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What does it mean to you to serve on the CPRS State Board?
Anna Bielecki, Recreation Coordinator, City of Gilroy

"I truly believe that Park & Recreation services are essential to every community. As a Park and Recreation professional, I feel fortunate to have an organization like CPRS that strives to unite us and spread our very important message. By being a part of the CPRS State Board of Directors, I have been able to give back to an organization that has given me so much. It has also allowed me to meet a talented group of individuals and learn from their expertise, be part of thought provoking and forward thinking discussions and to simply have fun. I encourage each and every one of you to consider running for a position on the State Board. I guarantee, you won’t regret it."

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.


  • Sept. 28, CPRS District 9 VP Social – Dodger Game, , click here for details
  • 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. 4, CPRS District 10 Mentoring Workshop, click here for flier
  • Oct. 6, CPRS District 10 Recreation Leader Training Consortium, Click here for registration flier
  • Oct. 12,CPRS District 1 Fall Workshop and BBQ, Click here for more information
  • 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. 17, CPRS Aging Section SoCal Senior Symposium, click here for brochure
  • Oct. 24-26, CPRS Aquatics Section California Aquatic Management School, click here for brochure
  • Nov. 2, CPRS District 4 2012 Bay Area Institute, click here for brochure
  • Nov. 5, 7 & 9, CPRS Save the Date! Administrators Section Financial Sustainability Workshops
  • Nov. 7-9, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for brochure
  • 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


    'Lifeguards gone wild' video gets 14 fired
    Aquatics International    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    At least a dozen California lifeguards are receiving more attention than they anticipated, and so is their employer, the city of El Monte, Calif. Media reports indicate 13 guards and a supervisor were fired last week for filming what's been dubbed a "lifeguards gone wild" music video spoof at the city's aquatic center. The video has gone viral with nearly 500,000 hits at this writing. MORE

    Related item: Councilman: 14 lifeguards fired for 'Gangnam Style' spoof should get jobs back

    Playful adult activities gain popularity
    Nimble Pixie    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "Let's face it, most of us dread going to the gym," said Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard Medical School professor who directs the Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital. "The point is to make physical activity fun, easy and accessible, so it's the normal thing to do." More

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    Cities can have health promoting park systems through beauty and great design
    City Parks Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    To promote physical activity and mental development, parks need great playgrounds. To make trails and walkways welcoming, parks need excellent horticulture. To lure tourists and other first-time visitors, parks need art, visual excitement and high-quality workmanship. More

    Parks are part of our health care system
    The Dirt    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "Parks are a part of our health care system," said Dr. Daphne Miller, a professor of family and community medicine, University of California. The more someone spends outdoors, the less likely they are to suffer from mental or physical disorders. More

    Park and recreation board losing its longest-serving member
    Thousands Oaks Acorn    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In the early 1960s, Thousand Oaks distinguished itself from other cities along U.S. 101 with its grassy knolls, sprawling farmland and tranquil atmosphere. More than 50 years later, the community of more than 140,000 people is home to 42 parks, more than 15,000 acres of open space and hundreds of special programs and amenities. More

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    We offer “COMPLETE” inspection tool kits to do the job right!; Warning & Information LABELS to comply with ASTM, CPSC, and ANSI laws; 3rd party safety audits w/advice on inexpensive modifications to comply with ASTM and CPSC laws; Expert Witness services for litigations; Design/Planning services; Safety Manuals; Safety Courses.
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    California bill could keep parks open
    KNSD-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Some of California state parks that faced closure when the governor announced budget cuts last year might be saved with a new bill passed by California lawmakers. If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Bill 1478 would delegate a portion of the $54 million recently discovered in a surplus fund in July back to the California Parks and Recreation Department. The bill also would prohibit the department from closing or proposing closure of state parks in the next two years. More

    Fixing park eyesores via smartphone photos
    Watsonville Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    What do you do when you happen upon a washed out trail or graffiti on a picnic bench while hiking in your favorite park? Well, now it's as simple as snapping a photo with your smart phone and uploading it to a State Parks website. More

    The parks investigation: The final report
    The State Worker via The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Here's the final state investigators' report on the leave buyback scandal at the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The report is among the more than 1,000 pages of interviews, adverse action notices and audits released by the Natural Resources Agency that detail a covert employee leave buyback program at parks during the summer of 2011. More

    California park pairs agriculture, urban life
    The Packer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When A.G. Kawamura was appointed California secretary of agriculture in 2003, the third-generation grower-shipper was unsure about the future of the family-owned Orange County Produce LLC, Irvine, Calif. Ever-rising production costs had prompted Kawamura to consider moving the Southern California operation to Oxnard, Santa Maria or even Mexico. But that has changed, thanks in part to the locally grown movement and Kawamura's involvement with the Orange County Great Park, Irvine. 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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    Playgrounds are designed to meet age appropriate challenges. Playground safety is paramount and ReadyPlay can be part of your safety program. Installation services available.

    Threat to California's natural treasures
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Robert E. Doyle writes, "Park agencies, park rangers and in particular the California state parks system always have enjoyed a high level of public trust and credibility. But the disclosure that state park managers hid funds from the taxpayers has damaged that trust and angered the public, especially park supporters. Yes, hiding the funds was a breach of public trust, but the revelation and the political fallout it caused have not changed the state parks' root problem: a decade of neglect." More

    Yosemite hantavirus: Employees may be surveyed for mouse-borne illness
    The Associated Press via The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California public health officials want to survey workers at Yosemite National Park to determine whether they were exposed to a deadly mouse-borne virus, a park spokesman said. The California Department of Public Health recently proposed to take a voluntary survey of workers to contribute to the park's understanding of the rare virus and the recent disease cluster, Yosemite National Park spokesman John Quinley said. More

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    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 to your agency's and foundation's social networking pages (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc.)

    At a community event, the City of Folsom asked people to express through drawings "how parks make their life better." Here is Tami's submission.

    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.

    Dollar value of a volunteer hour
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    Darin Budak city of Bakersfield, asks, "We are in the process of documenting the dollar value of the hours the various groups donate to our department. What figure does your department use?" Please answer his question in the forum here.

    Radio controlled planes and cars
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    Aaron Adams, city of Temecula, asks, "Please provide any information or examples of park policies, ordinances, resolutions, etc., regarding the operation of Radio Controlled (RC) planes and cars in city parks." Please answer his question in the forum here.


    ArtPlace is a collaboration of major foundations, federal agencies and financial institutions dedicated to accelerating creative placemaking across the United States. ArtPlace believes that art, culture and creativity expressed powerfully through place can create vibrant communities, thus increasing the desire and the economic opportunity for people to thrive in place. Grants and loans are provided to collaborations involving arts organizations, artists and designers working with local and national partners to produce a transformative impact on community vibrancy. Priority is given to projects that enjoy strong local buy-in and will occur at places already showing signs of momentum, integrate with a community's economic development and community revitalization strategy, and have the potential to attract additional private and public support to the community. ArtPlace gives some emphasis to applications from selected localities; however, applications are encouraged from urban and rural regions all across the U.S. Letters of inquiry will be accepted from September 17 through November 1, 2012. Visit the ArtPlace website to download the application guidelines (ArtPlace).

    Georgia-Pacific Foundation
    The Georgia-Pacific Foundation supports a wide range of nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in communities where Georgia-Pacific operates, and where company employees live and work. (Information on Georgia-Pacific facilities and locations is available on the company's website.) The Foundation has identified the following key investment areas: education, including job readiness and literacy; community enrichment, including affordable housing, cultural and safety programs; environment, including resource conservation and clean air/clean water; and entrepreneurship, especially among youth, women and minorities. Grant applications must be submitted by Oct. 31. Visit the company's website to take the required online eligibility survey (Georgia-Pacific Foundation).

    California Wildlands Grassroots Fund
    The California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, supports nonprofit organizations that show a demonstrated ability and commitment to conserve California's natural landscapes, ecosystems, plants and wildlife. Grants averaging $1,000 to $3,000 are provided to small nonprofit organizations that are advocating for the protection of intact wildlands on both public and private lands in order to help preserve California's wilderness and native biological diversity. Priority is given to geographic or issue areas that have not received significant financial support in the past, including rural communities and other regions without easy access to financial and political support. Requests are reviewed quarterly; the final application deadline for 2012 is Nov. 15. Online application guidelines are available on the Rose Foundation's website (California Wildlands Grassroots Fund).


    Don't procrastinate any longer — Apply now for a student scholarship!
    Applications are being accepted for California Foundation for Parks and Recreation scholarships. Approximately 20 scholarships will be awarded to junior, senior and graduate-level students majoring in recreation, parks and leisure studies. Click here to download the 2012 form.


    Thriving in this New Economy — a Financial Sustainability Workshop hosted by the CPRS Administrators Section
    Long-term service and financial sustainability is dependent upon aligning and communicating transparent and objective processes to decision makers and the public. The storm has passed, join us to identify lessons learned, tips for success and pitfalls to avoid as you move forward. We've got three state-wide locations the first week of November—register—it's a great investment! Nov. 5, 7 and 9. Click here for more information.

    What's Happening On Your Fields Webinar
    Join us for a webinar on Oct. 2, Click here to learn more.

    Learning in Afterschool & Summer: Key Features in Quality Programs That Promote Children's Learning
    This free webinar will offer a brief overview of the history of afterschool programs in America. Presenters will go on to discuss the five critical principles of learning that are being promoted by the Learning in Afterschool & Summer (LIAS) project and the research behind them. These principles are being used increasingly by CDE and program leaders to define "engaged learning" and "quality extended learning opportunities."
    Oct. 4 — Click here to register.

    Learning in Afterschool & Summer: Putting the 5 Learning Principles into Action
    This free webinar will focus on each of the five LIAS learning principles and discuss strategies that programs can use to put these principles into practice. The presenter will review how the LIAS observation rubric can be used to launch a program improvement effort that allows programs to better promote the learning of their participants. Youth leaders will discuss how they have used the rubric to assess their own programs.
    Nov. 7 — Click here to register.

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