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Recreation Providers Opinions Needed
The Delta Protection Commission is updating the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Recreation Inventory. The goal is to reach every recreation and tourism provider that operates in the Delta, in order to identify all facilities and services, and to understand the challenges and goals these organizations face. If you manage or own recreation/tourism facilities or provide recreation/tourism opportunities within the boundaries of the legal Delta, you are invited to complete the Delta Recreation Providers Survey ( by Dec. 23. Please direct any questions to Cheryl Essex at California State Parks: (916) 445-8814 or
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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Recreation Supervisor, Vacaville, California Click here for details.

CPRS Forum Highlight
E-Cigarette Regulations at Parks
Due to health and fire safety aspects, bans on cigarette smoking in parks have become more widespread. As a result, park users are increasingly turning to the use of e-cigarettes (AKA "vaping"). Does your park/agency have rules and regulations regarding the use of e-cigarettes, and if so do they differ between indoor and outdoor use?

The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, has a ban on smoking at all parks due to fire concerns. Does your organization have such bans?

Please reply to the forum, or email me directly at Your input is greatly appreciated. Jackie Nelson, District 6

Pre-Qualification for Catering Companies
With the growing number of Catering companies on the City of Coronado's Community Center approved catering list, I'm interested to see if any city municipalities in the state of California have pre-qualification requirements for catering in their community centers, banquet halls or recreation facilities. Any information or input would greatly be appreciated! Click here to leave your response.

Commercial Usage of Park Space
We have been told by CPRS members that the following is one of the top 10 issues trending right now in Parks and Recreation in California. We'd like your feedback in order to share current practices with all CPRS members! Please respond to KAISA MILLER, CPRP, about the following items related to user groups utilizing parks for monetary gain with or without fees or permits?
  • Please name user groups you have applied fees for use/created contracts with
  • Please name user groups you have partnered with in order to provide the service to the community
  • Please send electronic documentation such as agency policies, ordinances, contracts or practices in this area and the date when these practices or policies were put into place?

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    California parks: System sadly deteriorating as it hits 150 years old
    San Jose Mercury News
    The National Park Service will celebrate its centennial in 2016 and has multiple programs funded through the Budget Act and partnership agreements to commemorate this noteworthy anniversary. Not so for California State Parks. The state budget is silent regarding the department's sesquicentennial, and the department has struggled to raise money to support celebrating its anniversary.
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    City-owned golf courses struggle as sport's popularity wanes
    South Bend Tribune
    Addressing the possible sale of Elbel Golf Course, South Bend, Indiana, Deputy Mayor Mark Neal made no secret of the fact it and the other two city courses, Erskine and Elbel, remain stuck in the rough financially. "We are not breaking even on our golf operations right now," Neal said last month. "And that's without any capital investment."
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    PCFSN Community Leadership Award
    President's Council in Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
    The President's Council Community Leadership Award is given annually to no more than 50 individuals or organizations that provide or enhance opportunities to engage in sports, physical activity, fitness, or nutrition-related programs within a community. Know a person or organization that meets these criteria? Nominate them using the form enclosed.
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    Artwork flows at Arroyo Vista Recreation Center
    Moorpark Acorn
    Work has been completed on an art project intended to beautify Moorpark's Arroyo Vista Recreation Center and showcase the natural beauty of the nearby Arroyo Simi. A large bronze toad greets visitors as they start up a winding 90-foot-long pathway embedded with 14 tile mosaics.
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    Riverside County Regional Park & Open-Space District
    The Community Foundation via The Press Enterprise
    Riverside County Regional Park & Open-Space District acquires, develops and manages a wide system of public areas which are scenic, recreational or have historic importance for the use of Riverside County residents. County Parks offers community members more than just the obvious community parks in their neighborhoods.
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    South Dakota city takes 'upcycling' to another level
    People don't typically think of upcycling an entire building. But that is just what happened in the City of Spearfish, South Dakota, when the city managed to transform an old box store into an indoor/outdoor recreation/aquatics center.
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    Santa in the Park offers variety for families
    The Arab Tribune
    If you have kids, take them to Santa in the Park at the Arab Historic Village at Arab City Park. If you don't have kids, find two or three, and take them. You'll get back more than the price of admission. Children, a park and Santa Claus go together very well. It's pretty much that simple.
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    Discount tickets Available at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Enjoy and Support CPRS!
    Don't miss your opportunity to purchase discount tickets to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in the months of November and December and support CPRS. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is donating $2 to CPRS for every ticket purchased between Nov. 8 and Dec. 28, 2014, when you use the promo code CPRS at the Six Flags website You can also download a flyer here and present it at the park. Among other events, you can be part of sleigh bells jingling, & ring ting tingling as the park celebrates its eighth annual Holiday in the Park on weekends from Nov. 28 to Dec. 14.


    The Department of Housing and Community Development is releasing $35 million for HCD's Housing Related Parks Program
    Grant funds shall be used for the costs of Park and Recreation Facility creation, development, or rehabilitation, including, but not limited to, the acquisition of land for the purposes of those activities consistent with the requirements set forth in Section 16727 of the Government Code. Program grant funds may be used for the following types of projects:
  • Costs to construct, rehabilitate, or acquire capital assets, meaning:
  • Costs incidental to but directly related to the construction or acquisition of a capital asset are allowable.



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