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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 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.


  • Dec. 13, CPRS District 3 Support Staff Recognition and Holiday Luncheon, click here for details
  • Jan. 17, CPRS District 2 NCAMA Workshop, click here for details
  • Feb. 2, CPRS District 10 Recreation Leader Training Consortium, click here for details
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 3 Awards and Installation Luncheon
  • Feb. 28, CPRS District 4 Annual Awards and Volunteer Recognition Dinner
  • March 2, CPRS District 1 Awards & Installation Banquet
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for details


    Los Angeles' 50 Parks Initiative: El Sereno Arroyo Park
    NRPA via YouTube    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Parks Build Community is an ongoing national initiative demonstrating the transformative value of parks and recreation on the health and vitality of communities across America. In 2012, NRPA is pleased to work with partners to complete a third Parks Build Community project in the City of Los Angeles, the El Sereno Arroyo Playground. More

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    Study: California cities dominate list of most overpoliced cities in America
    California City News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    What is the true cost of crime in cities across America? A new study from the University of California-Berkeley sought to measure the "cost of crime" in more than 130 cities by examining crime rates, income, the number of police officers, their salaries and other socioeconomic factors. The study determined which cities in America are the most overpoliced and which are the most underpoliced. Many California cities are ranked in the top 30 when it comes to being overpoliced. More

    New law is child's play for Wales
    Press Association via MSN News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Wales is the first country in the world to legislate for children's play, Welsh government officials have said. Ministers say new regulations will place a duty on county councils to assess play and recreational opportunities for youngsters in their areas. Local authorities will have to carry out audits on things such as open spaces and recreation facilities as well as community initiatives. The assessments will be used to develop action plans to improve play opportunities for all children across Wales. More

    California Land Management
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    Environmental education initiative in California and beyond
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Jacob Devaney writes, "After millennia of battling harsh elements living in the natural world, humans have created their own environments with climate-controlled houses and cities that limit the inconvenience of natures' intrusions. Except for moments like Hurricane Sandy or Katrina, we can mostly live untouched by nature if we choose to, but there is a downside. We ARE nature. Many of us have completely lost touch with the interconnected web of natural systems that sustain us and this is a formula for disaster, natural disaster." More

    Walkable surroundings benefit seniors
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Dorothy Dupree edged one foot in front of the other, keeping an eye on the sidewalk. Her steps were steady but slow. A cane dangled over her left arm, in case she needed it. On a recent sunny morning in Berkeley, the 80-year-old great-grandmother, joined by a half dozen other elderly women, ambled through the neighborhood as part of a walking group led by the South Berkeley Senior Center. "I have arthritis, and this keeps me from getting stiffer than I am," said the retired human resources worker. More

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    San Diego adds to open space land preserves
    KPBS-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The San Diego City Council has voted to preserve 6,572 acres of additional open space, making it off limits to development. The vote was called a victory for environmentalists, even though they wanted the city to preserve even more land. The council voted to "dedicate" the open space, which is found throughout the city of San Diego. Dedication is the highest level of protection. It means two-thirds of city voters must approve any building project on any of that land. More

    Emerald Glen Park Aquatic Center in Dublin, Calif., to open in late 2015
    Around Dublin Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Dublin City Council recently gave direction to move forward with Phase V of Emerald Glen Park in East Dublin. The City of Dublin will not be building the competitive swimming pool at Emerald Glen Park that it has been promising residents for over two decades, because the Dublin Unified School District is already planning to build a competitive pool at the Dublin Swim Center adjacent to Dublin High School in West Dublin. The much scaled-back version of the Emerald Glen Park Aquatic Center will be spread over 51,360 square feet and include three smaller pools and a multipurpose room for birthday parties and classes for now. More

    Oakland council to look at dog park plan
    San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A stretch of green grass on the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland largely has been a weekend gathering spot for picnics, hula hoopers and informal soccer games. But the otherwise nondescript swath has also become the battleground for a dog war. Enthusiasts for a dog park have been working for over a decade to bring a fenced-off "play area" to the site. But they've come up against increasingly vocal opposition from the neighborhood. More

    Conejo park board member retires after 44 years
    Ventura County Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Mark Jacobsen remembers when the Conejo Creek park complex in Thousand Oaks was open land where his son caught snakes — before Highway 23 came through. As a member of the Conejo Recreation and Park District board of directors, Jacobsen, 83, cast one of the votes to purchase the property for park land in 1972. While some pushed for a tennis complex and a lake on the property, Jacobsen instead supported the city constructing a library, senior center and teen center. 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

    Hearst Castle waived event fees as nearby parks struggled
    California Watch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While nearly 70 of California's state parks fought to escape closure from budget cuts, the crown jewel of the park system — Hearst Castle — waived $611,000 in private event fees over the last decade for select individuals and organizations, including the politically connected. Hearst Castle, the lavish 165-room estate on a San Simeon hill overlooking the Pacific coast and Highway 1, has been the venue of choice for 125 events since 2002, ranging from weddings to fundraisers, birthday bashes to cocktail parties. More

    Making a home on Mount Diablo: Close, yet so far
    Contra Costa Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    From his backyard 2,100 feet up Mount Diablo, Jason Hart has a million-dollar view. Alamo, Walnut Creek and Concord are spread out before him between the ridges and peaks. In the daytime, he can see the buildings and homes stretching into the distance. At night, civilization is alight down below. "I look out over a landscape where you know there are a lot of people out there," he said. "But the sounds I go to bed to at night are a pack of coyotes yapping and owls hooting." Hart is one of 11 park employees who lives and works in Mount Diablo State Park. More

    9 of the best California desert winter campgrounds
    KCET-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Elsewhere in the country, people who love camping either have to wait out the long winter months or contend with snow and sub-freezing temperatures. But RVers and people in or near the California deserts can engage in a favorite pastime year-round. With a little planning, campers can camp as comfortably in January as they can in May. Here are some favorite places for winter camping that range from campgrounds with hookups to primitive, unmarked sites. More


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

    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.


  • 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
  • April 16-18, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Riverside), click here to register

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