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CPRS Board of Directors appoints Monya Jameson as Region 1 Representative
Monya Jameson, Superintendent of Recreation & Community Services, Chico Area Recreation & Park District, has been appointed the Region 1 Representative, serving Districts 1, 2, and 3. This appointment was due to the resignation of Derek Schweigart, who has taken a new position out of the Region 1 boundaries. CPRS bylaws state a regional representative must either work or reside in the region they are representing. Monya will complete Derek's term, which ends March 2014. Monya has been a CPRS member since 2000 and has been active in the Recreation Supervisors and Administrators Sections and Districts 2, 11, and 15. In 2010-2011 she served as President of District 2.


  • Aug. 5, Inaugural CPRS District 11 Lifeguard Relays, click here for flier
  • Aug. 9, CPRS District 7 General Board Meeting, click here for flier
  • Aug. 23, CPRS District 13 Meet & Greet
  • 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


    Most California parks escape ax, but not out of woods
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California's state parks have emerged almost intact from the vortex of red ink coursing through the state, but officials insist it will take more time, work and a lot more money to save the beleaguered system during the next budget cycle. Only two of the state's 278 parks will be shut down completely, a far cry from the 70 scheduled last year for closure due to the state's seemingly perpetual budget crisis. But the park system is a long way from being out of the woods. More

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    California parks closing: Future of state system remains murky
    The Associated Press via The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While California found ways to keep open most of the state parks earmarked for closure due to budget cuts, the long-term future of its 279-park system remains murky as most of the solutions are short-term fixes. California parks officials announced most of the 70 state parks once slated to close July 1 would remain open. The reprieve came after the governor signed a bill allocating new funds for the beleaguered parks system for the next year. More

    California Land Management
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    Regular exercise in nature cuts the risk of poor mental health
    Natural Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Regular exercise in a natural environment may cut the risk of suffering from poor mental health by half, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Glasgow studied the use of natural and non-natural environments for physical activity, like walking, running and cycling. They found regular use of natural environments such as forests and parks seemed to protect against mental-ill health, while use of non-natural environments like a gym did not. More

    Cities' efforts to make exercise easier pays off
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Fitness is often a combination of personal choice and environmental support, experts say, and a ranking of the 50 healthiest U.S. cities seems to reinforce the theory. High rates of physical activity helped to propel Minneapolis-St. Paul to the top of the list of the American College of Sports Medicine's 2012 American Fitness Index for the second year in a row, while raised obesity levels and smoking pushed Oklahoma City to the bottom. 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
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    Hey, LA, everyone into the pool!
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In Los Angeles, the ocean is a leitmotif emblazoned on postcards, and pools of blue water dot backyards across the hills and valleys. Yet despite the stereotypes, not everyone here is a surfer or a lifeguard. In fact, not everyone in Los Angeles knows how to swim. For some, that's due to lack of access. Others fear the water. Some think it's too hard to learn, or unnecessary. More

    Great Western Park & Playground

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    Hundreds take advantage of chance to play in the street
    Evansville Courier & Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For once, at least, Evansville residents were free to disregard mom's advice not to play in the middle of the street. Fulton Avenue between Maryland Street and Diamond Avenue was wide open, and the hundreds who attended "Streets Alive" took full advantage of Fulton's auto-free status to transform it into an urban playground. More

    Paul Anderson: Make time to use your local parks
    The Record Spotlight    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In February, the Legislature declared July 2012 "Parks Make Life Better" Month. This resolution recognizes the importance of access to local parks, trails, open spaces and facilities for the health and well-being of all Californians. The Redding City Council likewise declares, by resolution, that July is "Parks Make Life Better" Month. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Send the Parks Make Life Better!® press release to local media. You can download the press release here.

    Kudos to Donna Legge, Town of Windsor & President, CPRS Administrators Section, who asked the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to proclaim July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month in Sonoma County. Donna presented the resolution and gave each county supervisor their own bucket of Parks Make Life Better!® swag. Thanks Donna for reaching out to another agency! Live and work in two different communities (city, town, county, or special district)? If yes, reach out to the public officials where you live and ask them to proclaim July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month.

    Summer staff from the City of Lakewood created a pledge on how they will deliver on the Parks Make Life Better!® promise. Read their responses here.

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

    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.

    Ordinance prohibiting distribution of food and clothing
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    Andre Pichly, City of West Sacramento, asks, "Does anyone have an ordinance in place that prohibits the distribution of free food or clothing in public parks? If so, I would love to get a copy of it and hear about any challenges to the code." More

    Recreation therapy month?
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    Nancy Nisbett, CSU Fresno, asks, "At our recent Recreation Therapy Section Board meeting, one of the items up for discussion was the recent movement on the national level to move the celebration of recreation therapy from one week in July to the whole month of February. The Board decided to adopt this idea to be consistent with our colleagues across the country. What do you think?" More

    New CPRS networking group
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    A new group has been created in the CPRS Networking Communities. The Parks Make Life Better!® group was established to share resources, ideas and success stories for agencies using the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign logo, promise and key messages. Many agencies that already have signed the logo-use agreement have been added to the group. More


    July is a double header: Parks Make Life Better!® Month and National Parks and Recreation Month!
    The America is Your Park program enables local communities to rally, get active and vote for their favorite park in hopes of securing the top prize of $100,000 (and bragging rights as America's favorite park!). Visit and download the Stakeholder Toolkit to learn more. This program is brought to you by Coca-Cola in partnership with the National Parks Foundation, America's State Parks, NRPA and the City Park Alliance.

    Creating a healthier community
    The Active Design Guidelines provides architects and urban designers with a manual of strategies for creating healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces, based on the latest academic research and best practices in the field. Click here to read more.

    New grant opportunity
    Earn $15,000 or $30,000 to create a joint use agreement to open locked playgrounds in your community! Thanks to generous support from Dr Pepper Snapple Group, KaBOOM! will award $15,000 and $30,000 Let's Play Joint Use Grants to support the opening of school playgrounds to the public during non-school hours. Apply today!

    Healthy Communities Surveillance and Management Toolkit™
    Test of systematic community toolkit identifies key strategies to reduce obesity through integration of parks and recreation and public health. Click here to read.

    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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