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July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month
CPRS has a sample proclamation you can download and have your council, board, or commissioners adopt. Click here.


  • May 15, Parks Make Life Better!®, The Make and Take Marketing Plan Webinar, click here for more information
  • May 16, CPRS District 9 Membership Meeting
  • May 20, CPRS District 4 T.O.T.A.L. Guard Training, click here for more information
  • May 23, CPRS District 10 Brochure Exchange, click here for registration form
  • May 30, CPRS District 13 Brochure Exchange, click here for registration form
  • June 2, CPRS District 1 Summer Leadership Workshop, click here for registration form
  • June 2, CPRS District 7 Summer Leader Workshop, click here for registration form
  • June 9, CPRS District 10 T.O.T.A.L. Guard Training, click here for more information
  • June 9, CPRS District 12 Recreation Leader Workshop, click here for more information
  • June 9, CPRS District 13 Recreation Leader Training
  • Sept. 24-26, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for registration form
  • Oct. 14-16, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register
  • Nov. 12-16, CPRS Maintenance Management School, click here to register
  • March 4-6, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register


    Napa finds new money to replace skate park
    Napa Valley Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Despite a quarter-million-dollar financial hurdle, the city still is moving full speed ahead on building a new skate park. Larry Mazzuca, director of Parks and Recreation Services, said the city can use more park fees from developers to design and build the skate park in the absence of money from the former Napa Community Redevelopment Agency, which the state dissolved this year. About $1.2 million already had been slated to be taken from the city's parks fund to assist in construction of the project, estimated to cost $1.4 million, Mazzuca said. More

    Sacramento receives $5,000 grant as part of nationwide competition to 'think green'
    Central Valley Business Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Sacramento has received a $5,000 cash grant from national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful Inc. as part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Waste Management that encourages local solutions to improving community environments. Waste Management representatives applied for the grant earlier this year. More

    Santa Ana park to focus on health, wellness
    The Orange County Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Residents near Fourth Street and Broadway in Santa Ana can look forward to having an outdoor space to call their own later this year. Latino Health Access, a nonprofit organization, is building the first park and community center in the area. Projected to open in October, the park is a response to parents who expressed concerns about the lack of outdoor places for their children to play. It took more than seven years for Latino Health Access to get approval and start building. More

    NU•edge Nature & Urban Fused Playgrounds
    Little Tikes Commercial NU•edge is an exciting new approach to playgrounds where nature fuses with the urban play environment. Outdoor and urban features are fused together to create playgrounds that give you the perfect balance of nature theme and urban styling. Contact your local representative to find out more about NU•edge.

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    Milpitas budget passes; 52 workers to lose jobs
    Milpitas Post via San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More than 50 City of Milpitas employees will be laid off, city departments and programs reorganized, and parks and street maintenance work outsourced in order to close a projected $9.2 million general fund shortfall next fiscal year, beginning July 1. In response to layoffs, Milpitas Public Works Department crews and members of their unions loudly protested outside Milpitas City Hall. Protesting workers whistled, chanted slogans and loudly beat a large drum under the shadow of a giant inflatable rat named "Tom," referring to Milpitas City Manager Tom Williams. More

    70 closing by July 2012: Regional list of California parks
    Yahoo Sports    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Due to the economy, the way that many American families accomplish a budget vacation each year is by visiting state and national parks. Naturally, your vacation can go wrong if you do not check to see if the park will be open. This can be a little bit tricky because some parks are open in the springtime and will be closed in the summer. In other words, it pays to know which parks in California will be closed this year in the region you are traveling. More

    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

    Derby Park skatepark changes draw skaters' concerns
    Contra Costa Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Like a hard slam on the concrete, Santa Cruz skateboarders were shocked to find Derby Park skatepark closed for repairs. Rumors swirled on Facebook and Instagram about the demise of Derby, which was built in the mid-1970s and holds a special place in skate lore. City parks officials said they would try to preserve its curves and character. Essentially, the entire skatepark is getting a 4-inch-thick overlay of rebar and concrete. The project is expected to be complete by May 17. More

    Pio Pico park boosters make desperate attempts to stop closure
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    This storied adobe mansion outside Los Angeles was once a getaway for California's last governor under Mexican rule, a landowner so wealthy he called the nearly 9,000 acres of land around it his "ranchito." Now, state budget cuts have reduced supporters of Pio Pico State Historic Park to begging for recyclables to cash in to keep the gates to the 1850s landmark from closing. More

    Innovative Yet Low-Risk Park Design
    In today’s world, Richard Fisher Associates believes it’s vital for Municipalities to hire Landscape Architectural firms that create complete and accurate Park Design Construction Documents. MORE
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    NTD, a leading provider of comprehensive architecture services to education, healthcare and civic institutions. MORE

    Fee hikes come to state parks
    Agoura Hills Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A slew of camping fee increases for state parks went into effect May 1 to help raise new revenue for the cash strapped California Department of Parks and Recreation. At Malibu Creek State Park, visitors will have to pay $45 a night for family camp sites, a $10 increase for the plots that can be occupied by a maximum of eight people, according to a press release. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. This week's suggestion: Create a Parks Make Life Better!® Award to recognize employees who have gone over and above expectations to ensure that the brand promise was delivered to a patron.

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


    After 40 years of park work in four California cities, longtime CPRS member Doug Stafford celebrated his retirement on April 16. For the past 24 years, he has been Parks Superintendent with the City of Monterey.

    Susan Cannan, Assistant to the City Manager/Director of Community Services, is retiring after working for 32 years in local government. Her most current agency was with the City of Laguna Beach. She also has worked for the cities of Los Angeles, Cerritos, Poway, Irvine and Dana Point.

    Congratulations to Dr. Bill Hendricks, Professor and Head, Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration Department, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo! He will receive Cal Poly's 2012 Distinguished Scholarship Award at their Distinguished Scholarship Award Colloquium on Wednesday, May 30.

    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.

    Benchmark best practices
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    Anna Hudson asks, "The City of Dublin Parks and Community Services Department is in the process of collecting information to benchmark best practices in the Contract Class program area. We would greatly appreciate your input if you have information that could help us in this project. We are looking for samples of the following documents:
    • Contract Class Instructor Contract
    • Contract Class Instructor Handbook
    • Contract Class Internal Procedures or Handbook
    "Any other Staff Reference, if applicable, also would be helpful."


    Want to be a speaker at our annual conference?
    We are now accepting 2013 conference sessions. You are invited to apply as a trainer for the 2013 CA & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference in San Jose on March 5-8. You and your organization has experience and expertise of interest to the 1,200 attendees and exhibitors who will attend. Here is the 2013 application so you can begin planning! We ask you to complete the "call for sessions" as the first step using the "call form" as a guide and submitting your session using this Word document.

    Research brief shows school recreational facilities encourage physical activity
    Promoting Physical Activity through the Shared Use of School and Community Recreational Resources summarizes research on the sharing of athletic and recreational facilities between schools and communities.

    The Farmers Market Promotion Program offers grants to help improve and expand domestic farmers' markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Grants are due May 21. To learn more about specific opportunities, visit their website here.

    Cash 4 Kids Playground Grants from Innovative Playgrounds Company
    Click here for more details.

    Want to attend the NRPA Congress in Anaheim in October? Apply for an externship by June 22
    The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is offering a wonderful opportunity for outstanding young professionals to further their professional development. The Academy's 2012 Young Professional Externships cover the cost of NRPA Annual Congress registration and provide a $750 stipend toward lodging and transportation costs. Applications are available by clicking here.

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