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  • 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. 5-9, CPRS Save the Date! Administrators Section Financial Sustainability Workshops
  • 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


    An agency cutting fees? Inconceivable!
    The Tampa Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Just in time for summer vacation, Tampa, Fla., Mayor Bob Buckhorn has proposed reducing the cost of using the city's parks and recreation programs. Former Mayor Pam Iorio raised park fees to help balance the city's budget just as the economy soured. That decision added $1 million to the parks budget, but it also priced thousands of people out of the park system. Despite facing his own $30 million budget deficit, Buckhorn says lowering fees will increase park revenues by encouraging more people — particularly children looking for after-school and summer programs — to use them. More

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    Playing: A risky business
    Landscape Architects Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Brett Lezon writes, "Recently I read an article titled 'Return of risk: The growing movement to let kids play like kids.' After glancing at the title I found myself confused and interested so I read on. While reading, questions began to pour through my mind. What led to this? What happened to 'old-fashioned' play where your parents let you out in the morning and expected you back in the evening?" More

    Budget-battered federal program can't police park conversions
    InvestigateWest via Open Channel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Congress passed the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act in 1964 with vigorous bipartisan support, in part to "strengthen the health and vitality of the citizens" in parks where they could stay in shape by running, walking, bicycling and playing. This was long before the obesity epidemic that has gripped America in the last two decades. The act authorized the use of motorboat fuel taxes, proceeds from sales of surplus federal land and federally collected recreation fees to fund acquisition and improvement of local, state and federal parks. But in 1968, with a booming population and an according need for new parks, Congress tapped a major new revenue source. More

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    Fresno city pools to open; former EOC gym stays closed
    The Fresno Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Fresno Parks Department's scorecard of services with the long, hot summer just around the corner looks like this: Big swimming pools — yes. Community centers — yes. Learner swimming pools — sort of. Former EOC gym — don't bet on it. Despite money woes, the city plans to operate all four of its full-size pools. More

    California moving to closing Benicia recreation area within weeks
    Times-Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With a July 1 deadline quickly approaching, the California State Parks Department will decide on how to close the Benicia State Recreation Area. Efforts between the state and the City of Benicia to reach an operating agreement have not yet been successful, Diablo Vista District Acting Superintendent Danita Rodriguez said. 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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    Story of California's state parks captured in award-winning film 'California Forever'
    KQED    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Backcountry Pictures and KQED present "California Forever," a two-part PBS television special that tells the story of California's magnificent state parks from Yosemite in 1864 to the present day. Together, the two one-hour programs remind viewers of the importance of California's state parks as well as their priceless legacy. California Forever is scheduled to air nationally in fall 2012 (check local listings) and in the Bay Area on KQED 9, the public media company that serves Northern California. Click here for a preview. More

    Supporters struggle to buy time for endangered state parks
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When Ernest Chung started mountain biking in China Camp State Park two decades ago, he never worried about where the money came from to preserve the tree-covered hills, dirt trails and rocky shoreline. Now that the Marin County park is scheduled to close because of budget cuts, it's always on his mind. Chung and his allies are in a race to raise enough money to keep it open, courting deep-pocketed philanthropists, blasting out batches of desperate emails and rounding up musicians from the San Francisco Symphony to serenade potential donors at a fundraiser. More

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    Editorial: State still needs clear vision for its state parks
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Like California's public colleges and universities, state parks have seen a steady decline in the commitment to state funding over the last 20 years. As with our public colleges and universities, fees have become an increasing part of how we pay for parks — from 6 percent of the overall state parks budget in 1980 to more than 50 percent by 2006. More

    Nonprofits scramble to save California parks
    McClatchy Newspapers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Dozens of California state parks struck down by the budget ax are slated to close their doors. Yet that process remains so unsettled that even state officials can't say with certainty how many parks will actually close. One year ago, the state Department of Parks and Recreation released a list of 70 parks that would be closed to achieve a $22 million savings in operational costs. The closures — unprecedented in the 150-year history of California state parks — are set to occur no later than July 1. 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 County of Riverside volunteers at the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival all wore Parks Make Life Better!® T-shirts. What a great way to help spread the brand and have a wonderful gift for the volunteers!

    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.

    Needs assessment/survey
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    Kristy Samples, City of Fontana, asks, "The City of Fontana is researching a communitywide needs assessment/survey for cultural arts programming. Do you and or your city have samples and outcomes of a recent needs assessment for an agency specific to a program area that you would be willing to share? What were the pros and cons to a program specific survey?" 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


    California Department of Education After School Division Strategic Planning Process webinar
    We were very pleased to have more than 150 participants join our webinar May 24 to review the results of the After School Division online survey that we conducted in March, talk about the timeline for the Strategic Planning Process, and submit questions regarding the process and the overall work of the Division. If you were unable to participate on that day, or would like to review the content of the session, you can find a recording of the webinar by clicking here.

    Under 35 years of age? Attend the 2012 National Congress for Parks & Recreation in Anaheim on a scholarship! Application deadline is June 22
    Applications for the 2012 Young Professional Externship program, offered by the National Recreation & Park Association and the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration, are now being accepted. Click here for application.

    NRPA Congress room block
    CPRS has secured a small room block at the upcoming NRPA Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, Oct. 14-19. The Sheraton Park Anaheim Hotel is directly across from the Anaheim Convention Center.
    Single/Double: $179.00
    Download a form here.

    A new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy provides city-level rates of overweight or obese public school students in grades five, seven and nine from 2010. This data, available for cities with 20,000-plus residents, are now available on Data shows that city rates of childhood overweight/obesity vary dramatically, from 11 to 53 percent of fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders in 2010.

    Using data to promote afterschool
    Data is king. In fact, the Afterschool Alliance recently centered the Wallace Foundation's Afterschool for All Challenge around research and evaluations. Data can be used to improve programs, promote accountability, discover program needs and help advocacy efforts. That's why a new set of tip sheets released this month by The Wallace Foundation stands as an invaluable resource to those involved in afterschool and summer learning programs.

    Physical Activity, Recreation, Leisure, and Sport: Essential Pieces of the Mental Health and...
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    Join the more than 13,000 parks already listed in the ParksNReviews website, mobile website and mobile app. Click here.

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