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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 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
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, early-bird registration now open


    2 bills passed to aid endangered California parks
    The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The California state Senate has approved two bills designed to help find ways to protect state parks that are in danger of being closed because of state budget cuts. They are among several bills and budget proposals that respond to plans to close several dozen state parks July 1 because of a $22 million shortfall in operating costs. More

    Agran: O.C. Great Park could take 30 years
    The Orange County Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Irvine City Councilman Larry Agran says the metropolitan park promised to countywide voters in lieu of an international airport at the former El Toro Marine base will be built — even without the $1.4 billion in tax revenue the state has yanked away. But it will take longer, he said: 20 to 30 years instead of the hoped for 15 to 20 years. The project started a decade ago when Measure W passed. More

    How do the parks in your city rank?
    The Dirt    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    On the heels of WalkScore and the new BikeScore, the Trust for Public Land just launched its own park rating system: ParkScore. Covering 40 major cities in the U.S., ParkScore enables any park lover to create customized maps for each city, evaluate park access by neighborhood, and determine where parks are still most needed, writes Peter Harnik, ASLA, Director, Center for City Park Excellence at TPL. More

    NU•edge Nature & Urban Fused Playgrounds
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    Chipotle to donate $100,000 to California state parks
    Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Chipotle Mexican Grill will donate $100,000 to support the California State Parks Foundation's Answer the Call fundraising campaign following a $22 million budget cut to state parks, which resulted in the scheduled closure of up to 70 California parks on July 1. On Saturday, June 30, the restaurant urges guests to take advantage of California's parks, the day before many of them close, by offering half off Burritos by the Box orders of six or more from its California restaurants. More

    Matthew Renda: It takes a village to save a park
    The Union    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In May 2011, many western Nevada County residents heard the news that South Yuba River State Park — one of the region's most popular and beautiful recreation areas — was on the California State Parks Department closure list. The parks department said the closures were a necessity due to a funding shortfall of $22 million spread over two years. After the initial bout of hand-wringing and consternation, public officials began to rally to rescue South Yuba from off of the 70-park list. More

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    Resident: John Mise Park should remain public
    Cupertino Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The City of San Jose, for all practical purposes, gave away a public park to a private high school (Archbishop Mitty High School, located one block from the park) despite strong opposition from local citizens. Mitty is operated by the Roman Catholic Welfare Corporation of San Jose, which also runs a cell tower business and operates 38 private schools and three universities including Santa Clara University. More

    Walkable neighborhoods raise all real-estate values
    Houston Tomorrow    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    An economic analysis published by The Brookings Institution shows that real-estate values increase as neighborhoods became more walkable. 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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    Active Healthy Kids Canada releases 2012 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
    ParticipACTION    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Active Health Kids Canada has released its 2012 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The report draws attention to the fact that Canadian parks, playgrounds and neighborhood streets are no longer busling with children playing. It asks the question: Is active play now on the brink of becoming extinct? More

    Traditional playgrounds going high-tech to fight obesity
    The Salt Lake Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's not the same as saving Earth from an invasion of aliens bent on world domination, but climbing the jungle gym at local parks does offer something video games don't: actual exercise. Yet the challenge children's playgrounds have had in attracting visitors is first pulling them away from their Xbox or PlayStation. So parks officials in Salt Lake City are starting to fight fire with fire, constructing a children's electronic playground set that includes blinking lights, an LED controller and its own computer server to ignite the same senses in children that video games do. More

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    Congratulations to all the Proposition 84 Grant recipients! Take a look at our projects of distinction! Let us help you create your communities dream playground. MORE
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    Taking the bar to new heights
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Douglas Chapman, 39, beamed as his guys arrived — a dozen muscular men who entered a Bronx gym recently and walked right past the weights and exercise machines, and headed instead toward a set of jungle-gym bars. One by one, they pulled themselves up over a chin-up bar with a clean-and-jerk motion, then vaulted their bodies out, flinging themselves around the bars — a spin here, a flip there — and finishing with a pure show of strength, like handstand push-ups or a leverlike horizontal body hold. 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: Be sure to link your agency's Facebook page to the Parks Make Life Better!® Facebook page.

    The City of Orange did a wonderful job of incorporating bright shirts with their ribbon cutting ceremony. We love the idea of giving shirts like these to all the invited VIPs to wear during the ceremony.

    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.

    Finding your 'hook'
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    Rosa Jackson, Vacaville Psychiatric Program, wrote a blog about where to find new ideas for your programming. Please read her blog and leave your ideas for great programming in the comments area. 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


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