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CPRS is considering future conference sites. Please rank your choice of possible cities from 1 (most desirable) to 3 (least desirable).
  • Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Palm Springs Convention Center
  • Pasadena Convention Center
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Missed an educational session handout at the San Jose conference?
Conference session handouts can now be found on our website in the "Information & Referral" Section, please click here. CPRS would like to thank all the speakers who have shared these resources with our membership. Don't see a handout? We can refer you to the session speaker — just email
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  • April 11, CPRS District 14 Awards & Installation Luncheon, click here for invitation
  • April 18, CPRS District 10 Awards & Installation Banquet, click here for invitation
  • April 24, CPRS Aging Section Senior Symposium, click here for brochure
  • April 25, CPRS District 9 Awards and Installation, click here for invitation flier
  • April 27, CPRS Therapeutic Section Central CA Therapeutic Recreation Symposium
  • May 2, CPRS District 11 Awards and Installation
  • May 3, CPRS District 4 Golf Tournament, click here for flier
  • May 11, CPRS District 10 Recreation Leader Training Consortium, click here for flier
  • May 17, CPRS D&O Section Park Planning & Development Institute
  • May 19, CPRS District 4 TOTAL Guard Training, click here for registration form
  • June 1, CPRS District 1 Summer Leadership Workshop
  • June 1, CPRS District 1 TOTAL Guard Management, click here for flier
  • Oct. 23-25, CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, click here to download brochure


    Six ways nature in our lives can reduce the violence in our world
    Children & Nature Network
    Through the "Parks Make Life Better!" campaign, we know there are six key messages to learn about being in touch with the serenity and inspiration of nature. Read this post on how contact with nature can reduce the violence in our world.
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      Let us simplify your Recreation Insurance needs
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    A healthy opportunity for children
    The Charlestown Gazette
    In 2012, KEYS 4 HealthyKids groups created walking trails and parks, grew vegetables in creative ways, upgraded a food pantry menu, started a farmers market and worked with more than 800 Kanawha County, W.Va., kids. Now the organization is expanding to nine other counties. "We're looking for 10 groups of people that want to work together to improve the health of their communities," said pediatrician Dr. Jamie Jeffrey, the group's director.
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    Wright State, Ohio, gets $13,000 for new sports wheelchairs
    Dayton Daily News
    Wright State University, Ohio, recently a received a $13,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to purchase 15 new wheelchairs for adaptive recreation. Able-bodied students can borrow the wheelchairs to compete in the Wednesday night games.
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    Group seeks to end bullying in youth leagues
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
    Anthony Griggs, a former NFL linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, knows how nasty sports can get. Yet the worst behavior he's seen wasn't in high school, college or pro sports, but in leagues for pre-teens. "I have seen parents bully the coach, bully other parents in the stands. I've seen coaches who behave like these games are the Final Four," Griggs said. Griggs is a member of a group called Parents for Pride, founded by Carmelina Vargo, who was frustrated by behavior she saw and experienced in youth sporting leagues.
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    Girls are on the run
    The Charleston Gazette
    When Jenni Fenton first heard about Girls on the Run, "I fell head over heels in love with the way it boosts girls' self-esteem while they train for a 5K. I've got two young daughters. I wanted to make that program happen in Fayetteville, W.Va." It took two years, but she did it. The state's newest Girls on the Run group now meets twice a week at Fayetteville Elementary, coached by Fenton and three other volunteer mothers.
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      California Land Management
    We have been providing a cost effective alternative method of providing security and maintenance services in city and county parks for over 30 years. Current and past clients include a wide variety of local, state and Federal agencies, private companies and non profit land trusts. For information call 6500-322-1181 or email MORE

    Tap additional revenue streams
    Parks & Rec Business
    Since water aerobics at the city of Sacramento’s swimming pools began in 2001, adults in the community have gleefully anticipated the opening of the pools each summer. In summer 2012, attendance for water aerobics at three swimming pools totaled more than 2,500 visitors. More than 70 million baby boomers, as well as older seniors, are looking for cool places to exercise. Since summers in southern California can be very warm with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees in the afternoons, water exercise has become quite popular.
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    Steady turnout pushes Arch-Parks tax to win in St. Louis city and county
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    A sales tax increase to improve parks, trails and the Gateway Arch grounds easily passed recently, propelled by a slow, steady line of voters at St. Louis County precincts and an overwhelming win in St. Louis. The measure, Proposition P, had to win in both to go into effect. Proponents called the passage an "investment in the future of St. Louis."
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    Give your input on the Office of the Surgeon General's future call to action on walking
    Walking is the key to a stronger, healthier America. For families, walking to and from school and in daily life is a great way to spend time together and create healthy, active lifestyles for our kids. You now have the chance to help guide the national agenda around getting more people walking and building walkable communities. Comment now at
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    Got Surfacing? Safe*Resilient* Accessible
    Playgrounds are designed to meet age appropriate challenges. Playground safety is paramount and ReadyPlay can be part of your safety program. Installation services available.

    Creates unique outdoor environments for the future generation, assists public agencies with landscape architecture and park design


    Understanding Liability of Use of School Property After Hours
    Have a hard time convincing school administrators to commit to joint use? California law, however, gives school districts strong protections against liability. Read this brief from the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network and the Public Health and Law Policy. Download here.

    Learn more about Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth
    The Americans Midcourse Report, Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth, released its Physical Activity Guidelines in early March. The Midcourse Report reviews intervention strategies shown effective in increasing physical activity among youth ages 3–17. The report seeks to create lifelong exercise habits in youth and acknowledges the importance of the built environment in promoting physical activity opportunities.
    The report has five key messages, of which built environment is one: "Build the physical environments of cities, towns and neighborhoods to encourage physical activity." The target audience for this message includes local officials, city planners, community leaders, community coalitions, and community organizations. Find the report, the overview, and the key messages here.

    AIPE/Academy Foundation Announces the 2013 John C. Potts Leadership Development Scholarship — Apply by May 1st
    The AIPE/Academy Foundation Board of Trustees is accepting nominations for the 2013 John C. Potts Leadership Development Scholarship. This scholarship supports young professionals who have demonstrated leadership and management potential within their organizations. The John Potts Leadership Development Scholarship is restricted to the tuition ($925) for first-year students at the NRPA Directors School conducted at Oglebay Resort-Park, Wheeling, W.Va. The Directors School is a two-year program designed to prepare new and potential directors for the challenges of leading and managing effectively. The 2013 Directors School will be held August 24-30. Information on the school may be found on the NRPA website. Two scholarships will be awarded. Click here for the Potts Scholarship Application. Contact Jane H. Adams,, if you are interested in applying.

      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


    Last week's issue of P&R Weekly had an incorrect link to the City of Palmdale's Health Benefits ad. Click here to download the ad.

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

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        Outdoor recreation is big business for California (KFSN-TV)
    Diversifying the lifeguard applicant pool (KPBS)
    Skip the gym, go to town (Weight Watchers)
    As the Pleasant Hill teen center struggles to attract older children, fees are coming (Contra Costa Times via San Jose Mercury News)
    Recreation therapist strives to empower those with disabilities (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

    Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

    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.

    Concessions — Mobile food vendors
    Merry Rorabough, County of Stanislaus asks "Do you allow mobile food vendors to operate in parks? Stanislaus County is considering allowing a limited number of mobile food vendors at our Regional Parks. We are interested in reviewing guidelines and best practices before proceeding. If you do allow these vendors, may I contact you to gather more information?"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Facility leasing policies
    Michael Perez, City of Pacifica asks, "Our city rents city-owned facilities out, mostly to non-profits. Our council is looking at our policies and is wondering what other cities do.
    • Does your city rent/lease out facilities?
    • What type of facilities?
    • Do you have policies and what are they?
      -what type of organizations (do you categorize them - non-profit, for-profit, etc.)?
      -how much do they pay (per square foot, type of building, etc.)?
    Anything else you could add would be very helpful. Thanks."
    Please answer his question here.

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    Dog park noise complaints — proximity to homes
    Michael Perez, City of Pacifica asks "We have some issues with our dog park – lots of complaints by neighbors who are in close proximity to the park. If you have a dog park, I would love to hear back from you and/or if you. Our dog park is located very closely to some neighbors’ back yard fences. Our two main issues are dust from the DG surface (watering helps that and I think we can manage that issue) and the noise from users (dogs and their owners). We are interested in how other cities have dealt with similar issues and whether or not they have been successful."
    Please answer his question here.

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    Feedback regarding recreation registration software
    Craig Bronzan, city of Brentwood asks "Could you please let me know what recreation registration software you are currently using, the benefits vs. limitations of that software and specific items that influenced you to maintain the contract with that software? Thank you so much."
    Please answer his question here.

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  • 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 (Ventura), click here to register
  • Dec. 10-12, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Clemente), click here to register

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