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    Violence prevention, health promotion coming together: Projects creating healthier neighborhoods
    J&J Scholar    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In Louisville, Ky., some liquor retailers are taking down alcohol ads that once covered their exterior walls. In Chula Vista, Calif., long-vandalized utility boxes are being painted and transformed into works of art. And in a Denver neighborhood, youths at risk for gang violence are sowing seeds of hope in a community garden. On the surface, the three scenarios might appear to lack a common thread. But joining them is an emerging public health movement that brings practitioners in the fields of violence prevention, healthy eating and active living together to transform their communities in ways that will foster health and safety. More

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    Temporary reprieves for 30 state parks tapped for closure
    Peninsula Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Citizens, nonprofit organizations and the state government have rallied to save 30 of the 70 California state parks originally slated for closure July 1 in the wake of California's budget crisis. More

    Two-thirds of California parks set to close may be saved
    San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Amid towering redwoods and tweeting birds, rangers removed a "Closing Due to Budget Cuts" sign at Portola Redwoods State Park, saving yet another park from the closure list just days before California was scheduled to shutter dozens of beaches and campgrounds. More

    Portola Redwoods State Park off the list
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    According to an article in the San Jose Mercury News, the 2,800-acre Santa Cruz Mountains getaway southwest of Cupertino became the 31st park officially saved from the list of 70 parks. The article quotes Ruth Coleman, the head of California's Department of Parks & Recreation, saying "We are over 30 now. I would expect we can get to 50. My fantasy is to get to 60." What did it take? A donation of $100,000 from Save the Redwoods League, the Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Portola & Castle Rock Foundation. More

    California Land Management
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    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. MORE
    RecTrac is a fully integrated management software that provides efficiency and productivity to your recreation department. From this software you can access central customer database by name, telephone number, account number, ID card, address, email address, and organization.

    Public parks with private operators
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It will save California money, but is it a good idea to hand over state parks to for-profit companies? More

    North Coast state parks likely to remain open; cuts to camping, hours may mean less tourism dollars
    The Times-Standard    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Most North Coast state parks have plans to remain open in some capacity, saved by cooperative efforts from nonprofits, local governments and private companies. State Sen. Noreen Evans is promoting a bill that would direct $68 million over the next five years to keep state parks open and operating. 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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    Recreation and Park District receives $5,000 award
    Fair Oaks Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It wasn't the $10,000 grand prize, but Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District Administrator Maureen Zamarripa isn't about to complain about a $5,000 grant awarded to the district, thanks to the Sprite Sparks Parks program. "I'm just ecstatic," Zamarripa said. More

    Malibu Sports Spotlight: Katie Gallo, recreation coordinator
    The Malibu Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From her earliest years, Katie Gallo has been involved with parks and athletic activities either as a participant, camp counselor or supervisor. Currently in her sixth year as recreation coordinator for the City of Malibu's Parks and Recreation Department, Gallo's love of sports and enjoyment working with youth shine as bright as her smile. More

    Great Western Park & Playground

    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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    July Parks and Recreation Month in Millbrae
    Millbrae Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With the promise of warmer weather and summer sun, the Millbrae City Council has proclaimed July 2012 as Parks and Recreation Month. According to the proclamation, 98 percent of California households reported visiting a park in the past year at least once. Millbrae boasts 13 parks for recreational use by residents and visitors. More

    National Recreation and Park Association wants you to get wild this July
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Almost one year after Americans across the country "rocked their parks" with celebratory flash mobs, the National Recreation and Park Association wants everyone to show how wild they are about parks and recreation this July. NRPA is pleased to announce this year's Park and Recreation Month program of activities. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Send the Parks Make Life Better!® press release to local media. You can download the press release here.

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


    Congratulations to the Petaluma Friends of Recreation. They qualified for a $12 million ballot initiative for parks, pools and playgrounds. It will be placed on the November city ballot as a parcel tax. Good luck to them.

    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.

    RFP for special event
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    Dale Sumersille, City of Ojai, is looking for RFP samples for an independent contractor to coordinate an agencywide special event for the City of Ojai in October. Please email your samples to

    Disc golf design and ADA compliance
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    Allison Van Guilder, City of Turlock, asks, "If your agency is operating a disc golf course we would be interested to find out if you worked with a professional designer and how you handled the issue of ADA accessibility and compliance. Your feedback is appreciated. Thank you!" More

    New CPRS networking group
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    A new group has been created in the CPRS Networking Communities. The Parks Make Life Better!® group was established to share resources, ideas and success stories for agencies using the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign logo, promise and key messages. Many agencies that already have signed the logo-use agreement have been added to the group. More


    Healthy Communities Surveillance and Management Toolkit™
    Test of systematic community toolkit identifies key strategies to reduce obesity through integration of parks and recreation and public health. Click here to read.

    July is a double header: Parks Make Life Better!® Month and National Parks and Recreation Month!
    The America is Your Park program enables local communities to rally, get active and vote for their favorite park in hopes of securing the top prize of $100,000 (and bragging rights as America's favorite park!). Visit and download the Stakeholder Toolkit to learn more. This program is brought to you by Coca-Cola in partnership with the National Parks Foundation, America's State Parks, NRPA and the City Park Alliance.

    Veterans Day Tennis Play Day
    The NRPA-USTA Tennis in the Parks Partnership along with the USTA Military Outreach team encourages Parks and Recreation departments across the country to expand tennis participation in public parks and thank the Veteran and Military Families in local communities by hosting a Veterans Day Play Day. You can find all of the "how to" information and a promotional flier at Be a part of this national initiative, and don't forget to register your Play Day scheduled on or around Veterans Day - Nov. 11!

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