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CPRS announces new webinar series subscription for 2013
DEPR, the 2013 CPRS Desktop Education Webinar Series, member-only registration opens Nov. 1 — only 40 spaces available!

What is CPRS Desktop Education? This is a NEW webinar series that includes CEUs beginning January 2013 for park and recreation agencies to keep staff skills sharp without leaving the office. This webinar series includes monthly 60-minute, substance-heavy, "Make and Take" webinars, all for one annual price. The subscription price is for single Internet access, which allows YOU to schedule as many staff as you desire to attend the webinar!

CPRS members or member agencies $199 per year
CPRS nonmembers or nonmember agencies $299 per year

Space is limited for the first 40 people OR agencies who register. CPRS members and member agencies are given a priority registration window. If you are interested, please send an email to Leslie Fritz at


  • Nov. 2, CPRS District 4 2012 Bay Area Institute, click here for brochure
  • Nov. 2, CPRS District 8 Annual Conference – Build a Better Tomorrow, click here for details
  • Nov. 5, 7 & 9, Administrators Section Financial Sustainability Workshops, click here for details
  • Nov. 7-9, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for brochure
  • Nov. 12-16, CPRS Maintenance Management School, click here to register
  • Nov. 15, CPRS District 9 Charting the Course Fall Training
  • Nov. 15, CPRS District 13 Meeting: Special Events Tips from a "Parks" View, click here for flier
  • Nov. 16, CPRS District 7 Central Valley Workshop, click here for details
  • Nov. 16-18, CPRS Educators Section CalSPRE, click here for registration form
  • Nov. 28, CPRS District 10 Training, click here for flier
  • Dec. 5, CPRS District 13 Holiday Cheer Social
  • March 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, early-bird registration ends Oct. 31, 2012
  • March 8, Teen Leadership Academy, click here for "Call for Sessions"


    El Monte Council agrees to re-hire lifeguards dismissed over parody video
    California City News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It seems even the El Monte City Council can't resist the charms of "Gangnam Style," the wildly popular music from Korean rapper Psy, as the city council directed staff to rehire 14 lifeguards who were dismissed for filming a parody of the music video. Hundreds swarmed a council meeting last month calling on the council to re-hire the young lifeguards, and a Facebook movement added to the controversy. Even the rapper pleaded with the city to re-hire the lifeguards during an interview with MTV. More

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    Los Angeles recreation center director accused of embezzling
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The director of a Los Angeles city recreation center is facing felony charges after she allegedly stole up to $15,000 from the facility, including lunch money from children in her care. Carol Brandt, 47, who served as the director of the Montecito Heights Recreation Center northeast of downtown from 2008 to 2011, was charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds. More

    Ocotillo Wells superintendent placed on leave
    U-T San Diego    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Superintendent Kathy Dolinar of the popular Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area has been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is conducted concerning shredded documents found behind the park's headquarters. California Department of Parks and Recreation spokesman Roy Stearns confirmed a report in The Sacramento Bee that the investigation revolves around documents that were found to have been shredded last month after a departmentwide directive went out this summer not to destroy any paperwork. More

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    State parks will get some needed, though temporary, relief for budget cutbacks
    Contra Costa Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Two recently approved legislative bills may be a godsend for state parks which were targeted for closure due to the state's budget woes. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills that will mandate funding for a hidden $20 million in the state Department of Parks and Recreation coffers and mandates funding and oversight to a number of parks. Some park officials, however, are saying the amount will be only a temporary bandage for the already-struggling facilities. More

    'Sitting while homeless' — a crime amid new regulations
    The Associated Press via The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Cities have long struggled with how to deal with the homeless, but new ordinances in Orange County echo what homeless advocates say is a rash of regulations nationwide as municipalities grapple with how to address those living on their streets within the constraints of ever-tightening budgets. The rules may go unnoticed by most, but the homeless say they are a thinly veiled attempt to push them out of one city and into another by criminalizing the daily activities they cannot avoid. 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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    Chipmunk found with plague in South Lake Tahoe
    Reno Gazette-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Public health officials are warning local park visitors after a chipmunk was found with plague near the entrance of the Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe. Warnings have been issued for Taylor Creek, Tallac Historic Site and Camp Richardson Resort.The Forest Service also is asking the public to report any sick or dead animals immediately. The California Department of Public Health, with assistance from El Dorado County Environmental Management and Vector Control, will be trapping and testing rodents in the area. More

    Benicia waterfront park plan set to move forward
    Vallejo Times Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Benicia officials are recommending the $152,669 contract for the waterfront park project be awarded to the Planning Center /DC&E, an urban planning and design firm with offices in Berkeley. Last December, the city approved a grant agreement with the California Coastal Conservancy for up to $140,000, which required the city to provide a $20,000 cash match. The proposed planning process would include community outreach and input from a community advisory panel, city officials say. 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

    2012 Facility of Merit Winner: East Oakland Sports Center
    Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Boasting one of the few recreational natatoriums in the country for underserved populations, the East Oakland Sports Center was lauded by the judges both for its design and for what it means to the community it serves. The project has a long history: The architect began working to bring it to fruition since 1999, when the city and then-city council president identified Ira Jinkins Park as the future site of a new community recreation and aquatics center. Although popular, the park, like the neighborhood in which it was located, suffered from blight and crime, and local youths had few opportunities to access recreational facilities. More

    Lawmakers propose changes to Utah's concussion law
    Deseret News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Lawmakers proposed a change to Utah's concussion rule that would exempt property owners, including cities, from liability. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, is seeking to modify the Protection of Athletes with Head Injuries Act, to put organizations in charge of their own events, regardless of where they are held. He presented the changes in a recent Health and Human Services Interim Committee meeting. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Write a brand-based article in an upcoming activity guide/program brochure.

    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.

    Scholarship program
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    Olivia Lemen, City of Calistoga, asks, "We are looking to establish a new scholarship program for our entire department. I am curious about other scholarship programs out there:
    • What is your criteria?
    • What is your approval process?
    • Do you have a guiding policy on how funds are spend?
    Currently, we provide sponsorships for sports teams — dwindling in support — and various programs ask for money directly. I want to consolidate and centralize 'asks' to minimize impact to our community." Please post your answer here.

    Park and facility naming policies
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    Anna Bielecki, City of Gilroy, asks, "The City of Gilroy is currently in the process of reviewing our existing Parks and Recreation Facilities Memorial Recognitions, Gift and Sponsorship Policy. Part of this policy addresses requirements necessary for renaming an existing park or facility in memory of an individual to commemorate significant community contributions. It would be helpful for me to see what policies other cities have in place to administer this type of effort. If your municipality has a policy for naming or renaming new or existing facilities, I would greatly appreciate an electronic or PDF version. Thank you." Please post your answer here.


    The National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program's Facebook page rounds up grant opportunities every two weeks. Check out the most recent posting for grants. You also can follow the page so you'll never miss a grant highlighted there.

    Youth Garden Grants - National Gardening Association
    Youth Garden Grants are awarded to schools, community organizations and Park and Recreation agencies with child-centered garden programs. Priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements:
    • integration of content standards
    • nutrition connections
    • environmental awareness
    • entrepreneurship
    • social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning
    Deadline: Dec. 3


    Teen Leadership Academy planning has begun for the state conference
    CPRS District 4 Youth & Teen Recreation Services will coordinate our annual March Teen Academy, and it's time for agency's youth leaders to teach their peers a skill in San Jose. Bring your youth to the Academy and submit an educational session for consideration. Please use this form; deadline is Nov. 9. Watch for the Teen program registration packet on our conference website in November.

    Thriving in this New Economy: A financial sustainability workshop hosted by the CPRS Administrators Section
    When: Nov. 5, 7 and 9
    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 have three statewide locations the first week of November. Register — it's a great investment! Click here for more information.

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