P&R Weekly
Nov. 11, 2013

CPRS Desktop Education webinars planned for 2014
60 Minute Webinars Return for 2014. Days & Times: Third Thursday each month at 10:30 a.m., 4th Wednesday Each Month at 12:15 p.m.
This year's Make and Take series continues to focus on the most pressing issues facing parks and recreation agencies. Faculty will again be comprised of the most prolific park and recreation trainers, leaders and educators. Download registration form here.More

Hotels now open
The housing site is now open to take your room reservations for the 2014 Conference. Click here to book your room online.


CPRS Leisure Research Symposium looking for abstracts
Please consider submitting an abstract for the CPRS Leisure Research Symposium in March in Ontario and encourage graduate students to submit. Our goal this year is to publish abstracts on the CPRS website for use by the practitioners. Review the call form, and please contact Dr. Keith Fulthorp, CSU Long Beach, for more info.More

Conference show and tell
The CPRS Conference in Ontario will offer a showcase session of remarkable community programs. We want to highlight the finest California has to offer! Send us your best program or special event by December 1. Anything that your residents continue to support each time its offered. What about a new twist on movies in the park? Who offers an International Festival that truly kicks butt! What about a program you submitted for a CPRS award? Submissions can be as short as one paragraph. Send submissions to training@cprs.org.More

CPRS welcomes the following new members to our CPRS Community
The CPRS membership drive brought in 138 new members between September 16 and October 31. Members joining during this period received a training voucher from their District to use at an upcoming District training event during the next 12 months. Engaging new members is a critical element in retaining these professionals as future members. All 15 Districts united to participate in this new member effort, and every District recruited at least one or more new members during the drive.

The City of San Mateo Parks & Recreation was the lucky winner of a free conference registration to the 2014 Recreation & Park Conference in March. Agencies that had members join CPRS during the drive period were entered into a conference drawing every time an employee joined from their agency.

Welcome new members between October 28-31: Tracie Colamartino, Kevin Huntzinger (City of Rocklin); Anna Palmer, (Southgate Recreation & Park District); Dustin Diplacito (City of Roseville); Renee Estimada (City of Santa Clara); Claire Townsley, Matthew Cuevas (City of Manhattan Beach); Steve Lowenstein (City of Yorba Linda); Ron Davidson, John Gannaway, Bill Reiter (OC Parks); Arlene Biscan (West Coast Arborists, Inc.); David Algozzini (CSU Long Beach); Leonard Brongo (WB Management, Inc.); Linda Reich, Claudia, Benitez, Noemi Luna (City of Chino); Michael Wooten (City of Temecula); Malerie Wash (San Bernardino County Special Districts Department); Pamela Sikita-Ducas (Jurupa Area Recreation & Park District); Roxanne Lerma, (City of La Puente); Crystal Monte, Edmund Ramirez, Francisco Macias, Manuel Cantu (City of Santa Fe Springs); Yvette Macias-Franklin, Susan Perez (City of Covina); Melissa Barcelo (City of Walnut); Lauren Cronk (North of the River Recreation & Park District); Sumeet Batth, (City of Delano); Lisa Rick, (City of Morgan Hill); Emma Kelley, (City of Lomita); Maria Boland, Zachary Ortiz (Arden Manor Recreation & Park Dist.) More

Community needs study completed
Santa Maria Times
The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department has completed a study to determine the needs of the community in recreation and leisure services and the study is available on the city's website. The yearlong process involved holding community stakeholder interviews, meetings with special interest groups (such as sports, arts and education), community focus groups and phone surveys. Using the data collected, an action plan has been created.More

Could sparkling glow-in-the-dark pavement replace street lights?
Take Part
Keeping parks well lit at night can be a costly means to ensure pedestrian and cyclist safety. But a British-based company has come up with a way to turn park paths into glow-in-the-dark thoroughfares that double as energy-efficient works of art. Created by Pro-Teq, Starpath is a sprayable coating of light-absorbing particles that harvests ultra-violet rays from the sun during the day and dramatically lights up like a starry sky at night. The veneer is nonreflective, anti-slip and waterproof, and can be applied to cement, wood, tarmac or other solid surfaces.More

County park visitors help turn trash to gold
Moultrie News
The numbers are in — in summer 2013, waterpark visitors helped divert over 16,300 pounds of waste from area landfills. Through compost bins set up on site in place of trash cans at Charleston area waterparks, park patrons made a huge difference in their local environment this summer by diverting over 16 thousand pounds of leftover food and serving ware from the landfills. Instead, this waste will be composted and part of it returned to enrich your parks.More

Eastvale community park nearly complete
The Press-Enterprise
Eastvale youth sports leaders are heralding the construction of Eastvale Community Park as a chance for their organizations to grow and thrive. "This is tremendous," said Phil Stokes, president of the Eastvale Mustangs in the Junior All-American Football Inland Empire Conference. Stokes said the program has more than 433 children enrolled and is running out of practice space at Harada Heritage Park.More

Former National Park worker talks relationship of outdoor recreation, race
Indiana Daily Student
In order to promote a healthy society, one must look through both an environmental and social lens, a former National Park Service official said. Mickey Fearn, former National Park Service deputy director for communications and community, gave a speech exploring outdoor recreation participation among African-American students at Indiana University.More

New plan, coalition aim to protect Portland's Forest Park
Portland Tribune
The Forest Park Conservancy released an 80-page conservation plan for Portland's Forest Park and surrounding private lands. Known as the Greater Forest Park Conservation Initiative, it details 36 strategies to alleviate the spread of invasive species, protect loss of wildlife habitat and address climate change issues. The plan's unveiling coincided with the birth of the Forest Park Alliance, a new coalition of public and private sector stakeholders that will work to implement the conservation strategy.More

Get Healthy Independence mobile app
The Examiner
Larry Jones said, "We at the Independence Health Department are striving to bring public health into the 21st century and beyond. In 2011, the Health Department launched the Building a Healthier Independence initiative, which aims to increase access to healthy foods, increase opportunities for physical activity and decrease the use of tobacco products among residents of Independence. The initiative fosters collaboration among various city departments, community organizations, and businesses to improve the health of residents. Now, the Building a Healthier Independence initiative has a new tool: the Get Healthy Independence mobile app."More