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We've made it easier to brag about your favorite programs and facilities. The 2012 CPRS Awards Program now has a new Website designed to make it easier for you to submit your award entry. The award deadline is Dec. 20. Visit to start your award application now. Award program categories include:
  • Creating Community
  • Excellence in Design
  • Excellence in Marketing & Communications
  • Champion of the Community
  • Professional Awards of Excellence


  • Nov. 8, CPRS District 3 The "Yes... and" Approach to Recreation, click here to register
  • Nov. 15, CPRS District 9 Charting the Course Fall Training, click here for more information
  • 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, click here for flier
  • March 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, Pre-conference brochures will arrive in the mail this week.
  • March 8, Teen Leadership Academy, click here for "Call for Sessions"


    CPRS seeks Parks Make Life Better!® ideas for new Pinterest board
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    CPRS is building a Pinterest board for Parks Make Life Better!® Please send photos that depict or highlight the Parks Make Life Better!® brand to Pass this to others in your area who have been using the brand in creative ways.

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    Walking the walk: City leaders from Southeast LA lead by example with health competition
    California City News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Several city officials from local governments in Southeast LA are showing that if you're going to talk the talk, then you have to walk the walk. That's right, while it might be easy to talk about improving the health of one's community, being an active participant is much tougher. But elected and appointed leaders from cities in Southeast LA are leading by example with a friendly competition that will track endurance, weight, and BMI levels among the participants. More

    Long Beach has started creating quick, cheap public plazas
    Curbed LA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Long Beach is racing ahead of Los Angeles in the parklet department — their most recent coup is Park[d] Plaza, which converts part of a parking lot into a public space (and somehow manages to add a parking space in the process). Nonprofit design studio City Fabrick partnered with the city to add "a bright yellow color palette, street furniture, and large stenciled infographics representing facts and data about the neighborhood and development of the new open space" to the 2,250-square-foot site in LB's East Village. More

    California Land Management
    We have been providing a cost effective alternative method of providing security and maintenance services in city and county parks for over 30 years. Current and past clients include a wide variety of local, state and Federal agencies, private companies and non profit land trusts. For information call 6500-322-1181 or email

    Should Imperial Beach keep its Sports Park?
    Imperial Beach Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Sports Park employees, Imperial Beach Little League and some teens have been passionate about this issue. The city may hand control to an outside entity to save money. Imperial Beach Patch asks Imperial Beach City Council candidates what they think. More

    16 council candidates in 3 Peninsula cities scramble for money in final election push
    Contra Costa Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Sixteen council candidates seeking a grand total of seven seats in Menlo Park, Atherton and East Palo Alto are furiously raising and spending thousands of dollars in a scramble to get the most votes on Election Day. In Menlo Park, where an incumbent and four challengers are running for two seats on the city council, Catherine Carlton is the top fundraiser, according to campaign finance documents that were due Oct. 25. 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.

    Wildomar residents to decide fate of park tax
    The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Although voters have previously said no twice, Wildomar once again is asking its residents to consider a parcel tax to fund maintenance of its three parks. On Nov. 6, Wildomar's 14,621 registered voters will be asked to decide the future of Measure Z, a $28 annual parcel tax for upkeep, utilities and equipment at Marna O'Brien Park, Windsong Park and Heritage Regency Park. In order to pass, the measure needs two-thirds of voters to support it. More

    State parks department moves closer to Montaña de Oro entrance fee
    The Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The possibility of having to pay for the privilege of using Montaña de Oro State Park moved closer to reality, although it is far from a done deal. The Board of Supervisors, on a 5-0 vote, changed its agreement with the State Parks in a way that allows the department to move forward with plans to charge admission. Should everything move forward, people entering the park by car in a few years could end up paying $5 a day and $25 a year for a pass. Those who enter on bike or on foot would be exempt, as would be people who do 40 hours of volunteer work a year at the park. More

    Chico runs pilot project for pet waste bags
    Chico Enterprise-Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's pay it forward, poop-bag style. The City of Chico is running a pilot project to see if dog owners can take the lead on providing pet waste bags in city parks and other public spaces. The goal is to take the cost off the city while still facilitating encouragement for people to pick up after pets. "It's still definitely test mode," said Dan Efseaff, park and natural resources manager. "Talking with other folks who have done this before, once it catches on, it seems to do pretty well." More

    Designing spaces to enrich communities
    Providing landscape architecture and park design services to public agencies for over 20 years. MORE
    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

    Pleasant Hill recreation district borrowing $300,000 to furnish new teen, senior, community centers
    Contra Costa Times via San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District will take out a loan to furnish the new senior, teen and community centers. On a 3-2 vote, the board agreed to borrow $300,000 through the California Special Districts Association. The recreation district will repay the loan over seven years at 4.25 percent interest with annual payments of $50,500. The district can retire the loan early without incurring penalties. Sandra Bonato and Cecile Shepard voted no. More

    Obamas fans of TV show 'Parks And Recreation'
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    President Barack Obama and his family watch "Parks and Recreation" together as a family. The president talked to TV Guide about his TV favorites — "Homeland," "The Wire" — and revealed that he and Michelle watch NBC's "Parks and Recreation" with daughters Malia and Sasha. "When our family gets together to watch TV, we usually watch shows like 'Modern Family' and 'Parks and Recreation' because they give us a good laugh," Obama said. 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 to your agency/department website. Include a letter from your mayor/department head and testimonials from your staff and customers.

    The Parks Make Life Better!® logo made an appearance at the Cosumnes Community Services District's Harvest Festival.

    CSU Long Beach created a new curriculum brochure for its Community Recreation focus. They thought the best logo to capture it was the Parks Make Life Better!® logo.

    Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages to Jane H. Adams,


    Lisa Jorgensen, Ph.D, California State University Sacramento, Recreation, Parks & Tourism Department, recently was named the 2012 Outstanding Teacher for the College of Health and Human Services. Congratulations Lisa!

    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.


    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


    New training from CPRS right at your desk
    Introducing: DEPR – the 2013 CPRS Desktop Education Webinar Series
    What is CPRS Desktop Education? This is a NEW monthly webinar series 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 that allows YOU to schedule as many staff as you desire to attend the webinar! CEUs are available.

    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. Learn more here.

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