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We've made it easier to brag about your favorite programs and facilities. The 2012 CPRS Awards Program now has a new Website designed to make it easier for you to submit your award entry. The award deadline is Dec. 20. Visit http://cprs.awards.org to start your award application now. Award program categories include:
  • Creating Community
  • Excellence in Design
  • Excellence in Marketing & Communications
  • Champion of the Community
  • Professional Awards of Excellence

Response has been phenomenal! We've opened a 2nd series
Monthly training delivered to your desktop! Begins January 2013
Registration now open!
If you've ever wished you had the time or money to get you, your staff (or even your boss or commissioners) to more CPRS workshops/conferences, then here's some news you can use! Topics will include: Preparing for the Future, Priority Management, Marketing Planning, Staff Performance, Social Media Strategies, Contracting for Maintenance, Revenue Development, Staff Motivation, Conflict Resolution and so much more. Learn more here.


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CPRS DISTRICT/SECTION HIGHLIGHTS



  • Dec. 5, CPRS District 13 Holiday Cheer Social, click here for flier
  • Dec. 5, CPRS District 2 Winter Workshop, click here for flier
  • Dec. 6, CPRS District 10 Holiday Social, click here for flier
  • Dec. 7, CPRS District 3 The "Yes... and" Approach to Recreation, click here to register
  • Dec. 7, CPRS Region 3 Professional Development Conference, click here for more information
  • Dec. 13, CPRS District 3 Support Staff Recognition and Holiday Luncheon, click here for details
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 3 Awards and Installation Luncheon
  • Feb. 28, CPRS District 4 Annual Awards and Volunteer Recognition Dinner



  • NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Health advocacy organization PHA combatting child obesity with 'Play Streets'
    Emax Health    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The current obesity epidemic in the U.S. also includes the nation's children. Recently, the Partnership for a Healthier America announced that it had partnered with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to bring 10 "Play Streets" to 10 U.S. cities to combat the problem. The 10 winners were chosen based on their ongoing commitment to increasing physical activity among children, health education and programming, sustainability of the program, and community development. In California, San Francisco was one of the cities chosen. 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 clm@clm-services.com.
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    State Parks boss has daunting agenda
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The new state parks director will discover some troubling realities as he tries to bail out a leaky ship. Gov. Jerry Brown appointed retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Anthony Jackson to plug those leaks. In a scandal uncovered this year, a mid-level administrator hid $54 million in two special funds at the same time State Park administrators threatened to close 70 parks because of lack of money. When Jackson was sworn in a week ago as parks chief, Brown told him that his No. 1 mission was to restore integrity to State Parks. More

    The Buzz: California's new parks director vows 'absolute integrity'
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California's new state parks director was sworn in Friday amid hopeful applause and assurances of fiscal integrity. Anthony L. Jackson, 63, a retired Marine Corps major general, takes over amid turmoil in the department after officials were discovered to have hidden $54 million in two special funds – even as the state moved to close 70 parks to achieve $22 million in savings. Former Director Ruth Coleman resigned and others were fired or reassigned. Two investigations are ongoing. "I want to operate the department with absolute integrity, and that will be a watchword of mine," Jackson said. "I want to win the trust of the people of the state of California. I want people to know every nickel, every dime will be honestly handled within the department." More


    NTD Architecture
    NTD, a leading provider of comprehensive architecture services to education, healthcare and civic institutions. 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.
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    Wildomar park tax measure wins
    North County Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Barring some event defying the laws of statistical probability, Wildomar's park tax measure has won. "Unless there is some giant wave of God's hand, I think we've got it covered, and I'm very glad," said John Lloyd, who led the campaign to pass Measure Z, in an interview. The special tax results in a $28 per parcel annual levy that will raise more than $300,000 for the city to use in financing parks and recreation. More

    Nativity scenes in public parks pit churches against atheists
    The Associated Press via Casa Granda Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Damon Vix didn't have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities. The atheist's anti-God message alongside a life-sized nativity display in a park overlooking the beach ignited a debate that burned brighter than any Christmas candle. Santa Monica officials snuffed the city's holiday tradition this year rather than referee the religious rumble, prompting churches that have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama for decades to sue over freedom of speech violations. More



    California's river parkways get $34 million in funding
    Central Valley Business Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More than $34 million in funding is being allocated to 33 proposed river parkway projects statewide by the state Natural Resources Agency. Of the total, nearly a third — over $10.2 million — is going to projects in the Central Valley. The projects will create recreation opportunities for families, restore fish and wildlife habitat, provide flood management, and enhance California's river parkways, the state says. More


    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


    Park patrol chief tasked with tracking rangers
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More than two months into his job as manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department's park patrol unit, Bob Lotti is still getting used to the sheer number of park facilities in San Francisco. A retired police chief from Colma, where the most notable use of the small town's space is for 17 cemeteries rather than recreation, Lotti is the first person the city has tasked with directly overseeing park rangers. The understaffed, 17-person unit responsible for patrolling San Francisco's 230 park facilities has come under fire in recent years for overtime pay mismanagement, and officials are counting on Lotti's administrative expertise to turn things around. More

    Park employees to pay fraction of benefits costs
    The Camarillo Acorn    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Thirty-eight employees with the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District will begin to contribute toward their health insurance benefits in 2013 after decades of not paying anything for their medical, dental and vision plans. The park district's board of directors voted to require employees to contribute 5 percent toward their health benefits, citing rising health care costs. The district previously covered 100 percent of their full-time employees' health premiums and the premiums of up to three family members. 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!® slogan to your department's logo.

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

    CPRS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT


    The City of Campbell recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Campbell Community Center. It held a "CCC is the Place to Be" birthday party on Friday, Nov. 30, and will continue the celebration with a CCC Community Champions Celebration and Comedy Night on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in the Campbell Heritage Theatre. Congratulations City of Campbell!

    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.

    Policies/guidelines on commercial programs/farmers markets in public parks
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    Sheila Molinari, City of Salinas, asks, "The City of Salinas is developing policies/guidelines on commercial programs/farmer markets in public parks. If someone already has policies/guidelines on this topic, I would appreciate receiving any information you can share." Please post your answer here.

    Boat rentals in parks with lakes
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    Ed Jost, City of Las Vegas, asks, "The City of Las Vegas is exploring the idea of adding paddle boats to one of our urban lakes. We are looking for other cities that either have had boats in lakes in the past or who currently offer boat use on lakes as part of their operation. Specific questions are:
    • Do you provide lifeguards for the lake? What kind of certifications are required for the lifeguards? (Because our lake has depths of up to 17 feet, we have been told they will need deep water rescue certifications.)
    • Do you operate the boat rentals yourself or is this contracted out? Do you have specific hours the boats are available?
    • What have your experiences with boats taught you about structuring this program if you had to do it over?
    Any assistance you can give will be very appreciated." Please post your answer here.


    RESOURCES


    CDE's After School Division strategic planning process recruiting team members for next phase
    The After School Division is now accepting applications for team members. Applications and resumes are due to the ASD by Friday, Dec. 7. For more information, click here. Please use the following link to access the application: Implementation Team: Information and Team Member Application.

    Promote walkability
    Check out America Walks for projects and campaigns that further walkability in your community. That organization received funding recently from CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative and the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity to bring workshops, technical assistance, and other support services to local communities.

    Designate your community 'Walk Friendly' — deadline Dec. 15
    A Walk Friendly Community is a city or town shows a commitment to improving walkability and pedestrian safety through development of comprehensive programs, plans and policies. Communities awarded a Walk Friendly Community designation will receive national recognition for their efforts to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort. The Walk Friendly Communities initiative is sponsored by FedEx and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. The program is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center's Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, with support from national partners, including CDC.

    Learn more about your community
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 2011 American Housing Survey national and metropolitan data [online]. [cited Nov. 1, 2012]
    The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the AHS to obtain up-to-date housing statistics for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The AHS contains a wealth of information that can be used by professionals in nearly every field for planning, decision making, market research, or various kinds of program development. It gives data on apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, vacant homes, family composition, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, equipment, fuels, size of housing unit, and recent movers.

    New data on youth populations will help you with your program planning
    Visit www.kidsdata.org.

    Engage your diverse communities
    A Guide to Designing Effective Programs to Engage Diverse Communities, from the National Park Service, has many great ideas. Check it out here.

    EDUCATION



  • March 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for more details
  • Starting January 2013, DEPR – CPRS Webinar Series, click here for more information

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