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Parks make life better!® The Make and Take Marketing Plan Webinar
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You know you need a fresh marketing and branding plan but just can't seem to find the time. Problem solved! In this fast-paced webinar you choose the program, activity, event or facility you want to market and, by the end of the session you will have created the perfect plan for you. For more information, click here. To register click here.

California state park closures: Packing artifacts may reduce savings
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Shuttering dozens of California state parks to trim millions from the state budget will take more than simply hanging a "closed" sign on trailheads and beach parking lots. Many on the closure list house thousands of historical treasures that must be packed up, cataloged and stored if deals are not reached to save them. The tens of thousands of items on public display paint a rich portrait of California's past. More

Parks change to get and keep younger visitors
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Parks and wilderness areas across the nation are working hard to attract younger visitors. They want to create a new generation of stewards. "We've got to find ways to bring them into parks — and keep them coming back," says Ron Tipton, senior vice president for policy at the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association. More

California Parks Department increases annual pass fees
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California's park system is raising prices on annual day-use passes to prevent further service cuts, says state parks spokesman Roy Stearns. Although the parks department expects that some visitors will be priced out of the new passes, they project making between $1 million and $1.5 million per year from the increased fees. More

California may close a home to its past
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In an adobe home now tucked between a freeway and a railroad once sat the last governor of Alta California, as it was known under Mexican rule. The governor, Pío de Jesús Pico, was one of the richest men in the area, his ranchito stretching for nearly 9,000 acres. Beset by financial difficulties in the late 1800s, Pico lost control over the land and died in poverty. More

Jack London ranch state park saved from closure
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The gorgeous rolling woodland ranch site that writer Jack London once called home was saved from being shut down during the mass state park closures scheduled for this summer. Jack London State Historic Park will instead be operated by the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association, according to California state parks officials. More

The California Delta: One man's passion could produce a national park
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If you live in California or in America's southwestern states, you know that a contentious political and environmental battle over water has become a fact of life. In California's Central Valley, the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers meet and form the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a source of freshwater to some of the state's most challenged urban and rural areas. More


Congratulations to Brian Fletcher who is taking over as president of Callander Associates for the semi-retired Peter Callander.

The Summer Camp Leaders at the City of Escondido have created this wonderful sign. We liked it so much we thought we would share it with you.

PlayCore announces innaugural Hero Award winner
Congratulations to Ramon Barajas, superintendent of maintenance operations for the city of Los Angeles. He was selected to receive PlayCore's very first Hero Award. The award was given at the 2012 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference in Long Beach on March 21. PlayCore will make a $1,500 donation to Ramon's charity of choice.

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

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.

Mobile aquatic chair policy and procedures
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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

Volleyball programming help
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Drew Nelson, city of Sacramento asks, "I am creating a volleyball program as an intern for the city of Sacramento and I am now having a brain fart. There is a history of two programs that both failed. I was wondering do any of you have any 'special' things that could get the program going. The question my supervisor asked was 'if I create it, will they come and what next?' Some background history about the facility. The facility is quite nice, many rooms kept up very well on the inside, has a pool right next to it and has a basketball/volleyball/stage event center next to it. But the general public perceive the area as very bad. If you have any general 'binder' for a volleyball program that you have, it would be nice to have a look at it." More


Conference educational session handouts available! Conference session handouts are found on our website at the "Information & Referral Section," please click here. CPRS would like to thank all the speakers who have shared these resources with our membership.

Avoiding childhood obesity
These proven and simple tactics can help your child stay fit, not fat. MORE

The March trendSCAN answers the following questions
Will we become liable for future "life enjoyment" through waiver forms? Can a 21 hour work week be in our future? Is it really possible to raise involvement with the out-of-doors if we take our children camping before the age of 7? MORE

Climate action for health: Integrating public health into climate action planning
The State of California currently provides national leadership in addressing climate change. Reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is key to preventing or slowing further climate change. Assembly Bill 32 requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. This document, prepared by the CA Dept. of Public Health, primarily addresses key GHG emissions reduction efforts in CAPs that have health co-benefits, the information provided may also be useful in broader sustainability or adaptation planning, where some of these strategies overlap. Access the report here.

Promoting physical activity through shared use of school and community recreational resources
A new research brief from Active Living Research summarizes research on community access to school sport and recreation facilities outside of school hours, as well as studies that examine the shared use of school facilities and programs with other community groups or agencies. It also describes challenges commonly associated with the shared use of recreational facilities, and opportunities for policy-makers at the state and local level. MORE


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