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Official Magazine of the California Park & Recreation Society

Volume 69, Number 1 • Winter 2013

2013 Conference March 5-8, 2013 San Jose, California


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Buyer’s Guide


Spotlight on the profession

It’s Time to Empower, Engage & Explore! The annual conference was last in San Jose 10 years ago. The City is ready to host nearly 3,000 park and recreation professionals March 5-8, 2013 for four days of educational sessions and networking. Conference attendees will also have time to visit the 2-day Expo Hall.


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 958329701. 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 916/665-2777. Guidelines for submitting articles and advertising rates are available from same address, or from the CPRS website ( © 2013, California Park & Recreation Society, Inc.



2013 Conference Overview ................................................................................... 8 A look at the 2013 Conference in San Jose on March 5-8. It is your opportunity to get empowered at the 100+ educational sessions, engage your peers at the networking opportunities and explore the 200+ vendors at the Expo Hall Welcome to San Jose.......................................................................... 8 General Session................................................................................. 10 Special Events for Networking, Education and Fun................... 12-15 Browse, Byte & Network: CPRS Night at the Tech.......................... 16 Intensives Add To Your Educational Program Choices................... 18 Speed Coaching................................................................................. 20 Speaker’s Corner............................................................................... 22 Building Healthy Communities Think Tank..................................... 23 Expo Hall....................................................................................... 24-31 all communities deserve safe places to play and be active.................... 32 Examine the four factors to create a safe and active community. Bumpy and Unchartered Roads: Life as an employee and supervisor................................................................ 36 One professional’s journey from employee to supervisor and what she learned along the way. Taking the Pulse of California’s park & Recreation Agencies.................. 42 In 2012 CPRS surveyed member agencies to learn how agencies were coping with economic issues gripping everyone. 1-2-3 Go!!!................................................................................................................. 48 A collection of how agencies are using the Parks Make Life Better!® brand campaign.


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Hail to the Champions! by Darin Loughery • CPRS President


ne of the things I have thoroughly enjoyed about serving as CPRS President are the opportunities to meet and interact with “champions” of the profession. I refer to “champions” as those individuals who fervently lead through personal initiative and vision to positively impact or support a cause. Champions sow the seeds of progress and inspire action by placing the needs of others above their own. Over the past year I have often thought of the transformation of our profession and how we are perceived by those we serve. I have also contemplated how we can begin taking credit for the positive impacts our work has on broader social issues such as public safety, health and wellness. I am pleased to report park and recreation champions are leading the charge in branding the profession and building linkage of public space to quality of life. Our champions are also working diligently in challenging environments to strengthen community safety while building protective factors to grow at-risk youth into capable adults. At another level, champions are building new systems and working interdependently to address the physical activity and nutrition needs of California residents. A few examples of the work of park and recreation champions are included below: Janeen Laudenbeck, Community Services Director for the City of Huntington Beach has championed the “Parks Make Life Better!®” brand. She has promoted PMLB throughout her community and has engaged other city departments in using the brand in innovative ways. Throughout Hunting-

ton Beach, the PMLB logo and key messages are displayed prominently in City publications and at parks, beaches, community and senior centers. In her own hyper-enthused manner, Janeen has created a buzz around PMLB which is contagious and with complete buy-in from her Council, co-workers and residents! The impact is a new community consciousness of the work being done by the City to make Huntington Beach one of the best places to live, work and play in Orange County. Qiara Lipe is a Recreation Facility Director for three public housing developments in the community of Watts in the City of Los Angeles. I became enlightened with Qiara’s story as I learned about the vital role she fulfills in assuring the safety of young people. Qiara operates recreation centers (in violent crime filled neighborhoods) as safe havens for youth. At her facilities, she creates environments filled with constructive activity, caring adult role models, and peaceful conflict resolution. Qiara effectively champions the delivery of positive alternatives for youth which help lower crime and mischief. In Denver, Colorado, I recently met Mike Dopson, Recreation Manager with the Cosumnes Community Services District. Mike and I were participants in a think tank addressing the alignment of systems to build healthier communities. During the meeting, nation-wide experts in the fields of urban planning, public health, transportation, academia, landscape architecture, and parks and recreation convened for high level discussion on strengthening community health. continued on page 66

Darine Loughery is the 2012-13 CPRS President and Community Services Superintendent for the City of Irvine. 6

2012-2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Darin Loughrey City of Irvine P.O. Box 19575, Irvine, CA 92623 949/724-6642 • President-Elect Michelle Lacy City of Orinda 22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563 925/253-4202 • Vice President Mark Mariscal City of Los Angeles 1670 Palos Verdes Dr. N., Harbor City, CA 90710 310/548-7643 • Secretary-TREASURER Anna Bielecki City of Gilroy 7351 Rosanna Street, Gilroy, CA 95020-6141 408/846-0460 • Region 1 RepRESENTATIVE (Dist 1, 2, 3) Monya Jameson Chico Area Recreation & Park District 545 Vallombrosa, CA 95926 530/895-4711 ext. 109 • Region 2 RepRESENTATIVE (Dist 4, 5, 6) Nick Calubaquib City of Morgan Hill 17555 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 408/310-4241 • Region 3 RepRESENTATIVE (Dist 7, 8, 15) Darin Budak City of Bakersfield 4101 Truxton Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93309 661/326-3138 • Region 4 RepRESENTATIVE (Dist 11, 13, 14) Dawn Pia City of Riverside 3900 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92522 951/826-2042 • Region 5 RepRESENTATIVE Aliah Brozowski City of Santee 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Bldg 6, Santee, CA 92071-1222 619/258-4100 x120 • Council of Sections Representatives (Administrators, Aquatics, Development & Operations, and Educators) Doug Grove RHA Landscape Architects Planners 6216 Brockton Ave., Suite 212, Riverside, CA 92506 951/781-1930 • (Aging, Recreation Supervisors and Recreation Therapy) Leon Raya City of San Dimas 245 East Bonita Avenue, San Simas, CA 91773 909/394-6234 • Please contact any Board Member with questions or comments

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Welcome To San Jose The 2013 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference returns to San Jose, March 5-8, 2013. The CPRS annual conference is the place to feel empowered, to engage and to explore. Come join us!


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majority of delegates say they come to conference to learn, to network and to take back resources to their agencies. This year’s conference amps up the availability of resources, speakers and vendors to support these reasons to attend conference.


The education program is designed to give you the knowledge and resources you need to succeed daily at your job. Choose from a wide variety of educational sessions with dynamic trainers and speakers. You will find innovative strategies, success stories and opportunities for you to ask questions, and share ideas and accomplishments with your colleagues from around the state. New to the education program this year are Pulse Sessions which are two hours of concentrated learning on Friday afternoon. The subjects are: “Autopsy of a Dying Program: Pulling the Plug,” “Community Service Organizations: Going from Good to Great,” “The Power of Telling Your Parks Make Life Better!® Story” and “Succession: Leading to Change, Changing to Lead.” Another new feature is the Speakers Corner which happens each day. This is your opportunity for in-depth conversations with the educational speakers. If a healthy community is your thing, you will not want to miss the Friday Think Tank “Building Healthy Youth for Whole Communities.” This think tank is part of the conference fee for full package or Friday only registrants. Primary goals for the think tank are to create facilitated

discussions among a group of leaders, provide examples to practice healthy living principles and plan collaborative conversations to gather opinions, viewpoints, and sample efforts.


Always an important part of your conference experience is the networking you do with peers from across the state. There are a number of activities available to aid in your networking. On Tuesday you have three events: E m p o w e r, E n gage & Explore the South Bay’s Parks & Facilities Tour, CPRS PAC Golf Tournament and the San Jose Guadalupe River Trail Bike Ride. Each of Tuesday’s events is sure to provide something of interest for you. On Wednesday, we have three special events free to registered delegates: Namaste – Start with Yoga, the Best of the Best Awards Social and the Conference Social – Browse, Byte & Network, CPRS Night at the Tech Museum. Agencies that have won a CPRS Award of Excellence will display information from their winning park and facility designs, recreation and community programs or their communications and marketing efforts. You can find more information about the Conference Social on page 16. Thursday features the conference fun run/walk and CPRS District and Section Socials. Friday is chock full of

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events including four tours (see page 14-16), Zumba and the CPRS Awards Reception & Banquet. All these events are excellent opportunities to meet and mingle with other park and recreation professionals that can be valuable resources to you in the years to come.


Delegates have the opportunity to see a variety of products and services all in a one-stop environment at the

Expo Show. Over 200 different exhibitors are on-hand to answer questions and showcase the newest and greatest trends in the park and recreation profession. They are a valuable resource and an important part of your conference experience. You can view a list of current exhibitors on pages 24-31. Visit the conference Website at to learn more about the above events. You can also access it through the CPRS Website at


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Celebrate Agency Excellence

Conference General Session San Jose Convention Center Wednesday, March 6 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


The annual CPRS Awards Program recipients will be announced. See the 2012 CPRS Video featuring the Award of Excellence winners: • Creating Community Award of Excellence • Excellence in Facility Design Award • Excellence in Park Planning Award • Marketing & Communications Award of Excellence

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2013 Park Operations Tour Empower, Engage & Explore the South Bay’s Parks & Facilities Tour Tuesday, March 5, 2013 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Fee: $50, includes refreshments, lunch, transportation Have a frank discussion with your peers in providing recreational facilities in these difficult economic times. The 2013 Park Tour will encompass recreational facilities within the San Francisco South Bay communities of Newark, Palo Alto, and San José. This all day trip provides a guided tour/ overview of each stop and participants will gain insight into the challenges and opportunities regarding public art, pest controls, staffing, and scheduling of facilities. The tour includes visits to: • San Jose’s Kelley Park which includes San Jose History Park, Japanese Friendship Gardens and Happy Hollow Park & Zoo • Stanford/Palo Alto Playing Fields Sports Complex which will include talks about sythetic turf, native landscaping at a sports complex and field brokering policies • Mitchell Park will include discussions on public art, universal access playgrounds and green roofs. • Silliman Activity and Family Aquatic Center • River Oaks Park • Roosevelt Community Center Attendees should wear suitable clothing and walking shoes. Tour is limited to 80 participants (pre-registration only). 12

CPRS Candidate PAC Golf Tournament Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start Santa Teresa Golf Club Fee: $95/person

Fee includes Green Fees, Carts, Range Balls, BBQ Lunch, Dinner with no-host beveragess, fantastic raffle with golf equipment, electronics and more! Four-person scramble ~ any combination of women or men. If you don’t have a foursome; players will be paired. Transportation will be provided from (and return to) the Fairmont Hotel San Jose.



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most interesting trail. Tour highlights include travelling entire off-street through the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens stopping along the way to see public art, festival spaces, a visitor’s center, and interpretive stations. Following the river, the group will travel upon newly paved asphalt to view additional interpretive sites, the waterway, surrounding Silicon Valley companies and the waterfront community of Alviso. The tour will be conducted by San Jose’s Trail Manager, who has in depth knowledge of the project’s history, design, and development. Tour departs from in front of the Convention Center at 1:30 p.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m. Attendees should wear suitable bike-ridding clothing and bring a bike helmet.

Ride a Bike on San Jose’s Guadalupe River Trail

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fee: $20 (Refreshment & Bike Rental)

Visit San Jose’s Guadalupe River Park and newly extended 9-mile trail to better understand the City’s trail network, park system, and local history. Attendees will start their tour by visiting one of San Jose’s new Bike Sharing Stations. Riders will use bike lanes to reach downtown’s Guadalupe River Park for an 18-mile (round trip) tour of one of San Jose’s longest and

Namaste - Start With Yoga Wednesday, March 6, 2013 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Free

Our yoga class will relieve tension in your back, neck, shoulders and hips through breathing techniques and relaxation with special attention to proper alignment, energy flow and posture. All levels are welcome. Wear loose clothing and bare feet.

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Best of the Best Awards Networking & Social (no CEUs) Wednesday, March 6, 2013 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. San Jose Convention Center

Experience the “Best of the Best” at this social featuring the CPRS Award of Excellence recipients. Agencies will display park and facility designs, recreation and community programs, and initiatives, and marketing and communication efforts. Thank you to our sponsors.

Work all your major muscle groups in a high-energy Latin inspired cardio blast that leaves you invigorated, refreshed and full of life! Start your last day of conference improving your health!

Trail Design to Maximize User Experience Friday, March 8, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fee: $10 (Refreshment & Bike Rental)

Join the Santa Clara County Trail Crew and Natural Resource Manager to discuss trail design and layout as well as constructed features (bridges, culverts, steps, retaining walls, etc.). This 4X4 tour will visit the eastern foothills to showcase the recently completed 30 miles of trails within the

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Friday, March 8, 2013 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Free

park. Agency staff dedicated 5 years to designing trails which allow park visitors to experience the park without having to fight steep grades, gulleys, etc. Poorly designed trails result in increased maintenance costs, degradation of the natural resources and inefficient use of public funds, come learn the proper way to design a trail to maximize use, fun, and education instead. Tour will consist of some 4X4 travel and some hiking. Tour departs at 8:30 am and returns round 12:30 pm. Attendees should wear suitable clothing and hiking shoes.

Run Forest, Run!!! It’s the Guadalupe Fun Run/Walk

Thursday, March 7, 2013 7:00 a.m. start Fee: $10 pre-registered/$12 onsite

Start Thursday with a 5k (3.1m) Run / Walk around historic downtown San Jose and the beautiful Guadalupe Park! Refreshments will be available at the finish line.

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Get “Stoked” at San Jose’s Skate Park and BMX Facility

Friday, March 8, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fee: $10 (Refreshment & Transportation)

Join Jason Condit, project manager for the City of San José and Zach Wormhoudt, of Wormhoudt Inc, designer of the Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park, the 68,000 SF is the largest concrete facility in California, consisting of bowls, a street course, the worlds first thimble, a 22’ cradle, worlds tallest vertical wall, and the worlds largest full pipe at 22’ in diameter x 70’ in length with a banked entry and a spiraled end that emulates a breaking wave. Other amenities include internal landscaping, lights, a drinking fountain, viewing areas, and


restrooms. The City of San Jose is also proposing a bike facility adjacent to the Lake Cunningham Stake Park. The tour will also include a visit to the Roosevelt Skate Park, a 10,000 square foot of skating surface, which is an excellent example of a smaller neighborhood serving skate park and the BMX track at Calabazas Park in San José, one the countries first municipally built bike parks built completely out of dirt mounds creating a variety of terrain. Come see these facilities and to hear the designer’s thoughts. Tour departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns around 12:30 p.m. Attendees should wear suitable clothing and walking shoes.

Big Time Innovation on a Small Town Budget Tour

Friday, March 8 12:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cost: $15 (Refreshment & Transportation)

Join us for a mini-tour through the City of Campbell to gain a better understanding of how even a small community of only 40,000 can develop a vibrant, environmentally-friendly parks and recreation program on a limited budget. This tour will prompt participants to consider how they can incorporate innovative solutions to development and programming challenges through partnerships, technology and creative re-use of existing

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u Special Events facilities. Highlighted projects will include: Stojanovich Family Park, a mini-park development in a high density housing area with unique agricultural play features, the East Campbell Avenue pedestrian and bike portal project through an existing highway underpass, downtown Campbell city/ business partnerships, the Hacienda Avenue Green Street Project and the Campbell Community Center, an historic high school site that is now home to 800 seat performing arts theatre and 158,000 of recreational and community programming space. Refreshments stops will be made at the Los Gatos Creek Trail Dog Park and the theatre in downtown Campbell. Tour will depart at 12:45 p.m. and return at approximately 4:30 p.m. Attendees should wear suitable clothing and walking shoes.

A Magical Recreation Renaissance Tour

Friday, March 8, 2013 12:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fee: $20 (Refreshment & Transportation)

Come see how Morgan Hill’s $65 million RDA investment has resulted in the City becoming a sports and recreation destination for residents and regional visitors alike. This tour will visit the Morgan Hill Aquatics Center, Centennial Recreation Center, Community & Culture Center, and Outdoor Sports Center. Participants will interact with Team Morgan Hill, including City, YMCA of Silicon Valley, and Morgan Hill Youth Sports Alliance teammates, to discuss how we have successfully worked together to reduce duplication and leverage resources through partnerships, continued capital investments, and high customer satisfaction levels. As a result, the department has significantly enhanced service levels, increased its revenues by over $2 million annually, and achieved

100 percent cost-recovery on its $5.2 million operating budget even as the economic recession plagued the community. Tour will depart at 12:45 p.m. and return at approximately 4:30 p.m. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

2013 CPRS Annual Awards Recognition Banquet Friday, March 8, 2013 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Banquet & Award Presentation Fairmont Hotel San Jose

Join CPRS in recognizing agencies that displayed excellence in park planning, facility design, recreation programming, marketing activities, as well as individuals, organizations, and companies who advance our message of Parks Make Life Better!® Fee: $80

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CPRS thanks its partner, PlayCore, for hosting this event.

Browse, Byte & Network – CPRS Night at the Tech Museum Wednesday, March 6 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. FREE to Registered Delegates $25 Additional Ticket


he Tech Museum of Innovation is one of San Jose’s landmark attractions! Join fellow delegates for snacks and refreshments as you interact with robots, try on a jet pack, experience an earthquake, take a trip to Mars or Google’s Liquid Galaxy. We are adding carnival games, music and a dance floor so you’ll be rocking! But wait, there’s more! You can win win win fabulous prizes. You could go home with an iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod Touch (5th Generation), and yes, even an iPad Mini! Be sure to fill out your drawing card and drop it in the drawing bin at the Tech Museum beginning at 6:00 p.m. Drawings for prizes will occur every 20 minutes between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and you must be present to win. Your drawing card will be included with your registration material. CPRS thanks its partner, PlayCore, for hosting this event. An additional iPad Mini will be given away Thursday, March 7, at the PlayCore Booth in the Expo. 16

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Creating Great Parks through Placemaking


Three Intensives Add To Your Educational Program Choices

his conference intensive is intended for directors, assistant directors, park planners, park managers or commissioners/board members in key decision-making positions within public agencies providing parks, recreation and similar community services. You will discover how to create dynamic public spaces that people want to visit again and again through the process of Placemaking. Created by the Project for Public Spaces in New York, placemaking is a new way of thinking about designing parks and recreation facilities by focusing on experiences over features. Learn how the principles of placemaking are different from traditional park planning and how to use this process to create parks and recreation facilities that are popular destinations. The intensive trainer is Mike Shellito, a consultant with Shellito Training and Consulting. Through a combination of small group discussion and facilitated questions and answers on visual case studies, participants will be able to identify the characteristics and qualities of parks, town squares, swimming pools, community centers that are developed through placemaking versus traditional landscape or building architecture. After the intensive you will be able to identify the similarities and differences of the placemaking planning process from traditional park planning, landscape and building architecture. When you return to your agency you will understand how to evaluate existing parks and recreation facilities utilizing the “power of 10” and principles of triangulation.

Recreation Therapy Institute

Building an Adaptive Aquatics Program

alling all Recreation Therapists and Therapeutic Recreation Specialists! The CPRS Recreation Therapy Section offers this annual RT Institute CEUs training to help you maintain your certification. This Institute provides peer-to-peer training in a variety of current topics that affect the therapeutic recreation field. Each year the program changes, allowing attendees to stay current in a field that presents ever-changing therapeutic practices. We know your role in community and individual enhancement is critical – we know coming together faceto-face creates a myriad of solutions. The Institute brings together people of similar but different environments.

fter this on-deck and in-water training you will be able to demonstrate hands-on skills, curriculum, and strategies for developing an adaptive aquatics program. You will also be able to demonstrate hands-on skills, curriculum, and time management for group in-service trainings. Explain strategies and techniques used for improving the effective use of routine training for new, veteran and senior staff. Trainers: Pete DeQuincy, East Bay Regional Park District Nancy Megginson, Ph.D., San Jose State University Angela Papp, San Jose State University

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 8, 2013 1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Price: CPRS/NRPA Member - $180; Non-Member - $216; Student $60. Includes 0.775 CEUs. Pre-registration preferred. Drop-in permitted, but lunch will not be provided for drop-ins.

Price: CPRS/NRPA Member $48; Non-Member - $58; Student - $24. Includes 0.35 CEUs. Swim Suit & Towel required. Transportation leaves from the San Jose Marriott lobby at 12:45 p.m.

Price: CPRS/NRPA Member - $25; Non-Member - $31. Includes 0.2 CEUs. A field walk is included in the intensive, please wear appropriate outdoor clothing for rain or shine.




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New Feature! PULSE Sessions

Friday, March 8, 2013 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Check out the Program Committee’s new feature! Why Attend? We will tackle critical issues and untapped resources to help keep your agency running smoothly. TM



re you a busy professional or soon-to be employed entrepreneur looking for some quick advice on career action steps? If time contraints or limited resources are posing significant obstacles to you finding necessary coaching and development, then this educational session at conference is the best solution for you. Speed Coaches can answer your burning questions and can even review your career materials. Similar to speed dating, coaches and participants are paired up for interviews about the participant’s career direction. After 10 minutes, participants move to the next table and have a similar conversation with a different coach. After 4 or 5 rounds of interviews, participants have a wide variety of ideas,

stories, tips and contacts to help them on their professional journeys. Coaches can be City Managers, General Managers, Directors, Deputy Directors, or Division Heads and come from diverse agencies and backgrounds to give participants different perspectives. We realize that every California agency sets staffing levels, this should give you a broad perspective including differences between north/south work environments. Join us at the San Jose conference on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 and Bring your business cards! However, there is no pressure for further discussion, just opportunities. Coordinator: John Lawrence, Assistant General Manager, Livermore Area Recreation & Park District, 925/373-5785.

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• Some options that you think she or he may wish to consider. • A brief story or experience that may be relevant. • A vision or action that you invite them to embrace. • People, resources, or education that you think might be useful to them.

Autopsy of a Dying Program - Pulling the Plug • List the 9 ways to breathe new life into existing programs • Communicate an 8 point assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of products Jodi Rudick, ADvisor’s Marketing Group, Inc. Community Service Organizations: Going from Good to Great • Explore the organizational development techniques that will help improve leadership & discipline in the workplace • Suggest how to make improvements at your workplace through the “culture of discipline” Ezra Holland, MS, The Holland Group Succession - Leading to Change and Changing to Lead • Identify the challenges and outcomes that come with the exodus of key staff • Generate strategies, steps, and a plan for identifying appropriate replacements and building their capacity to lead Teresa Penbrooke, MAOM, CPRE, GP RED The Power of Telling Your Parks Make Life Better!® Story • Explain how to tell a story that sets you apart from the competition • Describe the many elements that tell the story of our/your Brand Marie Knight, City of Orange

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Call today for more information Husbands & Associates Northern California 800-821-9838 Great Western Park & Playground Southern California 21 800-453-2735

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Speaker’s Corner

Join The Conversation


he Conference Program Committee again offers a unique learning feature to this year’s conference! We have a “Speaker’s Corner” in the main registration area. Speakers visit this area throughout the day and provide resources or advice related to the topic they shared during their educational sessions.  We also have technical assistance speakers with helpful solutions, many who are exhibitors in our hall.

Stop By for a Conversation!

We are excited about making sure this year’s conference provide you opporunities to connect with other delegates and experts in the field — your toolkit of resources can never be full enough! One of the ways we are planning to do this is to get more attendee interaction, but in order to accomplish this we need YOUR help! So join us.

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Our schedule always has “hot topics” that people may want to learn more about outside of the breakout session. We invite you to our Speaker’s Corner where you can take 15 minutes to get more in depth conversation with the facilitator or technical expert. Most Speaker’s Corner gatherings will be held immediately post session, but due to space limitations, others may be held at other times. The schedule will be posted in the conference registration area. Feature Coordinators: Becca Niles, (Cordova Recreation & Park District) and Jennifer Liu, jliu@ (City of Foster City)

The Speaker’s Corner is designed to allow attendees to discuss topics more in-depth and ask additional questions. Great conversations, the swapping of business cards and a lot of technical assistance will occur in our Speaker’s Corner throughout conference. Schedule in the works! Meet: Lydie Gutfeld, Boomer Volunteer Management, Jodi Rudick, CPRS Parks Make Life Better!®, Rosemary Cameron, Economic Impacts, Teresa Penbrooke, Trends & Succession Planning winter 2013 • California Parks & Recreation

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Change Agents Wanted 2013 State-wide Building Healthy Youth for Whole Communities Think Tank

healthy communities, what are the tools and current practices currently in use?


hat is the 2013 Building Healthy Youth for Whole Communities Think Tank? Think Tank missions are to study and reflect on topics or issues. Our topic is creating “Healthy Youth” as part of a wider, engaged (whole) community.  We will listen, learn and discuss current issues for building healthy, resilient youth.  Our “Think Tank” is intended for thoughtful, change agents (like you!) from a variety of special interest areas within our profession.  Using the World Café Model, our primary goals are: 1. Create facilitated discussion among a group of leaders from diverse park & recreation disciplines on current issues related to building healthy youth 2.

Provide examples to practice healthy living principles that result in an action plan for public park & recreation departments (attendee takeaway with easy, immediate implementation steps)

3. Collaborative conversations to gather opinions, viewpoints, example efforts on the following questions: • For contemporary leaders working to build healthy youth and

• What gaps still need to be addressed? What is needed to help educate parks and recreation professionals, students and community partners about practices to advance a culture of collaborative leadership?

Be sure to bring what you’re currently doing in your community to share. If you don’t have anything still attend to learn what others in our profession are doing that contributes to creating healthy youth If you plan on attending, let us know: or

• What are the most effective engagement approaches and resources (user groups, merchants, community advocates) for addressing the gaps in research, tools and practices for building whole and healthy communities? 4. Discuss applications for continuing this work at the CPRS District level There will be a meet and greet from 2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013. The Think Tank will start promptly at 2:30 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 5:00 p.m. The target audience includes: CPRS District & Section leaders, coordinators, super visors and managers, commissioners & board members The Think Tank is part of the conference fee for fully registered delegates or Friday only registrants—no additional registration fee is required.

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Explore New Products and Services In The Expo Hall


xplore the second largest onestop shopping extravaganza for park and recreation professionals and see the newest trends in park and facility amenities, programs and design. It is the place to learn about the newest trends in park and facility amenities, programs and design. Vendors are an excellent source to find solutions to your most difficult problems. And with nearly 200 vendors, you have a large variety to view. The expo is the place to be for food, silent auction items and cash drawings. Registered delegates can visit the expo on Wednesday and Thursday and enjoy a complimentary lunch. The expo’s grand opening and luncheon will be Wednesday, March 6, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. The Thursday lunch


will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you are not a registered delegate, you can purchase an exhibit hall only ticket to either day for $40. You will not want to miss the silent auction which supports the California Foundation for Parks & Recreation Scholarship Fund. Many incredible items will be available for delegates to bid on. Visit the vendor booths to find the variety of items which last year included: iPods, iPads, portable DVD players, gift certificates, digital cameras and gift baskets. The drawings for cash and the grand prize vacation trip will also be returning this year. The drawings are for registered delegates only and you must be present in the Expo Hall to win.

Expo Hall Show Hours Wednesday, March 6 Grand Opening 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (lunch provided)

Thursday, March 7 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

(12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., lunch provided)

For Exhibit Information contact, Susan Wipf, 916/665-2777 or email

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Exhibitor List (as of February 1, 2013) A-G Sod Farms, Inc. Sales and installation of turfgrass. Active Network Our recreation software helps organizations get more participants, manage operations easier, and build stronger communities. Aflex Technology Pool inflatable obstacle courses, giant slides and animals for all aquatic situations. All About Play/Little Tikes Commercial Playgrounds made fun and easy; outdoor furniture and grills; the products you know and trust. Amateur Softball Association ASA is the National Governing Body for Adult and Youth Softball in the United States.

American Association for Nude Recreation-Western Region The credible voice on issues relevant to nude and clothing optional recreation throughout North America. American Ramp Company American Ramp Company is the industry leader in design and construction of skate park equipment. Aqua Source, Inc Commercial swimming pool products & services. Aquatic Design Group, Inc. Planning, architecture, and engineering for recreation, competition, and leisure aquatic facilities. Arch Pac Aquatics Architecture & engineering for aquatics.

AstroTurf The world’s most advanced synthetic grass for sports. BigToys For more than 40 years, BigToys has been dedicated to designing commercial playgrounds that foster imagination, preserve the environment and build strong communities. Bithell, Inc. Anti-graffiti coatings. Bobcat Company Bobcat Company provides compact equipment for global construction, industrial, landscaping and agricultural markets. BRAX Fundraising Fundraising with Spirit Cups and Popcorn Buckets featuring NFL, MLB, College and Military.

Innovative, sensible solutions for your success • landscape architecture and park design • park and recreation analysis and planning • community health and livability assessments • economic development strategy • children’s environmental design • strategic planning • community involvement • ADA compliance and training • environmental services • cultural landscapes

MIG, Inc.




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C P RS C o n f e r e n c e u Challenger Sports British & Brazilian soccer camps, player development programs, tournament management, world tours, uniforms & equipment. CityReporter-Noratek CPSI Playground, Park, Facility and Recreation Center digital safety inspections. Better documentation to reduce potential litigation. Colorado Time Systems Timing, scoring, scoreboard and display solutions for all sports.

BSN Sports Recreation, Athletic and Field Equipment. Bull Stockwell Allen Architects: design & planning of community & recreation centers, sports centers and senior & childcare facilities. California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) Three Thousand members strong, CPRS is the largest professional organization available to park, recreation & leisure service professionals in California. CPRS is dedicated to advancing California’s park & recreation profession through education, networking, advocacy and resources.

California Special Districts Alliance Collaborative partnership offering legislative advocacy, training, financing and risk management services to local government agencies. California State University Chico Undergraduate and Graduate studies: Community/Commercial Recreation/Tourism; Hospitality Management; Parks; Event Management; Recreation Therapy. California State University Long Beach Higher education BA & MS Degrees. Callander Associates Landscape architecture services.

CPRS Aging Section Support education and professional development of aging professionals.

CalRecyle (CA Dept of Resource Rec & Recy) Benefits/uses of products made from California recycled tires applicable to National and Local Parks.

CPRS Aquatics CPRS Aquatics Booth.

Capitol Equipment, Inc. Steel storage sheds.

CPRS Development & Operations Provide educational, networking, technical support programs, and services to professionals who operate & develop public facilities.


CPRS Supervisors Section CPRS Supervisor Section Information. CPRS RT Section Uniting Recreation Therapy Professionals and students through networking, resources and advocacy.


Catalina Express High speed transportation to the beautiful Catalina Island daily from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. Cemrock Cemrock creates custom, themed play environments. CH Bull Co Safety is no accident! We offer solutions for the simple and the difficult maintenance issues.

Columbia Cascade Company Makers of TimberForm & PipeLine playground Equipment and Outdoor Fitness Systems, and TimberForm Site Furniture. Community Playgrounds Design build specializing in nature play areas, installation of all play equipment, safety audits & surface impact testing. CWDG World’s finest park planning & design firm. Counsilman-Hunsaker Feasibility studies, master planning, design engineering, and operational services for aquatic centers. CXT Incorporated Manufacturers of prefabricated concrete restrooms, concessions, office and storage buildings. Dahlin Group Architecture Planning We provide a full range of architectural services to bring your project to completion on time and on budget. Dave Bang Associates, Inc. Specialists in equipping parks, playgrounds, site furnishing, shade shelters & athletic facilities since 1979. David Evans and Associates, Inc. Landscape Architectural Design Services. David Volz Design Landscape Architects, Inc. Award winning, LEED and QSD/P Accredited park planners and sports field experts. DEACERO A welded wire fencing system designed to meet your perimeter and security needs.

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eTrak-plus The complete parks & recreation management software solution for reservations, registration, POS, membership management and many more! Everlast Climbing Everlast Climbing ™ is dedicated to improving youth fitness with a variety of innovative products. www. Fibar Systems Playground safety surfacing, IPEMA & ASTM certified engineer wood fiber, poured-in-place, ADA compliant.

GameTime GameTime is a leading manufacturer in the commercial playground industry with a commitment to enriching childhood through play. Grasshopper Company Grasshopper true zeroturn radius riding rotary mowers and quikconverter attachment system for year round implements.

Hi-Five Sports Clubs Youth sports programs ages 18 months through 5th grade. Partner with parks, fun constructive programs. Hunter Industries Irrigation manufacturer. ID Edge ID Edge offers a variety of identification and security products and services.

Greenfields Outdoor Fitness, inc. Design, manufacturing & distribution of outdoor fitness equipment to include ADA accessible and New Hydraulic Line of products.

Inflatable 2000 Leading inflatable manufacturer specializing in jumpers, slides, obstacle courses, & advertising balloons.

Gro-Power, Inc. Natural based fertilizers and soil conditioners for parks and sports fields.

Innova Champion Discs Innova Disc Golf produces everything you need to enjoy the sport of disc golf.

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Domo Sports Grass Manufacturer of high performance artificial turf.

Gail Materials Leading Southern California provider and producer of stabilized and athletic surface materials.

HAI, Hirsch & Associates, Inc. Landscape architectural firm, specialize in the design of parks, sport complexes, streetscape & sustainable environmental design projects.

Callander Associates

Doggie Walk Bags Dog bag dispensers, bags, signs and trash cans, for pet nuisance pick-up.

FieldTurf World leader in artificial turf with more than 7,500 installations globally.

San José / San Mateo / Rancho Cordova

Dero Dero, industry leaders in bike parking, public repair stations and bicycle storage solutions, since 1995.


C P RS C o n f e r e n c e u Lincoln Equipment, Inc. Lincoln Equipment, Inc. is a national distributor of commercial swimming pool equipment and aquatic supplies. LPA, Inc. An integrated design firm providing landscape architecture, architecture, planning, interior design, engineering, and sustainable design services for civic projects. MCE Corporation Full service park maintenance contractor/consultant for QA programs, maintenance standards and transition to contracting.

Innovative Aggregates LLC California representative for Stabilizer Solutions, Inc. of Phoenix, AZ and general aggregates including boulders. Innovative Playgrounds LLC Sales designs and project management for playground/fitness equipment, safety surfacing, shade structures and sport/site amenities. International Mulch Company Recycled Rubber Mulch Products. Irrigation Water Technologies America, Inc. Sub surface textile irrigation. IZone The leader in durable exterior and interior dHPL signs. JetMulch Inc Playground Fiber Installation with Blower Trucks. Kidz Love Soccer Non-competitive soccer school for children 2-10 years of age. Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Landscape architects and urban designers; civil, structural, and transportation engineers; environmental specialists; and graphics specialists. Knorr Systems, Inc. A parts & service company specializing in filtration, heating, water treatment & pool cover systems.


Maximum Solutions, Inc. Recreation Management Software with key applications facility reservations, program registrations, league scheduling and membership management. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament North America’s #1 Dinner Attraction! Group discounts available. MIG, Inc. Landscape Architecture, Park and Recreation Planning, ADA and Access Children’s Environments, Environmental Planning, Regenerative Landscapes. Miracle Playground Sales/Miracle Recreation Mity Lite, Inc. MITY LITE is the leader in lightweight, durable, folding tables, and folding and stacking chairs. Most Dependable Fountains Manufacturer of vandal resistant, maintenance free outdoor drinking fountains, showers, misters, pet fountains, etc. Murdock MFG. Murdock is a manufacturer and supplier of outdoor drinking fountains, hydrants, pre-engineering buildings, and bicycle security lockers. Musco Sports Lighting Musco specializes in the design and manufacture of sports lighting. My Bark Co. Inc. Manufacturer and supplier of EWF and rubber safety surfacing and other landscaping materials.

Nasco The largest selection of arts & crafts and physical education supplies from one company. Neptune-Benson Leading manufacturer of commercial aquatic filtration systems and accessories, including the Defender® Regenerative Media Filter. NEVCO Scoreboards, LED Displays & Marquees, Video Displays, Scorer’s Tables, Signage. NGI Sports All weather track & tennis surface environmentally friendly. Guaranteed crack free. Proven results nationally. NTD Architecture NTD Architecture specializes in sustainable design and master planning of recreational & community centers. O’Dell Engineering Multi-discipline landscape architecture firm designing for outdoor recreation, socially inclusive design and sensory integration. Outdoor Creations Inc. Manufacturer of precast concrete site furnishings. Pacific Coast Seed/S & S Seeds We provide seed and other materials for erosion control, restoration, and turf and ornamental landscapes. Pacific Park At the Santa Monica Pier Youth, senior & educational field trips & activities on the historic Santa Monica Pier. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway The Tramway takes visitors from the desert floor to the Mount San Jacinto State Park. PW Athletic Manufacturing Co. Manufacture of top-quality athletic, park, & site equipment since 1919. Peak Software Since 1993, SportsMan SQL has been a leading innovator of recreation management software solutions. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. 4-course feast and swashbuckling sword play combined for an adventure to remember.

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u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e Play & Park Structures Commercial playground equipment for ages 2-5 and 5-12 that encourages imagination while building key developmental skills.

PLAYSAFE, LLC Keep America’s playgrounds safe with a Smartphone app designed for ASTM F1487-11 playground safety audits.

Play Smart Surfacing Industry leader in high quality, low cost, recreational and landscape surfacing. Turnkey solutions offered.

Poligon/All About Play Architectural shade shelters - all steel, fabric and wood options available.

Play-Well TEKnologies LEGO Engineering Summer Camp program: teaching kids engineering utilizing 100,000 pieces of LEGO. PlayCore PlayCore helps build stronger communities by advancing play through research, education and partnerships Playcraft Direct, Inc. Commercial playground equipment, system components, freestanding activities.

Precision Concrete Cutting Sidewalk repair & trip hazards. Public Restroom Company Public Restroom Company is a design/build specialist for “odor free” park restroom buildings. Q-Star Technology High-performance solar-charged, digital camera deterrent systems that help reduce graffiti, illegal dumping & metal theft. R.C. Systems, Inc. Recreation Management Software Solution - Intuitive, Proven, Reliable.

Rain Drop Products Leading provider of water recreation products, spraygrounds & structures. Recreation Republic, Inc. Innovative playground equipment, site furnishings, shades and surfacing, turnkey solution, design, installation and buying contracts. RHA Landscape Architects-Planners, Inc. Park Planning and Renovation, Historical Sites, Sports Facilities, Consensus Building, Sustainable Site Design. Richard Fisher Associates Professional Landscape Architectural Services and Grant Programs Administration for Parks & Recreation Facilities and Streetscapes. RJM Design Group, Inc. Park Planning and Design, Parks and Recreation Master Planning, Landscape Architecture, LEED Certified, Public Workshops.

Lincoln is Your ADA Compliance Specialist! Call Us Today for Special Pricing! We are focused on helping you run an efficient aquatic facility. Well versed in the new ADA Law, we can develop a compliance plan for your specific facility. In addition, our extensive inventory of commercial products allows us to pass on special pricing programs direct to you and provide the products you need, when you need them!


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C P RS C o n f e r e n c e u RWP Landscape Materials Manufacturer of playground safety surfacing and a wide variety of landscape materials. S & S Worldwide Hands-on learning products such as Arts & Crafts; Games and Sports equipment & more! Safeplay by Design Playground safety inspection. Playground impact testing and sports field impact testing. Sator Sports, Inc. Soccer goals and equipment company (web/catalog).

Roaring Camp Railroads See towering redwood trees from two historic railroads. 1880’s logging camp, General Store and meadowlands. RockCraft Designs RockCraft: we manufacturer Park & Playground climbing boulders. A real climbing experience, created by real climbers. Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Broad spectrum sunscreen lotion, in cost effective bulk containers. ROMTEC, Inc. Romtec, Inc. manufactures preengineered restroom buildings and other park utility structures. Ross Recreation Equipment 40 years of providing superior products and service with attention to quality, safety and design. Rowley International Inc. Aquatic Design and Engineering services for competition, recreation and leisure aquatic facilities. Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey RHAA is a full service landscape architectural and planning firm.

SCI Consulting Group Opinion research, P218 ballot measures, special taxes, levy administration, development impact fees, demographic studies. SCMAF Professional training, education and networking; insurance services; sports rules, training and competition for youth and adults. SCORE Sports Athletic sportswear, soccer, basketball & equipment. Shade Structures (a USA SHADE Brand) Shade Structures “Screens the Sun, Keeps the Fun” with modular, Custom & DSA Approved shade covers. Shaw Sports Turf Engineered synthetic turf systems for all levels of play. SITE Design Group, Inc. Specializing in skate parks, bike parks, moto parks, and progressive action sports facilities. Sof’ Solutions, Inc. Sof’Solutions offers peace of mind with our safety surfacing options at a competitive price.

RRM Design Group Landscape architecture, architecture, civil engineering, planning and survey.

Spalding Team Sports Spalding inflatable products (Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Soccer) Dudley Softballs, and Spalding Equipment (Basketball, Volleyball, Gymnastics).

RTH Processing, Inc. Recycled rubber surfacing products for both indoor and outdoor recreational activities.

Specialty Risk Insurance LLC Insurance for all of your recreational needs.


SpectraTurf Rubber safety surfacing. Spectrum Aquatics Spectrum Aquatics® makes a variety of quality aquatic products including ADA compliant pool lifts. www. Spohn Ranch, Inc. Design and build services for skate park and BMX facilities. SSA Landscape Architects Landscape architecture & sustainable design for parks & recreation. SSCI - Operation TLC2 America’s #1 Choice in Parks and Recreation Background Screening. Stonehenge Signs Inc. Purveyor of world class signage carved into stone. Sun Country Providers of Playground equipment and safety surfaces for the State of California. Surface America, Inc. Playground and other recreational surfacing including poured-in-place, tiles, and turf systems. Sybertech Waste Reduction Ltd. In-ground trash containers, self watering planters, dog house stations & bags. TMT Enterprises, Inc. Supplier of Baseball/Softball surfaces, pathway aggregates, root zone mix, playground sand/fiber. Tomark Sports Sales and service of recreational equipment. TotTurf We provide play and recreational surfaces through innovation, products and services, customer education, and service. Trailscape inc Design and building of natural surface trails. Tri Active America The original outdoor fitness equipment provider. We offer over 50 different products to choose from.

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u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e True Pitch Inc. Portable pitching mounds and field products. Trueline Game Court Building & Resurfacing and Renovations. Splash Pad Renovations & Non-Skid Coatings. UK International Soccer We offer soccer education and training for individuals and teams. UltraSite High-quality manufacturer of traditional site furnishing including tables, benches, receptacles, bike racks, bollards and dog park equipment. Universal Studios Hollywood The Entertainment Capital of LA. USTA Northern California Promote the game of tennis. VenTek International Manufacturer of Automated Parking Pay Stations and associated equipment.

Verde Design, Inc. Landscape architecture, civil engineering, construction management services for community recreation: parks, sports parks, athletics fields.

West Coast Rubber Recycling Northern California’s premiere tire recycler. We manufacture ground cover for playgrounds, arenas, landscaping and more.

Vermont Systems Vermont Systems provides RecTracPremier Recreation & Parks Management software solutions with unparalleled support.

West Coast Turf Growers and installers of premium quality natural turfgrass sod and stolons.

Vortex Aquatic Zero Depth Aquatic Recreation. Water Odyssey/All About Play Spray park equipment with the most recirculation and themed play options. Proudly made in the USA. Waterplay Solutions Waterplay® is a global provider of water playground equipment.

Willdan Willdan assists public agencies in the design and master planning of parks and recreation developments. WLC Architects, Inc. Architectural services for park and recreation facilities throughout California.

West Coast Arborists, Inc. Providing tree maintenance and management services throughout the states of California and Arizona.

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All Communities Deserve Safe Places to Play and be Active


By Sandra Viera and Manal Aboelata Prevention Institute


veryone should have access to safe places to play and be physically active. The evidence is clear: regular physical activity is critical for healthy mental and physical development, chronic disease prevention, and reducing healthcare costs. Our ability to be active is determined, in large part, by the places in which we live, learn, work, and play. In both rural and urban areas, essential ingredients for physical activity include: safe, well-maintained paths and sidewalks; clean, well-lit parks; accessible school playgrounds; affordable public transit; quality physical education and places to which people can safely walk and bike. The State is facing tough budgetary decisions, but cutting resources for parks, playgrounds and open spaces is a short-sighted approach. Infrastructure for physical activity is the backbone of a prosperous, equitable, safe and healthy State. Parks, open space and activity-promoting infrastructure are core to our economic development, the environment, health, equity, and community safety. A 2006 study found that California spent $20.2 billion on costs attributable to lost productivity and healthcare due to physical inactivity. That same study estimated conservatively that costs associated with unhealthy eating and inactivity would rise to $52.7 billion in 2011. Investments in physical activity infrastructure should distribute resources more equitably, reduce traffic congestion, increase community livability, use land more efficiently—and they can benefit local economic development by increasing residential and commercial property values. Elected representatives, regional decision makers, and community leaders should collaborate with education, parks and recreation, business, transportation, health and public safety organizations to maintain and improve existing resources and create new opportunities for safe and accessible play and recreation. By working together, we can forge joint solutions to transform neighborhoods into safe and healthy communities in which all children and adults have access to safe places to play and be active. This vision can become a reality if we: winter 2013 • California Parks & Recreation

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Invest in Parks, Playgrounds and Open Spaces

Californians who live, work and go to schools within walking distance of a park engage in higher levels of physical activity than those who do not have safe or convenient access. Government leaders, funders and advocates can protect and enhance public investments in parks and open space, if they: • Prioritize operation and maintenance of existing parks and open space within city, county, and special districts state agencies. • Ensure that when new funds become available for parks and open space, they address current park inequities by prioritizing those resources in park-poor communities. • Provide and protect funding for staff and programming in Parks and Recreation Departments. • Prevent the closure of existing state and local parks and playgrounds by collaborating with community residents and partner agencies to pool resources and steward public infrastructure.

Maximize Use of Existing Community Resources

Communities with limited parks and open spaces must rely on existing assets and maximize resources like school grounds or vacant lots to provide safe places for physical activity. School facilities can fill a gap by providing local opportunities for regular physical activity during and after school. School facility managers, community leaders, and city and state agency staff should: • Develop and enforce joint use agreements that spell out the terms of shared use of parks, playgrounds, and school facilities by city, county, special districts, and state entities.

• Modify school grounds to allow safe after-hours and weekend use by community. • Create community gardens to promote children’s physical activity while increasing access to healthy food. • Repurpose vacant lots and (where safe) brownfields to transform open spaces for play.

Promote Safe and Active Transportation

Communities that are walkable have sidewalks, safe intersections, accessible destinations, and green spaces. They reduce the need for automobile use, and tend to be more vibrant. Children who walk or bike to school are more physically active overall than those who commute by car. To enhance the safety of school routes and increase the presence of sidewalks and paths, school administrators, parents, and transit agency staff can: • Continue Department of Transportation funding for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs and policies, and implement strategies to help low-resource schools apply and be competitive for state and federal SRTS grants. • Incorporate health and equity criteria into all community infrastructure projects and state grant-making. • Implement the State’s complete streets policy to ensure that roads are safe and accessible for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users of all ages and abilities; and require state-funded projects to result in complete streets. • Partner with local planning authorities and environmental protection groups to build sustainable community strategies that consider the health, equity and safety of all communities.

Provide Quality Physical Activity and Physical Education Opportunities During and After School

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learn and practice health-promoting behaviors. Physical activity can improve school attendance and standardized test performance, and reduce disciplinary referrals, however, one half of California’s school districts audited in 2005-09 failed to provide the required amount of physical education. School administrators and educators should: • Adopt requirements for students to be active for at least 50% of Physical Education class time. • Enforce, do not further erode, existing Physical Education standards as required by the State Education Code. • Prioritize staff development and technical support for teachers, and an accountability system. • Make equitable investments in physical activity infrastructure at schools. • Incorporate physical education and activity into afterschool programs for all children.

About Prevention Institute

Prevention Institute is an Oakland, California-based research, policy and advocacy organization that works with partners across the country to promote prevention, wellness and health equity and to help communities transform themselves through greater access to nutritious food, healthy activity and safe environments. In 2008, PI established the Joint Use Statewide Task Force, a forum for state and local advocates to promote policies and practices focused on improving equitable access to safe places for play and activity.

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Life as an Employee & Supervisor

I By Cassandra Reyes, MSLM Senior Recreation Director II City of Los Angeles


n a world where resources are limited and we are asked to do more with less, it is easy as a supervisor to forget about the individuals who work for us and to think only in terms of budget and the departmental requirements. Even more challenging, is to remember that we are imbedded with a new generation in the work force who think and act differently than you do. Common sense is no longer common, as the environment is shifting and our idea of “common” no longer matches that of the younger generation. Along with various other differences, the concept of money as a motivator seems to be the most evident change in the work place. It is here that I find myself being a spectator of a younger generation. Although I do not consider myself very old, when I watch the behavior of those in their twenties I am mystified by their priorities. In general, it appears money is the greatest motivator of all. I watch as this new generation takes on assignments that will no doubt result in failure simply because they are ill prepared and have an opportunity to make a little more money. I watch as they run out of work, leaving projects incomplete, because they are off the clock. I watch as they ask about ways to make more money, when they are seemingly overpaid for

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Bumpy Road u the quality of work they are currently producing. As bizarre as this may seem, I remind myself this may very well be the new norm. Bumpy and uncharted roads lie before us. The projection of this new generation’s attention span when it comes to jobs/careers is a maximum of 3-5 years; this is a different way of thinking in the workplace. Either way, investing in employees, regardless of budgetary constraints, is a necessary risk needed to succeed regardless of the culture of an individual’s generation. Being faced with a new culture in the work place, as supervisors, we need to be cautious in our approach. It is easy to fall into war like metaphors and feel combative especially when there is a lack of understanding. The overall experience and environment an individual faces in the work place is indicative of their feelings about their job and the level of quality of work they produce. In an ideal world we would not have to endure negative encounters, however, most of us can recall both: times we were “in the zone,” as well as, times we loathed work. If a supervisor wants to evoke the best in me, they will provide challenges where I can creatively find solutions while learning new tools and skills. On the contrary, I can remember a time when I found myself in a stagnant and negative work environment void of opportunity. Feeling like a rodent running my heart out only to discover I was running inside a wheel, I can attest to the worst experience I have ever had in my work life. Although I continued to work hard, I was faced with a supervisor who treated me as if I was untrustworthy and incapable, while at the same time offered zero opportunity for growth and learning. In addition, I felt singled out amongst my peers and humiliated by her actions and communication towards me. The end result: withdrawn feelings and anxiety in group settings. If there was a way to avoid meetings, I was looking to do just that. Fortunately, my own sense of responsibility and dedication did not allow me to stop working hard for the community, but my morale sank and stress increased. I would find myself 38

wishing I did not have to go to work and my decision-making skills diminished. It was only when I transferred out of that toxic environment. I could once again breathe and fully comprehend how unhappy I had been. It is these types of situations that cause employees to leave; and most importantly, in a disposable career world, create an even higher turnover than necessary. This negative experience has taught me the value in remembering, especially as a supervisor, true success is achieved through empowerment, delegation, and knowing the job better than anyone else. For a leader it is important to avoid writing, “the rules for the 5% who [are] difficult, rather than for the 95% who [do] their jobs well” (Sensenbrenner, 1991). Supporting this idea, Kenneth Cloke & Joan Goldsmith explain, in their book Resolving Conflicts at Work, “… victories won in anger lead to long-term defeat.” Losing control only damages and tarnishes your past successes. A horrible mistake occurs when one does not distance themselves from the conflict; remember, educated people don’t argue, they debate. It is important for supervisors to remember, employees are able to put their “best foot forward” in an environment that fosters their work needs and develops their skills. “If you try to use negative means to achieve positive ends, you will quickly discover that it is nearly impossible to ‘get there from here’” (Cloke & Goldsmith, 2005).

As in my disconcerting experience discussed earlier, the supervisor’s warlike metaphors in her communication created conflicts, lead me to believe she was out to get me, and was counterproductive to the organization’s overall success. Her choices and actions left me believing we were at war. Communication was through interrogations, surprise visits were meant to ambush me, and manipulation tactics were used to sway my subordinates to spy and report back. Although it seemed she may have thought she was “whipping me into shape,” her actions only made me want to disengage and as a result adversely affected my performance at work. In addition, because I felt under attack, I began to feel the desire to fight back towards both her and my subordinates. It was a horrible and destructive situation that ensured failure for all. Being a supervisor, I now consider it to be my duty to remember the individual and to avoid creating these types of environments in the work place. To be a successful leader it is imperative to avoid war-like metaphors and instead use metaphors of opportunity. The approach is more supportive, less confrontational, and evokes cooperative communication. Common phrases provided in the book Resolving Conflicts at Work include, “This issue presents us with a real challenge,” “You have a good point. What could we do together to address it?” and, “What are all the possibilities for solving this problem?” Being able to communicate from this point of view creates a cooperative environment leading to success. Furthermore, the most effective people are those who recognize their strengths and behaviors. This knowledge allows individuals to develop strategies to meet and exceed the demands of daily life, including their careers and families. Supervisors are most effective when providing resources to employees, thus helping them better communicate and understand themselves as individuals. This not only supports them in becoming better employees, but also assists supervisors in leading successful individuals and departments.

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not better to create an environment that guarantees the same mistakes will not repeat themselves in the future? Training and development often gets overlooked, especially in government, and becomes viewed as a perk,

something that can be cut in tough times. But if this culture could be altered, and the focus placed in this area, many of the problems that occur with employees in relation to Human Resource Management (HRM) could be avoided. Training and development is directly linked to the optimized utilization of human resource that not only furthers the employee in achieving organizational goals, but their personal goals as well. Training and development increases productivity, creates a sense of team work, improves organizational health and effectiveness, builds a positive perception and feeling about the organization, improves the organizations quality of work and work-life, aligns individual goals with organizational goals, increases the morale of the work force, allows for more effective decision making and problem solving, builds motivation, loyalty, and better attitudes, and creates an environment

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u Bumpy Road of commitment to keeping employees on the cutting edge of knowledge and practice. (Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart, & Wright, 2009). Changing workplace culture can be challenging, but as leaders we have an obligation to try. To be successful we must create a workplace environment conducive to the achievement of our human resources: • Create a clear standard for the skills and characteristics that each position requires for success, and use as a basis for selection, placement, and employee evaluations. • Focus the Human Resources division on training and development, with an emphasis on pro-active dispute resolution, performance management, and career development to avoid employee HR mishaps. • Create online video footage of practical job training for every level to review or learn as needed. • Focus upper management on providing mentoring, opportunities for career development, and succession preparation to employees subordinate to them on a regular basis, especially those positions closest to their level.


• Focus upper management on the importance of employee evaluations, and require HRM to provide clear standards and guidelines for the completion of this task. Also emphasize that this is part of a daily conversation with subordinates in regard to their performance, weaknesses and strengths. • Support the use of strength finders to assist employees and management in the better understanding of individual strengths and how they apply to workplace success and team building. As work cultures shift and new generations enter into the equation, it is the true leaders who take notice and take the time to learn about the individuals, even challenging economic times.


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2012 Agency Budget Survey Reveals Continuing Challenges


n 2010 CPRS conducted the first “Taking the Pulse of Park and Recreation Agencies” survey. We wanted to know how California’s park and recreation agencies were functioning during one of the most grueling financial and operational stress tests in history. We want to understand what new (and continuing) strategies were being deployed to meet these fiscal challenges and if there was a combination of strategies that could make a difference in sustaining agency budgets.

The 2010 survey revealed:

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• Capital budgets have taken the greatest “hit” in this economic climate. Loss of developer fees and/or concern over how to fund park and/or facility maintenance and operations after they are built was stated as a challenge. • Agencies rely on recession-sensitive revenue streams such as recreation/program fees, facility rentals, and camping fees and do not appear to be undertaking systematic review of their programs, core services, fees and charges. • Agencies have reduced both full and part time personnel; recreation programming opportunities; and modified maintenance standards, yet very few agencies indicate closure of parks or facilities. • Agencies are searching for new dollars (grants was most frequently mentioned). • Agencies have not communicated externally to their residents about the impact of the budget cuts on their programs and services; in fact many agencies continue to provide the same level of service with fewer resources (money and staff).


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• Agencies have not educated or engaged the public in establishing priorities which may be a missed opportunity to articulate the value of parks and recreation.

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Two years have passed and in 2012 what, if any, changes have agencies undertaken to weather the continuing economic climate? The 2012 survey results reveal agencies continue to deal with reduced budgets, fewer staff, and no lessening of expectations by the public or policy makers. Is this taking a toll on remaining staff? What changes are agencies implementing to deal with fewer resources? Survey respondents for both 2010 and 2012 were similar in type: 74% cities; 7% counties; and 18% special districts. Population categories were also very similar: Less than 25,000 25,001 to 50,000 50,001 to 100,000 100,001 to 200,000 200,001 to 500,000 500,001 to 1 million

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Overall park and recreation agencies report a downward trend relative to general fund support. The aggregate responses indicate a decrease of general fund support to 5053% compared to the 57% average of general fund support in 2010. Additionally the average non-general fund support in 2012 decreased from 45% in 2010 to 37% in 2012. In 2012, a higher percentage of agencies reported their budgets have stayed the same (39%) than reported in 2010 (15%). While not a large increase, it may reflect slightly improving financial conditions. The number of agencies reporting a decreased budget dropped significantly to 41% (a 34% decrease from 2010). Agencies continue to rely on recession-sensitive revenue streams: fees and charges. In both 2010 and 2012 there is a large gap between fees and charges and other revenues sources:

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Program Fees/Charges 46% Rental, Camping Fees 11% Assessments 11% Other 6% Grants 6% Sponsorships 2% Community Organizations 2% A new question was asked in 2012 about taxing authority. Seventy-one (71%) percent of respondents indicated no autonomous authority; 19% indicated yes; and 10% indicated unsure. Of the 10% who indicated “unsure” it is likely they do not have an autonomous taxing authority which indicates that 80%+ of agencies do not possess this funding tool. Questions were asked about cost recovery efforts. We defined cost recovery as the extent to which the full cost of the programs and services are paid through user fees, winter 2013 • California Parks & Recreation

u Taking The Pulse sponsorships, partnerships, grants, etc. The greatest percentages of agencies seek a cost recovery target of 41-50% or 51-60%. Few agencies seek cost recovery of 60% or higher. When asked who mandated the cost recovery, surprisingly 80% of agencies said there was no mandate for cost recovery. Twenty percent (20%) responded it was mandated by their policy board or their administrator. Some agencies indicated their cost recovery varied by program type and that their cost recovery is based upon direct costs only (no supervision, utilities, or facility costs). When asked to compare their budget cuts to other government functions within the city or county, 37% of agencies indicated their budget reductions were greater than other government functions (a slight increase from 2010, when 33% of agencies reported their budget cuts were greater than other departments). Thirty nine percent (39%) reported they experienced similar budget reductions than other departments and 3% reported their budget cuts were less than other departments.

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Where are agencies reducing their budgets? • Agencies continue to reduce their staff training/professional development (74%) and professional membership (57%) budgets, however; 91% of respondents reduced their equipment replacement budgets. • More agencies reported no cuts in full and part time recreation staff; programs or classes; and special events. This could be a reflection that agencies have reduced their part and full time staff to “bare bone” levels or there are no positions left to cut.


• Agencies increased staff reductions of full time maintenance staff (70%) followed by reducing park maintenance standards (60%). The number of agencies reporting reductions in part time maintenance employees fell from nearly 50% in 2010 to 40%. • Thirty percent of agencies indicated they have a furlough of eight hours per month. Eleven percent of respondents (11%) indicated furloughs of 5 hours per month and 6% indicated 4 hours per month. When asked when furloughs would end, 43% of respondents indicated “I have no idea” which may mean budgets will remain in flux. A positive note is that 37% of respondents indicated their furloughs have ended. Eighteen percent (18%) indicated furloughs were not in place nor was it applicable. Fewer than 50% of the respondents indicated they would establish new program or rental fees; establish partnerships with other park and recreation agencies; completely cancel capital improvements; expand reserves; or raise existing fees (program and developer). Revenues were being sought from grants and sponsorships. With fewer staff, have agencies changed their maintenance standards? Yes, to a small degree. Sports field turf management became the #1 maintenance standard changed in 2012. It was tree trimming in 2010. Repairs that affect patron safety and usage such as trails, playground surfacing, California Parks & Recreation • winter 2013



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Taking The Pulse u sidewalk repairs, and lighting replacements were checked less frequently. Respondents indicated special events (concerts) as the most mentioned activity for which they were able to secure sponsorships. Sponsors for specific programs (for youth, seniors, and disabled) were mentioned several times. Another sponsorship “theme” was more sponsors but less money. This was seen as an outgrowth of two issues: more organizations are asking for money in the community and local businesses are struggling as well. In 2012 we asked new questions around the issues of combining business functions and sharing resources with neighboring agencies. Due to the wide range of governmental agencies (city, county, special district), not one type of organizational structure is emerging. Some agencies reported they gained a business function; the most mentioned function was libraries. Some agencies reported they had been “absorbed” into a function, i.e., administration, public works, utilities, or public services. When asked about future realignments 74% of respondents said “no.” When asked if they had discussed with neighboring departments/ agencies sharing of personnel, resources, or services 50% said “yes” and 50% said “no.” Comments received to this question revealed many conversations but few solid actions. When asked about the impact of the budget reductions four areas emerged from responses as having the greatest impact to the community: 1. Park Maintenance: lack of tools for the job; weed abatement; unable to backfill vacant positions; landscape maintenance decline; increased safety issues and no overseeding [of fields]; 2. Reduced Full Time Staff: elimination of special events; furloughs/staff availability; loss of free recreation programs for youth; fewer recreation programs; longer wait to register for programs; can no longer be “proactive” in solving problems: focus is on the “day-to-day” operations; minimal time spent on long range planning; reduced/ eliminated ranger patrols; and increased response time on work orders; 3. No New Park Construction and Renovating Existing Parks: no replacement of capital items or capital improvements; and 4. Facility Usage: establishing annual fee to use facility; cleanliness of facilities; and closure of facilities and/or pools. For many agencies budget reductions started in 2007-08 so their budget reductions have been on-going 5+ years. We wanted to know about staff morale. This question received the most write-in comments which reflect a high awareness of staff morale. Morale is “wearing thin” and staff is starting to show stress from the increased work load. There is also growing resentment regarding furloughs and frozen pay. One respondent felt that the increasing negative attention brought to government employees (due to pension issues) has affected the morale of the employees. One said staff is feeling “everything is now a priority.” Several agencies shared that 46

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Agency Positioning

We asked agencies if they were positioning their efforts with community wide initiatives or other opportunities to promote the value of the agency. Two responses garnered more than 50%: the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign (73%) and childhood obesity (60%). Economic development was selected by 42% of the respondents. Less effort was tied to workplace wellness or environmental sustainability (both at 34%); community livability (32%); youth crime reduction (30%); travel/tourism (24%); and hazard mitigation (2%). In 2012, 78% of respondents felt their public officials were aware of the impact of the budget reductions. One respondent said yes, they know it, but their expectations have not changed.

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We asked respondents to indicate their agreement, neutrality, or disagreement to statements regarding other recreation providers in their community. We were hoping to discover if there are increasing numbers of private providers offering recreation and leisure programs/services or how agencies felt about their “market” share compared to private or nonprofit providers. We also wanted to test the “waters” on entrepreneurs and/or nonprofits discovering recreation/leisure services as a business opportunity. Interestingly, no consensus was indicated on any of the following statements as the ranges of responses were similar supporting strong agreement to strong disagreement:

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• In my community privately provided recreation and leisure programs and service opportunities are growing at a more rapid rate than government sponsored programs and services.

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• The relative market share of my department’s recreation programs and services in comparison to non departmental (private and nonprofit) programs and services is decreasing.

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• There are an increasing number of independent recreation based entrepreneurs. • There are an increasing number of private recreation businesses in my community. • There are an increasing number of nonprofits in my community offering recreation programs and services.

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What’s Changed?

What are agencies doing differently? Not much it appears – it is really more of the same. When comparing the 2010 responses to 2012, agencies have increased efforts to reduce expenses by:

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e asked agencies that are using the The Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign in their communities to share their examples with us. Please submit your examples to Jane H. Adams,

Videos Share your ideas with your colleagues by posting it on the Parks Make Life Better!® library at, on our Parks Make Life Better!® Facebook page, or sending an email to

Hesperia Recreation and Park District is promoting the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign at a new movie theater built adjacent to one of its big parks (Hesperia Civic Plaza Park). Before each movie, there is a 15 second ad shown just prior to the previews. You can view the ad here, com/watch?v=DQwDT8EJc8k You should also check out YouTube. Just type in Parks Make Life Better!® in the search and see what comes up. Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, San Mateo, Huntington Beach, Lakewood and Oceanside have done wonderful videos.

Clean-up Days (Nature and Forever)


City of San Ramon makes the connection with the messages of “the beauty and serenity of nature” and “Forever – valued today and always” through their Parks Make Life Better!® clean-up day.


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


City of Huntington Beach Community Services Staff received a reminder of the “Parks Make Life Better!®” campaign this past holiday season, and it is a gift that will send a positive message for years to come! Department volunteers decorated nearly 100 holiday tree ornaments with the Parks Make Life Better!® message which were distributed to all permanent and part time staff at their annual holiday event.

Participant Shirts

Rim of the World Recreation and Park District marketed Parks Make Life Better!® at their 33rd Annual 5k/10k Run through the Pines. A local high school track team was happy to show off their shirts. The County of Riverside volunteers at a recent event all wore Parks Make Life Better!® t-shirts. What a great way to help spread the brand and have a wonderful gift for the volunteers.

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The City of Orange did a wonderful job of incorporating bright shirts with their ribbon cutting ceremony. We love the idea of giving shirts like these to all the invited VIPs to wear during the ceremony. Jurupa Community Services District held a 3-day Picnic in the Park event which included a carnival, kid games, entertainment, food and craft vendors, and multiple water inflatable attractions and a huge firework show that brought in over 10,000 people. As the kid games wound down and before the entertainment started, a group of recreation staff and community members performed a flash mob wearing Parks Make Life Better!® shirts. The City of Redding sent us this photo of full-time parks staff sporting their new “safety green” jackets with the Parks Make Life Better!® logo. As you can see we receive a variety of staff/participant shirt samples. We did receive one very unusual personal usage of the logo we want to share with ever yone. Wynndi Dahlin recently graduated from CSU Long Beach and added the logo to your graduation gown. We have reason to believe she must be a straight A student.

Job Announcements

The County of San Diego used the slogan as part of their job announcement for a Land Use/Environment Planner, stating that “Every position

and function with the DPR system plays a part in upholding the Department’s motto that ‘Parks Make Life Better!®’”

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The City of Visalia added the Parks Make Life Better!® logo to its “Chip in” trailer wrap. The trailer stores supplies that are used during community service events like “Make a Difference Day”, “Earth Day” and “Serve Visalia Day’. The City of Davis added the logo to their van which the “Rec Squad” takes to local schools for events, group camping trips, sent us the following note and picture.

Parks Make Life Better! ® was the feature of the CPRS District 10 Brochure Exchange May 23rd in Cypress. Check out the “new” use for the collapsible vases! Everyone loved them.

Parks Make Life Better!® Month

Many cities and counties adopt July as Parks Make Life Better!® Month. Kudos to Donna Legge, Town of Windsor, who took it a step further. She asked the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to proclaim July is “Parks Make Life Better!®” month in Sonoma County by presenting the resolution and giving each county supervisor their own bucket of Parks Make Life Better!® “swag.”

Community Activities At a community event, the City of Folsom asked people to express through drawings “how parks make their life better.” Here is Tami’s submission.

Editorial Articles

Thank you to Paul Anderson, City of Redding Parks Superintendent for writing a great editorial about the vital role parks and recreation plays in a community. http://www. paul-anderson-make-time-to-useyour-local-parks/ And congratulations to Idris AlOboudi for his interview with the National Recreation and Park Association and his connection to the Parks Make Life Better!® branding campaign,

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Photo Contests

The Cities of Claremont, Hesperia, and Huntington Beach, and the Town of Windsor have all had photo contests. The winning photo(s) is usually used in a future activity guide or agency Website. The agencies use the key messages as photo categories (see orange box on page 48).

Facility Signage

The Parks Make Life Better! ® logo made an appearance at the Cosumnes Community Services District’s Harvest Festival. City of Huntington Beach’s Community Services Department is “tagging” their facilities with the Parks Make Life Better!® logo. They have created an easy way to paint on the logo.


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

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 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 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 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 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

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u Parks Make Life Better!® City of Montclair City of Montebello 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 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 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 Pasadena Southgate Recreation & Park District City of Stanton City of Stockton City of Suisun City 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

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City of West Hollywood 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 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 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


Advertisers Index Aluminum Seating 800/757-SEAT

Aqua Source 800/574-8081

Aquatic Design Group 800/938-0542

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David Volz Design 714/641-1300

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Greenfields Outdoor Fitness 888/315-9037 p. 11

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Griffin Structures, Inc. 949/497-9000

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Hirsch and Associates 714/776-4340

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Architerra Design Group 909/484-2800 p. 19

Jones & Madhaven 805/777-8449

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Callander Associates 916/631-1312

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Kidz Love Soccer 408/774-4629

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Lincoln Equipment 800/223-5450

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Moore Iacofano Goltsman 800/790-8444

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Most Dependable Fountains 800/552-6331 p. 21

Arch Pac 760/734-1600

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Synthetic Surfaces Inc. 908/233-6803

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TrueLine Surfacing 951/817-0777

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RHA Landscape Architects 951/781-1930

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Water Odyssey by Fountain People. Inc. 512/392-1155 p. 7

Richard Fisher Associates 714/245-9270

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My Bark Co. 209/786.4042

Pilot Rock 888/762-5002

Royston, Harnamoto Alley & Abey 415/383-7900 p. 45

Visit The CPRS Web Site • Networking Communities

Sator 888/887-2867

• On-line Dues Payment p. 17

• Job Center • Information & Referral Area

Schmidt Design Group 619/236-1462

• TrendScan articles p. 13

• Training Calendar • Legislative Action Center

SSA Landscape Architects 831/459-0455

Stonehenge Signs 916/201-3570

• On-line Directory p. 33

• On-line Registration p. 41

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Company Members through January 15, 2013

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! promotional partner -- from banners, to T-shirts, bags to temporary tattoos.


Aflex Technology P.O. Box 1292Nelson 7040 New Zealand PH: (64)(3) 546-6747 FAX: (64)(3) 546-8112 E-Mail: REP: Karen Stratford, Sales Manager SERVICE: Giant pool inflatable obstacle courses & slides providing fun & challenging entertainment.

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

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, Sacramento, CA 95838 PH: 916/923-2180 FAX: 916/646-6383 E-Mail: Website: REP: Glen Wurster, Principal SERVICE: Accessible outdoor playground equipment including unique theme playscapes and park service equipment. Alpine Bike Parks, LLC 8-1050 Millar Creek Road, Whstler, BC VON 1B1 PH: 604/962-1951 FAX: 604/962-8951 E-Mail: Website: REP: Judd De Vall, Principal SERVICE: Alpine Bike Parks is a full service design/build contractor specializing in bike parks & trail development. Aluminum Seating, Inc. (San Bernardino) PO Box 3310, San Bernardino, CA 92413 PH: 909/884-9449 FAX: 909/388-2187 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bonnie Gaudesi, Sales Manager SERVICE: Manufacturer of all aluminum outdoor bleachers, picnic tables & benches.

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: index/asp REP: Andrea Willer, Titan Recreation Director; Alison Wittwer, Aquatic & Safety Coordinator SERVICE: University Recreation program. Bellinger Foster Steinmetz Landscape Architecture, Inc. (Monterey) 425 Pacific Street, Suite 201, Monterey, CA 93940 PH: 831/646-1383 FAX: 831/373-8653 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike Bellinger, Principal; Lee Steinmetz, Principal; Elke Ikeda, Associate SERVICE: Parks, trails and open space planning; Design for healthy and sustainable communities. 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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u Buyer’s Guide 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. 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. California Land Management (Santa Clara) 675 Gilman St., 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. California State Soccer Association South (Orange) 1029 S. Placentia Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831 PH: 714/778-2972 FAX: 714/441-0715 E-Mail: Website: REP: John Weinerth, CEO; Luis Salcedo, Director of Competition & Membership Development SERVICE: The official state soccer association of USSF providing recreational youth and adult programs, coaching education and referee certification services.

Callander Associates Landscape Architecture, Inc. (Sacramento) 11180 Sun Center Drive, Suite 104, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 PH: 916/631-1312 FAX: 916/635-9153 E-Mail: Website: REP: Erik Smith, Principal; Mark Slichter, Principal; Benjamin Woodside, Principal SERVICE: Landscape architects. Capitol Equipment, Inc. (Los Angeles) 2718 E. Huntington Dr., 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.

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 Works Design Group (Riverside) 4649 Brockton Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506 PH: 951/369-0700 FAX: 951/369-4039 E-Mail: Website: REP: Tim Maloney SERVICE: Landscape architects, park planning and design. Cornerstone Studios, Inc. (Orange) 106 W. 4th, 5th Floor, Santa Ana, CA 92701 PH: 714/973-2200 FAX: 714/973-0203 E-Mail: Website: REP: Don Wilson, ASLA SERVICE: Park planning, trail design, irrigation master planning, plan checking, sports field design, visual resource analysis.

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Congratulations to the City of Lawndale on Winning the APWA Southern California 2012 Project of the Year, Recreation & Facilities, Division Up to 50,000 • Buena Park Community Center


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• Compton Greenleaf Corridor Parks • Environmental Nature Center – OC’s First LEED Platinum • Fullerton Lemon Park / Maple Community Center Renovation • Fullerton Tennis Center Renovation • Lake Forest Sport Park • San Dimas Community Center Renovation • Westminster Parks Program Renovation GRIFFIN STRUCTURES, INC. Program & Construction Managers 949.497.9000


Buyer’s Guide u Counsilman-Hunsaker (Los Angeles) 20725 S. Western Avenue, Suite 134, Torrance, CA 90501 PH: 310/327-1271 FAX: 310/217-4099 E-Mail: Website: REP: Doug Cook; Scott Hunsaker; Paul Graves SERVICES: Aquatic design, engineering and consulting, programming, Facility Impact studies, existing facility evaluations, and feasibility studies. Courts and Greens (Kern) 4039 B Well Tech Way, Bakersfield, CA 93308 PH: 661/587-4602 FAX: 661/587-4603 E-Mail: Website: REP: Gerald Ogden, Owner SERVICE: Sports and recreation construction and design. Crane Architectural Group (Orange) 110 E Wilshire Ave # 300, Fullerton, CA 92832-1934 PH: 714/525-0363 FAX: 714/525-9826 E-Mail: rcrane@cranearchitecturalgrp. com Website: REP: Rick Crane, Owner SERVICE: Architectural services: community centers, senior centers, sports complexes, concession stands, park restrooms, ADA improvements. Dahlin Group Architecture Planning (Alameda) 5865 Owens Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588 PH: 925/251-7200 FAX: 925/251-7201 E-Mail: Website: REP: Karl Danielson, Principal; Gregor Markel, Associate/Senior Architect; Elaine Moal, Marketing Manger SERVICE: Architectural and planning services. Dave Bang Associates, Inc. (Orange) P.O. Box 1088, Tustin, CA 92781 PH: 800/669-2585 FAX: 800/729-2483 E-Mail: Website: REP: Pete Stokes SERVICE: Suppliers of high-quality park, playground, athletic equipment & site equipment since 1979.


David Evans and Assoc. Inc. (San Bernardino) 4200 Concours, Ste 200, Ontario, CA 91764-7976 PH: 909/481-5750 FAX: 909/481-5757 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kim Rhodes, Chris Giannini, Greg Clark SERVICE: Multidisciplinary firm specializing in landscape architecture, civil and transportation engineering, surveying, and construction management. 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. Eagle Sports & Awards Company (Los Angeles) 19918 Bryant Street, Winnetka, CA 91306 PH: 310/384-2540 FAX: 818/886-5554 E-Mail: Website: REP: Elliot Heffler, Owner SERVICE: Silk-screening, embroidery, awards, banners, advertising & promotional specialties. EasyTurf, Inc. (San Diego) 2750 La Mirada Drive, Vista, CA 92081 PH: 866/Easy Turf FAX: 760/888-8430 E-Mail: Website: REP: David Hartman, President; Mike Bray, Director of Business Development; Rick Morgan, National Accounts Manager SERVICE: FieldTurf playground turf is fall zone rated to twelve feet. It’s safe, soft, durable and beautiful.

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. Field Paoli Architects (San Francisco) 150 California St., 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111 PH: 415/788-6606 FAX: 415/788-6650 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mark Schatz SERVICE: Architectural design and planning. 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 117, Ashland, MA 01721 PH: 877/467-4287 FAX: 508/881-0943 E-Mail: Website: REP: Laura Wilson, Sales Manager SERVICE: Cutting edge play equipment: unique playpoints, sensory and musical elements, and water/sand play systems. Great Western Park & Playground (Cache) 2598 West 5700 South PO Box 97, Wellsville, UT 84339 PH: 800/453-2735 FAX: 435/245-5057 E-Mail: Website: REP - Nevada and UT: Steve Kyriopoulos, Owner-VP; California Reps: Scott Maynard; Nate Younker; Eric Molano; Tyler Kyriopoulos SERVICE: We offer playground equipment and safety surfacing, site furnishings, athletic equipment, pavilions, shades and more. Greenfields Outdoor Fitness (Orange) 2625 South Orange Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92707 PH: 888/315-9037 FAX: 866/308-9719 E-Mail: Website: REP: Aviv Arishay, Regional Manager SERVICE: Parks Equipment. Griffin Structures, Inc. (Orange) 385 2nd Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 PH: 949/497-9000 FAX: 949/497-8883 E-Mail: Website: REP: Roger Torriero, CEO, Frank Martinez, EVP, Kelly Boyle, EVP SERVICE: Construction/program manager for the public/private sector. Gro-Power, Inc. (San Bernardino) 15065 Telephone Avenue, Chino, CA 91710 PH: 909/393-3744 FAX: 909/393-2773 E-Mail: Website: REP: Brent Holden, President; David Diehl, Sales Representative; Jack Engberg, Sales Representative SERVICE: Park maintenance going Green? Gro-Power products are safe for the environment and naturally conserve water.

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

Hermann & Associates (Riverside) 78365 Hwy 111, PMB 332, La Quinta, CA 92253 PH: 760/777-9131 FAX: 760/777-9132 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chris Hermann, President/CEO, Kristin Moore Hermann, Managing Director/CFO, Jose Estrada, Project Manager/Vice President SERVICE: Landscape architecture, planning and project management for community parks, sports parks and dog parks. Hilti, Inc. (Tulsa) P.O. Box 21148, Tulsa, OK 74121 PH: 800/950-6119 E-Mail: Website: REP: Paula Drake, Account Manager, Joshua Johnson, Regional Manager SERVICE: Construction & maintenance products and power equipment.

The HLA Group Landscape Architects & Planners, Inc. (Sacramento) 1050 Twentieth Street, Ste 200, Sacramento, CA 95811 PH: 916/447-7400 FAX: 916/447-8270 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steven Canada, ASLA; Greg Hauser, ASLA SERVICE: Landscape architecture and planning emphasizing parks and recreation, urban design, community design and land planning. ID Edge, Inc. (Boulder) 686 S. Taylor Ave., Suite 105, Louisville, CO 80027 PH: 303/665-0405 FAX: 303/665-4026 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dianne Lippoldt, Operations Manager SERVICE: ID provides photo ID, key fob, wristband, and reusable name tag solutions to the parks and recreation industry.

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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.

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Buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide u International Mulch Company (Saint Louis) 1 Mulch Lane, Bridgeton, MO 63044 PH: 314/336-1030 FAX: 314/336-1031 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mark Van Ronzalen, Dir. of Sales; Heather Golet, National Sales Manager SERVICE: International Mulch is the leading manufacturer of 100% recycled rubber mulch for landscapes & playgrounds. 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.


KDB - Long Beach (Los Angeles) 10 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 PH: 562/308-7520 FAX: 562/308-7525 E-Mail: Website: SERVICES: KDB is a 40,000 sq. foot venue destination that specializes in entertainment and fun. Keenan & Associates (Los Angeles) 2355 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA 90501 PH: 310/212-3344 FAX: 310/787-8838 E-Mail: Website: REP: Betti Paquale, Assistant Vice President SERVICE: Loss Control Services, training and playground inspections and program consulting. 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: 408/252-1894 FAX: 408/252-3490 E-Mail: Website: REP: Peter Stanley SERVICE: Age-appropriate youth soccer instruction. Classes and camps for children 2-12 years of age. Klassen Corporation (Kern) 2021 Westwind Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93301 PH: 661/324-3000 FAX: 661/324-3900 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mark Delmarter, Director of Business Development; Robert Blair, Director of Architecture; Jennifer Blackwood, Director of Marketing SERVICE: Klassen Corporation provides integrated project delivery systems through architectural, general construction and construction management service.

Knorr Systems, Inc. (Orange) 2221 Standard Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92707 PH: 714/754-4044 FAX: 714/754-7791 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike Smith, Director of Sales SERVICE: Knorr Systems: quality aquatic equipment and services including: water treatment, filtration, recreation, maintenance, service contracts. Kromer Co. LLC (Hennepin) 2328 Beach Blvd., Pacifica, CA 94044 PH: 763/746-4040 FAX: 763/746-4041 E-Mail: REP: Dustine Callahan, Sales & Marketing Manager; Ronn Ponath, President SERVICE: Athletic field grooming & painting equipment for natural grass & synthetic turf - save time and money. KTU + A Planning & Landscape Architecture (San Diego) 3916 Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103 PH: 619/294-4477 FAX: 619/294-9965 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kurt Carlson, Principal; Cheri Blatner, Senior Associate; Sharon Singleton, Principal SERVICE: Award winning planning and landscape architectural services for parks, recreation facilities, sports complexes, interpretive centers, open spaces and trails. KVO Industries (Sonoma) 1825 Empire Industrial Ct, Ste A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 PH: 707/573-6868 FAX: 707/573-6888 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steve Vandyk, V.P. Marketing SERVICE: Provider of specialty sign products including porcelain enamel, high pressure laminate and framing systems.

L.A. Steelcraft Products, Inc. (Los Angeles) PO Box 90365, Pasadena, CA 911090365 PH: 626/798-7401 FAX: 626/798-1482 E-Mail: Website: REP: James Holt, President SERVICE: Equipment manufacturer: sports, playgrounds, schools, industry. Featuring fiberglass tables & benches, court & field equipment, bike racks, flagpoles & site amenities. 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. Legacy Group (Contra Costa) 980 Garcia Avenue, Suite C, Pittsburg, CA 94565 PH: 925/427-1011 FAX: 925/473-0718 E-Mail: REP: David Gutridge, President; Greg Brewer, General Manager; Gary Clayton, Operation Manager SERVICE: Renovation & build framing, concrete work. Lincoln Equipment, Inc. (Contra Costa) 2051 Commerce Avenue, Concord, CA 94520 PH: 925/687-9500 FAX: 925/680-2825 E-Mail: Website: Rep: REP: Charles Luecker, President & CEO Lincoln Equipment, Inc.(Orange) 182 Viking Avenue Brea, CA 92821 PH: (714) 990-6015, (800)223-5450, FAX 714/990-4130 E-Mail: REP: Andrea Hickman, Office Manager SERVICE: Distributors of commercial swimming pool equipment, chemicals and aquatic supplies since 1954.

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u Buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide LPA, Inc. (Placer) 1548 Eureka Road #101, Roseville, CA 95661 PH: 916/772-4300 FAX: 916/772-4330 E-Mail: Website: REP: LPA Inc. (Placer),Roseville, CA;LPA Inc. (Orange) 5161 California Avenue Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92617, 949/2611001, Fax: 949/260-1190, E-mail:; REP: Kevin Sullivan, Principal (Roseville Office) Steve Kendrick, Principal (Roseville Office) Heather Van De Zilver, Business Development (Irvine Office) SERVICE: Sustainable design solutions in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and interior design for community/senior centers, aquatics and parks. 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. 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 92883-4632 PH: 800/264-7225 FAX: 877/215-3869 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kevin Spence SERVICE: Innovative playground equipment , playground safety surfacing; park shelters & gazebos; tables, benches & athletic equipment & splashpads.

Murdock-Super Secur (Los Angeles) P.O. Box 3527, City of Industry, CA 91744 PH: 800/591-9880 FAX: 626/855-4860 E-Mail: Website: REP: John S. Mitchell, Manager SERVICE: Pre-engineered buildings, restroom plumbing fixtures, drinking fountains, and water hydrants. Musco Sports Lighting (Orange) 4 Jenner, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618 PH: 949/754-0503 FAX: 949/754-0637 E-Mail: Website: REP: Michael Marchetti, Karin Pekala, Michael Higgins, Michael Winfrey, Paul Austad SERVICE: Providing sports lighting solutions for your budget, for the environment.

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 38002-0587 PH: 800/552-6331 FAX: 901/867-4008 E-Mail: Website: REP: Vince McGrory, Sales; Anita Beachum, Sales SERVICE: Outdoor drinking fountains, pet fountains, showers, misters, play towers, hydrants, jug fillers, hand wash stations & grills.

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MVE Institutional Inc. PlannersArchitecture Interiors (Orange) 3 MacArthur Place, Suite 850, Santa Ana, CA 92702 PH: 949/809-3380 FAX: 949/809-3381 E-Mail: Website: REP: Robert Simons, AIA; Judy Cheng, LEED AP SERVICE: MVE Institutional is an architecture, planning and interiors firm with over 35 years of experience. My Bark Co., Inc. (San Joaquin) P.O. Box 932, Linden, CA 95236 PH: 209/786-4042 FAX: 209/786-4043 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mary Yelton, President SERVICE: ReadyPlay, EWF from virgin forestwood, bark products, colored enhanced mulches and soil amendments.

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Buyer’s Guide u Natural Structures (Baker) P.O. Box 270, Baker City, OR 978140270 PH: 541/523-0224 FAX: 541/523-0231 E-Mail: Website: REP: Trudy England & Leslie Maiwald SERVICE: Designs, engineers and manufactures: water and pool slides, shelters, pavilions, kiosks, gazebos and site furnishings.

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.

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.

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, 917414692 SERVICE: Architectural programming, planning and design for recreational facilities, civic and community centers and aquatic complexes.

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: John Sidlowski, Display & Scoring Consultant; Steve Warner, Display & Scoring Consultant, 4119 South Market Court, Suite F, Sacramento, CA 95834 916/923-0636, SERVICE: Scoreborads LED displays, marquees, video displays, scorers’ tables, signs, etc. NGI Sports a Division of River City Athletics (Hamilton) 2807 Walker Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421 PH: 800/835-0033 FAX: 423/499-8882 E-Mail: Website: REP: Cory Brisbin, West Coast Sales; Richard Burke, CEO/COO SERVICE: TITAN TRAX SHIELD® - TN, an affordable and durable solution to cracked tennis courts. Guaranteed crack-free.


NUVIS (Orange) 3151 Airway Avenue, Suite J-3, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 PH: 714/754-7311 FAX: 714/754-7346 E-Mail: Website: 5 Crow Canyon Ct. #110, San Ramon, CA 94583 (Contra Costa County) REP: Leslee A. Temple, FASLA, President, (714) 754-7311 SERVICE: NUVIS landscape architecture - over 40 years of design solutions for people, environments, and experiences worldwide. O’Dell Engineering (Stanislaus) 1165 Scenic Drive, Suite B, Modesto, CA 95350 PH: 209/571-1765 x102 FAX: 209/571-2466 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chad Kennedy, Landscape Architect; Randall O’Dell, Owner; Keith Christensen, Landscape Architect SERVICE: Multi-disciplinary firm providing landscape architecture, civil engineering, land surveying and 3D laser scanning.

Outdoor Creations, Inc. (Shasta) P.O. Box 50, Round Mountain, CA 96084 PH: 530/337-6774 FAX: 530/337-6675 E-Mail: Website: REP: Scott Puhlman SERVICE: Precast concrete site furnishings, includes picnic tables, benches, BBQs, fire pits, planters, signs and concrete products for outdoor use. Pacific Design Concepts/Little Tikes Commercial - Southern California PO Box 1909, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 PH: 714-846-4885 FAX: 714-846-3485 E-Mail Website: REP: Scott Muscolo SERVICE: Accessible outdoor playground equipment including unique theme playscapes and park service equipment. Pacific Park At the Santa Monica Pier (Los Angeles) 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401 PH: 310/260-8744 x253 FAX: 310/899-1826 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sarah McCann, Marketing Sales Manager SERVICES: Family amusement park located at the Santa Monica Pier. Park and Restroom Structures, Inc. (Spokane) P.O. Box 13280, Spokane, WA 99213 PH: 509/922-2422 FAX: 509/922-2522 E-Mail: Website: REP: Nick Bianco, President SERVICE: Prefabricated & precast concrete restroom, shower, concession & utility structures for parks & recreation department. Patterson-Williams Athletic Manufacturing Company (Maricopa) 140 N. Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ 85203 PH: 800/687-5768 FAX: 480/962-5290 E-Mail: Website: REP: Pete Stokes; Tom O’Keefe SERVICE: Manufacture of top-quality athletic, park & site equipment.

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. 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. 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).

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u Buyer’s Guide Playground Inspection, LLC (Los Angeles) P.O. BOX 16654, Encino, CA 914166654 PH: 818/342-2262 FAX: 818/578-3408 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jim Stein SERVICE: Independent inspector, surface impact testing with Triax, early childhood certified, playground inspections, compliance certificates, insured. Playgrounds Unlimited (Santa Clara) 1175 Willow Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086 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 87193-6056 PH: 505/899-9532 FAX: 505/899-2666 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sam “Butch” DeFillippo SERVICE: Playground audits, maintenance training, strategic master plan development, feasibility studies, expert witnesses & recreation program development. Poms & Associates (Los Angeles) 5700 Canoga Avenue #400, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 PH: 714/731-8444 FAX: 818/449-9321 E-Mail: Website: REP: Phil Combest, Sr. Mgr., Risk Services SERVICES: Loss control, risk management, safety services, general parks and playground consulting and auditing services. Precision Concrete Cutting (Utah) 3191 North Canyon Road, Provo, UT 84604 PH: 801/224-0025 FAX: 801/855-7150 E-Mail: REP: Aaron Ollivier, President, Joe Fouret, Manager SERVICE: Sidewalk repair & trip hazard removal.

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 9000Leamington SPA CV31 9DX, England, PH: 00 (44) 1926 800 800 FAX: (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 smart phone, 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. 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. 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.

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Richard Fisher Associates (Orange) 2001 East First St., Ste 160, Santa Ana, CA 92705 PH: 714/245-9270 FAX: 714/245-9275 E-Mail: Website: REP: Richard Fisher, President SERVICE: Professional consulting services for parks & recreation facilities, master planning/design, construction management, landscape maintenance/water management. RJM Design Group, Inc. (Orange) 31591 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 PH: 949/493-2600 FAX: 949/493-2690 E-Mail: Website: No. California Office: 601 University Ave. Suite 181, Sacramento, CA 95825; PH: 916/570-2050 FAX 916/570-2233, email: REP: Bob Mueting, Larry Ryan (Southern CA - Corporate Office) John Courtney (Northern CA Office) SERVICE: Park and Sports Facility Master Planning and Design; Park and Recreation Master Planning; Landscape Architecture LEED Certified; Community Consensus Building. Roaring Camp Railroads (Santa Cruz) Box G-1, Felton, CA 95018 PH: 831/335-4484 FAX: 831/335-1702 E-Mail: Website: REP: Pamela Elwood, Group Sales Manager, SERVICE: An 1880s theme park with authentic steam train excursions through redwoods, with delicious chuckwagon BBQ & excursions to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.


Buyer’s Guide u 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: Bouldering = Fun + Fitness Our concrete boulders promote: coordination, agility, muscle development, social and cooperative play. ROMTEC, Inc. (Douglas) 18240 N. Bank Road, Roseburg, OR 97470 PH: 541/496-3541 FAX: 541/496-0803 E-Mail: Website: REP: Ryan Smith, National Sales Manager SERVICE: Romtec designs, manufactures and installs pre-engineered restrooms, restroom-shower, restroom-concession, shelter-pavilions and multi-use building. 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 831/689-9112 SERVICE: 40 years of providing superior products and service with attention to quality, safety and design.


Rowley International Inc (Los Angeles) 2325 Palos Verdes Dr West, Suite 312, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274-2755 PH: 310/377-6724 x21 FAX: 310/3778890 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bill Rowley SERVICE: Specialists in aquatic design, engineering and consulting. Over 30 years experience in municipal aquatic facilities.

S & S Worldwide (New London) 75 Mill Street P.O. Box 513, Colchester, CT 06415 PH: 800/243-9232 FAX: 800/566-6678 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sandy Cervini, Bids & Contracts Manager; Brian Ennis, Sales Representative SERVICE: SpectrumTM and Gator Skin® sports equipment, Color Splash!® arts & craft, and early childhood educational supplies.

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

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

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

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

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.

SAMLARC - Rancho Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corp. (Orange) 22342A Avenida Empresa, #102A, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 PH: 949/209-5082 FAX: 949/589-6603 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dennis Moss, Parks & Facility Operations Manager; Megan Loel-Yuen, Community Services Lifestyle Manager; Patrick White, Park Use and Sports Field Manager SERVICE: Master Homeowners Association with 13 parks that provides recreation programs and special events.

Sator Sports, Inc. (Los Angeles) 1536 W. 228th Street, Unit B, Torrance, CA 90501 PH: 310/602-0127 FAX: 310/602-0160 E-Mail: Website: REP: Milton Cursage, CEO; Tabatha Villa, Sales Manager SERVICE: Retail soccer equipment company (web/catalog). Schmidt Design Group, Inc. (San Diego) 2655 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 PH: 619/236-1462 FAX: 619/236-8792 E-Mail: Website: REP: Glen Schmidt, President; Jeff Justus, Senior Associate SERVICE: Landscape architecture, park planning, and design that balances artistic expression with environmental sensitivity. SCI Consulting Group (Solano) 4745 Mangels Blvd., Fairfield, CA 94534 PH: 707/430-4300 FAX: 707/430-4319 E-Mail: Website: REP: Gerard Van Steyn, President; John Bliss, Senior Engineer; Lauren Crain, Administrative Assistant SERVICE: New revenue feasibility studies, ballot measures, assessment district formations and administration. 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! 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, indoors or out, you’re covered.

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u Buyer’s Guide South Bay Foundry (San Diego) 9444 Abraham Way, Santee, CA 92071 PH: 619/956-2780 FAX: 619/956-2788 E-Mail: Website: REP: Linda Jewitt, Outside Sales SERVICE: Manufacturer: benches, trash receptacles, tree/trench grates, bollards, storm water filters, walnut wattles, restoration, preservation. Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (Los Angeles) P.O. Box 3605823 Lexington Gallantin Road, South El Monte, CA 91733 PH: 626/448-0853 x16 FAX: 626/4485219 E-Mail: Website: REP: Tim Ittner, Executive Director SERVICE: Professional training, education and networking; insurance services; sport rules, training and competition for youth and adults. 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: ULCA Campus: 420 Charles E. Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90024 REP: Melanie Bischoff, Community Dev. Coordinator SERVICE: To promote & develop the growth of tennis in Southern California. SpectraTurf (Riverside) 500 E. Rincon Street #100, Corona, CA 92879-1352 PH: 800/875-5788 FAX: 951/734-3630 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chris Wolf, General Manager; Rick Denney, Installation Manager SERVICE: Playground safety tiles and poured-in-place surfacing manufactured in California, factory-certified installers. ADA and planning specialists on staff.

Spohn Ranch, Inc. Custom Skate Parks (Los Angeles) 6824 S. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90230 PH: 626/330-5803 FAX: 626/330-5503 E-Mail: Website: REP: Aaron Spohn, Kirsten Bradford SERVICE: Skate park design, construction, operation and insurance. The leader in responsible skatelite, concrete and hybrid parks. Sport Rock Int’l Inc. (San Luis Obispo) P.O. Box 32, Pismo Beach, CA 93448 PH: 805/481-5686 FAX: 805/489-6451 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike English, Sales Rep SERVICES: Boulders; park and garden art and playground structures. Sports Field Turf Services (San Bernardino) 10210 Baseline Road #173, Alta Loma, CA 91701 PH: 909/229-9519 E-Mail: Website: REP: M. Johnson, Manager SERVICE: Verti-Drain deep fine aerification/Decompaction sales/installation of calcined d.e. permanently reduces water up to 50%. Sports Turf Solutions (Monterey) 29001 Falcon Ridge Road, Salinas, CA 93908 PH: 831/484-2138 FAX: 831/484-2139 E-Mail: Website: REP: Parker Wood SERVICE: Athletic field safety testing specializing in G-max testing of synthetic and natural turf sports fields. Sportsites (Utah) 762 S. 1500 E., Pleasant Grove, UT 84062 PH: 888/600-6100 FAX: 888/901-6300 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bud Lethbridge, CEO SERVICE: Parks & Recreation software solutions.

SSA Landscape Architects, Inc. (Santa Cruz) 303 Potrero Street, 40-C, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 PH: 831/459-0455 FAX: 831/459-0484 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steven Sutherland, Principal SERVICE: Award winning parks & recreation master planning, community workshops/consensus building, construction documentation/administration. Stantec Consulting Inc. (Sacramento) 1201 J Street, Studio 100, Sacramento, CA 95814 PH: 916/569-2500 FAX: 916/921-9274 E-Mail: Website: REP: Todd W. Rhoads, ASLA, Vice President; Paul A. Marcillac, Principal Landscape Architect SERVICE: Parks and recreation planning and design including master planning, facilitation, sports field design and documentation. Stonehenge Signs (Placer) 107 Buena Vista Ct, Roseville, CA 95747 PH: 916/201-3570 E-Mail: Website: REP: Frankie Tapia, Robert Conover, Diane Conover 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. StreetStrider International (Fresno) 7042 N. West Ave, Ste 110, Fresno, CA 93711 PH: 310/295-1965 FAX: 310/295-1965 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dan Theade, Director of Operations; Garrett Watkins, CEO SERVICE: 3Wheel Elliptical Bike, combines benefits of jogging, skiing and cycling, without physical stresses on your body.

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TMT Enterprises, Inc. (Santa Clara) 1996 Oakland Rd., 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 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.


Buyer’s Guide u Turf Star, Inc. (Alameda) 2438 Radley Court, Hayward, CA 94545 PH: 800/585-8001 FAX: 510/785-3576 E-Mail: REP: Chuck Talley, Sales Manager, 800/585-8001 x7928, FAX 800/2411997 SERVICE: Commercial mowing equipment & irrigation. Universal Studios Hollywood (Los Angeles) Sales Dept-Education & Youth100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg 5511-5, Universal City, CA 91608 PH: 818/622-3001 FAX: 818/622-0171 E-Mail: Website: REP: Stephen Arthur SERVICE: Universal is more than a Theme Park... It’s a classroom, too! Education and Recreation programs available for youth groups, ages 3 - 18 years. Verde Design, Inc. (Santa Clara) 2455 the Alameda, Suite 200, Santa Clara, CA 95050 PH: 408/985-7200 FAX: 408/985-7260 E-Mail: Website: REP: Derek McKee, Principal; Corbin Schneider, Sr. Project Manager SERVICE: Multi-disciplinary office of landscape architects and civil engineers with a focus on community projects. Virtual Sports, Inc. (Clark) 11444 Steponia Bay Street, Las Vegas, NV 89141 PH: 702/896-1960 FAX: 702/896-2194 E-Mail: Website: REP: Philip Chauvet, President SERVICE: Monster Basketball, Monster Soccer, Splashball, Adult trikes. Adult to child games, play anywhere! Vortex Aquatic Structures Int’l (Riverside) 9106 Pulsar Ct, Ste C, Corona, CA 92883-4632 PH: 877/886-7839 FAX: 514/335-5413 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kevin Spence, General Manager SERVICE: Vortex designs and manufacturers Aquatic Playground Solutions: Splashpad®, ElevationTM multilevel interactive structures, PoolplayTM and Spray pointTM.


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 St., 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. The Wax Museum At Fisherman’s Wharf (San Francisco) 145 Jefferson Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94133 PH: 415/202-0402 FAX: 415/771-9248 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jeanette Guire SERVICE: Visit over 275 famous movie stars, world leaders and sports heroes in over 35 scenes. WCCR Construction (San Bernardino) 2910 S. Archibald Avenue #A370, Ontario, CA 91761 PH: 909/465-1111 FAX: 866/887-9720 E-Mail: Website: REP: John Buck, VP SERVICE: General engineering contractor, playground install, sitework, concrete construction.

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

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

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u Spotlight teens attended a day of workshops on leadership development, community problem-solving, teen social issues being addressed and cultural unity. In 2011 the TRC lead the Youth Development Academy for the CPRS Conference in Sacramento. The TRC is working with CPRS again for the 2013 CPRS Conference by working with teen leaders in the Bay Area to develop and implement the Teen Academy. For more information on the Northern CA Teen Resource Committee check us out on Facebook (search “Northern CA TRC”) and our website site/norcaltrc/

Gathering of Youth and Teen Camp Coordinators

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, The Northern CA Teen Resource Committee hosted a collaborative summer camp staff training. 45 staff from Cordova Recreation and Parks District, El Dorado Hills CSD, the city of Davis and Cosumnes CSD came together to learn new leadership skills, discuss best practices in working with campers, understand inclusion for all campers and have fun. Recreation leaders worked in small groups to experience new activities that they could share with their campers and learned about the importance of debriefing after a game to teach a lesson if they are looking to incorporate leadership, life skills and communication skills into their camp curriculum. Participants walked away from the training with a resource packet full

of descriptions on how to implement innovative leadership games, information on person- first language when working with campers with a disability and new friends from other recreation agencies in Northern California. The Northern CA Teen Resource Committee supports California Park & Recreation Society by implementing the VIP. The areas the group targets in the VIP plan include: strengthen community image and sense of place; strengthen safety and security; promote health and wellness; foster human development; increase cultural unity; facilitate community problem-solving and provide recreational experiences for teens, teens advocates and recreation staff working in teen summer camps and after school programs. The TRC has already produced a large teen conference in 2009 where 100

In Memorium

Edd Smith

Southgate Recreation and Park District Board of Director member Edwin A. Smith passed in his sleep December 8, 2012. Edd served on the Southgate Board of Directors for 37 years and was a great leader. Edd is survived by his wife Johanne, daughter Deborah Green (Richard), son Gregory Smith (Jennifer) and grandchildren

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Joseph, Rhiannan, Alexandria and Damion. He was employed by the State of California for 35 years and after his retirement in 2000, he became an independent business owner. Edd was elected as a Board Member to the Southgate Recreation & Park District Board of Directors in 1976 and served until his death. Edd received a CPRS Champion of the Community Award in 2012.

Henry Agonia

By Robert D. Dávila Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, Sacramento Bee. Henry R. Agonia, a career administrator who oversaw California state parks, died January 18. Starting as a part-time park maintenance worker in Southern California in the early 1960s, Mr. Agonia rose to be a statewide figure in parks and recreation. He was parks chief for the city of Glendale when Gov. George Deukmejian appointed him in 1987 to be director of the state Department of Parks and Recreation. He led efforts to manage natural resources and facilities at parks, campgrounds, beaches and historic sites amid growing attendance and declining state funding. He defended fee increases as officials sought to make parks selfsufficient. “He knew that when he took the job that there would be a lot of responsibility and controversy,” said his daughter Kristy Furlong. “But he was continued on page 66 65

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The event concluded with a call-toaction which Mike has championed. At this year’s CPRS Conference in San Jose, Mike along with Dr. Chris Chamberlain, CSU East Bay, will be leading the Building Healthy Youth Whole Communities Think Tank. The meeting serves as an ideal entry point for park and recreation professionals to learn about best practices in parkbased health and fitness delivery mod-

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Resources • Agency Brand Launch Press Release • Branding ToolKit • Community-Focused PowerPoint Presentation • Key Messages • Press Release Template • Rack Card Template • Sample Ad/Flier Template

Networking • Join the Parks Make Life Better!® Street Team • Join the Parks Make Life Better!® Networking Community Group

• Reorganizing departments/divisions/sections (up from 55% to 78%) • Expanding supervisory span of control (up from 25% to 65%) • Reorganizing business processes or practices (up from 38% to 57%) • Deferring salary increases slightly increased to 65% (up from 57%) • Offering incentives to retire (up from 23% to 46%) • Vacating program areas (up from 18% to 30%) Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? It’s pretty dim. In 2012, a higher percentage of agencies (53%) report

els. The gathering will also serve as a source for continued learning through a network of professionals dedicated to building healthier communities. To the countless park and recreation champions unmentioned in this article - thank you for all you do! I look forward to hearing about your adventure and accomplishments.

their budget will stay the same for FY 13/14. Sixteen percent (16%) indicate a budget increase; 21% see a 5% reduction or less; 10% indicate a 6-10% reduction; and no respondents indicated a budget decrease over 10%. Interestingly, initiating voter approved special taxation initiatives increased from 1% to 16%. When asked how much longer their agency will be affected by the slow economic recovery, the responses were split between 3 years with over 50% saying FY 15/16 and beyond. Through FY 13/14 received 13% and FY 14/15 received 36%. Several agencies responded similar to this one, “I think the term “slow economy recovery” is misguided. The term I prefer to use is NEW NORMAL. The term recovery assumes that we will “get back” to previous highs. Unfortunately, we will not. What we see now is [a] modest 2% growth which is projected to remain through 2015. Therefore, departments/agencies should prepare and implement a strategic plan that is based on modest growth.”

Research • Public Market Research Creates the Profession’s Brand • Building The Brand Newsletters • Building The Brand Articles

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continued from page 65. honored to be chosen. He spent his whole life in parks, and he always had the parks’ best interest at heart.” Mr. Agonia worked as a consultant after leaving state government in 1992. He served as an administra-

tor for park districts in Bakersfield, Woodland and the Rio Linda-Elverta community. He ran an environmental planning and communications firm and was executive director of the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts. He worked in parks for the cities of Garden Grove and Fountain Valley before joining Glendale in 1971. Henry served as CPRS President 1986-87.

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