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  • 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
  • April 6, CPRS District 4 General Membership Meeting
  • May 12, CPRS District 10 Summer Recreation Leader Training Consortium


The annual conference in Long Beach was a huge success. Thank you to all the delegates, volunteers, speakers and exhibitors who attended and added to the networking and educational opportunities. Please visit the CPRS Annual Conference group on Facebook or to view photographs from educational sessions, the Expo Hall, General Session, socials and receptions.


As gasoline prices rise, so does push for bicycle trails
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During debate over a long-awaited federal transportation funding bill, passed by the Senate and pending in the House of Representatives, some members of Congress sought to strip from the bill matching funds for projects such as biking trails and walking paths. Bicyclists and recreation advocates around the nation rallied, writing, calling and emailing their senators and representatives. The funding, which makes up about 1.5 percent of the total appropriation, remained in the Senate version. Now, cyclists and recreation advocates are working to keep it in the bill being considered in the House. More

Study: National parks provide big economic boost to Marin communities
Marin Independent Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Underscoring the economic value of national parks, a new report calculates that visitors to federal parklands provided more than $400 million to Marin communities in 2010. Together, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore and Muir Woods National Monument accounted for nearly one-third of the overall $1.3 billion visitors spent in association with national parks in California, according to the report. More

New app aids exploration of America's national parks
Eastern National    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Planning a trip to a national park? Want to keep a "life list" of the parks you visit? Meet your new favorite app. Developed by the National Park Service's longtime partner nonprofit educational partner, Eastern National, the new app provides links to all 397 national park websites for quick access to trip planning. The app also allows users to keep track of the parks they've visited and add photos and descriptions of the trip. You can also make a wish list of parks to check out. Every park on your list gets a red push pin on the app map. The app is a free download at the iTunes store. It is currently available for iPhones and iPads. An Android version will be added later, as will additional features. More

How determined docents kept 1 park off closure list
The California Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What does it take to get a 7-year-old to put down his iPad? How about giving him something cooler to contemplate, like a real deer antler. "Be careful!" warns volunteer Anne Briggs, as she pulls the antler out of a cupboard in Henry Coe's visitor center and hands it to a couple of transfixed pint-size campers. "I don't want that to fall. Feel how heavy that is." More

Temple City proposal banning exercise as punishment loses steam
San Gabriel Valley Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Temple City Parks and Recreation officials backed away from a proposal that would ban Live Oak Park sports groups from using physical activity, such as running or push-ups, as punishment. The Parks and Recreation Commission likely will consider a different proposal after hearing from leaders of several youth sports organizations. "I'm concerned they're going to be police watchdogs watching over us to see how we're training our kids," said Mike Wintercorn, president of Temple City Amateur Softball Association. More

Some parents push back on tire mulch playground plan
Tire Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to the Taos News, a group of parents in Taos, N.M., are questioning the safety of tire mulch planned for installation at some of its playgrounds. The city received a grant of $44,345 from the New Mexico Environment Department to replace gravel and wood mulch mix at the playground with a longer-lasting rubber mulch produced from some 15,000 scrapped passenger tires generated in the state. More

Forest Service seeks input on OHV grant application
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U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations is inviting public comment on grant requests for funding of highway vehicle education and enforcement on the Shasta Trinity and Six Rivers national forests. The Forest Service is seeking grants from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. Public comments may be submitted between March 6 and April 2. More

Playing Smart: A new guide to help communities open the schoolyards
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How can you make it easier for your community to access local school facilities like gyms, fields, basketball courts and playgrounds? Schools often keep these spaces locked after hours because they're concerned about security, liability, maintenance, and other costs. But cities and towns around the country are resolving these issues through joint use agreements — written contracts spelling out terms that allow public agencies and nonprofits to share the costs and responsibilities. Download Playing Smart, a nuts-and-bolts guide to opening school property to the public through well-crafted joint use agreements. Playing Smart was produced through a partnership between KaBOOM! and the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Children Obesity, a project of Public Health Law & Policy.

2012 Parks and Recreation National Database Report
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In a time of diminishing budgets and increased competition for public and private funds, the parks and recreation profession must be armed with data that shows in hours, participants, acres, dollars, and cents the value that parks and recreation agencies offer at every jurisdictional level. In 2011, NRPA launched the first-ever national operating ratio database for park agencies. The 2012 Parks and Recreation National Database Report represents the first annual compilation of key data for the 2011 fiscal year from participating agencies across the U.S.

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."


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