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What does it mean to you to serve on the CPRS State Board?
Darin Budak, City of Bakersfield

"I have been in the Parks and Recreation industry for almost 25 years. Just over five years ago I was fortunate enough to secure a position here in California. I immediately looked at CPRS and was so impressed with the professionalism and passion of the members, I knew I wanted to be part of it. What better way to meet my peers and develop a network of local professionals. I then got involved with the District Board as a Region Rep and ultimately the State Board of Directors I knew being actively involved with CPRS at any level would benefit my organization, our profession and my personal career goals. As I was told at my first official board meeting, 'Networking is not getting to know people, but getting people to know you.'"

If you have an interest in serving on the CPRS State Board of Directors for 2013-2015 Board, please click here to read the complete job description of the board positions, the "Invitation to Join the Board of Directors Sheet" that gives some information/requirements and to access the 2013 Board Interest Form. Also, please feel free to contact Mark Mariscal, CPRS Vice-President, regarding any interest you or another potential candidate may have, 310-548-7643.


  • Aug. 14, CPRS Development & Operations Section Sacramento Area Educational Forum, click here for flier
  • Aug. 16, CPRS District 10 Americans with Disabilities Act Update, click here for flier
  • Aug. 23, CPRS District 13 Meet & Greet
  • Sept. 14, CPRS District 1 Annual Golf Tournament
  • Sept. 14, CPRS District 2 Equipment & Expo Show, click here for flier
  • 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


    How urban parks enhance your brain
    The Atlantic Cities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Recent media reports have claimed that "living in a city makes you dumber." There are a number of flaws with that conclusion, but the research at the center of the claim has some relevance to cities that is worth considering nonetheless. What it tells us is not so much a story about the hazards of city living as it is about the benefits of city parks. More

    Let us simplify your Recreation Insurance needs
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    Bridging the gap between transportation and community health
    Project for Public Spaces    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While serving as senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kate Kraft contributed to setting up the successful New Jersey FIT: Future In Transportation program at the New Jersey Department of Transportation. She's now a community health and wellness consultant and serves on the board of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. In this interview she discusses biking, walking and the future of community health and transportation. More

    EPA awards $2.7 million to revitalize urban waters
    Sustainable City Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is awarding $2.7 million to 46 organizations in 32 states and Puerto Rico to help restore urban waters, support community revitalization and protect Americans' health. EPA's Urban Waters program funding supports communities' efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Urban waters include canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans in urbanized areas. More

    California Land Management
    We have been providing a cost effective alternative method of providing security and maintenance services in city and county parks for over 30 years. Current and past clients include a wide variety of local, state and Federal agencies, private companies and non profit land trusts. For information call 6500-322-1181 or email
    Playground Safety Products & Services
    We offer “COMPLETE” inspection tool kits to do the job right!; Warning & Information LABELS to comply with ASTM, CPSC, and ANSI laws; 3rd party safety audits w/advice on inexpensive modifications to comply with ASTM and CPSC laws; Expert Witness services for litigations; Design/Planning services; Safety Manuals; Safety Courses.
    The KidBuilders® line challenges you to put your imagination to the test with an impressive array of climbing, sliding, crawling and whoa-I’ve-never-seen-that-before options, and then some. What’s more, all KidBuilders® playgrounds are completely ramp-access compatible so each and every kid can join in the fun. KidBuilders® is available in all-steel, Superhero-like strength for ultimate durability.

    California firm moving forward with designing Ann Arbor Skatepark at Veterans Memorial Park    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California-based Wally Hollyday Skateparks is moving forward with designing a skatepark to be built at Veterans Memorial Park in Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor City Council voted 10-0 with Christopher Taylor absent to award an $89,560 contract to the company to design and provide construction oversight for the Ann Arbor Skatepark, a privately funded initiative that's been in the works for years. More

    Installing playgrounds more than just fun and games
    Brown & Brown Insurance of Michigan    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Health clubs, fitness centers and private garden spaces are just some of the amenities a condo or co-op can provide to enhance the pleasure and convenience of its residents. However, another, less common amenity to consider is an interior or exterior play area. A well-designed, well-built playground not only draws families with young children into a building, but also creates a space for older children to keep healthy and active and spend time with their parents and adult guardians. 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.

    More people visit national parks but spend less time in them
    USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While the National Parks have seen an uptick in visitors over the past two decades, the time spent per visitor has dropped nearly 15 percent. Officials say a decrease in overnight stays is partly to blame. The following chart includes all parks with visitation data from 1991 and 2011. More

    Comment period extended for CDC's Model Aquatic Health Code
    CPRS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    On May 31, the CDC released a draft of the Model Aquatic Health Code module for Lifeguard & Bather Supervision. The public comment period has been extended to Oct. 14. Please review the document and submit any comments you have to the committee. Page 3 of the document will assist you on how and where to send your comments.

    Designing spaces to enrich communities
    Providing landscape architecture and park design services to public agencies for over 20 years. MORE
    TrueLine Game Court Building & Renovation
    TrueLine now does complete renovations and building of courts. See our splashpad surfaces! We continue to offer tennis court, basketball and other game court surfacing. MORE

    South Gate parks and programs still waiting for children to exercise
    South Gate Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The fitness programs and facilities are available throughout South Gate, Calif. Now parents need to convince their children to make use of them. More

    Securing municipal golf as a community asset    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Richard Singer writes, "In working as a consultant primarily serving municipal golf courses, I learned that preserving the economic health of these vital community assets has become a constant challenge. I find more and more that the very existence of municipal golf courses is being threatened due to government budget challenges. All too often I hear the refrain, 'Why are we in the golf business at all?' Municipal golf is very much a part of our industry and a key component to the overall health of golf in the United States." More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Enhance your agency's mission statement to include "Parks Make Life Better!® branding messages and the brand promise.

    Great job Los Angeles County Department of Parks & Recreation on the signage for the newly renovated Alondra Gymnasium. The raised letters were designed and fabricated by the LA County Park and Recreation staff sign shop. The gym was totally renovated by parks staff and is adjacent to a $16.5 million project that includes a splash pad, skate park, and 25-meter pool.

    Scott Bangle, Riverside County Parks, is sharing a Parks Make Life Better!® moment with Alice Cooper.

    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.

    Oscar Pistorius runs for gold
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    Nancy Nisbett introduces us to Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in her blog in the CPRS Networking Community. Read on to learn why you should join her in rooting for him. More

    Transgender bathroom use at public facilities
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    Allison Van Guilder, City of Turlock, asks, "We are researching to see what the best practices are in terms of managing this issue. When single-stall unisex or family restrooms are not available and the only option is a multistall men's and women's, how have you determined who can use which facility? Do you base it on what sex the individual identifies with or their biological make up? Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you." More

    Time clocks: To punch in or not to punch in
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    Victoria Reyna, City of Fontana, asks, "The City of Fontana currently is researching the age-old question: Should Recreation and/or Community Services staff punch in (time clocks)? Could you provide me with information as it pertains to your agency?" More

    Can we get to 400 before year's end?
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    Welcome the cities of Fremont, Union City and Gridley to the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign. To date there are 309 local park and recreation agencies, 30 companies and four colleges/universities using the logo, key messages and brand promise. Help us achieve our goal of 400 before the end of the year. More


    Cool Tool Tuesdays! CPRS and NAYS webinars
    Join us Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 for a webinar series on "Positioning Youth Sports Administrators as Professionals" and "What's Happening on Your Fields." Click here to learn more.

    Maintenance Management School Regents invite you to register
    Curriculum planning has begun for our first year, second year and grad forum focusing on personal development. The school takes place the second week in November at Lake Arrowhead. Registration is open for the 2012 Maintenance School. Scholarship applications are due Sept. 1. Click here for the scholarship application. Regent contact information can be found our Web pages; just click on the year you are interested in and give the lead regent a call!

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