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  • March 20-23, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for more information
  • March 28, CPRS District 13 Awards and Installation Banquet
  • March 30, CPRS District 8 Awards and Installation Banquet, click here for invitation
  • April 5, CPRS District 11 Awards & Installation Dinner, click here for invitation
  • May 12, CPRS District 10 Summer Recreation Leader Training Consortium

The annual conference is March 20-23. You can still register on-site for the full conference or daily rates at the Long Beach Convention Center. For more information about conference, visit The CPRS office will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 19, through Wednesday, March 21 (closed for lunch noon to 1 p.m.). The office will be closed Thursday and Friday, March 23 and 24.


Can $180K save a San Diego park?
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A local group is fighting to keep a San Diego park off the chopping block of state parks set to close because of budget cuts. Palomar State Park has been victim to slashes to the California recreation budget, as its campgrounds closed in October because of monetary restraints. Gov. Jerry Brown announced in 2011 that nearly a quarter of all state parks would have to close because of budgetary constrictions. A few campgrounds in San Diego are no longer in use year-round and unless the money reappears, they will remain closed to the public. More

Arcadia moves toward anti-smoking ordinance at city parks
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The Arcadia City Council has taken a step toward banning smoking at city parks and recreation areas, excluding the Par 3 Golf Course. While the council voted 4 to 1 in support of the concept, an ordinance is expected to be presented to the council in May for public comment and approval. Arcadia was among two-thirds of cities and counties in the state to receive an F grade from the American Lung Association in a 2012 report measuring performance on four tobacco control areas, including outdoor air rules. More

Castle Rock State Park saved from the closure list
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Castle Rock State Park, a rugged expanse of Douglas fir and madrone trees known for its sweeping views to the Pacific Ocean and honeycombed sandstone rock formations, will be removed from the state's closure list. The popular park, which sits atop the ridgeline of the Santa Cruz Mountains on the Santa Clara-Santa Cruz county line, will receive a $250,000 donation — enough to keep it open for another year — from the Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit conservation group in Los Altos. More

Notice of Inventory Completion: California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento
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The California Department of Parks and Recreation has completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary objects and present-day Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary objects may contact the California Department of Parks and Recreation. More

South LA pocket park gets a facelift
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Hoover Recreation Center is a small little pocket park situated at the busy intersection of 25th and Hoover. It's in the bustling working-class neighborhood of South Adams, which nestles up against the University of Southern California. The fact that the park exists is unusual — older areas like South Adams in dense cities like LA typically don't have enough parks and green spaces. City Councilman Ed Reyes supported the upgrade at Hoover. More

LaJolla to apply to close children's pool during seal pupping season
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A vote by the LaJolla City Council recently to make spending adjustments based on an increase in municipal revenues will allow the Parks and Recreation Department to seek permits to close the children's pool during pupping season for harbor seals. The department was authorized to spend $30,000 for staff to apply for the permits from the California Coastal Commission, which would bar people from using the beach from Dec. 15 to May 15. If approved by the commission, the ban would go into effect in the next pupping season. More

Newport council votes to remove beach fire rings
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Though families flock to them for birthday parties and other celebrations, the Newport City Council unanimously decided to remove all 60 fire rings at Big Corona State Beach and Balboa. Of the 29 members of the public who showed up to comment before the council voted, only nine spoke in favor of keeping the fire rings in place. Council members said they ultimately decided to remove the rings because of health and safety risks such as polluted air, danger from hot embers and child safety. More

California aims to benefit from federal travel policy
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California's multibillion-dollar tourism industry could reap rewards from a new White House initiative to boost travel to the United States. That's the hope of California tourism industry leaders who were part of an international gathering this week at Visit California's annual Tourism Outlook Forum 2012 at the Sacramento Convention Center. "It's a tremendous opportunity for California as an international gateway destination," said Caroline Beteta, president and chief executive officer of Visit California, the state's tourism board. More

Energy audits can reveal opportunities for savings at facilities
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Energy audits have been increasing in popularity among institutional and commercial facilities. They offer a practical means of reducing the energy consumption of buildings that maintenance and engineering managers can apply to existing buildings at a relatively low cost. Before deciding to perform an energy audit, however, managers must address a series of issues that will play major roles in determining the audit's success. More

Department of Justice extends compliance deadline for 2010 ADA standard
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On Thursday, March 15, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder signed a final rule extending the date for compliance with sections 242 and 1009 of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design as it relates to the provision of accessible entry and exit to existing swimming pools, wading pools, and spas for a period of 60 days after the publication of the rule in the Federal Register. On that same day, the Attorney General also signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on whether a longer period of time would be appropriate to allow pool owners and operators to meet their compliance obligations. Specifically, the NPRM proposes a 180-day extension of the deadline. Comments on the NPRM will be accepted for 15 days after publication in the Federal Register. Click here to read letter.

Congratulations to Nettie Nielsen, who is the new Director of Community Services, City of Rancho Cucamonga! The former Director Kevin McArdle retired December 2011.

Congratulations to Mark Honberger, new General Manager of Coalinga-Huron Recreation & Park District. Mark was formerly with the City of Tracy.

Congratulations to Riverside County Regional Park & Open Space District's Jurupa Aquatic Center, which appears on the cover of the February 2012 issue of World Waterpark magazine.

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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.

RT programming ideas
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Colleen Reilly, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, writes: "New program ideas are something everyone is looking for. So share your favorite programming idea in this forum." More

District/city-provided cellphone
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Brandy Kunakey, Orangevale Recreation & Park District, asks: "ORPD is looking into different cellphone options for district use, and we are curious what other districts/cities do.
  1. Is the phone and service provided? If so what type of service (e.g., data, text, call)?
  2. Is there a phone allowance provided? If so for how much and how is that determined?
  3. Are there specific policies or guidelines that were adopted with the use of the phone? If so, are there any key particulars you can share?
Thanks so much for your time."

Announcing the 2011 'Cream of the Crop': Recipients of the CPRS Annual Awards
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Click here to see the 21 award winning agencies of the CPRS Annual Awards Program. New programs, categories, and classes were introduced this year:
  • Creating Community Award of Distinction highlights initiatives developed to deliver the highest level of programs and services that embody and embrace the values and mission of the profession and that moved the agency towards a stronger position or role within the community.
  • The Excellence in Design Awards recognizes excellence in design of completed park, recreation and/or cultural facilities intended for public use. The project may be either new construction or rehabilitation.
  • The Marketing & Communications Award of Excellence recognizes excellence in print, audio visual or electronic communications that have significantly contributed to the public's increased awareness of public parks, recreation and leisure services programs.
In addition, nine Champion of the Community Awards were given to individuals who made significant effort to influence and improve the quality of their community through parks, recreation and community services. The 2011 CPRS Citation of Merit Award was bestowed posthumously to Keith Demetrak, former Chief of Planning, State of California Department of Parks & Recreation.


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