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Spend your holidays in the park: Tickets available for Six Flags
CPRS and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom have joined together to offer discount tickets to you for Six Flags Holiday In the Parks between Nov. 23 and Dec. 30. Featured will be more than 1 million lights, holiday-themed shows, Santa's Workshop, Snow Hill, and your favorite rides. CPRS receives $2 for every ticket sold. See how to order your tickets here.

Monthly training delivered to your desktop! Begins January 2013
Registration now open!
If you've ever wished you had the time or money to get you, your staff (or even your boss or commissioners) to more CPRS workshops/conferences, then here's some news you can use! Topics will include: Preparing for the Future, Priority Management, Marketing Planning, Staff Performance, Social Media Strategies, Contracting for Maintenance, Revenue Development, Staff Motivation, Conflict Resolution and so much more. Learn more here.


  • Nov. 28, CPRS District 10 Training, click here for flier
  • Dec. 3, CPRS District 11 Development & Operations Golf Tournament, click here for registration form
  • Dec. 5, CPRS District 13 Holiday Cheer Social, click here for flier
  • Dec. 7, CPRS District 3 The "Yes... and" Approach to Recreation, click here to register
  • Starting January 2013, DEPR – CPRS Webinar Series, click here fore more information
  • March 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for more details
  • March 8, Teen Leadership Academy, click here for "Call for Sessions"


    California Aquatics Management School asks: Do service animals get rescued at swimming pools?
    Include Me! News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Recreation Accessibility Consultants Inc. President John McGovern recently spoke at the California Aquatics Management School. In one session regarding policy issues arising out of the new Title II and Title III ADA regulations, he was discussing the issue of service animals in swimming pool water. An ocean-front aquatics manager asked him a question that stumped him: Does the service animal get rescued, and if the answer is yes, where can lifeguards get training on animal rescues? More

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    Indoor trampoline parks spring up throughout Southern California
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Indoor trampoline parks are springing into action throughout Southern California, along with leaping games of dodge ball, highflying basketball and rigorous calisthenics. Just ask Akory Coates, who lived out his basketball dreams for an hour recently at a Sky Zone trampoline park in Torrance. He jumped, he twirled in the air, his fingertips grazed the rim and he made four baskets. Not an easy feat for a 9-year-old, but a series of trampolines beneath his feet gave him all the lift he needed. More

    Man accused of tagging Burbank parks he was paid to keep graffiti-free
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    A man has been accused of tagging public parks in Burbank he was paid to keep graffiti-free. Enrique Medrano, 53, was arrested on burglary, fraud and vandalism charges. Police said the ex-employee of Graffiti Protective Coatings defaced various parks more than 100 times and got cash to clean it up. Medrano reportedly billed the city $2,200. More

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    Ex-Marine general to head California parks department
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    An expert in drafting battle plans has been appointed to lead the California Department of Parks and Recreation out of the trenches of its recent financial scandals. Gov. Jerry Brown appointed retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Anthony Jackson as state parks director. Jackson, 63, served in the Marine Corps for 36 years, most recently as San Diego-based commander of all Marine Corps bases in the Southwest. He also served two years in Iraq as assistant chief of staff for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. More

    Recession sparks slump in national park visits
    USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Contrary to the assumption that cash-strapped tourists flock to U.S. national parks during a recession, a new University of Georgia study ties a decline of nearly 10 million visitors since 1998 to a lousy economy. Though overall park visitation has dropped to about 280 million, the decrease hasn't been uniform, note researchers at UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Catholic University of Korea's department of economics. More

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    Not a public park, but a 'people-powered' one
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The waterfall that is the best-known feature of the Bohemia Ecological Preserve is currently nothing more than a picturesque spill of bone-dry rocks. The shaggy grasslands that carpet the preserve's rolling terrain are a parched golden brown. But as Craig Anderson, 51, leads a group of hikers up gravel roads toward a hilltop campground, the fact that the landscape is at something less than peak splendor after several rain-free months does little to diminish his enthusiasm. And why should it? In California's economic climate — also fairly parched — Bohemia Ecological Preserve is that rarest of specimens: a recently opened park. More

    What theme park pass costs $2,500?
    The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Remember back in May when Disneyland raised its annual passes to a top price of $649, creating shock and awe among Southern California residents? It was easy to assume that $649 was the ceiling, but there is a Southern California attraction that charges much more for its top membership package. It's Legoland California. The Carlsbad property offers an "Ambassador Resort" membership for $2,500. More

    US health clubs contemplate a move toward European-style design
    Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A number of different forces are at work suggesting a fresh vision is coming of how an American fitness club ought to look. Economic pressures are leading independent club owners toward boutique-style up-selling of higher-end services and a renewed focus on customer care. Group exercise and functional training appear to be enduring trends that — along with the mainstream acceptance of and enthusiasm for yoga and its many Westernized variants — are altering the balance of many clubs' program offerings. 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

    A day in the park: Low maintenance leads the trends
    Landscape Architect Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Park design, like any other task, involves some give-and-take. Landscape architects, members of parks and recreation departments, and vendors face emerging environmental standards, shrinking budgets and municipal belt-tightening, evolving needs of stakeholders and users and dwindling plots of green space in dense urban areas. In these tough economic times, low-maintenance projects top the trends in park design. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Share your personal experiences with others as they happen on Facebook.

    The City of Redding sent us this photo of full-time parks staff sporting their new "safety green" jackets with 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,

    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.

    Medi-Cal reimbursement?
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    Sara Lamnin, Hayward Community Action Network, asks, "Are RT services reimbursable under Medi-Cal?" Please post your answer here.

    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.


    October trendSCAN
    If you check out only three trends, these are the ones: Aging Americans and Impact on Communities, Inside Insight into Millennials, and the New World of Work. Click here.

    Increasing youth physical activity
    The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Mid-course Report: Strategies for Increasing Physical Activity Among Youth is now available for public comment until noon Monday, Dec. 10. You may download the report here. This report summarizes evidence-based intervention strategies for increasing physical activity in youth ages 3 to 17. The report describes interventions for increasing activity in several key settings where youth live, play and learn. Of concern to parks and recreation are those recommendations in the school and community settings.


    Free workshops: Using data about children in your work
    Learn how to find and use data on children's health and well-being for planning, community and policymaker presentations. This free, one-day workshops will be held in Anaheim (Dec. 5) and Los Angeles (Dec. 11), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    At the workshops (for beginners and intermediate users), you'll learn how to formulate data questions, interpret results, export data for analysis, and use your findings in reports, presentations, proposals, and policy/program planning. Attendees will learn how to obtain data for every county, city, school district, and legislative district in the state.

    These workshops are sponsored by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

    Anaheim (Dec. 5): DeVry Anaheim University Center — register here.
    Los Angeles (Dec. 11): California Endowment Conference Center — register here.

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