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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.

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


  • 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 1, CPRS District 2 Park Planning & Development Institute, click here for details
  • June 1, CPRS District 12 Executive 9 Hole Golf Tournament, click here for details
  • 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
  • June 23, CPRS District 10 Battle for Los Angeles Social, click here for flier
  • 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
  • Oct. 24-26, CPRS Aquatics Section California Aquatic Management School, click here for brochure
  • Nov. 12-16, CPRS Maintenance Management School, click here to register
  • March 4-6, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register


    The rise of the adult playground
    PMF Legal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Glossy exercise machines are cropping up in parks, near the brightly colored swings and slides for children. It's the latest bit of government "nudge theory," writes Sophie Robehmed. Kids heading down the slide headfirst, babies talking gobbledygook in the sandpit and a golden retriever bounding past with a stick in its mouth. Such images conjure up classic park scenes. More

    State-of-the-art playground opens at Culver City Park
    Los Angeles Wave    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    After two months of demolition and construction, a new, modern playground has opened to the public at Culver City Park. Located near the skate park, the roughly 5,000-square-foot space features state-of-the-art equipment that is sure to create a buzz and make neighboring cities envious. More

    California state parks closure may be averted by new legislation
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With only weeks to go before a full quarter of California state parks are scheduled to shut their gates due to budget cuts, a pair of golden state legislators have proposed a last ditch plan to keep the spaces open. 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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    Southern California – Pacific Park & Playground 714.846.4885

    Cal Poly teams with San Luis Obispo nonprofit to build wheelchair-accessible bocce ball court
    Cal Poly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Cal Poly and an Atascadero nonprofit agency are teaming up in a unique multidisciplinary project to build a wheelchair-accessible boccé ball court at the Colony Park Recreation Center in Atascadero. The project grew out of an ongoing collaboration between Cal Poly's kinesiology department and the North County Sports and Recreation Program, also known as the Bulldogs. More

    Can a neighborhood make kids fat?
    US Mag    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Does a child's ZIP code determine his or her chances of becoming obese? A new study suggests that the answer is yes. Published April 10 in a special issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, "Obesogenic Neighborhood Environments, Child and Parent Obesity: The Neighborhood Impact on Kids Study," led by Brian Saelens, Ph.D., of Seattle Children's Research Institute, looked at the availability of healthy food choices, walkability and proximity to parks with equipment where kids can be active. 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

    Study: Improving local parks a key to increasing physical activity
    HealthCanal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Improving community health could lie in the quality of neighborhood parks, a Deakin University study has found. Health researchers with Deakin's Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research examined whether improvements to parks increased usage and park-based physical activity of users. More

    HBO documentary: Walking, biking part of cure for obesity epidemic
    Bike Walk Tulsa    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    VideoBriefThe four-part HBO Documentary "The Weight of the Nation" prescribes more walking, biking and other forms of physical activity as a cure for the U.S. obesity crisis. Oklahoma is the seventh most obese state in the nation, but it's No. 1 in adult obesity growth rate. 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
    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.

    Kaiser Permanente awards $6.5 million in grants to community organizations
    PRNewswire via MarketWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Kaiser Permanente awarded grants totaling $6.5 million in the first quarter to 204 local organizations whose work is helping to build healthier communities. "There is a definite link between our health and our communities. Obesity and the high rates of chronic conditions are often times the result of how we live. More

    Playground Safety Products & Services
    We offer “COMPLETE” inspection tool kits to do the job right!; Warning & Information LABELS to comply with ASTM, CPSC, and ANSI laws; 3rd party safety audits w/advice on inexpensive modifications to comply with ASTM and CPSC laws; Expert Witness services for litigations; Design/Planning services; Safety Manuals; Safety Courses.


    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: Rewrite one program description to include references to the brand promises.

    The City of Hermosa Beach shared this enchanting cover of their summer activity guide.

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


    Alameda names Pinole's Wooldridge as new recreation and park director
    Amy Wooldridge steps into her new job on May 7. She has been Pinole's recreation director for the past eight years. Click here to read story from Pinole Patch.

    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.

    Swim lesson progression certificates
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    Ashley Wysocki, City of Corona, asks, "Do any of your programs use swim lesson progression certificates? I'm looking for a certificate that our instructors can mark off through the course of the lessons that let parents know exactly what skills were learned, instead of just the standard certificate of completion." More

    Your help is needed — technical assistance request: Ordinances
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    Can you please send electronic copies to of ordinances on file covering any public use of a municipal facility? For instance ordinances covering commercial use requirements, prohibiting commercial use, alcohol or smoking bans, sponsorships and displays, memorial plaques, park and facility party rental amenities, etc. We thank you.


    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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