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Be a part of the Building Healthy Youth for Whole Communities Think Tank
The Think Tank has three primary goals:
  1. Create facilitated discussion among a group of leaders from diverse park and recreation disciplines on current issues related to building healthy youth
  2. Provide examples to practice healthy living principles that result in an action plan for public park and recreation departments
  3. Collaborative conversations to gather opinions, viewpoints, and example efforts
For more information, click here.

Volunteers needed
Volunteers receive admission to the conference, which includes access to education sessions, the Wednesday general session, and the Wednesday/Thursday Exhibit Hall, based upon an even exchange for volunteer hours worked. Your contribution as a volunteer leads to the success of the educational sessions, as well as the overall success of the conference. To volunteer, click here.

Teen Academy
Hosted by the CPRS Youth Development Committee and CPRS District 4
Friday, March 8
San Jose Convention Center, Room 210A
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration accepted at the event: $25 per teen delegate and $50 per teen chaperone. Youth Advisors may register for the full CPRS conference package at $115 when combined with a Teen Academy-only registration. Get ready to be inspired, challenged and encouraged! This one-day conference is designed for youth and/or adult advisors from any organization who support youth development practices.

Birdies, eagles sought at CPRS Candidate PAC Golf Tournament
Golfers are invited to the Santa Teresa Golf Club for a four person scramble golf tournament which includes green fees, carts, range balls, barbecue lunch, dinner and raffle prizes. Learn more here.


  • Feb. 28, CPRS District 4 Annual Awards and Volunteer Recognition Dinner, click here to register
  • March 2, CPRS District 1 Awards & Installation Banquet, click here for invitation
  • March 5, CPRS RT Section Recreation Therapy Institute, click here for details
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for details
  • March 8, CPRS Building Healthy Youth Think Tank, click here for details
  • March 15, CPRS District 7 Annual Awards & Installation Banquet, click here for invitation
  • March 15, CPRS District 8 Get Wild! Awards & Installation, click here to enter an award
  • April 18, CPRS District 10 Awards & Installation Banquet
  • May 3, CPRS District 4 Golf Tournament, click here for flier
  • June 1, CPRS District 1 TOTAL Guard Management, click here for flier


    Communities nationwide invited to compete in annual video contest for chance to win a playground grant
    Playground Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Dr Pepper Snapple Group and national nonprofit KaBoom! have announced a call for submissions in their third annual Let's Play Video Contest. Contestants can submit videos describing their dream playground for a chance to win one of five $15,000 Let's Play Video Contest grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment. A component of DPS's Let's Play initiative, the Let's Play Video Contest will help fulfill the company's three-year commitment to making play accessible for 5 million children by building or improving 2,000 playgrounds. More

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    Ask about the “New” Contractor’s Liability Insurance Program.

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    Jurupa Valley City Council debates graffiti task force
    The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Jurupa Valley City Council, which has allocated tens of thousands of dollars to rid the city of graffiti, is proposing a task force of local agencies and residents to collaborate on eradication efforts and to develop strategies to keep young people from turning to vandalism as a way to relieve boredom. "We can't just look at painting over graffiti," said Councilwoman Laura Roughton. "We have to look at the reasons for it." More

    Dublin rec center ups screening for sex offenders
    The Columbus Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    People wishing to swim at Dublin, Ohio's two pools or exercise at its recreation center will have their names and photos checked against state and national sex-offender registries. If there's a match, the person won't be allowed in and Dublin police will be called. The city council, in approving the measure, said it is simply one more step toward ensuring the safety of others. Others see it differently. More

    12 reasons to love a park bench
    FunMeFit    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Nancy Bruning writes, "In my eight years of providing outdoor fitness programs in New York City Parks, I've discovered that many people who say they don't like to exercise actually don't like exercising in an indoor gym or health club. But almost everyone loves escaping the stuffy indoors for the fresh air and freedom of being out in a park. And when you're there, you can take advantage of the park's secret supply of exercise equipment–benches being my favorite in addition to walls, railings, curbs, and so on." More

    ADA lawsuits feared as deadline passes
    Pool & Spa News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As public pool owners and operators sit at the threshold of the ADA compliance deadline, some anticipate the immediate filing of lawsuits against companies that haven't retrofitted their facilities. 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

    School official: Tougher pool rules could lead schools to abandon swim instruction
    Hartford Courant    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A bill mandating more stringent safety requirements for school swimming programs could wind up putting more children at risk, a physical education supervisor told lawmakers. That's because tougher rules, such as increased staffing and training requirements, could lead some school systems to abandon their swim instruction programs due to a lack of money. More

    Atlanta to spend $1 million on security cameras at pools, rec centers
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Police will get help monitoring parks and rec facilities. In response to vandalism and thefts, Atlanta will pay $350,000 per year for three years to install security cameras to help police officers monitor park facilities, including pools, recreation centers and other areas that host after-school programs. More

    Looking to share your expertise?
    MultiBriefs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In an effort to enhance the overall content of P&R Weekly, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of CPRS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.


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    Solar carports spring up at town's recreation centers
    Your West Valley News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Construction continues with photovoltaic, electricity-producing systems at the Recreation Centers of Sun City facilities around this Arizona community. Assistant General Manager Jim Wellman said the solar carports — at all seven rec centers as well as three golf courses — will provide shade for vehicles during the day as the panels on the roof absorb sunlight, which is then used to power the carports' lights after the sun has gone down. More

    Hazardous trees go on chopping block in Golden Gate Park
    San Francisco Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department plans to remove 155 trees from Golden Gate Park in the coming months. The project is the second phase of a program that targets hazardous trees throughout the park, which has an estimated 25,000 trees and 13 million annual visitors. More

    P3s and parks: Different from the rest?
    Center for City Park Excellence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    There is a lot of talk these days about the challenges of P3s, including public agencies. The central question for park department leaders and locally elected officials when contemplating a P3 is: Will it ultimately serve the public interest? And secondly, what's the best model for designing and managing the partnership? More

    Simply The Best
    Antiwave Pool Products offers both competitive and recreational lane lines, with our Supertensioner included on each lane. Seventeen standard colors are available along with custom color capabilities and can build any length of lane. Also offer Storeels, Water Polo Goals and playing fields along with Starting Platforms. more

    Pinnacles National Park: What makes it stand out
    Yahoo Travel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's official: The new Pinnacles National Park is America's 59th national park. Here's what you should know about this natural treasure. More

    Operation of Lake Gregory up for grabs
    Mountain News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The question of who will operate and manage Lake Gregory Regional Park may be answered within the next few months. Karen Reams, general manager of the Rim of the World Recreation and Park District, represented the district at a pre-bid meeting Feb. 6 for the maintenance and operation of the park. That meeting is part of a yearlong process by the county's Regional Parks department to solve the problems of the fiscally challenged park. More

    Parks director hanging up hat, finding voice
    The Daily Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Doug Long didn't find his parks and recreation profession — it found him. The 58-year-old director of San Carlos' department was interested in animals and got his first job sweeping up after a dog obedience class because, as a junior in high school, he didn't want to move to Utah with his mom. From there, he filled in for a sick recreation leader on the playground, was asked to run the sports league and "just started saying yes, yes, yes," to everything. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Make a Parks Make Life Better!® presentation to your commission/board members/city council.

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

    Designing spaces to enrich communities
    Providing landscape architecture and park design services to public agencies for over 20 years. MORE
    Soccer Camps & Seasonal Training Programs
    Are you looking for a quality week long soccer camp during spring or summer vacation, and/or an ongoing soccer training program during your spring or fall season? MORE

    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.

    Employee benefits/privileges
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    Hal Paris, Incline Village General Improvement District, asks, "IRS Publication 15b Employee Fringe Benefits establishes a number of guidelines and restrictions. How do you apply the following to your operation?
    1. Employee discounts on goods and services not to exceed 20 percent — do you offer this benefit and if so on what types of goods and services? (Examples: Pro shop/snack bar/food operations? Programs or facility use fees? Greens fees? Gym or pool memberships?)
    2. Meals on your premises/short meal period — do you incur these circumstances, and if so do you offer meals at a reduced rate to provide relief to employees with less than 45-minute breaks? How much of a reduction?
    3. No added cost benefits — do you allow employees to utilize facilities when they are off duty if it can be provided at no additional cost?"
    Please post your answer answer.

    RFP for parks and recreation master plans
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    Timothy Barry, Livermore Area Recreation & Park District, asks, "We are looking to do an update of our parks and recreation master plan for the district. Can you please send me an RFP in Word from any parks and recreation master plan you've done recently?" Please add your samples to the CPRS Networking Library.

    Communication during special events
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    Jennifer Herb, City of Santa Clara, asks, "The City of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department is reviewing our past practice of renting portable radios to communicate among and between staff, commissioners and volunteers at our large-scale special events. I wonder if there is insight regarding how other parks and recreation departments successfully communicate with one another at special events?" Please post your answer here.


  • Continuing through 2013, DEPR – CPRS Webinar Series, click here for more information
  • March 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Jose), click here to register
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for more details
  • April 16-18, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Riverside), click here to register
  • May 17, Park Planning & Development Institute
  • Aug. 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Elk Grove), click here to register
  • Sept. 9-11, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Elk Grove), click here to register
  • Dec. 10-12, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Clemente), click here to register

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