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Bill introduced to save state parks
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A $25 million bill has been introduced in the California Assembly designed to help save state parks. Assembly Bill 1589 would require the parks and recreation department to create and implement a plan to increase park revenue and collection of used fees. Three California lawmakers introduced the bill, which they titled "State parks: sustainability and protection." More

More than 20 California state parks on brink of reprieve
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There is some light at the end of the tunnel. Of the 70 state parks on the closure hit list, 11 have been temporarily saved, and there are currently 24 in rescue negotiations, according to a list from the state. "They have strong possibility but are not done yet," Roy Stearns, deputy director of California State Parks, said in a phone interview about ongoing partnership agreements. Unprecedented closures — 25 percent of California's state parks — announced last year are leaving operators grasping for patchwork solutions to the problem. More

Budget shortfall could close Picacho Recreation Area
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The Picacho State Recreation Area will be closed to the public beginning July 1. The SRA, located in California about 24 miles north of Winterhaven, will remain closed indefinitely. "This would depend on future funding to operate the park and to repair any damage that might have occurred during the closed period," said Gail Sevrens, acting district superintendent of the Colorado Desert District of California State Parks. The Picacho SRA is one of several parks in California being closed this year because of state budget cuts. More

Desert Hot Springs Community Health and Wellness Center gets $2.2 million grant
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Desert Hot Springs scored a $2.2 million grant for its Community Health and Wellness Center, the city announced. The city's was one of 64 projects chosen by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, which awarded $184 million toward parks. The state chose from 400 applications requesting $1.3 billion in grants. More

Walk in the park: Encouraging physical activity in communities
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How can people be encouraged to be more physically active? In this lesson, students read about ways to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. They learn about the health benefits associated with pedestrian-friendly communities, assess their own community's level of pedestrian and cyclist access and make recommendations for improving these neighborhood attributes. More

What is a park worth?
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As you've no doubt heard, California's parks are in peril. Responding to the state budget squeeze, the Department of Parks and Recreation last year released a list of 70 parks slated for closure this summer. A number of nonprofits and other groups have stepped up to take nine parks off the list. A couple of dozen other groups are in negotiations, but there's little question that the entire system is underfunded and has been for years. More

California State Parks Foundation celebrates 3rd Annual ParkFilm Fest
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Not only do Parks Make Life Better!® they make films better, too. Support State Parks at the 3rd Annual ParkFilm Fest. Movie marathon on May 5 will screen the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. Click here for more information.

Healthiest California counties ranked in new study
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The healthiest place to live in California is upscale Marin County, followed by Santa Clara County in the No. 2 spot. San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties also made the top 10 list, while other Bay Area counties fell in the average range. Contra Costa County came in 17th among the state's 58 counties, Alameda County at 21 and San Francisco at 24. And the least healthy places? More


The City of Baldwin Park is on the Parks Make Life Better!® bandwagon
The City of Baldwin Park's citywide vending machines have new graphics thanks to the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign. Share your promotional efforts! Send to

Anne Scheer is the new Chief of Park Operations for the East Bay Regional Park District. Scheer has been with the Park District since 1974, starting as a lifeguard.

Sac State earns community service honor for fourth straight year
Sacramento State has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. It's the fourth consecutive year the university has earned the distinction. The Honor Roll recognizes more than 600 colleges and universities for exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs. With projects from the Community Engagement Center, Child Development and Recreation, and Park and Tourism Administration highlighted, Sacramento State was among 110 colleges and universities recognized with distinction for demonstrating a strong institutional commitment to service, developing campus-community partnerships that produce measurable impact, and engaging students in meaningful service.

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.

Aquatic wheelchairs
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Allison Van Guilder, City of Turlock asks, "If your agency is using an aquatic wheelchair at your aquatics facility, could you please share any policies or procedures you have established? Thank you." More

Contracting community centers and pools
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Charlotte Gorton asks, "Do any of your municipalities contract with YMCA's or other organizations to operate a community center park? We are a YMCA looking at the possibility of taking over operations of a park that includes a community center, gymnasium, tennis courts, roller hockey court, and pool." More


Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is offering reduced tickets for July in celebration of Parks Make Life Better!® month. For more information, click here.

National League of Cities announces webinar on Federal Meal Program
Municipal officials are invited to register for a free, hourlong YEF Institute webinar, titled "Healthy Food Shortage: How Cities Can Use Federal Meals Programs to Reduce Childhood Hunger and Obesity." The webinar will take place Wednesday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. To register, visit the myNLC portal.

The politics of eating and exercising: Are we getting it right?
Eat healthier. Exercise. Our culture is currently full of messages telling us to change our habits, to turn us into a leaner, healthier society. While these messages are easier said than done, they're perfectly warranted: The Centers for Disease Control reports that childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970s. So what can we do to fight childhood obesity? MORE

Center provides free, printable Health Profiles of California counties
Need a quick snapshot of health in your county? The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research now has easy-to-read and printable county-based Health Profiles on topics ranging from health insurance, obesity, exercise and more! MORE


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