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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.

It's official: July is Park Make Life Better!® Month
California's Legislature has approved Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR 106), declaring July as Parks Make Life Better!® Month. This measure, introduced by Assembly members Cameron Smyth and Jared Huffman, at the request of CPRS, declares the Legislature's recognition of the importance of access to local parks, trails, open space, and facilities for the health and development of all Californians. This measure declares July 2012 as Parks Make Life Better!® Month. Click here to read the resolution.


  • 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, click here for flier
  • 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 for registration form
  • Oct. 24-26, CPRS Aquatics Section California Aquatic Management School, click here for brochure
  • Nov. 2, CPRS District 4 2012 Bay Area Institute
  • Nov. 12-16, CPRS Maintenance Management School, click here to register
  • March 4-6, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register


    National parks brace for cuts not closures
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Visitors to California's national parks may notice more trash on the trails, longer lines at service booths and fewer rangers this summer as the pinch of the federal government's budget problems grows increasingly difficult to overlook. Unlike the state's park system, which is scheduled to close 54 parks for lack of money this summer, the vast resources of the U.S. Park Service will prevent Yosemite or any of the state's national parks from shutting their gates for now. More

    Malibu wins lawsuit over local control of land-use policies
    Malibu Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A three-judge Court of Appeal panel found that the California Coastal Commission overstepped its authority when it approved a plan by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for overnight camping and other features in Malibu. More

    Thinking outside the park boundaries
    Michael & Susan Dell Center for the Advancement of Healthy Living    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Eileen Nehme writes, "Can we start to think creatively about ways to make space for physical activity available to more people near where they live? Austin, Texas experienced one example of such creative thinking May 20 in its first 'Viva! Streets' event, which aimed 'to build community, transform a street into public space and encourage active living through recreation, fitness activities, and healthful food options.'" More

    NU•edge Nature & Urban Fused Playgrounds
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    City of Ontario adds 2 unusual parks
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    There are not many cities in the Inland Empire that find themselves in the position this city is reaping. Officials, for several years, have been touting the development of high-density projects in its downtown in an effort to populate the area and jump start activity in the downtown. After adding nearing 500 residents to its civic center area — which is surrounded by City Hall, the library and Senior Center — the city is going in the opposite direction. More

    Celebrating landscape architecture, Olmsted, public health and well-being
    American Society of Landscape Architects    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In honor of National Landscape Architecture Month this past April, landscape architects across the country hosted a variety of activities to celebrate the profession and explain how their work contributes to the public's well-being. 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

    Sacramento city parks get $5.6 million boost
    KCRA-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A $5.6 million state boost for city parks will allow Sacramento to make some renovations in an Oak Park neighbor and add a new park in another, the city learned. McClatchy Park in the Oak Park area will get $2.8 million in funding for renovations to add a new jogging track, basketball court and other amenities. The money comes from Proposition 84 and the California State Department of Parks and Recreation. 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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    Playgrounds are designed to meet age appropriate challenges. Playground safety is paramount and ReadyPlay can be part of your safety program. Installation services available.

    Now you can save a park
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California State Parks officials announced they are accepting bids from concessionaires interested in running three state parks in Mendocino County. Bids will be accepted until June 5 for the care and operations of Hendy Woods, Russian Gulch and Westport-Union Landing state parks, all of which are on the list of 70 parks slated for closure this summer. More

    Skateboarders get free reign in parks
    Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Rolling through Watsonville parks is no longer illegal for skateboarders and roller skaters. For the next year, skaters will get access to all of Watsonville's parks — not just the Skate Park at Ramsay Park. The change, approved by the Watsonville City Council, is an effort to encourage positive physical activity among youth while reducing police workload. More

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    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: When you attend a professional event with name tag, add "Parks Make Life Better!" below your name.

    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.

    Independent Contractor Program Plan
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    Jennifer Davis, Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District, has been tasked with coming up with an Independent Contractor Program Plan. "I was wondering if anyone has done something like this before," she asks. More

    Gift certificate or gift card policy, practices
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    Allison Van Guilder, City of Turlock, asks "If your department issues gift certificates or cards for Parks and Recreation related services, we would be interested in reviewing a copy of your policy. Any information on your program would be appreciated." More


    Policies and Standards for Promoting Physical Activity in After-School Programs
    A new research brief from Active Living Research summarizes research on physical activity in after-school programs and examines how policies can help after-school programs more effectively promote physical activity and prevent obesity among children. Download the new after-school research brief.

    May trendSCAN features
    Did you ever consider taking your services to the street? As an industry are we doing our part for the growing obesity epidemic. This and more in this month's trendSCAN.

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