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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 more information
  • May 12, CPRS District 10 Summer Recreation Leader Training Consortium, click here for more information
  • May 15, Parks Make Life Better!®, The Make and Take Marketing Plan Webinar, click here for more 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
  • May 30, CPRS District Brochure Exchange, click here for registration form
  • 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 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

    Americans do not walk the walk — that's a growing problem
    NPR    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    "Americans now walk the least of any industrialized nation in the world," says writer Tom Vanderbilt. To find out why that is, Vanderbilt has been exploring how towns are built, how Americans view walking — and what might be done to get them moving around on their own two feet." More

    Nominations sought for initiatives to prevent obesity
    The CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity is seeking nominations for state and local initiatives implemented to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. They are looking for initiatives that address low-income populations and ethnic groups that experience higher rates of obesity. Initiatives do not have to be federally funded to be eligible to apply. Nominated initiatives must be implemented currently and for at least six months to be considered. Click here to download submission form.




    State parks to start closing, reducing services May 1
    The Times-Standard    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The North Coast Redwoods District of California State Parks announced its plans for service reductions and the partial closure of three state parks currently on the closure list. According to a press release, the Standish Hickey State Recreation Area will close to vehicles and camping beginning May 1. Vehicles and campers will be directed to Richardson Grove State Park. Hike and bike campsites still will be available, and the Taber Trailhead across from the park will remain open. More

    Hotels, recreation centers try to slow pool access regulations
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Owners and managers of swimming pools at hotels, city recreation centers and public parks are scrambling to install mechanical chair lifts to comply with new federal requirements that all public pools be accessible to disabled swimmers. Some hotels fear the cost of the equipment or fines for noncompliance could put them out of business, and an industry lobbyist says others may close their pools this summer if they can't upgrade in time, though the government can offer more time to those having trouble paying for it. Swimmers with disabilities say the changes are overdue. More

    Vandals destroy thousands of plants at Candlestick Point Nursery
    KTVU-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Months of volunteer work at a state park in San Francisco's Bayview District was uprooted when vandals destroyed thousands of plants and broke gardening equipment at a restoration nursery. The vandalism occurred sometime late April 22 or early April 23 at a nursery in the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, located at 1150 Carroll Ave. in the shadow of the Candlestick Park stadium. More

    Miles of California coastline to be preserved
    The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A spectacular stretch of Northern California coastline that includes ocean-side bluffs, beaches, rolling hills and redwood groves will be permanently protected from development under a landmark deal approved by the state Coastal Commission. The 6,800 acres of undeveloped shoreline, wooded areas and farmland in northern Santa Cruz County — known as Coast Dairies — will be transferred to the state and federal government, which will operate it as open space and preserve portions for agriculture. Much of the land will be open to the public. More

    State parks looking to receive $1 million
    The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The California State Parks System recently announced a partnership with Stater Bros. Charities and Coca-Cola Refreshments to raise much-needed funds during a time of challenging budget cuts. These partners team up for a short, intense campaign every spring to help protect local assets important to the community and improve state parks for families that enjoy them for recreation. Called Preserve Our Parks, the program is a six-week campaign with the goal of raising up to $1 million to support Southern California parklands. More


    Innovative Yet Low-Risk Park Design
    In today’s world, Richard Fisher Associates believes it’s vital for Municipalities to hire Landscape Architectural firms that create complete and accurate Park Design Construction Documents. MORE
    NTD Architecture
    NTD, a leading provider of comprehensive architecture services to education, healthcare and civic institutions. MORE


    Chamberlain's District 5 receives $2.9 million grant for parks and recreation
    Woodland Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Yolo County has received notice of a $2.9 million grant award from the California Department of Parks and Recreation for the development and community revitalization of the proposed Madison-Esparto Regional County Service Area Parks and Recreation Zone of Benefit. This funding will be used to construct a new community park in Esparto, which will include joint-use baseball and soccer fields, a full-sized basketball court, a walking path and an aquatic recreation center. More

    Funding secured for New York Boulevard Park
    Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The empty lot located at the corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 50 is one step closer to becoming a public park, after the City of Los Angeles was last week awarded nearly $3 million in funding from the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Plans to convert the former location of Steve's Gas Station into a public park were first pitched last year during a community meeting held as part of Councilman José Huizar's York Vision Plan initiative. More

    State parks to expand hours
    Inland News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Most state parks will offer a seven-day-a-week schedule beginning Tuesday. That includes Lake Perris, Silverwood Lake and Mount San Jacinto. More

    Native Plant Society works to discover, propagate, protect native flora
    Chico Enterprise Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The members of the Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society are rooted in their passion for native flora. "There would be no world without plants. And to learn and know the native wildflowers and plants, to preserve and use them gives one a sense of place in one's own environment," said Paula Shapiro, chapter horticulture chair. More

    BRANDING CAMPAIGN IMPLEMENTATION



    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. This week's suggestion is to have T-shirts printed with the Parks Make Life Better!® logo worn by your City Councilmembers, Board Members or Commissioners during your next park or facility grand opening or ground-breaking ceremony.

    The City of Cerritos found a great way to show the Parks Make Life Better!® logo — on a light-pole banner. Please share your examples by emailing john@cprs.org.

    CPRS MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS


    Congrats to Corey Lakin, appointed to be Director of Los Alamitos Recreation & Community Services Department. Former Director Angie Avery is now the City Manager.


    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


    Understanding the boomer consumer
    Check out this white paper from Varsity Branding to learn about the boomer generation's expectations, should they plan to relocate to your community, and to gain a deeper understanding of how the boomer generation's opinions of the economy, their health, and how elements of daily living play into that decision. Click here to download.
     

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