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What does it mean to you to serve on the CPRS State Board?
Dawn Pia, Recreation Supervisor, City of Riverside

"There are many reasons why a person would want serve on the CPRS State Board. Love the idea that what I do for a profession helps to make the lives of Riverside residents better. I viewed serving on the board as an opportunity to give back to the profession that has given to me for the past 30 years and viewed it as a mechanism to help young professionals gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Working as the Region 4 Representative has provided an opportunity to work closely with district leaders and together we have had the opportunity to provide a wealth of knowledge and trainings for future leaders."

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.


  • Sept. 18 at 2:15 p.m., CPRS Cool Tool Tuesday Webinar "Positioning Youth Sports Administrators as Professionals," click here to register
  • Sept. 19, CPRS District 9 Golf Tournament, click here for flier
  • Sept. 20, CPRS District 12 Fall Social, click here for flier
  • Sept. 24-26, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for registration form
  • Oct. 2, CPRS District 3 Fall Institute
  • Oct. 2 at 2:15 p.m., CPRS Cool Tool Tuesday Webinar "What's Happening on Your Fields," click here to register
  • Oct. 4, CPRS District 10 Mentoring Workshop, click here for flier
  • Oct. 14-16, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for registration form
  • Oct. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m., CPRS No-Host NRPA Congress "Meet Up" at the Territorial Saloon Sports Bar, Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
  • Oct. 17, CPRS Aging Section SoCal Senior Symposium, click here for brochure
  • Oct. 24-26, CPRS Aquatics Section California Aquatic Management School, click here for brochure
  • Nov. 2, CPRS District 4 2012 Bay Area Institute, click here for brochure
  • Nov. 5, 7 & 9, CPRS Save the Date! Administrators Section Financial Sustainability Workshops
  • Nov. 7-9, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for brochure
  • 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


    CDC's Model Aquatic Health Code module open for comments
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    On May 31, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a draft of the Model Aquatic Health Code module for Lifeguard & Bather Supervision. The public comment period has been extended until Oct. 14. Please review the module thoroughly for clarification and submit any comments to the CDC by Oct. 14. The MAHC will affect all public pool operators when it is complete and passed and accepted by state and county health departments. It is very important that aquatic professionals all stay ahead of the curve and educated on the different modules within the MAHC.
    Click here to download the draft.
    Click here to download the comment form.

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    California state parks budget officials for years unable to explain surpluses
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Over and again, budget officials at the California Department of Parks and Recreation struggled to understand why every fiscal year ended with millions of dollars in surplus cash on hand. At least since 2009, budget reviews conducted by the department each January showed a multimillion-dollar surplus, according to hundreds of pages of witness testimony reviewed by The Sacramento Bee. Budget officials turned over regularly at state parks headquarters amid what one called a "hostile work environment," and each seemed powerless to figure out why the mystery money kept piling up. More

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    Yosemite National Park confirms 3rd hantavirus fatality    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The National Park Service confirmed that the number of confirmed hantavirus cases linked to individuals who stayed one night or more in Yosemite National Park since June of this year has now risen to eight. Three of these cases have resulted in the death of the individual concerned while the five remaining victims are said to be improving or recovering. More

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  • Lifeguards mount protest after being fired over 'Gangnam' parody video
    Yahoo News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Fourteen employees at an El Monte, Calif., aquatic park are organizing an effort to get their jobs back after they were fired for filming a parody video they say was meant to highlight how much they loved working at their jobs. In the video, a group of lifeguards dances in humorous choreographed moves in an homage to the "Gangnam Style" video that has become a huge viral sensation online, with more than 130,000,000 views. However, the city of El Monte did not see the humor in the video, titled "Lifeguard Style," firing all of the lifeguards who participated and the pool's manager. City officials said they had violated the El Monte Aquatic Center's uniform policy. More

    Innovative Yet Low-Risk Park Design
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    Reclaim your city
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    Sept. 21 is Park(ing) Day. The worldwide event is where metered parking spots are turned into temporary parks. The event started in 2005 in San Francisco and is now a global movement. For more information, visit Please share your Park(ing) Day experiences on the CPRS Facebook page.

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    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

    Imperial Dunes recreation management plan released
    The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A final environmental impact statement and proposed management plan for the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area near Glamis was released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The BLM analyzed eight alternatives for the popular off-highway area to address concerns raised during public hearings on draft plans released in 2010. One of the alternatives proposes less motorized vehicle use and another advocates more. The recommended option, Alternative 8, seeks to balance recreation with protection of cultural resources, wilderness, renewable energy development and critical habitat for the threatened Peirson's milkvetch, according to the BLM. 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!® logo to your agency's and foundation's social networking pages (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc.)

    The City of Visalia added the Parks Make Life Better!® logo to its "Chip-in" trailer wrap. The trailer stores supplies that are used during community service events like "Make a Difference Day," "Earth Day" and "Serve Visalia Day." The trailer is seen by 500 to 1,000 volunteers at each event and adds to their good feeling of not just doing something good but making life better for the community.

    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.

    Handling grants, donations
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    Karen Reams, Rim of the World Recreation & Park District, asks, "How does your district handle donations from the general public? How does your district handle applying for grants from organizations that only fund nonprofit entities? Do you have a nonprofit and or a foundation that supports your district? If so are they a 501(c)(3) or what type of IRS designation do they hold?" More

    'Pen and Shovel'
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    Read the development and operations blog "Pen and Shovel" about the hedging of shrubs. More


    Scholarships for CPRS student members — Apply now!
    Applications are being accepted for California Foundation for Parks and Recreation scholarships. Approximately 20 scholarships will be awarded to junior, senior and graduate-level students majoring in recreation, parks and leisure studies. Click here to download the 2012 form.


    Join Other Agencies for the Maintenance Management School Regents
    OC Parks, Cities of Carson, Santa Clarita and Ontario are registered, as well as the Cities of San Jose, Rocklin, Fremont, Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara, Clovis, Corona, Redding, Counties of Santa Clara, Riverside, Contra Costa, and Special Districts from Orangevale, and Rio Linda-Elverta. Best price registration deadline is Sept. 25 for the 2012 Maintenance School.

    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.

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