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Conference news you need!
The pre-registration deadline is Jan. 31. Get your paperwork in now!
Tell us How Parks Make Life Better! works — apply for Ignite!
Ignite sessions are scheduled at the San Jose conference from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7. Ignite is a style of presentation where participants are given five minutes to speak on engaging ideas from presenters who are already integrating Parks Make Life Better! into agency operations. Our Ignite format is up to 20 automatically advanced slides, quickly and effectively sharing ideas, tips, experiences.

DEADLINE DATES: Presentation ideas due Feb. 1; when selected, PowerPoint slides are due by Feb. 20. Ignite Coordinator: Leslie Peay, City of Daly City, or fax to 650-991-0303.

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.


  • Jan. 9, CPRS District 14 Leadership Academy, click here for details
  • Jan. 17, CPRS District 2 NCAMA Workshop, click here for details
  • Jan. 18, CPRS District 11 '80s Game Night Social, click here for flier
  • Jan. 23, CPRS District 10 Adaptive Recreation Roundtable
  • Feb. 2, CPRS District 10 Recreation Leader Training Consortium, click here for details
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 3 Awards and Installation Luncheon
  • Feb. 22, CPRS District 2 Awards and Installation Banquet
  • Feb. 28, CPRS District 4 Annual Awards and Volunteer Recognition Dinner
  • March 2, CPRS District 1 Awards & Installation Banquet
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for details


    MAHC Monitoring-Testing Code
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    The CDC Model Aquatic Health Code recently released another module that is open for public comment until Feb. 10. This module addresses water and air quality for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for pool and spa users and operators. It identifies activities and procedures that a pool and spa operator should follow to proactively evaluate the water and air quality in their facilities. It includes:
    1. Ensure water quality testing devices comply with existing standards
    2. Monitoring automated controllers and treatment systems for proper functioning
    3. Use of dye testing to evaluate pool circulation
    4. Procedures for collecting water samples from in-line same ports and from bulk pool water, including frequency and timing of sample collection
    5. Frequency of testing for specific water quality chemical parameters
    Tom Hellmann, CPRS Aquatic Section, Past President, writes, "Please read and review the module for understanding. I would very much appreciate any comments you have on this module that I can include in the comment from that will be sent to the MAHC Committee on behalf of the CPRS Aquatic Section BOD and membership. I would ask that you submit your comments to me via email before Jan. 25."

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    Imperial Beach releases statement on future of sports park, little league
    Imperial Beach Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Imperial Beach Mayor Jim Janney in a statement announced that the city wants the YMCA to manage its recreational center, but want to first sit down with baseball and softball leagues to come up with a "win-win decision for the community." Though no public vote or discussion has taken place about turning control of the Sports Park and Recreation Center over to the YMCA, the city has talked with outside entities about a possible takeover since this spring. More

    The trouble with selling health club memberships to seniors
    Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The boomers are coming! The American population is aging, and most have never been members of a health club. This represents a huge opportunity for your business. We started reading these exhortations in about 1992, and 20 years later, we're still reading them. Every year. Our question: Is there a health club owner alive who doesn't get it? Who wouldn't like a part of this business? And yet the needle has barely moved. IHRSA recently reported that "only 16 percent of individuals 66 years or older currently belong to a fitness center, and three-quarters have never been members." More

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    200-plus California parks employees overpaid
    The Associated Press via San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More than 200 state employees were overpaid more than $500,000 by managers who deliberately broke state rules at the troubled California Department of Parks and Recreation, according to a report by the state controller. The report is the latest blow to a department where employees were found last summer to have kept $54 million hidden in two special funds for more than a decade, even as dozens of parks faced closure. Results from additional investigations by the Department of Finance and state attorney general are expected in coming weeks. More

    Decades old Malibu Beach Esplanade Project re-emerges
    Malibu Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Malibu Parks and Recreation Commission is exploring the Malibu Esplanade Project, a resurrected plan from the 1980s to build a bike path and viewing platforms from the Malibu Pier to the Malibu Lagoon. In a unanimous vote, the commission voted to form a subcommittee made up of Commissioners Carl Randall, Graeme Clifford and Steve Parks to gather facts about the project and present them at the next meeting. More

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    Los Angeles children's museum is back on track
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A never-used, $21.8 million children's museum the city built next to Hansen Dam Recreation Center on Los Angeles' northern edge is back on track to become an attraction and an educational asset after years as a municipal white elephant. After more than two years of discussions with operators of the nonprofit Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, the City Council has approved putting an additional $18.1 million into the project, which will enable Discovery to equip the 57,000-square-foot San Fernando Valley site with environmental and other science exhibits. More

    Safety trumps confidentiality
    Parks & Recreation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Each summer, thousands of children participate in recreation at the Naperville, Ill., Park District, and the district hires approximately 200 teens to staff many of these programs. As a major employer of youth in Naperville, the district's practice of engaging teens is a win-win for youth and recreation. After a three-year journey, the district now is able to access confidential information concerning a minor's arrest or conviction on certain charges in order to maintain the safety of park visitors and other employees. More

    In focus: Healthy Choices Act
    IHRSA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In recognition of the importance of a multifaceted approach to combating obesity in American children and adults, Representative Ron Kind, D-Wis., has introduced legislation offering a wide array of options to address America's obesity epidemic. The measure, the Healthy CHOICES Act of 2012, is an updated version of comprehensive legislation introduced by Kind in 2010. It adopts an all-of-the-above approach to addressing obesity in America. 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

    Hundred-pound sturgeon hooked at Lake Del Valle
    Pleasanton Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A sturgeon caught recently at Del Valle Regional Recreation Area in Livermore has surpassed all records for fish caught at Lake Del Valle since its inception in 1948. Greg Howard of Livermore landed the sturgeon while fishing with anchovies in the park's Tarantula Cove. The sturgeon, which was caught and released, was more than 6 feet long, and weighed more than 100 pounds. More

    Great national parks lodges in winter
    USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Although America's national parks are primarily summer destinations — special places to hike, boat, fish, and observe nature under the warm summer sun — an off-season winter visit can be a unique and rewarding experience, with far fewer crowds and shorter lines. Several parks are even at their busiest when most of the USA is at its coldest. Everglades (Florida), Death Valley (California), U.S. Virgin Islands, and Hawaii Volcanoes national parks enjoy climates that are most desirable during the winter months. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Clarify and prioritize key target audiences as they pertain to the six key messages of the Parks Make Life Better!® campaign.

    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.

    Bullying policies
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    Gladys Kaiser, City of Long Beach, asks, "We are currently drafting a policy to address bullying in our parks and programs. If your agency has a policy in place or you are working on one, please send it to Gladys Kaiser, City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation, & Marine,"

    Lease and rental agreements
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    Jason Hemmens, County of San Diego, asks, "The County of San Diego is in the process of updating a lease and rental agreements with our licensed preschool and day-care providers and could use a bit of assistance. Do any of your agencies have agreements with licensed day care or preschool providers? If so, can you please provide contact information for someone in your organization that could assist with Q&A if need be." Please email Jason at

    Liability waiver for employees
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    Maria De Leon, City of Gilroy, asks "Beginning in January 2013, I will be facilitating a fitness class out of one of our City facilities during the lunch hour specifically for City employees. The class is free, will take place at noon and last 45 minutes. Our City Risk Manager is requiring that all class participants sign a liability waiver prior to attending the classes. Have any of your organizations prepared a waiver for a city employee to facilitate a class specifically for City employees that I can look at? Thank you!" Please email


  • 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
  • Starting January 2013, DEPR – CPRS Webinar Series, click here for more information
  • April 16-18, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Riverside), click here to register

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