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Born between 1982 — 1991? CPRS invites you to share your opinions and thoughts
CPRS invites members born between 1982 — 1991 to participate in a focus group Monday, Sept. 10, 1:30 to 3 p.m., in Long Beach (Westin Hotel). To respond to emerging needs and trends facing our members, the CPRS Board of Directors invites you to share your thoughts and opinions about CPRS, the profession and your career in parks and recreation. No preparation is needed!

Your feedback will give the CPRS Board of Directors valuable opinions, ideas and suggestions to shape the future of your professional organization. If you are available that afternoon and can travel to Long Beach, please email Janet Albritton at to RSVP. CPRS will follow up with the address and additional details.

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.


  • 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


    Strengthening community ties with parks
    Voicewaves via Speak City Heights    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    On the weekend of July 6, youth from throughout California gathered at the Media Arts Center San Diego for a journalism boot camp hosted by The California Endowment. With mentoring from KPBS's Jose-Luis Jimenez, attendee Jesus Hernandez produced a radio report examining the relationship between city parks and the residents of one San Diego neighborhood, City Heights. More

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    Just Try It program marks its 1-year anniversary
    EMC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    September will be the one-year mark for the Just Try It Program, presented by the Town of Carleton Place Recreation and Culture Department. This new program, introduced last year, has had overwhelming success in giving residents of Carleton Place an opportunity to try many new/different recreational programs in the community, free of charge. More

    Yucaipa City Council rejects special event fee increase proposal
    News Mirror    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Yucaipa City Council rejected staff's proposal to increase a special event application fee from $12 to $35. Director of Community Ser­vices Robert Lennox announ­ced that 25 special event applications were processed last year. In addition to a fee increase, Lennox requested the council a­pprove an ordinance amendment to regulate the temporary special events in the city of Yucaipa, which included changing the threshold to 200 from 250 people to require a special event permit. More

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    New parks open as part of Los Angeles' larger green-space campaign
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attended a ribbon cutting recently for two new parks where foreclosed homes once stood in South L.A. He says they're the first of what eventually will be more than 50 new parks for the city. More

    BMW helps parks via 'X1 Restore the Outdoors' program
    U.S. National Parks via Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    BMW of North America launched the "X1 Restore the Outdoors" social media program in Seattle in August. The program is designed to help protect and preserve outdoor places and spaces — including parks, beaches, forests and recreational locations across America — by donating $1 for every Facebook like received. More

    9 reasons parks and recreation should team with tennis groups
    The Macon Telegraph    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Reduced budgets, smaller, overworked staff and shortened hours of operation press parks and recreation departments into exploring various methods to make ends meet. When it comes to tennis, though, developing relationships with local community tennis associations can help a recreation department save money, increase programming, fill tennis courts and open the doors for grants and scholarships. More

    Park watering raises mosquito concern
    American Canyon Eagle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    American Canyon's Community Park II has been having a water problem. Parts of the popular recreation area have been swampy, with standing pools, while other sections have been dry. Park neighbor Lisa Lindsey pointed out the problem to city officials, claiming that continued watering and mowing by the city has created the problem and is helping foster a breeding ground for mosquitoes. More

    Balboa Park reopens after hefty upgrades
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Balboa Park, the 100-year-old park that has long served the children of southern San Francisco, recently received a $3.5 million dollar makeover. The park had fallen into disrepair in recent years. Although many patrons still use its baseball and soccer fields, the playground equipment was no longer safe and general areas lay abandoned. The park reopened in August after a long restoration project financed by public and private dollars. 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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    Prescription for healthier humans: More time at the park
    The Dirt via Grist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "Parks are a part of our health care system," said Daphne Miller, a professor of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. These green spaces are crucial to solving hypertension, anxiety, depression, diabetes — the "diseases of indoor living." But parks officials and the medical profession still need more data to take aim at the many "naysayers on the other side" who don't believe in what landscape architects (and many urban residents) value, Miller said. Luckily for all of us, a few scientists are doing innovative research, trying to capture that data. More

    California opens Los Angeles River for recreation, education
    KPCC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that expands public access to sections of the Los Angeles River. The measure requires Los Angeles County Flood Control to open the river gates for education and recreation. The agency will decide when and where doing so won't interfere with water conservation and flood control. More

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    TrueLine now does complete renovations and building of courts. See our splashpad surfaces! We continue to offer tennis court, basketball and other game court surfacing. MORE

    Lodi parks hit by string of vandalism; repairs strain city budget
    Lodi News-Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    City staff is fed up with a string of vandalism at Lodi parks that is putting a strain on an already tight budget. On Aug. 19, vandals at Katzakian Park set a fire in a trash can, torching the bathroom. Earlier this summer, people pulled down dusk-to-dawn security lighting in the youth area of Lodi Lake. The city had just finished an $8,000 repair after the same thing happened two months prior. For now, city staff's only solution is security cameras placed in parks. More

    Hantavirus outbreak at Yosemite considered 'unprecedented'
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Health officials described the outbreak of hantavirus at Yosemite National Park as rare as the park took steps to warm the public. Jana McCabe, a Yosemite park ranger, called the hantavirus outbreak "unprecedented." "We take this extremely seriously," she said. "We want to know what's going on." After learning that a Pennsylvania visitor's death was caused by hantavirus, Yosemite officials sent emails to those who stayed in the "signature tent cabins" in Curry Village between mid-June and late August, said park spokesman Scott Gediman. Letters were sent to visitors whose email addresses were not on record. 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).

    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.

    Metal slide warning signs
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    Philip Lopez, City of Lakewood, asks, "Does anyone use warning signs for metal slides that might be too hot to use during hot days?" More

    Dog costume parade
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    Cindy Coelho, City of Oakley, says, "I am contemplating adding a dog costume parade to our annual Harvest Festival and wondered if anyone had experience with this type of activity — along with any helpful tips that you may have." More


    The Foundation for Youth Investment awards $325,000 of grant funds to 19 organizations dedicated to getting youth outdoors
    Nineteen program grants were given to promote outdoor accessibility and offer leadership opportunities to economically disadvantaged and underserved youth. Find out more.

    New website unveiled
    The Department of the Interior recently unveiled a redesigned website to direct users to 90,000 locations on Federal lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, waterways, forests and recreation areas.

    The new site is a fresh presentation of interactive content that engages the public in new ways, including:
    • Explore Trip Ideas: Interactive maps that help visitors find points of interest on public lands, when planning trips to major cities.
    • Go Lists: Highlights of places to go, events and activities at Federal sites across the U.S. These include themed ideas, such as "Day Hikes for Weekend Warriors" and "Civil War 150 events."
    • Discover Great American Adventures: In-depth articles and destination spotlights that feature experiences found only in America.


    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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