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CPRS DISTRICT/SECTION HIGHLIGHTS
  • March 20-23, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for more information
  • March 28, CPRS District 13 Awards and Installation Banquet
  • March 30, CPRS District 8 Awards and Installation Banquet, click here for invitation
  • May 12, CPRS District 10 Summer Recreation Leader Training Consortium



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Conference Social Media
CPRS will be using social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, flickr, Foursquare and Scvngr at the 2012 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference in Long Beach. You are encouraged to join in the social networking. Conference officials will be posting and tweeting throughout the event, but we want to encourage delegates and exhibitors to also post and tweet during the conference.
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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Report: Raise entrance fees to keep more state parks open
The Bay Citizen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many California parks would not have to close, if the state charged entrance fees and transferred ownership of some parks to local governments, nonprofits, and even some for-profit corporations, according to a report issued by the Legislative Analyst's Office. As many as 70 state parks are slated to close by July, after Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature agreed last year to cut $22 million from the Department of Parks and Recreation's budget. More



California park privatization: Report suggests operation of state parks by private, for-profit firms
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Transferring many of California's state parks to private operation was among a number of suggestions, according to a recent California Legislative Analyst's Office report, that would keep the state's floundering park system afloat. Over the past two years, the Golden State has defunded its park system to the tune of $22 million, leading the California's Department of Parks and Recreation to make a painful decision to shutter about 70 of the state's 278 parks by July of this year. More

State Parks seeks partners as July 1 closure looms; workshop offers proposal guidelines
San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Representatives of groups determined to keep their local state parks and recreation areas open under community management recently attended a workshop with the California Department of Parks in Fort Bragg. During the four-and-a-half hour workshop they learned that partnering with State Parks requires both compliance with a tangle of regulation and an opportunity to negotiate an operating agreement tailored to each individual park's needs and each operator's capabilities. More

Golden Gate National Recreation Area gets wind turbines spinning
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The Crissy Field Center, an environmental education center operated by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Park Service and the Presidio Trust, erected three out of an eventual five wind turbines Wednesday. The event highlighted the expanding mission of the National Park Service to use more renewable energy in powering park facilities. While the Center's turbines will be used for mostly educational purposes, the ceremony took place on the same day that the National Park Service reached an interconnection agreement with Southern California Edison to bring 20 dormant renewable energy projects in California online. More

San Francisco's $185 million bond could help playground, parks bloom
San Francisco Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Five years after asking voters to approve a $185 million bond for parks, San Francisco once again plans to court voters with a planned November bond measure to fix up parks, playgrounds, restrooms, athletic fields and the waterfront. With $1.6 billion in deferred maintenance needs, the Recreation and Park Department is counting on the bond money to tackle a long list of needs. More

K9Grass by ForeverLawn chosen to create largest synthetic grass dog park in America
PRWeb    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Central Park Dog Park in Fremont, Calif., is the largest synthetic grass dog park in the nation, measuring 40,000 square feet. The new city park opened this past summer, offering dogs and their pet parents a place to exercise, play, and socialize, in a clean, mud-free environment. K9Grass by ForeverLawn was chosen as the surface for the park, due to its unique features that make it ideal for dog parks such as instantaneous drainage, simplification of waste removal, and antimicrobial blades. More

National parks bring tourists, cash, Gregoire tells governors
The Olympian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When she leaves the executive mansion as Washington state's 22nd governor next January, Democrat Chris Gregoire wants to unwind by taking a month to visit some national parks with her husband, Mike. She's hoping that more foreign tourists will do the same. While global tourism rose by 40 percent in the past decade, Gregoire said that the number of overseas travelers who came to the United States increased by only 1 percent from 2000 to 2010. According to the White House, both the travel industry and Bureau of Economic Analysis say that international travel is particularly important as overseas or "long-haul" travelers spend on average $4,000 on each visit. More

All together now: Code aims at national standard for pools
Recreation Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Swimming Pool Foundation and dozens of volunteers have been working on a Model Aquatic Health Code intended to "transform the typical health department pool program into a data-driven, knowledge-based, risk reduction effort to prevent disease and injuries and promote healthy recreational water experiences." More

National parks share the experience winners
Travelmole    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Contest entries showcase the more than 500 million acres of federal lands and draws entries from all across the United States. The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, has announced the winners of the Share the Experience photo contest. This annual contest encourages amateur photographers to explore the nation's federal lands and share their experiences by capturing and submitting their favorite shots. The winning picture will be featured on the 2013 Federal Recreational Lands Pass. More

CPRS MEMBER HIGHLIGHT

Universal Precast Concrete wins award for POW sculpture
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Congratulations to Universal Precast Concrete Inc. for receiving a Creative Use of Precast Award from the National Precast Concrete Association. The award was for the POW sculpture at Fort Rosecrans National Veteran's Cemetery in San Diego.


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.

Free Speech Zone
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Michael Langford, City of Sausalito, asks: "This upcoming election season — which already has started here in Sausalito — may be tumultuous. As such, I fully expect candidates for City Council as well as people who have an opinion on a ballot measure to want to be at our events and pass out literature. Have any of you had this come up? What did you do? Do you let them go wherever they want at the event or do you set up a 'Free Speech Zone'? Your help would be greatly appreciated." More

Park and recreation commissioner handbooks
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Victoria Reyna, City of Fontana, asks: "The City of Fontana is looking to revamp/update the Park and Recreation Commission handbook that is given to each commissioner upon appointment to the commission. Does anyone have samples of what they include in their agencies handbooks that you would be willing to share? The City would like to make this a useful tool for the Park and Recreation Commissioners that highlights all aspects of Parks, Recreation and Community Services." You can post your examples in the CPRS Networking Communities Library or email them to Victoria.


 

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