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What does it mean to you to serve on the CPRS State Board?
Monya Jameson, Superintendent of Recreation & Community Services, Chico Area Recreation and Park District

"After my three year term as President Elect, President and Past President of District 2 ended in March 2012, I was looking forward to taking some time away from volunteer service. When I received the announcement that the Region 1 Representative position was recently vacated, I hesitated to submit my nomination. Like many of us, I was concerned that I would not have the time. However, I had to ask myself this question: 'Where would I be without those who devoted their precious time to serve on the CPRS state board over the course of my career?' The answer: CPRS has contributed to my professional success, and it is my turn to 'pay it forward.' So here I am today, Region 1 Representative."

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 Academy 'call for sessions' participation proposal
The Teen Academy is part of the CPRS annual conference held each March and sponsored by the CPRS Youth Development Committee. Youth and youth advisors 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. 6, CPRS District 3 Fall General Membership Meeting, click here for details
  • 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. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m., CPRS No-Host NRPA Congress "Meet Up" at the Territorial Saloon Sports Bar, Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
  • 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. 7-9, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register
  • 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


    Documents: California parks officials were looking to spend while shortchanging parks
    The Sacramento Bee    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The state Department of Parks and Recreation routinely searched for ways to spend extra money each June despite facing the threat of park closures and forgoing upkeep at its 278 properties, based on newly released transcripts from an internal investigation. Testimony from 30 interviews with state employees portrays parks administrators who appeared to have the opposite problem from one long described by Gov. Jerry Brown: excess cash left over and not enough ways to spend it. More

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  • The parks scandal: Why it matters (North County Times)

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    The parks documents: The Elsie Brenneman interviews
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The California Natural Resources Agency recently released more than 1,000 pages of interviews, adverse action notices and reports that detail a covert employee leave buyback program at the Department of Parks and Recreation during the summer of 2011. Natural resources issued the documents online in response to media requests after The Bee broke the story of the leave cash-out program, which spurred a subsequent revelation that parks squirreled away millions of dollars while also threatening to close facilities due to extreme budget pressure. More

    California parks aides used 'Katrina codes' to pay managers overtime
    The Sacramento Bee via McClatchy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California parks officials apparently used obscure payroll codes intended for wildfires and disasters such as Hurricane Katrina to turn vacation time into overtime pay for managers, the state controller's office testified. The state payroll system generally blocks managers from receiving overtime, said John Hiber, the state controller's chief operating officer, at a Senate oversight hearing. But override codes exist for rare cases such as Department of Forestry and Fire Protection employees fighting wildfires or emergency workers providing disaster relief. More

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    Will California privatize its parks? China Camp marks radical change
    New America Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Standing on the beach, it would appear as though nothing has changed at China Camp State Park. Children still wade into San Pablo Bay, north of San Francisco. And visitors to the park's museum, learn of the camp's historic importance as a Chinese shrimp-fishing village in the 1880s. But China Camp is in the middle of its most significant transition since it was purchased by the state in 1976, for its historic preservation. This month, the State of California transferred operational responsibility for the park to a nonprofit organization. The rangers' pay, maintenance costs and even liability insurance will no longer be covered by the state. More

    Who's swell on wheels? In turf tussle, die-hard skateboarders diss scooters
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Skateboarders often thumb their noses at the rules. At the local skate park here, some teens defy park guidelines by skateboarding without a helmet or safety pads. But there was one rule many liked to see enforced: that Scotts Valley Skate Park be used for "skateboards, in-line skates and roller skates only." More

    Walking rates in America improve but still pitiful
    Streetsblog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    There's a new report out from the Centers for Disease Control that finds nearly 40 percent of American adults had not walked for a 10-minute period in the previous seven days. Yikes. Believe it or not, that's an improvement over the 2005 results, when just over half of all Americans had found the time and energy for a 10-minute walk in the course of a regular week. More

    Conservation practice: Parks limit spray showers
    Times Ledger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a citywide effort to reduce water consumption, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection has teamed up with the city Parks Department to retrofit the Glendale playground's spray shower with a two-minute cutoff to limit water flow — the first of 400 to be retrofitted across the five boroughs. "Water is one of the city's most precious resources, and it's important that we conserve it wherever we can while also enhancing opportunities for New Yorkers to enjoy water outdoors," said DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland. More

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    Balboa Park's grand reopening
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Balboa Park, dedicated in 1910, was a destination spot on San Francisco's southern side for generations of children. Thanks to a wave of efforts, including a recently completed $3.5 million renovation, it is once again. Over the years, the park had fallen into disrepair. Playground equipment wore out and rusted. A photo taken a few years back showed the swing sets broken, their chains looped over the top bar, a seat dangling high in the air. A massive tree limb lay on the ground nearby. While it still remained a destination for teams playing on its baseball diamonds or soccer field, the general areas of the park were no longer a draw. More

    Walnut welcomes new parks and rec commissioner
    Walnut Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The City of Walnut's Parks and Recreation Commission has a new face. James Swartz, a marketing professor at Cal Poly Pomona, has been selected to fill a vacancy on the commission. The Walnut City Council made it official, voted unanimously to appoint Swartz to the post. Councilman Antonio "Tony" Cartagena, who along with Councilwoman Nancy Tragarz, served on the selection committee that interviewed Swartz said he was very impressed with the new addition's accomplishments. More

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    Valley children show obesity can be overcome
    The Fresno Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In California's central San Joaquin Valley, where more than 40 percent of fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders are overweight or obese, it's easy to overlook the children who have toned up and slimmed down. But they're proof that childhood obesity can be beat, and they have lessons to share. Fresno Parks and Recreation's free, six-week Healthy Lifestyles Fitness Program is one example of overcoming obesity through community-based programming and education. More

    5 amazing parks in the sky
    Care2    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When a railroad becomes defunct, what happens to the tracks and stations left over? All too often, they are abandoned to overgrowth and rot. However, in a few special cases, the community takes the railroad structures and turns them into a unique new public space, fit for the enjoyment of all. This slideshow, compiled via The Huffington Post and Guest of a Guest, offers a glimpse of a few of those unique converted railroads. 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 into department planning documents (i.e., master plan, strategic plan and marketing plan).

    The City of Sanger added the Parks Make Life Better!® logo between the Police and Fire Department's logos for the back stop to their dunk tank used during the National Night Out event. Is that subliminal messaging that shows we are as essential to the 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.

    Synthetic turf signage, policy and procedures
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    James Carson, Livermore Area Recreation & Park District, asks, "LARPD is installing two fields of synthetic turf and would appreciate examples of the following:
    • Have you adjusted regular turf policy and procedures to accommodate synthetic turf OR have you written it from scratch with a separate Synthetic Turf section?
    • Signage wording including what is allowed and not permitted on turf. How many signs (size) and where they are posted including inner and outer fencing?
    If you already have completed such items, any examples would be greatly appreciated."

    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


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    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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