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Teen Academy
Hosted by the CPRS Youth Development Committee and CPRS District 4
Friday, March 8
San Jose Convention Center, Room 210A
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration accepted at the event: $25 per teen delegate and $50 per teen chaperone. Youth Advisors may register for the full CPRS conference package at $115 when combined with a Teen Academy-only registration. Get ready to be inspired, challenged and encouraged! This one-day conference is designed for youth and/or adult advisors from any organization who support youth development practices.

Birdies, eagles sought at CPRS Candidate PAC Golf Tournament
Golfers are invited to the Santa Teresa Golf Club for a four person scramble golf tournament which includes green fees, carts, range balls, barbecue lunch, dinner and raffle prizes. Learn more here.


  • Feb. 19, CPRS Recreation Therapy Section Recreation Therapy in Corrections Workshop, click here for registration form
  • Feb. 20, CPRS District 1 Roundtables on Marketing, Special Events & Hot Trends in Programming, click here for more information
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 3 Awards and Installation Luncheon
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 10 Mentoring Workshop, click here for flier
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 14 Daycamp Summit, 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, CPRS RT Section Recreation Therapy Institute, click here for details
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for details
  • March 8, CPRS Building Healthy Youth Think Tank, click here for details
  • March 15, CPRS District 8 Get Wild! Awards & Installation, click here to enter an award
  • April 18, CPRS District 10 Awards & Installation Banquet
  • May 3, CPRS District 4 Golf Tournament, click here for flier


    CPRS District 2 announces Hall of Fame award winners
    CPRS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    This year CPRS District 2 will be inducting three award winners into its Hall of Fame. Patrick P. Fenwick will be inducted into the Hall of Honor Professional Leadership Category and the Regional Treasure Award will be given to two recipients: Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary and Bidwell Park in the Chico Area Park & Recreation District. More

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    Cupertino lets dogs loose to fix goose problem at parks
    San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Cupertino City Council voted 4-1 on Feb. 5 to change its municipal code to allow professional off-leash dog services to come in the spring and summer specifically to chase away the messy waterfowl. It is currently a violation of city ordinance to have a dog off-leash in public for any reason. More

    'Making a Splash at Aquatica San Diego': New Web series takes you behind the scenes at newest Aquatica waterpark
    Behind the Thrills    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Aquatica San Diego is the newest waterpark in SeaWorld's Aquatica chain. Unlike the other parks in Orlando and San Antonio, Aquatica San Diego will be built on an existing waterpark not on SeaWorld property and not originally owned by SeaWorld. To show guests what us involved in bringing this type of Aquatica to life, SeaWorld San Diego has come up with a series of webisodes taking you behind the scenes at the making of this new park. More

    Parks Make Life Better!®
    The Orange County Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With the start of a new year, many of us have set resolutions to be healthier in some way. To help you achieve that goal, the city of Tustin Parks and Recreation Department has something for you, and it's probably just right down the street: a park. Parks and open space are vitally important to a healthy and happy community. Some of the benefits of parks are obvious: a quiet area to relax under a shade tree on a summer day; sports fields to play softball, soccer or lacrosse; and playgrounds where children can exert their creativity and some of their youthful energy. More

    Naperville parks striving to stay relevant among 'more competition'
    Daily Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Among video games, traveling soccer leagues, cultural clubs, TV shows and anything else suburban residents enjoy in their ever-dwindling leisure time, the Naperville, Ill., Park District is striving to stand out, leaders said during the third annual state of the park district address. "We recognize that there is more competition in the area of recreation than every before," Park board President Kirsten Young told a crowd of about 60 gathered at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center for the address. "Maintaining our relevance as a key provider of recreation, health and wellness services is as crucial now as it ever was." More

    California Land Management
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    County offering reduced rec fees on poor air quality days
    Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Residents in Salt Lake County, Utah, will have an easier time getting their exercise on days when the air quality outdoors is too poor. The council has approved a measure that cuts daily admission fees in half on "red air" days, or days when the Utah Department of Environmental Quality deems the air unhealthy due to increased levels of pollutants such as carbon monoxide. On such days, residents are encouraged to limit outdoor exertion, especially those with lung-related health issues. More

    Ex-Carol Stream mayor upset over sign name change
    Daily Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The longest-serving village president in Carol Stream, Ill., history says he's upset and disappointed about plans to remove his name from signs at the Town Center he helped create. Two signs on the 22-acre property at the corner of Gary Avenue and Lies Road say "Ross Ferraro Town Center," but initial sketches from an architect hired by the village and park district to redesign the signs propose removing Ferraro's name. More


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    Bounce house fees and per-hour charges on the horizon?
    Alameda Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A fee to set up an inflatable jumper in a city park and per-hour — rather than per-day — charges for large group events are among the changes being considered by the Alameda City Council. Also in the works: major changes in the way fees for youth sports leagues are assessed. More

    Interior Secretary Salazar to retire in March
    National Parks Traveler    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who over the past four years has crisscrossed the nation to oversee management of public lands ranging from national parks to offshore energy deposits, will step down from the job in March. The secretary, a senator from Colorado before he was named to lead the Interior Department by President Barack Obama, said he will return to that state after he leaves the agency. More

    Simply The Best
    Antiwave Pool Products offers both competitive and recreational lane lines, with our Supertensioner included on each lane. Seventeen standard colors are available along with custom color capabilities and can build any length of lane. Also offer Storeels, Water Polo Goals and playing fields along with Starting Platforms. more

    Park district gets grant for local park; other long-range plans discussed
    Ventura County Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District is moving forward with its plans to build an outdoor nature interpretive center and hiking trail at Camarillo Grove Park after receiving a $125,000 matching federal grant. "This is huge to get that money," said district General Manager Dan LaBrado. "There aren't that many grants out there right now." More

    Candlestick to get a smashing farewell
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It hosted two World Series, The Catch and the Beatles' last concert. Now it looks like Candlestick Park will go out with a blast next year to make way for a shopping center. San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department, which owns Candlestick, had feared it would be stuck spending millions to mothball the 53-year-old structure until Lennar Corp. was ready to build something on the land. Lennar, however, figures there's no point in waiting. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Make a Parks Make Life Better!® presentation to your commission/board members/city council.

    Each year, CPRS District 3 agencies collaborate on an ad that will appears in Bay Area Parent magazine's "Summer Survival Guide."

    Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages to Jane H. Adams,

    Designing spaces to enrich communities
    Providing landscape architecture and park design services to public agencies for over 20 years. MORE
    Soccer Camps & Seasonal Training Programs
    Are you looking for a quality week long soccer camp during spring or summer vacation, and/or an ongoing soccer training program during your spring or fall season? MORE

    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.

    Employee benefits/privileges
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    Hal Paris, Incline Village General Improvement District, asks, "IRS Publication 15b Employee Fringe Benefits establishes a number of guidelines and restrictions. How do you apply the following to your operation?
    1. Employee discounts on goods and services not to exceed 20 percent — do you offer this benefit and if so on what types of goods and services? (Examples: Pro shop/snack bar/food operations? Programs or facility use fees? Greens fees? Gym or pool memberships?)
    2. Meals on your premises/short meal period — do you incur these circumstances, and if so do you offer meals at a reduced rate to provide relief to employees with less than 45-minute breaks? How much of a reduction?
    3. No added cost benefits — do you allow employees to utilize facilities when they are off duty if it can be provided at no additional cost?"
    Please post your answer answer.

    RFP for parks and recreation master plans
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    Timothy Barry, Livermore Area Recreation & Park District, asks, "We are looking to do an update of our parks and recreation master plan for the district. Can you please send me an RFP in Word from any parks and recreation master plan you've done recently?" Please add your samples to the CPRS Networking Library.

    Communication during special events
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    Jennifer Herb, City of Santa Clara, asks, "The City of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department is reviewing our past practice of renting portable radios to communicate among and between staff, commissioners and volunteers at our large-scale special events. I wonder if there is insight regarding how other parks and recreation departments successfully communicate with one another at special events?" Please post your answer here.

    Employee firearms policy
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    Stephanie House, West Side Recreation & Park District, asks, "I'm looking for any agencies who might allow employees to carry a firearm (with the proper CCW permit) on work premises. This would pertain to non-law enforcement personnel. From quick research, I've learned that a majority of city agencies prohibit employees from carrying a firearm, but I have found at least one county and one special district who allows it with the proper department head approval. If your agency DOES allow this, could you please share any policy verbiage?" Please post your answer here.


  • Continuing through 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
  • Aug. 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Elk Grove), click here to register
  • Sept. 9-11, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Elk Grove), click here to register
  • Dec. 10-12, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Clemente), click here to register

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