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July 19 is last day for housing at NRPA Congress in Anaheim
To book rooms at the Wyndham Jade online into the California room block, please follow the below steps:
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  • Aug. 5, Inaugural CPRS District 11 Lifeguard Relays, click here for flier
  • Aug. 9, CPRS District 7 General Board Meeting, click here for flier
  • Aug. 14, CPRS Development & Operations Section Sacramento Area Educational Forum, click here for flier
  • Aug. 23, CPRS District 13 Meet & Greet
  • 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


    What are the best cities to find a park?
    US Daily Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A ground-breaking park rating system developed by The Trust for Public Land ranks San Francisco, Sacramento, Boston and New York as the nation's top city park systems. Mesa, Ariz.; Louisville, Ky.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Fresno received the lowest ParkScores among the 40 largest U.S. cities. ParkScore is the most comprehensive park rating system ever developed and was designed to help local communities identify where new parks are needed most and which park improvements can deliver the greatest impact. More

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    New York introduces its first adult playground
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It was a classic father-son moment, reversed: The 2-year-old sat and watched patiently as his parent hung upside down from the monkey bars. A few feet away, a white-haired man skipped across an S-shaped metal beam. Another man squeezed his 6-foot frame onto a metal rack for situps, and two others hoisted themselves up chin-up bars. Never mind the punishing diets, the gym dates and the doctors' warnings, the quest to live a healthier, more active lifestyle has come to this: playgrounds for adults. More

    Chipper for parks: Why parks are so important for children
    Let's Go Chipper!    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Parks are great places for children to make important connections — with their parents, their peers and the environment. They are also a great place to improve and maintain a child's physical fitness with play-based activities. Just by playing, they are moving — and that's good exercise! And playing outside, in the dirt and sun, has been shown by countless studies to improve and benefit every aspect of a child's growth and development. More

    2012 National Park Photo Contest
    National Parks Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A call to all amateur photographers (you can't earn 20 percent or more of your income from photography to participate) out there that love to visit national parks: The 2012 national park photo contest is live. This is a great excuse to get out into national parks to take photos while enjoying the beautiful scenery. If this sounds like something that would interest you, here are the details. More

    California Land Management
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    Camp ReCreation volunteers keep campers coming back
    The Orange County Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Camp ReCreation, a weeklong overnight camp for adults with developmental disabilities hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, started its 35th adult camp. The goal of the program is to give campers a safe, loving environment while also giving caregivers a week of rest. The camp features a one-to-one ratio, with each camper paired with one counselor or volunteer. Cheering, singing and silly costumes are the norm, with this year's theme being "Star Spangled." More

    Scourge of metal pilfering hits parks
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Fans who want to watch a football, soccer or lacrosse game at Crocker-Amazon Playground may want to bring a blanket in case they end up sitting on the ground. It seems that brazen metal thieves have pilfered some of the aluminum bleachers there. They also tried to steal the metal frames of the soccer goals. And then there's the copper irrigation piping that has gone missing. Park workers on occasion have found some of the stolen equipment near a road, presumably stashed there waiting for pickup by a truck. But much has gone missing. More

    Voters shoot down Fresno park district plan
    The Fresno Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Voters in a Fresno neighborhood have rejected a special tax that would have funded maintenance for a proposed park. But two City Council members remain optimistic City Hall will find a way to build and maintain new parks in an era of austerity. The city is trying to build a $7 million universally accessible park on an empty field near Polk and Gettysburg avenues, west of Highway 99. The money, including a $5 million state grant, is secured. The park would be for everyone, but would include features for the disabled of all ages. 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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    Programs cut, tough decisions ahead for Tulare's Parks and Recreation department
    Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Budget reality hit home recently when Tulare Parks and Recreation commissioners saw the list of programs being dropped. Programs like Girls Night Out, soccer camps, Bunco and Eggstravaganza are on the chopping block. Maintenance is being asked to do more with less and the city's skate park is also in danger of being closed. "We've reached the breaking point now where we need to make some decisions on what we maintain and how we do it," Interim Recreation Director Bill Wagenhalls said at the first post-budget monthly commission meeting. More

    Rancho Simi Park District receives 3 state-level honors
    Ventura County Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As the assistant general manager of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, Ed Hayduk is honored to have been recently named Outstanding Professional by the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts for his extensive and significant contributions to the communities of Simi Valley and Oak Park. "It's always nice to be honored. However, I am fortunate that my job generates, for the most part, positive feedback from the public," Hayduk said. "If you really care, people seem to notice. Nothing is better than seeing our residents playing on green, manicured fields. It's what it's all about." More

    Great Western Park & Playground

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    California State Parks Foundation announces second round of grants to keep state parks open
    Benicia Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The California State Parks Foundation has announce it will award 10 grants totaling $247,520 to organizations that are working to keep state parks from closing due to budget shortfalls. This one-year commitment is one of many serious steps the 43-year-old foundation is taking in response to the crisis of park closures across California's state park system. More

    Unsung heroes in California's state parks
    NRPA Now    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For the past 18 months, the media has counted down the days to the planned closure of up to 70 of California's state parks on July 1. Well, Doomsday arrived, but in a somewhat surprising turn of events virtually all of the parks slated to close remain open. More

    Yosemite National Park seeks volunteers for Habitat Protector Program    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    RVers heading to Yosemite National Park this summer might want to put in a few hours working as a Habitat Protector of Yosemite (HaPY) Volunteer. The park's Resources Management and Science Division and Facilities Management Division announced they are seeking help from interested people to assist in preserving and restoring the natural resources in Yosemite Valley. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Here is a very easy one to do: End your outgoing voicemail message with Parks Make Life Better!®. Staff Report of the Week: Riverside declares July as Parks Make Life Better!® Month
    Click here.

    Thank you to Paul Anderson, City of Redding Parks Superintendent, for writing a great editorial about the vital role parks and recreation plays in a community.

    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.

    Ordinance prohibiting distribution of food and clothing
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    Andre Pichly, City of West Sacramento, asks, "Does anyone have an ordinance in place that prohibits the distribution of free food or clothing in public parks? If so, I would love to get a copy of it and hear about any challenges to the code." More

    Taking 'senior' out of your center
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    Lydie Gutfeld, City of Irvine, asks, "City of Irvine is seriously considering renaming both senior centers and removing the 'senior' out of the location title. I have been tasked with the job of finding a 'best practices' model. Have any of your organizations attempted to do this with remodels or with new buildings? What was the process? Was there major outcry from senior community? Was there support? Did you survey? Please help me find the best practice solution to this problem!" More

    Join the Parks Make Life Better!® 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


    Planning assistance available from National Park Service
    Do you have an outdoor recreation or conservation project that might benefit from planning assistance? The National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Progam may be able to help. Click here.

    After-school programming webinar
    Save the date for a Active Living Research webinar, Increasing Physical Activity in After-School Programs, from 10:30-noon PT on Aug. 8. After-school programs have the potential to help children accumulate up to 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day, which would satisfy half of the national recommendation for daily physical activity. This free webinar will provide recommendations for how programs and policies can better support physical activity in after-school settings and provide examples from national and local efforts. For more information or to register, click here.

    Cycling is good business
    Business Cycles: Catering to the Bicycling Market documents evidence showing that cycling has positive economic impacts on a community. This report provides an in-depth analysis of the full range of benefits to the business community that could be attributed to cycling infrastructure (e.g., bike lanes, bike parking stations). It can help guide planning decisions by alleviating fears among business owners that installing cycling infrastructure will interfere with a car-dominated shopping landscape. Click here.

    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.

    Creating a healthier community
    The Active Design Guidelines provides architects and urban designers with a manual of strategies for creating healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces, based on the latest academic research and best practices in the field. Click here to read more.

    New grant opportunity
    Earn $15,000 or $30,000 to create a joint use agreement to open locked playgrounds in your community! Thanks to generous support from Dr Pepper Snapple Group, KaBOOM! will award $15,000 and $30,000 Let's Play Joint Use Grants to support the opening of school playgrounds to the public during non-school hours. Apply today!

    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.

    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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