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What does it mean to you to serve on the CPRS State Board?
Last week's quote was from Darin Loughrey, City of Irvine. This week's quote (below) is from Angie Avery, City Manager, City of Los Alamitos.

"Running for office and subsequently being elected to serve on the CPRS Board of Directors was one of the best choices I've made in my professional career. I was exposed to new ideas, best practices and thought-leaders from throughout the state. I rubbed elbows with CPRS staff who are held in highest regard throughout the nation for their model of advocacy, education, resources and networking in support of the recreation profession. Beyond incredible professional growth, I made great friends, with whom I share a love for recreation."

If you have an interest in serving on the CPRS State Board of Directors for 2013-2015 Board, please 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, 310-548-7643.

Teen Development Leadership Academy 'call for sessions' participation proposal
The Teen Development Leadership Academy is part of the CPRS annual conference held each March and sponsored by the CPRS Youth Development Committee. Youth and youth advisers take part in this learning event to practice leadership competencies based around youth development principles and practices. Participants take back tremendous resources to their youth group each year, enough to duplicate any or all of the components learned from this Academy. The "call for sessions" is the first planning component of the Academy experience. Please return completed electronic session proposal no later than Sept. 7. Click here to download.


  • Aug. 23, CPRS District 13 Meet & Greet, click here for flier
  • Sept. 12, CPRS Region 4 Mini Conference, click here for flier
  • Sept. 14, CPRS District 1 Annual Golf Tournament click here for flier
  • Sept. 14, CPRS District 2 Equipment & Expo Show, click here for flier
  • Sept. 18 at 2:15 p.m., CPRS Cool Tool Tuesday Webinar "Positioning Youth Sports Administrators as Professionals," click here to register
  • Sept. 19, CPRS District 9 Golf Tournament, click here for flier
  • Sept. 24-26, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for registration form
  • Oct. 2, CPRS District 3 Fall Institute
  • Oct. 2 at 2:15 p.m., CPRS Cool Tool Tuesday Webinar "What's Happening on Your Fields," click here to register
  • 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


    The park and recreation department of the future: What will it look like?
    CPRS    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    CPRS has been hearing stories of departments re-organizing into all kinds of configurations. Parks now in public works, recreation now in administrative services, personnel or libraries. These reorganizations are a result of retirements, realignment or downsizing. If your agency has undergone restructuring of any kind, we'd like to talk to you. Please send an email to with a brief description of what is going on in your agency.

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    Testimony: State lawyers knew of California parks department's surplus
    The Sacramento Bee via McClatchy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Lawyers at the highest levels of state government knew the California Department of Parks and Recreation was sitting on millions in surplus money as early as April, months before it was officially acknowledged, according to testimony submitted in a civil lawsuit. Cheryl Taylor, budget officer at the parks department from 2008 to 2011, submitted the declaration as part of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by another former parks employee, Adure Renee Velazquez. Velazquez, a former personnel manager, alleges in the pending suit that Manuel Thomas Lopez, the department's former deputy director of administrative services, joked about sexually obscene behavior in a work setting even after she objected. More

    California auditor to probe parks department
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California's independent auditor will undertake a months-long investigation into the troubled state parks department after a bipartisan committee of state lawmakers unanimously approved the probe. The department has been under fire since state officials acknowledged last month that the agency had been sitting on $54 million in hidden funds, even as it asked the public to donate money to keep 70 parks from closing. Days before that revelation, The Sacramento Bee revealed an unauthorized vacation buyout program at the agency that cost taxpayers $271,000. More

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    Epic water gun fight may be cause of damage to Balboa Park lily pond    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A midnight water gun fight at Balboa Park in San Diego attended by thousands of participants may be responsible for causing the lily pond to drain resulting in deaths of several koi fish and destruction of plants. More

    California vacationers contract hantavirus possibly linked to Yosemite    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The recent confirmation of two California vacationers sickened by the rodent-borne virus hantavirus has prompted California health officials to advise the public to take precautions to prevent exposure to the virus that causes HPS at their places of residence, work and recreation. According to a California Department of Public Health news release, public health officials believe the two recent patients, a man and a woman, might have been exposed to mice droppings or urine that contained hantavirus while vacationing at Curry Village in Yosemite National Park. 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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    Visualizing the National Park System as a subway map
    Co.Exist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. National Park System is a sprawling patchwork of mountains, greenery, canyons, geysers, and all other manner of outdoor attractions. This is a good thing. But with more than 50 parks spread across the country's expansive land mass, it can be difficult to remember sometimes that even if you're an avid park-goer, you're probably missing out on at least a handful of them. The Sierra Club makes it all seem so easy with this subway map of national parks. If only they were all just a subway stop away. More

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    How to get children moving
    The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Researchers from National Jewish Health in Denver followed 83 families who had signed up for a family intervention program aimed at preventing excessive weight gain in overweight children ages 7 to 14. Families received pedometers and were asked to increase their daily step counts by about 2,000 — roughly a mile. What do the results show? More

    National Park Service to celebrate 96th birthday
    National Park Service via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. National Park Service is inviting the public to help celebrate its 96th birthday Aug. 25. The NPS and the National Park Foundation have set up a special birthday website where national park fans can send anniversary greetings or upload stories, pictures, and movies about a treasured visit to one of the nation's 397 national parks. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Add the Parks Make Life Better!® logo, branding messages and the brand promise to your agency/department website. Include a letter from your mayor/department head and/or testimonials from your customers.

    Rim of the World Recreation and Park District marketed Parks Make Life Better!® at its 33rd Annual 5K/10K Run through the Pines. A local high school track team was happy to show off their shirts.

    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.

    Licensing of recreation buildings/early-childhood recreation programs
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    Anna Bielecki, City of Gilroy, asks, "A situation has just recently come to our attention regarding contractual instructors who are teaching children ages 3–5 years, being required to get licensing for the Recreation buildings/facilities where the classes are being instructed. In the past this has never been an issue, as we have been 'exempt' because the classes have been deemed recreational. Has anyone come up against this type of situation/possible requirement, and if so, how have you handled it?" More

    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


    Grants for social change media projects
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    The Fledgling Fund seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, families and communities by supporting innovative media projects that target entrenched social problems. The Fund's creative media initiative provides grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. for film and other media projects that engage key audiences in efforts to affect positive social change. Grants typically fall in the following broad areas: Environmental Justice, Girls' Empowerment and Women's Leadership, Health and Wellness, Economic Justice and Systemic Poverty, Educational Experiences, and the Justice System. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is Sept. 17; invited applications will be due Nov. 14. Visit the Fund's website to learn more about the application process.

    New MAP-21 transportation law: A guided tour
    American Trails

    Under the new authorization, dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs such as Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes To School is eliminated. A new program, "Transportation Alternatives," will receive about $780 million for a variety of eligible bike/ped facilities, rails to trails, "safe routes for non-drivers," and "community improvement activities." The new program is about a 26 percent reduction from the current funding for enhancements and similar programs. Learn more about the new funding programs here.

    Revitalize your neighborhoods, communities
    The practice of developing or redeveloping parks and open spaces, which become catalysts for revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, is spreading throughout the United States. Check out "Rejuvenating Neighborhoods and Communities through Parks: A Guide to Success," a recent publication from NRPA that offers great insight, case studies and resources. Download your copy today by clicking here.

    Cool Tool Tuesdays! CPRS and NAYS webinars
    Join us Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 for a webinar series on "Positioning Youth Sports Administrators as Professionals" and "What's Happening on Your Fields." Click here to learn more.

    Maintenance Management School Regents invite you to register
    Curriculum planning has begun for our first year, second year and grad forum focusing on personal development. The school takes place the second week in November at Lake Arrowhead. Registration is open for the 2012 Maintenance School. Scholarship applications are due Sept. 1. Click here for the scholarship application. Regent contact information can be found our Web pages; just click on the year you are interested in and give the lead regent a call!

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