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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 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


    Trust for Public Land has released its rating of the top 40 most populous US cities; 6 California cities are featured
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    Ratings are based equally on three factors: park access, park size/acreage and services and investment. Visit to see the ratings, create customized maps of each city, evaluate park access by individual neighborhood and see where new parks are needed most.

    ADA compliance date extended
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    On May 18, the Department of Justice announced that it is adopting a final rule extending the compliance date for sections 242 and 1009 of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design, as they relate to the provision of accessible entry and exit to existing swimming pools, wading pools and spas (pools built before March 15). More

    July is Parks Make Life Better! ® Month in the legislature
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    Assembly member Cameron Smyth, Santa Clarita, has introduced ACR 106 proclaiming July as Parks Make Life Better!® Month. The bill is now in the Senate and it has 70 co-authors! Encourage your Senator to sign on as a co-author! More

    Be a part of the World's Largest Swimming Lesson
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    Registration to participate as a host facility for the World's Largest Swimming Lesson Event (June 14), has been extended to May 30. There is no charge to participate in this "record-setting event" and should prove to be an excellent marketing opportunity. Visit for additional information regarding the event, process, etc. or contact Marc Lassalle, World Waterpark Association,

    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

    Report on 'Urban Pathways to Healthy Neighborhoods'
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    A growing body of research emphasizes that urban neighborhoods with more African-American, Hispanic and lower-income residents generally lack key walkability features, and that these populations have limited access to high-quality parks and recreational space. At the same time, lower-income and racial and ethnic minority youth are more likely to be overweight or obese. Urban pathways are a potent tool for addressing this inequality. The report, by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, was funded by The Kresge Foundation. Read more and see photos ...

    Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Visitor Center opens June 9
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    The National Park Service, along with its partners, will open a new visitor center in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area near Los Angeles on Saturday, June 9. Located at King Gillette Ranch in the historic heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, the interagency building unifies the local, state and federal park system for SMMNRA's 35 million annual visitors. 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

    Support still going strong for California State Parks
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    With more need than ever to support local state parks, folks in the foothills and mountain towns of the Sierra Nevada are doing their part to donate what they can to the Olmsted Park Fund. On the San Juan Ridge, close to $1,500 was collected in donations at Mother Truckers' grocery store. In Truckee and Tahoe City, buckets at New Moon Natural Foods have filled with close to $1,000 in donations. More

    How to stave off California park closures
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    A crisis has hit California's great outdoors. Seventy of our 279 California state parks are set to close July 1 because of budget cuts. This means that 70 iconic places will no longer be available to the public, such as the breathtaking coastlines of Garrapata or Morro Strand; historic landmarks, like Jack London and Petaluma Adobe; or the recreational locations, such as Annadel or China Camp. 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.

    Recreational program for disabled at risk from Sacramento budget cuts
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    Robert Hulse loves his pizza and movie nights. The 35-year-old with Down syndrome meets with other teens and adults with developmental disabilities through various activities put on by Sacramento's Access Leisure program. He said his involvement in the program is one of the only chances he gets to interact with his peers. More

    Moraga says no to unrestrained dogs in park
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    Moraga officials have ended off-leash hours at a popular community park four months after a resident sued, alleging town leaders never fully vetted the environmental impacts of creating a fenced-in dog park. The town council voted 3-2 Wednesday night to ban unrestrained dogs from Rancho Laguna Park at all times except in a future designated off-leash dog area. The law goes into effect 30 days after approval in early June. 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.

    Watsonville makes skateboarding legal in all city parks
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    Watsonville became the first city in Santa Cruz County to make skateboarding legal in all city parks, thanks to a 5-1 vote by the city council. Skaters may be surprised by who they have to thank for Watsonville doing away with its skateboarding ban for the first time since 1976. More

    Richmond, Calif., council moves forward with soda tax; 1st of its kind in nation
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    In what's being called potentially unchartered territory for Richmond, Calif., the city council voted to place on the ballot a measure that would impose a business license fee of 1 cent per ounce of sugar-sweetened beverages sold by local businesses. If voters decide to actually pass this fee in November, it's bound to make national news because Richmond is reportedly one of the first cities in the nation to consider imposing a special tax on sugary drinks. 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: Make a Parks Make Life Better!® presentation to Commission/Board Members/City Council.

    The City of Norwalk shared this colorful 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,

    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.

    Insurance requirements for rentals
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    Ashley Howe, City of Benicia, asks, "What are your insurance requirements for Indoor Facilities and for Outdoor Facilities/Parks?"

    Please answer her question at

    Independent Contractor Program
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    Jennifer Davis, Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District, has been tasked with coming up with an Independent Contractor Program Plan. She was wondering if anyone has done something like this before. Please answer her questions at


    It's that time of the year again — registration for Green Start Academy is officially open
    Assistant superintendents are invited to the two-day educational event, Green Start Academy. The Academy is packed with opportunities for networking with peers, presentations from industry leaders and more. Click here to apply; the deadline for applications is June 29.

    America Bikes Survey: Most Americans support funding for biking and walking
    The results of a new survey showed that 83 percent of respondents support maintaining or growing federal funding for sidewalks, bikeways and bike paths. According to survey sponsor America Bikes, "Funding for the street improvements that make biking and walking more accessible and safe are popular with voters, putting policymakers who hope to eliminate biking and walking programs at odds with a majority of the electorate." Read more ...

    Americans favor federal funding for sidewalks and bike lanes
    A new survey reveals overwhelming support for biking and walking, with more than 80 percent of Americans favoring level or increased federal funding for sidewalks and bike lanes. The national survey, performed by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, asked 1,003 adults in the United States about their opinions on federal funding for sidewalks, bike lanes and bike paths. Survey results:

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