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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 one-quarter-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


  • 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
  • Nov. 15, CPRS District 9 Charting the Course Fall Training
  • 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
  • March 8, Teen Leadership Academy, click here for Call for Sessions


    Invest in our parks to invest in the future
    San Francisco Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    San Francisco's park system is a critical city asset benefiting our quality of life and contributing to our economy. Encompassing more than 400 parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities, its urban park system was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the Trust for Public Land and has become the envy of municipalities across the nation and the world. More

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    State park donors feel betrayed, want money back
    California Watch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Donors in the South Bay, angry over state mismanagement of park funds, are demanding the return of hundreds of thousands of dollars they gave to keep Northern California's largest state park operating. The Coe Park Preservation Fund, based in Scotts Valley, donated $279,000 earlier this year to prevent the closure of rugged, 87,000-acre Henry W. Coe State Park, about 30 miles south of San Jose. "We're going to ask for the return of the $279,000 back to the Coe Park Preservation Fund," said Dan McCranie, treasurer of the group's board. If the money is returned, the group plans to offer refunds to its donors. More

    'Designed to Move: A Physical Activity Action Agenda'
    Champions for Action    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More than 70 experts from a wide range of disciplines contributed to the development of the fact base and this framework. These are the champions who are committed to working together to create a new future. More

    California Land Management
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    4 paths joining San Juan trails master plan
    The Orange County Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    San Juan Capistrano's Master Plan of Trails will add two trails and two trail connections after the City Council approved a General Plan amendment. The amendment will pave the way for the four trails, located on the city's Northwest Open Space, to be identified with signs including trail names and locations and emergency information. More

    Park(ing) Day 2012: Transforming spaces into works of art
    WJLA-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    If you see a group of people "parked" on a piece of sod or a parking spot completely transformed into a work of art, don't adjust those glasses. Park(ing) Day 2012, a worldwide event that gives people the chance to transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks at no charge. 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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    Pasadena commissioners concerned NFL could boot recreationists
    Contra Costa Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Rose Bowl neighbors and city parks commissioners expressed concerns about plans to use Pasadena's historic stadium as a temporary home for the NFL. A special Parks and Recreation meeting was the third public session examining a draft Environmental Impact Report for NFL usage of the stadium. It is part of a $400,000 study commissioned by the city this year. More

    SF Examiner editorial: Brown smart to sign bill keeping state parks open
    San Francisco Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is unfortunate that it took legislation to ensure proper stewardship of California's nearly 1.4 million acres of state parks. But Californians and people who visit the state should be thankful that Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill to protect our public spaces. More

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    Yosemite hantavirus: Employees may be surveyed for mouse-borne illness
    The Associated Press via The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California public health officials want to survey workers at Yosemite National Park to determine whether they were exposed to a deadly mouse-borne virus, a park spokesman said. The California Department of Public Health recently proposed to take a voluntary survey of workers to contribute to the park's understanding of the rare virus and the recent disease cluster, Yosemite National Park spokesman John Quinley said. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. This week's suggestion is to add the Parks Make Life Better!® logo to your agency's to your email signature.

    The City of Claremont is having a "Parks Make Life Better!" photo contest. Submissions need to demonstrate how parks improve the quality of life and may be included in a future Claremont Recreation & Activities Guide. The city created categories based on the branding campaign key messages:
    • Play – Safe, outdoor space
    • Nature – Beauty and serenity
    • Exercise – Healthy movement
    • Positive Spaces – Socializing and learning
    • Forever – Valued today and forever
    Click here to learn more.

    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.

    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 or" Please post your answer here.

    Park to take name of noted bay advocate
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A parks commission has approved a resolution to rename Eastshore State Park after the last surviving founder of the environmental watchdog group Save the Bay. The resolution to name the park after Sylvia McLaughlin was approved by the California State Park and Recreation Commission and is expected to be adopted any day now by Janelle Beland, the acting director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. More

    RT inspiration
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    Nancy Nisbett, CSU Fresno, asks, "Who inspired you to become the RT you are today? Who have been your RT mentors? We all have stories of co-workers, faculty, supervisors who have inspired us not only to become RTs, but also have inspired the way we practice. Share yours!" Please post your answer here.


    Youth Garden Grants - National Gardening Association
    Youth Garden Grants are awarded to schools, community organizations and Park and Recreation agencies with child-centered garden programs. Priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements:
    • integration of content standards
    • nutrition connections
    • environmental awareness
    • entrepreneurship
    • social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning
    Deadline: Dec. 3


    Teen Leadership Academy planning has begun for the state conference
    CPRS District 4 Youth & Teen Recreation Services will coordinate our annual March Teen Academy, and it's time for agency's youth leaders to teach their peers a skill in San Jose. Bring your youth to the Academy and submit an educational session for consideration. Please use this form; deadline is Nov. 9. Watch for the Teen program registration packet on our conference website in November.

    Thriving in this New Economy: A financial sustainability workshop hosted by the CPRS Administrators Section
    When: Nov. 5, 7 and 9
    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 have three statewide locations the first week of November. Register — it's a great investment! Click here for more information.

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