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


  • 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 registration form
  • Oct. 24-26, CPRS Aquatics Section California Aquatic Management School, click here for brochure
  • Nov. 2, CPRS District 4 2012 Bay Area Institute
  • Nov. 5-9, CPRS Save the Date! Administrators Section Financial Sustainability Workshops
  • Nov. 12-16, CPRS Maintenance Management School, click here to register
  • March 4-6, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, early-bird registration now open


    Honda: California's parks must be preserved
    New America Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    U.S. Congressman Mike Honda, D-San Jose, said that California's parks and other open spaces must be preserved at all costs, and selling them off to close budget gaps would be a violation of public trust. "Public lands have been acquired with public dollars," the longtime Congressman said. "They are a community's pride. I don't believe in selling them off (to close) temporary budgetary deficits." More

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    Republican border bill could affect California parks
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The House is debating legislation, H.R. 1505, by Utah Republican Rob Bishop that would override environmental and other protections on lands within 100 miles of the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada, handing unrestricted access to such areas to the Department of Homeland Security. Bishop argues that the Border Patrol needs total access to wilderness areas, some including wildlife corridors, that smugglers use to cross the borders with impunity. More

    Saving California state parks: The end of public funding?
    NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    On July 1, 15 California state parks are slated to be closed permanently to the public — the first such closures in the state's history. They're the victim of budget cuts in a state with a $16 billion shortfall. Over the past year, park enthusiasts have scrambled to save dozens of parks from closure, including Henry W. Coe State Park, California's second-biggest state park, located about 30 miles south of San Jose. More

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    Solano County cities react to budget plan
    The Reporter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Another budget-balancing proposal being considered at the state level could cut more money from local government and has area city leaders worried. The City of Vacaville called the reductions "draconian." More

    Seattle reverses course, allows breast cancer survivor to swim topless
    KOMO-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a city as progressive as Seattle, Jodi Jaecks never thought her desire to go swimming would make such a splash. "That's not my style — to make big waves — but this is much bigger," Jaecks said, sitting on the porch of her Seward Park home. It might be one thing if it was a style choice for Jaecks to want to swim topless in public. It's a whole different thing when you realize it's because of what happened last year. 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
    Got Surfacing? Safe*Resilient* Accessible
    Playgrounds are designed to meet age appropriate challenges. Playground safety is paramount and ReadyPlay can be part of your safety program. Installation services available.

    Parks adopt features for children with special needs
    Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tucked between a baseball field and a performing arts center in Tinley Park, Ill., is a new playground that — quite literally — is designed to level the playing field for children with special needs. At first glance, McCarthy Park looks like any other suburban playground with its standard red, yellow and blue equipment. But it offers visitors a smorgasbord of well-thought-out features — including a rubberized surface, metal ramps and sensory-activity panels — that make it the first completely accessible playground in the village and, experts say, one of only a few dozen in the Chicago area. More

    South Gate will have a new park
    South Gate Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The South Gate City Council approved an agreement with David Volz Design for the development of designs associated with the State Street Park project. The park will provide 4 acres of green space between California Avenue and State Street adjacent to Cesar Chavez Park. "The west side of South Gate is very underserved," said Paul Adams, director of Parks and Recreation. "Our community is very densely populated and people need green spaces." More

    Great Western Park & Playground

    Congratulations to all the Proposition 84 Grant recipients! Take a look at our projects of distinction! Let us help you create your communities dream playground. MORE
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    Crescenta Valley locals prepare for when disaster strikes
    Montrose-La Crescenta Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    LA County Sheriffs, LA County Fire, CERT, FEMA, the LA Office of Emergency Services, and others welcomed the entire region to join in the recent Emergency Preparedness Expo. The event, held at Two Strike Park in La Crescenta, informed and educated the public on safety measures and preparing for the imminent natural disasters that make living in sun-soaked California so interesting. CV Firesafe Council President Roger Young, event organizer and emcee, introduced presenters and addressed the assembled crowd. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Add the Parks Make Life Better!® messages into policies and procedural manuals.

    Jenni Worsham, City of Cypress, shared the following two uses of the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign.

    Parks Make Life Better!® was the feature of the CPRS District 10 Brochure Exchange on May 23 in Cypress. Check out the "new" use for the collapsible vases! Everyone loved them.

    Cypress used Parks Make Life Better!® as the theme for our summer staff training June 2. Staff was assigned to a table, each assigned a different park logo — flower, tree, slide, etc. — and these were their teams for the day. Then, we talked about Parks Make Life Better!®, had them tell us how parks had made their life better and had them do a group game writing "Parks Make Life Better" (this was learned in a session at the 2012 conference "Teambuilding on a Duct Tape Budget"). They loved all of it!

    Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages to Jane H. Adams,


    Congratulations to Dean Wetter who is now the new General Manager for Valley-Wide Recreation & Parks District. Click here to read more from The Press-Enterprise.

    Fullerton's newest park owes its success to 'Interdisciplinary Teaming'
    Click here to read more.

    Congratulations to the City of Los Angeles for receiving a $50,000 grant
    The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, has been selected to benefit from a $1.5 million grant received by NRPA from the Walmart Foundation to support summer feeding programs in 28 park and recreation agencies across the U.S. The Department of Recreation and Parks has received the $50,000 grant to support its food service program at more than 100 recreation centers throughout the City.

    Conejo parks district is finalist for national award
    The district is one of four finalists in the population category of 100,000 to 250,000 for the National Recreation and Park Association's Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Click here to read more from the Ventura County Star.

    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.

    Needs assessment/survey
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    Kristy Samples, City of Fontana, asks, "The City of Fontana is researching a communitywide needs assessment/survey for cultural arts programming. Do you and or your city have samples and outcomes of a recent needs assessment for an agency specific to a program area that you would be willing to share? What were the pros and cons to a program specific survey?" More

    Registration software
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    Victoria Reyna, City of Fontana, asks, "The City of Fontana Community Services Department is doing some research on registration software. The department would like to see what registration software is available at different agencies, as well as the usage of the program as it relates to the needs of each individual agency." More

    New CPRS blog
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    The CPRS Development & Operations Section has introduced a new blog, "Pen and Shovel." This month's topic: "Do volunteers who provide labor and or permanent improvements save time and help agencies move forward?" Your comments are wanted. More


    Connect your community to America's great outdoors!
    Are you trying to protect your local rivers, save an unspoiled landscape, or build trails where everyone in your community can enjoy nature? The National Park Service can help. Click here to read more.

    Surplus of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games continues to benefit youngsters in Southern California
    The LA84 Foundation has awarded $1.1 million in grants to support 28 youth sports programs throughout Southern California. Since its inception, the Foundation has given back more than $200 million to the communities that supported the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Click here to read more.

    Under 35 years of age? Attend the 2012 National Congress for Parks & Recreation in Anaheim on a scholarship! Application deadline is June 22
    Applications for the 2012 Young Professional Externship program, offered by the National Recreation & Park Association and the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration, are now being accepted. Click here for application.

    Register now for the NASPD/NRPA/NPS Children in Nature Partnership free webinar: Healthy Foods in Parks: Recipes for Success
    Thursday, June 28
    10–11:30 a.m. PDT / 1–2:30 p.m. EDT
    This webinar will present four different Healthy Foods in Parks case studies with lessons learned and ingredients for success that you can adapt. The case studies include: Delaware State Parks, Asilomar State Conference Grounds and their Aramark Concessionaire, the Ortega Family Concession at Muir Woods National Monument, and the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks' comprehensive approach. Click here to register.

    Proud of your youth sports programming?
    The National Alliance for Youth Sports is now accepting applications for the 2012 Excellence in Youth Sports Awards. Winners will receive their award in New Orleans! DEADLINE: June 29. Learn more.

    NRPA Congress room block
    CPRS has secured a small room block at the upcoming NRPA Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, Oct. 14-19. The Sheraton Park Anaheim Hotel is directly across from the Anaheim Convention Center.
    Single/Double: $179.00
    Download a form here.

    Veterans Day Tennis Play Day
    The NRPA-USTA Tennis in the Parks Partnership along with the USTA Military Outreach team encourages Parks and Recreation departments across the country to expand tennis participation in public parks and thank the Veteran and Military Families in local communities by hosting a Veterans Day Play Day. You can find all of the "how to" information and a promotional flier at Be a part of this national initiative, and don't forget to register your Play Day scheduled on or around Veterans Day - Nov. 11!

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