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CPRS MEMBER AND AGENCY NEWS


What's on the ballots in November that will benefit parks and recreation?

CPRS is interested in tracking the outcome of local propositions or initiatives that support parks and recreation either through sales tax increases or bond measures. For instance the city of San Francisco and Marin County are both placing funding issues before their voters. Marin County's Measure A is for a 1/4 cent sales tax increase "to preserve quality of life and maintain open space, parks and farmland, with funds that cannot be taken by the state, to protect streams, baylands, natural areas and wildlife habitat; manage vegetation to preserve biodiversity and reduce wildfire risk; repair and replace deteriorating park facilities; and maintain and enhance walking, hiking, biking and equestrian trails." San Francisco's "Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks," Proposition B, is a bond measure that will authorize the city to borrow $195 million for park, open space and recreation facilities.

While these are specific to parks and recreation, CPRS is interested in any local measure that could protect funding for parks and recreation or bring in new revenues (i.e., general sales tax increase). Send your local ballot measure to jane@cprs.org.




CPRS DISTRICT/SECTION HIGHLIGHTS



  • Oct. 4, CPRS District 10 Mentoring Workshop, click here for flier
  • Oct. 6, CPRS District 10 Recreation Leader Training Consortium, Click here for registration flier
  • Oct. 10, CPRS District 10 General Membership Meeting, Click here for details
  • Oct. 12, CPRS District 1 Fall Workshop and BBQ, Click here for more information
  • 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



  • NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW


    Marin voice: What Measure A will mean to Marin parks and ranchlands
    Marin Independent Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A wide, diverse, enthusiastic and unlikely coalition has come together to promote Measure A — Protect Marin Parks, Open Space and Farmland — to continue Marin's legacy of astonishing land preservation and healthy living through outdoor recreation and local foods. More

    Water cutback drying up parks
    The Grand Island Independent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Inviting, colorful playground equipment surrounded by brown, dry grass. Crunchy turf and extra sticks crackling underfoot during a game of disc golf, neighbors watering city trees. All are signs of drought — or more tell-tale, the effect of Grand Island's program prioritization process. More

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    Cornhole championship draws thousands to Detroit park
    The Detroit News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More than 2,000 people were expected to take part in the 4th annual Detroit Cornhole Championship involving more than 160 teams competing in a tournament to raise money for Roosevelt Park near downtown. People dressed in elaborate costumes took part in the event, which included entertainment. Corn hole or corn toss is similar to horse shoes but involves a small corn-filled bag. The sports is growing in popularity throughout the country. More

    Bark in the Park a real treat for dogs, owners
    The Sedalia Democrat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From Great Danes to Dachshunds, Sedalia's four-legged friends (and their owners) were out in full force at Liberty Park for the first Bark in the Park. The free, all-day event was a joint effort between Sedalia Parks and Recreation, Sedalia Kennel Club and the Sedalia Animal Shelter, held to educate and entertain dogs and their owners and to encourage pet adoption. More

    Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy releases report on state and local employees
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    In 2011 California had the fifth lowest number of full-time equivalent state and local government employees relative to population among all states. The state has fewer state and local government employees relative to population in 2011 compared to 2007 (before the recession) with 501 in 2007 and 467 in 2011. One of the implications of this data is that residents will face fundamental choices about the level of services they desire and are willing to pay for. Click here to download the report.


    California Land Management
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    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.
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    Governor signs bill that stops California state parks closures
    Benicia Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    On Sept. 26, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1478, a budget trailer bill on state park operations that directs funding to parks previously slated for closure, provides a moratorium on park closures and strengthens oversight of the Department of Parks and Recreation by the Parks and Recreation Commission. The bill goes into effect immediately because it is a budget trailer and ensures the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park and State Recreation Area remain open for at least two more years. More



    Low garage fees cut Rec and Park revenue
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Paying less to keep your car in one of San Francisco's parking garages may be good for drivers, but it's sending the Recreation and Park Department's bottom line into a skid. Rec and Park — an agency that's struggled with budget cuts — is projecting it will bring in $3.1 million less than budgeted at the five parking garages it owns, according to a recently released monthly financial report for August. More

    Why we posted California parks documents, available here
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A few blog users have asked why The State Worker has posted more than 1,000 pages of interviews, adverse action notices and reports released by the California Natural Resources Agency that detail a covert employee leave buyback program at the Department of Parks and Recreation during the summer of 2011. The agency released the documents after The Bee's Matt Weiser broke the leave credit purchase story, which evolved into a revelation that parks had squirreled away $54 million while also preparing to close facilities and seeking private-sector donations and partnerships. 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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    Cruz a testing ground for new program: State parks department launches Park Observation Program
    San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With more state parks in its boundaries than anywhere else in the state, the Santa Cruz district of the state Department of Parks and Recreation is serving as a testing grounds for a new public-reporting program that could soon spread across the state. More

    Skateboard, bike enthusiasts don't want to lose park
    The Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Young bikers and skateboarders are leery about plans for a new, portable skateboard park in New Minas to replace the existing facility. With the Village of New Minas selling its civic center property across from the County Fair Mall to help finance the new recreation center and village offices, it's quite likely the current skate park will be lost. More


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    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


    BRANDING CAMPAIGN IMPLEMENTATION



    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.)


    City of Huntington Beach's Community Services Department is "tagging" their facilities with the Parks Make Life Better!® logo. They have created an easy way to paint on the logo. To learn more, contact Janeen Laudenback, JLaudenback@surfcity-hb.org.


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


    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.


    Dollar value of a volunteer hour
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    Darin Budak city of Bakersfield, asks, "We are in the process of documenting the dollar value of the hours the various groups donate to our department. What figure does your department use?" Please answer his question in the forum here. More

    Radio controlled planes and cars
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    Aaron Adams, city of Temecula, asks, "Please provide any information or examples of park policies, ordinances, resolutions, etc., regarding the operation of radio controlled planes and cars in city parks." Please answer his question in the forum here. More

    Special event insurance
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    Olivia Lemen, city of Calistoga, asks, "Do you accept private event insurance purchased online for facility rentals? If so, what sites do you accept from? Any experience with www.wedsure.com or www.rvnuccio.com?" More

    Community event hosting
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    Lisa Hansberger, city of Monrovia, asks, "Do you have a list of city standards, rules or regulations for any nonprofit or business interested in hosting a community event in your city?" If so, please email her with that information at lhansberger@ci.monrovia.ca.us. More

    RESOURCES


    A new study, The Journey of Sports Participation, 2012 Grassroots Sports Participation in America Study, from ACTIVE NETWORK and the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association, offers participant (ages 8 and up through adulthood) insights into the key motivators and blockers for sports and activity participation overall. Understanding the motivators and blockers can assist park and recreation agencies create programs and activities that get residents engaged. Click here to download a summary.

    Building management information systems to coordinate citywide afterschool programs: A toolkit for cities
    A new report developed by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families offers municipal leaders a detailed guide for building management information systems in order to coordinate local afterschool programs more effectively. Click here to learn more.

    Walkability 101:The Walkability Workbook (Walkable and Livable Communities Institute)
    The workbook is a free set of documents and slideshows that provide everything needed to organize community walkability workshops and conducting walkability audits. It was produced by a team of experts lead by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, with support by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Smart Growth America (U.S.). Complete streets local policy workbook. Washington, D.C.: Smart Growth America, 2012.
    This introductory guide serves as a starting point for transportation experts and interested local leaders to begin mapping out their own complete streets policies.

    AARP Public Policy Institute
    Livable Communities website
    The new website is a resource for policymakers, researchers and the public to learn more about the benefits of livable communities.

    Creating walkable and bikeable communities: A user guide to developing pedestrian and bicycle master plans (Center for Transportation Studies, Portland State University, 2012)
    Guidebook to help communities strategically plan for bicycle and pedestrian transportation.Click here for more information.


    EDUCATION


    Thriving in this New Economy — a Financial Sustainability Workshop hosted by the CPRS Administrators Section
    Long-term service and financial sustainability is dependent upon aligning and communicating transparent and objective processes to decision makers and the public. The storm has passed, join us to identify lessons learned, tips for success and pitfalls to avoid as you move forward. We've got three state-wide locations the first week of November—register—it's a great investment! Nov. 5, 7 and 9. Click here for more information.
     

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