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Register for the 2013 conference by Oct. 31 for early-bird rates
Early-bird registration for the 2013 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference in San Jose, March 5-8, ends Oct. 31.
Why attend? It benefits you!
  • 100-plus different training session to choose from
  • 200-plus companies providing technical advice and one-stop shopping for products and services
  • Mix-and-mingle opportunities where you can connect with peers and share ideas
  • Opportunities to build skills and professional networks for you and your co-workers
  • Opportunities to direct your career path
  • Opportunities to formulate strategies to respond to economic pressures, or adapt to a rapidly changing workplace
You can register by downloading the early-bird flier here or you can register online here.


  • 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. 12-16, CPRS Maintenance Management School, click here to register
  • Nov. 15, CPRS District 9 Charting the Course Fall Training
  • Nov. 15, CPRS District 12 November Workshop, click here for flier
  • 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"


    CPRS endorses 2012 Assembly and Senate candidates for November election
    CPRS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Advocacy is more than supporting or opposing legislation. Advocacy also includes knowing the candidates before they become a policy maker so you can make an informed decision at the ballot box. Starting in 2006, CPRS's Legislative Committee undertakes a candidate endorsement process. Each Assembly and Senate candidate receives a Candidate Endorsement Questionnaire. The Candidate Endorsement Task Force carefully reviews each application received and then determines if CPRS will endorse or remain neutral on that candidate. More

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    CPRS rocks the NRPA Congress in Anaheim
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    NRPA's National Congress for Parks & Recreation comes to California infrequently, so when it does its big! We saw many CPRS members actively participating as speakers, room hosts, local hosts, and at our CPRS "meet up" Wednesday night!

    CPRS gives a high-five to Terry Lowe, Director, Anaheim Community Services Department, who served as the 2012 NRPA Congress Local Host. We appreciate the work that Terry and his Local Host team did to make the Congress a hit for everyone!

    CPRS District 10 members and agencies did an awesome job organizing and supporting our national release of Parks Make Life Better!® We distributed hand fans, signs, tumblers, stickers, informational cards, and koozies to more than 1,000 delegates before and after the general session on Tuesday. We appreciate the great display of Parks Make Life Better!® apparel throughout the Congress. We thank Alana Kaleikini for organizing us! ADvisors Marketing also promoted and sold Parks Make Life Better!® products and merchandise.

    California agencies named finalists or national award recipients
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    Congratulations to the following California agencies for being a finalist or receiving a national award at the recent NRPA Congress for Parks and Recreation in Anaheim:
    • Finalist National Gold Medal Award (Class II): Conejo Recreation & Park District, Thousand Oaks
    • Barb King Award for Environmental Stewardship: County of San Diego Department of Parks & Recreation
    • Kudos Award for Marketing Campaign: OC (Orange County) Parks
    • National Partnership Award: Los Angeles County Department of Parks & Recreation, South Agency
    • Facility Design Award (Class 1): San Leandro Recreation & Human Services Department - Senior Community Center
    • Recognition of Significant Efforts (ROSE Award): Bill Campbell, Santa Ana Cornelius Amory Pugsley Award: Pete Dangermond, Sacramento

    California Land Management
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    Promoting physical activity — But is it safe to go outside?
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Dr. Martin Fenstersheib, director of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department in California led a session on safe outdoor activity for children and adults at the 2012 Public Health Law Conference. NewPublicHealth spoke to Fenstersheib about what is keeping our communities from safely getting outside to play — violence, blight and communities built for cars — and solutions grounded in evidence-based public health law. More

    Weed pulling provides full-body exercise
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A self-described "weed warrior," Sue Duckles combined her love for hiking and gardening into a hybrid hobby — removing invasive weeds from wilderness parks. It all started when she cleared ivy from her own backyard, restoring it into a beautiful oak woodland. Having seen volunteers working on habitat restoration during her hikes in the East Bay regional parks, Duckles decided to join them when she retired two years ago. She now volunteers almost every weekend. "While I didn't take this up specifically for its exercise benefits, it has proven to be an outstanding fitness activity," she said. 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
    Got Surfacing? Safe*Resilient* Accessible
    Playgrounds are designed to meet age appropriate challenges. Playground safety is paramount and ReadyPlay can be part of your safety program. Installation services available.

    L.L. Bean customer feedback program leads to $1 million donation to National Park Foundation
    Bangor Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    L.L. Bean and 1 million of its customers have accomplished their goal of donating $1 million to the National Park Foundation's America's Best Idea program. L.L. Bean launched its "Million Moment Mission" in January of this year and invited U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to its Freeport, Maine, campus in June to bolster the effort. L.L. Bean challenged its customers to compile 1 million outdoor "moments," including stories and photos of customers using its gear for outdoor adventures. More

    Army Corps of Engineers waives fees at campgrounds on Veterans Day    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The Veterans Day fee waiver program — which began in 2006 and requires only verbal confirmation of service — has proven to be immensely popular. The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches. More

    Study: Natural playgrounds more beneficial, inspire more play
    Tennessee Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Children who play on playgrounds that incorporate natural elements like logs and flowers tend to be more active than those who play on traditional playgrounds with metal and brightly colored equipment, according to a recent study from the University of Tennessee. They also appear to use their imagination more, according to the report. More

    Mayor pushing for public-private partnerships to maintain city parks
    WXIN-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is pushing a new initiative aimed at improving the city's parks through public-private partnerships. Budgets are tight, but the mayor wants to see that the parks are maintained and generating revenue. A partnership between the city and Marian University is being advertised as the ideal situation. More

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    TrueLine Game Court Building & Renovation
    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

    Berkeley targets homeless in proposed ban on sidewalk sitting
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Hardly a stranger to political movements, Berkeley is a city that has championed free speech, no nukes, the antiwar movement and now: no sitting on the sidewalk. During years of economic downturn, cities across the country have reported rising vagrancy and rushed to pass laws banning aggressive panhandling, giving food away in public parks and even smelling foul. This bastion of populist politics is no exception. The City Council and mayor have put a measure on the November ballot that would ban sitting and lying on commercial sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the risk of a $75 citation. More

    El Sereno: Community investment
    Parks & Recreation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For a community with a name that literally translates to "the serene one," the East Los Angeles neighborhood of El Sereno historically has lacked places to find such serenity. Despite the fact that El Sereno has among the county's highest percentage of residents ages 10 or younger, few community facilities exist to provide opportunities for play, exercise or just relaxation. Fortunately, thanks to a far-sighted mayor along with overwhelming support from several NRPA partners, individual donors, city officials and community activists, a new park is well under way that is eagerly anticipated to provide a much needed peaceful oasis in the middle of the busy community. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Post pictures of yourself or colleagues at work in your favorite park talking about how your job helps people have better lives on the Parks Make Life Better!® Facebook page.

    Usually in this spot we like to show examples of how agencies use the logo, key messages and brand promise to communicate with their communities. Today we want to share how individual members are using the logo personally.

    Wynndi Dahlin recently graduated from CSU Long Beach and added the logo to her graduation gown. We have reason to believe she must be a straight-A student.

    Parks Make Life Better!® — a brand promise for people of all ages! Staff at the City Gym and Pool in Huntington Beach created this Parks Make Life Better!® "onesie" to give as a baby-shower gift to their Recreation Supervisor, Gary Erickson. They believe that the brand promise is relevant for people of all ages, and are thrilled that even their smallest supporters can help them spread the word.

    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.

    Responsibilities of contracted instructors during an emergency/disaster
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    Anna Bielecki, City of Gilroy, asks, "I am looking for any language in contracted instructor contracts/handbooks pertaining to responsibilities of contractors regarding students/participants during a disaster (earthquake, fire or flood in a building, etc.). As city employees, we are mandatory disaster service workers, but we are looking for anything in writing pertaining to contracted instructors obligations to participants in an emergency/disaster. Thanks so much for any assistance." Please post your answer here.

    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.


    Funding alert for greening projects
    The California Natural Resources Agency will administer the last of three rounds of a competitive grant program for urban greening projects and plans. Program guidelines are available at the SGC website and at the CNRA website. Five workshops will be conducted to provide technical assistance regarding project eligibility, competitiveness, and grant application preparation. All entities wanting to apply for project grants will be required to submit a concept proposal (online process) in order to receive an invitation to submit a full application. The form wizard will be available online in February 2013.
    • Sacramento – Oct. 30
    • Pasadena – Nov. 1
    • San Diego – Nov. 8
    • Richmond – Nov. 13
    • Anaheim – Nov. 15
    FY2013 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Guidelines - Request for Proposals, U.S. EPA (deadline Nov. 30, 2012)
    • Communities may use these grants to facilitate community involvement in developing an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse on a catalyst site and other high-priority brownfield sites.
    • Grants as much as $200,000 will be awarded for a two-year project period.
    • Guidelines and submissions may be accessed at


    How to Assess the Built Environment for Physical Activity and Assessing the Nutrition Environment, Built Environment Assessment Training Institute (free online training)
    The introductory built-environment assessment course provides training on how to assess streetscapes, parks, and trails for physical activity. The in-depth nutrition environment course provides training on how to use the National Environment Measures Survey tools developed to assess the nutrition environments of stores and restaurants using NEMS-S (NEMS for stores) and NEMS-R (NRMS for restaurants), respectively. Click here.

    CPRS announces new webinar series subscription for 2013
    DEPR, the 2013 CPRS Desktop Education Webinar Series, members-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

    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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