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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 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 13 Brochure Exchange, click here for registration form
  • June 2, CPRS District 1 Summer Leadership Workshop, click here for registration form
  • June 2, CPRS District 7 Summer Leader Workshop, click here for registration form
  • June 9, CPRS District 10 T.O.T.A.L. Guard Training, click here for more information
  • June 9, CPRS District 12 Recreation Leader Workshop, click here for more information
  • June 9, CPRS District 13 Recreation Leader Training
  • 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

    Poll: Americans view local government most favorably; gap widens on state, federal
    California County News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The results of two recent polls show that once again voters and Americans are far more inclined to trust their local government than the federal or state government. While only 33 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the federal government, roughly 2 to 1 of Americans offer a favorable assessment of their local government, according to the Pew Research Center. Simply put, about the same amount of people view local government favorably as they view federal government unfavorably. This stat is particularly notable because it was only 10 years ago that Americans who were polled had favorable assessments of all three levels of government. More

    San Mateo County parks at fiscal, developmental 'crossroads'
    San Mateo County Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    South Bay voters have expressed their love for parks over the past 40 years by approving, and reapproving, a special fund that directs roughly $30 million in property tax revenue every year to the Santa Clara County parks system. When San Mateo County voters were given the chance to follow suit, they declined. Twice in the past six years — in 2006 and again in 2008 — voters rejected a ballot measure that would have raised about $16 million a year for parks and recreation by increasing the sales tax one-eighth of a cent. More

    California state parks annual pass fee jumps to $195
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    If you didn't buy an annual California state parks pass yet, prepare to shell out a bit more. The new price of $195 — a $70 leap — has gone into effect. The California Department of Parks and Recreation hopes to generate $1 million to $1.5 million by raising the prices of state park passes, according to a statement. More

    Parks and recreation survey affects cities seeking grants
    The Coast News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Some San Diegans soon will be asked to take part in a phone, mail or online survey that could affect future grant funding for local parks and recreation facilities. The California Department of Parks and Recreation Department, along with the University of Utah and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, will be conducting a statewide survey in the next several months to gauge residents' changing preferences and habits when it comes to park use. More

    NU•edge Nature & Urban Fused Playgrounds
    Little Tikes Commercial NU•edge is an exciting new approach to playgrounds where nature fuses with the urban play environment. Outdoor and urban features are fused together to create playgrounds that give you the perfect balance of nature theme and urban styling. Contact your local representative to find out more about NU•edge.

    Northern California – All About Play 916.923.2180 www.playgroundpros.com

    Southern California – Pacific Park & Playground 714.846.4885


    How playful is your community?
    KaBOOM!    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Each of the 2012 Playful City USA communities demonstrated creative commitments to addressing the Play Deficit. Playful City USA, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, celebrates and highlights these unique initiatives developed by communities across the country. This year's 213 Playful City USA honorees hail from 43 states. More

    Parks provide public safety as well as recreation
    Gazettes.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Harry Saltzgaver writes, "Don't call the office looking for me this week; I won't be there. Oh, I'll be in town. But I'll be busy wearing another one of my hats — the one that says I Love Parks on it. The regionwide California Park & Recreation Society convention is in town. Technically, it is called the California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, and it draws professionals and advocates from Arizona, Nevada, even Hawaii." More

    Kerman continues support for parks
    The Fresno Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Construction will begin this summer on a nature-themed park in Kerman, the latest effort to provide green space that promotes outdoor activities and healthy lifestyles, city officials said. During tough financial times when many cities are struggling to maintain their parks, Kerman officials say residents continue their commitment to parks. "In Kerman, there's been long-standing support for parks," City Manager Luis Patlan said. "We see this as a vital part of our quality of life." 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


    Coalition: Parks funding must be priority in LA's budget
    KPCC-FM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A coalition made up of park advocates, labor leaders and council members called on the Budget and Finance Committee to make parks funding a priority in the next fiscal year. Led by civic leader Steve Soboroff, the Parks Save! campaign wants city leaders to preserve the Recreation and Parks budget, which actually would increase by $8.7 million under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed budget. More

    Related article: Coalition seeks to restore LA parks funding (Los Angeles Times)


    Obesity linked to neighborhood features: Do you live in a fat neighborhood?
    ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Where you live may determine your child's weight, according to a series of new studies. In a special issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers from the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom used geographic information systems to look at how features of neighborhoods children live and play in affect their health. What they found is that characteristics of the neighborhoods children live in could be contributing to the high rate of obesity in the U.S. and elsewhere. More

    Related article: Trevor Ritchie: City must take steps to encourage active lives (Burnaby Now)


    Free recreational activities steer youths away from trouble
    Gazette.Net    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Many municipalities in Prince George's County, Md., are seeking to expand on existing recreational activities by organizing more free events to keep youths active and out of trouble during the spring and summer. Brentwood and Colmar Manor both are hosting "National Kids in the Park Day" events on May 19 featuring softball, kickball and soccer games, arts and crafts, and face-painting. More

    National parks offer prime viewing, programs for solar eclipse
    Examiner.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When the first solar eclipse visible from the U.S. in 18 years takes place May 20, you will be able to enjoy the view from one of 33 national parks, the National Park Service announced. Parks from California to New Mexico will offer some of the best eclipse-viewing opportunities in the country. National park rangers and astronomers from the National Park Service, local astronomy clubs and NASA will converge on several national parks with programs and hands-on eclipse activities for park visitors. 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 for you to include a Parks Make Life Better!®-based article in your next agency activity guide. Please share your examples by emailing john@cprs.org.

    CPRS MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS


    Amy Wooldridge, is the new recreation and parks director for the City of Alameda. She was previously the department head at the Pinole Recreation Department.

    Dan Rodriguez, general manager of the Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District, was honored at the CPRS District 11 Awards and Installation dinner with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Rodriguez has been at the helm of the Jurupa park district since July 1998.


    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.

    Solar parking structures
    CPRS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Keri Brady, City of Palmdale asks, "Does anyone have experience with placing solar parking structures at parks? Have residents voiced any concerns regarding the appearance of these structures in a park setting?" More

    RESOURCES


    Parks Make Life Better!® IGNITED at the Long Beach Conference
    Click here to see four presentations from the Ignite Session at the annual conference. You can find the presentations by scrolling alpha order to "I" for IGNITE (you are welcome to borrow these)!
     

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