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Complimentary 2014 Conference registration winners
Thank you to everyone that completed our 2013 Conference Evaluation survey. We drew three names to win a complimentary 2014 Conference registration.
The winners are:
  • Allan Perdomo, City of Bell
  • Pamela Passow, City of San Clemente Beaches, Parks & Rec. Dept.
  • Stacey Zarazua, City of Ventura

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Question for California Agencies
Please answer two quick questions about Hershey's Track & Field Games. Click here to answer survey


  • 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, click here for flier
  • May 18, CPRS District 3 TOTAL Guard Training,click here for registration flier
  • 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
  • June 8, CPRS District 10 TOTAL Guard Training,click here for more information
  • Oct. 23-25, CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, click here to download brochure


    Test of Time: Alameda's Recreation and Park Department helps shape lives
    Mercury News
    Most people do not realize this, but no matter where you are within Alameda city limits, you are only a 10- to 15-minute walk away from a park. The convenient availability of our parks began with the establishment of Alameda's very first park in 1895. Today, more than 142 acres of land are used for park and recreation facilities in our island town, which includes 19 parks, 17 stand-alone facilities and additional property being developed. Our newest addition is the Beltline property that will add 22 acres.
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    Park program hopes to turn children into woodland sprites
    Playground Professionals
    Todd Catchpole wants people to know that the woods can be fun and exciting rather than dark and dangerous. The naturalist at Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton was at the forefront of the city’s 2006 effort to create "natural-play areas" at six parks. Natural-play areas are just what they sound like: areas set aside, off the trails, for children to explore.
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    Sen. Wolk's nickel-a-bag tax would fund parks
    Daily Democrat
    The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee voted 6-2 to approve Senate Bill 700, legislation seeking to give consumers the choice of using their own shopping bags at grocery stores and other retail outlets, or paying a nickel-per-bag fee that would go toward local environmental and parks projects. "This measure gives communities and consumers a choice. Local governments get to decide whether they want to participate in the program, and those that do participate will see the proceeds from bag sales go into environmental and parks projects in their community." said Sen. Lois Wolk, the bill's author.
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    County plans to place educational kiosks along San Elijo Lagoon trails
    Encinitas Patch
    County Parks and Recreation and a local natural food grocery store have found a way to make both parents and kids happy. You start with buying healthy food, exercising in the great outdoors and lots of family time. There's prizes for the children, and you can use smart phones to learn about nature on the trail?
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    Neighborhood park renovations enhance visitor behaviors and experiences
    Health News Digest
    Renovating public parks enhances visitor behaviors and experiences, according to researchers at Penn State, who surveyed park visitors in Allentown, Pa., about their use of a neighborhood park after it was renovated. "It may seem obvious that park renovations benefit communities, but funders are increasingly demanding more scientific evidence, beyond anecdotal stories, that demonstrate the impact of park renovations," said Andrew Mowen, associate professor of recreation, park and tourism management.
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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

    New group plans activities for disabled people
    Dayton Daily News
    John Boyko heard what his physical therapists said, but he wasn't about to listen. "I was the kid who was always doing way more than my physical therapists at the time were comfortable with me doing," Boyko said. "They'd say, 'You can't ride a bike,' and I'd say, 'Watch me.'" Boyko, now 45, has cerebral palsy, the result of a bout with viral encephalitis when he was just 6 weeks old. The once headstrong youngster is now a physical therapist himself, but his adventurous nature hasn't waned. And the Franklin resident has set out to share his love of adventure with others in the region by creating The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition/Miami Valley.
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    San Rafael residents living next to open space lament neighborhood problems
    Marin Independent Journal
    Every day Inge Mueller stands in front of her house and shakes her head as she watches cars park in front of her driveway and dog walkers stroll past the messes their canine companions make. She and her husband, Horst Mueller, have lived in their Ridgewood Drive home in San Rafael for 41 years, but she said the noisy and annoying aspects of living next to an open space trailhead are becoming unbearable. "We have almost daily confrontations with people," Inge Mueller said. "It's a constant thing and we just don't know what else to do."
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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.

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    Open space authority seeks applicants to fill board vacancy
    PR Web
    The Santa Clara County Open Space Authority is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors. The vacancy is for District 6, which includes the San Jose neighborhoods of Willow Glen, Naglee Park, Spartan-Keyes, Luna Park and Alum Rock. The vacancy is effective April 11, 2013.
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    Playground safety: Fun without the injuries
    U.S. News & World Report
    For grown-ups, spring may signal barbecues, sweater sales and vacations. But for their kids, it's a little different. We've entered ice cream weather, when kids take their own kinds of vacations — to the playground. While disguised as magical lands of primary colors, slides and swings, playgrounds serve kids in more ways than dishing out ever-important fun.
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    The Public Health Institute (PHI) is pleased to release a Request for Applications for Creating a Climate for Health Pilot Projects
    With funding from the Kresge Foundation, PHI will support pilot projects in three geographically diverse, urban communities in California to demonstrate approaches to incorporate climate change into current public health program practice and/or to enhance public health participation in on-going local climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience work. Each grantee will be awarded $20,000 for 12 months of work within the state of California. The purpose of the pilot projects is to develop models that can be held up, scaled up, and replicated that simultaneously address climate change and community health and health equity. Projects can be new or complement existing projects.

    The deadline for applications is July 1, 2013. The Request for Applications can also be found here.

    Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Webinar
    Goal V: Active Kids at Play (Part 1)

    Date: April 23, 2013, 12:00-1:00 PM

    Register here.

    Learn how local elected officials through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) can make progress on Goal V: Active Kids at Play by mapping their playspaces, creating a needs assessment, developing an action plan and launching policies, programs and initiatives that increase access to play. This is the first of two webinars on Goal V: Active Kids at Play, and this webinar will focus on mapping and assessing the safety and accessibility of playspaces, creating an action plan, and identifying strategies to encourage physical activity in your community. The second Goal V: Active Kids at Play webinar (date TBA) will focus on a variety of community-wide strategies to increase physical activity.

      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

    School playgrounds for public use bill flies through Florida House committee
    Playground Professionals
    A measure encouraging school districts to open up recreational facilities to the public sailed through its first House committee. Bill sponsors say it's aimed at fighting childhood obesity. The idea is to make it easier for organizations like the YMCA and for average people to use playgrounds, practice fields and tracks at public schools. House sponsor Jake Raburn said, it would give taxpayers access to the facilities they already pay for.
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    Did you know that May is Older American's Month?
    Several easy ideas on how to commemorate this great month may be found on the Administration on Aging’s website.
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    Two weeks ago'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.

    Input request on ways to increase walking and community walkability
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services has announced the opening of a docket (No. CDC-2013-0003) to obtain information from the public on walking as an effective way to be sufficiently active for health. The information obtained will be used to frame an anticipated Surgeon General’s call to action on this issue. Public comment can be submitted now through May 1. The notice requests information on way to increase walking and community walkability on the following topics:

    1. Barriers to walking for youth; adults; seniors; persons with a disability; racial and ethnic minorities; and low-income individuals.
    2. Evidence-based strategies for overcoming those barriers and their reach and impact to increase physical activity at the population level and among the above mentioned subpopulations.
    It is important for public health and healthy community voices to be included in this process. Please consider providing input to the docket and sharing this announcement with stakeholders who may also be interested. To read the docket and provide input, click here.

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    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.

    Guidance for offering support groups
    Valerie Taylor, City of Yorba Linda, asks "I have recently had several requests from attendees of our senior center for different support/social groups. Some of the requests we've had are widow/widowers, Persian community, and fibromyalgia. Being that we are a multi-use facility, we are not able to accommodate all requests for room use. In addition, we do not have the staff to facilitate these groups. Do any of your centers offer support/community groups for seniors? Who facilitates them? City staff? Local business/agencies? Are they run by the participants themselves?"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Need field allocation policies
    John Jones, City of Torrance, asks "I need to develop a field allocation policy for use of our sports fields in our city parks. This allocation policy will be used for all local non-profit organizations, field rentals, city programs, etc."
    If you have a field allocation policy to share, please send it to John Jones, City of Torrance Community Services Director.

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    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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  • May 17, Park Planning & Development Institute, click here for flier
  • 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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