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July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month
CPRS has a sample proclamation you can download and have your council, board, or commissioners adopt. Click here.

CPRS DISTRICT/SECTION HIGHLIGHTS

  • May 4, CPRS District 4 Golf Tournament, click here for registration form
  • May 6, CPRS District 1 T.O.T.A.L. Aquatic Management Training, click here for more information
  • May 8, Parks Make Life Better!®, The Make and Take Marketing Plan Webinar, click here for information
  • May 12, CPRS District 10 Summer Recreation Leader Training Consortium
  • May 15, Parks Make Life Better!®, The Make and Take Marketing Plan Webinar, click here for information
  • May 16, CPRS District 9 Membership Meeting
  • May 20, CPRS District 4 T.O.T.A.L. Guard Training, click here for more information
  • June 9, CPRS District 10 T.O.T.A.L. Guard Training, click here for more information
  • Sept. 24-26, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for registration form
  • Oct. 14-16, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for to register
  • Nov. 12-16, CPRS Maintenance Management School, click here to register
  • March 4-6, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register


  • NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

    National Park Week 2012: 'Picture Yourself in a Park'
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    On April 21-29, "Picture Yourself in a National Park" as the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation present National Park Week 2012. With nearly 400 national parks — and FREE admission all week long — there are thousands of ways to enjoy this highly anticipated annual event. In fact, National Park Week is the perfect opportunity to introduce a young person to a national park because a park is the perfect place get active and stay fit. More



    Parcel tax increase proposed for Petaluma parks and recreation
    The Press Democrat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A group of Petalumans has launched an effort to place a parcel tax on the November ballot that would pay for improvements to city recreational facilities, from walking trails to the community pool to athletic fields at local parks. The ballot initiative would create a $52 annual parcel tax for 15 years, which organizers say will raise $12 million over that time. More

    Cuts loom for San Joaquin County parks
    The Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Coming off an Easter weekend that filled up the largest county-run parks with fun seekers enjoying warm spring weather, San Joaquin County officials took a second look at a dwindling pot of money that has helped shield the county's parks budget during lean times. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to continue drawing from the largest of the parks trust funds that have been shoring up the budget for a network of community and regional parks across the county. More

    Camp at a California state park — while you can
    San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Of the 70 parks on the list of those slated to close by July 1, 30 have campgrounds, but only 13 remain open, many with restrictions. More

    Graffiti creeps into California parks
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A gorgeous, little-known spot in Northern California was defiled recently when a vandal spray-painted a boulder with what appears to be a gang insignia. A check of the area then revealed that a half-dozen boulders nearby also had been tagged with older insignias in red. More

    Menlo Park council approves Beechwood land sale, new fees and SEIU contract
    San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In just over an hour, the Menlo Park City Council unanimously signaled its intention to sell a city lot to a private school, raised service fees and approved a new contract for the bulk of city employees. The resolution plans the sell of 2.79 acres to the nonprofit foundation that runs Beechwood School in the Belle Haven neighborhood. City officials and Beechwood representatives negotiated a $1.26 million sales price for the school-used property adjacent to the railroad tracks between the Onetta Harris Community Center and a Menlo Park Fire Protection District station. More

    Conservancy's vision for Catalina
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Catalina Island Conservancy has accomplished the rare feat of encouraging tourism and, at the same time, preserving wildlands on the most visited of the Channel Islands archipelago off the coast of Southern California. The conservancy, endowed 40 years ago, handles a million visitors a year while protecting animals and plants and bringing back from the brink of extinction a unique island fox. More

    2 California rivers part of Great Outdoor Initiative effort to return urban rivers to greener state
    The City Project    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Cities around the world are revitalizing urban waters. President Barack Obama has designated the greening of the Los Angeles River as one of the top 101 priorities across the nation for his America's Great Outdoors Initiative, out of only two per state. The Department of Interior has also named the river one of seven urban waters priorities across the nation. More

    Brawley awarded $2.7 million in state funds to renovate park
    Imperial Valley Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Alyce Gereaux Park near Oakley Elementary School is slated to get a makeover after Brawley was awarded an allotment of $2.7 million in state funds, City Manager Rosanna Bayon Moore announced. The grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation requires no matching funds from the city and represents the second time a multimillion-dollar investment in Brawley is taking shape following the development of Fire Station No. 2, Moore said. More

    Oakdale awarded grant for new park
    The Modesto Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The city has been awarded $4.38 million to build a nearly 3-acre park featuring a skate park, outdoor performing arts center, children's play area and other amenities. The California Department of Parks and Recreation awarded Oakdale the funding, part of $184 million in grants the department awarded statewide to build 53 parks and upgrade 11 others. The award was announced at a recent City Council meeting. More

    Free apps put national parks in the palm of your hand
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Two apps that feature national parks have arrived just in time for Earth Day. And they're free, which goes nicely with the Saturday start of fee-free National Park Week. So download the app, pick a park to visit and go. More

    BRANDING CAMPAIGN IMPLEMENTATION


    Orangevale Recreation & Park District
    uses the logo on its electronic sign
    outside the community center.

    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. This week's example is to put the logo on all agency vehicles. You can use vehicle door magnets, window decals or license plate frames.

    CPRS MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS


    Slip quietly into retirement? No. Vacaville's venerable Park and Recreation Manager Rollie Simons instead made an unforgettable exit — on Friday the 13th. Click here to read the story from The Reporter.


    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is offering reduced tickets for July is Parks Make Life Better! month For more information, click here.

    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.

    Vacation policy
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    Christopher Jones, City of El Cerrito asks, "Does anyone have a policy or procedure that seems to work well for vacation requests and determining how priority works amongst staff in the same program area (other than strictly by seniority)?" More

    Sharing power
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    Gwen Indermill, City of Burbank asks, "Does anyone have a policy regarding the public charging their cellphone, laptop or wheelchairs in your facility? Can you share it?" More

    RESOURCES


    Smartphones can make smart planners
    According to Randall Arendt, a renowned planner and fellow of the Royal Institute of Town Planners, the effective planner must have four basic skills: observing, recording, communicating, and self-educating. Click here to read more from the California Planning & Development Report.

    Apply now for Cash 4 Kids Playground Grants and save on a new playground
    Choose from 12 great designs shown here or contact your local Burke representative to design a playground of your very own.


     

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