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Recreation departments restructure to maximize efficiency
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Cities and recreation departments have been slashing services and staff, struggling to operate within their budgets without sacrificing programs. For many, the situation is only getting worse, with many departments hard-pressed to find ways to stay in business. With a staff consisting of two employees and a budget bordering on nonexistent, the city of Half Moon Bay, Calif., didn't have a lot of options remaining when it sent out requests for proposals to take over operation of its recreation department last year. The city was expecting responses from organizations like the YMCA or Boys & Girls Clubs of America, but the winning bid ultimately came from the city of San Carlos recreation department, just a few miles up the road. More



State Parks, Reclamation ink Auburn State Recreation Area partnership pact
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Uncertainty gave way to celebration as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California State Parks marked the signing of a 25-year partnership pact to maintain operations in the 30,000-acre Auburn State Recreation Area. The long-term agreement, which also covers more than 20,000 acres in the Folsom State Recreation Area, means State Parks will continue to manage law enforcement and visitor services in the two areas. The Bureau of Reclamation hammered out an agreement with State Parks that requires all revenue generated by recreation and other operations to be applied directly to the management of the two recreations areas. More

City of Sacramento, Save Mart join forces to save pools
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Community pools in Sacramento on the verge of closing this summer may get a reprieve — and nearly $1 million in operating funds — from a fundraising effort that kicked off recently between the city and Save Mart Supermarkets. The city operates 12 pools to serve more than 467,000 city residents, but since 2008 the number of pools kept open each summer has dwindled due to budget cuts. By 2011, that number was reduced to six pools and five wading pools, with open hours limited to six days per week, four hours per day. More

Dan Walters: Misplaced budget priorities abound in California
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The Save Mart supermarket chain recently unveiled a plan to keep Sacramento's public swimming pools open this summer and thus provide recreation for thousands of youngsters whose families can't afford backyard pools. The company will match donations from others with the goal of raising $1 million to save the pools, which were to be closed by the city government because of severe and continuous operating budget deficits. Good for Save Mart. It's stepping up to fill an obvious void. More

Marcos Breton: Grocer's effort to save Sacramento pools a welcome sign
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Why does it take a Modesto-based company to step in and save Sacramento's neighborhood pools? Save Mart's pledge to raise $1 million to maintain many of Sacramento's 12 city pools is certainly welcome and deserving of high praise. These pools are not amenities. They are necessities. Pools give kids a place to go in the summer, encourage healthy lifestyles and are valuable tools in combating the epidemic of childhood obesity. Sacramento's inability to pay for its pools is one of the most troubling casualties in a recession of double-digit percentage unemployment and bleeding city budgets. More

Pillow fight cleanup to cost San Francisco taxpayers $5,000
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The cleanup after the annual Valentine's Day pillow fight in San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza will cost taxpayers an estimated $5,000 this year, a Department of Public Works spokesman said. After hundreds of people pelted each other with pillows for hours, public works and Recreation and Park Department employees went to work cleaning up the mounds of scattered feathers and pillow stuffing left behind. More

4S fields to get artificial turf; process started to get Rancho Bernardo fields converted too
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A $650,000 grant will make installing artificial turf on four multi-use fields at the county-owned 4S Ranch Sports Park possible by fall. Meanwhile, user groups are being asked to see what grants they can obtain so artificial turf can go on two fields at the city-owned Rancho Bernardo Community Park. The upgrades will mean fewer closures for maintenance and weather, officials said. More

CPRS MEMBER HIGHLIGHT

Hats off to Artesia for promoting the brand
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Hats off to the city of Artesia for putting the Parks Make Life Better!® logo on its billboard promoting BMX games. The billboard, located on the westbound 91 freeway between Norwalk and Pioneer, was up through Feb. 26. Share your promotional efforts! Send to john@cprs.org.


MEMBERS NETWORKING
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.

Park inspection form
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Brian Roney, county of Santa Barbara, asks the following question: "I am looking for an Excel or other format park inspection form for internal staff use. Anyone out there have a link they can send? Thanks." More

Nature centers, trails or animal parks
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Rosa Lozoya, city of Norwalk, asks the following question:, "Has anyone recently built a nature center/animal park with trails, stables. Petting zoo types? I need help with any information." More


RESOURCES

Webinar: How to Participate in the Beacon Award Recognition Program - Understanding the Basics
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Local agency staff and officials can learn about participating in the statewide sustainability and climate change recognition program, The Beacon Award: Local Leadership toward Solving Climate Change, by participating in two free webinars offered by the Institute for Local Government.

California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference
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You have until this Wednesday, Feb. 29, to preregister for conference!
Avoid lines at the Long Beach Convention Center by preregistering for the CPRS Annual Conference, March 20-23. You also will want to preregister for the following events: To register for any of these events, visit cprsmembers.org.


Wear the brand!
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Want to wear Parks Make Life Better!® brand without your agency name? Want to have just "one" of something? Now is your chance. CPRS' partner, ADvisors Marketing, is offering a pre-conference order opportunity for selected items. Order and pick up in Long Beach. Click here to view the selections and place your order. Hurry — this pre-conference show offer is available only through this Wednesday, Feb. 29! Not coming to Long Beach? ADvisors will ship items to you (shipping fees will apply).

CPRS Bylaws changes approved
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Thanks to CPRS members who participated in the recent state, district, and section elections. In addition to the election of new leaders, members were asked to consider two amendments to the CPRS Bylaws: moving the Part-Time Member (individuals working less than 30 hours per week) category to a voting category and adding language to the definition of a Professional Member that specified the number of hours worked (30 hours or more). Both of these amendments were approved. Click here to view the CPRS Bylaws.


 

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