residents and visitors will see a splash of natural color — other than yellow and green — as they drive through City Park. On Jan. 12, the Southwestern Oregon Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society planted 17 rhododendrons along the circular drive that travels through City Park. "This is part of several projects they are doing in cooperation with the Bandon Parks and Recreation Department," said Marjene MacIntyre, a member of the society who helped with the project. Ray Lee, president of the Southwestern Chapter, said Bandon has plenty of yellow flowers already, so members decided to give the town more color. More

    Volunteers keep Idaho parks open, director tells lawmakers
    The Spokesman-Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Idaho state parks are staying open thanks in part to thousands of volunteers, the state parks chief told lawmakers. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation now gets only $1.3 million a year in state funding, down from $9.6 million in 2003. "We are very proud to say we've been able to keep all 30 of our state parks open," state Parks Director Nancy Merrill told the Legislature's joint budget committee in her annual budget pitch. "Much of this is due to our great volunteers." More

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    Bangor Council rejects park smoking ban, welcomes Maine State Police barracks to city
    Bangor Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a tight, 5-4 decision that followed contentious debate, the Bangor City Council rejected an ordinance amendment that would have banned tobacco products in certain public parks. Councilors and city staff had previously spent hours in committee crafting and adjusting the ordinance. Originally, the proposal was an outright ban on smoking in all city parks, but after multiple Parks, Recreation and Harbor Committee and Government Operations Committee meetings, it was scaled back to only apply to some parks and then was amended to have Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Willette designate specific areas within parks where people could use tobacco products. More

    Food allergies deemed a disability — implications for camps
    American Camp Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    On Dec. 20, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice deemed that food allergies may be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and thus need to be accommodated. This case was with a university food service program, and it is unclear yet how this ruling will impact other types of programs, including camps. However, the DOJ has released its first guidance document on this issue. Read the guidance document and find additional resources at ACA's Public Policy page.

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    Prosecutor rejects California attorney general's parks fund report
    The Associated Press via KXTV-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Sacramento County's prosecutor has rejected a report from the state attorney general on $20 million hidden by state parks officials and says she will not consider pressing charges against anyone. The attorney general had forwarded the report for possible prosecution, but District Attorney Jan Scully said in a letter that investigations involving state officials have historically been handled by the attorney general. The report also listed no suspects or potential crimes. More

    Will California parks money scandal entail criminal charges?
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Six months after the public learned that California state parks officials had concealed $20 million even as they were crying poor and closing parks, one crucial issue remains foggy as ever: Were any crimes committed, and if so, will anyone be held to answer? More

    California tax return includes a way to buy parks pass
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Californians can purchase a state parks annual pass on their income tax return for the 2012 tax year. The pass costs $195 and provides unlimited day-use access for one year to 130 state parks, or about half of all parks in the California Department of Parks and Recreation system. Taxpayers can also contribute more than $195 and the additional amount is tax-deductible and will go to support park operations. More

    National parks cut back on free entrance days this year
    USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Entrance to 133 national parks that normally charge from $3 to $25 were free on the recent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. But park-goers will have six fewer "fee free" days to take advantage of this year: 11, down from 17 in 2012. More

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    Laura Bush: Instill love of nature in children
    San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Former first lady Laura Bush, writing for the San Antonio Express-News, laments that today's children are not growing up in the out-of-doors as she did; she is working to reverse that trend. "Nature and the natural world are like a foreign language to many of today's kids, in Texas and around the nation," she writes. "An elementary school child now spends less time outdoors than any generation in human history — 50 percent less time than kids did just 20 years ago." More

    Remembering Parks and Recreation Director Henry R. Agonia
    Montrose-LaCrescenta Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The City of Glendale writes: "It is with sadness that we announce the passing of former Glendale Parks and Recreation Director Henry R. Agonia. He passed away on Jan. 18 in Sacramento. Henry was born in Garden Grove on May 20, 1942. He dedicated his career to serving the public and protecting parkland. He was respected among many and balanced the need to protect parkland and providing space for recreation enthusiasts." More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Develop PSAs which depict the Parks Make Life Better!® key messages: Play, Nature, Exercise, Gathering Spaces, Positive Spaces and Forever.

    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.

    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

    Open space use policy and fees
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    Jeff Ruth, City of Yorba Linda, asks, "The City of Yorba Linda is researching policies and fees related to use of open spaces, e.g., grass areas that are not officially designated as parks, green belts, grass areas next to rental facilities. If your agency has a policy and fees covering the use of an area of open space, please share your agency's policy and any additional comments with us. You can upload your policies to the CPRS Networking Communities Library." Please click here to leave a comment.

    Metal detectors in parks
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    Robin Bettin, City of Poway, asks, "Does anyone have a policy or a section in your muni code prohibiting the use of metal detectors in parks? We have been having an issue with people using them in the parks and causing damage — their finds include parts of our irrigation system, etc. Is anyone else having this issue?" Please post your answer here.


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  • 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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