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

CPRS members attending NRPA's National Congress for Parks & Recreation in Anaheim, Oct. 16-18, are needed to share our message that Parks Make Life Better!® We encourage you to wear your agency's Parks Make Life Better!® attire, carry your agency's bag, clipboard, or lanyard throughout the Congress — especially TUESDAY — for the Opening General Session! On Tuesday, we will have signs and "bling" to give out to delegates as they leave the General Session. We also have an informational card to give you that when you are asked, "what's this all about?" you will be able to hand them a card with the message and how to get more information. Look for CPRS members outside the Arena for the signs, bling, and informational cards!

Do you have photos of how your agency is using Parks Make Life Better!®? Please send images and captions to Robin Soto, For more information about volunteering, contact Alana Kaleikini, or 949-724-6649.

Plan to attend the CPRS Congress "Meet Up" — Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6–7:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, Territorial Saloon Sports Bar, 1855 S. Harbor Blvd. Come "hang with the California gang" while in Anaheim!


  • 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, click here for details
  • Nov. 7-9, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for brochure
  • Nov. 8, CPRS District 8 Annual Conference – Build a Better Tomorrow, click here for details
  • Nov. 12-16, CPRS Maintenance Management School, click here to register
  • Nov. 15, CPRS District 9 Charting the Course Fall Training
  • Nov. 28, CPRS District 10 Training
  • Dec. 5, CPRS District 13 Holiday Cheer Social
  • 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"


    Parks and Recreation departments benefit from sports tourism
    Athletic Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In 2005, Parks and Recreation Operations Manager Joel Dunn approached the Carson City, Nev., convention and visitors bureau with a proposal to boost sports tourism in the city. "When we originally started the campaign, the intent was to bring in some additional tournaments so that we would reap the benefits of our concessions sales," Dunn says. "We knew that if we could bring in a few more thousand dollars from concessions each year, we could offset some of the operational costs of our programs for our residents." It paid off. More

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    California parks officials probe possible document destruction
    The Sacramento Bee via The Fresno Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The California Department of Parks and Recreation is investigating whether crucial records were destroyed by officials at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, an off-roading park in the desert east of San Diego. Richard Stapler, a spokesman for the California Natural Resources Agency, which oversees the state parks department, confirmed that an investigation is under way at Ocotillo Wells. He also said a new superintendent, Kent Gresham, was put in charge of Ocotillo Wells. More

    Jurupa Valley: Park district, young people both win
    The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Sandra Stokley writes, "Here in the newsroom, one of the bureaucratic terms we're cautioned against using is 'win/win,' as in 'city officials said the new program is a win/win for all involved.' But rules were made to be broken and as far as I'm concerned, the agreement between the Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District and the California Conservation Corps is a win/win for all involved." More

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    State park named for Berkeley environmentalist Sylvia McLaughlin
    The Daily Californian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The California State Park and Recreation Commission has renamed Eastshore State Park in honor of lifelong environmental advocate and 95-year-old Berkeley resident Sylvia McLaughlin. The renaming of the park to McLaughlin Eastshore State Park is the culmination of a campaign of more than two years headed by Citizens for East Shore Parks, a nonprofit shoreline protection and advocacy organization that McLaughlin helped establish. The commission approved the park's renaming to honor the environmentalist's decades of service to the Bay Area's nature conservation and protection. More

    Rec and Park exploring shifting McKinley Square fence toward freeway
    The Portrero View    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The fence on the southwest side of McKinley Square, bordering Highway 101, may be shifted closer to the freeway, creating more space for the park's dog play area and native vegetation. "People have been talking about it for years. Everybody is positive about it because it will expand more useable area for trails and native planting," said Cris Rys, Potrero Hill resident and McKinley Square Community Association member. "People are happy about it, and we're happy that CalTrans and SF Recreation and Park are making this happen." More

    Innovative Yet Low-Risk Park Design
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    $2 million in gems, gold stolen from California museum
    The Associated Press via The Record Searchlight    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California investigators searched for thieves who made off with an estimated $2 million in precious gems and gold from a mining museum in the Sierra Nevada foothills during a brazen daytime robbery. But they didn't get away with the biggest prize of all: the nearly 14-pound Fricot Nugget, a giant crystalline gold mass unearthed in the Gold Rush era. During their attempt to grab the massive nugget, the robbers triggered an alarm that alerted authorities who swarmed the museum but were unable to nab the thieves. More

    California reports second case of plague in an animal in a week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A chipmunk found at the Lake Tahoe Basin United States Forest Service Taylor Creek Visitor Center has tested presumptively positive for the bacterium, Yersinia pestis, the agent of plague, according to an El Dorado County Department of Environmental Health press release Oct. 10. This is the second reported case of plague in a small animal in California in a week. Last week, the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health reported a positive case in a ground squirrel collected at the Fern Basin campground in the San Jacinto Mountains. The campground is north of Idyllwild. More

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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

    Missing Yosemite National Park employee found alive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Jessica Rose Garcia, a 23-year-old female employee at the DNC Parks & Resorts Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park, has been located alive after she was reported missing on Sunday, Oct. 7. Garcia was located at approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon by a member of the Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue Team less than 2 miles up the South Fork Drainage of the Merced River, in the southern portion of Yosemite National Park, where she had apparently been hiking off-trail. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Identify and prioritize key target audiences as they pertain to the six brand messages of the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign.

    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.

    Park and facility naming policies
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    Anna Bielecki, City of Gilroy, asks, "The City of Gilroy is currently in the process of reviewing our existing Parks and Recreation Facilities Memorial Recognitions, Gift and Sponsorship Policy. Part of this policy addresses requirements necessary for renaming an existing park or facility in memory of an individual to commemorate significant community contributions. It would be helpful for me to see what policies other cities have in place to administer this type of effort. If your municipality has a policy for naming or renaming new or existing facilities, I would greatly appreciate an electronic or PDF version. Thank you." Please post your answer here.

    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.

    Celebrate CSU East Bay's 50th Anniversary
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    The Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism at California State University, East Bay (Hayward) is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its first graduation class. The department was started by Dr. William Neipoth who has been instrumental in the planning and design of this evening. You are invited to a celebration on Oct. 19 from 4-7 p.m. on campus in the New University Union. Click here for more details.


    The National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program's Facebook page rounds up grant opportunities every two weeks. Check out the most recent posting for grants. You also can follow the page so you'll never miss a grant highlighted there.

    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


    Webinar: Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT. There has long been an assumption that biking and walking are "big city" phenomena, and that rural Americans don't need bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure. A new analysis of the 2009 NHTS reveals that active transportation in small towns is more prevalent than we think. Who are these people, and where are they going? Learn about the key role federal funding has played in supporting active transportation in rural communities. Presenters: Tracy Hadden Loh, Research Manager, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Click here to register.

    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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