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Official Magazine of the California Park & Recreation Society

Volume 69, Number 3 • Summer 2013

Field Use & Maintenance Planning

What Makes A Great Volunteer Program? Intentional Networking It’s More Than Legislation


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What Makes A Great Volunteer Program? ...............................8 Mollie Tobias, City of San Jose, shares how to get the most from your volunteers and how to keep them coming back.

Creating & Managing Expectations...........................................12 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 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 ( © 2013, California Park & Recreation Society, Inc.

Field use and maintenance are often at odds with each other. This article explores the best route the Cranberry Township found to establish good relationships with administrators, users and maintenance personnel.

Intentional Networking...............................................................20 Learn nine effective and efficient steps to be a successful networker. These skills are easily transferred to any setting: meetings, social events or training sessions.

It’s More Than Legislation............................................................24 Discover what strategies CPRS is using to reach the goal that policy makers vote with premise that parks and recreation is an essential service.

Member-Owner’s Guide..................................................................26 You are a CPRS member and you are a CPRS owner. This article is your owner’s guide to getting the most from your CPRS membership.

CPRS Executive Director Jane H. Adams to REtire...................30 Jane H. Adams, CPRS Executive Director since January 3, 1988, will retire April 30, 2014.


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Looking for our Steve Young by Michelle Lacy • CPRS President


id you know that the average Executive Director serves for only 3-5 years? CPRS has been extremely fortunate to have landed arguably one of the best Executive Directors in the nation back in Januar y 1988. Since that time Jane H. Adams has served our organization and profession with passion. With Jane’s vision, motivation, and inspiration CPRS has led the nation on behalf of our profession and has been integral in developing long lasting, landscape changing initiatives such as the VIP Action Plan and Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign. The list of accomplishments over Jane’s 25+ year career is extensive, but I will save those for a future article. For those of you who may have “missed” the announcement in the P&R Wired, Jane Adams has requested the Board of Directors accept her retirement effective April 30, 2014. The Board of Directors has reluctantly agreed to allow Jane to ride into the sunset at the end of April and now we embark on identifying the person to assist CPRS in authoring its next chapter. Jane will be the first to tell you that her success is reflective of the CPRS volunteer leaders, staff and members, but Jane is the quarterback. She executes the plays and her performance directly impacts the organization’s success. As a rabid football fan, I have an appreciation for the difficulty in identifying a new quarterback for your team especially when the one you have has reached legendary status. There are many stories of this transition but one such success story is Steve Young following the great Joe Montana for the San Francisco 49ers. Steve was different in many ways from Joe but

their desire and commitment to winning was equal. While Steve Young was not Joe Montana, he was able to build on the success of the past and bring home a championship. I fully expect us to identify a candidate which will continue the tradition of excellence established by Jane and previous Board leaders. We are fortunate that Jane has provided the Board of Directors a year to prepare and identify a successor and your Board of Directors will begin the process at its meeting in August. The first step is identifying competencies, skills, and attributes crucial to the success of an Executive Director. Secondly, the Board will identify the desired composition of a Search Committee. The Search Committee will be comprised of leaders, members, partners, and staff. With the diverse needs of our membership, it is important the Board identify potential committee members which are reflective of the entire membership. The Board of Directors will interview and contract with a search firm to handle the nuts and bolts of the recruitment process. It is anticipated the Board of Directors will interview the final candidates in March which will allow the 2014/15 Board of Directors to focus on a smooth, effective transition between our current and future quarterback. During the next nine months, I will provide you with status updates regarding the progress made by the Board of Directors and the Search Committee. If you have an idea or opinion to share with the Board regarding the process or questions about potential involvement, please call or email me at mlacy@

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2013-2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Michelle Lacy City of Orinda 22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563 925/253-4202 • President-Elect Mark Mariscal City of Los Angeles 1670 Palos Verdes Dr. N., Harbor City, CA 90710 310/548-7643 • Vice President Tim Barry Livermore Area Recreation & Park District 4444 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550 925/373-5727 • Secretary-TREASURER Ann Dunleavy City of Benicia 250 East L Street, Benicia, CA 94510 707/746-4282 • Region 1 RepRESENTATIVE (Dist 1, 2, 3) Monya Jameson Chico Area Recreation & Park District 545 Vallombrosa, Chico, CA 95926 530/895-4711 ext. 109 • Region 2 RepRESENTATIVE (Dist 4, 5, 6) Anna Bielecki City of Gilroy 7351 Rosanna Street, Gilroy, CA 95020-6141 408/846-0460 • 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) Tom Boecking City of San Gabriel 250 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776 626/308-2875 • Region 5 RepRESENTATIVE (Dist 9, 10, 12) Aliah Brozowski City of Santee 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Bldg 6, Santee, CA 92071-1222 619/258-4100 x120 • Council of Sections Representatives (Administrators, Aging, Development & Operations, and Recreation Therapy) Doug Grove RHA Landscape Architects Planners 6216 Brockton Ave., Suite 212, Riverside, CA 92506 951/781-1930 • (Aquatics, Educators and Recreation Supervisors) Ashley Howe City of Benicia 250 East L Street, Benicia, CA 94510 707/746-4283 • Please contact any Board Member with questions or comments

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What Makes A Great Volunteer Program? An Interview with Mollie Tobias, Volunteer Coordinator, City of San Jose

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ollie Tobias caught the attention of CPRS at its 2013 Conference & Expo in San Jose. Tobias led the work to ensure our conference & expo had sufficient volunteers. She also shared her skill set by teaching a session called “Park Volunteers: Life Enhancers.” Mollie Tobias has been an active leader in the volunteer sector for over 25 years. As the current Volunteer Coordinator for the City of San Jose Parks Division, she has been awarded top honors for her work in creating a successful volunteer program. Tobias’s previous volunteer experience includes Santa Clara County’s Project Cornerstone where she built key strategic relationships in the educational sector, facilitated study groups which focused on character building and led educational workshops for staff to share best practices. She enjoys creating and staffing volunteer positions because it allows everyone the opportunity to serve! Tobias told us this: “Volunteerism is in the heart of most residents. Citizens want to help their community, yet do not know where or how to involve themselves. In some municipalities, volunteers in the parks is a new and innovative concept. Having residents weeding, mulching and trimming is a radical change from park staff overseeing everything. But today cutting-edge implementation of volunteerism is led by national organizations’ drive to create a culture of service. AmeriCorp volunteers commit a year of service to their community. Now residents can also commit time to their community too and what better place than their neighborhood park.”


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What unique ways will you use to manage volunteers for the next two years?


Managing volunteers takes creativity and thinking ‘outside of the box’. Because volunteers have so many unique ideas and procedures, keeping everyone organized and on target is one key to success. We recently began using Volunteer Squared as our citywide method of registering, scheduling and logging volunteers and their work hours. With software geared toward volunteers, there are many features of the program that help in the management of all our volunteers. Communication with volunteers is essential. I find that using our volunteer software data reports helps motivate the volunteers. When they visually see an actual report with their hours graphed on it, it is a reflection of their work and they can see how they can improve their hours and task performance. Since it is easy to generate reports from volunteer data, this is an effortless and cost effective way to encourage volunteers! I use the email feature on Volunteer 2 to facilitate our communication. I then also send my own email a couple of days later, via our Outlook email. Double email communication helps because everyone receives lots of emails and sometimes the emails move quickly off your screen… out of sight, out of mind! Thus far I have not received any complaints about receiving communications that are repetitive. I personally know that many times I open and read an email and fail to immediately act on it. Therefore I know how appreciative I am of reminder emails, so I hope my volunteers appreciate a reminder email too!


What are some simple ways to lead and motivate volunteers?


Supplying quality tools and gloves helps to recruit volunteers and make them feel that they are valued. In some organizations, volunteers must provide

their own supplies. Therefore some people will shy away from park volunteering, since they live in an apartment or condo and do not own yard tools. Hence, we supply whatever is needed, which makes it very easy for the volunteers to simply show up on-site and start working! By having clean, sharp and good quality tools, the volunteer projects are completed efficiently and with care, as the volunteer has the proper tools to get the job done. Taking pictures is a great way to inspire volunteers, especially after a work break! Many times volunteers have lost a bit of their energy after they are given a short break to use the restroom, have a drink or to simply relax a bit. By gathering everyone together for a picture of the work group at the end of their break time, the volunteers energize each other. Everyone loves to see their picture in public, so taking a photo is a great way to motivate them to get up and moving again! Thanking volunteers on Facebook is another fantastic way to show gratitude for the volunteer work, as well as getting a bit of marketing too! When snapping the picture, I make sure to explain that it will be posted on Facebook. When the volunteers see their photo posted, they will share it or like it, spreading the word about the volunteer program. It’s an easy and free way to let others know how much volunteers are appreciated!

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A-Frame Signs: A first time volunteer may not be familiar with a work site, so the more information provided, the more likely the volunteer will feel welcomed, informed and happy to return. Using A-Frame signs that either give directions or announce who the volunteer group is, provides information to both the volunteer and other people who may be in the area. A-Frame signs are large so that everyone can see them, they know they are in the right area, or they learn which way to walk to find the location of the volunteer work. They can be customized with each volunteer groups’ name, which brings recognition to the group, cohesiveness to the volunteers, and information to other people in the area.


Dealing with Accountability—do your volunteers ‘do’ what they say they will do?


Volunteers are the basis of my job, so working with them in a positive light can make a big difference. While there are some volunteers that consistently under-perform, there are more that actually do what they say they will do, with energy and a positive attitude! I try to note the positive experiences so that overall, good feelings prevails! When I encounter volunteers that fail to follow-through, I try a reminder 9

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email first. Sometimes people just forget! I always try to remember that the volunteer is just that… a volunteer. If things have changed in their personal life, their volunteer assignment probably isn’t their first concern. But if a volunteer continues to neglect their responsibilities, I then make it a point to call and talk about the issue directly with the volunteer. Usually, the volunteer– if still interested in helping– has some insights into what or why things aren’t right. Talking through our needs and how they fit into the volunteers schedule/abilities sometimes solves the dilemma. If not, then it’s time to change volunteer positions by offering other opportunities or discussing the need for a sabbatical. Taking a sabbatical is a good way to have a break without a negative overtone. Once a volunteer is away from their job for a longer period of time, they realize they are not committed and don’t return. By giving positive options to unmotivated volunteers everyone remains happy, friendly and feelings are not compromised.


many outstanding projects. A key advantage is that this person probably does not have many activities competing for his/her time, which is a bonus because then more time can be devoted to my project! Barriers to bringing on a short term volunteer like this, is just that… the short-term nature of their time. Recruiting and training can become very expensive if this situation becomes the norm. Plus, if there is a good, longterm volunteer in a position, someone with similar skills may bypass my organization because they do not see a current need for their particular skills. Then, when the opening does occur, nobody is there to fill it. Many times someone who has been volunteering during their unemployment continues with the volunteer job because they enjoy it so much. Their time is reduced, but they still have the spirit and commitment to the program!


What advice can you give to someone who just doesn’t want to volunteer any longer but won’t resign from the position?


Volunteers are free labor, so I would do as much as I can to keep them happy. It takes more work and more money to recruit into a dying volunteer program, so working to keep volunteers happy and talking positively about the program to others in the community is very important.

I would try and create a new level of volunteerism: If you’ve volunteered for 500+ hours, you have the option of scheduling yourself just once a month instead of every week. This gives the volunteer the opportunity to stay connected—yet not be totally committed.


How could community services/ park and recreation departments “market” volunteerism as being worthwhile?


Park volunteers: Save gasoline by Volunteering in your neighborhood! An environmentally efficient volunteer uses less gas, since work is done in their neighborhood! Pull the weeds! Hand weeding helps control poisons and other toxic chemicals from entering the earth/air. Why join the gym? Volunteer in your local park! Come to the park and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and peace of nature while getting a total body workout! Volunteering in parks contributes to better health: Raking and weeding require bending and stretching which use a different set of muscles! Mollie was interviewed by Leslie Fritz, CPRS Director of Education. Additional strategies can be asked of Mollie, visit aspx?NID=590 and contact Mollie at 408/535-3588 or mollie.tobias@

What would be the advantages and barriers of using a volunteer in transition (someone unemployed or retired)?


Good volunteers are worth every minute of training! If there is someone who is available and willing to work for our organization, I find a way to make sure they have the opportunity. If I can’t personally use their skills, I pass them onto my colleagues. A volunteer who is between jobs or retired or in a similar situation usually has many professional skills that can be put to use. Their talent can be directed towards 10

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s many park and recreation and K-12 school district turf managers know, the agendas of field users and administrators are often contrary to what is best for their fields. Rebecca Auchter, manager of grounds maintenance for Cranberry Township, PA, told her audience at the Sports Turf Managers Association Conference in January that to combat this they needed to create and manage others’ expectations. Auchter said the path to creating and managing expectations was to establish good relationships with key “influencers” such as administrators and spend time communicating with and training them, with the goal that eventually you will spend less time doing that and more time on agronomic practices. She reminded the audience that establishing relationships means “being nice” and “making friends.” “You have to get the ‘owners’ of the fields to buy in to what you want to do to protect your fields,” she said. “The better your documentation and the more thorough your policies are, the faster you can get back to work.” Auchter said turf managers need to teach, train, communicate, document and explain, not only to supervisors and other administrators but also to field users. She has put together three tools she uses to accomplish this: a Parks Maintenance Plan; an Athletic Field Use Policy; and an Athletic Field Maintenance Manual. “You can use these tools to answer a lot of questions so again, you can get back to work.” summer 2013 • California Parks & Recreation

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“The Parks Maintenance Plan is general and comprehensive—what we have, where it is, what we do with it, and how to assess it.” said Auchter. The plan is broken out into categories of maintenance (turfgrass, skins, trees/ landscape, trails, etc.) and then detailed levels of maintenance for each category (though not to the level of products/ rates). For example, a 75-acre park is divided into priority zones; zone 1 areas are “mow and go”; zone 2 areas are surrounds and common areas; zone 3 areas are non-irrigated fields that do get chemical treatments; and zone 4 areas are irrigated fields that have full programs of fertility and preventive fungicide. This maintenance plan includes Maintenance Inspection Checklists labeled Athletic Fields: Game and Practice Field Playing Surfaces; Athletic Field Envelope; Playgrounds; Hard Surface Courts and Sand Volleyball; Shelters; Restroom and Concession Buildings; and Park Common Areas. Auchter said these checklists are used as assessment tools but also are valuable documentation in mitigating risk, as well as help her provide answers in meetings. Auchter said she also uses Daily Task Sheets that include 17 categories to document how many hours are spent doing work in those categories every day. “This shows supervisors what we do and how much we do it,” she said. “I have used these daily task sheets to show that consistently 35-40 percent of my time is spent NOT working on green-related tasks,” she said. “It is good to be able to show this since I am being judged on those green tasks.”

Cranberry Township’s Athletic Field Maintenance Manual Here is a sample of some of the guidelines and Do’s and Don’ts that are included in this manual, which details maintenance practices for volunteers from user groups:

Baseball and Softball

A. Determining Field Playability The decision to play on fields that are too wet is the number one cause of damage to ball fields and the top reason for player injury. And often, techniques used to make a wet field “playable” cause additional damage. Making the tough call to postpone a game due to wet conditions is the best decision for player safety and to preserve season-long playability of the ball fields. B. Water Removal Techniques for Skinned Infields The most important mistake to avoid is the removal or movement of infield mix. A level field will drain better and have fewer puddles. Low spots or depressions catch and hold water EVERY TIME! Use a pump to remove puddles. 1. Dig a hole and place the field mix out of your way. 2. Let the water drain into the low spot you’ve created. 3. Use the pump to move the water into a bucket. 4. Empty the bucket outside of the playing field into a drain. 5. Replace the field mix into the hole and level with a rake. DO NOT Use These Methods on Wet Fields! DO NOT use brooms to disperse puddles. DO NOT sweep a puddle into the grass. DO NOT remove muddy infield mix from the field. All of these unfortunate techniques move infield material and leave a depression or low spot that will hold water every time it rains. For small or shallow puddles, use a water absorbent pillow. 1. Allow the absorbent material to soak up the water. 2. Have a bucket nearby to wring out the pillow or sponge. 3. Empty the bucket of water off the field of play into a drain. After the standing water has been removed, use a rake or nail drag to loosen the infield mix so it will dry more quickly. Allow time to air dry. C. Addition of Field Drying Agents Calcined and vitrified clay marketed under the brand names Turface, Pro’s Choice, Diamond Pro, Rapid Dry, and Profile are the most common products used to assist with wet infield conditions. These products should be used judiciously for two reasons: they are an expense to the program and they change the properties of the infield mix when used abundantly. Never use more than three bags of drying agent to make a field playable! D. Infield Grooming Techniques 1. Remove the bases and plug the base anchor sleeve before beginning any operations. 2. Vary the dragging pattern every time the field is groomed. 3. Scarify the field with a nail drag or needle tines. continued on page 14

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4. Finish groom the field with a drag mat or broom. Go slowly! 5. When finished dragging, stop 5 to 6 feet before the edge of the skin and lift the drag. Shake any excess field mix off before exiting the field. 6. Exit the field in a different location each time to prevent build-up of infield mix in one location. 7. Hand rake out the pile left from the field drag. 8. Hand rake: base paths end-to-end, home plate, and the back radius of the infield. DO NOT pull the nail drag or mat into the grass for any reason. DO NOT take a nail drag or mat within 24” of the grass edge. Only hand rake edges to prevent lips from forming. DO NOT take a nail drag over home plate. DO NOT drive the nail drag or mat down base paths or around home plate on baseball diamonds with a grass infield. E. Skinned Infield Leveling Baseball and softball fields are designed with a specific slope to drain water from their surface. Underground drain pipes are virtually useless and rarely installed on ball fields. Keeping the infield slope correct will prevent puddling and therefore field closures. Players sliding, mechanical field groomers, and other factors contribute to un-level skinned infields. A diligent approach to correcting high or low spots is the most important task of a field manager. For small areas, use a leveling rake. 1. Pull the material from a high spot and deposit it in a low area. 2. If the infield mix is dry, wet the leveled area and compact it with a tamper or the grooming machine tires. Otherwise, it will not stay in place. For medium sized areas, use the leveling attachment of the grooming tool. 1. Remove the bases and plug the base anchor sleeve. 2. Loosen the field material with a nail drag or needle tines. 3. Make sure the leveler is NOT in the float position. 4. Make wide sweeping turns in several directions over the area that needs to be leveled. 5. If the infield mix is dry, water the area and compact it with the tires of the grooming machine. Otherwise, it will not stay in place. For large areas or storm wash-outs, a box blade attachment works best. This should be coordinated with the Parks Department or outside contractor. F. Clay Repairs Clay surfaces provide very solid, firm footing and better wear characteristics than regular infield mix for high wear areas like the pitching mound and batter’s box. Making a clay repair is similar to making a repair with regular infield mix. The biggest difference with clay is that it must NOT be contaminated with any regular infield mix. Pitching mounds and batter’s boxes should be repaired every time they are used. Techniques for Clay Repairs 1. Dig out and discard all loose material including infield mix, clay chunks, and field conditioners in and around the area to be repaired.

Athletic Field Maintenance Manual

Auchter describes the Athletic Field Maintenance Manual as a “training manual for our partner associations”— aka VOLUNTEERS. “Again, this manual creates and manages expectations,” she said. “This manual spells out how the Township expects users to treat and maintain our fields.” [See “Athletic Field Maintenance Manual” sidebar for details.]

Athletic Field Use Policy

This document was adopted by the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors; Auchter described its content as “middle of the road-specific but not overly penal.” The township holds bi-annual meetings where users and township personnel get together to assess capital needs and introduce new policies, and perhaps most importantly, discuss field reservations and scheduling. “Get involved in scheduling up front,” she said, “because it will be to your great benefit. Spell out to users the most easily avoidable wear that any field gets; for example, no team needs to practice in soccer goal mouths.” Another important aspect of the meetings is sharing information on how and when fields will be closed. Auchter manages this website for the township and said she posts field closings by 11:00 a.m. weekdays, and by 9:00 p.m. the night before on weekends.

2. Sweep the area free of all minor bits of loose debris and place to the side. 3. Wet the existing clay with a flower watering can, hand held sprayer, or hose nozzle with a fine spray pattern. For the full Maintenance Manual see groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20026910.pdf


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Athletic Field Use Policy Here are some highlights of Cranberry Township’s policy manual for field users: The purpose of this document is to establish policies and procedures that govern the use of Cranberry Township athletic fields with the overall goal of safe and playable conditions for all eligible users. The policy will outline the responsibilities of users from the initiation of an athletic field reservation with the Parks & Recreation Department through post event activities. Under all circumstances, Cranberry Township’s Partner Associations (Seneca Valley Soccer Association-SVSA, Cranberry Township Athletic Association-CTAA, and Seneca Valley Junior Football Association-SVJFAC) assume full responsibility for the actions of any groups subletting fields in accordance with their lease contract. This document supersedes all previous athletic field use policies. Bi-annual meetings will be held to discuss field specific issues such as maintenance schedules, facility issues, camps, tournaments, clinics, and overall timelines for use. The Athletic Field Use Policy will be reviewed at the bi-annual meetings and suggestions for changes or additions will be considered. The policy will be updated once annually each January. The meetings will be seasonal in nature with spring/summer sports slated for February/March and fall sports planned for June/July. Meetings will be initiated by Cranberry Township and will include representatives from Parks & Recreation, Public Works, and administrative personnel as deemed necessary. Each Partner Association requesting athletic field reservations is required to assign a representative to attend the meetings.

Park Rules & Regulations

All park visitors are required to abide by the rules of this policy as well as all Township ordinances. Park rules include, but are not limited to, the following: • Athletic fields and shelters require reservations for use and can be scheduled through the Parks & Recreation Department. • Pets are only allowed in the Rotary Dog Park located in Community Park. • Alcoholic beverages, gambling, and fireworks are strictly prohibited. • No glass containers are permitted in the park. • Permitted field users are responsible for the sportsmanship of their players, coaches, officials, and spectators. • Parking is in designated lots only. No parking is permitted on grass or landscaped areas for any reason. User groups must inform their participants and spectators to park in designated lots. It is the permitted user’s responsibility to alleviate traffic and parking issues. • At the conclusion of a practice or game, users must collect all litter and garbage from the field and adjacent areas and deposit in provided trash receptacles. • The last field user of each day is responsible for moving nets, goals, benches, tackling sleds, bases, etc., completely OFF the playing surface for maintenance and mowing purposes. • Fencing and buildings are strictly off limits for use as warm-up targets, batting soft toss, or throwing against in any fashion. continued on page 18


She said there are provisions in the policy manual for associations to overrule the closing if the weather improves, but that the onus on closing fields which deteriorate after an “open” posting falls on the associations as well. Moisture meters are available for the users to use when necessary to remain objective, Auchter said. As part of a Progressive Action Plan, the township will stop maintaining fields used by association groups who won’t work with township officials on these policies. Auchter said to keep in mind that policies established should include rest and renovation periods, how it is determined whether fields are open or closed, and all scheduled closures, as well as time built in for general agronomic practices. [See “Athletic Field Use Policy” sidebar for details.] For the full policy manual, see http://www.cranberr ytownship. o rg / D o c u m e n t C e n t e r / H o m e / View/16788 For the full Maintenance Manual see groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20026910.pdf This article is based on a presentation at January’s STMA Conference by Rebecca Auchter, manager of grounds maintenance, Cranberry Township, PA entitled “Athletic Field Use and Maintenance Planning.” Thanks to Ms. Auchter for allowing us to use this material; more information can be found at the links listed below from © SportsTurf Magazine Reprinted with permission

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Field Reservations & Scheduling

Athletic field use permits are issued through the Parks & Recreation Department. Requests must be submitted and approved prior to play. As well, cancellations and changes must be communicated with the Parks & Recreation Department so that scheduling software can be maintained completely and accurately. Correct contact information is required with each reservation so unexpected problems or closures can be communicated quickly.

Prevention & Maintenance

Cranberry Township requests that Partner Associations refrain from or limit their use of heavy traffic wear areas during practices, regardless of weather, to assist in providing the best field conditions possible for scheduled games. This includes: goal areas, pitching mounds, foul lines, and any other portion of the field showing wear due to traffic. Preventing additional wear during non-game activities will greatly lengthen the playability of fields as the season progresses.


Partner Associations are responsible for maintaining an accurate schedule with the Parks & Recreation Department. The Public Works Grounds Maintenance Division will arrange operations around the daily schedule provided by the Parks & Recreation Department to minimize interference whenever possible. Therefore, unscheduled activities interfering with planned grounds maintenance operations are obliged to move at the request of Cranberry Township personnel.

Maintenance Closures

Fields may be closed at the discretion of the Grounds Maintenance Manager or designated Cranberry Township representative during times when the fields remain playable for certain operations such as aerification, emergency irrigation repairs, or pesticide applications. Partner Associations will be notified in advance whenever possible.

Field Status Recommendations

Cranberry Township will maintain a web page (www. that provides daily field status recommendations of “open” or “closed” for Graham Park based on the playability, safety, and saturation of the athletic fields. The page will be updated Monday through Friday at 11am and at 9pm Friday and Saturday evening for the following day’s play. If fields are listed as “closed” on the Township’s website, Partner Association leaders have the opportunity to overwrite the decision


since field playability may improve between the time of the web posting and scheduled play. Similarly, if a field is listed as “open” and precipitation deteriorates conditions so that field damage or unsafe conditions ensue, Partner Associations are responsible for cancelling or suspending play. Field damage will be addressed by the steps outlined in the following “Progressive Action Plan.” Determining Field Saturation In order to make the determination of field saturation an objective measure, the grounds staff will use a Lincoln Soil Moisture Meter to read the level of water present in the soil. The meter reads 0-10 with 10 being complete saturation of the soil. When the meter reads 10, the field will be deemed too wet for use and designated as “closed.” The grounds staff will use the meter on a minimum of 3 locations on each field: center field, goal mouths, and in the case of baseball/softball fields, the location of position players in the outfield. Readings will be taken as close to the webpage posting time as possible.

Progressive Action Plan for Athletic Fields

1. The Grounds Maintenance Manager or designated Cranberry Township representative will inspect fields daily to determine if damage has been sustained that reduces the safety and playability of the surface. 2. Dated photos will document field conditions when damage occurs. Photos are stored on the Township’s (W:) drive and are available upon request. 3. Fields will be closed as necessary for rest and renovation following events which cause damage and reduce safety. Users will be notified of rest periods on the Township’s website and signs will be posted signifying the field as “closed.” Cranberry Township may employ measures such as temporary fencing to isolate playing surfaces while renovation and grow-in is undertaken to restore safe playing conditions. 4. Continued or un-repairable damage by Partner Associations or other permitted users will result in the discontinuation of the agronomic maintenance program except for mowing. Primary field users will be notified in advance of Cranberry Township’s intentions to change, discontinue, or temporarily suspend field maintenance programs. 5. Cranberry Township reserves the right to choose a third party regarded as an “athletic field expert” to settle disputes regarding the playability, safety, or unrepairable status of a field and its resultant rest and renovation period. An expert will be chosen through affiliation with a university and work in the field of agronomy or hold the minimum title of Director in a company specializing in athletic field maintenance.

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Intentional Networking: 9 Effective and Efficient Steps to Success

(Editor - It is an undisputed fact that one of the main reasons members belong to CPRS is for its networking opportunities. We believe this article will improve your networking skills at the next CPRS training or social event.)

By Patti DeNucci and Ed Rigsbee, CAE, CSP


Ever wonder why some people are so powerfully connected, are the first to hear about great opportunities, and earn more quality referrals? The answer may surprise you. To attract more success in business, you don’t have to network more; you just have to network more intentionally. This means becoming more focused, engaging, trusted and memorable. And not necessarily with more people, but with “your people”—meaning the people who naturally bring the most value into your world. After years of experience and study, we’ve discovered your networking success boils down to nine critical steps. Here they are for you, presented in their most basic form and derived from DeNucci’s award-winning book The Intentional Networker: Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals & Results in Business.

Know yourself

It truly is not selfish or narcissistic to practice self-awareness. This involves knowing your strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, passions, preferences, and traits. Fact is, knowing yourself is a key component to creating success and building connection. It breeds authenticity, enthusiasm, and discernment, which helps others see and “get” the real you more readily.

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Intentional Networking u make a list of the traits that make these top people and events valuable to you. Note for future reference how you originally met or heard about them. This information will help you recognize and attract more of the same. You’ve just created a faster track to your success!

Say no with grace

Know what you want

If you are vague, ambivalent, scattered, or unsure of your vision, intention, and goals, then you are likely drifting along, preserving the status quo, and possibly are invisible to others. Clarity and focus go a long way to help you become more memorable, which in turn means others are clearer and more focused on how to help you.

Show up in alignment with the above two points

Once you identify your top contacts and networking activities, you’ll start to see who and what no longer serves you. It will be easier to prioritize, which is crucial to your networking efficiency and success. Figure out who and what needs to be edited out (or given less attention). Gradually—and graciously—back away from those who drag, drain, and disenable you.

Focus on your best connections

Everything about you, from your attitude and appearance to your correspondence and conversation, gives off messages. What’s more, you have mere seconds to make a first impression. If your image doesn’t line up with whom you say you are and what you aspire to, then confusion, disengagement, and distrust can result. Be sure everything associated with you and your career or business is congruent with who you are and what you want.

Stay in touch with your best connections. This means reaching out and staying top-of-mind on a regular basis. Invest a few minutes each day to sending friendly, helpful, grateful, congratulatory, or supportive notes to your valued connections. Set up one or two weekly strategic coffee or lunch dates. Attend a few targeted business or association events each month. Organize and make time in your weekly routine to follow up and succeed utilizing the above. The key is doing these things regularly and consistently.

Focus on quality, not quantity

Stand out in the crowd

People often believe that doing lots of networking and having hundreds of contacts and connections equal greater success. Not so fast! Rather than adding more new people to your network, invest some time identifying your most valuable connections; the ones who not only bring you referrals and opportunities, but also provide you with valuable insights, information, and support. Focus on these top connections for a while. The same goes for your networking activities. Which ones really bring energy, value, and results to your career or business? Next, 22

You just never know where or when an important conversation will take place, when an opportunity will arise, or when you will run into a valued colleague or customer. Be ready, alert, and aware. Live your brand and allow it to guide how you show up and conduct yourself. Show genuine interest in other people by being the first to say hello, offering a professional handshake, and engaging in friendly conversation. Ask ques-

tions that show interest. Then take the time to actively listen to what others have to say. With a little extra effort and courtesy you can make connections and meetings so much more memorable and valuable, for you and for others.

Give first

This isn’t about giving away your expertise or time randomly. It’s about offering a positive attitude and a willingness to listen and offer ideas to those you meet. This dramatically separates you from people who focus only on themselves. Certainly it’s okay to be purposeful and focused on what you’re seeking, but sincere acts of generosity are rare and endearing.

Reap your reward

Consistently practice steps 1 through 8 and you’ll be on your way to making more powerful connections, earning more likability and trust, and attracting more referrals. But add one more step: thoughtfully, concisely, and most of all humbly (and without assumption) educate others on what you’re seeking and what constitutes good opportunities and referrals for you. If you are generous in giving to others, help them respond in kind. These are just a few basics that can help you slow down, get focused, and sow the seeds of more powerful relationships and quality referrals. Take the next step to learning even more by requesting your free sample chapter from Patti’s book The Intentional Networker. Email her at today. Copyright © 2013 by Patti DeNucci & Ed Rigsbee

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Orizaba Park is an existing 2.73 acre park located within an area of the City with high density residential as well as industrial and commercial retail uses. The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency purchased a number of blighted properties and cleared the land to make way for an additional 1.09 acres of park space. The site is bisected by the abandoned Pacific Electric right of way. The concept included a rail road walkway within the right of way. Artist Patrick Vogel created a stainless steel replica of the red car that traveled to Long Beach, it is sited at the terminus of the tracks. The improvements also include new community center (Phase II), basketball courts, above grade skate park, shade/picnic shelters, outdoor exercise circuit, drinking fountains, benches, open turf and a community garden. The LEED commissioned building was designed by Fernald Architects and is currently out for bids. HAI provided services for master planning of the park including the community outreach program where HAI conducted (3) meetings with local residents and stake holder groups. HAI prepared construction documents for bid as well as provided construction support services to the City for a successful completion.

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It’s More Than Legislation By Jane H. Adams Executive Director California Park & Recreation Society CPRS goal is that policy makers vote with the premise that parks and recreation is an essential service. This is a long term goal and one that takes a multi-pronged strategy.

Actively addressing state and federal policies that support the delivery of parks and recreation

CPRS has a very active Legislative Committee which is instrumental in determining our position on proposed legislation. Each month bills are reviewed and our position is determined. CPRS’ advocate helps assess each bill before determining our position. This position is communicated directly to the bill’s author and the chair of the legislative committee that is acting upon the proposal. Members may be called upon to provide expert advice either through surveys, individual conversations, emails, and testifying.

High member engagement

YOU are the expert on knowing the impact of a legislative proposal on your operations and decision-making. The Legislative Committee is comprised of a representative from each CPRS District and Section as well as interested members. It meets monthly during the 2 year legislative session. All members are invited to join this committee. 24

Address statewide initiatives that impact parks and recreation.

CPRS reviews proposed statewide initiatives to determine its impact to parks and recreation. After state propositions have been approved for the ballot, the Legislative Committee activates its Proposition Review Task Force which reviews the propositions and makes recommendations to the Legislative Committee. Our position is communicated to the proposition campaign and our members.

Develop relationships with current and future legislators.

We develop relationships with current legislators or potential legislators who recognize the value of parks and recreation for all Californians and who are willing to listen to us. We have a candidate endorsement process and we have a Candidate Political Action Committee.

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Member-Owner’s Guide

You Are A CPRS Member... And An Owner


hen you join CPRS you become a member of our industry’s professional association. It is YOUR place to “connect and grow” professionally. You also become an OWNER of CPRS. As an OWNER you can actively shape your association and your industry.

You Direct Our Leaders

“CPRS does not ‘belong’ to its leaders or its staff. It belongs to YOU. CPRS’ overarching purpose is YOUR success. As an owner in CPRS, we expect you to take full advantage of its networking, leadership development, educational, and advocacy opportunities.” Michelle Lacy, 2013-14 President All authority to govern CPRS comes from its members. Ultimately, you elect and direct all levels of the CPRS leadership team! As a member-owner you have the power to elect these CPRS leaders: • State Board Vice President (who transitions to the office of President) • State Board Secretary-Treasurer • Your Region Representative on the State Board of Directors • Your District’s Board of Directors • Your Section’s Board of Directors (if you belong to a Section) The State Board appoints the CPRS Executive Director who is responsible for its daily management.

The Board is Here for You

Your State Board of Directors exists for one purpose only: to support CPRS member-owners. Our job is to interpret and translate member-owners’ views into action by: • Representing you in leading and governing CPRS • Being accountable to you • Delivering the association experience and results you want and deserve 26

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Owner’s Guide u As your State Board, we are mindful that our authority to govern CPRS comes from you. Our job is to achieve what you want CPRS to be. To be effective, we must: • Strive to reflect the best interests of existing and future members. Plan for the future to preserve and enhance our members’ investment. • Capture the knowledge and expertise of our Districts and Sections. Their input is vital to making decisions that increase the value of CPRS to all member-owners. • Solicit input from internal and external sources when making decisions.

The work of the State Board

The Board meets four times a year in different locations throughout the State. Our board agenda includes:


Connecting with You We have created an “Owner Relations Plan” to connect with you. Linking opportunities include the annual conference, District/Section Summit, District/Section events, the CPRS website, blogs, conference calls, focus groups, and surveys. We also encourage and provide mentoring at all levels of the association. Setting CPRS’ Direction We identify the outcomes CPRS should accomplish on your behalf. We call these statements our “Ends Policies.” Each year we review input we have gathered from you, our memberowners. We assess how things may have changed since the Ends Policies were

produced. From there we determine whether and how to adjust CPRS’ direction. Assuring Consistency To ensure consistency of effort throughout CPRS, our bylaws and policies outline performance standards for our Districts and Sections. Securing CPRS Against Risk The Board monitors the Executive Director’s management activities against a comprehensive set of policies we call “Executive Limitations,” to secure CPRS against risks to its ethical and business health. Evaluating Board Performance The Board has policies and a code

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of conduct which guide its actions and decision-making. We conduct an annual self-assessment and we use external resources to improve our effectiveness. Evaluating Organizational Performance The Executive Director regularly reports on the association’s status based on our Ends and Executive Limitations policies. The Board examines each report, identifying and closing any performance gaps.

Communicating is a Top Priority at CPRS

You will find the Board comes to you often to get your opinion. Please contact any board member with your

ideas, suggestions, or thoughts about the profession or CPRS. We encourage you to review our bylaws and policies, as well as our Board job descriptions at www.cprs. org, on the Board of Directors page under ‘About CPRS’. Questions or concerns regarding your membership or your District and/ or Section are best handled by going directly to the relevant CPRS staff member or the Executive Director. A list of staff and their areas of responsibility and contact information is on the CPRS website at

Get Involved!

Three ways your personal involvement can make a difference: 1. Participate in Elections

Vote in District, Section and State elections. Help choose leaders with the experience, vision and skills to guide CPRS today, tomorrow, and into the future. 2. Run for Office Don’t be shy! CPRS District, Section and State Boards need interested and talented members. Think about serving the profession and CPRS by running for office for a District, Section or the State Board. 3. Communicate Often We want – and need -- to hear from you! Throughout the year you’ll receive Board requests for feedback on various issues. But don’t wait for formal outreach to share your thoughts! We welcome your comments, questions and concerns.

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CPRS Executive Director Jane H. Adams To Retire

By Michelle Lacy CPRS President Please join the State Board of Directors in thanking Executive Director Jane Adams for 25 years of dedicated service to our organization. CPRS President Michelle Lacy shared, “Jane has given notice to the Board of Directors that she will retire upon completion of her current contract which runs through April 30, 2014. Jane has decided that it is the right time to “ride into the sunset” and we are grateful for the time to thoughtfully prepare for this transition.” Jane started her CPRS career January 3, 1988, when the office was located at 3031 F Street in midtown Sacramento. During her tenure CPRS developed several initiatives that have advanced the profession of parks and recreation nationwide. These initiatives include the VIP Action Plan, Creating Community through People, Parks, and Programs, the successful Parks Make Life Better!® statewide branding campaign, numerous statewide park bonds, and educational programs. Jane has made an impact not only on our organization, but on the entire profession. I know that Jane will be missed, but she has done amazing work to position our organization to attract the highest quality leader to continue the tradition of excellence established during her tenure. Over the next eight months, your Board of Directors will lead the effort to identify the ideal candidate to serve as the next CPRS Executive Director. As this is a critical task for our organization, I will keep you informed as we move through the selection process. This is an exciting time for CPRS and Jane as we plan for the future. The Board of Directors is elated for Jane as she plans to embark on her new adventure, which I hear includes a bike tour across the United States! If you have particular questions or issues you would like to share, please contact Michelle Lacy, CPRS President, or 925/253-4202.


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Be a Brand Partner!

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. Agency City of Agoura Hills City of Alameda City of Albany City of Alhambra City of Aliso Viejo Aliso Viejo Community Association Ambrose Recreation & Park District City of American Canyon City of Anaheim City of Anderson Town of Apple Valley Arcade Creek Recreation and Park District City of Arcata Arden Manor Recreation & Park District Arden Park Recreation & Park District City of Arroyo Grande City of Artesia City of Atascadero City of Atwater Auburn Area Recreation and Park District City of Bakersfield City of Baldwin Park City of Bell City of Bell Gardens City of Bellflower City of Belmont Belvedere Tiburon Joint Recreation City of Benicia City of Berkeley City of Beverly Hills City of Bishop City of Blue Lake Boulder Creek Recreation & Park District City of Brentwood City of Brisbane Brownsburg Parks, Indiana City of Burbank City of Burlingame Buttonwillow Recreation & Park District City of Calabasas City of California City


California State Parks City of Calistoga Cameron Park Comm. Svcs. District City of Campbell City of Carlsbad Carmichael Recreation & Park District City of Carpinteria City of Carson Central Plumas Recreation & Park District City of Ceres City of Cerritos Chico Area Recreation & Park District City of Chino City of Chino Hills City of Chula Vista City of Claremont City of Clovis Coalinga-Huron Recreation & Park District City of Concord Conejo Recreation & Park District Cordova Recreation & Park District City of Corona City of Coronado City of Costa Mesa Cosumnes Community Services District City of Covina City of Culver City City of Cupertino Cypress Recreation & Park District City of Cypress City of Dana Point Town of Danville City of Davis Desert Recreation District City of Diamond Bar City of Dinuba Town of Discovery Bay City of Downey City of Duarte City of Dublin East Bay Regional Park District City of East Palo Alto City of El Cajon City of El Centro

City of El Cerrito El Dorado Hills Community Services District City of El Monte City of Emeryville City of Encinitas City of Escondido City of Exeter Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District Feather River Recreation & Park District City of Folsom City of Fontana City of Foster City City of Fountain Valley City of Franklin, Indiana City of Fremont City of Fresno Fulton-El Camino Recreation & Park District City of Galt City of Garden Grove Georgetown Divide Recreation District City of Gilroy City of Glendale City of Glendora Greater Vallejo Recreation District City of Gridley City of Grover Beach City of Hanford City of Hawaiian Gardens City of Hawthorne Hayward Area Recreation & Park District City of Healdsburg City of Hercules City of Hermosa Beach Hesperia Recreation & Park District Highlands Recreation District City of Hughson City of Huntington Beach City of Huntington Park City of Imperial City of Inglewood City of Irvine City of Irwindale

Isla Vista Recreation & Park District City of Johnson City, Tennessee Jurupa Area Recreation & Park District Jurupa Community Services District Kensington Police Protection & Community Services District City of Kerman City of Kingsburg City of La Mesa City of La Mirada City of La Puente City of La Quinta City of La Verne City of Lafayette City of Laguna Hills City of Laguna Niguel City of Lakewood City of Larkspur Recreation City of Lemoore City of Lincoln Livermore Area Recreation & Park District City of Lodi City of Long Beach City of Los Alamitos City of Los Angeles County of Los Angeles Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation City of Madera City of Malibu Town of Mammoth Lakes City of Manhattan Beach City of Manteca County of Marin City of Martinez McKinleyville Community Services District Mendocino Coast Recreation & Park District City of Menlo Park City of Merced City of Mill Valley Mission Oaks Recreation and Park District City of Mission Viejo City of Montclair City of Montebello

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u Parks Make Life Better!® City of Monterey Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District City of Moorpark Town of Moraga City of Morgan Hill Mt. Shasta Recreation & Parks District City of Mountain View City of Murrieta City of Napa City of National City Navy Region South West City of Nevada City New Haven-Adams Township, Indiana City of Newark City of Newport Beach Noblesville Parks & Recreation, Indiana City of Norco North County Recreation & Park District North Highlands Recreation & Park District North of the River Recreation & Park District City of Norwalk City of Oakland City of Oakley City of Oceanside City of Ojai City of Ontario City of Orange Orangevale Recreation & Park District City of Orinda City of Pacifica City of Palmdale City of Palo Alto Paradise Recreation & Park District City of Pasadena Human Services & Recreation City of Pasadena Parks & Natural Resources City of Paso Robles City of Patterson City of Petaluma City of Pico Rivera City of Pinole City of Pittsburg County of Placer City of Placerville Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District City of Pleasanton City of Pomona City of Port Hueneme

City of Porterville City of Poway City of Rancho Cucamonga Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District City of Redding City of Redondo Beach City of Redwood City City of Reedley City of Rialto City of Richmond Rim of the World Recreation & Park District Rio Linda Elverta Recreation & Park District City of Riverbank City of Riverside County of Riverside Regional Park & Open Space District City of Rocklin City of Rohnert Park Rosamond Community Services District City of Rosemead City of Roseville Rossmoor Community Services District City of Sacramento County of Sacramento City of Salinas Town of San Anselmo City of San Bernardino City of San Bruno City of San Carlos County of San Diego City of San Diego City of San Dimas City of San Fernando City of San Francisco County of San Francisco City of San Gabriel County of San Joaquin City of San Jose City of San Juan Capistrano City of San Leandro City of San Luis Obispo County of San Luis Obispo City of San Marcos City of San Mateo County of San Mateo City of San Pablo City of San Rafael City of San Ramon City of Sanger City of Santa Clara County of Santa Clara City of Santa Clarita

City of Santa Cruz County of Santa Cruz City of Santa Maria City of Santa Rosa City of Santee City of Saratoga City of Sausalito City of Scotts Valley City of Seal Beach City of Sierra Madre City of Signal Hill County of Solano City of Solano Beach City of South Bend, Indiana South Coast Air Quality Management District City of South El Monte City of South Gate City of South Lake Tahoe City of South Pasadena Southgate Recreation & Park District County of Stanislaus City of Stanton City of Stockton City of Suisun City City of Sunnyvale Sunrise Recreation & Park District City of Tahoe City Tamalpais Community Services District Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District City of Temecula City of Temple City Templeton Community Services District City of Torrance City of Tracy Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District City of Tulare City of Turlock City of Tustin City of Twentynine Palms City of Ukiah City of Union City City of Vacaville County of Ventura City of Victorville City of Visalia City of Vista City of Walnut City of Walnut Creek Washington Township, Ohio City of Watsonville City of West Covina City of West Hollywood

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City of West Sacramento West Side Recreation & Park District City of Westminster City of Whittier Town of Windsor City of Woodland City of Yorba Linda Town of Yountville City of Yuba City City of Yucaipa Company Alfa Products All About Play/Little Tikes Commercial - Nor Cal California’s Great America Callander Associates Capitol Enterprises Inc. Columbia Cascade Company Community Works Design Group David Evans and Assoc. Inc. David Volz Design Landscape Architects, Inc. Goric Marketing Group USA Innovative Playgrounds Company KPCRadio.Com Land Concern Ltd Leader Manufacturing, Inc./Fairweather Site Furnishings Division Maximum Solutions, Inc. Murdock-Super Secur National Parks Promotion Council NLM Consulting Services Play Smart Surfacing Play-Well TEKnologies Poimiroo & Partners Public Restroom Company RHA Landscape Architects Planners, Inc. RJM Design Group, Inc. Robertson Industries, Inc. Shade Structures Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation SpectraTurf SSA Landscape Architects, Inc. Tri Active America Western Wood Preservers Institute Windsor Parks-Recreation Foundation Vermont Recreation & Parks Association University/College CSU Long Beach CSU Northridge San Jose State University SDSU MOVE


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The California Park & Recreation Society’s Awards Program seeks to recognize outstanding achievements in the areas of community improvement & programming, facility design & park planning, marketing & communications, and professional & citizen leadership. Entries will be assessed on how well they demonstrate these CREAM principles: C - Challenge. The issue, problem, or concern the entry addressed. R - Resourcefulness. The extent to which the agency employed creativity, originality, and engaged new partners or stakeholders to address the challenge. E - Execution. The strategies, tools, outreach, and resources the agency employed in addressing the challenge. A - Accomplishment. The outcome, positive impact, or the extent the entry created new or increased value or opportunities for the community or improved service delivery. M - Mission. The extent to which the entry supports the mission of the profession and promotes the Parks Make Life Better!® statewide branding efforts.

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Creating Community Award of Excellence – 10 Categories Excellence in Design Award (Facility Design and Park Planning) – 2 Categories & 7 Divisions Marketing & Communications Award of Excellence – 4 Categories Professional & Service Award of Excellence – 4 Categories

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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. ADvisorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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!ÂŽ 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: Website: REP: Karen Stratford, Sales Manager SERVICE: Giant pool inflatable obstacle courses & slides providing fun & challenging entertainment.

Amateur Softball Assoc. (San Francisco) 1224 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122 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.

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.

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.

All About Play/Little Tikes Commercial - Nor Cal (Sacramento) 3844 Presidio Street, 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. 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.

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. 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.

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: 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. Associated Students, CSUF, Inc. (Orange) 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92834 PH: 657/278-3648 FAX: 657/278-2503 E-Mail: Website: 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. 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.

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Bravado Outdoor Products LLC (Douglas) 1196 Echo Dr., Roseburg, OR 97470 PH: 541/817-6815 E-Mail: REP: Lem James, Managing Member; Kendra Pettengill, Sales Manager SERVICE: Concrete Table Tennis tables and Chess tables for permanent outdoor placement in public parks and schools. 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. CA Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA) (Sacramento) 2300 River Plaza Drive, #120, Sacramento, CA 95833 PH: 916/928-1625 x202 FAX: 916/928-0705 E-Mail: Website: REP: Terry W. Stark, President/CEO; Charlotte Carson, Director Continuing Education SERVICE: Pest control advisors.

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. The California Parks Company (Tehama) 2150 Main Street, Suite 5, Red Bluff, CA 96080 PH: 916/529-1512 FAX: 916/529-4511 E-Mail: Website: REP: Marshall Pike, VP - Business Development, Kohn Koeberer, President, Kris Koeberer, VP, Operations. SERVICE: Recreation Concessions.



Since 1990, Jones & Madhavan has worked with public agencies throughout California to develop hundreds of successful aquatic facilities. If you are planning a new aquatic facility or are

considering modernization of an existing facility, Jones & Madhavan can provide the professionalism you will appreciate from beginning to end.


Bobcat Company (Cass) 250 East Beaton Drive, West Fargo, North Dakota 58078 PH: 701/241-8700 FAX: 701/280-7860 E-Mail: Website: REP: Lee Jordheim, Nat Acct./Gov Sales Account Manager; Mike Kozbacher, Government Accounts Manager SERVICE: Bobcat Company provides compact equipment for global construction, industrial, landscaping and agricultural markets.

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California Special Districts Alliance (Sacramento) 1112 I Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814 PH: 916/442-7887 FAX: 916/442-7999 E-Mail: Website: REP: Cathrine Lemaire, Member Services Director; Neil McCormick, Administrator SERVICE: Collaborative partnership providing legislative advocacy, training, financing and risk management services to local government agencies. 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.

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Buyer’s Guide u California’s Great America (Santa Clara) 2401 Agnew Road, Santa Clara, CA 95054 PH: 408/986-5873 FAX: 408/986-5855 E-Mail: edgar.vidal@cagreatamerica. com Website: REP: Edgar Vidal, Manager, Group Sales SERVICE: California’s Great America Theme Park is Northern California’s number one spot for fun and excitement! 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. (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. 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. The ChildPlay Institute (Solano) 975 Walnut Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94592 PH: 707/557-2215 FAX: 707/557-9937 E-Mail: Website: REP: Paul Roberts, President SERVICE: Nature education, training, planning and design for early childhood preschools, kindergartens and centers.


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. 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. 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 Playgrounds (Solano) 200 Commercial Street, Vallejo, CA 94589 PH: 415/892-1707 FAX: 415/892-3132 E-Mail: Website: REP: Curt Wear, President; Rita Schoch, Estimator/Project Manager; Christian Velasquez, Estimator/Project Manager SERVICE: Design build specializing in nature play areas, installation of all play equipment, safety audits & surface impact testing.

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u Buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide 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.

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.

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.

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.

Counsilman-Hunsaker (Saint Louis) 10733 Sunset Office Drive, Suite 400, Saint Louis, MO 63127 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. Crane Architectural Group (Orange) 110 E Wilshire Ave # 300, Fullerton, CA 92832-1934 PH: 714/525-0363 FAX: 714/525-9826 E-Mail: Website: REP: Rick Crane, Owner SERVICE: Architectural services: community centers, senior centers, sports complexes, concession stands, park restrooms, ADA improvements. 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.

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. Deschamps Mobi Mat (Essex) 218 Little Falls Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 PH: 917/459-9113 FAX: 973/928-3041 E-Mail: Website: REP: Alex Girard, Area Sales Manager, Thierry Darche, Director of Operations, Terri Diaz, Admin Assistant & Sales Support SERVICE: We develop, manufacture and distribute state-of-the-art Mobility Solutions.

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Buyer’s Guide u Discount School Supply (Monterey) 2 Lower Ragsdale Rd., Monterey, CA 93940 PH: 800/627-2829 FAX: 323/935-1351 E-Mail: areyner@discountschoolsupply. com Website: REP: Anna Reyner, School-Age Marketing Director SERVICE: Youth program materials for school age and Tiny Tots arts & crafts, group games, for creatively & enrichment. 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.

eTrak-plus (Charleston) 1095 Playground Road, Charleston, SC 29407 PH: 877/513-8725 FAX: 843/763-3877 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jerry Plybon, Director, National Business Development SERVICE: The complete parks & recreation software management solution for (online/on-site) reservations, registration, POS, membership management. First Serve Productions (Contra Costa) 451 Starmont Court, Danville, CA 94526 PH: 925/872-3159 FAX: 925/552-7946 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chanel Thimlar, Manager; Dave Johnson, Estimator SERVICE: We are a full service tennis and basketball court repair and resurfacing company.

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. 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 410205, Cambridge, MA 02141-0003 PH: 877/467-4287 FAX: 508/881-0943 E-Mail: Website: REP: Laura Wilson, Sales Manager SERVICE: Cutting edge play equipment: unique playpoints, sensory and musical elements, and water/sand play systems. 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: Park Equipment.

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u Buyer’s Guide 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: Go “green” with Gro-Power products. They’re 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) 1700 Soscol Avenue, Suite 23, 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.

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. 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.

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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. 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.


Buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide u Hunter Industries (Placer) P.O. Box 1005, Meadow Vista, CA 95722 PH: 916/899-9437 E-Mail: 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. ID Edge, Inc. (Boulder) 1849 Cherry Street, #10, 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.

Inflatable 2000, Inc. (Los Angeles) 207 N. Aspan #6, Azusa, CA 91702 PH: 626/969-7780 FAX: 626/969-4480 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steve Gray, President SERVICE: Inflatable jumpers, slides, obstacle course, advertising balloons & more. 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.

Irrigation Water Technologies America, Inc. (Boulder) 1200 S. Fordham Street, Suite B, Longmont, CO 80503 PH: 720/445-3739 E-Mail: Website: REP: John Ossa, Director of National Accounts; Michael Croy, VP Sales SERVICE: Sub surface textile irrigation. 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.

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KDB - Long Beach (Los Angeles) 10 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 PH: 562/308-7520 FAX: 562/308-7525 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bennie Thomas, Director of Marketing 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. Kevin J. McArdle Consulting (Los Angeles) 872 Clearwater Court, Walnut, CA 91789 PH: 909/260-6892 E-Mail: Website: REPS: Kevin J. McArdle, President SERVICE: Provides affordable assistance and leadership with expertise in funding, strategic planning, project management and event planning. Kidz Love Soccer (Santa Clara) 580 East Weddell Drive, Suite 2, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 PH: 408/774-4625 FAX: 888/391-5114 E-Mail: Website: REP: Peter Stanley SERVICE: Age-appropriate youth soccer instruction. Classes and camps for children 2-12 years of age. Knorr Systems, Inc. (Orange) 2221 S. 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. Kromer Co. LLC (San Mateo) 2328 Beach Blvd., Pacifica, CA 94044 PH: 650/296-3398 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dustine Callahan, Sales & Marketing Manager; Ronn Ponath, President SERVICE: Athletic field grooming & painting equipment for natural grass & synthetic turf - save time and money.

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u Buyer’s Guide 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: We Provide Award Winning Landscape Architectural Planning and Design Services for Parks and Recreation Facilities. 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: Playgrounds, schools, fiberglass tables & benches, court & field equipment, bike racks, flagpoles & site amenities. LDA Partners, LLP (San Joaquin) 4 S. Central Court, Stockton, CA 95204 PH: 209/943-0405 FAX: 209/943-0415 E-Mail: Website: REP: Eric Wohle, Partner SERVICE: Architectural services.

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Lincoln Equipment, Inc. (Contra Costa) 2051 Commerce Avenue, Concord, CA 94520 PH: 925/687-9500 FAX: 925/680-2825 E-Mail: Website: 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: Website: REP: Andrea Hickman, Office Manager SERVICE: Distributors of commercial swimming pool equipment, chemicals and aquatic supplies since 1954.

LPA, Inc. (Placer) 1548 Eureka Rd., #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, 949/261-1001, 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 and planning for community centers, aquatics and parks. 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.



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Buyer’s Guide u MCE Corporation (Alameda) 6515 Trinity Court, Dublin, CA 945682627 PH: 925/452-2709 FAX: 925/803-4404 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steve Loweree, Vice PresidentMaintenance Division; Dean McDonald, Project Manager SERVICE: Full service park maintenance contractor & consultant for QA programs, maintenance standards and transition to contracting. Melton Design Group (Sacramento) 309 Wall Street, Chico, CA 95829 PH: 530/899-1616 E-Mail: Website: REP: Greg Melton, Principal SERVICE: Landscape architecture, providing design services for parks. Sports complexes, skateparks & masterplans. We focus on providing personal service.

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. 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 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. Mity-Lite, Inc. (Utah) 1301 West 400 N., Orem, UT 84057 PH: 801/224-0589 FAX: 801/224-6191 E-Mail: Website: REP: Paula Dudash, Trade Show/Event Coordinator SERVICE: MITY-LITE is the leader in lightweight, durable folding tables, and folding & stacking chairs. Our award winning products come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Most Dependable Fountains, Inc. (Shelby) 5705 Commander Dr., Arlington, TN 38002 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, handwash stations & grills. Murdock Mfg. (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.


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 forest wood, bark products, colored enhanced mulches and soil amendments. Neptune-Benson, Inc. (Kent) 6 Jefferson Dr., Coventry, RI 02816 PH: 401/821-2200 FAX: 401/821-7129 E-Mail: Website: http://www.neptunebenson. com/ REP: Matthew Moriarty, Sales Representative SERVICE: Leading Manufacturer of aquatic filtration systems for waterparks, aquatic centers featuring the Defender Regenerative Media Filter. Nevco Scoreboard (San Diego) 9925 Scripps Westview Way, #124, San Diego, CA 92131 PH: 858/635-5555 FAX: 858/635-5556 E-Mail: Website: REP: Nevco So Cal Rep - John Sidlowski, 9925 Scripps Westview Way, # 124, San Diego, CA 92131, PH: 858/6355555; FAX: 858/635-5556, E-Mail:; Nevco Nor Cal Rep - Steve Warner/Warner Construction, 4219 South Market Court, Suite F, Sacramento, CA 95834, PH: 916/9230636; FAX: 916/923-1711; E-Mail: SERVICE: Scoreboards LED displays, marquees, video displays, scorers’ tables, signs, etc. 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.

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u Buyer’s Guide Northstar Publishing (Medina) PO Box 1166, Medina, OH 44258 PH: 866/444-4216 x224 FAX: 866/554-4344 E-Mail: Website: REP: Rodney. Auth, President SERVICE: Parks & Rec Business magazine provides common sense solutions to everyday problems. Visit Norwell USA, Inc. (Thurston) 6820 Northill Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98512 PH: 360/556-3621 E-Mail: Website: REP: Tim Madeley, General Manager; Margaret Brown, President, Jeff Schmitz, President SERVICE: Outdoor fitness stations based on a sculptural design and constructed from our exclusive glass-blasted stainless steel.

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 – (Ventura) 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.

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Buyer’s Guide u 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. 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. PDPlay (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: California manufacturer of commercial play structures, site furnishings, and poured-in-placed rubberized surfacing. Peak Software Systems (Salt Lake) 45 W 9000 S, #2, Sandy, UT 84070 PH: 801/572-3570 x302 FAX: 801/572-7834 E-Mail: Website: REP: Debbie Nelsen, V P Sales; Josh Smith, Sr. Acct. Mgr. SERVICE: Since 1993, SportsMan SQL has been a leading innovator of recreation management software. 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.


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.

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).

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 Cox, President/CEO SERVICE: Certified installer of leading playground, recreational equipment and surfacing manufacturers. Quality maintenance services for existing playgrounds.

Playground Inspection, LLC (Los Angeles) P.O. BOX 16654, Encino, CA 914166654 PH: 888/293-7889 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.

Play Smart Surfacing (San Bernardino) 1125 Research Dr. #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. Play-Well TEKnologies (Marin) 224 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960 PH: 415/578-2746 FAX: 415/460-5108 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jeff Harry, VP of Marketing & Fun; Bob Lund, Southern California Regional Mgr.; Diana Hickey, Northern California Regional Mgr. SERVICE: Teaching LEGO engineering camps to K-5th grade at Parks & Recreation. PlayCore (Hamilton) 401 Chestnut Street Suite 410, Chattanooga, TN 37402 PH: 423/425-3168 FAX: 423/425-3124 E-Mail: Website: 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.

Playgrounds Unlimited (Santa Clara) 980 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95050 PH: 408/244-9848 FAX: 408/244-9847 E-Mail: 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 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.

Precision Concrete Cutting (San Mateo) P. O. Box 8013, San Mateo, CA 94404 PH: 650/867-8657 FAX: 650/240-3866 E-Mail: Website: REP: Joseph Ortega, Manager; Joe Fouret, Owner SERVICE: PCC utilizes a unique 100% ADA complaint saw-cutting method to repair uplifted sidewalks to reduce liability. Public Restroom Company (Washoe) 9390 Gateway Drive, Suite 102, Reno, NV 89521-2994 PH: 888/888-2060 FAX: 888/888-1448 E-Mail: Website: 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. Public Sector Software LTD dba PLAYSAFE, LLC P.O. Box 9000, Leamington SPA, CV31 9DX, England, PH: 00(44)1926 800800 FAX: 00(44)1474 335053 E-Mail: Website: REP: Margaret Baker, Training Director; Trevor Baker, CEO; David Gent, Managing Director SERVICE: Inspect playgrounds the quick, easy and green way. Inspect on your Smartphone, manage on your computer. 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.

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u Buyer’s Guide 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. Recreation Republic (San Diego) 7668 El Camino Real, Suite 104-287, Carlsbad, CA 92009 PH: 760/510-1886 FAX: 760/282-7082 E-Mail: Website: REP: Suzanne Anderson, President; Mark Anderson, V.P. S. CA Office: 7668 El Camino Real, Suite 104-287, Carlsbad, CA 92009 N. CA. Office: 151 Petaluma Blvd., Unit 212, Petaluma, CA 94952 888/843-6128 SERVICES: Playgrounds (Kompan), Aquatic climbing walls, Splashpads, waterslides, site furnishings, shelters, boulder/net climbers, surfacing, skate parks.


RecWest Outdoor Products, Inc. (Ventura) 31316 Via Colinas, #118, Westlake Village, CA 91362 PH: 818/735-3838 FAX: 818/735-9612 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike Bennett, President SERVICE: Representing Landscape Structures Inc. - park, playground and skate park equipment.


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Buyer’s Guide u 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 E-mail: REP: Bob Mueting, Larry Ryan (Southern CA - Corporate Office) John Courtney (Northern CA Office) SERVICE: Park and Sports Facility Master Planning; Park and Recreation Master Planning; Landscape Architecture; Community Workshops. Roaring Camp Railroads (Santa Cruz) Box G-1, Felton, CA 95018 PH: 831/335-4484 FAX: 831/335-1702 E-Mail: Website: REP: Leatha Brown, Group Sales Manager; Deanna Zercher, Sales Coordinator SERVICE: 1880’s Historical Town with train excursions through the Redwoods and 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. 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: RockCraft is the leading manufacturer of concrete park and playground climbing boulders. 10 models available. 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 90277-2755 PH: 310/377-6724 x21 FAX: 310/3778890 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bill Rowley SERVICE: Specialists in aquatic design, engineering and consulting. Over 30 years experience in municipal aquatic facilities.

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. 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. RWP Landscape Materials (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. Ryvec Inc. (Orange) 251 E. Palais Road, Anaheim, CA 92805 PH: 714/520-5592 FAX: 714/520-7898 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steve Ryan, Sales Manager SERVICE: Leading manufacturer of aromatic binders and pigment dispersions used in playgrounds and other sporting applications. S & S Worldwide (New London) 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.

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. 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. 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).

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u Buyer’s Guide 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.

Shade Structures (Orange) 350 Kalmus Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 PH: 714/427-6981 FAX: 714/427-6982 E-Mail: Website: REP: Rachel Middleton, Sales Administration SERVICE: Shade Structures’ Modular and custom fabric structures screen the sun and keep the fun! Smart Turf (Los Angeles) 14418 Best Ave., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 PH: 800/421-6723 FAX: 562/404-3925 E-Mail: Website: REP: Amy Word, Sales Manager; Duane Jensen, President SERVICE: Smart Turf is a synthetic grass product line made in the USA with the finest materials available.

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 3605, 823 Lexington Gallantin Road, South El Monte, CA 91733 PH: 626/448-0853 x16 FAX: 626/448-5219 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.

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Commitment to Excellence

UCLA Conference Center Lake Arrowhead, California

The CPRS Pacific Southwest Maintenance Management School is a twoyear program with a graduate forum designed to teach students a systematic approach for determining the resources needed to maintain a public facility. The school strives to provide a quality program by teaching a maintenance management system to public agencies, while enhancing leadership and advancement skills through this unmatched experience.

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Buyer’s Guide u Southern California Tennis Assoc (Los Angeles) P.O. Box 240015, Los Angeles, CA 90024-9115 PH: 310/208-3838 x239 FAX: 310/824-7691 E-Mail: Website: 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: Lisa Anderson, General Manager; Mark Hollowell, Senior Sales Manager PH: 818-330-9409 SERVICE: Playground safety surfacing manufactured in California, factorycertified 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 Court (Contra Costa) 1510 Second Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94596 PH: 925/932-4108 FAX: 925/933-5737 E-Mail: Website: & www.boccebuildersofamerica. com REP: Phil Park, President SERVICE: Sport court sports surfacing and athletic systems.


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. 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. 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 Architecture 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 SERVICE: Providing natural engraved stone signage, tailored to each park’s unique character for over 30 years.

Stover Seed Co. (Los Angeles) P.O. Box 861715, Los Angeles, CA 90086 PH: 800/621-0315 FAX: 213/626-4920 E-Mail: Website: REP: John McShane, President SERVICE: Stoverfield seed mixtures, turfgrass and wildflower seed, native seeds for erosion control. Sun Country Systems (Los Angeles) 11710 Chisholm Court, Santa Clarita, CA 91390 PH: 661/268-1550 FAX: 661/268-1159 E-Mail: Website: REP: Tim Hollinger, President SERVICE: Provide and install playground equipment and all safety surfaces, synthetic grass, Polysoft. Burke play equipment. 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 mixes, 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. Tri Active America (San Luis Obispo) 178 S. 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 aging 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: Website: 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: Website: REP: Chuck Talley, Sales Manager, 800/585-8001 x7928, FAX 800/2411997 SERVICE: Commercial mowing equipment & irrigation. Universal Studios Hollywood (Los Angeles) Sales Dept-Education & Youth, 100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg 5511-5, Universal City, CA 91608 PH: 818/622-3001 FAX: 818/622-0171 E-Mail: Website: 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. ValleyCrest Design Group (Orange) 3242 Halladay Street, Suite 203, Santa Ana, CA 92705 PH: 714/557-5852 FAX: 714/557-7621 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kurt Buxton, Managing Principal; Wade Ganes, Project Manager SERVICE: ValleyCrest Design Group specializes in forward-thinking landscape architecture.

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u Buyer’s Guide 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.

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.

Vortex Aquatic Structures Int’l (Riverside) 9106 Pulsar Ct, Ste C, Corona, CA 92883-4632 PH: 514/694-3868 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.

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.

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: REP: Tai Kolenko, Sales & Marketing Coordinator SERVICE: Waterplay is a world-wide provider of aquatic play features, slide activity centers, urban water features and water management systems.

West Coast Rubber Recycling (San Benito) 1501 Lana Way, Hollister, CA 95023 PH: 831/634-2800 FAX: 831/634-2801 E-Mail: Website: 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. Willdan Group, Inc. (Orange) 2401 E. Katella Ave #300, Anaheim, CA 92806 PH: 714/940-6300 FAX: 714/940-4935 E-Mail: Website: REP: John Hidalgo, Director of Landscape Architecture SERVICE: Willdan assists public agencies in the design and master planning of parks and recreation developments.

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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Carmichael Recreation & Park District Administrator Retires

By Lance Armstrong Carmichael Recreation and Park District Administrator Jack Harrison retired – again – on May 31. Harrison, 70, who retired from the state in 2000, continued to work for another 13 years, during which time he became

the district’s administrator. In 1961, the year after he graduated from Norwalk High School in Los Angeles County, Harrison obtained part-time employment with the Southeast Recreation and Park District in the Norwalk area. Four years later, he graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management. And

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shortly after leaving that university, Harrison began working full time at the same Southern California park district. He left that job in 1969 to become the director of parks and recreation for the City of Tustin. In commenting about that position, Harrison said, “To become a director of a department at only 25 years of age was pretty special for me. Most directors have quite a bit more experience. So, I was very delighted to become a director at that young age. And that community was in need of building some parks, because they had grown rapidly and they didn’t have as many parks as they should have for the size of population. So, we were successful in working

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with the community to get a park bond act passed by the voters for, as I recall, about $2 million, which was used to buy land and build four new parks.” Following his time in Tustin, Harrison began performing private consulting work in park planning. During that time, he received a master’s degree in public administration at Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 1976. Harrison was later hired by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. In 1983, he became the executive director of CPRS. With the society, Harrison performed such duties as promoting parks and recreation at the state Capitol, working to provide training for members and conducting an annual conference. “In 1987, I got appointed by Gov. (George) Deukmejian as chief deputy director of California State Parks,” Harrison said. “I was very excited about doing that (position), because I had worked for the department five years before. I (had) specifically only worked in the area of land acquisition and park development, and this position was to be responsible for all the field operations for the 285 state parks in California.” Harrison retired from his employment with the state in 2000. He then worked as an interim director for Marin County and the cities of Lodi and Merced. An interim director position was made available in Carmichael in February 2006, and Harrison filled that vacancy. The Carmichael district hired

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u Spotlight Harrison as its full-time administrator about nine months later. In reminiscing about his time as the district’s administrator, Harrison said, “I’ve lived in the community since 1974, so I’ve been a part of this community. And to work in the community in which I’ve lived for a long time has been special. I have a lot of friends and I enjoy the staff that I work with here at the district and the board. It’s time to let someone else take the reigns,” Harrison said.

Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District Has New General Manager

The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District is pleased to announce that Daryl Wagar has been selected as the new General Manager effective June 16th. He is replacing retiring General Manager Dan LaBrado. Wagar is a long time resident of Ventura. Mr. Wagar’s professional career consists of many endeavors including 22 years at the City of Ventura. Mr. Wagar has been the Parks Superintendent the past six years at the District. During his time there he has been instrumental in making vast park and facility improvements and managing capital projects including the development of Pleasant Valley Fields a 55-acre stellar sports complex and Freedom Park baseball field renovation project. Also, exciting upcoming new projects include the Open Space, Trails, and Greenways Planning Study, and the

Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Education area at Camarillo Grove Park. The District is very fortunate to have the expertise, knowledge and leadership that Mr. Wagar possesses to further build upon the successes for the future of the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District.

City of Morgan Hill Announces that Chris Ghione as Next Community Services Director

The City of Morgan Hill announced Chris Ghione as the City’s Community Services Director. After a national search, Ghione was selected to guide the department’s day-to-day operations and

provide organizational leadership. As the Community Services Director, Ghione will be responsible to lead the delivery of recreation services, street and park maintenance services, and environmental services. The Community Services Department has 24 fulltime employees, 200 parttime employees, and a $9 million operating budget. Moving forward, Ghione will be responsible to advance the City Council’s priorities, actively engage the community, continue efforts to balance costrecovery with community access, and further the City’s economic, environmental, and social sustainability efforts. For the past 2 ½ years, Ghione has served as the

Mt Madonna YMCA Executive Director where he furthered his success in improving the organization, working with community partners, and enhancing services in both Morgan Hill and Gilroy. Prior to that, he served as the City’s Recreation Manager for 4 ½ years and was instrumental in setting the collaborative culture for the City’s innovative YMCA partnership and the foundation for the department’s service delivery model and financial success. Ghione holds a Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration from San Jose State University. His career in the Recreation and Community Services field has spanned 20 years. continued on page 54

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A California official with extensive experience in recreation services is Gilbert’s next parks and recreation director. Rod Buchanan was recently interim public works director for Tracy, Calif. He has been with Tracy municipal government for 11 years, and spent five years as the director of parks and community services, three years as the deputy director of parks and community services and four years as the community services supervisor. In an interview with The Republic, he said Tracy is a smaller version of what Gilbert was many years ago. “When I did my investigation on the Gilbert community, I found it to be very forward thinking, very innovative, a wonderful community. It was definitely a place where my family and I could move to,” Buchanan said. Buchanan will begin his Gilbert job at a time when teams are complaining about an insufficient number of ballfields in the town and when growing south Gilbert is showing a need for more parks and recreation facilities. Those issues and others are expected to be addressed by the proposed parks master plan that will come before the Town Council in a few months. Asked what he thinks would be the challenges he faces in Gilbert, Buchanan said addressing new demands as Gilbert grows would be a primary challenge.

“That’s demand for services and facilities and that will have to be balanced with maintaining and enhancing our current facilities and services,” he said.

In Memorium Chris Jarvi, CPRS Past President (1987-88), passed away April 22nd after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.

In 2003, Chris was appointed as Associate Director for Partnerships and Visitor Experience for the National Park Service in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he was given nationwide responsibility for Partnerships and Philanthropy, Interpretation & Education, Media Development, Volunteerism, Tourism, Youth Programs, Technical Assistance, Long Distance Trails, Wild and Scenic Rivers and, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Chris formerly served for 22 years as Director of Community Services for the City of Anaheim. There, he supervised a staff of more than 200 full-time and 420 parttime employees. His department consisted of 43 parks, 6 public libraries, 3 public swimming pools, a multipurpose stadium, 5 community recreation buildings, 2 senior citizen centers, a community service center, a therapeutic recreation center, 74,000 street trees, 2 golf courses, a museum and an outdoor theater. He earned his Master of Science degree from the

University of California, Davis and a Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Because he believes in giving back to his profession, Chris was a member of CPRS since 1967. He served as President in 1987 during which time he also served on the League of California Cities’ Board of Directors. He then went on to serve as the President of the National Park and Recreation Association in 1997-98. Chris will be remembered for his love of his family, his passion for parks and recreation, his embrace of ALL life’s challenges, and his love of life. A partnership scholarship program has been created by the Foundation of Sustainable Parks & Recreation, of which he served as chair. Terry Lowe, director of Anaheim Community Services shared, “Chris was many things to many people and a friend to most everyone that he encountered. Most importantly, he was a great husband, father and grandfather. It was an honor to serve with him and his contribution to Anaheim in leading our department will continue to benefit our residents for generations to come.”

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