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Volume 68, Number 2 • Spring 2012

Water Use & Conservation

2012 Conference Recap, page 8 We are in Good Hands, page 44 Partnerships and Naming Rights, page 50 Trends in Aging Services, page 54



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PARKS &RECREATION SPRING 2012 • VOLUME 68, NUMBER 2 From the President

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Spring is a time of renewal and growth. In this issue we examine how to grow your financial resources, your community standing, your senior services participation.

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CONFERENCE RECAP! ................................................................................................. 8 A brief look back at the conference in Long Beach, March 20-23. We could add one more “E” to the theme “Empower, Engage, Explore” - Energy!

Editor Jane H. Adams Executive Director Managing Editor John Glaeser Director of Communications Advertising Melonie Zarzuela Assistant Advertising Manager CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION (ISSN 0733-5326) is published quarterly by the California Park & Recreation Society, Inc., 7971 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95832-9701. Opinions expressed in credited articles are those of the author and not necessarily those of the society. Subscription rate is $30.00 per year and is included in membership dues. Individual subscriptions apart from CPRS membership are available only to colleges, libraries and members of CAPRCBM. Single copy price for the Fall Directory issue is $25.00 for members and $65.00 for nonmembers. Single copy price for all other issues is $7.50 for members and $12.50 for nonmembers. Periodicals postage paid at Sacramento, California, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION, 7971 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95832-9701. Send manuscripts, query letters and artwork to John Glaeser. Advertising materials should be forwarded to the address above or call 916/6652777. Guidelines for submitting articles and advertising rates are available from same address, or from the CPRS website ( © 2012, California Park & Recreation Society, Inc.

OUTDOOR WATER CONSERVATION: COMPLIANCE AND COSTS............................... 36 A case study of the Town of Apple Valley’s steps to comply with state mandates AB 1881 and SB x7.7 for water conservation. WE ARE IN GOOD HANDS.......................................................................................... 44 Students applying for a California Foundation for Parks and Recreation scholarship were asked to write an essay on how they would make the statewide branding slogan “Parks Make Life Better!®” a reality. Read their intentions in this article. PARK PARTNERSHIPS AND NAMING RIGHTS............................................................ 50 The City of Bakersfield looked at park partnerships and naming rights to help alleviate budget cuts in 2011. TRENDS IN AGING SERVICES..................................................................................... 54 The largest generational segment (baby boomers) will soon require services and programs from park and recreation agencies. The City of San Mateo just completed an in-depth study of 95 organizations in 23 states. Learn how the results can be applied to your agency or program. COMPREHENSIVE INCLUSIVE PLAY SPACES!............................................................ 60 This article explores the principles of universal playground design to remove not just physical barriers but also social barriers.


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Looking at Parks & Recreation through a Glass Half Full


by Darin Loughery • CPRS President

onversation among park and recreation professionals today often center on the state of the profession. As the impacts of a staggering 5– year economy are being felt, talk among colleagues at times seems like an episode of the evening news - with intense focus on the tragic, dramatic or most depressing situations. I prefer to view the state of the profession through a different lens. With my involvement on the CPRS Board of Directors over the past four years, I have witnessed a re-invention of how park and recreation agencies are conducting business. The innovative practices in building capacity, integration of research findings, utilization of social media and branding are all leveraging the profession to new levels of relevancy. Here are a few of my observations regarding the profession:

park and recreation staffs are assigned to deliver programs and ser vices during the school day at elementary, middle and high school campuses. The relationships formed between principals, teachers and recreation staff have resulted in new opportunities for more than 20,000 children and youth to be physically active while under the watchful supervision of caring adults. The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation is an active partner on the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative. Parks and recreation staff contribute by working with multiple organizations to reduce and prevent childhood obesity by creating healthy environments for all children and families through advocacy, education, policy development, and environmental change.

Building Capacity

The access to and utilization of credible research findings are moving parks and recreation agencies to be recognized as legitimate and essential community problem solvers, particularly in the areas of community health and public safety. acknowledges itself as the gateway to comprehensive data about the health and well-being of children across California. Through, park and recreation professionals can determine the conditions of children and youth in their community and build their program offerings to improve weaknesses and/or build on strengths. The data is maintained and updated annually to enable staff to validate their progress in improving conditions. continued on page 82

The days of being everything to everyone are officially over. Building capacity in today’s economy requires a fresh look at systems in a complimentary way. The City of Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Ser vices Department is an enterprising agency which has dramatically strengthened local business support of its programs and events through its access to the public. Dentists, credit unions and other local merchants have signed on for Los Alamitos sponsorships for the fulfillment of their own corporate goals while utilizing the City’s programs as a method to increase their clientele base. Partnerships can also create access to target users. In the City of Irvine,

Integration of Research Findings

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2012-2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT Darin Loughrey City of Irvine P.O. Box 19575, Irvine, CA 92623 949/724-6642 • PRESIDENT-ELECT Michelle Lacy City of Orinda 22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563 925/253-4202 • VICE PRESIDENT Mark Mariscal City of Los Angeles 1670 Palos Verdes Dr. N., Harbor City, CA 90710 310/548-7643 • SECRETARY-TREASURER Anna Bielecki City of Gilroy 7351 rosanna Street, Gilroy, CA 95020-6141 408/846-0460 • REGION 1 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 1, 2, 3) Derek Schweigart City of Concord 1950 Parkside Drive., MS#16, Concord, CA 94519 925/671-3289 • REGION 2 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 4, 5, 6) Nick Calubaquib City of Morgan Hill 17555 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 408/310-4241 • REGION 3 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 7, 8, 15) Darin Budak City of Bakersfield 4101 Truxton Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93309 661/326-3138 • REGION 4 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 11, 13, 14) Dawn Pia City of Riverside 3900 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92522 951/826-2042 • REGION 5 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 9, 10, 12) Julie Roman City of Stanton 7800 Katella Avenue, Stanton, CA 90680 714/890-0883 • COUNCIL OF SECTIONS REPRESENTATIVES (Administrators, Aquatics, Development & Operations, and Educators) Doug Grove RHA Landscape Architects Planners 6216 Brockton Ave., Suite 212, Riverside, CA 92506 951/781-1930 • (Aging, Recreation Supervisors and Recreation Therapy) Leon Raya City of San Dimas 245 East Bonita Avenue, San Simas, CA 91773 909/394-6234 • Please contact any Board Member with questions or comments


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Energy Levels High At Long Beach Conference


he annual California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference is the place for park and recreation professionals to come together and share ideas and resources. At this year’s conference in Long Beach March 20-23, 2012, 1,060 delegates representing 376 agencies/organizations throughout California and the Pacific Southwest were on hand to experience the high-energy level of the general session, learn new trends in the 100+ educational sessions and experience new products and services in the Expo Hall. Other conference activities included the comedy show at the Laugh Factory, the Fun Run along Shoreline Village, Harbor Tours, Aquarium of the Pacific Tour, Park Operations Tour, the Aquatics Facility Tour, the Progressive Poker Pub Crawl and the CPRS Annual Awards Program. What was definitely evident throughout the conference was the high-enegry level of the delegates.

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BOOM!!! General Session Energy Permeates Entire Conference


he General Session began with a wonderful Parks Make Life Better! ® video presentation (can be viewed on YouTube at www. yA& or search for LQCommunity Services). The video showed a pair of youth and a senior who each come across a community center tailored to their needs: a place to gather socially with healthy activities. Delegates were welcomed to Long Beach by Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, who talked about the amenities that Long Beach had to offer delegates and how important parks and recreation is to the residents of Long Beach. The 2011-12 CPRS Board of Directors were recognized for their service over the past year. Newly elected CPRS President Darin Loughery was installed. He then promptly installed the 2012-13 State Board of Directors. Next on the schedule was a video presenting the 2011 Cream of the


Crop Award of Excellence winners (see page 14 for an article on the winners). Agencies were recognized for the excellence in the areas of: • Creating Community • Excellence in Design: Park Planning and Facility Design • Marketing & Communications The general session speaker, Kenya Masala, stepped to the stage as the audience sat in anticipation of what they were going to do with these brightly painted tubes they were holding. It became evident very quickly that everyone was about to become a musician. Masala integrated the message of group dynamics with accomplishing a single goal, such as the Parks Make Life Better!® brand. While each of us may perform our own rythm, we are still part of the overall musical piece. Just as each of us is focused on doing our own job, that job is part of our promise:

Parks and Recreation makes lives and communities better now and in the future by providing access to the serenity and inspiration of nature; outdoor space to play and exercise; facilities for self-directed and organized recreation; positive alternatives for youth which help lower crime and mischief; and activities that facilitate social connections, therapy, human development, the arts, and lifelong learning.


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The 2011 CPRS Legislator of the Year Award Recipients


PRS has acknowledged outstanding State legislative leadership since 1978. CPRS has selected two Legislator of the Year recipients for 2011: Assembly member Cameron Smyth (Assembly District 38) and Senator Fran Pavley (Senate District 23). Upon hearing she received this award Senator Pavley stated, “Thank you for presenting me with the Legislator of the Year Award for 2011. As you know, I am a passionate advocate in the State Legislature for State parks and recreation areas and I am very honored to receive this award. The California Park & Recreation Society has shown their reputable dedication to uniting the park and recreation community through advocacy, outreach, and education.”


Paul Romero, Senator Fran Pavley and Jane H. Adams Senator Pavley has shown unwavering support of CPRS policy objectives by scoring a 100% favorable rating on the Society’s 2006 and 2008 bien-

nial Legislative Scorecard. CPRS also is pleased to present this award for her leadership as Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and former chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee 3, a fiscal committee that oversees all state spending relative to parks and resources issues. CPRS applauds her work as joint author on hallmark legislation to curb carbon emissions in the state (Global Warming Solutions Act) and her tireless activities to protect and restore California’s state park system. In addition to her state leadership, Pavley has a long history as a local public official of support for park issues, namely a land transfer in Agoura Hills resulting in the development of a ten-acre gateway for the Santa Monica Mountains and the construction of the


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Paul Romero, Assembly Member Cameron Smyth and Jane H. Adams Agoura Hills-Calabasas Community Center. Pavley’s district includes the cities of Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Westlake Village, as well as several communities in the City of Los Angeles. CPRS choose Assembly member Cameron Smyth for his consistent voting record and associated actions during his six years as a California legislator. Smyth has voted favorably on bills that have resulted in expanded

joint use opportunities, the creation of anticipated Santa Susana State Park, improving non-motorized transportation by creating bicycle routes of significance, and bike lane funding. Smyth has also authored Assembly Resolutions in 2011 and 2012 acknowledging “July as Parks Make Life Better!®” month in California. Smyth consistently shows a balanced and bipartisan approach to policy making which is evident in his appointment as Chair of the Assembly Local Government Committee, the only Republican to hold such a key post in the Assembly. Smyth, elected in 2006, represents the 38th Assembly District comprised of the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, and Glendale. Rick Gould, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services for the City of Santa Clarita stated, “As a former Mayor and Councilmember for the City of Santa Clarita, Assembly member Smyth has long-been an advocate for parks and recreation activities. We are pleased to see Assembly member Smyth recognized by CPRS for his continuing commitment to prioritize increased physical activity, access to nature, spaces for play, especially bicycling, through his support of proactive legislation.”

Winners At Conference

Expo Hall Drawings: Dream Vacation Winner Leslie Hardy, City of Newport Beach 2013 Conference Registration Lucy Ramos, City of West Sacramento $500 cash winner Anita Meacham, City of Los Angeles

Education Session Evaluation Drawings: 2013 Conference Registration Renee Furtado, City of Santa Clara Frank Salgado, City of Ontario Ruri Pierre, City of Whittier Pilar, Project Say, City of Anaheim

Progressive Poker Pub Crawl:

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Ipad Victoria Ruth, City of San Carlos (best hand) 2013 Conference registration Tu Phan, City of Newport Beach (2nd best hand) CPRS membership Deena Diggins, City of Cypress (3rd best hand) Lisa Litzinger, City of Lakewood (worst hand)

Conference Delegate Evaluation Drawings:

Creating experiences which connect people with their environments.

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Announcing the 2011 CPRS Award of Excellence Recipients The C–R–E–A–M of the Crop


hat does a video, anniversary celebration, a 9-hole disk golf course, a canyon, a museum, a round barn, a historic beach house, a water park, a lake cabin, a bike, an all night art event, eliminating algae blooms, seniors playing soccer, and a water carnival have in common? Their commonality is these are some of the outstanding recipients of the 2011 CPRS Awards of Excellence. CPRS has a long history of acknowledging excellence in graphic design, activity guides, recreation and community services programming, park planning and facility design. Based upon member feedback, award committee evaluations, and sponsor input, 2011 CPRS Awards Program Chair Sheila Canzian, City of San Mateo, led her awards team to new heights. The 2011 Awards Team was comprised of: • Chris Beth, City of Redwood City • Tara Gee, City of Roseville • Angie Avery, City of Los Alamitos • Kyla Brown, Riverside County Regional Park & Open Space District Helen Hernandez, City of Baldwin Park, assisted by organizing the Best of the Best Awards Networking Social held Wednesday, March 21st, at the 2012 annual conference. The 2011 CPRS Awards was a revamped awards program. Award categories were modified to acknowledge outstanding achievements in the areas of community improvement and programming, facility design, park planning, marketing and communications 14

and professional and citizen leadership. Award entries had to address the CREAM principles in their application: C = Creativity R = Results E = Execution A = Affect M = Mission

Marketing and Communications Award of Excellence

This award recognizes excellence in digital media, print publications, marketing, or branding that have significantly contributed to the public’s increased awareness of public parks, recreation and leisure services programs within the community. Categories included: Digital Media; Print Publications or Materials; Marketing Campaign; and Brand Management. Entries were submitted in classes based on population.

Driven by a desire to increase their department’s on-line presence and without much funding, BG staff developed a Recreation and Community Services Department website in-house using an open source content management system and trained their recreation leaders to become editors. Riverside County Regional Park & Open Space District - RivCo Parks Website Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District developed and launched a newly designed website using a content management system which allows multiple users to access and update content as needed and has integrated social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter directly into the web pages allowing information to be available to a larger audience and user base.

Digital Media

City of San Mateo Parks - Make Life Better!® Video Using the nub of the idea from Good Morning America’s “Your 3 Words” segment, San Mateo has created an engaging, playful and creative Parks Make Life Better in San Mateo! video to promote the value of parks and recreation. The video lets users relate how parks make their lives better through 3-word messages with nobody speaking a word! City of Bell Gardens - In House Open Source Website SPRING 2012 • CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION

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Long Beach Conference u Print Publication Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District - Summer 2011 Activity Guide The District’s Summer 2011 Activity Guide is an eye-catching, easy to read guide for the consumer and markets their program with bright, fresh ideas. The new format has resulted in increased participation, program fees and event sponsorships.

City of Bell Gardens - 50th Anniversary Faced with a dilemma to promote the 50th Anniversary of Bell Gardens with little to no money, the Recreation and Community Services Department took up the challenge and developed a marketing campaign utilizing their in-house staff resources.

City of Temecula/Old Town Temecula Community Theatre - 2011-12 Season Brochure Temecula Presents provides community theatergoers the opportunity to see exceptional national and international performing artists in their state-of-the-art, 361-seat Old Town Temecula Community Theater. This brochure is a work of art itself as all the backgrounds are original water color paintings by their graphic designer.

Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District - The Cove Waterpark Using a combination of marketing initiatives including radio advertisements, website and social media, billboard advertisements, printed materials and daily deals, this marketing campaign increased new visitors by 71%.

Jurupa Community Services District - Rockin’ Thru the Summer The District’s 3rd Annual Concert Series, “Rockin’ Thru the Summer,” print media promoted a recreation activity that brought the entire community together at the beautiful Harada Heritage Park each week. The series offered a place to socialize with family, facilitate new connections and enjoy great music.

Brand Management

City of Ontario – Department Brand Management The Recreation & Community Service Department’s desire to create an identity separate from the general City logo led to the creation of a full brand management campaign. Department staff landed on a new tag line, “Create Community One Piece at a Time,” which became the basis for creating a new department logo.


Marketing Campaign

Jurupa Community Services District - The Kids Zone Recreation Staff designed the Kids Zone marketing campaign utilizing a combination of flyers, e-mail blasts, print distribution and the use of social media. Participation in the Kids Zone recreation programs increased 52% since the implementation of the marketing campaign.

Excellence in Park Planning

This award recognizes planning and development or significant rehabilitation of outdoor park and recreation spaces where the majority of the site does not contain buildings, structures, or facilities and that result in higher levels of community use. Categories were Neighborhood, Community, Regional, and Specialty. Entries were submitted based upon project cost.

Neighborhood Park

Community Park

City of Chula Vista / Schmidt Design Group – Mt. San Miquel Park Mt. San Miguel Community Park provides a unique contrast of highenergy activities within a relaxed, natural setting. At the center of the nineteen acre park, three adult softball fields radiate from the centrally located concession facility. Other active-use areas include a tennis court, basketball court, and children’s playground in the shape of a California Quail.

Regional Park

Riverside County Regional Park & Open Space District – Rancho Jurupa Regional Park The Rancho Jurupa Regional Park Improvement project resulted in a one-of-a-kind facility that includes a splash-pad, 9-hole disc golf course, 18-hole natural miniature golf course, a retail center and camp store, multipurpose trails, cabins, (RV) campsites, a certified organic farm, a natural play area and a clubhouse with restrooms and laundry facilities.

Specialty Park

City of Irvine / RJM Design Group – Bommer Canyon Trailhead Surrounded by residential development, Bommer Canyon is one of the jewels of the 5,200+ acre Irvine Open Space Preserve. Previously accessible only by reservation or participation in a docent led activity, the new Bom-

City of Anaheim – Colony Park Colony Park is a one acre work of art providing users with an interpretive self guided tour to connect them to the community and history of Anaheim. Park users enjoy the sound of splashing water, a meal at the rustic picnic tables, recreate on exciting play equipment, and relax in the shade of fragrant orange trees while soaking up a bit of early Anaheim history. SPRING 2012 • CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION

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Long Beach Conference u mer Canyon Trailhead now allows the public to explore the natural landscape and remnants of the cattle ranch in a self-guided fashion. City of Dublin – Dublin Heritage Park & Museum The Dublin Heritage Park and Museum re-established Dublin’s historic heart as a crossroad and stagecoach stop for routes passing through the Tri-Valley area. Structures from the original ranch, long since separated by a freeway, were relocated to the new park site and were transformed into a period museum, “black box” theatre, and art studios.

sive community input and a dedicated team of donors and designers. City of West Sacramento / Group 4 - West Sacramento Community Center The West Sacramento Community Center is a new urban landmark for social, cultural, and recreational activities including cultural arts and leisure interest programs. The LEED Goldcertified design combines bold massing, extensive glass, and vibrant colors to create a striking new community architectural icon.

Excellence in Facility Design Award

This award recognizes design and construction or significant rehabilitation of buildings, structures and facilities used primarily to support park and recreation purposes. Divisions included: Aquatic Facilities; Community Centers / Mixed Use Facilities (i.e., senior centers, gymnasiums, library / community centers, joint use facilities); and Cultural Facilities (i.e., performing arts, visual art studios, museums). Entries were submitted based on project cost.

Community/Mixed Use Facilities

City of Santa Monica/Mia Lehrer + Associates - Annenberg Community Beach House The Annenberg Community Beach House is a unique combination of history, environment and public realm. The site’s legacy dates back to the days as a private seaside estate once owned by Marion Davies, an iconic Hollywood movie star. Through a true public/private partnership, the site has been restored with the help of exten-


This award recognizes outstanding initiatives to deliver the highest level of programs and services that embodies and embrace the values and mission of the profession and that move the agency towards a stronger position or role within the community. Entries were accepted in 10 categories.

Aging Well

City of Bell Gardens – “Still Kicking” Senior Soccer League The “Still Kicking” Senior Soccer League grew out of an interest to provide active workout experiences for men over the age of 55, many of whom had played soccer as youth or younger adults. What began as informal, Friday afternoon drop-in soccer practices has grown into a fully fledged league with 180 players. Those not physically able to play have found roles as team managers, coaches and unofficial cheerleaders.

Arts & Cultural Services

Cultural Facilities

City of Santa Rosa - De Turk Round Barn The DeTurk Round Barn renovation project restored one of California’s oldest round barns. The barn, originally built in 1891, has been transformed to preserve the natural rustic charm of the historic landmark while also incorporating modern amenities. It now serves as a multi-use community facility for weddings, conferences and meetings.

Aquatic Facilities

Creating Community Award of Excellence

Riverside County Regional Park & Open Space District - The Cove Water Park The 7-acre Cove Waterpark (Jurupa Aquatic Center) was designed as a highly themed recreational waterpark with both water play features and a 35-meter by 25-yard competition pool. The combination of the two creates a park that meets the needs of the community by offering year-round aquatic opportunities including competitive swim meets, swimming lessons, water fitness, and recreation activities.

City of Santa Monica – Glow 2010 Glow 2010 transformed Santa Monica Beach into an all-night innovative art event for more than 150,000 spectators. Twenty installations, commissioned from an extraordinary array of local and international artists, stretched over nearly a mile of beach, turning it into an all night outdoor gallery of experimental and interactive art. Glow 2010 demonstrates leadership in the redefinition of public space via commissioned artwork and showed a city sponsored artistic event could be produced in an effective and efficient way and create a substantial community impact.




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City of La Mesa – “CX3” Communities of Excellence Program This program identifies benchmarks or community indicators on walkability, access barriers, and the availability of healthy food choices. Once items are mapped, data is used to develop a local action plan for policy, systems, and environmental change. The program utilizes teen participants who acquire an awareness of their physical environments. As a result of data collection and tracking, La Mesa has received $1.7 M in grant funding for community walkability programs and infrastructure improvements to enhance safety and improve access to parks and schools.

Park & Facility Maintenance Management

Management Innovation

Padre Dam Municipal Water District - Santee Lakes Cabins The Cabins Project was created in response to community requests for additional camping experiences for the whole family that would provide not only great amenities but protect the valuable open space. Santee Lakes Cabins provides a “staycation” where campers can experience all the amenities offered by the 194 acre park with some conveniences of home, such as plumbing and electricity, all at an affordable rate.

Economic Vitality

City of San Pablo – Old Town San Pablo Old Town San Pablo is a weekly event during the summer months that works with local business and residents to provide musical entertainment, recreational activities, socializing and networking as well as a car show. Old Town San Pablo has become a community wide street fair/carnival that encourages residents and visitors to shop, dine, and recreate, all intended to stimulate the local economy.  

Environmental Stewardship

City of Santa Clarita - Open Space Preservation Program The Santa Clarita Open Space Preservation District was formed by a vote of residents who felt strongly about creating a greenbelt buffer of open space around the City. Since its inception over 1800 acres have been acquired that not only protect valuable open space but create beneficial recreational opportunities for the community to explore and enjoy.


OC (Orange County) Parks Annual Lake Management Program The OC Parks system has successfully resolved long-standing water maintenance issue at its nine lakes by hiring a single maintenance contractor and taking a more holistic approach towards water management. Water quality and lake appearance have improved, providing a healthier environment for fish and wildlife while additionally reducing costs and staff time spent maintaining the lakes.

Serving the Underserved

City of Bakersfield - Build a Bike Program The Build a Bike program began in 2007 as a cooperative effort between the Parks and Recreation Department, the Bakersfield Police Department, Bike Bakersfield, and Snyder’s Cyclery. Participants receive a bike donated by the Police Department and learn how to repair it from an instructor and volunteers from Bike Bakersfield, with discounted and free parts from Snyder’s Cyclery.

Youth Development

Neighborhood / Community Building

Sonoma County Regional Parks Historic Healdsburg Water Carnival The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department engaged the Healdsburg community to resurrect an historic water carnival on the Russian River in order to save a beloved swimming beach from possible closure due to budget cuts. Over 3,000 visitors attended the carnival and with a nod to its 1905 origins, included events such as a parade of floats, a vintage bathing suit contest and a Whiskeroo moustache and beard contest.

City of Ontario – Ontario Teen Action Committee Expansion Project The newly developed Teen Action Committee is dedicated to building young minds into successful and responsible young adults. Through volunteer opportunities, trainings, guest speakers and team building projects the TAC members continue to advance in achieving a more quality community for all residents.


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Announcing the 2011 CPRS Professional and Service Recipients Professional & Service Awards recognize outstanding involvement of professionals, citizens, community organizations and companies that promote parks and recreation role in providing access to nature, outdoor space, directed and self-directed recreation, and positive alternatives for youth, and activities that facilitate social connections, human development, the arts, therapy and lifelong learning.

2011 Citation Award Recipient:

Keith Demetrak, California Department of Parks & Recreation (posthumously)

2011 Champion of the Community Recipients: Supervisor Bill Campbell – for park access, acquisition and development OC (Orange County) Parks Jackie DeMuth & Laurie Newtown – creation of two universally accessible play spaces City of Roseville Parks, Recreation & Libraries Department Judy Flynn – for community project leadership City of Corona Parks and Community Services Patty Hamm – for playground rehabilitation & board leadership Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District Donna Marsh-Peery – for community event and board leadership City of Tustin Recreation, Parks, & Community Services Department Magdalena Ridley – for board and youth program leadership City of Santa Rosa Recreation & Park Department Edd Smith – for board leadership and community improvements Southgate Recreation & Park District, Sacramento



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Top Park & Recreation Students Receive Scholarships Nineteen scholarships ranging from $500 - $2,000 and totaling nearly $21,500 were awarded to some of the top students majoring in the park and recreation profession. Scholarships are awarded based on six overall criteria including: academic scholarship, profesional affiliation(s), activity and need. Erin Hipsman


“Ann Arge” Nathan Spirit Award

Christina Theobald


“Ann Arge” Nathan Spirit Award

Maryann Zeledon


CAPRCBM - Charles Kaufman Family

Amy Lepp


J. Richard and Betty Teague Memorial

Alicia Carney



Gabriel Alvarado


CPRS Recreation Therapy Section

Christine Zeledon


Dr. Robert E. Meyers, Jr. Memorial

Jaclyn Beecham


CPRS Past Presidents

Jenna Smith


CPRS Past Presidents

Jeanette Gant


Total Aquatic Management

Ashley Turcotte


Fred Brooks CPRS Park Operations

Wynndi Dahlin


CPRS District 10

Brian Cordeiro


CPRS District 10

Mandy Zeigler


Melissa Z. Kannas Memorial

Lauren Ferrigno


Korfhage & Kuss

Anna Koch


Administrator’s Section

Amelia Roberts


Administrator’s Section

Wynndi Dahlin


Jose Nonaca

Laura Duensing


District 12

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Conference Success Due to Conference Volunteers’ Hard Work Conference Coordinating Committee

George Chapjian, City of Long Beach, Local Host CoChairs; Sara Somagyi, City of Arcadia, Program Co-Chair; Manuel Carrillo, City of Baldwin Park, Program Co-Chair; Zach Jones, Exhibits Chair, Cosumnes Community Services District; Susan Wipf, Exhibits Manager, CPRS Director of Marketing and Membership Services; Leslie Fritz, CPRP, CPRS Director of Education; and Jane H. Adams, Conference Manager, CPRS Executive Director

Program Committee

Sara Somogyi, City of Arcadia, Program Co-Chair; Manny Carrillo, City of Baldwin Park, Program Co-Chair; Kristi McClure, City of Sierra Madre, Education Session Vice Chair; Chris Daste, City of Burbank, Education Session Vice Chair; Rudolph Galindo, City of Baldwin Park, Speaker Assistance Coordinator; Maria Moreno, City of Baldwin Park, Speaker Assistance Coordinator; Keith Fulthorp, CSU Long Beach, Student Program Coordinator; Virginia Chavez, Leadership Concepts, Inc., Teen Academy Chair; Keri Brady, City of Palmdale, Special Features Coordinator; Heide Xitco, City of Cerritos, Ignite Coordinator; Jason Hemmens, County of San Diego, Mentoring Program Coordinator-Admin Section; Pam Passow, City of San Clemente, Room Host Coordinator; Melissa D’Eloia, CSU Long Beach, Research Special Feature Coordinator; Maridith Janssen, CSU Long Beach, RT Institute Chair; Helen Hernandez, City of Baldwin Park, Best of the Best Coordinator; Tracy Stayton, City of Irvine, Learning Engagement Coordinator; Jim Venegas, City of Alhambra, Admininstrators Section Rep; Bill Thomas, City of San Clemente, Commissioners & Board Members; Keith Fulthorp, CSU Long Beach, Educators Section Rep; Philip Lopez, City of Lakewood, Development & Operations Section Rep; Inez Alvarez, City of Norwalk, Recreation Therapy Section Rep; Bill Hendricks, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Research Coordinator; George Alcala, Long Beach State, Student Rep; Michael Hudak, Long Beach State, Student Rep; Jessica Smaby, Long Beach State, Student Rep; Frances Manzo-Pimentel, City of Temple City, Supervisors Section Rep; Ken Bailey, retired, Audio Visual Onsite Coordinator


Local Host Committee

Chair, George Chapjian, City of Long Beach; Ramon Arevalo, David Ashman, Michelle Gingras, Sandra Gonzalez, Ashleigh Griset, Jane Grobaty, Marc Gutfeld, Gladys Kaiser, John Keisler, Anna Mendiola, Hurley Owens, Mark Sandoval, Sonny Seng, City of Long Beach; Gina Allen, City of Manhattan Beach; Dena Diggins, Jenny Worsham, Cypress Recreation & Park District; John Jones, City of Torrance; Lisa Litzinger, City of Lakewood; Terry Lowe, Stacy Michalak, City of Anaheim; and Jana Ransom, City of Irvine

Exhibit Committee

Zach Jones, Exhibits Chair, Cosumnes Community Services District; Jim Bruno, Playgrounds by Design, Inc.; Justin Caron, Aquatic Design Group; Joe Guarrera, Capitol Enterprises; Richard Hawley, Robertson Industries, Inc.; Elliott Heffler, Eagle Sports & Awards Co.; Charles Luecker, Lincoln Equipment, Inc.; Dennis Wilkes; Pete Stokes, Dave Bang Associates, Inc.; Kevin Sullivan, LPA, Inc.; Susan Wipf, Exhibits Manager


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CPRS Leadership CPRS recognizes the outstanding work of volunteers who provide considerable time and effort in providing CPRS members with invaluable programs and services. Please join CPRS in thanking the following individuals for their work in 2011-2012.

California Foundation for Parks & Recreation Kevin Miller, City of Foster City CFPR Scholarship Fund Committee Robin Bettin, City of Poway Youth Development Committee Virginia Chavez, Leadership Concepts, Inc. To develop a Youth Development Academy to train professionals and youth to understand and apply selected youth development curricula and program models. District/Section Leadership CPRS acknowledges the dedication and work of CPRS District and Section Presidents and their boards.

2011 CPRS Educational Award of Excellence Recipient 2010-11 CPRS Board of Directors

President - Pilar Alcivar McCoy, City of Signal Hill President-Elect - Darin Loughrey, City of Irvine Vice-President - Michelle Lacy, City of Orinda Secretary-Treasurer - Anna Bielecki, City of Gilroy Region 1 Rep. - Derek Schweigart, City of Concord Region 2 Rep. - Nick Calubaquib, City of Morgan Hill Region 3 Rep. - Stephanie House, West Side Recreation & Park District Region 4 Rep. -Dawn Pia, City of Riverside Region 5 Rep. - Mark Mariscal, City of Los Angeles Council of Section Representative -Leon Raya, City of San Dimas Council of Section Representative - Ann Dunleavy, City of Benicia

Committee and Task Force Chairs Awards Committee Chair Sheila Canzian, City of San Mateo To recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, and agencies for their programs, services and initiatives; facility design; park planning; and marketing and communications. Legislative Committee Paul Romero To regularly communicate with state and federal legislators and administrators on issues affecting the delivery of park and recreation services; to testify on state and federal legislation; select legislator for outstanding legislative leadership; and communicate to members on issues affecting parks and recreation.


“Refocus to Survive and Thrive” Sponsored by the CPRS 12 The Educational Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding educational programs offered by CPRS Districts, Sections, Task Forces or Committees. Award categories include Single Topic and Multi-Topic educational programs. “Refocus to Survive and Thrive” was the 2011 theme for the Annual November Workshop training offered by CPRS District 12 that November. The planning committee for the 2011 Workshop determined that training should focus on educating attendees on ways to deal with the current economic climate by showing how multiple agencies are doing this in a positive and proactive way. District 12’s mission was to allow a variety of job functions to Learn what other agencies throughout the County have been doing to refocus on cost recovery and sustainability while staying current on latest trends and best practices. Sessions included Cost Recovery Measures , Serving Those Who Serve – Careers in Military Recreation, Achieving Sustainability: Balancing Community needs with Fiscal Responsibility (Aquatics Focus), Sustainable Recreation – Footprint for the Future, How to get your Resume past Human Resources and Beyond, and Recreation Class Instructors as Independent Contractors or Employees.


Long Beach Conference u Aquatic Design Group, Inc., Booth 527 (760) 438-8400 - www.aquaticdesigngroup. com Planning, architecture, and engineering for recreation, competition, and leisure aquatic facilities.

Vendors In The 2011 Expo Hall

Arch Pac Aquatics, Booth 425 (760) 734-1600 - Architecture & engineering for aquatics.

A-G Sod Farms, Inc., Booth 237 (951) 687-7581 - Sale and installation of turfgrass.

AHBE Landscape Architects, Booth 234 (310) 838-0448 - Landscape architecture, master planning.

Active Network Communities, Booth 247 (888) 543-7223 - www.ActiveCommunities. com Leading provider of recreation software and marketing solutions for over 2,000 parks and recreation agencies.

Alpine Bike Parks, Booth 226 (604) 962-1951 - Alpine Bike Parks is a full-service design/ build contractor specializing in bike parks & trail development.

Architerra Design Group, Inc., Booth 241 (909) 484-2800 - Landscape architectural and site planning services.

Administrative Software Applications, Booth 526 (800) 969-2727 - ASAP connects communities & recreation departments to manage the entire online registration & payment process. The ADvisor’s Marketing Group, Inc., Booth 141 (800) 423-8478 - www.advisorsmarketing. com CPRS’s Parks Make Life Better!® promotional partner for uniforms, and thousands of logoed products. Aflex Technology, Booth 836 (64) (3) 546-6747 – www.aflextechnology. com Pool inflatables - slides & obstacle courses - games.

Aluminum Seating, Inc., Booth 554, 558 (909) 884-9449 - sales@aluminumseating. com All aluminum bleachers, picnic tables and benches. Amateur Softball Association, Booth 541 (405) 424-5266 – ASA is the National Governing Body of Softball in the USA for adults and youth. American Association for Nude Recreation, Booth 655 (800) TRY-NUDE - Promoting the enjoyment of nude recreation, while protecting our parks and beaches. Advocate for nude use where appropriate. American Ramp Company, Booth 106, 109 (800) 949-2024 - American Ramp Company designs, manufacturers & builds custom skateboard parks around the world. Ameriturf Systems/Sun Country Systems, Booth 322 (661) 268-1550 – www.suncountrysystems. com Playground equipment/synthetic grass/ shade structures/site amenities. Aqua Source, Booth 553 (800) 574-8081 - Commercial swimming pool products and services.


ASLA Southern California Chapter, Booth 724 (714) 838-3615 – ASLA So California promotes the profession of landscape architecture and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication and fellowship. BarkPark, a PlayCore Company, Booth 517 (800) 458-5872 Providing the opportunity for exercise and interaction between dogs in a secure environment. BigToys, a PlayCore Company, Booth 515 (866) 814-8697 - One of the most environmentally friendly playground companies, with high recycled content and fun designs! Bithell, Inc., Booth 637 (626) 331-2292 - Anti-graffiti coatings. Broyhill, Inc., Booth 418 (402) 987-3412 x11 - Manufacturer of Refuse vehicles for parks & beaches. Bull Stockwell Allen, Booth 336 (415) 281-4720 - Architects specializing in the design and planning of community & recreation centers, fitness & sports centers, and senior & childcare facilities. BSN Sports, Booth 651 (800) 527-7510 - Sports & recreation equipment. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Booth 832 Recreation Parks & Tourism Admin (805) 756-1280 - University.


u Long Beach Conference Cal South & Cal South Soccer Foundation, Booth 244 (888) 429-7276 - Cal South is the official youth & adult soccer association for So. California. California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS), Booth 259 (916) 665-2777 – Nearly 3200 strong, CPRS is the largest professional organization available to park, recreation & leisure service professionals in California. CPRS is dedicated to advancing California’s park & recreation profession through education, networking, resources and advocacy. • CPRS Aging Services & Activities, Booth 259 • CPRS Aquatics Section, Booth 259 Advocates for Aquatic Safety - Uniting Aquatic Professionals. • CPRS Development & Operations Section, Booth 259 • CPRS Recreation Supervisors Section, Booth 259 • CPRS Recreation Therapy Section, Booth 259

California State University, Chico, Booth 834 Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management (530) 898-6408 Undergraduate and Graduate studies; Community/Commercial Recreation/Tourism; Hospitality Management; Event Management; Recreation Therapy; Parks. California State University, Long Beach, Booth 837 (562) 985-4071 University, Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees. California State University, Sacramento - Dept. of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration, Booth 833 (916) 278-6752 - Bachelor of Science degree; Master of Science degree; Minor in recreation Administration. Capitol Equipment, Inc., Booth 326 (626) 357-3768 - Equipment shelters standard & custom sizes. All steal.

CAPRCBM, Booth 124 (916) 799-5908 – Advocacy, education, and networking of appointed and elected Commissioners or Board Members throughout California. Catalina Express, Booth 846 (310) 519-1212 - Catalina Express offers year round service from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. Cemrock, Booth 460 (530) 571-1999 - Themed play equipment and climbers CG&B/UBU Sports, Inc., Booth 463 (702) 565-6564 - Synthetic turf sports field contractor and manufacturer. CH Bull Company. Booth 359 (650) 837-8400 - Lifts & Ladders for high reach maintenance. Safety training for Lifts & Ladders.





Long Beach Conference u Creative Recreational Systems, Inc., Booth 251 (916) 638-5375 - Recreation equipment, playgrounds, safety surfacing, shades, shelters, awnings, site furnishings, playground inspection. CXT Inc., Booth 547 (916) 662-4228 - CXT Precast Concrete Rest-rooms, Concessions and Utility buildings are the most vandal resistant buildings in the industry. Challenger Sport, Booth 560 760-945-2109 – British & Brazilian soccer camps, soccer plus, residential camps, world tours, seasonal training, uniforms & equipment.

Cylex Signs, Booth 134 (480) 894-1706 - Distinctive, elegant appearance of real stone and wood signs with enhanced durability and lower maintenance.

Champion Ball Co., Booth 452 (626) 960-2100 - Sports balls.

Dave Bang Associates, Inc., Booth 203 (800) 669-2585 - Specialists in equipping parks, playgrounds, site furnishings, shade shelters & athletic facilities since 1979.

Collins Company, Booth 114 (800) 222-4348 - Supplier/Installer of windscreen, padding & netting for sports facilities. Colorado Time Systems, Booth 542 (970) 667-1000 – Complete aquatic timing, scoring, and display solutions. Columbia Cascade Company, Booth 741 (503) 223-1157 - Makers of TimberForm & PipeLine Playground Equipment and Outdoor Fitness Systems, and TimberForm Site Furniture. Commercial Aquatic Services, Inc., Booth 266 (877) 794-6227 - Commercial swimming pool repair, service, and sales. Community Works Design Group, Booth 254 (951) 369-0700 – Why not engage CWDG to explore creative HOT park designs that will empower your community! Counsilman-Hunsaker, Booth 650 (310) 327-1271 - Feasibility studies, master planning, design engineering, and operational services for aquatic centers. Courts and Greens, Booth 467 (661) 587-4602 – www.courtsandgreens. com Sports and recreation construction and design.


David Evans and Associates Inc., Booth 528 (909) 481-5750 - Landscape architecture/Park design. David Volz Design, Booth 332 (714) 641-1300 – Award winning and LEED accredited park planners and sport facilities experts. DEACERO, Booth 544 (800) 332-2376 - www.designmasterfence. com Designmaster fence is a wire fencing system for residential, commercial and industrial fencing projects. Discount School Supply, Booth 627 (800) 627-2829 - Arts, crafts, group games, tiny tot and school age program materials at 110% price guarantee. Discovery Centers, Booth 517 (800) 458-5872 - Early childhood activity centers that promote best practices and bring learning outdoors. Doggie Walk Bags, Inc., Booth 252 (949) 200-1148 - Dog waste dispensers and “the original blue bags” for picking up after pets.

DOMO Sports Grass, Booth 568 (949) 226-7199 - Manufacturer of synthetic grass for sports applications. Eagle Sports & Awards Company, Booth 736 (310) 384-2540 - We provide custom screen printing, embroidery promotional items, awards & banners. EasyTurf, Inc., Booth 624 (760) 715-7026 - FieldTurf Playground...The softest, safest and longest lasting synthetic grass playground surface available! EcoGreen Environmental, LLC, Booth 337 (888) 326-4761 - www.SoCalrubberMulch. com & World’s safest playground surfacing. Lowest cost “Earth-Friendly” pet waste bags, highest capacity dispensers. Elite Special Events, Booth 137 (562) 799-7737 - www.elitespecialevents. com Full service Carnival Company providing quality rides, games and entertainment to Southern California. Environmental Molding Concepts, Booth 242 (951) 214-6590 - Playground tiles. eTrak-plus, Booth 236 (877) 513-8725 - eTrak-plus is a complete Parks and Recreation Management software solution. EverActive™ Brands, Booth 518 (800) 476-7366 - www.everactivebrands. com EverActive™ Brands: Innovative and highquality aquatic, recreation, climbing and fitness products for all ages. Field Paoli Architects, Booth 640 (415) 788-6606 - Architecture/urban design focusing on place making. From libraries and recreation centers to large retail/mixed-use developments. FieldTurf, Booth 127 (800) 724-2969 - The world leader in artificial turf., Booth 732 (888) 309-5285 - Dog waste cleanup bags for all dispensers at a guaranteed 25% savings.


u Long Beach Conference The Finals, Booth 136 (800) 345-3485 - Manufacturer of swimwear and lifeguard apparel. Custom logos available. Goggles, caps, and training equipment. Francis L. Dean & Associates of CA, LLC, Booth 552 (888) 416-9091 - Sports, leisure and entertainment insurance. Freshpark Portable Skateparks, Booth 725 (714) 369-2495 - Freshpark complete portable, storable or permanent skateboard parks. Modular and portable so you can store when not in use. Gail Materials, Inc., Booth 353 (951) 667-6106 - Direct source for D.G., infield mix, topsoil, sand, C.U. soil and greenroof blends. Commercial technisoil supplier. GameTime, Booth 307 (800) 235-2440 - GameTime has continued to lead the commercial playground industry since 1929 with a commitment to enriching childhood through play.

Got Shade, Booth 633 (818) 222-8541 - Design builds of shade sail & shade structures. Grasshopper Company, Booth 551 (620) 345-8621 - www.grasshoppermower. com Grasshopper true zeroturn radius riding rotary mowers and quick-converter attachment system for year round implements. Greenfield Outdoor Fitness, Inc., Booth 751 (888) 315-9037 - www.greenfieldsfitness. com Greenfields’ unique and popular outdoor fitness equipment earned its place as the #1 amenity for the community. Gro-Power, Inc., Booth 446 (909) 393-3744 - Natural bases fertilizers and soil conditioners for parks and sports fields.

GT Grandstands, a PlayCore Company, Booth 519 (866) 550-5511 - Designer and manufacturer of premium quality grandstands, bleachers, and spectator seating. HAI, Hirsch & Associates, Inc., Booth 441 (714) 776-4340 - Landscape architectural planning & park design services. Hilti, Inc., Booth 128 (800) 950-6199 or 800 463-4577 – www. Construction & maintenance products and power equipment. Hunter Industries, Booth 545 (760) 744-5240 - www.hunterindustries. com Manufacturer. Icon Shelter Systems, Booth 635 (800) 748-0985 - Picnic shelters, gazebos, pavilions, arbors, kiosks, clock towers, carousel houses, transit shelters.

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Long Beach Conference u Knott’s Berry Farm, Booth 841 (714) 220-5200 - Knott’s Berry Farm is the place for group fun with 165 rides, shows and attractions. KOMPAN/Recreation Republic, Inc., Booth 333 (760) 690-4030 -

I.D. Edge, Booth 734 (303) 665-0405 - ID provides photo ID, key fob, wristband, and reusable name tag solutions to the parks and recreation industry. Innova Champion Discs, Booth 118 (800) 408-8449 - Disc golf discs, related equipment and course design services. Innovative Playgrounds Company, LLC, Booth 340 (877) 732-5200 - www.innovativeplaygrounds. com Sales, designs, and project management for playground/fitness equipment, safety surfacing, shade structures, and sport/site amenities. iZone, Booth 733 (888) 464-9663 - Durable all weather signage created from 100% recycled paper. JetMulch Inc./Crossroads Mulch, Booth 729 (866) 306-8524 - Playground fiber and installation. Just for Nets, Booth 135 (888) 569-6587 – Just for Nets specializes to custom space netting and windscreen. KDB - Long Beach, Booth 125 (562) 308-7520 - State of the Art, 40,000 square feet venue destination designed for large companies & group outings and events. Kidz Love Soccer, Booth 223 (408) 774-4625 - Soccer school for children 2-12: non-competitive classes & camps. Knorr Systems, Inc., Booth 433 (714) 754-4044 - Aquatic equipment and service; specializing in water treatment/filtration, energy saving heating and cover systems.


KTU + A Planning & Landscape Architecture, Booth 546 (619) 294-4477 - Award winning planning/architectural services for parks, recreation/ sport complexes, interpretative centers and trail systems. KVO Industries, Booth 429 (707) 573-6868 - Porcelain enamel and high pressure laminate signage. Custom and standard exhibit bases and frames. Interpretive design and layout. Landscape Structures Inc., Booth 533 (888) 438-6574 - Manufacturer of park and playground equipment including skateparks, safety surfacing, site furnishings, outdoor fitness equipment. Lincoln Equipment, Inc., Booth 641 (800) 223-5450 - Lincoln Equipment, Inc. is a national distributor of commercial swimming pool equipment and aquatic supplies. Little Tikes Commercial, Booth 323 (916) 923-2180 - Playgrounds made fun and easy; outdoor furniture and grills; the products you know and trust. LPA, Inc., Booth 536 (949) 261-1001 - LPA, Inc. is one of the largest multi-disciplinary LEED architectural and engineering firms in the State of California. Material Sales Unlimited, Booth 622 (800) 788-9067 – Bulk and bagged products; including infield mixes, sports mixes, pathway mixes and filed products. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Booth 843 (888) WE JOUST (935-6878) - www. Four-course medieval feast. Live 2-hour tournament. Group and summer camp discounts available.

Mia Lehrer + Associates, Booth 227 (213) 384-3844 - Designing landscapes that inspire, using technologies that sustain, creating places that matter. MIG, Inc., Booth 646 (510) 845-7549 - MIG is an award-winning, nationally renowned parks and recreation planning, design and management firm. Miracle Recreation Equipment, Booth 105 (800) 523-4202 - www.miracle-recreation. com Playground equipment, tables, benches, pool slides, shade products, playground amenities. Mity-Lite, Inc., Booth 123 (801) 224-0589 - MITY-LITE is the leader in lightweight, durable folding tables, and folding & stacking chairs. Mobi-Mat, Booth 436 (973) 928-3040 - Mobi-Mat RecPath: Portable & removable rollout access pathway. Mobi-Chair: floatable rolling beach. Mondo USA Inc., Booth 454 (800) 361-3747 - www.mondoworldwide. com Sports field synthetic turf. Outdoor & indoor running track. Sports flooring. Installation & service. Most Dependable Fountains, Inc., Booth 445 (800) 552-6331 - www.mostdependable. com Manufacturer of vandal resistant maintenance free outdoor drinking fountains, showers, misters, pet fountains, bottle fillers, etc. Murdock-Super Secur, Booth 208 (626) 336-4561 - Manufacturer of outdoor drinking fountains, water hydrants, park/rec buildings, restroom fixtures & bicycle security lockers. Musco Sports Lighting, LLC, Booth 215 (800) 659-0117 - Recreation & athletic field lighting systems, for your budget, for the environment. My Bark Co., Inc., Booth 334 (209) 786-4042 - Mfr/Supplier of ADA/ASTM certified playground surfacing; soil amendments, bark products. (green or virgin).


u Long Beach Conference Nasco, Booth 423 (800) 558-9595 - The most comprehensive arts & crafts and PE supplies available from one vendor.

Neptune-Benson, Booth 126 (401) 821-2200 – Leading manufacturer of commercial aquatic filtration systems and accessories.

“O” Entertainment, Booth 232 (562) 495-5959 - Outdoor special event, carnival, fairs, street festival, city events.

Natina Desert Varnish Solutions, Booth 750 (877) 762-8462 - Permanent, natural, staining solutions for Rock, Concrete, & Galvanized surfaces.

Nevco, Booth 458 (800) 851-4040 - Scoreboards, LED displays/marquees, signage, video displays, scorers, tables.

Operations TLC2 - National Background Checks, Booth 840 (866) 996-7414 - Providing national background checks to all park and recreation agencies across the country.

National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), Booth 644 (561) 684-1141 - Education programs for youth sports coaches, parents, officials, and administrators. Sports development programs for youth. National Recreation Systems, a PlayCore Company, Booth 519 (888) 568-9064 - A leader in the design and manufacturing of standard and custom angle frame bleachers and players benches. Natural Structures, Inc., Booth 233 (800) 252-8475 - www.naturalstructures. com Manufacturer of pool & waterslides, spray parks & playgrounds; shelters & gazebos.

NGI Sports, Booth 224 (800) 835-0033 - Sports surfacing for tennis, golf, bocce, landscaping. Nova’ProCourt XP, TitanTrax Shield-TN, Pro-Bounce. NSP3, Booth 201 (877) 473-7619 - Outdoor Park & playground equipment, shade shelters, site amenities & athletic equipment. NTD Architecture, Booth 218 (530) 888-0999 - NTD Architecture specializes in sustainable design and master planning of recreational and community centers.


Outdoor Creations, Inc., Booth 451 (530) 337-6774 - www.outdoorcreations. com Manufacturer of precast concrete site furnishings including picnic tables, bbq’s, benches and signs. Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier, Booth 845 (310) 260-8744 - Youth, senior & educational field trips & activities on the historic Santa Monica Pier.


Long Beach Conference u Play Smart Surfacing, Booth 317 (909) 799-8100 - www.playsmartsurfacing. com Industry leader in high quality, low-cost, recreational and landscape surfacing. Turn key solution offered. Play-Well TEKnologies, Booth 562 (415) 578-2746 – Teaching engineering to kids utilizing LEGO. PlayCore, Booth, 411 (423) 265-7529 (877) 762-7563 - www. PlayCore builds stronger communities by advancing play through research, education, and partnerships, and its complete family of brands. Playcraft Direct, Inc., Booth 740 (888) 571-7640 - www.playcraftsystems. com Playground equipment. Park and Restroom Structures, Inc., Booth 828 (509) 922-2422 - Prefabricated & precast concrete restroom, shower, concession and utility structures for parks and recreation departments. PD Play, Booth 115 (760) 597-5990 - Recycled plastic playground equipment, site amenities, surfacing, maintenance and natural playground environments. California’s only manufacturer! Peak Software/SportsMan SQL Booth 744 (801) 572-3570 – Since 1993, SportsMan SQL has been a leading provider of recreation management software. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, Booth 844 (866) 439-AHOY (2469) - Interactive Pirate theme dinner and show, includes 4 course meal and exciting Pirate Show. Play & Park Structures, a PlayCore Company, Booth 616 (800) 727-1907 - Commercial playground equipment for ages 2-5 and 5-12 that encourages imagination while building key developmental skills.

PlaySafe, LLC, Booth 344 (505) 899-9532 - Playground audits, maintenance training, strategic master plan development, G-Max testing, expert witnesses, Economic impact studies. Poligon, PorterCorp, Booth 204 (616) 399-1963 - Metal shelters & gazebos, fabric shelters. Precision Fertigation, Booth 566 (760) 728-0354 - www.precisionfertigation. com Sustainable Fertility Management. Project Dimensions, Inc., Booth 235 (949) 476-2246 Project Dimensions, Inc. provides Professional Development and Construction Management services to public agencies. Protime Sports, Inc., Booth 427 (800) 575-1603 - Factory direct soccer, baseball, and softball team apparel and equipment. Public Restroom Company, Booth 214 (888) 888-2060 - The Public Restroom Company is a design/ build specialist for “odor free” park restroom buildings. PW Athletic Manufacturing Company, Booth 211 (800) 687-5768 - Manufacturer of top-quality athletic, park & site equipment since 1919.


Q-Star Technology, Booth 459 (310) 294-8194 - High-performance, solar-powered, digital camera deterrent systems that help reduce graffiti, illegal dumping and metal theft. Qualite Sports Lighting, LLC, Booth 735 (800) 933-9741 – Sports Lighting and remote scheduling & monitoring controls. R.C. Systems, Inc., Booth 219 (586) 469-4200 - ReCPro Software - The Recreation Management Software Solution - intuitive, reliable, proven. Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC & W-T Civil Engineering, LLC, Booth 225 (224) 293-6450 - Our companies provide Access Audits, Civil, and Structural Engineering services for parks and recreation agencies. Recreonics Inc., Booth 653 (800) 428-3254 - Swimming. Restroom Facilities, Ltd., Booth 351 (775) 327-6060 - www.restroomfacilities. com Designer and manufacturer of prefabricated restroom and concession buildings for parks, sports complexes, and campgrounds. RHA Landscape Architects-Planners, Inc., Booth 754 (951) 781-1930 - Park & sports facility planning, LEED certified, water conservation design, community consensus building, park rehabilitation. Richard Fisher Associates, Booth 315 (714) 245-9270 - Professional landscape architectural services and grant programs administration for Parks & Recreation facilities and streetscapes. RJM Design Group, Inc., Booth 318 (949) 493-2600 - Park planning and design; Parks and recreation master planning; Landscape architecture; LEED certified; Public workshops. Roaring Camp Railroads, Booth 842 (831) 335-4484 - A 1880s theme park with steam train excursions through towering redwoods and diesel trains to the beaches of Santa Cruz.


u Long Beach Conference RockCraft Designs, Booth 623 (866) 786-1635 - Bouldering=Fun+Fitness. Our concrete boulders promote: Coordination, Agility, and Muscle Development, Social and Cooperative play. ROMTEC, Inc., Booth 250 (541) 496-3541 - Romtec is the leading supplier of pre-engineered public restroom buildings, restroomshower facilities, concession stands and more. Rowley International Inc, Booth 540 (310) 377-6724 - www.rowleyinternational. com Aquatic Design and Engineering firm, over 30 years’ experience designing recreation, competition and leisure pools. Royston, Hanamoto Alley & Abey, Booth 626 (415) 383-7900 - Landscape architecture and planning.

RRM Design Group, Booth 355 (805) 543-1794 - Landscape architecture, architecture, civil engineering, planning and survey. RTH Processing, Inc., Booth 444 (419) 692-3000 - Manufacturer of recycled rubber products for indoor and outdoor rubber surfacing materials. RWP FIBER FALL, Booth 629 (877) 476-9797 - Manufacturer of playground safety surfacing and a wide variety of landscape materials. S & S Worldwide, Booth 722 (800) 243-9232 - Arts, crafts, games. Sports goods.

City of San Jose, Booth 365 (408) 792-4192 Host city for the 2013 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference & Expo – March 5 - 8. Sator Soccer, Booth 129 (888) 887-2867 - SCI Consulting Group, Booth 111 (707) 430-4300 - Opinion research, P218 ballot measures, special taxes, levy administration, development impact fees. SCORE Sports, Booth 119 (310) 830-6161 - Soccer & basketball apparel & equipment.

Safeplay By Design, Inc., Booth 363 (916) 647-0912 - Certified playground inspection, impact testing and safety consultation.

Shade Creations by Waterloo, Booth 240 (800) 537-1193 - Manufacture of custom Shade Structures since 1884. Umbrellas to large shade structure.

San Francisco State University, Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Department, Booth 835 (415) 338-2030 - Graduate and undergraduate degrees.

Shade ‘N Net of Arizona, Booth 469 (602) 484-7911 - Tension Cable/Breathable Fabric shade structures.



Long Beach Conference u Shade Structures, Booth 450 (714) 427-6980 - Engineered shade structures. Shaw Sportexe, Booth 243 866-703-4004 - Synthetic Turf Systems. SITE Design Group, Inc., Booth 726 (877) 734-7275 – Specializing in Public Skate Parks, Bike Parks, and progressive Action Sport Facilities Nationally & Internationally. SnugPlay USA, a PlayCore Company, Booth 517 (800) 458-5872 - Innovative configurable play systems powered by a child’s imagination that can be used indoors or outside. Sof ’ Solutions, Booth 414 (801) 523-2452 - Sof ’ Solutions, Inc. offers a variety of recreation surfacing options. We’ve got you covered: indoor, outdoor, wet or dry. Solid Terrain Modeling, Inc., Booth 737 (805) 524-7307 - 3-D terrain models. So. CA Municipal Athletic Federation, Booth 246 (626) 448-0853 - Professional training, education and networking; insurance services; sports rules, training and competition for youth and adults. Spalding & Dudley Team Sports, Booth 465 (270) 783-3800 - Spalding inflatable products, Dudley Softballs, Spalding Baseball, and Spalding Equipment including Basketball, Volleyball and Gymnastics. Specialty Risk Insurance, LLC, Booth 550 (800) 849-0293 - Recreational insurance programs. SpectraTurf, Booth 222 (951) 736-3579 - Rubber safety surfacing. Spohn Ranch, Inc., Booth 523 (626) 330-5803 - Planning, consultation, design, construction, management of world class skateparks & action sports facilities.


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By Jose Leal and Cindy Mendoza MIG, Inc.


ith about six inches of rain a year, Apple Valley, California, is known more for its dramatic landscapes than its greenery. However, irrigated parks are important to residents for providing turf, plantings and shade to support thriving play environments and vibrant open space. State conservation mandates and budget cuts are causing the town to look for ways to conserve more and spend less on water. Aging infrastructure in several of the town’s parks adds to the challenge of conserving water and ensuring that water use is affordable. SPRING 2012 • CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION

u Water Use While not every place in California is as dry as Apple Valley, many communities are re-thinking the balance between funding, recreation, water use, and water conservation. Agencies are striving for compliance with AB 1881 and Senate Bill x7.7, while simultaneously facing funding concerns that are driving reductions in water use. The situation raises the following questions: • What do State mandates AB 1881 and SB x7.7 require? • Can agencies save money by reducing water consumption without sacrificing recreation opportunities?

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• What do water conservation improvements cost, and how much money can agencies save in the short and long term by investing in these improvements? This article presents a water study at James Woody Community Park in Apple Valley to illustrate the cost tradeoffs involved in implementing water conservation strategies. It can help agencies create sound strategies to reduce outdoor water consumption and costs.


State Water Conservation Mandates

Local governments throughout California have been changing their water management practices to comply primarily with two State mandates: • AB 1881 Updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance: In effect since 2010, AB 1881 reduces the maximum water allowance for new and rehabilitated landscapes by 10% and requires all existing projects to comply with the maximum water allowance requirements set by AB 325. In addition, the updated ordinance focuses on setting provisions to minimize water waste through design, maintenance and management. • SB x7.7 Urban Water Conservation Program: Enacted in 2009, Senate Bill x7.7 aims to reduce per capita urban water use by 20% by December 31, 2020. It requires a 10% reduction in per capita water use by the end of 2015, to show incremental progress toward the greater goal. As part of this effort, urban retail water suppliers already have defined baseline daily per capita water use, water use targets, interim water use targets, and compliance daily per capita water use. Agencies should be re-tooling their water use already to hit these targets. While AB 1881 applies primarily to new construction and renovation, SB x7.7 is far broader in its application to urban and agricultural water conservation, including existing landscapes. While AB 1881 increases the focus on irrigation technology and appropriate use of plants, SB x7.7 asks agencies to re-think many of their indoor and outdoor water consumption practices. While AB 1881 proposes an Evapotranspiration (ET) Adjustment Factor that does not apply to public recreational turf, SB x7.7 will compel agencies to establish protocols and phase-in conservation changes that most likely will affect turf areas. The message is that agencies should be addressing water conservation requirements now in all new park development, while simultaneously planning and identifying funding for the projects needed to meet the more stringent requirements of SB x7.7. CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION • SPRING 2012




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Water Use u Cost of Action: Conservation Efforts in Apple Valley

Given a lack of funds for capital projects, many agencies cannot afford system upgrades to the newest water-saving technologies right now. Consequently, it’s important to know which conservation strategies represent the lowest investment cost with the greatest return, maybe even saving agencies money in the future. This is the scenario that was presented in the Town of Apple Valley. The Town of Apple Valley is facing a growing deficit in parks and recreation funding, due to declining property tax values and the loss of other revenues. Ralph Wright, Manager of the Parks and Recreation Department, is super savvy about managing the park system efficiently. Besides being conscientious about water use, he negotiated a discount (half the normal water rate) with the Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company (AVRWC) for all water used for landscape irrigation. In the short term, he and other town leaders have identified ways to create additional efficiencies in maintenance and operations. In the long term, the town is planning to build a new water reclamation facility, which will allow the use of recycled water for park irrigation. To identify additional options for water conservation, MIG, Inc., evaluated outdoor water use at James Woody Community Park to assess the cost and return on investment for different water conservation mechanisms for landscaping. The site is a multi-purpose sports and community park originally developed in the 1930’s. Its aging infrastructure and level of water use made the park appear to be an ideal candidate for water savings. On average, 20.75 million gallons of water are used for irrigation annually at James Woody Community Park, at an average annual cost of nearly $17,000. AVRWC water rates have increased approximately 12% per year for the last 20 years, which means that water costs are expected to jump to nearly $21,300 for irrigation in 2013. At this price, a 20% reduction in water use could save the Town $4,260 annually at this site. With similar improvements across the system, total savings could be much greater.

An Evaluation of Water Reductions & Savings

The MIG Water Study provided a high-level look at a variety of different options for reducing water use at James Woody Community Park. Three are described here: • Weather-based irrigation controllers • Irrigation distribution uniformity retrofit • Turf reduction and replanting

Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers

Weather-based irrigation controllers automatically adjust irrigation schedules by using weather data to estimate soil moisture (taking into account plant type, soil composition and other factors). The continuous adjustments reduce unnecessary watering. These controllers provide the greatest water savings when replacing old systems that apply the same amount of water whether it is raining or dryer than normal. 38


u Water Use Apple Valley could reduce water consumption by 10% by installing weather-based irrigation controllers at James Woody Community Park (Figures 1 and 2). After an initial capital investment of approximately $15,000, the town could save about $1,700 annually in water costs. At this rate, it would take approximately 6 years for this investment to pay for itself.



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Irrigation Distribution Uniformity Retrofit

New nozzle technologies have improved the performance of water distribution for various existing sprinkler bodies. Advanced nozzles provide larger water droplet sizes for better wind-resistance and reduced misting, contributing to the overall efficiency of the irrigation system. Examples include: • Advanced Spray Nozzle: These nozzles use an internal oscillating chamber to distribute water. They achieve the distance and pattern of conventional spray nozzles, but with one third lower precipitation rates. • Stream Rotors: Stream rotors utilize multi-trajectory revolving streams to apply water at a more uniform rate and at a lower precipitation rate. Lower precipitation rates allow water to soak into the soil and reduce the run-off potential, avoiding water waste. Greater water savings are obtained in systems where sprinkler spacing does not exceed manufacturer’s recommendations and where optimal operating pressures are available. Date: 08.26.03 CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION • SPRING 2012 Client: Jones & Madhavan Job #: 1922JM Description: Ad for California Parks & Recreation magazine Filename: 08.26_JM_Ad_1922JM Size: 3-1/2"x 9-1/4" vertical

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Water Use u As shown in Figure 3, improving the distribution uniformity by 10% could save the Town nearly $1,900 annually and provide an 11% reduction in water use. This could be done relatively cost-effectively, if the nozzles simply can be replaced. (In some systems, the entire sprinkler body may need replacement). A 20% DU improvement would reduce water use by 20% and save nearly $3,400 annually.

vals were perceived as priorities for continued watering and maintenance. At James Woody Community Park, MIG’s water study found that most turf was located in sports fields or practice/ event space. These were identified as essential turf areas (Figure 4). Other turf was provided: • Around playgrounds • Beyond the outfield fence of a ballfield • Around the picnic area, basketball court, and skatepark • Around buildings

Turf Reduction and Replanting

Turf is the largest water user in parks. Limiting turf to areas that support active/passive recreation or social use is a good way to conserve water and reduce costs. Nonessential turf areas can be converted to native plantings and groundcovers that require little or no water, or replanted with a grass species better-suited for the climate to provide greater water efficiency. In Apple Valley, an Implementation Survey (conducted in Winter 2011) identified voter support and priorities for parks and recreation services. To cut costs, many respondents supported reducing the amount of grass in parks and watering less frequently. However, lawns for sports, youth programming, amphitheater events, and community festi-

In evaluating the four areas noted above, the study found that about 25% of the turf (areas around playgrounds) did support recreational and social use. The other 75% was considered superfluous. The conversion of 75% of the non-essential turf areas to native and adapted shrubs and groundcovers along with conversion of overhead irrigation to drip irrigation would cost approximately $816,700 (Figure 5). While the turf conversion would reduce water use by approximately 13.6%, it would save just over $2,300 annually. At that rate, it would take nearly 33 years to recover costs from this project.

Water Conservation through Design

Retrofitting a park or an entire park system is very costly, but may be necessary to achieve the water use reductions noted in SB x7.7. To maximize water conservation and water cost savings, a practical plan and implementation strategy will balance factors such as budget requirements, recreation function, aesthetics and maintenance needs with conservation requirements. As agencies work with water auditors to explore the most cost effective and efficient ways to retrofit systems, they realize it is critically important to design parks for water 40


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Water Use u • Incorporate results of an irrigation audit into park design. The audit will evaluate overall conditions, establish system operating efficiencies, create baseline irrigation schedules and establish a water-use budget. • Develop water-efficient irrigation systems linked to a centralized, irrigation control system with weather-based smart irrigation controllers and other water efficient technologies to reduce potential water waste. Turf is important for sports and community events. Apple Valley’s Freedom Festival is held at the Lenny Brewster Sports Center. (Photo courtesy of Town of Apple Valley) conservation from the start. The way elements are arranged, open space is landscaped, irrigation is planned and turf is used all affect the park’s level of water use. Given the State’s progression in adopting more stringent conservation mandates, new parks should be designed to anticipate reduced water use. Agencies should adopt park design and development guidelines that include these basic strategies: • Implement a water efficiency program in compliance with the Updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (AB 1881), the Irrigation Association’s Turf and Landscape Best Management Practices, and the Urban Water Conservation Program (SB x7.7).

Water Conservation Solutions Low Cost Solutions • Irrigation audit • Weather-based irrigation controls with rain shut-off sensors • Higher uniformity irrigation distribution equipment • Installation of flow monitoring equipment with high flow shut-off controls • Installation of moisture sensors in high water-use areas

Higher Investment Solutions • Conversion of turf (and high water-demand plants) to low water-use plant materials • Installation of high-efficiency irrigation systems, such as centralized system with weather stations on large park sites • Synthetic turf fields

• Use recycled (reclaimed) water for park irrigation where appropriate. • Use low water-use, native and drought-tolerant plants where appropriate. • Minimize turf areas that are not designed to support active or passive recreation or social use. Use lawn substitutes (e.g., plantings, rocks, wood chips) that require less water consumption, fertilizers, and mowing than traditional lawns. • For essential turf areas, consider synthetic turf or a grass variety better-suited for the climate to provide greater water efficiency. • Use filtered water recycling systems in water play areas and fountains. By updating design guidelines now, agencies will be poised to address water conservation needs in new parks when funding is available for these capital projects. These same guidelines can be applied in park renovation.


The cheapest option to reduce water consumption for landscaping is to stop watering turf areas and plants. However, if your goal is to maintain recreation opportunities and park aesthetics while reducing water consumption, an investment may be needed in new landscaping, irrigation technologies, and in some cases, new facilities and a new park design. In the long-term, the best strategy is to design parks with water conservation goals addressed up front. It is more cost effective and results in greater water savings to minimize water consumption from the beginning, rather than retrofitting and renovating to reduce water use and costs later. Jose Leal and Cindy Mendoza work for MIG, Inc. Mr. Leal is a Landscape Architect, IA Certified Irrigation Designer and Irrigation Auditor, and an EPA WaterSense Professional Partner. Ms. Mendoza is a Project Manager specializing in comprehensive and strategic planning for parks, recreation facilities, and natural areas. They may be contacted at josel@migcom. com and Visit

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By Jane H. Adams Executive Director California Park & Recreation Society


s a component of applying for a scholarship from the California Foundation for Parks and Recreation, the Scholarship Fund Committee requested students submit an essay regarding the Parks Make Life Better!® campaign. The question asked was “As a future recreation professional, how will you make this branding slogan a “reality” as it relates to your area of concentration (community, therapeutic recreation, natural resource management, commercial, etc)?” Christina Theobold, a student at CSU Long Beach, shared “what is more soothing than being out in the open air, sun beaming on your face, soft breeze blowing your hair back, hearing children’s voices as they yell out “Marco! Polo!”? California parks provide recreation to people of all shapes and sizes, all different socio-economic backgrounds, and they do not discriminate on the count of gender, race, or ethnicity. Simply put, “Parks make life better.” As a therapeutic recreation student Christina stressed that “parks simply do not discriminate.” She stated the park is there for you whether you are Bill Gates, founder of MicroSoft or a person on welfare. Her sense is that “park space cannot judge you and deny you admission based on the color of your skin and they especially cannot see whether or not you are suffering from a disability.” As a student in Tourism Planning and Management at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Amy Lepp, noted seeing the logo around her hometown makes her feel proud of the efforts to raise awareness about the importance of parks and recreation. She feels implementing this campaign at commercial destinations has the potential to create a much more unique and exciting destination. She shared that while traveling throughout the world, most recently in Central America, all large cities were built around their central park. Her future plans call for gaining a doctorate and teaching parks and recreation. She feels the campaign needs to be taught in recreation and park curriculums and she is willing to take on that role. “Parks Make Life Better!® is an objective reality exemplified in a visionary slogan,” says Wynndi Dahlin, student at CSU Long Beach. Wynndi had lots of ideas on how to present the slogan and logo throughout her community: collaborative campaign with the Arts Center featuring an art exhibit expressing how the city’s SPRING 2012 • CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION

u Good Hands parks, beaches, and programs exemplify the slogan; informal neighborhood meetings will educate volunteers, staff and residents personally understand the values of the key messages; distribute a newsletter that captures the key messages with positive comments from residents; fly a plane with the banner trailing in the sky at special events; put the slogan on t-shirts, signs, banners on large buildings; ask merchants to distribute promotional information; and articles in the local newspaper! Frankly Wynndi “hit the nail on the head” when she stated: “Most people agree that parks make life better. However, it is not always easy for people to articulate “how” parks make life better. A primary objective of the saturation process is to raise awareness so the “how” becomes apparent and easy.” A student from CSU Fresno, Mary Ann Zeledon, lamented the closing of community centers in Fresno. Using the famous quote from Mahandas Karamchand Gandhi, “be the change you wish to see in the world,” she is inspired to move forward. She feels in these uncertain times, recreation and park professionals must stand up and nurture communities that are in dismay. Her goal is to attract the best and brightest into the profession. Through her efforts at the CSU Fresno Recreation Association, she is reaching out through university events. She has recruited more students into the program by showing them the value of the work. She encourages recreation and park agencies to use social media and networking to build awareness and enthusiasm. Agencies must use this tool to “create active conversations and to create excitement and pride in the community.” Mary Ann feels using the campaign is really bringing the very best the profession has to offer, and importantly, the campaign is a tool to be the change she wishes to see. She reminds us all that “we are more than just recreation professionals; we are stewards who see the best of what our communities have to offer.” Another commercial recreation student, Alicia Carney, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, shared “Budget cuts are forcing the closure of up to 70 California State Parks.” She stared

at the headlines noting it was indifferent and it didn’t change. She recently opened a new visitor center at Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau. She developed paperless promotional materials for day trips and guided podcasts for visitors to download. She feels we are the ones who “have the potential to inspire that 98% to demand parks receive the funding and respect they deserve.” She is very interested in what motivates the Millennial generation to travel. She just finished a research assignment utilizing a new qualitative analysis method to see if this method can be a tool to understand how we can connect with different market segments. This research was presented at the 2012 CPRS Conference by Dr. Jerusha Greenwood. Experience working in a psychiatric hospital led Erin Hipsman, CSU Long Beach, to share, “when people are engaged in leisure and recreational activities, they have a positive outlet to express themselves in a healthy way.” Using a Maya Angelou quote, “When

you know better you do better,” Erin understands it is her job as a recreation therapist to educate patients on coping skills, leisure skills, and living skills so they can make better choices to enhance their life. She feels the campaign is an excellent opportunity to educate the public and the elected officials about the value of parks and recreation. “For me, this branding campaign has already become an important part of my life and it will definitely shape my life as a future recreation professional,” stated Christine Zeledon, CSU Fresno. Christine feels building loyalty is one of the main duties of a recreation professional. Working in commercial settings she feels will enable her to help people explore the beauty of parks and recreation outside their own community. Kudos to these students for their depth of understanding and for their commitment to embrace the Parks Make Life Better!® campaign throughout their professional careers. We are indeed, in good hands.

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n the Winter issue of the California Parks & Recreation magazine, we introduced you to three easy ways to implement the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign in your community. In this issue we wanted to highlight something that CPRS District 3 has been doing for several years. It is a great way to promote parks and recreation on a regional level. The ad below will appear in the Bay Area Parent magazine’s “Summer Survival Guide.” Twenty-five agencies participated by helping pay for the ad. They did an excellent job of including the six key messages along with some very eye-catching photos. Great work District 3! Can your District match CPRS District 3’s efforts?

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To get a comprehensive list of all activities, visit the website of the agency closest to you and view the current Activity Guide.

Alameda Recreation and Park Department (510) 747-7529 • Brentwood Parks & Recreation Department (925) 516-5444 • Concord Parks & Recreation (925) 671-3404 • Danville Recreation Services (925) 314-3400 • Dublin Parks & Community Services Department (925) 556-4500 • East Bay Regional Park District (888) EBPARKS • El Cerrito Recreation Department (510) 559-7000 • Emeryville Community Services Department (510) 596-4395 • Fremont Recreation Services (510) 494-4300 • Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (510) 881-6700 • Hercules Parks and Recreation (510) 799-8291 • Lafayette Summer Recreation Programs (925) 284-2232 • Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (925) 373-5700 •


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The following agencies, companies and universities have completed the Parks Make Life Better!® logo policy/agreement application. They are using the logo in their marketing efforts, using the key messages in their promotions and are living the brand promise. Now is the time for you to join the Parks Make Life Better!® branding compaign. Please visit the CPRS Web site ( and click on the Parks Make Life Better!® logo on the home page for more information on the campaign.

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Park Partnerships and Naming Rights


By Dianne Hoover, CPRP, Director City of Bakersfield


ublic Parks and Recreation Departments across the United States have felt the squeeze of the economic downturn these past few years. Many agencies have closed numerous facilities and faced massive budget cuts and layoffs; all to the detriment of the citizens they are trying to serve. The change in the economy has forced public parks and recreation agencies to find other ways to survive and thrive. Fighting this downward spiral, the City of Bakersfield, California, opened five new parks in 2011: two were lighted sports facilities, two were neighborhood parks and one was a nature education park. All were ten acres or more and located throughout the city. By instituting a combination of naming rights, partnerships, grants and park development fees, the new parks are a welcome addition to the citizens of Bakersfield. Naming rights of public facilities can be controversial in some agencies; however, Bakersfield has a successful history of tapping corporations to assist with support of public venues. In 2004, a family owned business stepped up to name the new McMurtey Aquatic Center. In conjunction with the schools’ partnership for swim teams, this facility continues to grow in attendance regularly. In 2005, the City of Bakersfield entered into a ten-year agreement with Rabobank to name the city’s Convention Center and Arena for $2.5 million. This was a huge deal, and created a community culture of corporate naming rights for public venues. The next opportunity for naming rights at a new park facility came in 2006 with the opening of The Park at River Walk containing a 4,000 seat outdoor amphitheatre. To obtain naming rights, City Manager Alan Tandy and Recreation SPRING 2012 • CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION

u Partnerships and Parks Director Dianne Hoover appealed to members of the Chamber of Commerce to name the amphitheatre. After providing tours to various interested businesses, the local cable company – Bright House Networks – provided a proposal totaling $500,000 for five years. The offer was a combination of cash and advertising - $75,000 in cash to bring in entertainment and $25,000 in advertising annually. Colleen Dillaway, Director of Marketing from Bright House Networks says: “Bright House Networks is proud of the partnership we’ve forged with the City of Bakersfield both during and after the naming rights for the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre were secured. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship whereby we have increased visibility in the community and the residents of Bakersfield can enjoy a world class facility featuring an incredible variety of entertainment.” In addition to naming rights at the amphitheatre, Bright House Networks installed Wi-Fi throughout the park at

no cost to the City. Since that time, they have installed Wi-Fi at three additional parks as they are being built, with no cost to the City. Students and parents alike enjoy being connected... while gaining the benefits of being outdoors among family and friends. In 2011, Bright House Networks renewed their naming rights contract for another five years; this time for $60,000 cash and $40,000 advertising. In 2006, the City of Bakersfield began working with a local youth baseball nonprofit group known as Bakersfield Southwest Baseball (BSWB) to relocate their home fields to a 40-acre water recharge area in a popular part of the city. BSWB, serving almost 1,800 youth annually, was about to lose their lease with Cal State Bakersfield and needed a new home. The negotiated agreement included assistance from BSWB in building the facility as well as a fifteen year commitment to maintain the facility once it opened. BSWB tapped into their parental resources and were able to construct the restroom/concession


building and install 100% of the fencing at no cost to the City, using City design standards. The City, in turn, installed the park road, parking lot, irrigation and signage. With the fifteen-year agreement in hand, BSWB contacted various companies to become the major naming rights sponsor. A three-way agreement was negotiated between BSWB, the City of Bakersfield and Aera Energy for $250,000 to go toward construction costs. Aera Energy is an oil conglomer-


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ate headquartered in Bakersfield. The fifteen-year agreement runs concurrent with BSWB lease agreement. This was a win-win for all three parties involved: BSWB contributed toward their new home fields, the city got a new youth baseball complex that is being maintained by the primary users, and Aera Energy gets its name on a positive city park. In addition, Aera Energy contributed toward a children’s play area to be used by families watching ballgames as well as for neighbor-

hood children. The 11-field, 40-acre complex opened in April 2009 to rave reviews. Darren Billesbach, current President of BSWB says, “Our partnership with the City, their contributions during construction and the constant support we get from them has enabled BSWB to become the best place to play baseball.” Cris Langston, facility manager with BSWB said, “We could not have built a facility that benefits approximately 4000 players

each year without the partnership we had in developing Aera Park into such a beautiful ballpark. Pony baseball has recognized us as the 2nd largest Pony organization in the nation. They have never been able to host as many all-star divisional tournaments at one site as they have done these past two years; and this year we will host District, Sectional, Regional Tournaments for 5 through 14 year old players.” Building on the successful history of partnerships and naming rights with public facilities, city staff negotiated a lease agreement with American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Region 73 to maintain and operate the first eight lighted soccer fields of a master planned major sports complex. AYSO, Region 73 had used fields at Cal State Bakersfield for a number of years, but were being displaced to due campus expansion. The City had a master plan for a 200 acre complex commonly referred to as Sports Village. Once it is built out, the complex will contain sixteen soccer fields, four youth

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u Partnerships football fields, ten softball diamonds, a community center, miles of paved walking paths and numerous picnic/ children’s play areas. Phase I development included the first eight lighted soccer fields with concessions, restrooms and parking lot. AYSO, Region 73 entered into a five year agreement to operate and maintain the fields, as well as complete the interior of the concession stand for their operations. To save maintenance costs, the city was able to install a purple pipe system for irrigation of the fields, using tertiary water from the adjacent water treatment. Park development funds were used to construct the fields in the Phase I soccer complex which opened in July, 2011. City staff sought naming rights for the complex since its inception, but until there were completed fields, there were no takers. Once the fields were completed, city staff gave tours to several companies interested in naming rights. After opening day, State Farm® agreed to a five year naming rights deal

for $500,000, to be paid in two equal installments early in 2012 to assist with construction of Phase II. State Farm® representatives presented their $500,000 check replica to City Council on December 13, 2011 immediately after the naming rights agreement was accepted. State Farm® Senior Vice President Tom Conley said, “We are very proud to partner with the City of Bakersfield and sponsor the State Farm Sports Village. State Farm is committed to helping meet the needs of our communities and one of our focus areas is strong neighborhoods. This premiere complex houses the city’s first soccer complex which will serve thousands of youth in Bakersfield and Kern County. We are excited about the recreational opportunities the State Farm Sports Village will provide for families in the area, and see this partnership as consistent with our efforts to build safer, stronger, healthier neighborhoods.” Phase II, scheduled to open in 2013, will include four soccer fields


and four youth football fields. The local youth football organization also has an agreement to maintain and operate the football fields, while contributing toward lights and goals. Once Phase II opens, over 4,000 youth will be participating in active sports, in addition to various tournaments and adult sports leagues with activities year round. No one can predict the future of many public parks and recreation agencies throughout the United States, but it is clear that agencies will no longer be able to rely on tax dollars for sustainability. Engaging with corporations, local businesses, health care organizations and non-profits are ways to successfully maintain programs and provide services to citizens. The City of Bakersfield has successfully created several winning partnerships resulting in more parks and more programs throughout the city than if they solely relied on tax dollars. These examples created a win-win, benefitting the entire community.


Trends in Aging Services


ow is the time to challenge the traditional scene of a senior center: a group of ladies playing bridge at a few tables, a dozen people learning how to paint, several men gathered around a pool table and talking politics, or a fitness class where a handful of seniors pull on multi-colored bands. These gathering spaces are critical to serving the aging population which is growing by an even greater percentage. However, senior centers are only a small portion of a complete senior services program. Among the most important, and challenging, questions for our communities and our profession are: • What is the future of aging services in our communities? • How do we make our senior programs and centers relevant to the next generation of aging adults, while continuing to meet the needs of the oldest adults? • Can communities afford the costs of these services under the legacy expectation of highly subsidized senior services?

By Paul Council Community Services Division Manager City of San Mateo

• Can society afford the cost of not providing these services that extend independent living? The City of San Mateo, like many communities, is seeking answers to these questions. As part of a strategic planning process named Aging Well San Mateo, we undertook an extensive effort to seek out trends, best practices and successful initiatives from throughout the country. When completed, we explored 95 organizations and senior centers in 23 states. We learned a lot and we wanted to share what we found so all can benefit from these findings. Our findings are organized into four service themes that encompass the broad range of aging services: Wellness-Health-Fitness The Next Chapter Lifelong Learning and the Arts Continuum of Services- Transitions



u Aging Services Trends Wellness-Health-Fitness Evidence-Based Programs (EBP): A major trend of leading edge service providers is to offer EvidenceBased Programs (EBP). These are typically developed by universities or research institutes, and are tested using scientific methods to prove their efficacy. EBPs are available in the areas of Exercise and Fitness, Chronic Disease Self-Management, Balance/Fall Prevention, Medication Management, Nutrition and Depression Management. The Federal Administration on Aging (AoA) is the key proponent of EBP, and provides funding to states for them. In fact, in next fiscal year their program funding will be available for EBPs only. The Healthy Aging Collaborative of South Florida is the most extensive user of EBPs we found. Fitness Facilities and Equipment: Whether as a room within a senior center, a senior center themed around health-wellness-fitness, or in the context of a multi-generational center, you will be hard-pressed to find a senior center being built or remodeled today without extensive fitness facilities and equipment. Some great examples of facilities themed around fitness and wellness include: The OPC (Older Person’s Center) in Rochester, Michigan; The Adult Wellness Center in Rogers, Arkansas and the North Shore Senior and Wellness Center in Bothell, Washington. The Adult Wellness Center has therapy and activity pools, a Gymnasium, cardio and strength training equipment, demonstration kitchen, art studios and computer lab. OPC has even more, adding to those facilities mentioned an indoor track, woodshop, auditorium, adult day facilities, a dining hall, and numerous conference and meeting rooms. Participant Evaluation: Many programs are using certified fitness trainers, kinesiologists and physical therapists to provide assistance in designing programs around individual needs and on-going monitoring. At Elsie Stuhr Center in Beaverton, Oregon, they contract with a physical therapist to observe their fitness classes to ensure that no harmful activities are included in their programs.

CSU, Fullerton Center for Successful Aging developed the Senior Fitness Test, a simple, inexpensive set of six activities that test fitness for daily living which include mobility, flexibility, strength, and aerobic endurance. After completing the test, participants are provided an assessment of their potential mobility problems. The manual for this agency self-administered program is available through Human Kinetics. Exercise Programs Geared to Specific Conditions: We found examples everywhere, and the best integrated them into a strategic and comprehensive continuum of offerings. Examples include: Chair Tai Chi, Osteo Fitness, Strengthen Your Bones, Yoga-Seated, Parkinson’s Exercise Class, Peer Exercise Program Promotes Independence, Slow and Easy Yoga, Ageless Conditioning, Entry to Fitness, Exercises in a Chair, Essential Mobility and Balance Workout, Functional Strength, and Osteoporosis Fitness. Elsie Stuhr Center in Beaverton, Oregon, uses icons in its promotional materials that designate the level of intensity of each of its fitness programs. Balance and Fall Prevention programs were also very common, and there are several that are Evidence Based.

One example is Partners in Care Foundation’s Healthy Moves for Aging, an exercise program for in-home and adult day settings for individuals with managed care. Cognitive Maintenance and Development: This is a particularly hot topic in efforts to maintain independence and quality of life. Many are experimenting

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Aging Services Trends u Abuse Prevention and Management. Many of these programs are Evidence Based Programs and we suggest visiting the NCOA Center for Healthy Aging Website for specifics. Mental Health and Depression: The Centers for Disease Control indicated that depression is the number 1 mental health problem among older adults. Three significant programs that we found are Healthy IDEAS, an Administration on Aging evidencebased program; PEARLS - Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (also an EBP); and Beat the Blues, a National Institute of Mental Health grant funded program that targets African-American elders. and offering programs, but we could find no evidence based programs. Support in Coping with Medical Conditions: It was common to find such programs, and there was a wide variety, including such things as: Medication Management, Chronic Disease Management, Chronic Pain Management, Diabetes Management, Weight Management, Hearing Loss, and Alcohol

Programming and Marketing to Boomers: You have to check these two out! The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico publishes a monthly 50+ Sports and Fitness catalog of activities. The 32 page booklet lists an enormous array of sports leagues, tournaments, meets, dances, contests, fitness, adventure and other activities. They also have a 50+ fitness center. The OPC Center

Wellness-Health-Fitness Resources The National Council on Aging (NCOA) Center for Healthy Aging provides Technical Assistance for the Administration on Aging EBP. Information and links to all AoA EBPs: The Healthy Aging Collaborative of South Florida, The OPC (Older Person’s Center), ( The Adult Wellness Center, ( North Shore Senior and Wellness Center, ( Elsie Stuhr, ( Human Kinetics ( Partners in Care, (,3.html) City of Albequerque (


in Rochester, Michigan, gets another mention here for its amazing center with a wide array of 50+ team sport and leagues.

The Next Chapter

There is a concept that breaks life into four ages• First Age - years of dependencefrom infancy, through childhood and to independence • Second Age - years of professional development/engagement and care-giving • Third Age - years of continued engagement with focus on fulfillment and purpose, of personal enrichment and pursuit of intellectual and leisure activities (may also include care-giving) • Fourth Age - years of dependency The Next Chapter concept focuses on the planning and engagement of those preparing for and seeking fulfillment in the Third Age. In addition to this broad description, the Next Chapter is also a specific approach sponsored by Civic Ventures. Civic Ventures defines the core components of a fully-realized Next Chapter initiative as including: life planning programs to explore future possibilities and goals- planning for the Third Age; meaningful engagement opportunities that may include paid work, stipend services or volunteer work; continued learning for new directions; and opportunities for connections to peers and the community. Life Planning: Purposefully pursuing fulfillment in the Third Age is supported by life planning opportunities and services. Two impressive examples: • Chicago Life Opportunities Initiative’s vision is: “Inspiring Chicagoans, age 50+, to realize their passions and to use their talents and wisdom to strengthen our communities.” This is accomplished by providing a workshop that determines each participants unique gifts, then tapping into that experience pairing them with non-profit organizations to help with volunteer leadership programs.


u Aging Services Trends • Pathways to Living, Learning, Serving, sponsored by Area Agency on Aging of South Florida and the College of Central Florida, offers connections and directions for adults age 50+ to explore what’s next in areas including volunteer service, employment, lifelong learning, wellness, and social engagement. Volunteerism - Expanded Roles: Boomers are the most highly educated generation to date, and many are looking for more than the traditional volunteer opportunity. There is a movement toward expanding the scope and the skills that are accessed in volunteer programs. Peer Leadership and Suppor t Groups: Critical to this theme is the concept of utilizing the skills and knowledge of the senior community to lead/ teach activities, to facilitate interest and discussion groups, and to coach and mentor their peers. We also saw a trend toward peer support groups for people who share a challenge. Examples of support groups are limitless from medical discussions to grief and loss or even employment and volunteer training and research. One great example is Stanford University Hospital Patient Education Research Center which provides EBP self-management programs for people with chronic health problems that can be licensed by communities and are led by trained peer volunteer facilitators. Employment: Though Boomers are entering retirement age, many will extend their years in the workforce, whether for financial need or fulfillment purposes. The model will change, however. It is expected that Boomers will want to seek a new phase of work - one that is purpose driven, dynamic, flexible and radically restructured- an Encore Career. A 2008 Civic Ventures survey found that more than 5 million people ages 44 to 70 have begun encore careers and of those not already in encore careers, half say they want them. Two interesting examples of programs supporting encore careers:

• College of Central Florida Life Services program offers a re-careering program that offers job clubs, training and assistance in finding employment with senior friendly employers. • Encore Careers - Silicon Valley Encore Fellow Program is designed to deliver new sources of talent to organizations solving critical social problems. These paid, time-limited fellowships place highly-skilled, experienced professionals at the end of their midlife careers in socialpurpose organizations.

Lifelong Learning and the Arts

This theme is ver y much connected to the Third Age concept as well, focusing on fulfillment through enrichment, education and cultural exploration. Branded Programs: Rather than provide a collection of activities, the best programs build a brand that lends substance and credibility to their role in offering these programs. Examples we saw included: • Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota, “Third Age University” • Five Towns Senior Center, Woodmere, New York, “The New Learning Center” • City of Bloomington, Indiana, “The People’s University”. Use of Peer Instructors: It was common to find lifelong learning activities, and others, instructed or led by peer instructors or facilita-

tors. These might be on a voluntary or stipend basis and is consistent with the trends found in the Next Chapter program theme. University-Sponsored, Non-Accredited Courses: Such programs appear to be fairly common, and include instructional courses, discussion groups, and events. The most extensive we found is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), which has programs at 119 campuses throughout the country. The potential to partner with local colleges and universities for such lifelong learning programs should be on all our radar-screens. Osher Institutes are affiliated with 26 California colleges and universities. To see a listing visit map.jsp

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Aging Services Trends u Information: It will continue to be important to provide pathways for the aging population and their families to find and navigate the dizzying array of services that are available. More and more communities are turning to web-based information and referral. Creating simple and effective web resources, and balancing that with the need for human guidance will be the challenge. The best web-based information and referral site we saw was Senior Resource Advisor sponsored by AAA of Central Florida - http://www.

Continuum of ServiceTransitions

This theme concentrates on services, supports, and programs that extend the independent living of the Third Age, and help preparation for, then provide services in, the Fourth Age. In its best forms it provides those services for all three engaged parties: the aged, their families and caregivers. In addition, in its best forms it is interdisciplinary, comprehensive, integrated and accessible through collaboration among the various direct service providers. Among the services that may be included: Information and Referral; aging in place supports related to such issues as housing, transportation, meals programs, shopping and household assistance; Care Supports, such as adult day services, caregiver supports, caregiver referrals, and respite programs; Wellness Promotion, including aspects of the services identified within the Wellness-Health-Fitness theme. Traditional Aging in Place supports that extend independent living will continue to be important, but with some new twists.


Virtual Villages: More recently, many communities have adopted the “Virtual Village” concept, a fee-based, membership organization that provides supports and services that support aging in place. It remains to be seen whether they can encourage enough people to join who don’t yet need intensive support to make the economics work. Avenidas of Palo Alto has been at the forefront of the Virtual Village movement. http:// Regional Service Collaboration: There appeared to be a regional approach and a high level of collaboration in the communities that were most effective. Several that stand out for their collaborative approaches include: Aging Atlanta; The Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative of South Florida; AAA of Central Florida; and Kings County, Washington, especially led by the non-profit, Senior Services. Each of these collaboratives is unique. The South Florida initiative was initiated and funded by the Health Foundation of South Florida, and includes 17 mostly non-profit members. Aging Atlanta is led by the AAA, and focuses broadly on coordinated services, and neighborhood level services, outreach, and includes 50 partners. Senior Services in Washington is a regional non-profit with affliliates and partners throughout the county.

outlive their driving years by 10 years. Transportation will continue to be a significant need and challenge as communities try to extend independent living for their older residents. We found two organizations going in very different directions to solve this common challenge: • Beverley Foundation - a nonprofit devoted to fostering new ideas and options to enhance mobility and transportation for the older population. They conduct research, develop models, and provide technical support to community based transportation efforts. • Independent Transportation Network - They take a more business and market oriented approach to transportation, and have 25 affiliates throughout the country. Their premises include: • People are not going to spend a lifetime driving in private cars and then give them up for fixed route public transportation. • For many, by the time they reach that point there are other physical limitations that challenge their use of fixed route transportation. • If people had a car before, and now they don’t, they have resources that can be devoted to meeting their transportation needs. They offer a licensed program with: • Private car transportation, 24/7 service, and unrestricted service. • Opportunities to buy or earn credits for future transportation by donating a car or driving others while still able to drive To learn more visit http://www. We hope these snippets of great ideas and new directions will help you and your agency navigate the future of aging services.

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Comprehensive Inclusive Play Spaces!

R By Keith Christensen Ph.D. and Chad Kennedy ASLA


ecently, the general public and playground equipment manufacturers have begun to see the benefits of inclusive play environments. This is tremendously exciting for long time advocates of social inclusion who have spent countless hours educating their peers and fundraising for their own inclusive play spaces. Thanks to these efforts, hundreds of inclusive playgrounds have been installed throughout the country. Somewhere during the process however, the very purpose for creating these play spaces (children’s play) is routinely lost in the details of Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, ASTM safety standards, equipment selections and budget restrictions. It is important to remember that though these issues are essential to successful playgrounds, they are peripheral to the design process and not the focus! While necessary, physical accessibility does not guarantee social accessibility or the opportunity to participate. Play is very much a social process and the opportunity to be included should be available to every child. Often, planning efforts related to mobility impairments overshadow the necessity for a more comprehensive approach focused on understanding children with disabilities, understanding developmentally appropriate levels of risk, and using the principles of universal design to provide social and emotional inclusion, sensory integration, graduating levels of SPRING 2012 • CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION

u I n c lu s i v e P l a y S p a c e s physical and mental challenges, cognitive engagement and opportunities for discovery and exploration.

Understanding Children with Disabilities

Children with disabilities are part of our nation’s largest minority group, individuals with disabilities. Out of 1,000 children between the ages of 3 and 21 years old, 89 children will have a disability (8.9%). Of these, approximately 1 child (1.1%) will have a physical disability, 1 child (1.1%) will have a sensory disability, 17 children (19.1%) will have a communicative disability, 10 children (11.2%) will have a social/emotional disability, and 48 children (53.9%) will have an intellectual disability. Additionally, 2 children (2.2%) will have multiple disabilities and 9 children (10.1%) will have a chronic health impairment such as cancer1. Disability is often mistakenly understood as a child’s inability to experience the play environment because of limitations from their impairment. Defining disability in this way usually results in efforts to fix the child’s impairment, rather than the play environment. Disability is better recognized as a child’s inability to experience the play environment because of very specific requirements on the part of the environment in order to participate. Disability results from differences in what a child is able to do, and what the play environment requires the child to be able to do. When disability is recognized as a result of the abilities required by the play environment, the focus becomes adapting the environment to accommodate the diverse abilities of children, which is the way that thoughtful design should be approached. The abilities often demanded by play environments require children with disabilities to participate in play through the assistance of others or much greater personal efforts that place them at a disadvantage with their peers. The child’s right to equality of opportunity, full participation, and independence in play implies the promise that children should not be subjected to inequality by characteristics over which they have no control. The fail-

ure to consider the needs of children with disabilities in the development of play environments produces environments incompatible with the child’s right to play. Those who create play environments must recognize that the design of the play environment is much more than a problem of complying with accessibility standards, but rather a statement of how much we value children with disabilities as full participants in play. Socially inclusive play environments are based on this understanding of disability where the emphasis is not on helping the child with a disability to adjust and accept the play environment, but rather designing the play environment to accommodate the abilities of the child and their right to an equal, independent, full participation in play.

Opportunities for Risk

A critical feature of any effective play space is the opportunity for the child to take risk. Taking risks, or to


try something new, speak to someone new, or think something new, is necessary for children’s development. The development of children starts at birth and continues into adulthood. Children need to develop in five crucial areas for proper growth: social/emotional, intellectual, sensory, perceptualmotor, and physical development. All children, regardless of their abilities, pass through the same developmental stages in the same sequence; only the timing and rate vary. It is important to understand that a child with disability is a child, and in reality, the similarities between children with and without disabilities are far greater than any differences.2 Opportunities to take risks and be challenged should not be absent from play environments for children with disabilities. The opposite is actually true. Equality of play opportunity, full participation in play, and the independence of the child mean allowing children with disabilities the Dignity of Risk. Overprotection of children with

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Photo by JoLynne Lyon, Center for Persons with Disabilities disabilities is often an issue that must be overcome in traditional play spaces. At first, the protection of a child with disabilities may appear to be kind, but it can strip children of the right to play equally and independently. There is healthy development in risk taking and crippling indignity in overprotection.3

Principles of Universal Design

Comprehensive inclusive play environments recognize the individuality, dignity, and abilities of children with disabilities and their right to equal, independent, full participation in play. These play environments should be developed following principles of universal design to remove physical and social barriers to all children participating in play. The principles of universal design encourage play environments to be designed for equitable use to (1) Be Fair for everyone; designed for flexibility in use so everyone can (2) Be Included; designed to be simple and intuitive so everyone can (3) Be Smart; designed with perceptible information where everyone can (4) Be Independent; designed to be tolerant of error to


(5) Be Safe for everyone; designed to require low sustained physical effort so everyone can (6) Be Active; and designed with the appropriate size and space for approach and use so everyone can (7) Be Comfortable4. Following these principles supports thoughtfully considering the child and their strengths and ability to participate in play independently and equally alongside their friends, siblings, and neighbors. The emphasis then evolves from helping the child with a disability to adjust and accept play environments, to designing play environment that accommodate the needs and abilities of the child. When planning or designing playgrounds, remember that a comprehensive approach based on knowledge of the needs of children with disabilities, including risk for differing levels of abilities and using universal design principles, will improve the success of playgrounds and lead to well used spaces enjoyed by children of ALL abilities.

About the authors:

Dr. Keith Christensen is a landscape architect at O’Dell Engineering, a faculty member for the Utah State

University Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and a Fellow with the Center for Persons with Disabilities. He conducts research on the social inclusion of children with disabilities in play and advocates nationally for including children with disabilities in play experiences through speaking and writing. He is a nationally recognized expert on the design of socially inclusive play environments for children with disabilities. Chad Kennedy’s interest in advocacy for persons with disabilities originates from employment at the Center for Persons with Disabilities and from a year-long interdisciplinary disability course he participated in at the Center. His employment at the Center made a lasting impression and has been a guide and passion during his subsequent career. He is a licensed landscape architect, a certified playground safety inspector, an active member of his local ASLA Executive Committee and an active member in the Children’s Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network. To contact the authors of this article for additional information, call 209-571-1765, e-mail them at,, or visit

Endnotes 1. U.S. Department of Education. (2008). 30th Annual Report to the Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2008 – Vol. 1. Washington D.C: Dept of Ed. 2. Christensen, K.M. & Jeon, T.K. (2006). Creating Inclusive Outdoor Play Environments; Designing for Ability Rather than Disability. The Journal of Eyewitness in Special Education, Sept-Oct. KISE. 3. Perske, R. (1981). Hope for the Families. Nashville: Abingdon Press. 4. me2; 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design. (2010). PlayCore, Inc.: Chattanooga, TN.





Company Member s through May 1, 2012

A-G Sod Farms, Inc. (Riverside) 2900 Adams St., Ste. C-120, Riverside, CA 92504 PH: 951/687-7581 FAX: 951/687-4869 E-Mail: Website: REP: Joel Addink, CFO; John Addink, President; Larry LeMay, Vice-President of Operations SERVICE: Five farms in California & Colorado producing high quality sod for sports fields and parks. Abey Arnold Associates (Marin) 1005 A Street, Suite 305, San Rafael, CA 94901 PH: 415/258-9580 FAX: 415/258-9780 E-Mail: Website: REP: Phillip Abey, Principal SERVICE: Landscape Architecture. Administrative Software Applications, Inc. (ASAP) (Santa Clara) 1310 Hollenbeck Avenue, Suite C, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 PH: 800/969-2727 FAX: 408/732-8206 E-Mail: Website: REP: Joel M. Meyer, CEO/President; Ryan Russo SERVICE: ASAP provides complete registration and management services for communities, schools, and businesses via the web. ADvisor’s Marketing Group, Inc. (San Diego) 7040 Avenida Encinas #104, Carlsbad, CA 92011 PH: 800/423-8478 FAX: 760/431-0448 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jodi Rudick, Trainer/Owner; Andy Stein SERVICE: THE official Parks Make Life Better! promotional partner -- from banners, to T-shirts, bags to temporary tattoos.


Aflex Technology P.O. Box 1292, Nelson 7040 New Zealand PH: (64) (3) 546-6747 FAX: (64) (3) 546-8112 E-Mail: REP: Karen Stratford, Sales Manager SERVICE: Giant pool inflatable obstacle courses & slides providing fun & challenging entertainment. AHBE Landscape Architects (Los Angeles) 8729 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232 PH: 310/838-0448 FAX: 310/204-2664 E-Mail: Website: REP: Calvin Abe, President; Mary Lu, Business Development Manager SERVICE: AHBE Landscape Architects provides comprehensive design services, master planning and urban design. All About Play/Little Tikes Commercial - Nor Cal (Sacramento) 3844 Presidio, Sacramento, CA 95838 PH: 916/923-2180 FAX: 916/646-6383 E-Mail: Website: REP: Glen Wurster, Principal SERVICE: Accessible outdoor playground equipment including unique theme playscapes and park service equipment. Alpine Bike Parks, LLC 8-1050 Millar Creek Road, Whstler, BC VON 1B1 PH: 604/962-1951 FAX: 604/962-8951 E-Mail: Website: REP: Judd De Vall, Principal SERVICE: Alpine Bike Parks is a full service design/build contractor specializing in bike parks & trail development.

Aluminum Seating, Inc. (San Bernardino) PO Box 3310, San Bernardino, CA 92413 PH: 909/884-9449 FAX: 909/388-2187 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bonnie Gaudesi, Sales Manager SERVICE: Manufacturer of all aluminum outdoor bleachers, picnic tables & benches.

Arch Pac, Inc. (San Diego) 1351 Distribution Way Suite 1, Vista, CA 92081 PH: 760/734-1600 FAX: 760/734-1611 E-Mail: Website: REP: Ken Moeller, AIA, ASLA SERVICE: Consulting Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers & Planners specializing in aquatics, pools, and associated architecture.

Amateur Softball Assoc. (Alameda) 1099 E. Street, Hayward, CA 94541 PH: 510/881-6712 FAX: 510/888-5758 E-Mail: Website: REP: John Gouveia SERVICE: The objective of the Amateur Softball Association is to develop, direct and promote the sport of softball.

Architerra Design Group, Inc. (San Bernardino) 10221-A Trademark Street, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 PH: 909/484-2800 FAX: 909/484-2802 E-Mail: Website: www.architerradesigngroup. com REP: Richard Krumwiede, President; Gregg Denson, Director of Design; Jeff Chamlee, Director of Production SERVICE: Landscape architectural consulting services, new parks, park renovation, and streetscape design & construction documents.

Aqua Source (Sacramento) P.O. Box 1146, Galt, CA 95632 PH: 209/745-6401 FAX: 209/745-7179 E-Mail: Website: REP: Ron Ybarra, President SERVICE: Commercial swimming pool equipment, automated chemical & filtration systems, commercial pool vacuums, heaters, deck equipment. Aquatic Design Group (San Diego) 2226 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008 PH: 760/438-8400 FAX: 760/438-5251 E-Mail: Website: REP: Randy Mendioroz, Scott Ferrell, Dennis Berkshire, Justin Caron SERVICE: Programming, planning, design and engineering services for competition, recreation and leisure aquatic facilities.

Associated Students, CSUF, Inc. (Orange) 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92834 PH: 657/278-3648 FAX: 657/278-2503 E-Mail: Website: index/asp REP: Andrea Willer, Titan Recreation Director; Alison Wittwer, Aquatic & Safety Coordinator SERVICE: University Recreation program. Bellinger Foster Steinmetz Landscape Architecture, Inc. (Monterey) 425 Pacific Street, Suite 201, Monterey, CA 93940 PH: 831/646-1383 FAX: 831/373-8653 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike Bellinger, Principal; Lee Steinmetz, Principal; Elke Ikeda, Associate SERVICE: Parks, trails and open space planning; Design for healthy and sustainable communities.


u Buyer’s Guide Blair, Church & Flynn Consulting Engineers, Inc. (Fresno) 451 Clovis Ave., Suite 200, Clovis, CA 93612-1376 PH: 559/326-1400 FAX: 559/326-1500 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dave Briley, Landscape Architect SERVICE: BC&F provides civil engineering and landscape architecture services for parks, playgrounds, trails and athletic facilities. BMLA Landscape Architecture (Los Angeles) 310 North Joy Street, Corona, CA 92879 PH: 951/737-1124 FAX: 951/737-6551 E-Mail: Website: REP: Baxter Miller, President SERVICE: Provides park master planning and construction documents for all park type facilities and recreation areas. Bobcat Company (Cass) 250 East Beaton Drive, West Fargo, North Dakota 58078 PH: 701/241-8700 FAX: 701/280-7860 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike Kozbacher, Government Accounts Manager SERVICE: Compact Equipment Manufacturer. Bronze Memorial Company (Cook) 1842 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642 PH: 773/276-7972 x13 FAX: 773/2369656 E-Mail: Website: REP: Rick Gurrieri, VP; Richard Wagner, President; Derek Horton SERVICE: Manufacturer of cast bronze & aluminum dedication tablets, garden plaques and donor recognition Tress of Life. Broyhill, Inc. (Dakota) P.O. Box 475, Dakota City, NE 68731 PH: 402/987-3412 x34 FAX: 402/9873601 E-Mail: Website: REP: Craig Broyhill, President SERVICE: Load and Pack - a one man refuse vehicle for parks & beaches.

Bull Stockwell Allen (San Francisco) 300 Montgomery Street, Suite 1135, San Francisco, CA 94104 PH: 415/281-4720 FAX: 415/281-4721 E-Mail: Website: REP: David D. Ross, AIA, LEED A.P. SERVICE: Specialists in community and recreation centers, fitness and sports facilities, and senior and childcare centers.

CH Bull Company (San Mateo) 229 Utah Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080 PH: 650/837-8400 FAX: 800/229-2855 E-Mail: Website: REP: Andy Bull SERVICE: Stocking distributor, Genie lifts, Ridgid, ladders, material handling, safety equipment, including engineered fall protection systems.

California Land Management (Santa Clara) 675 Gilman Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2528 PH: 650/322-1181 FAX: 650/322-1194 E-Mail: Website: REP: Eric R. Mart SERVICE: Provides professional park management, security, maintenance, ranger patrol & related services.

Coast Recreation Inc. (Orange) 3151 Airway Ave, Suite A-3, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-4620 PH: 714/619-0100 FAX: 714/619-0106 E-Mail: Website: REP: Tim Hodges, Gregg A. Rogers, Mike Eisert, Chad Barry, Michael Salcido SERVICE: Representing Landscape Structures, playground equipment, Landscape Brands Site Furnishings, and Icon Shelters in Southern California.

California State Soccer Association South (Orange) 1029 S. Placentia Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831 PH: 714/778-2972 FAX: 714/441-0715 E-Mail: Website: REP: John Weinerth, CEO; Luis Salcedo, Director of Competition & Membership Development SERVICE: The official state soccer association of USSF providing recreational youth and adult programs, coaching education and referee certification services. Callander Associates Landscape Architecture, Inc. (Sacramento) 11180 Sun Center Drive, Suite 104, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 PH: 916/631-1312 FAX: 916/635-9153 E-Mail: Website: REP: Erik Smith, Principal; Mark Slichter, Principal; Benjamin Woodside, Principal SERVICE: Landscape architects. Capitol Equipment, Inc. Dba Capitol Enterprises (Los Angeles) 2718 E. Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010 PH: 626/357-3768 FAX: 626/359-3121 E-Mail: Website: REP: Joe & Sue Guarrera SERVICE: Portable steel equipment shelters, standard and custom sizes.


Columbia Cascade Company (Multnomah) 1300 S. W. Sixth Avenue, Ste. 310, Portland, OR 97201-3464 PH: 503/223-1157 FAX: 503/223-4530 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steve Kirn, Sales Mgr.; Ted Jonsson, Gordon, Jake and Josh Jurgenson, ParkPacific, Inc., 888/460-7275, FAX 925/210-0944; Reg and Deborah Nations, Pacific Site Complements, 888/770-7483, FAX 949/606-8697 SERVICE: TimberForm & PipeLine playground and outdoor fitness equipment, TimberForm site furnishings and CycLoops & CycLocker bicycle management products.

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Buyer’s Guide u Commercial Aquatic Services, Inc. (Orange) 1332 Bell Avenue 2-F, Tustin, CA 92780 PH: 877/794-6227 FAX: 877/794-6329 E-Mail: Website: REP: David Woodland, President, Heather Woodland, Director of Operations SERVICE: Sales, service, repairs and bulk chemicals for commercial pools. Community Works Design Group (Riverside) 4649 Brockton Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506 PH: 951/369-0700 FAX: 951/369-4039 E-Mail: Website: REP: Tim Maloney SERVICE: Landscape architects, park planning and design. Cornerstone Studios, Inc. (Orange) 106 W. 4th, 5th Floor, Santa Ana, CA 92701 PH: 714/973-2200 FAX: 714/973-0203 E-Mail: Website: REP: Don Wilson, ASLA SERVICE: Park planning, trail design, irrigation master planning, plan checking, sports field design, visual resource analysis. Counsilman-Hunsaker (Los Angeles) 20725 S. Western Avenue, Suite 134, Torrance, CA 90501 PH: 310/327-1271 FAX: 310/217-4099 E-Mail: Website: REP: Doug Cook; Scott Hunsaker; Paul Graves SERVICES: Aquatic design, engineering and consulting, programming, Facility Impact studies, existing facility evaluations, and feasibility studies. Courts and Greens (Kern) 4039 B Well Tech Way, Bakersfield, CA 93308 PH: 661/587-4602 FAX: 661/587-4603 E-Mail: Website: REP: Gerald Ogden, Owner SERVICE: Sports and recreation construction and design.


Crane Architectural Group (Orange) 110 E Wilshire Ave # 300, Fullerton, CA 92832-1934 PH: 714/525-0363 FAX: 714/525-9826 E-Mail: rcrane@cranearchitecturalgrp. com Website: REP: Rick Crane, Owner SERVICE: Architectural services: community centers, senior centers, sports complexes, concession stands, park restrooms, ADA improvements. Creative Recreational Systems, Inc. (Sacramento) P.O. Box 356, Folsom, CA 95630 PH: 916/638-5375 FAX: 916/638-5427 E-Mail: Website: REP: Paul Stanfel, President SERVICE: Distributing and installing commercial recreation equipment for 39 years. Playgrounds, safety surfacing, shades and more! Dahlin Group Architecture Planning (Alameda) 5865 Owens Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588 PH: 925/251-7200 FAX: 925/251-7201 E-Mail: Website: REP: Karl Danielson, Principal; Gregor Markel, Associate/Senior Architect; Elaine Moal, Marketing Manger SERVICE: Architectural and planning services. Dave Bang Associates, Inc. (Orange) P.O. Box 1088, Tustin, CA 92781 PH: 800/669-2585 FAX: 800/729-2483 E-Mail: Website: REP: Pete Stokes SERVICE: Suppliers of high-quality park, playground, athletic equipment & site equipment since 1979.

David Evans and Assoc. Inc. (San Bernardino) 4200 Concours, Ste 200, Ontario, CA 91764-7976 PH: 909/481-5750 FAX: 909/481-5757 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kim Rhodes, Chris Giannini, Greg Clark SERVICE: Multidisciplinary firm specializing in landscape architecture, civil and transportation engineering, surveying, and construction management.

EcoGreen Environmental, LLC (Orange) 24481 Alta Vista Drive #2, Dana Point, CA 92629 PH: 949/496-4104 FAX: 949/496-1730 E-Mail: Website: REP: Craig B. Stern, President; Mike Baldwin, Member SERVICE: Offering the World’s Safest Playground Surfacing, FREE Pet Pouch Dispensers and Lowest Cost Oxo-biodegradable bags.

David Volz Design Landscape Architects, Inc. (Orange) 151 Kalmus Drive, Suite M-8, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 PH: 714/641-1300 FAX: 714/641-1323 E-Mail: Website: REP: David Volz, Landscape Architect, Leed AP; Gary Vasquez, Landscape Architect; Eric Sterling, Landscape Architect SERVICE: Award winning park planners and sports facility experts! DVD provides assistance with project planning budgets.

ETrak-plus (Charleston) 1095 Playground Road, Charleston, SC 29407 PH: 877/513-8725 FAX: 843/763-3877 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jerry Plybon, Director of Business Development SERVICE: eTrak is a complete Parks and Recreation Management software solution.

Eagle Sports & Awards Company (Los Angeles) 19918 Bryant Street, Winnetka, CA 91306 PH: 310/384-2540 FAX: 818/886-5554 E-Mail: Website: REP: Elliot Heffler, Owner SERVICE: Silk-screening, embroidery, awards, banners, advertising & promotional specialties. EasyTurf, Inc. (San Diego) 2750 La Mirada Drive, Vista, CA 92081 PH: 866/Easy Turf FAX: 760/888-8430 E-Mail: Website: REP: David Hartman, President; Mike Bray, Director of Business Development; Rick Morgan, National Accounts Manager SERVICE: FieldTurf playground turf is fall zone rated to twelve feet. It’s safe, soft, durable and beautiful.

Field Paoli Architects (San Francisco) 150 California St., 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111 PH: 415/788-6606 FAX: 415/788-6650 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mark Schatz SERVICE: Architectural design and planning. Filice Enterprises, Inc. (Santa Clara) 711 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126 PH: 408/271-8841 FAX: 408/271-8861 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike Filice III, President; Michelle Filice, Vice-President SERVICE: Everything Playground surfacing, from Fibar to SofTile. Since 1995, California’s #1 source for all playground safety surfacing. The Finals (Orange) 21 Minisink Avenue, Port Jervis, NY 12771 PH: 800/345-3485 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bill Fleitz, General Manager SERVICE: Manufacturer of swimwear and lifeguard apparel. Custom logo’s available. Goggles, caps, and training equipment.


u Buyer’s Guide GameTime Northern California (Marin) 1030-B Railroad Avenue, Novato, CA 94945 PH: 415/899-9996 FAX: 415/899-9050 E-Mail: REP: Leo Seavey, General Manager SERVICE: Playground equipment, safety surfacing, site amenities, shade, splash pads/spray parks, outdoor exercise. Gates & Associates (Contra Costa) 2671 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583 PH: 925/736-8176 FAX: 925/838-8901 E-Mail: Website: REP: Todd Young, Principal; Chuck Gardella, Sr. Associates; Vanessa Lindores, Associate SERVICE: Landscape Architecture.

GreenCloudUSA, LLC Aka GreenParks USA (Multnomah) P.O. Box 80762, Portland, OR 97280 PH: 503/799-8011 FAX: 503/768-5121 E-Mail: Website: REP: Tom Calabrese, Hydrogeologist SERVICE: GreenParksUSA provides online environmental stewardship tools including IPM Plan development and BMP documentation software. Greenfields Outdoor Fitness (Orange) 2625 South Orange Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92707 PH: 888/315-9037 FAX: 866/308-9719 E-Mail: Website: REP: Aviv Arishay, Regional Manager SERVICE: Parks Equipment.

Glass Architects (Sonoma) 200 E Street, #100, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 PH: 707/544-3920 FAX: 707/544-2514 E-Mail: Website: REP: Eric M. Glass, AIA SERVICE: Architectural design and master planning. Specializing in indoor and outdoor aquatic, community and recreational facilities. Goric Marketing Group USA (Middlesex) P.O. Box 117, Ashland, MA 01721 PH: 877/467-4287 FAX: 508/881-0943 E-Mail: Website: REP: Laura Wilson, Sales Manager SERVICE: Cutting edge play equipment: unique play points, sensory and musical elements, and water/sand play systems. Great Western Park & Playground (Cache) 2598 West 5700 South, PO Box 97, Wellsville, UT 84339 PH: 800/453-2735 FAX: 435/245-5057 E-Mail: Website: REP - Nevada and UT: Steve Kyriopoulos, Owner-VP; California Reps: Scott Maynard; Nate Younker; Eric Molano; Tyler Kyriopoulos SERVICE: We offer playground equipment and safety surfacing, site furnishings, athletic equipment, pavilions, shades and more.

Griffin Structures, Inc. (Orange) 385 2nd Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 PH: 949/497-9000 FAX: 949/497-8883 E-Mail: Website: REP: Roger Torriero, CEO, Frank Martinez, EVP, Kelly Boyle, EVP SERVICE: Construction/program manager for the public/private sector. Gro-Power, Inc. (San Bernardino) 15065 Telephone Avenue, Chino, CA 91710 PH: 909/393-3744 FAX: 909/393-2773 E-Mail: Website: REP: Brent Holden, President; David Diehl, Sales Representative; Jack Engberg, Sales Representative SERVICE: Park maintenance going Green? Gro-Power products are safe for the environment and naturally conserve water.

Group 4 Architecture Research + Planning, Inc. (San Mateo) 211 Linden Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080 PH: 650/871-0709 FAX: 650/871-7911 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dawn Merkes, President, Andrea Will, Architect, Associate; Jonathan Hartman, Architect, Associate SERVICE: Architectural, research and planning services. GSM Landscape Architects, Inc. (Napa) 1785 Third Street, Napa, CA 94559 PH: 707/255-4630 FAX: 707/255-7480 E-Mail: Website: REP: Gretchen McCann, President; Michael Rosales, Staff Landscape Architect; Bart Ito, Project Manager SERVICE: Award winning landscape architectural design for parks, sports fields, recreational and educational facilities throughout California.

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Buyer’s Guide u HAI, Hirsch & Associates, Inc. (Orange) 2221 E. Winston Rd. #A, Anaheim, CA 92806 PH: 714/776-4340 FAX: 714/776-4395 E-Mail: Website: REP: Patrick Hirsch, President SERVICE: Landscape architecture, park planning, master plans, sports facilities, redevelopment & public work projects. Hanson Associates (Orange) 275 Centennial Way, #211, Tustin, CA 92780-1945 PH: 714/368-1922 FAX: 714/368-1925 E-Mail: hansonassoc.msuarez@gmail. com Website: REP: Juan Suarez, Estimator/CEO; Rick Suarez, Vice-President/Estimating SERVICE: 30+ years wholesale/installation: playgrounds, safety surfacing, athletic equipment, site furnishings, shades/shelters, bleachers. Harris Design (Alameda) 755 Folger Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710 PH: 510/647-3792 FAX: 510/647-3712 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bill Harris, Principal SERVICE: Creative, community-based planning & design from concept through construction. Parks, trails, master plans, sports facilities, open space. Hermann & Associates (Riverside) 78365 Hwy 111, PMB 332, La Quinta, CA 92253 PH: 760/777-9131 FAX: 760/777-9132 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chris Hermann, President/CEO, Kristin Moore Hermann, Managing Director/CFO, Jose Estrada, Project Manager/Vice President SERVICE: Landscape architecture, planning and project management for community parks, sports parks and dog parks. Hilti, Inc. (Tulsa) P.O. Box 21148, Tulsa, OK 74121 PH: 800/950-6119 E-Mail: Website: REP: Paula Drake, Account Manager, Joshua Johnson, Regional Manager SERVICE: Construction & maintenance products and power equipment.


The HLA Group Landscape Architects & Planners, Inc. (Sacramento) 1050 Twentieth Street, Ste 200, Sacramento, CA 95811 PH: 916/447-7400 FAX: 916/447-8270 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steven Canada, ASLA; Greg Hauser, ASLA SERVICE: Landscape architecture and planning emphasizing parks and recreation, urban design, community design and land planning. Hunter Industries (Placer) P.O. Box 1005, Meadow Vista, CA 95722 PH: 916/899-9437 E-Mail: don.franklin@hunterindustries. com Website: REP: Donald D. Franklin, Northern Calif. Specification Manager; Lynda Wightman, Industry Relations Manager; Daniel Kamieniecki, So. Calif. Specification Manager SERVICE: Irrigation Manufacturer - MP Rotator, Sprays, Rotors, Smart Controllers, Valves, Drip I.D. Edge, Inc. (Boulder) 686 S. Taylor Ave., Suite 105, Louisville, CO 80027 PH: 303/665-0405 FAX: 303/665-4026 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dianne Lippoldt, Operations Manager SERVICE: ID provides photo ID, key fob, wristband, and reusable name tag solutions to the parks and recreation industry. Ian Davidson Landscape Architecture (Riverside) 3547 Market Street, Riverside, CA 92501 PH: 951/683-1283 FAX: 951/683-4352 E-Mail: REP: Ian Davidson, President; Jennifer Potter, Director of Marketing SERVICE: Landscape architecture, site master planning and multi-disciplinary project development for park and recreational facilities.

Innovative Playgrounds Company LLC (Los Angeles) 12407 East Slauson Avenue, Unit D, Whittier, CA 90606 PH: 877/732-5200 FAX: 562/693-5199 E-Mail: Website: REP: Alvino Larios, President SERVICE: Sales, designs, and project management for playground/fitness equipment, safety surfacing, shade structures, and sport/site amenities. Inspector Playground (Los Angeles) P.O. BOX 16654, Encino, CA 914166654 PH: 818/342-2262 FAX: 818/578-3408 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jim Stein SERVICE: Independent inspector, surface impact testing with Triax, early childhood certified, playground inspections, compliance certificates, insured. International Mulch Company (Saint Louis) 1 Mulch Lane, Bridgeton, MO 63044 PH: 314/336-1030 FAX: 314/336-1031 E-Mail: MarkVO@internationalmulch. com Website: REP: Mark Van Ronzalen, Dir. of sales; Heather Golet, National Sales Manager SERVICE: International Mulch is the leading manufacturer of 100% recycled rubber mulch for landscapes & playgrounds. Jacobs, Inc. (Sacramento) 180 Promenade Circle, Ste. 300, Sacramento, CA 95834 PH: 916/929-3323 FAX: 916/929-1772 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jeff Townsend, Principal SERVICE: Landscape architectural and engineering design services for parks, recreation and open space projects. JetMulch (Santa Cruz) P.O. Box 1667, Capitola, CA 95010 PH: 866/306-8524 FAX: 831/462-2126 E-Mail: Website: REP: Phil Reiker, President/Manager SERVICE: Blown-In Mulch and ASTM certified playground materials.

Jones & Madhavan (Ventura) 100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd Ste 211, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-8134 PH: 805/777-8449 FAX: 805/777-8489 E-Mail: Website: REP: Nachi Madhavan, AIA; Doug Jones, PE. SERVICE: Planning, architecture & engineering services for public aquatic facilities. KDB - Long Beach (Los Angeles) 10 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 PH: 562/308-7520 FAX: 562/308-7525 E-Mail: Website: SERVICES: KDB is a 40,000 sq. foot venue destination that specializes in entertainment and fun. Keenan & Associates (Los Angeles) 2355 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA 90501 PH: 310/212-3344 FAX: 310/787-8838 E-Mail: Website: REP: Betti Paquale, Assistant Vice President SERVICE: Loss Control Services, training and playground inspections and program consulting. Kidz Love Soccer (Santa Clara) 580 East Weddell Drive, Suite 2, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 PH: 408/252-1894 FAX: 408/252-3490 E-Mail: Website: REP: Peter Stanley SERVICE: Age-appropriate youth soccer instruction. Classes and camps for children 2-12 years of age. Klassen Corporation (Kern) 2021 Westwind Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93301 PH: 661/324-3000 FAX: 661/324-3900 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mark Delmarter, Director of Business Development; Robert Blair, Director of Architecture; Jennifer Blackwood, Director of Marketing SERVICE: Klassen Corporation provides integrated project delivery systems through architectural, general construction and construction management service.


u Buyer’s Guide Kleen Play (San Bernardino) 4863 Cheyenne Way, Chino, CA 91710 PH: 909/517-3900 FAX: 909/591-3990 E-Mail: SERVICE: Commercial Playground Installation and site work. Knorr Systems, Inc. (Orange) 2221 Standard Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92707 PH: 714/754-4044 FAX: 714/754-7791 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike Smith, Director of Sales SERVICE: Knorr Systems: quality aquatic equipment and services including: water treatment, filtration, recreation, maintenance, service contracts. Knott’s Berry Farm (Orange) 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620 PH: 714/220-5126 FAX: 714/220-5124 E-Mail: Website: REP: Janet Nakao, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620-5002, PH 714/220-5126, FAX 714/220-5124 SERVICE: Knott’s Berry Farm is the place for group fun with 165 rides, shows and attractions. Kromer Co. LLC (Hennepin) 2328 Beach Blvd., Pacifica, CA 94044 PH: 763/746-4040 FAX: 763/746-4041 E-Mail: REP: Dustine Callahan, Sales & Marketing Manager; Ronn Ponath, President SERVICE: Athletic field grooming & painting equipment for natural grass & synthetic turf - save time and money.

KTU + A Planning & Landscape Architecture (San Diego) 3916 Normal Street, San Diego, CA   92103 PH: 619/294-4477 FAX: 619/294-9965   E-Mail: Website: REP: Kurt Carlson, Principal; Cheri  Blatner, Senior Associate; Sharon Singleton,   Principal; SERVICE: Award winning planning   and landscape architectural services for parks, recreation facilities, sports complexes, interpretive centers, open   spaces and trails.  

KVO Industries (Sonoma) 1825 Empire Industrial Ct, Ste A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 PH: 707/573-6868 FAX: 707/573-6888 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steve Vandyk, V.P. Marketing SERVICE: Provider of specialty sign products including porcelain enamel, high pressure laminate and framing systems. L.A. Steelcraft Products, Inc. (Los Angeles) PO Box 90365, Pasadena, CA 911090365 PH: 626/798-7401 FAX: 626/798-1482 E-Mail: Website: REP: James Holt, President SERVICE: Equipment manufacturer: sports, playgrounds, schools, industry. Featuring fiberglass tables & benches, court & field equipment, bike racks, flagpoles & site amenities. Landscape Communications, Inc. (Orange) 14771 Plaza Dr., Suite M, Tustin, CA 92780 PH: 714/979-5276 x122 FAX: 714/979-3543 E-Mail: Website: SERVICE: Free subscription to Landscape Architect and Specifier News & access to our annual trade show.


Legacy Group (Contra Costa) 980 Garcia Avenue, Suite C, Pittsburg, CA 94565 PH: 925/427-1011 FAX: 925/473-0718 E-Mail: REP: David Gutridge, President; Greg Brewer, General Manager; Gary Clayton, Operation Manager SERVICE: Renovation & build framing, concrete work. Lincoln Equipment, Inc. (Contra Costa) 2051 Commerce Avenue, Concord, CA 94520 PH: 925/687-9500 FAX: 925/680-2825 E-Mail: Website: Rep: REP: Charles Luecker, President & CEO SERVICE: Distributors of commercial swimming pool equipment, chemicals and aquatic supplies since 1954. Lincoln Equipment, Inc. (Orange) 182 Viking Avenue Brea, CA 92821 PH: (714) 990-6015, (800)223-5450, FAX 714/990-4130 E-Mail: REP: Andrea Hickman, Office Manager SERVICE: Distributors of commercial swimming pool equipment, chemicals and aquatic supplies since 1954.

LPA, Inc. (Placer) 1548 Eureka Road #101, Roseville, CA 95661 PH: 916/772-4300 FAX: 916/772-4330 E-Mail: Website: REP: LPA Inc. (Placer), Roseville, CA; LPA Inc. (Orange) 5161 California Avenue Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92617, 949/2611001, Fax: 949/260-1190, E-mail: REP: Kevin Sullivan, Principal (Roseville Office) Steve Kendrick, Principal (Roseville Office) Heather Van De Zilver, Business Development (Irvine Office) SERVICE: Sustainable design solutions in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and interior design for community/senior centers, aquatics and parks. Lynn Capouya, Inc. (Orange) 17992 Mitchell So., Irvine, CA 92614 PH: 949/756-0150 FAX: 949/756-1635 E-Mail: REP: Lynn Capouya, President SERVICE: Landscape architecture, park master planning and programming implementation of sustainable practices including planting and irrigation design and retrofit.

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Buyer’s Guide u Mallard Creek, Inc. (Placer) 4095 Duluth Avenue, Rocklin, CA 95765 PH: 916/645-1681 FAX: 877/607-9404 E-Mail: Website: REP: Carol Williams, Accounting Manager SERVICE: Wholesale landscape materials. Mariposa Landscapes (Los Angeles) 15529 Arrow Hwy, Irwindale, CA 91706 PH: 626/960-0196 FAX: 626/960-8944 E-Mail: Website: REP: Terry Noriega, President SERVICE: Landscape Construction, Hardscape Construction, Landscape Maintenance, Tree Care, Indoor Plantscape. Marshall Austin Productions (Jefferson) 16778 Foxwood Lane, Morrison, CO 80465 PH: 303/988-2200 FAX: 303/988-1878 E-Mail: Website: REP: Roy Mertik, President SERVICE: The industry leader in the design and sale of mobile stages. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament (Orange) 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90622 PH: 714/523-1110 FAX: 714/523-8360 E-Mail: laneisha.young@medievaltimes. com Website: REP: La Neisha Young, Sales Manager; David Manuel, Marketing Manager SERVICE: Four-course medieval feast. Live 2-hour tournament. Group and summer camp discounts available. Meyer & Associates Architecture (Orange) 23265 South Pointe Drive, Suite 102, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 PH: 949/380-1151 FAX: 949/380-8117 E-Mail: REP: Randall K. Meyer SERVICE: Architecture/Landscape Architecture; New/Renovated recreation facilities; Community/Senior Centers; Park Restrooms Facility Repair; ADA Improvements.


Mia Lehrer + Associates (Los Angeles) 3780 Wilshire Blvd., #250, Los Angeles, CA 90010 PH: 213/384-3844 FAX: 213/384-3833 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mia Lehrer, President; Jan Dyer, Senior Associate; Jeff Hutchins, Principal SERVICE: Designing Landscapes that Inspire, Using Technologies that Sustain, Creating Places that Matter. MIG, Inc. (Alameda) 800 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710 PH: 510/845-7549 FAX: 510/845-8750 E-Mail: Website: MIG Pasadena: 169 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101-1703, 626/7449872, FAX 626/744-9873 MIG Fullerton: 801 N. Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92832, 714/871-3638, Fax 714/871-1188 MIG Davis: 613 G Street, Davis, CA 95616, 530/7539606, FAX 530/753-9608 REP: Sally McIntyre, Susan Goltsman, Tim Gilbert, Principal SERVICE: Landscape Architecture and planning for recreation, sports, park and open space and the public realm from visioning to construction documents. Miracle Playground Sales/Miracle Recreation (Riverside) 9106 Pulsar Ct, Ste C, Corona, CA 92883-4632 PH: 800/264-7225 FAX: 877/215-3869 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kevin Spence SERVICE: Innovative playground equipment, playground safety surfacing; park shelters & gazebos; tables, benches & athletic equipment & splashpads. Most Dependable Fountains, Inc. (Shelby) 5705 Commander Dr., Arlington, TN 38002-0587 PH: 800/552-6331 FAX: 901/867-4008 E-Mail: Website: REP: Vince McGrory, Sales; Anita Beachum, Sales SERVICE: Outdoor drinking fountains, pet fountains, showers, misters, play towers, hydrants, jug fillers, hand wash stations & grills.

Murdock-Super Secur (Los Angeles) P.O. Box 3527, City of Industry, CA 91744 PH: 800/591-9880 FAX: 626/855-4860 E-Mail: Website: REP: John S. Mitchell, Manager SERVICE: Pre-engineered buildings, restroom plumbing fixtures, drinking fountains, and water hydrants. Musco Sports Lighting (Orange) 4 Jenner, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618 PH: 949/754-0503 FAX: 949/754-0637 E-Mail: Website: REP: Michael Marchetti, Karin Pekala, Michael Higgins, Michael Winfrey, Paul Austad SERVICE: Providing sports lighting solutions for your budget, for the environment. MVE Institutional Inc. PlannersArchitecture Interiors (Orange) 1900 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614 PH: 949/809-3380 FAX: 949/809-3381 E-Mail: Website: REP: Robert Simons, AIA; Judy Cheng, LEED AP SERVICE: MVE Institutional is an architecture, planning and interiors firm with over 35 years of experience. My Bark Co., Inc. (San Joaquin) P.O. Box 932, Linden, CA 95236 PH: 209/786-4042 FAX: 209/786-4043 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mary Yelton, President SERVICE: ReadyPlay, EWF from virgin forestwood, bark products, colored enhanced mulches and soil amendments. Nasco (Stanislaus) P.O. Box 101, Salida, CA 95368 PH: 209/545-1600 FAX: 209/543-1244 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jim Felt, Director of Sales; Donna Cervantes, Store Manager SERVICE: Nasco Modesto provides a widely diversified selection of arts, crafts and recreational products for all ages.

Natural Structures (Baker) P.O. Box 270, Baker City, OR 978140270 PH: 541/523-0224 FAX: 541/523-0231 E-Mail: Website: REP: Trudy England & Leslie Maiwald SERVICE: Designs, engineers and manufactures: water and pool slides, shelters, pavilions, kiosks, gazebos and site furnishings. Neptune-Benson, Inc. (Kent) 6 Jefferson Dr., Coventry, RI 02816 PH: 401/821-2200 FAX: 401/821-7129 E-Mail: REP: Matthew Moriarty, Sales Representative SERVICE: Leading Manufacturer of Aquatic filtration systems for waterparks, aquatic centers featuring the Defender Regenerative Media Filter. NGI Sports a Division of River City Athletics (Hamilton) 2807 Walker Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421 PH: 800/835-0033 FAX: 423/499-8882 E-Mail: Website: REP: Cory Brisbin, West Coast Sales; Richard Burke, CEO/COO SERVICE: TITAN TRAX SHIELD® - TN, an affordable and durable solution to cracked tennis courts. Guaranteed crack-free. Noll & Tam Architects (Alameda) 729 Heinz Avenue #7, Berkeley, CA 94710 PH: 510/649-8295 FAX: 510/649-3008 E-Mail: Website: REP: Janet Tam, Principal SERVICE: Architectural design, programming and planning for recreation/ community/senior centers and other civic buildings.


u Buyer’s Guide NTD Architecture (Placer) 200 Auburn Folsom Rd Ste 200, Auburn, CA 95603 PH: 530/888-0999 FAX: 530/888-7336 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jordan Knighton, AIA, 200 Auburn Folsom Rd Ste 200; Bruce Thomas, AIA, 9655 Granite Ridge Drive Ste 400, San Diego, CA 92123; Jay Tittle, AIA, 2025 Financial Way, Suite 106, Glendora, CA, 91741-4692 SERVICE: Architectural programming, planning and design for recreational facilities, civic and community centers and aquatic complexes. NUVIS (Orange) 3151 Airway Avenue, Suite J-3, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 PH: 714/754-7311 FAX: 714/754-7346 E-Mail: Website: 5 Crow Canyon Ct. #110, San Ramon, CA 94583 (Contra Costa County) REP: Leslee A. Temple, FASLA, President, 714/754-7311 SERVICE: NUVIS landscape architecture - over 40 years of design solutions for people, environments, and experiences worldwide. O’Dell Engineering (Stanislaus) 1165 Scenic Drive, Suite B, Modesto, CA 95350 PH: 209/571-1765 x102 FAX: 209/571-2466 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chad Kennedy, Landscape Architect; Randall O’Dell, Owner; Keith Christensen, Landscape Architect SERVICE: Multi-disciplinary firm providing landscape architecture. civil engineering, land surveying and 3D laser scanning. Outdoor Creations, Inc. (Shasta) P.O. Box 50, Round Mountain, CA 96084 PH: 530/337-6774 FAX: 530/337-6675 E-Mail: Website: REP: Scott Puhlman SERVICE: Precast concrete site furnishings, includes picnic tables, benches, BBQs, fire pits, planters, signs and concrete products for outdoor use.

Pacific Design Concepts/Little Tikes Commercial - Southern California PO Box 1909, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 PH: 714-846-4885 FAX: 714-846-3485 E-Mail Website: REP: Scott Muscolo SERVICE: Accessible outdoor playground equipment including unique theme playscapes and park service equipment. Pacific Park At the Santa Monica Pier (Los Angeles) 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401 PH: 310/260-8744 x253 FAX: 310/899-1826 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sarah McCann, Marketing Sales Manager SERVICES: Family amusement park located at the Santa Monica Pier. Park and Restroom Structures, Inc. (Spokane) P.O. Box 13280, Spokane, WA 99213 PH: 509/922-2422 FAX: 509/922-2522 E-Mail: Website: REP: Nick Bianco, President SERVICE: Prefabricated & precast concrete restroom, shower, concession & utility structures for parks & recreation department. Patterson-Williams Athletic Manufacturing Company (Maricopa) 140 N. Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ 85203 PH: 800/687-5768 FAX: 480/962-5290 E-Mail: Website: REP: Pete Stokes; Tom O’Keefe SERVICE: Manufacture of top-quality athletic, park & site equipment.

PIER 39 (San Francisco) P.O. Box 193730, San Francisco, CA 94119-3730 PH: 415/705-5500 FAX: 415/981-8808 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jodi Cumming, Manager, Travel Industry Sales SERVICE: PIER 39, San Francisco’s Premier Bay Attraction, includes 110 shops, 13 restaurants and numerous attractions.

Play Foundations Inc. (San Diego) 179 Roymar Road, Suite E, Oceanside, CA 92058 PH: 760/721-2993 FAX: 760/721-3837 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jack Coxm, President/CEO SERVICE: Certified installer of leading playground, recreational equipment and surfacing manufacturers. Quality maintenance services for existing playgrounds.

Pilot Rock Site Products R.J. Thomas Mfg. Co., Inc. (Cherokee) P.O. Box 946, Cherokee, IA 51012-0946 PH: 800/762-5002 FAX: 712/225-5796 E-Mail: Website: REP: Customer Service Dept. SERVICE: Manufacturing and direct sales of park grills, picnic tables, benches, campfire rings, trash receptacle holders, etc.

Play Smart Surfacing (San Bernardino) 1125 Research Drive #A, Redlands, CA 92374 PH: 909/799-8100 FAX: 909/799-8120 E-Mail: Website: REP: Rafael Alzaga, Vice President SERVICE: Installation of turf, bound, tile and PIP surfacing for playground, walkways and recreational use.

The Planning Center /DC&E (Alameda) 1625 Shattuck Avenue 3rd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94709 PH: 510/848-3815 FAX: 510/848-4315 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sarah Sutton, Principal; Melissa Erikson, Sr. Associate; Isabelle Minn, Assoc. Principal SERVICE: Landscape architecture, park design, public outreach, master planning, open space and trail design, environmental review.

PlayCore (Hamilton) 401 Chestnut Street Suite 310, Chattanooga, TN 37402 PH: 423/425-3168 E-Mail: REP: Anne-Marie Spencer, VP Marketing; Bob Farnsworth, CEO; Lisa Moore, VP Strategic Services SERVICE: PlayCore helps build stronger communities by advancing play through research, education, partnerships, and products.

PD Play (San Diego) 2458 South Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92084 PH: 760/597-5990 FAX: 760/597-5991 E-Mail: Website: REP: John Ogden, President SERVICE: Designs and manufactures, in California, environmentally friendly commercial play structures, site furnishings, and poured-in-placed rubberized surfacing.


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Buyer’s Guide u Playcraft Direct, Inc. (Josephine) 123 North Valley Dr., Grants Pass, OR 97526 PH: 888/571-7640 FAX: 541/244-2196 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kurt Krauss, CEO; Toney Lewis, Sales Manager SERVICE: Seller of playground equipment (commercial type). Playgrounds by Design, Inc. (Alameda) P.O. Box 54521811 Santa Rita Road, Ste. 103, Pleasanton, CA 94566 PH: 925/426-6705 FAX: 925/426-6735 E-Mail: REP: Jim Bruno, President; Susan Lee, Sales Associate SERVICE: Park Structures, playground safety, surfacing material, concrete products, site furnishings, bleachers, recycled plastic picnic tables and benches. Murdock Super Secur restrooms and drinking fountains. Playgrounds Unlimited (Santa Clara) 1175 Willow Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 PH: 408/244-9848 FAX: 408/244-9847 E-Mail: mikea@playgroundsunlimited. net Website: REP: Michael Altieri, CEO; Joe Mendes, President SERVICE: Construction services; site preparation; play equipment; water play; shade shelter installation; Pour-inplace & synthetic turf safety surface. PlaySafe, LLC (Bernalillo) PO Box 66056, Albuquerque, NM 87193-6056 PH: 505/899-9532 FAX: 505/899-2666 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sam “Butch” DeFillippo SERVICE: Playground audits, maintenance training, strategic master plan development, feasibility studies, expert witnesses &recreation program development.


Poms & Associates (Los Angeles) 5700 Canoga Avenue #400, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 PH: 714/731-8444 FAX: 818/449-9321 E-Mail: Website: REP: Phil Combest, Sr. Mgr., Risk Services SERVICES: Loss control, risk management, safety services, general parks and playground consulting and auditing services. Public Restroom Company (Washoe) 9390 Gateway Drive, Suite 102, Reno, NV 89521-2994 PH: 888/888-2060 FAX: 888/888-1448 E-Mail: info@publicrestroomcompany. com Website: www.publicrestroomcompany. com REP: Chuck Kaufman, President; Kathy Kaufman, Advertising Mgr.; Chad Kaufman, V.P. Sales; Marie Hunt, Sales Administration Pat McBride, Sales; Katie Kaufman, Project Development Manager SERVICE: Public Restroom Company is a design build specialist for “odor free, vandal resistant, park restroom and concession buildings. Quadriga Landscape Architecture & Planning (Sacramento) 2613 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 PH: 916/441-2129 E-Mail: Website: REP: Christine Talbot, Associate Principal, Russ Mallard, Landscape Architect SERVICE: Landscape Architectural and Planning Services. Qualite Sports Lighting (Hillsdale) 250 Industrial Drive, Hillsdale, MI 49242 PH: 800/933-9741 FAX: 517/439-1194 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jim Smith, Sales Representative Southern California SERVICE: Specializing in sports lighting, poles and controls. energy efficient and maintenance.

Recology Grover Environmental Products (Stanislaus) P.O. Box 128, Westley, CA 95387 PH: 866/764-5765 FAX: 209/545-8873 E-Mail: REP: Vince Tye, Sales Manager, Dawn Ramsey, Administrative Assistant SERVICE: We provide WonderPlay playground surface material to schools, municipalities & homeowners. RecWest Outdoor Products, Inc. (Ventura) 31316 Via Colinas, #118, Westlake Village, CA 91362 PH: 818/735-3838 FAX: 818/735-9612 Website: REP: Mike Bennett, President SERVICE: Representing Landscape Structures Inc. - park, playground and skate park equipment. Restroom Facilities, Ltd. (Burnet) 1707 Colt Circle, Marble Falls, TX 78654 PH: 512/514-4918 FAX: 512/222-3154 E-Mail: Website: REP: Tom Klein; Carl Hackney SERVICE: Designer and manufacturer of prefab restroom and concession buildings for parks, sports complexes, and campgrounds. RHA Landscape Architects Planners, Inc. (Riverside) 6216 Brockton Avenue, Suite 212, Riverside, CA 92506 PH: 951/781-1930 FAX: 951/686-8091 E-Mail: Website: REP: Randy Hlubik, President; Doug Grove, Principal SERVICE: Park & sports facility planning, LEED certified, water conservation design, community consensus building, park rehabilitation. Richard Fisher Associates (Orange) 2001 East First St., Ste 160, Santa Ana, CA 92705 PH: 714/245-9270 FAX: 714/245-9275 E-Mail: Website: REP: Richard Fisher, President SERVICE: Professional consulting services for parks & recreation facilities, master planning/design, construction management, landscape maintenance/water management.

RJM Design Group, Inc. (Orange) 31591 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 PH: 949/493-2600 FAX: 949/493-2690 E-Mail: Website: No. California Office: 601 University Ave. Suite 181, Sacramento, CA 95825 PH: 916/570-2050 FAX 916/570-2233 email: REP: Bob Mueting, Larry Ryan (Southern CA - Corporate Office) John Courtney (Northern CA Office) SERVICE: Park and Sports Facility Master Planning and Design; Park and Recreation Master Planning; Landscape Architecture LEED Certified; Community Consensus Building. Roaring Camp Railroads (Santa Cruz) Attention Paul Nakamoto, Box G-1, Felton, CA 95018 PH: 831/335-4484 FAX: 831/335-1702 E-Mail: Website: REP: Pamela Elwood, Group Sales Manager, SERVICE: An 1880s theme park with authentic steam train excursions through redwoods, with delicious chuckwagon BBQ & excursions to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Robertson Industries, Inc. (Maricopa) 4401 E Baseline Road, Suite 105, Phoenix, AZ 85042 PH: 800/858-0519 FAX: 602/340-0402 E-Mail: Website: Northern California: 2442 Estand Way Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Southern California: 16059 Foothill Blvd Irwindale, CA 91706 REP: Richard Hawley, Corporate VP/GM SERVICE: Robertson Industries, Inc. sells, manufacturers and installs safety surfaces - TotTurf and TotTurf Synthetic Plus.


u Buyer’s Guide RockCraft Designs 8-1865 Sargent Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3H OE4 PH: 866/786-1635 FAX: 204/774-6099 E-Mail: Website: REP: Ken Crozier, President; Cathy Kleeman, Sales & Marketing SERVICE: Bouldering = Fun + Fitness Our concrete boulders promote: Coordination, Agility, Muscle Development, Social and Cooperative play.

Royston, Hanamoto Alley & Abey (Marin) 225 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 PH: 415/383-7900 FAX: 415/383-1433 E-Mail: Website: REP: Cordy Hill, Principal SERVICE: Landscape architecture, site planning, master planning, urban design, and recreation planning services locally, nationally and internationally.

Safeplay By Design, Inc. (Sacramento) 9666 Sheldon Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624-9437 PH: 916/647-0912 E-Mail: Website: REP: David Spease, Landscape Architect SERVICE: Certified Playground Safety Inspections, inspection programs, safety training, ADA inspections and Landscape Architectural services.

ROMTEC, Inc. (Douglas) 18240 N. Bank Road, Roseburg, OR 97470 PH: 541/496-3541 FAX: 541/496-0803 E-Mail: Website: REP: Ryan Smith, National Sales Manager SERVICE: Romtec designs, manufactures and installs pre-engineered restrooms, restroom-shower, restroom-concession, shelter-pavilions and multi-use building.

RRM Design Group (San Luis Obispo) 3765 South Higuera Street, Suite 102, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 PH: 805/543-1794 FAX: 805/543-4609 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jeff Ferber, Principal SERVICE: RRM Design Group designs award-winning recreation areas by collaborating with people who use them.

Safety Play, Inc. (Los Angeles) 7095 Hollywood Blvd #1308, Los Angeles, CA 90028 PH: 888/878-0244 FAX: 888/878-0244 E-Mail: Website: www.mindspring. com/~safetyplay REP: Scott Burton Florida Office: 10460 Roosevelt Blvd., #295, St. Petersburg, FL 33716-3821 SERVICE: Playground audits, inspection tool kits, expert witness, safety manuals, safety classes, planning/design services, safety signs/labels.

Ross Recreation Equipment (Sonoma) 100 Brush Creek Road #206, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 PH: 707/538-3800 FAX: 707/538-3826 E-Mail: Website: REP: Ewing Philbin & Cheri Yokoi; Chris Tait, P.O. Box 861, Folsom, CA 95763, 916/985-6349, FAX 916/985-6421; Liz Riehl, 229 Sea Ridge Road, Aptos, CA 95003, 831/689-9110, FAX 831/6899112 SERVICE: 40 years of providing superior products and service with attention to quality, safety and design. Rowley International Inc (Los Angeles) 2325 Palos Verdes Dr West, Suite 312, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274-2755 PH: 310/377-6724 x21 FAX: 310/3778890 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bill Rowley SERVICE: Specialists in aquatic design, engineering and construction. Over 30 years experience in municipal aquatic facilities.

RWP FIBER FALL (Los Angeles) 1313 E Phillips Blvd, Pomona, CA 91766-5431 PH: 877/476-9797 FAX: 909/868-1162 E-Mail: Website: REP: Hank Egigian, General Sales Manager; Patti Mashikian, Sales Associate; Chris Kiralla, President SERVICE: RWP FIBER FALL-Impact attenuating and ADA wheelchair accessible engineered wood fibers for playground safety surfacing. S & S Worldwide (New London) 75 Mill Street, P.O. Box 513, Colchester, CT 06415 PH: 800/243-9232 FAX: 800/566-6678 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sandy Cervini, Bids & Contracts Manager; Brian Ennis, Sales Representative SERVICE: SpectrumTM and Gator Skin® sports equipment, Color Splash!® arts & craft, and early childhood educational supplies.

SAMLARC - Rancho Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corp. (Orange) 22342A Avenida Empresa, #102A, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 PH: 949/209-5082 FAX: 949/589-6603 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dennis Moss, Parks & Facility Operations Manager; Megan Loel-Yuen, Community Services Lifestyle Manager; Patrick White, Park Use and Sports Field Manager SERVICE: Master Homeowners Association with 13 parks that provides recreation programs and special events. Sator Sports, Inc. (Los Angeles) 1536 W. 228th Street, Unit B, Torrance, CA 90501 PH: 310/602-0127 FAX: 310/602-0160 E-Mail: Website: REP: Milton Cursage, CEO; Tabatha Villa, Sales Manager SERVICE: Retail soccer equipment company (web/catalog).


Schmidt Design Group, Inc. (San Diego) 2655 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 PH: 619/236-1462 FAX: 619/236-8792 E-Mail: Website: REP: Glen Schmidt, President; Jeff Justus, Senior Associate SERVICE: Landscape architecture, park planning, and design that balances artistic expression with environmental sensitivity. SCI Consulting Group (Solano) 4745 Mangels Blvd., Fairfield, CA 94534 PH: 707/430-4300 FAX: 707/430-4319 E-Mail: Website: REP: Gerard Van Steyn, President; John Bliss, Senior Engineer; Lauren Crain, Administrative Assistant SERVICE: New revenue feasibility studies, ballot measures, assessment district formations and administration. Sof’ Solutions Inc. (Salt Lake) P.O. Box 667, Draper, UT 84065 PH: 801/523-2452 FAX: 801/501-0762 E-Mail: Website: REP: Elouise Bird SERVICE: Sof ‘ Solutions is your solution for recreational surfacing. Wet or dry, indoor or out, you’re covered. South Bay Foundry (San Diego) 9444 Abraham Way, Santee, CA 92071 PH: 619/956-2780 FAX: 619/956-2788 E-Mail: Website: REP: Linda Jewitt, Outside Sales SERVICE: Manufacturer: Benches, Trash Receptacles, Tree/Trench Grates, Bollards, Storm Water Filters, Walnut Wattles, Restoration, Preservation. Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (Los Angeles) P.O. Box 3605823 Lexington Gallantin Road, South El Monte, CA 91733 PH: 626/448-0853 x16 FAX: 626/4485219 E-Mail: Website: REP: Tim Ittner, Executive Director SERVICE: Professional training, education and networking; insurance services; sport rules, training and competition for youth and adults.


Buyer’s Guide u Southern California Tennis Assoc (Los Angeles) 420 Charles E. Young Drive West, P.O. Box 240015, Los Angeles, CA 90024 PH: 310/208-3838 x239 FAX: 310/824-7691 E-Mail: Website: USTA Northern California USTA Southern California ULCA Campus 420 Charles E. Young Drive West Los Angeles, CA 90024 REP: Melanie Bischoff, Community Dev. Coordinator SERVICE: To promote & develop the growth of tennis in Southern California. SpectraTurf (Riverside) 500 E. Rincon Street #100, Corona, CA 92879-1352 PH: 800/875-5788 FAX: 951/734-3630 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chris Wolf, General Manager; Rick Denney, Installation Manager SERVICE: Playground safety tiles and poured-in-place surfacing manufactured in California, factory-certified installers. ADA and planning specialists on staff. Spohn Ranch, Inc. Custom Skate Parks (Los Angeles) 6824 S. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90230 PH: 626/330-5803 FAX: 626/330-5503 E-Mail: Website: REP: Aaron Spohn, Kirsten Bradford SERVICE: Skate park design, construction, operation and insurance. The leader in responsible skatelite, concrete and hybrid parks. Sport Rock Int’l Inc. (San Luis Obispo) P.O. Box 32, Pismo Beach, CA 93448 PH: 805/481-5686 FAX: 805/489-6451 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike English, Sales Rep SERVICES: Boulders; park and garden art and playground structures.


SportaFence Marketing Enterprises, LLC (Sacramento) 2126 Riggs Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95835 PH: 916/715-6287 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dan Gentry, President; Rick Kirkwood, Vice-President; Joan Drayton, Vice President, CFO SERVICE: Professional grade chain link portable fencing for sports and special events activities. Sports Field Turf Services (San Bernardino) 10210 Baseline Road #173, Alta Loma, CA 91701 PH: 909/229-9519 E-Mail: Website: REP: M. Johnson, Manager SERVICE: Verti-Drain deep fine aerification/Decompaction sales/installation of calcined d.e. permanently reduces water up to 50%. Sports Turf Solutions (Monterey) 29001 Falcon Ridge Road, Salinas, CA 93908 PH: 831/484-2138 FAX: 831/484-2139 E-Mail: Website: REP: Parker Wood SERVICE: Athletic field safety testing specializing in G-max testing of synthetic and natural turf sports fields. Sportsites (Utah) 762 S. 1500 E., Pleasant Grove, UT 84062 PH: 888/600-6100 FAX: 888/901-6300 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bud Lethbridge, CEO SERVICE: Parks & Recreation software solutions. SSA Landscape Architects, Inc. (Santa Cruz) 303 Potrero Street, 40-C, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 PH: 831/459-0455 FAX: 831/459-0484 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steven Sutherland, Principal SERVICE: Award winning parks & recreation master planning, community workshops/consensus building, construction documentation/administration.

Stantec Consulting Inc. (Sacramento) 1201 J Street, Studio 100, Sacramento, CA 95814 PH: 916/569-2500 FAX: 916/921-9274 E-Mail: Website: REP: Todd W. Rhoads, ASLA, Vice President; Paul A. Marcillac, Principal Landscape Architect SERVICE: Parks and recreation planning and design including master planning, facilitation, sports field design and documentation. Stonehenge Signs (Placer) 107 Buena Vista Ct, Roseville, CA 95747 PH: 916/201-3570 E-Mail: Website: REP: Frankie Tapia, Robert Conover, Diane Conover SERVICES: Providing natural engraved stone signage, tailored to each park’s unique character for over 30 years. StreetStrider International (Fresno) 7042 N. West Ave, Ste 110, Fresno, CA 93711 PH: 310/295-1965 FAX: 310/295-1965 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dan Theade, Director of Operations; Garrett Watkins, CEO SERVICE: 3Wheel Elliptical Bike, combines benefits of jogging, skiing and cycling, without physical stresses on your body. TMT Enterprises, Inc. (Santa Clara) 1996 Oakland Road, San Jose, CA 95131 PH: 408/432-9040 FAX: 408/432-9429 E-Mail: Website: REP: Matt Moore, Operations Manager; Eric Buckelew, Sales Manager SERVICE: Bulk material supplier: Baseball surfaces, playground materials, top dress sand, topsoil, soil mizes, decomposed granite, organics. Trailscape (Placer) 168 Grace Street, Auburn, CA 95603 PH: 530/852-5155 E-Mail: Website: REP: Randy Martin, President SERVICE: Design and Construction of Creative and Sustainable Natural Surface Trails.

TranSystems (Los Angeles) 6700 E. Pacific Coast Hwy #201, Long Beach, CA 90803 PH: 562/594-6974 FAX: 562/594-6975 E-Mail: Website: REP: Gordon Fulton, Regional Vice President; Michael Koenig, Marketing Manager SERVICE: TranSystems Corporation offers programming, planning, design and construction management services. Tri Active America (San Luis Obispo) 178 4th Street, Suite 101, Grover Beach, CA 93433 PH: 800/587-4228 FAX: 805/595-1042 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chris Litvinchuk, Co-Director of Sales SERVICE: Outdoor exercise equipment for parks, community centers, active again communities, schools and other organizations. TRK Playground Safety, L.L.C. (Madera) 46853 Chukchansi Road, Coarsegold, CA 93614 PH: 559/642-4939 E-Mail: Website: REP: Timothy R. Kelly, CPRS, Owner/ Manager SERVICE: Statewide; playground audits and inspections; attenuation surface impact testing; playground design; and safety education and awareness. Trueline (Riverside) 1651 Market St Ste B, Corona, CA 92880 PH: 951/817-0777 FAX: 951/817-0770 E-Mail: REP: Ed Kruse, Owner SERVICE: Resurfacing of tennis courts, basketball courts, game courts, playgrounds, striping, installation of equipment and refurbishment. Turf Star, Inc. (Alameda) 2438 Radley Court, Hayward, CA 94545 PH: 800/585-8001 FAX: 510/785-3576 E-Mail: REP: Chuck Talley, Sales Manager, 800/585-8001 x7928, FAX 800/2411997 SERVICE: Commercial mowing equipment & irrigation.


u Buyer’s Guide Universal Studios Hollywood (Los Angeles) Sales Dept-Education & Youth100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg 5511-5, Universal City, CA 91608 PH: 818/622-3001 FAX: 818/622-0171 E-Mail: Website: www.universalyouthprograms. com REP: Stephen Arthur, SERVICE: Universal is more than a Theme Park... It’s a classroom, too! Education and Recreation programs available for youth groups, ages 3 - 18 years. Verde Design, Inc. (Santa Clara) 2455 the Alameda, Suite 200, Santa Clara, CA 95050 PH: 408/985-7200 FAX: 408/985-7260 E-Mail: Website: REP: Derek McKee, Principal; Corbin Schneider, Sr. Project Manager SERVICE: Multi-disciplinary office of landscape architects and civil engineers with a focus on community projects. Virtual Sports, Inc. (Clark) 11444 Steponia Bay Street, Las Vegas, NV 89141 PH: 702/896-1960 FAX: 702/896-2194 E-Mail: Website: REP: Philip Chauvet, President SERVICE: Monster Basketball, Monster Soccer, Splashball, Adult trikes. Adult to child games, play anywhere! Vortex Aquatic Structures Int’l (Riverside) 9106 Pulsar Ct, Ste C, Corona, CA 92883-4632 PH: 877/886-7839 FAX: 514/335-5413 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kevin Spence, General Manager SERVICE: Vortex designs and manufacturers Aquatic Playground Solutions: Splashpad®, ElevationTM multilevel interactive structures, PoolplayTM and Spray pointTM. The Wakefield Company (Orange) P. O. Box 1119, Lake Forest, CA 92609 PH: 949/470-1130 FAX: 949/470-1131 E-Mail: REP: Ryon Rickard, President SERVICE: Established in 1968. Providing site furnishings, tree grates, drinking fountains, boat docks, nature walks, beach access ramps.

Water Odyssey By Fountain People, Inc. (Hays) P.O. Box 807, 4600 Hwy. 123, San Marcos, TX 78667-0807 PH: 512/392-1155 FAX: 512/392-1154 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bill Hachmeister, AFO, National Sales Manager SERVICE: Leading manufacturer of aquatic playground and fountain equipment. Waterplay Solutions Corp. 1451 B. Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A3 PH: 250/712-3393 FAX: 250/861-4814 E-Mail: Website: The Wax Museum At Fisherman’s Wharf (San Francisco) 145 Jefferson Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94133 PH: 415/202-0402 FAX: 415/771-9248 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jeanette Guire SERVICE: Visit over 275 famous movie stars, world leaders and sports heroes in over 35 scenes. WCCR Construction (San Bernardino) 2910 S. Archibald Avenue #A370, Ontario, CA 91761 PH: 909/465-1111 FAX: 866/887-9720 E-Mail: Website: REP: John Buck, VP SERVICE: General engineering contractor, playground install, sitework, concrete construction. Wenger Corp. (Steele) 555 Park Drive, PO Box 448, Owatonna, MN 55060 PH: 507/455-4100 FAX: 507/455-4258 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chris Storjohann SERVICE: Our indoor and outdoor performance equipment includes the Showmobile, Stagemobile, Inflatable Shell and Portable Staging.

West Coast Arborists, Inc. (Orange) 2200 E. Via Burton Street, Anaheim, CA 92806 PH: 714/991-1900 FAX: 714/956-3745 E-Mail: Website: REP: Victor Gonzalez, Director of Marketing; Patrick Mahoney, President; Andy Trotter, Vice President-Field Operations SERVICE: WCA provides public agencies, school districts, and colleges with urban forestry management and maintenance services. West Coast Rubber Recycling (San Benito) 1501 Lana Way, Hollister, CA 95023 PH: 831/634-2800 FAX: 831/634-2801 E-Mail: Website: www.groundrubbersolutions. com REP: Cameron Wright, President SERVICE: Tire hauling, collecting, and recycling. Providing rubber for playgrounds, turf infill, pour-in-place buffings. Whitewater West Industries Ltd 6700 McMillan Way, Richmond, BC V6W 1J7 PH: 604/273-1068 FAX: 604/273-4518 E-Mail: whitewater@whitewaterwest. com Website: REP: Steve Brinkel, Vice President and General Manager of Parks & Recreation SERVICE: Whitewater is the global leader in waterpark design, engineering, manufacturing and installation. Who Built Creative Builders Inc. (Sonoma) P.O. Box 5207, Petaluma, CA 94955 PH: 707/763-6210 FAX: 707/658-2513 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jana Gebhardt, Owner SERVICE: Installation of Play Equipment and Athletic Equipment.


Wireless Telematics, LLC (San Diego) P.O. Box 1149, La Jolla, CA 92038-1149 PH: 858/864-8263 E-Mail: Website: REP: Allan Ross, Greg Kimmel, President SERVICE: Web-based, automatic outdoor lighting control. Replaces timers and photocells, Control recreation venue wirelessly. Retrofits easily. WLC Architects, Inc. (San Bernardino) 8163 Rochester Ave, Ste 100, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 PH: 909/987-0909 FAX: 909/980-9980 E-Mail: Website: REP: George Wiens SERVICE: WLC Architects provides sustainable architectural/planning services for recreational projects, including community/senior centers, gymnasiums & theaters. Zasueta Contracting, Inc. (San Diego) P. O. Box 866, Spring Valley, CA 91976 PH: 619/589-0609 FAX: 619/697-6031 E-Mail: Website: REP: Andrew Zasueta, President SERVICE: Playground equipment installation.

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Bronze Memorial Foundry 800/276-1084

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Spotlight u he was Chair of the Sports Advisory Committee for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and has served as President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica Council.

Sacramento State Earns Community Service Honor for Fourth Straight Year

Sacramento State has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. It’s the fourth consecutive year the university has earned the distinction. The Honor Roll recognizes more than 600 colleges and universities for exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs. With projects from the Community Engagement Center, Child Development and Recreation, and Park and Tourism Administration highlighted, Sacramento State was among 110 colleges and universities recognized with distinction for demonstrating a strong institutional commitment to service, developing campus-community partnerships that produce measurable impact, and engaging students in meaningful service.

Recreation and Leisure Studies Students Meet with California Senators

A “Shout Out” to California State University Long Beach Recreation and Leisure Studies Chair Maridith Janssen and nine therapeutic recreation 78

students where they spoke to Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and seven members of the House of Representatives about recreation therapy and the need for coverage under Medicare guidelines. The students presented at the 2012 American Therapeutic Recreation Association Mid-Year Professional Issues Forum about the need for all states to require that recreation therapists be licensed. They were the only student group who presented among professionals and educators from around the United States.

Brock Installed As President Of California Association of Park and Recreation Commissioners

Phil Brock was installed as the new President of the California Association of Park and Recreation Commissioners and Board Members on March 22, as part of the California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference in Long Beach. Brock, who is Chair of the Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commission, has served on that Commission since October 2003. Prior to his appointment to the Commission,

PlayCore Announces Innaugural Hero Award winner

PlayCor e wanted to create a vehicle to reward the inspirational people they meet throughout the course of business. Bob Farnsworth, PlayCore CEO explains, “We are continually inspired by the people we encounter, people who have made a career of giving back selflessly, with complete dedication to improving the communities they serve. These are the true heroes of any community – spending their time in the trenches with no expectation of recognition, in order to make a difference.” PlayCore chose Ramon Barajas, Superintendent of Maintenance Operations for the Department of Recreation and Parks, City of Los Angeles. Mr. Barajas is currently working along with his colleagues on the 50 Park Initiative. This is a project to develop 50 new parks in neighborhoods where a large percentage of the residents do not live in close proximity to a park or recreational facility. Along with managing the budget and overseeing over 700 full

time staff, Mr. Barajas is the liaison between Recreation and Parks and City Officials. Mr. Barajas helps in writing grants and continues to be heavily involved in many of the City’s urban youth programs. He began his 29-year career with the City of Los Angeles as a Gardener Caretaker. Due to his excellent work ethic and diligence, always going far above and beyond the call of duty, he was promoted through the ranks to the position he currently holds. The award was presented at the 2012 California & Pacific Southwest Recreatoin & Park Training Conference in Long Beach, California on March 21. As part of the award, PlayCore will make a $1500 donation to Ramon’s charity of choice in support of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Mr. Barajas has asked that the donation be made in the name of his nephew, Christopher Elijah Chavez, who passed away from cancer and received care at the hospital.

East Bay Park District Announces New Chief of Park Operations

Anne Scheer is the new Chief of Park Operations for the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). Ms. Scheer has worked her way up at the Park District, starting as a lifeguard in 1974, working as a Park Ranger until 1983, then shifting to office work as an Administrative Analyst II for 11 years before her promotion to Trades Manager in 1994 and Chief of Maintenance and


u Spotlight Skilled Trades in 2002. She was a member of the District’s fire department for 17 years, including six years as Lieutenant. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Scheer replaces outgoing Chief of Park Operations Jeff Wilson, who is retiring after more than three decades of service at the agency.

Universal Precast Concrete wins award for POW sculpture

Congratulations to Universal Precast Concrete Inc. for receiving a Creative Use of Precast Award from the National Precast Concrete Association. The award was for the POW sculpture at Fort Rosecrans National Veteran’s Cemetery in San Diego.

Hunter Industries Promotes Greg Hunter to Vice President of Operations

Greg Hunter has been promoted from Vice President of Marketing to Vice President of Operations for Hunter Industries. In this expanded roll, Greg will be responsible for executing company strategy and optimizing the day-to-day operations for all Hunter business units. He will also oversee the Hunter Executive Leadership Team and report directly to CEO and President, Richard Hunter. Richard Hunter said he is excited for the change because, “It will allow me to shift more of my focus onto intermediate and long-term strategy and opportunities.

We are very proud of the steady, reliable growth we have been able to maintain over the years. This change will afford us the ability to track and pursue opportunities while at the same time maintain a steady base of operations across all of our current interests.” Greg assumes this role having held leadership positions within several key departments at Hunter including Engineering, Product Management, Information Systems, and Marketing.

County of Santa Clara Appoints New Parks and Recreation Director The County of Santa Clara announced the appointment of Robb Courtney as the new Director of Parks and Recreation. Courtney, who has worked in the parks and recreation field for more than 20 years, including 18 years in management and supervisory roles, was recently the Parks Director for the City of Seattle. In Seattle, Courtney oversaw land stewardship, maintenance of the facilities and grounds, and natural resource management. “Courtney’s experience in park development, natural resource management, and program and services planning and delivery will be a tremendous asset to the County Parks and Recreation Department,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith. Courtney has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. He also has held parks and recreation related positions in California where he began

his career as an Aquatics Director with the Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation, Recreation Coordinator for the Santa Clarita Parks and Recreation, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Foster City, and Community Services Administrator for the City of Glendale.

Valley-Wide Park District Names General Manager

By Kevin Pearson, Staff Writer, The Press Examiner, Published: 26 April 2012 04:04 PM When Dean Wetter graduated from Hemet High School, one of the first jobs he had was with Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District. Now, he returns as its top official. Wetter was announced as the new general manager for the expansive San


Jacinto Valley-based parks district and will be charged with running it. Wetter, who lives in Hemet and was the public works manager for Corona, started with ValleyWide on May 17. Wetter, 41, has spent his career working for government agencies. He has worked for Corona for nine years and before that he worked for Eastern Municipal Water District and the Rainbow Municipal Water District in San Diego County. Wetter takes over from Jeff Leatherman, who left in February to become the director of regional parks in Sacramento County. riverside-county/hemet/hemetheadlines-index/20120426inland-valley-wide-parks-districtnames-general-manager.ece

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Spotlight u Sacramento County names New Parks Director Jeffrey Leatherman, a California State University, Chico, graduate in Recreation Administration, has been named Director of the 50,000 acre Sacramento County Regional Parks system. The County Board of Supervisors approved his appointment, effective Feb. 12, to succeed Janet R. Baker who retired July 1, 2011. Leatherman comes from serving as general manager of the ValleyWide Recreation and Park District in San Jacinto, Riverside County. Recreation and Park Commission member Robert Bastion, said he is “extremely happy that we do have a new director for Regional Parks and that we are moving ahead. As a Regional Parks com-

missioner, I am looking forward to working with the Regional Parks team in a positive manner to work out some of the challenges we are facing.” The new director grew up in Truckee; he is married and has three children. html

Director Named for Santa Barbara County’s New Super-Department

by Chris Meagher, Santa Barbara Independent, Published: October 13, 2011 A former NFL football player who has worked for the City of Temecula since 1991 is be the director of the new county Community Services Department. Herman Parker was appointed by the Board of Supervisors and will lead the newly created depart-

ment which merges Parks & Recreation, Housing and Community Development, the Human Services Commission, the Arts Commission, and the Library Advisory Committee. Before his job as director of community services for Temecula, Parker worked for the City of Riverside and the County of Los Angeles. He also played briefly in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills. County CEO Chandra Wallar said in a statement that Parker is a well-accomplished public servant with an excellent reputation. “He will bring a unique blend of talents and skills to the position which mirrors the unique needs of the new department,” she said. news/2011/oct/13/directornamed-countys-new-super-department/

Doug Stafford Takes His Love of Gardening Into His Retirement

After 40 years of park work, for four California cities, long time CPRS member Doug Staf ford celebrated his retirement on April 16, 2012. Stafford’s horticultural career began as a nursery landscaper during his high school and college years. After 2 ½ years studying Landscape Architecture at Cal Berkeley, he earned a Parks Administration degree from Cal Poly Pomona. After a stint in the Navy during the Viet Nam war, Stafford’s parks career began in Union City. His second parks job took Doug to the City of San Diego as their General Park Supervi80

sor, overseeing 700 acres of turf maintenance. Doug’s next job was with the City of Santa Monica as their Park Superintendent, where he managed parks, park buildings, beaches, and trees for 11 years. Thinking back, Doug’s most dramatic parks experience was when a huge storm battered the Santa Monica municipal pier and half of it collapsed into the ocean. The tons of debris then washed up onto the beaches, and it took weeks to clean up. And for the last 24 years Doug enjoyed being the City of Monterey Parks Superintendent. Doug also volunteered much of his time to CPRS by organizing a monthly luncheon for District 9 Park Managers and he was the Park Operations Representative for District 6. Even though Doug’s official retirement was in Feb 2011, he continued working part time for another year. Doug’s passion for parks and gardens has taken him to over 70 European and 60 American gardens. He has photographed them and his photo library is over 5,000 images.

Aquatics Industry Leader Joe Hunsaker Dead at 74

By Paul Steinbach — AB Senior Editor Longtime aquatics industry leader Joe Hunsaker, cofounder of Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates, died March 11 at age 74, having battled multiple sclerosis since 1978 and more recently cancer. Hunsaker, who won an NCAA championship in the 200 individual medley as a University of Illinois continued on page 82


Spotlight u junior, joined forces in 1970 with legendary former coach James “Doc” Counsilman to found Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates, a consulting firm serving architects and owners in the creation of international-class swimming pools. The firm’s list of prestigious projects includes the 1996 Olympic Games, the 1994 Commonwealth Games, the 1994 World University Games and the 1998 Goodwill Games. Other projects include the University Of Limerick (Ireland), Stanford University, the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University and the University of Georgia. Non-

education facilities include The Pentagon, Nike World Campus and the Indianapolis Natatorium. Hunsaker also served as a board member of the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the Internationale Academie fur Baderbauten und Freizeit Hallen (Germany). He was a past president of the National Swim and Recreation Association and had served as chairman of the Public Pool Council of the National Spa and Pool Institute. His son, Scot, currently serves as Counsilman-Hunsaker president and NSPF treasurer.

Samuel John Migliazzo Passes Away April 23, 2102

Telling jokes until the very end, Sam Migliazzo died preacefully in his Orange County home on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife of 58 years. Sam was born a first generation Italian American, the 7th of 8 children. He grew up in Los Angeles and attended LA State majoring in sociology, with a minor in recreation. He was awarded a scholarship to USC’s school of social work for his Masters. Sam was subsequently drafted into the US Army during the Korean War. In 1958 the US Air Force started a program professionalizing recreation

services and Sam was hired as the first ever civilian Recreation Director at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, California. In September, 1960, he was recruited as the inaugural Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Westminster serving in that capacity until he retired in 1991. Sam won many awards during his career, including Man of the Year, National Youth Services Award, the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award and the Chamber of Commmerce Outstanding Member of the Community more than once. He developed the award winning rose garden at City Hall. Additionally, he ser ved on the CPRS Board of Directors as District 10 President.

President’s Message u continuted from page 6 Active Living Research ( translates and disseminates evidence aimed at preventing childhood obesity and promoting active communities. The Active Living Research Briefs and Syntheses offer key findings and recommendations for policy and program development. Active Living Research serves as an essential source for park and recreation practitioners and elected officials by providing data and conclusions to make informed decisions in building a healthier community.

Social Media

While recently sitting in on a focus group attended by early childhood program providers (for ages 0-5), I learned program registration rates were largely being driven by the blogging and Facebook posts of content leaders (a.k.a. influential parents) in my community. At this moment, I realized the power of social media. As a young Baby Boomer, I have been slow to recognize and adapt to 82

the use of social media as a marketing and business cultivation tool. But when taking the time to analyze how individuals ages 35 and younger obtain information, I am convinced a social media presence is essential for every park and recreation agency. Brian Solis, author of the Future of Communications-A Manifesto for Integrating Social Media into Marketing defines social media as: “Social Media is at its most basic sense, a shift in how people discover, read and share news and information and content. It’s a fusion of sociology and technology, transforming monolog (one to many) into dialog (many to many).” The evolution of social media in the public sector will be interesting to watch over the next year. I will be looking for best practices throughout the State.


I believe the CPRS Branding Campaign “Parks Make Life Better! ®”

exposes the true sense of how people feel about parks but are unprovoked to say. “Parks Make Life Better!” is a lot like this column, as it applies a ‘glass half full’ perspective of noting the positive and impactful innovations of the park and recreation profession in a new economy. At the submission of the article, Parks Make Life Better! ® now has a presence at over 300 agencies throughout the State (see pages 4849). Please consider signing up for the Facebook “Parks Make Life Better!” page and give us a “Thumbs Up” (Like Us). You can also sign on to the campaign at no cost, if you are a CPRS member. For more information, contact John Glaeser ( I encourage all of us to actively embrace this campaign as it will move us forward with the publics we serve. When the public is enthusiastic about our places, spaces, programs and services, the policy makers will take notice. Trust me on this.


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California Parks & Recreation, Vol. 68, No. 2  
California Parks & Recreation, Vol. 68, No. 2  

Spring 2012 - official magazine of the California Park & Recreation Society