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The CPRS State Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the 2013-2015 Board. Members who internalize the mission, values, and promise of the profession and who have demonstrated a commitment of the profession of parks and recreation are encouraged to consider becoming part of the team that leads your "member" organization. Click here to read the complete job description of the board positions, the "Invitation to Join the Board of Directors Sheet" that gives some information/requirements and to access the 2013 Board Interest Form. Also, please feel free to contact Mark Mariscal, CPRS Vice-President, regarding any interest you or another potential candidate may have at 310-548-7643.


  • Aug. 5, Inaugural CPRS District 11 Lifeguard Relays, click here for flier
  • Aug. 7, CPRS District 3 Professional Development Symposium on Inclusive Play, 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. 14, CPRS District 1 Annual Golf Tournament
  • Sept. 14, CPRS District 2 Equipment & Expo Show
  • 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


    Sacramento scandal could affect Solano parks    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Benicia leaders reacted with disbelief and waited for more revelations after learning that the California Parks and Recreation Department had apparently sat on more than $50 million while starving the city's iconic state parks of operating funds. The state's parks director and a top assistant already have left their jobs and more departures could be in the offing, but local officials are waiting to find out whether the cash-starved Benicia State Recreation Area and Benicia Capitol State Historic Park will be in line for sorely needed cash infusions from the discovered money. More

    Related articles:
  • Jerry Brown calls parks scandal a 'first,' downplays significance (The Sacramento Bee)
  • With State Parks scandal, questions about closure decision (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
  • Man central to California parks department scandal says he told superiors about surplus funds (The Sacramento Bee)
  • What can California voters expect after state parks scandal? (KCRA-TV)

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    A new era of epidemics: How parks and green infrastructure protect public health
    The Trust for Public Land    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Cholera. Typhoid. Americans no longer contend with these public health menaces, but during the 19th century, they were a dire fact of life. You might credit modern medicine and antibiotics for eradicating these illnesses, but in fact, the true hero was public infrastructure: services like garbage disposal, sewage sanitation, and water treatment, which cleaned up the widespread filth that harbored germs and disease. More

    Study: Lack of exercise as deadly as smoking
    Mental Health Hub    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When it comes to being couch potatoes, Americans aren't alone. Physical inactivity has become a global pandemic, say researchers in a series of related papers published in the journal Lancet. According to one of the reports, lack of exercise causes as many as 1 in 10 premature deaths around the world each year — roughly as many as smoking. More

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    Grover Beach moves to ban smoking in city parks
    Santa Maria Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Smokers won't be able to light up in Grover Beach parks or on adjacent sidewalks if a proposed ordinance is adopted at the next City Council meeting. The council approved the first reading of the proposed ordinance after revising it to eliminate a proposed exempt zone at Ramona Garden Park. Under the initially proposed ordinance, smokers would have been allowed to light up near the Transit Center on the south side of the park. Staff noted that area is heavily used by drivers and passengers who smoke while waiting for buses to arrive and depart. More

    Poll: Conservation is patriotic and has bipartisan support
    The Nature Conservancy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Nearing the Fourth of July in the highly partisan atmosphere of a presidential election year, The Nature Conservancy released a bipartisan national poll showing that at least one issue is widely supported by Americans across the political spectrum: the conservation of our nation's land and water. And, the bipartisan team of pollsters note, from "tea party Republicans to liberal Democrats, more than 4-in-5 American voters say that conserving our country's natural resources — our land, air and water — is patriotic." More

    Increasing participation in recreation programs
    Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The past few years have been a mixed bag for the recreation industry. The recession brought with it budget cuts that forced many recreation departments to get creative. Throw in a culture shift that focuses on competition and being the best, technological advances that put instant access to digital entertainment right at users' fingertips, and where do recreation programs fit in? More

    Innovative Yet Low-Risk Park Design
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    Study: Teen drinking highest in Laguna, Santa Ana
    The Orange County Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Orange County is an overall healthy place to live, but a new report examining everything from teen drinking rates to park space shows that some cities are faring significantly worse. For instance, Orange County teens experiment less with alcohol than their peers statewide. But students living in Laguna Beach and Santa Ana exceed the state average by 7 percentage points. More

    Therapeutic recreation plays role at summer camp
    High School Journalism Institute    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Some children were working on crafts, while others chased one another through the room of a summer camp in rural, southern Indiana, screaming and laughing. It never would come to mind that these joyful campers were part of a high-needs camp called Opportunity RoX. More

    Urban Forest Project aims to map city trees, show their value
    Rapid Growth    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    That large tree in your yard is worth some money. Next time you're raking leaves, try to remember that. More than 1.5 million trees exist within the Grand Rapids, Mich., city limits. Each of these trees provides value to the community and thanks to the new Urban Forest Project, that value can now be measured in dollars. More

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    Inland Empire Kids Outdoors celebrates 4th anniversary
    Children & Nature Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Southern California's oldest family nature club celebrated its fourth anniversary July 24. Inland Empire Kids Outdoors was founded in 2008 by a group of families who were interested in connecting their families to nature and the outdoors. Since then, Inland Empire Kids Outdoors leaders have hosted more than 350 outings and the group has grown to include nearly 800 families. More

    Los Angeles park reopens as 'symbol of sustainability'
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Los Angeles City Hall park that was used — and some would say abused — by Occupy L.A. protesters last year reopened July 19 after a $1 million rehabilitation. With a smaller lawn and native succulents and salvias, the park will need one-third less water than it did before the demonstration, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, making it a "symbol of sustainability." More

    Build it and they will bike
    Mount Shasta Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A "trail of dreams" for local mountain bikers Andrew Braugh and Shawn Raley, who spent three years making their dream a reality, is taking shape on the slopes of Mount Shasta. Named the Gateway Trail because it offers access to the forest from town, the shared-use trail is open to mountain bikers, hikers, runners, dog walkers, and equestrians. The Trailhead and new parking lot are 0.9 of a mile past the Mount Shasta High School on the right of Everitt Memorial Highway. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Do a Google search for "Parks Make Life Better" to see what other agencies are doing with the campaign (or how high up your agency's campaign ranks).

    The City of Huntington Beach has fully joined the Parks Make Life Better!® campaign. As of publication, they have done the following:
    • Adopted July as Parks Make Life Better!®; Month.
    • Hosted a Parks Make Life Better! Photo® contest (see photo at right), which drew more than 50 photo submissions expressing how parks make life better in Huntington Beach. The top four submissions, as voted on by the Parks Make Life Better!® committee, were honored at the Community Services Commission Board meeting and awarded with a city beach parking pass and their photo on the cover of the HB Sands recreation brochure. All contest participants we given a Parks Make Life Better!® T-shirt for their participation.
    • Implemented a policy where staff (recreation leaders) wear Parks Make Life Better!® staff shirts all month and will continue to wear them on Fridays.
    • Included Parks Make Life Better!® wherever possible including championship youth sports photos and in the City of Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade.
    • Produced a Parks Make Life Better!® video.
    • Created the email address for information and contest submissions.
    Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages to Jane H. Adams,


    Congratulations to Karin Morgan who is retiring from the City of Brawley's Parks and Recreation Department. Click here to read an editorial from the Imperial Valley Press.

    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.

    Transgender bathroom use at public facilities
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    Allison Van Guilder, City of Turlock, asks, "We are researching to see what the best practices are in terms of managing this issue. When single-stall unisex or family restrooms are not available and the only option is a multistall men's and women's, how have you determined who can use which facility? Do you base it on what sex the individual identifies with or their biological make up? Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you." More

    Time clocks: To punch in or not to punch in
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    Victoria Reyna, City of Fontana, asks, "The City of Fontana currently is researching the age-old question: Should Recreation and/or Community Services staff punch in (time clocks)? Could you provide me with information as it pertains to your agency?" More

    Can we get to 400 before year's end?
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    Welcome the cities of Fremont, Union City and Gridley to the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign. To date there are 309 local park and recreation agencies, 30 companies and four colleges/universities using the logo, key messages and brand promise. Help us achieve our goal of 400 before the end of the year. More


    Programs and Policies to Get Kids Active Outside of School Time
    Interactive Web forum to take place 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 8. Click here.

    Need youth statistics to back up presentations, budget requests, and staff reports?
    Check out the easy-to-read and printable county-based Child and Teen Health Profiles on topics ranging from exercise, fast-food and soda consumption, and more from The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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