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2016 CPRS CONFERENCE & EXPO RECAP .............................................8 This special section looks back at the recent CPRS Conference & Expo in Long Beach. Attendees were able to Level Up at over 100 educational sessions. Networking opportunities were scattered throughout the conference and attendees were able to visit with over 200 companies at the Expo Show.

Editor Stephanie Stephens, CAE Executive Director Managing Editor John Glaeser Director of Communications Advertising Melonie Zarzuela Assistant Advertising Manager CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION (ISSN 0733-5326) is published quarterly by the California Park & Recreation Society, Inc., 7971 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95832-9701. Opinions expressed in credited articles are those of the author and not necessarily those of the society. Subscription rate is $30.00 per year and is included in membership dues. Individual subscriptions apart from CPRS membership are available only to colleges, libraries and members of CAPRCBM. Single copy price for all other issues is $7.50 for members and $12.50 for nonmembers. Periodicals postage paid at Sacramento, California, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION, 7971 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95832-9701. Send manuscripts, query letters and artwork to John Glaeser. Advertising materials should be forwarded to the address above or call 916/6652777. Guidelines for submitting articles and advertising rates are available from same address, or from the CPRS website ( ©2016, California Park & Recreation Society, Inc.

BARKING AT THE RIGHT TREE..............................................................42 Learn the basics for creating or renovating a dog park for your community.

DOG PARK PROGRAMMING................................................................48 What types of programming can you introduce at your dog park to bring out the canines and their compadres.

PARKS FOR LIFE...................................................................................52 County of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department introduced the Parks for Life challenge game two years ago. Now this award-winning program is introducing adventures to community members that gets them out into their park system.


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My Third Place by Kristi McClure Huckaby • CPRS President


y ver y first “Presidential Message” comes with thoughts and reflections on my involvement throughout my career in CPRS and the amazing benefits I have received both personally and professionally. With this year’s conference in Long Beach, I was reminded of where my professional career began, as a student from California State University Long Beach studying for a BA in Recreation & Leisure Studies, while working for the City of Long Beach as a Recreation Specialist, and serving on the Long Beach local host committee in 1997. At this year’s General Session in Long Beach, I shared with members, that CPRS is my third place in life, the first being my family and second my work. My third place has given me the opportunity to meet remarkable parks and recreation professionals; develop new skills and abilities; create opportunities for the communities I serve; develop talent for my personal and workplace performance and teams I work with. CPRS was first introduced to me in 1995, when I began working for the City of Long Beach as a Recreation Leader. My supervisor, Anna Hudson started our staff meeting by passing out a CPRS membership brochure and a District 10 scholarship application. She informed us of the importance of belonging to CPRS and the many opportunities it affords. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines mentor as “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person.” Anna is the true definition of a mentor. She helped me learn about


the profession and how valuable it was and is to be involved. Following Anna’s advice, I became active on the CPRS District 10 Board as a Student Representative for California State University Long Beach. During my first years of CPRS membership, I received scholarships from both CPRS District 10 and one from the California Association of Park and Recreation Commissioners and Board Members (CAPRCBM). Another opportunity for involvement came when Anna recruited me to join her District 10 Communications Committee (which included members from other agencies), which gave me an opportunity to work with other member agencies for quarterly newsletter articles. For me this was a great opportunity to familiarize myself with local agencies, network, and develop an awareness of challenges and trends as I began to apply for full time positions in the area. I obtained my first full time position with the City of Downey as a Recreation Sports Coordinator. It just so happens that one of the members of the District 10 Communications Committee was a Recreation Supervisor with the City of Downey. I continued my involvement with CPRS District 10 holding elected and appointed positions from 1995 – 2005, from Student Representative to the Presidential series. I feel very fortunate for all the years of involvement with District 10, the guidance of mentors, support of friends, fond memories, positive impact on my career and the aspirations to develop as a parks and recreation professional. continued on page 74

PRESIDENT Kristi McClure Huckaby City of Chula Vista 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910 619/585-5618 • PRESIDENT-ELECT Jim Wheeler San Francisco Recreation & Park District 501 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 415/831-6833 • VICE PRESIDENT Henry Perezalonso Town of Danville 233 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 925/314-3454 • SECRETARY-TREASURER Tara Gee City of Roseville 316 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678 916/774-5253 • REGION 1 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 1, 2, 3) Cindy Bagley Town of Windsor P.O. Box 100, Windsor, CA 95492-0100 707/838-5980 • REGION 2 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 4, 5, 6) Traci Farris City of Ceres 2701 Fourth Street, Ceres, CA 95307 209/538-5682 • REGION 3 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 7, 8, 15) Sarah Reid 100 N. East Avenue, Reedley, CA 93654 559/637-4203 • REGION 4 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 11, 13, 14) Tom Boecking City of San Gabriel 250 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776 626/308-2875 • REGION 5 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 9, 10, 12) Corey Lakin City of Los Alamitos 10911 Oak Street, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 562/430-1073 ext. 500 • COUNCIL OF SECTIONS REPRESENTATIVES (Aquatics, Development & Operations, Recreation Supervisors and Recreation Therapy) Tom Hellmann Cosumnes Community Services District 9014 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove, CA 95758 916/405-5631 • (Administrators, Aging, and Educators) Lydie Gutfeld City of Mission Viejo 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 949/470-3004 • Please contact any Board Member with questions or comments

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Getting to the Next Level


here were plenty of opportunities for conference attendees to Level Up at this year’s CPRS Conference & Expo in Long Beach. With over 100 educational sessions, attendees were sure to bring something new back to their agencies. Networking with over 1,500 attendees representing 350+ agencies provided attendees the opportunity to also Level Up their resources network. We take this moment to reflect back on the many fun and exciting moments that happened at the CPRS Conference & Expo and say thank you to the many volunteers, sponsors and speakers that helped create such an amazing conference again and again.



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Release Your Inner Tyrant


ou want to be the best manager you can be? Be a tyrant!!! That was Jeff Havens’ entertaining message at the CPRS Conference & Expo’s General Session. Who could forget his steps on how to bend others to do your will? Or how about his suggestion of changing from an optimum 5-1 ratio of positive to negative statements to the more desired sandwich approach of 2-1. His example was quite poignant: “You look great today, I hate you and wish we’d never met, I like your shoes.” Attendees were also entertained by our immediate Past President, Tim Barry, as he played the guitar and led everyone in a perfectly revised rendition of “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas. Seeing 1,500 people standing and singing in unison was quite a moving moment. Outgoing CPRS Board of Director members were recognized for their service this past two years. General Session attendees were able to see their new 2016-17 CPRS Board of Director members installed.



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Congratulations to the 2015 CPRS Awards of Excellence


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Creating Community Award of Excellence

The Creating Community Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding initiatives by agencies that embrace the core values and mission of the profession and that move their agency towards a stronger position or role in the community. Each program has been offered for a minimum of three years. The recipients of the 2015 Creating Community awards are: Aging Well Category City of Sunnyvale Get Active Your Way In an effort to address successful aging, City of Sunnyvale Department of Library and Community Services has implemented Active Aging Week®, the annual health promotion event for older adults organized by International Council on Active Aging®. The event promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on a national scale by giving older adults the opportunity to experience diverse activities and exercise in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. 12


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C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o u Arts & Cultural Services Category City of Santa Fe Springs SFS Art Fest The SFS Art Fest was designed and implemented as a collective approach with local schools, colleges, outside community organizations and local businesses to educate, explore and celebrate the arts in the Santa Fe Springs community. SFS Art Fest encompasses exciting programs and activities to encourage maximum community participation as well as provide lifelong learning and cultural diversity which will strengthen the community and enhance its appreciation of the arts. Community Health & Wellness Category City of Redwood City PE+ Elementary Physical Education Program PE+ was developed as a strategic partnership between the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Ser vices Department, the Sequoia Health Care District, the


Peninsula Community Center, and the Redwood City School District to address the community need to provide comprehensive health and wellness programming in local elementar y schools. This tremendous collaborative effort ensures that participating students would have PE twice a week, with the goal of building healthy and safe school communities and lowering the childhood obesity rate. Environmental Stewardship Category City of Costa Mesa Ranch Afterschool Program The Ranch Afterschool Program’s collaboration with the OC Fair & Event Center, the City of Costa Mesa, and the Newport Mesa School District aids in providing a unique afterschool experience, in which students focus on agricultural concepts like gardening, livestock, and leather working. The students have a hands-on experience caring for animals on the Farm which includes: chickens, sheep, pigs, goats, llamas, cattle, and horses. Agricultural

education helps children learn about healthy food choices and teaches them different ways to access fresh produce. Neighborhood/Community Building Category City of Burlingame Burlingame Family Campout Over the past three years, the Burlingame Family Campout has almost tripled in size with 525 campers registered at this year’s Family Campout. Campers enjoy inflatable bouncehouses, face painting, games, dinner, an outdoor movie, s’mores over a real campfire, and a pancake breakfast before packing up in the morning. This wonderful event brings residents together in an outdoor setting while enjoying a local park in a manner they might not have otherwise. By creating an environment where families can be outdoors within their community, the Burlingame Department hopes to create an atmosphere that further motivates the intrinsic desire to be closer to nature.


u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o Serving the Underserved Category City of San Diego Adventures for ALL The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department offers “Adventures for ALL”, providing individuals, of all ability levels, the opportunity to enjoy local parks and beaches throughout San Diego year round. Thousands of individuals benefit from and experience the freedom and thrill of “Adventures for ALL”, by participating in adaptive land (cycling, rugby, snow skiing, bowling, dancing) and aquatic (kayaking, skiing, tubing, sailing, surfing, jet skiing) activities, alongside their family and friends. These specialized programs open up a new world of activities that otherwise would never be available for many individuals, creating lifelong friendships that are priceless. Youth Development Category East Bay Regional Park District Teen Eco Action The mission of Teen Eco Action is to engage underserved youth in

healthy, active outdoor activities and community service. This program provides environmental education opportunities, exploring the natural and cultural resources and history of the East Bay Area, as well as learning recreation skills. Participation equips youth by providing knowledge about their local community and parks, and resources like transportation and recreation equipment to empower them to pursue outdoor recreation for fun with their families and to consider a career with the parks.

Park & Facility Excellence in Design

Our Excellence in Design Awards acknowledges both park planning & development and facility design. Projects may be either development or significant rehabilitation of outdoor park and recreation spaces and the design and construction or rehabilitation of buildings, structures, and facilities used to support recreation.

Park Planning Awards of Excellence are:

City of San Clemente Courtney’s SandCastle Sensory Garden Courtney Faye Smith was a four year old with a dream—to be able to play with her friends in a park. She has been a wheelchair user her whole life. Her mom campaigned and the San Clemente community rallied behind this little girl. In 2012, Courtney’s SandCastle Playground was opened. It is a fully accessible playground where families can play together in one space. However, the dream wasn’t over. Courtney’s SandCastle Charitable Foundation raised almost $400,000 and the City of San Clemente pitched in the rest of the funds needed to build a sensory garden. The design and layout provides a stimulating journey through the senses, heightening awareness, and bringing positive learning experiences to children and adults of all abilities.

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C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o u City of Clovis Dry Creek Trailhead The City of Clovis transformed a three-acre unimproved lot into an educational community recreation area that protects natural resources and promotes healthy living. The City of Clovis Dry Creek Trailhead incorporates advancements in water management to encourage sustainable practices and protect the environment. The Trailhead encourages alternative transportation to improve the community’s health and reduce air pollution. City of Mission Viejo Pavion Park Bursting with color, this park pulls families in and they don’t want to leave. Universal access lets those of all physical abilities enjoy the wide range of play and educational opportunities that have become a destination for Orange County residents. From the treehouse to the interactive light/sound games and educational maze, this park leaves no opportunity unturned. Benches,

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tables, and chairs are mixed into the park fabric allowing caregivers to relax and enjoy the surroundings. San Francisco Recreation & Park Department Cayuga Playground and Clubhouse Renovation Project San Francisco’s Cayuga Playground is a neighborhood park that serves 20,000 residents from the Cayuga Terrace Neighborhood. The park is unique in that it is home to 375 vernacular art pieces, constructed from wooden debris generated on site over the years. The park layout and overgrown landscaped areas made the park feel isolated. These conditions created low park usage and increased criminal activities within the park. With community support, the park was redesigned with special consideration for the unique art pieces and many creative storm water management techniques were used to address flooding issues.

Quad Knopf McNamara Park McNamara Park is a 50+ year old facility that had outdated play structures, a restroom building and picnic shelter in disrepair, and baseball diamonds that were no longer used. The park was planned for multi-generational activities, offering various activities and healthy exercise options including a running track around the soccer fields. Renovation included two new synthetic and one natural turf soccer fields, new restrooms, picnic areas, splash-pad, central promenade and plaza, water-wise landscaping, wrought iron fencing and a gateway designed by local students. San Francisco Recreation & Park Department Boeddeker Park and Playground Renovation Boeddeker Park was a bleak paved park in one of the densest and poorest neighborhoods in San Francisco serving 51,302 residents. The park

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u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o was perceived to be unsafe and was an unattractive nuisance. Working with the Trust for Public Land and several community based organizations, the park has been transformed into exciting open space that supports activities for residents of varying ages. The park is easy to navigate and tables and seating areas placed throughout the park provide opportunities for communal gatherings. The park has incorporated many sustainable features to address storm water on site, including an infiltration field and vegetated swales. City of Lake Forest Lake Forest Sports Park & Recreation Center The Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation Center 86.2 acre park combines both passive and active recreation amenities. Active amenities include baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and multiuse turf and synthetic fields, as well as a 25,000 foot recreation center with a gymnasium, meeting and activity rooms. Families are able to

enjoy playing on two separate shaded playgrounds, and can quickly upload pictures to social media sights via free public Wi-Fi. A large “Commons” grass area can be used for open play, and is now home to the City’s very popular Summer Concert Series. With nine picnic shelters, park visitors are also able to have a leisurely picnic. Meandering trails through the park connect the facility to Orange County. Harris Design Noyo Headlands Park For over a century, the citizens of Fort Bragg had been kept away from their 4-1/2 mile long coastline. Under private ownership, this dramatic landscape was fenced off. When the mill site was planned for development, ownership of a continuous strip of land along the bluffs was transferred to the City. The result is the Noyo Headlands Park, a 92-acre open space, complete with over 5 miles of the California Coastal Trail. The park provides additional “side” trails, gathering areas, sitting ar-

eas, an informal “great meadow”, offstreet parking, custom artist-designed benches and tables, and an extensive system of interpretive signs welcoming visitors for years to come. BSF Landscape Architects Martial Cottle Park Walter Cottle Lester turned down a fortune by not selling his farmland, instead donating it to create a public park that would tell the story of his family and the history of agriculture in Santa Clara Valley, not to mention, preserve the land and its history in perpetuity. Using one-third of a projected $62 million budget, the project team was able to build a community park that addresses the vision and wishes of its donor as well as dictates numerous federal, state, county and local agencies to create a 260-acre park that provides recreational, educational, agricultural and research opportunities to the public that fulfills that vision.

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City of Riverside Ysmael Villegas Community Center Renovation The Ysmael Villegas Community Center Renovation project stands out as one of Riverside’s premier recreation facilities. With the extensive community based planning and partnerships throughout the process, this facility now provides the services and resources that best meet the Community’s needs. The newly renovated Ysmael Villegas Community Center is a more efficient operation with exponentially expanded recreational value adding multiple new programs, services and revenue opportunities. City of Agoura Hills Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center The Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center sits at the base of Ladyface Mountain, the city’s iconic land-

mark. This 26,000 square ft. facility hosts daily recreation programs for all ages, city-sponsored special events, and serves as the home for the Department of Community Services. The design and intent of the building is to connect indoor and outdoor spaces and embrace the proximity of the Santa Monica Mountains with 180 degree views of the city. This state-of-the-art facility is the culmination of a longterm vision by our residents and City Council to provide a space that the entire community can enjoy for generations to come. City of Cupertino Environmental Education Center and Blacksmith Shop The Environmental Education Center and reconstructed Blacksmith Shop at McClellan Ranch Preserve are state-of-the-art facilities that will meet the growing needs of community park users, as well as provide City staff the opportunity to expand nature-based programming. The Environmental

Education Center will provide park visitors a seamless transition from classroom to nature, through handson displays, animal exhibits, and a resource library. The reconstructed Blacksmith Shop will give the Cupertino community a look into the city’s rich agricultural history. City of Richmond Richmond Swim Center The Richmond Swim Center, which was constructed in the early 1990s, suffered from moisture damage related to an imbalance in the water temperature and air conditioning system. The $7.6 million renovation included the construction of a retractable skylight, a reconfigured Olympic-sized swimming pool, an outdoor play structure within an enclosed courtyard and picnic areas surrounded by new landscaping. With the addition of an outdoor play structure and picnic area, there is an even greater benefit for the community for family orientated activities, social connections and fun for all users.


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Reservoir Canyon Lookout Tower, Islay Hill, The M Trail, Ocean View Trail, Morro View Trail, South Hills, and the Kiosk in the Eucs at Stenner Springs. Hikers who visit all seven “Peaks” receive a commemorative “I Hiked Them All” t-shirt.

The Marketing & Communications Award of Excellence is for print, audio visual or electronic communications that externally promote the agency’s parks, facilities, & programs and that have demonstrated an increase in the public’s awareness of parks and recreation. In addition, awards are given for programs that internally improve communications to staff, policy makers, or program participants.

City of Burbank “Burbank Parks & Recreation’s 90th Birthday” The City of Burbank Parks and Recreation’s 90th Birthday campaign was created in an effort to inspire the Burbank community to celebrate 90 years of parks and recreation through discovering new ways to “Play More.” Living in the twenty-first century, our lives can be consumed by smart phones, video games, laptops, tablets and countless other electronic devices. As a result, many of us have forgotten how to play! Faced with the challenge to reinvigorate play, the campaign centered around an innovative poster featuring 90 Ways to Play More, honoring the Department’s 90th anniversary and

City of San Luis Obispo “#PIXONPEAKS Campaign” The City of San Luis Obispo is full of hidden hiking gems. For this marketing campaign, seven “Peaks” were designated as the spots at which to take a #PixOnPeaks photo. Parks and Recreation staff chose Instagram as the medium for increasing positive and appropriate uses of the City’s Open Space. Using hashtags, participants post photos of themselves at the seven designated challenge “Peaks”:

inspiring residents to rediscover parks and recreation activities. The campaign concluded with a 90th Birthday Bash whereby residents were invited to celebrate and explore ways to play more. County of San Diego “County of San Diego Parks & Recreation Branding” The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides venues, services and recreational opportunities across 50,000 acres of parks and open space, campgrounds, community centers, lakes and more than 350 miles of trails. Faced with a declining budget and a tremendous opportunity to share resources with, and expand relevance among local residents, DPR was in need of a new strategic marketing plan. Telling the DPR story in new and innovative ways boosted cost recovery and generated revenue. Today DPR is a thriving entity; well-positioned to fulfill its mission to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the region.



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C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o u City of Encinitas “Parks & Recreation Magazine” The City of Encinitas Parks & Recreation Department set a goal for 2015 to revamp its main brochure and create a print publication to achieve more of a magazine quality that uses beautiful and intriguing imagery and to implement innovative and compelling design to support the department branding. The results included launching an eye catching magazine containing content to interest a broader audience, inspiration for people to open and review, and turn the pages and find something of interest. City of Riverside “Park & Recreation Commission Reports” PRCSD developed an improved method of communication to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Community by creating a completely new style of reporting. Now, the new reports communicate how Parks Make Life Better!® through graphics, charts, photos, icons, and brief narratives in lieu of the former, tedious narrative reporting. Staff spends less time writing reports, and spends more time performing the mission of our profession through public outreach, programs, services, and events. The new reports have become an effective tool for communicating the good work we do! Livermore Area Recreation & Park District “Robert Livermore Community Center Celebrates its 10th Anniversary” A commemorative/informational YouTube video was created to capture, present, and visually show the last ten years of the Robert Liver-

more Community Center (RLCC) and its positive impact in the community. The video portrays all that the RLCC offers and its value to the residents of Livermore and the surrounding region. Housing a senior center, an aquatics center, a regulation-sized gymnasium, over 100 summer camps, a variety of special interest classes for ages infant to infinity, along with party rooms, community rooms, and a grand ballroom, the RLCC has something for everyone. City of Huntington Beach “Rec Report” The “Rec Report” is a video news segment that was developed to help create a more expansive awareness of the programs, events and services provided by the Community Services Department. Each month our hosts venture out into the community to report on how Parks Make Life Better!® in Huntington Beach. The “Rec Report” is used to bring awareness to the free or inexpensive recreation programs and social services presented by the City. The “Rec Report” has grown into an established method for residents and visitors alike to discover how parks and recreation programs enhance the quality of life in Huntington Beach. Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation Department “Parks for Life Challenge” The Parks for Life Challenge (PFLC) is a free outdoor social media game presented by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department. The game is designed to help friends and family get outside and engage in healthy activities. Teams of two to three players sign

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up through the PFLC website, create a team name and a team flag with the flag builder. Teams then choose to participate in over 300 outdoor adventures like, “Hug a Tree”, “Lay on a Lawn”, and “Take a Hike” listed on the Website. Teams then document their adventures by posting photos or videos on their social media pages and submit these links to PFLC website to accumulate points and win awesome prizes like REI camping packages, Go Pros, Sports Basement gift cards, Cinelux movies passes and more! Take on the challenge! See the article starting on page 52 to learn more about this program.

Professional Awards of Excellence

Champions of the Community awards recognize individuals or organizations who have contributed significant effort to influence and improve the quality of their community through parks and recreation. Additionally, the Champion of the Community award recognizes the contributions of those who volunteer and provide support and services in their community that furthers the mission and quality delivery of park and recreation services, programs and facilities in their community.

Al Wohlfarth

It is difficult to measure the ripple effect a drop of water can have on an ocean. For over 30 years, Valley-Wide has had a constant drop of water, and the ripple effect has not only reached the entire community, it is infectious. In his 30 year volunteer history with Valley-Wide Recreation, Al Wohlfarth has been a coach, designed and built sets for our fundraiser events, donated over $30,000 of electrical work to the facilities and is the lead trainer for the baseball/softball umpires. He is present at all Valley-Wide functions and is an active supporter of recreation in the community. Since Al leads by example, the department wanted to make sure everyone knew that excellence in “Creating Community” has a name. So, from this year forth, when Valley-Wide finds an individual with some of Al Wohlfarth’s characteristics, they will be awarded the “Al Wohlfarth Volunteer


u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o matching amount by the San Clemente Marine Corps Support Group for a total of $5,000. The City Council unanimously supported the idea. In addition, they approved the condition that active military families living on Camp Pendleton could receive resident rates for programs, swim passes, and rentals. Since the scholarship program began, over 1,500 scholarships have been awarded amounting to almost $50,000. Carla Hogan is a remarkable, tireless volunteer. She has positively affected the lives of the Marines and their families living on Camp Pendleton and in San Clemente.

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of the Year Award”. Al Wohlfarth is not just a Champion of the Community; he is a champion of Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District.

Carla Hogan

Carla Hogan wanted to do more for the families living just south of San Clemente at Camp Pendleton. With many of the families living closer to San Clemente than the base amenities, she saw a need to encourage Marine families to participate in programs and services offered by San Clemente. An idea was born to start a scholarship program for these families. Carla championed the idea and asked for a contribution of $2,500 from the City with a

Since June of 2014, Chris Guptill and Darin Jesberg, founders of the 9-2-99 Tuolumne River Clean-Up Project, have conducted 15 clean up days, with 945 volunteers participating. They have removed: 161 tons of garbage, 435 shopping carts, and 405 tires along the Tuolumne River. Since their clean-up efforts, there has been a significant increase in the use and visitation of the area. Through their volunteering efforts of the 9-2-99 “movement”, volunteers have become stewards as well as advocates for the Tuolumne River area. They have gained significant volunteer support for their clean-up events. The first volunteer clean- up in 2014 consisted of just 15 volunteers. Currently they average 62 volunteers per clean up event, and have received up to 100 volunteers for events. Operation 9-2-99 has truly made Tuolumne River Regional Park significantly better.

low-income families. The volunteerrun CCSCA has allowed many facilities projects to go forward to enhance & make a difference in our community when traditional funding outlets were no longer available. Thanks to the CCSCA, we are able to offer diverse, life-changing & important Park & Recreation services & programs - they are true Champions of the Culver City Community.

Dr. Nooshin Razani and Dr. Curtis Chan (Accepting for Dr. Chan is Mona Koh)

Doctors Razani and Chan are Nature Champions who have been practicing in the intersection of parks and health for many years. They have successfully led the charge to build the Park Prescriptions (Park Rx) program in the San Francisco Bay Area. They work closely with local park agencies to integrate nature into the public health system; to develop consistent programming that serves the health needs of their patients; to increase their under-

Culver City Senior Citizens Association

For more than forty years, the Culver City Senior Citizens Association (CCSCA) has made a positive and meaningful impact on the residents of Culver City, working as an outstanding volunteer service partnership with our Parks, Recreation & Community Services (PRCS) Department. CCSCA has had a significant impact on the lives of countless members of the community: thousands of Senior Center members, adults and children with disabilities and CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION • SPRING 2016


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Jerry Griffin

Jerry Griffin is a very dedicated, and very busy man! He has been serving on the Parks and Recreation Commis-

sion in Rohnert Park for over 22 years; has served as a High School Baseball Coach for over 16 years; has served on the Parks, Recreation, Open, Space (PROS) Committee - Charged with creating the City’s Parks and Facilities Master Plan and recommendation to the General Plan Bicycle Advisory Committee; Liaison from the Parks and Recreation Commission Golf Advisory Committee; and as a Liaison from the Parks and Recreation Commission. He has attended many park audits to ensure a safe and enriching park experience. Despite recent health challenges, Jerry rarely misses a meeting or opportunity to score keep for the Rancho Cotate High School Basketball teams, in his spare time. Jerry is

CPRS Fellowship/Hall of Fame Award

The CPRS’ Fellowship/Hall of Fame recognizes the outstanding contributions in both the individual’s career and in their leadership in the profession of parks and recreation. The 2015 CPRS Fellowship/Hall of Fame Award was presented to Idris Al-Oboudi, City of Manhattan Beach. Idris Al-Oboudi has always maintained an open door to members of the community. He is friendly and inclusive. He is not only a good listener but he also knows how to engage with others. When coming in to ask questions, one often leaves with the motivation to jump in and help. Idris understands that recreation is a great way to develop communication within the community. Getting children together in Summer Camps and adults together in other activities serves to create a sense of community and of home. Idris has a very subtle and non-aggressive way about him. Instead of him asking you to do something for the community, you find yourself volunteering on projects because of the good-will he generates and his commitment to his work. It has been observed at city council meetings that the presence of Idris creates a very positive atmosphere in the room where people are motivated to work together towards the common goal of community development Idris personally believes that a good way in which to build community is through communication. In order to have this communication, there needs to be a place for people to meet and to become friends. Friends help friends. It is though the tireless efforts of Idris in the Parks and Recreation Department of Manhattan Beach, that we have a strong and committed community. Those like Idris who work behind the scenes are the unsung heroes of our community. It is fitting and proper to recognize the efforts of this extraordinary man.


a treasured community champion and an inspiration to all who know him.

Karen Alves and Michael Powell (pictured on page 12)

It is with great pleasure that the Town of Windsor and CPRS recognize Karen Alves and Michael Powell as Windsor’s “Champions of the Community.” As volunteer co-founders of the annual Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove, Karen and Michael have dedicated five years of their holiday season to the transformation of a local Windsor park into a magical winter wonderland for individuals and families to make memories, create community and a sense of place while enjoying the holiday season. The 2014 holiday season marked the fifth annual Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove with more than 200 trees and a menorah, all decorated by hundreds of community members. The event expanded over the years to include daily snow fall and magnificent light shows in the trees and park pavilions. It is a wholesome family event that warms the hearts of all those that are touched by the gestures of community service and the season of giving.

Supervisor Ron Roberts

Supervisor Ron Roberts has championed the need to provide park and recreation facilities for the residents of San Diego County. A member of the Board of Supervisors since 1994, Supervisor Roberts represents an area with approximately 630,000 residents. Recognizing that a well-rounded park system is critical to meeting the needs of the public, Supervisor Roberts has


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supported the development of multiple types of facilities, including active recreation facilities, historic facilities and regional parks. Over the past 15 years, Supervisor Roberts pursued a vision to create a regional park at the County Administration Center, adjacent to San Diego Harbor. In the spring of 2015, this vision became reality. Open lawns, gardens, playgrounds, art and an 830-foot long fountain replaced asphalt parking lots. Since opening, the park has become a regional destination. Through his pursuit of a vision, Supervisor Roberts has provided a park that is enjoyed by countless numbers of visitors.

Tom Allard

Tom Allard has been an extremely active member of the Manhattan Beach community for 45 years. He is currently the Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, liaison to the Senior Advisory Committee, and a volunteer with the City’s Older Adult program. Tom has been the driving force behind numerous intergenerational, collaborative programs with the Older Adult program, local schools, and Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals including a symposium on how the generations working together could make Manhattan Beach a better community; an intergenerational art show and “Game Day”. Tom helped create the “Salute to the Troops” event, honoring military men and women with a community picnic and concert. Tom’s volunteer efforts with Older Adult programs are outstanding each day. Prior to retiring, Tom’s volunteer services included: Little League Coach; Club Soccer Coach; Indian Guides Chief of Nation; Youth Athletics Community Advisory Board; and High School Baseball Booster Club.

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Top Park & Recreation Students Receive Scholarships

Each year the California Foundation for Parks & Recreation awards scholarships to deserving students who are studying in the parks, recreation and tourism areas. Scholarships are awarded based on six overall criteria including: academic scholarship, professional affiliations, activity and need. At the 2016 CPRS Annual Conference, 10 scholarships totalling $12,500 were awarded to: Marc Gutfeld

Richard and Betty Teague Memorial and CAPRCBM Past Presidents Scholarship - $2,000

Destiny Smith

Dr. Robert E. Meyers Jr. Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Jason Swanson

CAPRCBM Scholarship - $1,500

Lydie Gutfeld

Charles Kaufman Family Scholarship - $2,000

Kendra MacLure

CPRS District 12 - $1,000

Katie Boyle

CPRS Past Presidents Scholarship - $1,000

Jane Adams – Administrator Section Scholarship - $1,000

Quyen Hai Le

CPRS Past Presidents Scholarship - $1,000

Ann Arge Nathan Spirit Award Scholarship - $1,000

Katelyn Clark

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Success of Conference Due to These Committees Hard Work Behind the Scenes…

No great special event happens without a highly dedicated, talented and energetic team. As a matter of fact, this show takes multiple teams! A thunderous round of applause to these amazing volunteers!!

Exhibit Committee

Stephanie House, Exhibits Chair, West Side Recreation & Park District; Jim Bruno, Playgrounds by Design, Inc.; Justin Caron, Aquatic Design Group; Chuck Foley, HAI Hirsch & Associates, Inc.; Glen Wurster, All About Play; Joe Guarrera, Capitol Enterprises; Richard Hawley, Robertson Industries, Inc.; Charles Luecker, Lincoln Equipment, Inc.; Derek McKee, Verde Design, Inc.; Pete Stokes, Dave Bang Associates, Inc.; Kevin Sullivan, LPA, Inc.; Susan Wipf, Exhibits Manager

Cindy Reichwein, City of Downey, Evaluation Team; Craig Bronzan, Retired, Audio Visual Onsite Coordinator; Ken Bailey, Retired, Audio Visual Onsite Coordinator; Heide Xitco, City of Cerritos; Rebecca Perez, City of San Gabriel; Meredith Petit, City of El Segundo; Andrew Fine, City of Mission Viejo; Cindy Robinson, City of La Palma; Leslie Perez, Sonya Young-Jimenez, & Laura Bauernfeind, City of Los Angeles; Darrell Walker, City of Pasadena; Candice Smith & Frank Salgado, City of Ontario; Dan Costley, City of Monterey Park

Local Host Committee

City of Long Beach: Co-Chairs Michelle Wilson and Joy Warren, Ashleigh Griset, Lori Jarmacz, Jeff Grant, Wesley Guess, Heidi Mazas, Anthony O’Dell, Hurley Owens, Meredith Reynolds, Ken Roberts, Sonny Seng; City of Tustin: Christine Zepeda, Carrie Woodward, City of Cypress: Shelly Myers; City of Lakewood: Lisa Litzinger; City of West Hollywood: Tiarra Warner; City of Cerritos: Sherre Titus; City of Westlake Village: Brianne Anderson; PlayCore: Vince Brantley; City of Irvine: Marc Gutfeld

Program Committee

Sheila Pautsch, City of South Pasadena, Program Chair; Chad Clanton, City of Tustin, Vice Chair-Educational Sessions; Chuck Foley, HAI, Hirsch & Associates, Inc., Exhibits Committee/Industry Suppliers; Virginia Nonaca Chavez, Leadership Concepts, Inc, Teen Leadership Academy Chair; Henry Perezalonso, Town of Danville & John Lawrence, Livermore Area Recreation & Park District, Mentoring Program Coordinator; Ted Bistarkey, Griselda Lara, Silvia Avalos & Noemi Luna, City of Chino, Room Host Coordinators; Keith Fulthorp, CSU Long Beach, Educators/Research Special Feature Coordinator; John Glass, Sacramento Children’s Home, RT Institute Chair; Tiffany Starks, City of Fontana, Photographer; Anthony Kim, City of South Pasadena, Photographer; Maria Chavez & Manual Escobar, County of Los Angeles, Speaker Assistance; Veronica Ortiz & Felipe Zambrano, City of Placentia, Evaluation Team; Monica Ortiz &



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2015-16 CPRS Board of Directors CPRS recognizes the outstanding work of volunteers who provide considerable time and effort in providing CPRS members with invaluable programs and services. Please join CPRS in thanking the following individuals for their work in 2015-16.

Tim Barry President

Kristy McClure-Huckaby President-Elect

James Wheeler Vice-President

Become a member of the CPRS State Board of Directors. We want to hear from you.

Tara Gee Secretary-Treasurer

Henry Perezalonso Region 1 Representative

Traci Farris Region 2 Representative

Contact Henry Perezalonso, CPRS Vice President. 925-314-3454 Here’s your chance to help lead the association dedicated to advancing the profession of parks and recreation. Qualifications

r Current member of CPRS r Demonstrated commitment to CPRS and the park and recreation profession (5 years of full-time employment) r Background in committee and/or volunteer work (3 years experience) r Ability to represent unconflicted loyalty to the interests of the membership

Darin Budak Region 3 Representative

Tom Boecking Region 4 Representative

Aliah Brozowski Region 5 Representative

The Commitment

r Attend four board meetings a year r Maintain on-going communication and dialogue with members via personal conversations and by attending section, district and state events Available Positions for 2015-16:

Vice President (three year term) – candidate(s) may be statewide Secretary-Treasurer (two year term) Region 2 Representative (two year term) – representing Districts 4, 5, 6 Region 4 Representative (two year term) – representing Districts 11, 13, 14

Tom Hellmann Council of Section Representative

Lydie Gutfeld Council of Section Representative


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2016 Expo Hall – Your One Stop Shop!


he CPRS Expo is an effective networking platform where professionals forge valuable personal contacts in an exclusive business atmosphere and discuss with key players the latest developments and trends within California’s Park & Recreation market. This year’s show in Long Beach was our largest since 2008. Adding to the strong line-up of state, national and international companies participating in the Expo were the additions of educational sessions in the hall and the inclusion of the CPRS “Best of the Best” Awards Showcase. Over 25 cities, counties and/or special districts were present to highlight their statewide, award winning programs and facilities. The ever popular Silent Auction held Wednesday and Thursday earned over $4000 for the California Foundation for Parks and Recreation student scholarship fund. Thanks to all the exhibitors who participated in this worthwhile fundraiser which helps support our future leaders! We encourage you to connect with our 2016 exhibitors about their products and services. A-G Sod Farms, Booth 518 (951) 687-7581 Quality turfgrass & installation since 1969. ACTIVE Network, Booth 654 (888) 543-7223 - Recreation software and marketing services. American Association for Nude Recreation-Western Region, Booth 554 (805) 523-7830 - Promoting the enjoyment of nude recreation at beaches, parks, and other traditional locations throughout the United States. American Ramp company, Booth 1026 (800) 949-2024 - ARC designs, manufactures and builds skateparks of all different building methods. American Solutions for Business, Booth 537 (714) 396-1803 - ASB is an industry-leading distributor of promotional products, print, eCommerce and marketing solutions. Anchor Audio, Booth 616 (800) 262-4671 - Anchor Audio is the leading manufacturer of portable, battery powered PA systems. Made in USA.


Aqua Source, Inc., Booth 359 (800) 574-8081 - Commercial swimming pool equipment sales, service, installation and repair. Pool energy rebate programs and evaluations. Aquarium of the Pacific, Booth 550 (562) 951-1632 - Discounted group rate admission to Aquarium of the Pacific. Aquatic Design Group, Booth 322 (760) 438-8400 - Planning, Architecture and Engineering of Competition, Recreation and Leisure Aquatic Facilities. Arch Pac Aquatics, Booth 519 (760) 734-1600 - Architecture & Engineering for Aquatics. Architerra Design Group, Booth 652 (909) 484-2800 - Landscape Architecture and Site Planning. AstroTurf, Booth 1006 (706) 277-8873 - AstroTurf - The inventor and leader of the Synthetic Turf Market. Atlas American LLC, Booth 434 (530) 894-7867 - Heavy duty vandal resistant stainless steel restroom fixtures.


u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o Avalon Amenities, Inc., Booth 133 (951) 299-9394 - We represent Victor Stanley site furniture in Southern California. BCI Burke Company, Booth 431 (920) 921-9220 - Burke has been in the playground industry 95 years creating quality park and recreation equipment. Berliner, Booth 649 (864) 627-1092 - State of the art play structures from the world’s leader in net climbing playground equipment. BigToys, Booth 302 (866) 814-8697 - Commercial playground equipment made from recycled and natural materials for children of all ages. BlueRec, Booth 1024 (630) 706-0144 - Cloud based recreation management software.

California Department of Parks & Recreation, Booth 836 (916) 653-7423 - State parks, grants, community outreach programs.

BMLA, Booth 241 (951) 737-1124 - Park design, water conservation, and landscape architecture consultant.

California Park & Recreation Society, Booth 259 (916) 665-2777 - Thirty Four Hundred members strong, CPRS is the largest professional park & recreation organization in CA. We are dedicated to advancing California’s park & recreation profession through education, networking, advocacy and resources. • CPRS Aging Section Information on the Aging Section, raffle opportunity, flyers & giveaways. • CPRS Aquatics Section Enhance the aquatic and recreation profession and safety of all aquatic activities and facilities. • CPRS Development & Operations Section • CPRS Recreation Therapy Section • CPRS Supervisors Section

Bobcat Company, Booth 515 (701) 241-8700 - Leading manufacturer of compact equipment for construction, rental, landscaping, agriculture, government and industrial markets. Book King Software, Booth 466 (250) 384-8282 x203 - Book King Software is a user friendly recreation management software solution for municipalities. BSN Sports, Booth 249 (972) 406-3413 - Sports equipment and apparel. Bull Stockwell Allen, Booth 453 (415) 281-4720 - Architects’ design & planning of community recreation facilities, senior & childcare centers. Cal Poly RPTA, Booth 837 Recreation Parks & Tourism Dept (805) 756-1288 - www.rpta. Cal Poly Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration Department Display Booth. California Association of Park & Recreation Commissioners & Board Members, Booth 835 (916) 799-5908 - Nonprofit educational material - organizational awareness. California Correctional Health Care Services, Booth 117 (916) 691-0761 - Recruit Recreation Therapist for CCHCS.

California Park & Recreation Society - Best of the Best Award Display, Booth 158 New to the Exhibit Hall - 2015 Best of the Best Awards Showcase - Recipients will be available to discuss their award winning projects. Stop by during Showcase hours and pick up information at your leisure. California Sports Surfaces, Booth 153 (800) 225-1141 - Cracked tennis basketball courts? We manufacture the only solutions: 25 - year warranted Premier Court and Guardian. California State University, East Bay, Booth 516 (510) 885-3043 - Hospitality Recreation and Tourism (HRT) California State University, Long Beach, Booth 839 Dept. of Rec & Leisure Studies (562) 985-4071 - 4 year university offering Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Recreation and Recreation Therapy.



C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o u Clear Comfort, Booth 524 (303) 872-4477 - Hydroxyl-based advanced oxidation pool sanitation that destroys Cryptosporidium and reduces chlorine, chloramines and water waste. Colorado Time Systems, Booth 306 (970) 667-1000 - Timing, scoring, displays, and scoreboards for all recreational sports. Columbia Cascade Company, Booth 653 (503) 223-1157 - Makers of TimberForm & PipeLine Playground Equipment and outdoor fitness systems and bicycle management products.

CalRecycle (c/o Louis Berger Group), Booth 748 (916) 341-6490 - Recycled-Content building and landscaping products made from recycled scrap tire rubber. Capitol Equipment, Inc., Booth 430 (626) 357-3768 - Portable equipment shelters. Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures, Booth 738 (909) 596-7733 - Empowering people with disabilities by creating opportunities through challenging & exciting recreation activities. Catalina Express, Booth 544 (562) 485-3200 - Largest and fastest fleet offering year-round daily departures to Catalina Island from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. Cemrock, Booth 234 (520) 571-1999 - Our whimsical and durable interactive themed play sculptures make Cemrock playgrounds one of a kind. CEW Enterprises/SportFence, Booth 1022 (303) 622-6777 - Portable/lightweight, breakaway fencing/bleachers. CH Bull Co., Booth 744 (650) 837-8400 - Lifts, ladders, safety training. Challenger Sports, Booth 130 (913) 544-8818 - Soccer camps, training, tours, tournaments, minikickers, & teamwear. CityReporter, Booth 338 (866) 264-2236 - Conduct faster playground inspections with CityReporter, the inspection app for CPSIs that works on tablets & smartphones.


Commerce Printing, Booth 849 (916) 442-8100 - Full service printing, design, wide format signage, and mailing services. Specializing in Park & Rec Guides. Commercial Aquatic Services, Inc., Booth 346 (877) 794-6227 - Commercial swimming pool repairs, service, installations and chemicals. Service you can trust! Community Works Design Group, Booth 417 (951) 369-0700 - Providing the highest level of park and recreation planning for over 30 years! Counsilman-Hunsaker, Booth 365 (314) 894-1245 - Aquatic planning, design, engineering and operations. Custom Canopies Intl, Inc., Booth 137 (818) 993-8448 - Custom canopies designs, manufactures and installs commercial fabric shades. CXT Incorporated, Booth 344 (916) 662-4228 - Premium precast concrete restrooms, concession office and utility buildings. Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, Booth 324 (925) 251-7200 - Architecture and planning services. DASH Platform, Booth 126 (800) 881-6515 - DASH is a cost-effective, mobile-ready, cloud-based software solution for parks & recreation departments. Dave Bang Associates/NSP3, Booth 307 (800) 669-2585 - Specialist in equipping parks, playgrounds site-furnishings, shade shelters & athletic facilities since 1979.


u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o David Evans and Associates, Inc., Booth 230 (909) 481-5750 - Landscape architectural design services. David Volz Design, Booth 341 (714) 641-1300 - Landscape architecture design. Dekra-Lite, Booth 622 (800) 436-3627 - Dekra-Lite, a leader in commercial decorating, brings fresh, innovative approach to holiday decor. Deschamps Mat Systems Inc., Booth 845 (973) 928-3040 - Mobi-Mat; Mobi-Chair. DEACERO, Booth 119 (800) 332-2376 - Fencing. Discount Playground Supply, Booth 141 (888) 760-2499 - Replacement parts & supplies for playgrounds, sports fields, and parks. Doggie Walk Bags, Inc., Booth 148 (949) 200-1148 - The original blue, tie handle bags, dispensers and trash cans for pet waste pick-up. EnviroTech Soil Solutions, Inc., Booth 639 (866) 546-3722 - EnviroTech supplies the No. 1 rated inorganic soil amendments for sportsfields and water conservation. eTrak-plus, Booth 115 (877) 513-8725 - All inclusive Parks & Recreation Management Software (registration, facility reservations, POS, league scheduling campground reservations, marketing, etc. Eurmax Canopy Inc., Booth 214 (626) 279-1622 - Commercial grade canopies - customized and non-customized branding. Best pop up canopies in the world. FieldTurf, Booth 106 (514) 375-2613 - Artificial turf. FlexGround, Booth 447 (916) 474-5431 - Playground safety surfacing. Fountain People/Water Odyssey, Booth 209 (512) 392-1155 -, Manufacturer of commercial fountain & aquatic play equipment, specializing in custom creations and design services.

Gail Materials, Booth 255 (951) 667-6106 - Producer of stabilized aggregates, athletic field materials and specialty soil mixes. GameTime, Booth 107 (800) 235-2440 - GameTime is a leading US manufacturer of commercial playgrounds, custom play spaces and outdoor fitness equipment. GatorDock and GatorBridge, Booth 638 (770) 933-8166 - Custom Aluminum pedestrian & industrial bridges and marine access solutions by GatorBridge and GatorDock. Goals Soccer Centers, Booth 1012 (626) 484-4966 - We build and operate soccer centers. Goric Marketing Group USA, Inc., Booth 551 (617) 744-0772 - Goric specializes in cutting edge play equipment for parks, streetscapes, museums and other public spaces.



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JetMulch Inc., Booth 841 (866) 306-8524 - Playground safety surfacing.

Greenfields Outdoor Fitness, Booth 411 (888) 315-9037 - Outdoor fitness equipment.

Key Log Rolling, Booth 134 (763) 544-0047 - The synthetic Key Log(r) brings safe, fun and challenging log rolling to any aquatic site.

GreenFieldsUSA, Booth 146 (855) 773-6668 - GreenFields - leading supplier of artificial turf. Gro-Power, Inc., Booth 244 (909) 393-3744 - Natural based fertilizers and soil conditioners for parks and sports fields. HAI, Hirsch & Associates, Inc., Booth 326 (714) 776-4340 - Landscape architecture, park planning and design, irrigation design. Hermann Design Group, Booth 252 (760) 777-9131 - Landscape architecture, park design, and planning services. Hunter Industries, Booth 552 (424) 777-5864 - Irrigation equipment. ID Edge, Booth 641 (800) 798-3343 - ID printer systems, visitor management solutions, proximity cards, id badge display. Inflatable 2000, Booth 451 (626) 969-7780 - Inflatable games, tents, custom replicas, obstacle courses, interactive games. You name it, we’ll inflate it!


Kidz Love Soccer, Booth 367 (888) 277-9542 - Non-competitive instructional soccer classes and camps for children ages 2-12. Knorr Systems, Inc., Booth 423 (714) 754-4044 - Aquatic equipment and service company specializing in water treatment, filtration systems, high efficiency heating systems, pool covers and deck equipment. KOMPAN Playgrounds, Booth 731 (800) 426-9788 - KOMPAN designs age-appropriate and high-quality playground products combining stringent environmental standards and exceptional play value. The KYA Group, Booth 725 (714) 659-6481 - KYA is an industry specialist in surface solutions and sustainable plantscapes supported by project management, design and maintenance services. L.A. Steelcraft Products, Booth 464 (800) 371-2438 - Outdoor sports equipment manufacturer. Landscape Structures, Booth 745 (763) 218-7679 - Playground equipment, outdoor music, shade, site furnishings.


u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o Lil’ Kickers, Booth 124 (866) 650-0007 - Lil’Kickers is a nationally renowned, child development soccer program for kids 18 months - 9 years old. Lincoln Aquatics, Booth 523 (800) 223-5450 - Lincoln Aquatics is a national distributor of commercial swimming pool and aquatic supplies. LPA, Inc., Booth 219 (949) 261-1001 - Architecture, landscape, interiors, master planning, graphic design, structural/mechanical/plumbing/electrical & civil engineering. M Bar C Construction, Booth 736 (775) 787-8845 - Shade structures for California schools, parks and public works. Matta LLC, Booth 136 P.O. Box 1180, Chino, CA 91708 Manufacture and installation of Play Matta playground surfacing. Maximum Solutions Inc., Booth 539 (763) 235-2176 - A leading software provider for the parks and recreation industry for over 20 years. Medieval Times, Booth 547 (714) 523-1100 - Medieval Dinner & Tournament. MIG, Inc. (CPRS VIP Think Tank), Booth 541 (510) 845-7549 - Park and recreation planning, design, environmental planning and communications. Miracle Playground/Miracle Recreation, Booth 345 (800) 264-7225 - Playgrounds, swings, site furnishings, surfacing. MityLite, Booth 218 (801) 224-0584 - Industry leader in lightweight, durable tables and chairs. Most Dependable Fountains, Booth 354 (901) 867-0039 - Most Dependable Fountains manufactures outdoor drinking fountains, showers, pet fountains, bottle filling stations, misters, playtowers. Murdock Mfg., Booth 331 (800) 488-8999 Designer, manufacturer & supplier of outdoor drinking fountains, hydrants & pre-engineered park & recreation buildings. Musco Sports Lighting, Booth 215 (641) 673-0411 - Musco specializes in the design and manufacture of sports lighting.

My Bark Co., Inc., Booth 333 (209) 786-4042 - Manufacturer & supplier of EWF & rubber safety surfacings & other landscaping materials. National Recreation Systems (NRS), Booth 204 (888) 568-9064 - NRS is a leader in aluminum bleacher manufacturing, custom design services and project management. Neptune Benson, Booth 732 (401) 821-2200 - Industry leading manufacturer of water filtration and disinfection systems serving recreational, municipal, and industrial markets. Nevco, Inc., Booth 831 800-851-4040 - Nevco manufactures scoreboards, video, displays, marquees, message centers and scorers tables. NGI, Booth 436 (800) 835-0033 - Environmentally built NovaPro Tennis courts & TitanTrax Shield. Guaranteed crack repair. Innovative sports construction. No Fault Sport Group, Booth 238 (225) 215-7760 - Playground and resilient athletic surface O Entertainment, Booth 545 (562) 495-5959 - Special events, Food Festivals, city birthdays & events, carnival, tents, temporary power, generators, street festivals, stages, social media marketing. Omega II, Booth 651 (450) 681-6440 x2233 - Security fencing.



C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o u PerfectMind, Booth 634 (604) 983-0620 - Cloud-based Parks & Recreation Management Software to help communities of all sizes. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, Booth 549 (714) 232-8212 - Set sail for an adventure at the “world’s most interactive dinner show!” Play & Park Structures, Booth 205 (800) 727-1907 - Since 1976, Play & Park Structures mission has centered around developing products and programs that promote physically active play for all abilities. Play-Well TEKnologies, Booth 650 510-459-9620 - Play-Well TEKnologies provides LEGO-inspired engineering programs for ages K-8. Outdoor Creations Inc., Booth 538 (530) 365-6106 - Manufacturer of precast concrete site furnishings. Pacific Park, Booth 548 (310) 260-8744 - The world famous amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier! Pacific Park and Playground/All About Play/Little Tikes, Booth 231 (805) 581-0252 - Providers of play equipment, site amenities, safety surfacing, canopies, fitness equipment, and shelters. Parks Make Life Better!® Store – ParkInk, Booth 369 (800) 423-8478 – Order/Pick up your Parks Make Life Better!® merchandise here – at conference and after conference.

PlayCore, Booth 101 (877) 762-7563 - PlayCore builds communities through research, design, programs & products to match your unique needs. Playcraft Direct, Booth 838 (541) 955-9199 - Commercial playground equipment. PlayMax Surfacing, Inc., Booth 754 (951) 250-6039 - Manufacture and install rubber playground safety surfaces and tiles. PlayPros, Inc., Booth 739 (503) 968-7230 - Introducing a custom litter receptacle. An alternative to the standard receptacle. “wow’, “beautiful”.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Booth 546 (760) 325-1449 - World’s largest rotating tramcars take visitors to 8,516’ and the Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

PlaySafe, LLC, Booth 635 (505) 899-9532 - Playground Audits, Maintenance Training, Strategic Master Plan Development, G-Max Testing, Expert Witness, Economic Impact Studies.

P.W. Athletic Mfg, Booth 327 (800) 669-2585 - Manufacture of Top quality Athletic, Park & Site Equipment Since 1919

PolyMenders, Booth 239 (916) 757-9133 - PolyMenders specializes in mobile repair of plastic playground equipment. Save money by repairing, not replacing.

Pentair Commercial Aquatics, Booth 1020 (919) 478-4271 - Manufacturer of commercial products and accessories from controllers, pumps, lighting, filters, UV and VFD.

Portercorp, Booth 350 (800) 354-7721 - Steel shelters & gazebos

Precision Concrete Cutting, Booth 853 (888) 881-9816 - Sidewalk infrastructure maintenance, sidewalk infrastructure survey and ADA compliance specialist.


Power Systems, Booth 105 (800) 321-6975 - Power Systems, LLC is a leading provider of fitness and sports performance equipment.


u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o Premiere Inflatables, Booth 855 (714) 332-6596 - Inflatable rental service for events of all sizes. High quality, fully staffed and turnkey. Public Restroom Company, Booth 123 (888) 888-2060 - Prefabricated, vandal-resistant restrooms for parks and public spaces. Public Safety Industries, Booth 155 (949) 366-9898 - Custom SignGuardÂŽ frame provides a more durable solution to traditional signage while enhancing wayfinding and advertising. Rain Drop Products, Booth 118 (800) 343-6063 - Spray ground equipment, water play structures, slides, custom themes, water playground & swimming pool features. Reach Media Network, Booth 216 (952) 944-7727 - Digital communication products: signage, touch screens, mobile. RecDesk Software, Booth 535 (860) 467-4325 - RecDesk is web based software that radically simplifies the way recreation organizations work with the information that is important to them. ReCPro Software, Booth 438 (586) 469-4200 - Recreation management software solutions. ReliaPOLE Inspection Services Co., Booth 142 (281) 259-7000 - Our company provides professional inspection and remediation services for area and sports lighting structures. RHA Landscape Architects, Booth 254 (951) 781-1930 x121 - Park and sports facility design, park renovation, historical site design, consensus building, synthetic turf expertise. Richard Fisher Associates, Booth 223 (714) 245-9270 - Professional landscape architectural services and water ordinance compliance for public agency facilities and streetscapes. RJM Design Group, Inc., Booth 445 (949) 493-2600 - RJM Design Group assists communities by designing sustainable, creative, and fun Community Inspired Spaces. Robertson Recreational Surfaces, Booth 211 (800) 858-0519 - Robertson provides a variety of compliant surfacing solutions for playground and recreational areas.

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen, Booth 462 (303) 940-9803 - Superior sunscreen formulas in cost effective bulk containers. ROMTEC, Inc., Booth 555 (541) 496-3541 - Pre-engineered restroom and other public utility structures. RRM Design Group, Booth 441 (805) 543-1794 - Landscape architecture, engineering, planning, architecture surveying, structural engineering. Rubber Products, Inc. (503) 472-4691 RWP Landscape Materials, Booth 240 (909) 868-6882 - Drought tolerant landscape products and engineered wood fiber for playground safety surfacing. S & S Worldwide, Booth 440 (800) 243-9232 - One stop shopping arts, crafts, games, sporting goods and STEM. Sacramento, City of, Booth 259 Site of the 2017 CPRS Conference & Expo - February 29 Safe Sitter, Inc., Booth 626 (317) 596-5001 - Providing life skills, safety skills, and child care training to youth to build safer communities. SafePark, Booth 340 (949) 588-9692 - Park and playground inspection maintenance and repair. SafePark franchises, Patch Kits & Fillable Friends.



C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o u Salsbury, Booth 1018 (800) 562-5377 - Salsbury Industries is the industry leader in lockers and storage solutions. 800-Lockers Sator Soccer, Booth 247 (310) 464-8171 - Soccer goals and equipment. SCI Consulting Group, Booth 245 (707) 430-4300 - Opinion Research, Prop 218 Balloting & Compliance, Special Taxes, Levy Administration, Impact Fees, Demographic Studies. SCORE Sports, Booth 531 (310) 830-6161 - Sportswear uniforms - soccer basketball, baseball, sports equipment. Security Lines US, Booth 645 (818) 906-1212 - Portable, Plug-N-Play, Multi-Camera Complete Surveillance System starting at $4995. Shaw Sports Turf, Booth 335 (707) 625-7996 - Synthetic turf field manufacturer and provider. Siegfried, Booth 750 (209) 943-2021 - Multidisciplinary design firm providing civil and structural engineering, landscape architecture, athletic facility design, and surveying. SMG Equipment LLC, Booth 1002 (253) 350-8803 - World’s leading manufacturer of tools & equipment for installation and maintenance of synthetic turf and track.


SofSurfaces Inc., Booth 147 (800) 263-2363 - SofSURFACES Inc. is a privately owned company that specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of highly specialized rubber tile products. Sof ’ Fall, Inc., Booth 522 (801) 523-2452 - Sof-Fall, Inc. delivers a variety of recreation surfacing options. Indoor, outdoor, wet or dry, we’ve got you covered! Sol Powered By Carmanah, Booth 1028 (800) 959-1329 - Sol® is the world leader in solar outdoor lighting solutions. South Coast Lighting & Design, Booth 139 (949) 276-8850 - Street lighting and fixtures. Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation, Booth 533 (626) 448-0853 - Professional training, education and networking; insurance services; sports competitions and rules for youth and adults. Specialty Risk Insurance LLC, Booth 630 (800) 849-0293 - Recreational insurance programs. SpectraTurf, Booth 352 (714) 853-3206 Playground safety surfacing manufactured in California, factorycertified installers. ADA and planning specialists on staff. Spectrum Aquatics, Booth 207 (406) 532-6352 - Spectrum aquatics is your resource for commercial pool and competitive swimming products.


u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o Spikeball Inc., Booth 632 406 N. Aberdeen, Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 488-1314 - Spikeball(r) - 2 vs 2 sport that can be played anywhere and everywhere! Spohn Ranch Skateparks, Booth 427 (626) 330-5803 - Innovative design and construction in the world of skatepark/action sport facilities. SportaFence Marketing, Booth 131 (916) 715-6287 - Portable fencing. Sportaflex, LLC, Booth 140 (800) 511-3596 - Portable sport fencing for parks and schools. We turn fields into stadiums. SportsEdge, Booth 623 (800) 334-6057 - Athletic field drainage, safety and play equipment. SSA Landscape Architects, Booth 1000 (831) 459-0455 - Landscape architecture for parks & recreation. SSCI - Background Checks, Booth 730 (866) 996-7412 - National background checks. St. Nick’s Commercial Design & Décor, Booth 724 (562) 438-0017 - St. Nick’s specializes in commercial and municipal holiday décor installations. We also install seasonal and permanent lighting.

Stageline Mobile Stage, Booth 734 (450) 589-1063 - Manufacturer/provider of mobile hydraulic stages. Stone Soul, Booth 369 (310) 968-5019 Provide quality entertainment. See us at the CPRS Welcome Reception – Party on the Plaza - March 9 from 6 – 9 p.m. StructureCast, Booth 1014 (661) 742-3919 - Prefabricated restroom buildings and concessions. SVA Architects, Inc., Booth 236 (949) 809-3380 - SVA Architects is a full-service architectural firm committed to creating sustainable environments for our communities. Sybertech Waste Reduction, Booth 637 (888) 888-7975 - Operational cost saving, In Ground trash cans and self watering planters. Techline Sports Lighting, Booth 145 (800) 500-3161 - Indoor/outdoor sports lighting. Tension Structures, Booth 1016 (562) 402-8335 - Tensioned Fabric Shade Structures. Terracare Associates, Booth 741 (916) 714-3999 - Leaders in outdoor maintenance.



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C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o u Terracon Consultants, Inc., Booth 553 (925) 609-7224 - Aquatic Design and Swimming Pool Engineering.

Verde Design, Inc., Booth 627 (408) 985-7200 - Landscape architecture, civil engineering, sport planning & design.

ThermaGreen Environmental, Booth 250 (416) 782-5837 - ThermaGreen Environmental ™manufactures innovated shock and drainage pads for artificial sportsfield and playground surface systems.

Vermont Systems, Inc., Booth 339 (802) 879-6993 x 3028 - Vermont Systems provides a Premier Recreation & Parks Management, browser based, software solution with unparalleled support.

TriActive America, Booth 631 (805) 595-1005 - The industry leader in outdoor exercise equipment. Ideal for parks, trails and senior centers. Triangle Sports Inc., Booth 833 (626) 934-3393 - Triangle Sports is the premier resource for custom sports uniforms, awards and sports equipment. Trueline, Booth 151 (951) 817-0777 - Construction & surfacing tennis and basketball. Resurfacing & renovation. Tyler Technologies, Booth 618 (800) 772-2260 - Tyler Technologies is a leading provider of software/services that empower people who serve the public. Ultimate RB, Inc., Booth 646 (419) 692-3000 - Ultimate RB, Inc. is an American manufacturer of recycled rubber surfacing materials for indoor and outdoor facilities. UltraPlay, Booth 203 (888) 403-7684 - Affordable commercial playground equipment for children of all ages. UltraSite, Booth 201 (800) 458-5872 - UltraSite, a PlayCore Company, is the leading manufacturer of site furnishings and park amenities. United States Tennis Association, Booth 726 (310) 208-3838 - To promote and develop the game of tennis throughout the United States. USA Shade & Fabric Structures, Booth 225 (704) 346-7498 - USA Shade! We offer shade solutions for everything under the sun! VenTek International, Booth 135 (707) 773-3373 - Automated payment systems for unattended fee collection applications.


Vortex Aquatic Structures Int’l, Booth 449 (877) 586-7839 - Splashpads, pool play, water journey, watermark. Water Technology, Inc., Booth 722 (920) 887-7375 - Leading aquatic planning, design and engineering firm for recreation, entertainment and sport swimming venues. Waterplay Solutions Corp., Booth 752 (250) 712-3393 - Waterplay solutions is a supplier and innovator of aquatic recreation equipment Wausau Tile, Booth 740 (909) 628-4296 - Pre-cast concrete and metal site furnishings, precast concrete pavers. Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center, Booth 468 (951) 491-8110 - Premier food and beverage operator specializing in weddings, events and golf course services. West Coast Arborists, Booth 640 (714) 991-1900 - Tree care professionals providing maintenance and management services for municipalities and public agencies. West Coast Turf, Booth 644 (760) 340-7300 Premium quality natural sod, stolens, seed, fertilizers and turf colorants. Whitewater, Booth 624 (604) 273-1068 - Waterpark attractions. Willdan, Booth 318 (714) 940-6300 - Willdan assists public agencies in the design and master planning of parks and recreation facilities. Willoughby Industries, Booth 232 (317) 875-0830 - Worldwide manufacturer of stainless steel outdoor drinking fountains, water bottle fillers and showers.




Barking Up the Wrong Tree? What to Know about Dog Park Design

Dog ownership in the U.S. has grown significantly over the last several decades and according to the 2015 City Park Facts report by The Trust for Public Land, parks where dogs can roam freely off-leash are the fastest growing segment of urban parks. The report By InĂŠs M. Palacios, PhD Director of Recreation: Programs, Partnerships, & Professional Development PlayCore

shows that off-leash dog parks grew 6% in 2014 alone and increased 20% in the last 5 years. The 2015 State of the Industry Report has found that of those cities that currently do not offer dog parks, 32.1% stated that they plan to add a dog park to their facilities within the next three years, a 3% increase from 2014.



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f those that currently did not offer dog parks, 26.7% of respondents stated that they plan to add a dog park to their facilities over the next three years. The development of dog parks is reflected in demographic changes as well: Pet ownership in the U.S. has more than tripled since the 70’s when approximately 67 million households had pets, compared to 164 million in 2012, for a 62% increase over 40 years of American households that owned at least one pet. There is an array of studies, reports, proposals, and articles regarding the benefits of dog parks. Benefits of offleash dog parks involve not only the dog owners but the dogs and their communities were the dog parks are located. At the individual level, being outdoors in a dog park offers a diversity of therapeutic, physiological, psychosocial, and psychological benefits. Research has shown that owning a pet is directly linked to fewer visits to the doctor and improved overall health.

Health and Well-Being

It is no surprise that dogs make a difference in the lives of individuals. It has been found that dogs have been linked to reduced occurrences of psychological conditions, including depression, stress, and grief in their human counterparts. Dog parks may provide a safe place for older people or people with disabilities who may not be able to walk their dogs; dog parks provide areas where dogs can exercise and run freely while their owners can socialize. Additionally, there are recreational benefits to pet ownership. It has been found that individuals who own a pet are more likely to participate in activities outdoors; they tend to be more active – therefore healthier than other individuals. Pet ownership helps increase social connectivity among people living in the area even with individuals they do not know well. There is clear evidence suggesting that dog walking could address physical inactivity and help decrease obesity rates as well as decrease risk of cardiovascular diseases. A great example of purposive moderate physical activity.

Social and Community Benefits

Dog parks can be seen as social capital catalysts; these green open spaces bring people “out and about” by promoting walkable neighborhoods and an enhanced sense of community. In addition, communities have seen a positive effect on the visible presence of individuals walking with their dogs and the impetus dogs provide for their owners to walk; this generates an increased feeling of collective safety. To further define the social and community benefits, it was found that a total of 40.5% of pet owners indicated that they had become acquainted with other people in their suburb through their pets. Pet owners were more likely to feel that people in their suburb generally say hello to each other, than to those individuals that do not own a pet.

Design Considerations

To ensure a dog park is meaningful to the community as well as to dogs and their owners, a variety of planning and design considerations should be taken into account. Adequate drainage and selecting the proper surfacing is critical, but thoughtful selection of plantings, landscaping, exercise/agility training equipment, and site amenities will significantly increase usability and comfort. Moreover, choosing the right type of fence, gates, and access will further differentiate the dog park. After the dog park has been designed, a maintenance plan should be established for proper upkeep of the facility, and rules should be put in place to ensure cooperative and acceptable behavior from both dogs and owners.

Location and Size

As is true for other real estate properties, location is key when thinking about these spaces. Dog parks may be more successful if placed in areas that have previously been underutilized in the community or are empty. In some instances, spaces may need to be carved out from existing park space. Locating your dog park within another large space or near a recreation area may increase crossover usage of all facilities. When considering locations, these are several rules of thumb:


• 1-5 acres as smaller parks may experience overcrowding problems, while larger parks may be too big to be well-controlled • Good drainage to prevent muddy conditions that make the area unusable • 5 to 7 foot fence to prevent dogs from jumping over • Double gate system to prevent dogs from escaping when other dogs and their owners are entering or leaving the dog park • Water fountain • Covered containers for disposal of dog water and dog waste removal supplies to promote cleanup • Shade trees to provide protection from summer heat • Central, well-lighted location to ensure safety • Access for people with wheelchairs so that all people can use the dog park • Sitting areas that allows people to relax and observe their dogs • Signs to clearly display rules of the dog park and its boundaries • Parking lot close by to minimize distance pet owner and dog must traverse to get to the dog park • Buffer zone, such as hedges, trees, and land forms, between park and neighbors to minimize noise and maximize aesthetic enjoyment

Drainage and Surfacing

Adequate drainage is extremely important, especially near water fountains and rinse stations. Good drainage will help prevent mud puddles, accumulation of water and urine, and so forth, throughout the park which can stress ground cover. Below is a summary of some surfacing types that may be appropriate for use in dog parks. While the surface is undoubtedly important and correlates with park success, this is often a difficult topic for which to make specific recommendations. It is important to choose an appropriate surface for the location, usage pattern, and resources available for adequate maintenance. 43


Park Design u Decomposed granite (DG) surfacing has fine consistency, is sterile, and it is often used to create paths or in areas of heavy activity (e.g., entryways). It may need to be hosed down to prevent dust. It is important to install on a flat surface, as it will migrate downhill. Proper drainage is a must, otherwise fine particles will clog drains and potentially cause flooding. Decomposed granite will not absorb moisture, and does not retain the smell of urine. Grass surfaces are soft underfoot, are visually appealing, and can adapt to any terrain. It is important to consider an irrigation system where grass is used, and it will require periodic reseeding in heavy traffic areas and in spots damaged by repeated urination. If allowed to grow, it is difficult to identify and pick up dog waste, so regular mowing is critical. Sand is a natural substrate likely found at parks that are situated at waterfronts or on the beach. Holes dug by dogs are not an issue in this surface, unless they are extremely large. Sand affords adequate drainage, and droppings are easily found and removed. However, it may be difficult for park and recreation agencies to maintain and keep clean since this surface may require specialized equipment. Sand is not accessible to people using mobility devices. Lastly, during the summer months, sand may become very hot for dogs’ feet. Artificial turf, unlike grass, does not need mowing, should not be destroyed by repeated traffic, and does not discolor from urine. To be suitable for a dog park, the turf should be permeable to allow for drainage, and be installed over a base that also drains well. Shorter pile is more desirable so that dog waste can be more easily seen and removed. Turf that does not require infill is also more desirable, so that it can be vacuumed or raked to remove hair and debris, as all of these materials reduce the drainage capacity of the product. Mulch or wood chips is a substrate which is easily maintained and usually inexpensive, especially since park departments may have access to free mulch resources. It needs to



u Dog Park Design be replenished periodically due to decomposition, but does afford adequate drainage. Care should be taken when selecting mulch so that dogs do not get splinters. Playground type mulch, engineered wood fiber, will knit together, and may be used on gentle slopes. Since mulch will absorb urine, and may harbor bacteria and fungus that may be harmful to pets, it is best used in limited areas. Also, since they are similar in color, it may be difficult to detect dog waste on mulch. Rock or gravel may be an adequate surface for the dog park, but precautions should be taken. Since rock absorbs heat in direct sunlight, it may be too hot for the pads on dog feet, and the rough texture may cause abrasions. Gravel and rock are very low maintenance, they do not absorb odor, and dog waste is easily detected and removed from this substrate. Mixed surfaces should also be taken into account as you should work with your available material. Each surface type has its benefits and challenges, mixing surfaces may be an ideal way to ensure that traffic, seating, “potty,” and planting areas are treated appropriately, while adding aesthetic value to the dog park. This also offers dogs the opportunity to have access to different types of footing.

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Park Planning Usage Audits

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Planting and Landscaping

Some dog parks may be designed to incorporate the living landscape for aesthetic appeal, sensory offerings, and/ or natural shade. When planning for a new dog park and its landscape, which will make it more attractive to dogs and their owners, it is important to account for toxic and nontoxic plants. For a complete list of toxic and non-toxic plants reference the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).


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Some off-leash areas may be fenced; however, larger areas are more likely unfenced. Dog parks are becoming more strategic on how they use fencing in terms of park operations. In parks with high use, fencing is usually preferred instead of leaving the area unfenced. Fencing in a straight line (linear shape) is ideal in all dog parks. When selecting fencing, take into account the surroundings. The suggestion is to install either 4-foot high fencing which will contain most dogs, 5-foot high fencing – which will help to contain more dogs, and the most used height of 7-foot which will prevent dogs from escaping especially when installed in large dog areas. This is the height recommended if the dog park is near a residential area or adjacent to busy roads. There are several types of fencing that can be used in this spaces. Some are recommended over others. Here is an overview of a selected sample of highly recommended fence material: • Woven wire – easy to install and inexpensive. A concrete ledge can be poured under the frame to prevent digging.

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of fence in dog parks. Easy to install, inexpensive, and durable. Consider dressing it with landscape for better visual appeal. • Hedges – attractive, require more “depth” than traditional fences, can also use vines on chain link to reduce land area required. • Pickets – can be alternated front and back of support to create more open space. Engraved pickets can be sold as fundraisers for the dog park. Solid fencing like concrete or corrugated ones are not a good option, as dogs can become nervous or roused if they feel enclosed. Some solutions to this may be to use landscaping to increase privacy screening while not completely obstructing the view. “Windows” or “peep holes” can also be installed in solid fences to provide viewing areas, and can be retrofitted to existing solid fences. Finally, berms or platforms can be installed if the dog park has a solid fence, so the dog can see over the top of the fence, but not be close enough to jump over. One thing to take into account when installing fencing is to avoid 90˚ angles – or the angle may allow dogs to corner other dogs and may promote aggressive behavior. Fencing without a 90˚ angle makes it easier for a dog to escape if necessary. To resolve this issue, a shrub could be added to the corner to prevent the behavior.


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All gates should be fitted with a spring for self-closing, particularly for visitors or children who may forget to close the gates. Also, consider using a two-stage entry system: first gate to a small holding pen and then a second gate to the entire dog park. This type of system decreases the likelihood of dogs escaping. Gates could be triple with a swipe entry or a double gate entry for additional security. Swipe entry systems are convenient as they regulate the access to the dog park and can improve park security. Also, for improved access, consider installing the gate with sufficient space for those individuals using mobility devices. In addition, a separate gate for exiting can improve some of the crowding that may occur while others are entering the dog park, reducing stress in both individuals and dogs. Keep water bowls, waste disposal, and benches away from gates to reduce overcrowding at entry and exit points. Lastly, when thinking about small versus large dogs, placing gates away from each other rather than at corners is recommended as it may decrease the amount of barking and aggressive behavior.

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Several companies provide programmed keys for individuals that hold a membership for the dog park. These keys can be deprogrammed if not returned upon expiration of the membership. These systems are preferable to allow access to city- or county-wide parks. The annual dues individuals pay for their membership can help raise money for park maintenance, and fund future parks and park systems. Besides providing security to patrons, electronic access can offer additional benefits such as recording a log of park users, SPRING 2016 • CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION

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Dog Park Amenities

Minimal items for your dog park include shade, drinking water, benches and dog waste disposal stations. If you want your patrons to clean up after their dogs, give them bags and tools to do so. Biodegradable bags are your best choice. Don’t forget to provide a place to dispose of the bags. What items can you add to the dog park to take it to the next level? Agility equipment is a great addition. Consider adding items like jump bars, weave posts, crawl tubes/tunnels, jump hoops or ramps. If you are using sod as your surfacing, you may want to consider another option for entry/exit points for all agility equipment. These areas will have issues with lots of wear. If you can include agility-based activities, look for manufacturers that specialize in dog park equipment. Select challenges for dogs of different sizes and abilities, and slip resistant equipment to prevent injuries. The equipment should also be all-weather, UV protected, durable, and resistant to vandalism and urine. These features can help make the park into a “destination” for owners and their dogs, by expanding the recreational experiences. Areas can be designed and tailored for a variety of locations, sizes, and challenge activities. Another patron favorite is a water feature. It could be something as simple as a fire hydrant mister, a small pool, or a large pond. A large pond can include a zero entry area for smaller dogs and a deeper end for diving dogs. Be sure to test water on a regular basis for water-borne parasites. If you have a fairly large dog park, keep dog owners healthy by providing a paved walkway for them to get exercise while their dogs are playing. It is not a good idea to provide play toys in a dog park. Dog parks should be searched at closing to remove any forgotten dog toys which can easily spread disease.









Barking at the Right Tree

More than half of the population in the United States owns a pet. Dogs are seen as companions and even best friends for some; therefore, dog parks are important outlets for humans, as they provide recreational opportunities and bring together dog lovers, individuals of all ages, and individuals of diverse socioeconomic status. You have the opportunity to provide a space in the community that will serve both the dogs and their owners. These spaces are lowmaintenance, do not require extensive spaces, or too many features to bring people and communities together. When planning for a dog park, is important to design these spaces with the basic design considerations in mind, as highlighted in this article. You may start with the basics and add-on to it as the park becomes more frequently visited and popular – and it will experience an increase in visitation. Dogs will be able to release some bottled-up energy, their owners will be able to relax and meet new people in a safe environment. This is a win-win situation for the community and parks alike. Woof! CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION • SPRING 2016

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Okay, so you have a dog park and you thought “If we build it, they will come.” Your dog park attendance has been steady, but not quite where you think By John Glaeser Director of Communications California Park & Recreation Society

it should be. What can you do to drive more dogs and their owners to your dog park? What’s that missing element? Your park has the necessary amenities. Maybe it’s a programming element that’s missing.






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After all, there isn’t much most pet owners won’t do for their “best friend”. In fact, if there is special event programming that you do for kids, you could probably adapt it to dogs. • Pictures with Santa • “Mom and Me” exercise programs • Fun Runs • Parades • And so much more


One of the easiest events to plan is a meet and greet social. A simple social can be planned in the evening. You can even provide food and beverages for the owners but be wary about treats for the dogs. Some dogs do not like to share toys or food and may lash out at any dog entering their comfort zone. If you want to provide treats for the dogs, you can distribute them as the dog and owner are leaving the event. After researching the subject on the

internet, I found a variety of these events with some very clever names: • Barks & Brews • Woofs & Wine • Canine Cocktails

Doggie Parades

You can have a parade early on the 4th of July. Dogs and owners can come in costume or maybe create their own wagon “float”. You will want to be done long before the fireworks. Some animals don’t do well being out and about on this night. Easter is another popular day for parades, but by far the biggest time for doggie parades is Halloween. Remember that statement about anything you can do with kids you can do with dogs. This one is tops on the list. Adding costume contests to your Halloween parade is a natural fit. Below is a list of

some categories you can use in your costume contest. You can even split each category into small and large dog groups. After all, some small dogs are just “cuter” than larger dogs. • Scariest • Funniest • Best TV/Movie Character • Best Team (Human/Dog) • Best Pack (Three or more dogs) (editor’s note - why is it that nearly every picture I looked at for a dog in costume, the dog looked misearable?)

Fitness Events

There are many canine-friendly fun runs out there. But what about hosting a small fun run/walk just for dogs? The run can start and finish at the entrance of the dog park. According to Jaymi Heimbuch, it is actually a good idea to exercise your dog before taking them to the dog park. “A dog that has been inside or alone for hours has pent-up energy, and bringing her into an extremely stimulating environment such as a park with other dogs is like holding a match really close to a stick of dynamite and hoping the fuse doesn’t catch fire.” http://www.mnn. com/family/pets/stories/15-things-humansdo-wrong-at-dog-parks

In my research for this article, I also came across two other fitness classes that include canines. • Yoga with Your Dog • Get Fit with Fido Why not host these events at your dog park on a regular schedule?



u Dog Park Programming Schedule a Canine Entertainment Demonstration

There are a variety of canine entertainment groups out there. Each group is probably looking for some sort of publicity and exposure. Why not schedule a different group each month to do a demonstration at your dog park? Below is list of possible options: • K9 Police Dogs • Disaster Rescue Dogs • Herding Dogs • Agility Dogs • Disc Catch • Dog Obedience • Hunting Dogs • Doggie Dash Races

Dog Talent Show = Fido’s Got Talent!

Host a dog talent show at your dog park. The City of Beverly Hills hosts a talent show at their annual Woofstock 90210 event. According to Cindy Brynan, Senior Recreation Supervisor, the dogs are judged on creativity and crowd reaction with the award going to the “most talented trick”. Past participants have performed complicated dancing numbers and barking to a song. To include more participants in the event whose canine’s may not have too much talent, you can add some unusual contests. A search on the internet resulted in these crazy contest ideas:

work with a local agility trainer to bring in the equipment and have a canine agility demonstration, training and then top it off with a competition.

Pet Rescue/Adoption Events

Most communities have pet rescue and adoption groups. These groups have regular events at local pet stores, vet offices and street fairs. Work with these groups to include your dog park in their event rotations.

ally adventurous, try combining 3-4 of the events and have a day long festival. Naturally you can’t have the entire event at a dog park. However, if your dog park is part of a larger community or regional park, you can host the event at the same park with tie-ins to the dog park.

Invite dog owner groups to meet at your dog park

Name a dog breed and there is probably a local owner’s group in your community. Why not invite them to meet at your dog park? You should also have them on your contact list to invite to all the other events mentioned above.

Final Notes

Each of the above ideas can work as a stand-alone event. If you are re- LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE - PARK PLANNING - STREETSCAPE DESIGN

• Smallest/longest tail • Smallest/largest dog • Owner/dog look-a-likes • Best “Do” (hairstyle) • Best Snausage Catcher • Best Tail Wag • Most Barks in 30 seconds • Dancing with the Dogs • Tennis Ball Races

Agility Contest

If your dog park includes agility equipment, you can have monthly agility contests. Even if your dog park doesn’t have the equipment, you can

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Life u Goals of the Program

The Parks for Life Challenge is a FREE game that is hosted by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department to help friends and families get outside and engage in healthy activities in our over 50,000 acre park system. Teams of two or three players sign up, and then choose to participate in outdoor adventures in any one of our 29 regional parks. Participants document their adventures by posting photos or videos on their social media sites to compete for awesome prizes.

So many people are tied to their electronic devices, not looking around and savoring the beauty around them. This outdoor social media game encourages people to go outdoors and connect with family and friends, while still allowing them to use their electronic devices and connect with others through social media. The Parks for Life Challenge supports both the mission of the profession AND the Parks Make Life Better!® campaign because the game encourages participants to get outdoors, get active in parks and connect with nature through friendly competition with other participants. We had several goals of the Parks for Life Challenge which included: • increasing attendance at park programs • increasing the public’s awareness of and participation in services


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• encourage exploring nature in positive and safe places • encourage social connections • increase healthy activity

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By using an actual topographical map of one of our Santa Clara County Parks as a background on the Parks for Life Challenge Website and incorporated into the game logo, we are sending a strong message to all participants that by playing the game they are going on an adventure. Adventures lead teams to places where they can explore and have fun. Participants will be exploring rivers, hilltops, valleys and forests, following trails, connecting with the past, picnicking with friends and family, and playing fun games. All of this is graphically featured in the marketing materials and graphics. The fonts and colors used on marketing materials, the game Website and Facebook pages are consistent with the graphic standards for Santa Clara County Parks so as to maintain consistency with agency logos and branding goals. During the game’s development phase it helped that we had some very enthusiastic staff who worked to get the Parks for Life Challenge Website and social media sites live within a very short period. We had a design consultant who created the topographical map for the background, one IT person who created the pages for each part of the Website and kept the colors and fonts consistent with our Santa Clara County Parks branding standards. One intern and one outdoor recreation coordinator created the content for each of the Website pages and social media pages as well as creating over 350 adventures for teams to participate in. A management analyst created the Parks for Life Challenge Facebook and Twitter pages. We also now have Google+ and Instagram pages. Our marketing consultants pushed the game on the Santa Clara County Parks social media pages and through community newspapers and magazines. The media team also created two short Parks for Life Challenge videos that are posted on all of the game’s social media outlets.


u Parks The Game

Game participants have to build a team with their friends, coworkers, neighbors and/or family members, which encourages social connections. The Parks for Life Challenge game is designed to increase awareness and enhance visitor experiences by offering over 300 adventures in the Santa Clara County Parks system. With this marketing goal in mind, teams are going out on adventures to “Hug a Tree”, “Lay on a Lawn”, “Go Fishing, “Go Bird Watching” and “Play Tag” with their team members of friends, neighbors and family. Adventures are also intended to introduce teams to our large and expansive 29 regional park system by having them visit every single park. Since the teams are on adventures in parks, they are encouraged to explore nature in positive and safe spaces, play, and exercise. Teams will earn five points by doing simple things like lay on the lawn or hug a tree. The higher the intensity of the event, the higher the point value. For instance, a five-mile hike could be as much as 15 points. Teams also get extra points by getting other teams to sign up. Through the social media communications of team players, Santa Clara County Parks is in a sense getting “free” marketing! This game has definitely addressed our goals related to increasing public awareness, increased program attendance, and utilization of park services. All park staff, volunteers, and game players are encouraged to submit ideas and nominate new adventures at any time. Game participants are surveyed after each round of adventures and asked to provide feedback, identify favorite adventures and submit ideas for improving the game or adding new elements. Many of these great ideas get incorporated into the next round of adventures. This feature allows the game to grow organically and keeps it fresh for participants who have already completed some of the adventures.


Due to generous donations by REI, Sports Basement and Cinelux, we are able to offer some incredible priz-

es. Teams can win camping and hiking equipment. Santa Clara County Parks offered annual venture passes and camping packages to some of the winners. Other prizes include movie theater passes. Part of the top prize package for the winning team is a GoPro Camera. The top 25 teams will win some prize for the entire team. With so many teams entered, we needed to develop some prize options for those teams that either joined the game late or did not have the time to compete with the top teams. We developed weekly Benchmark Special Prizes. Each week we chose certain adventures to be part of the weekly benchmark. Teams that meet certain benchmarks



will be entered into a drawing to win special prizes at the end of the game.


By having each team post every single adventure publicly and “hashtag” on their personal social media pages, friends, family and the public are watching them play! Others become

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Life u marketing/communications effort of Santa Clara County Parks. According to staff surveys from Survey Monkey after the first Parks for Life Challenge game, 67% of staff stated they had a significant increase in attendance at programs in their parks.


curious and ask what their friends and family are doing, often commenting about the game and becoming inspired to create a team and join the game. The game is fostering good health and wellness by encouraging teams to exercise in county parks by doing the “Nature’s Gym” adventure where they take a photo of their team members and their flag doing any type of physical exercise. Another example of fostering good health is by encouraging teams to join our other popular “Healthy Trails Challenge”. This challenge encourages visitors to hike, bike, ride, or roll their way through five of the listed 22 park trails in a free guidebook. Teams get points for signing up and points for completing this separate challenge. The game encourages outdoor play for all ages by having teams invite their “elders” to go with them on their adventures. Lastly, another marketing goal in mind is to cultivate memorable experiences that promotes enjoyment of the outdoors. Having teams going on these multiple adventures throughout the game period with their family and friends helps to rekindle relationships! One older team player said, “…I haven’t spent this much time with my daughter in years!” By building a Parks for Life Challenge Facebook and Twitter Page and


regularly promoting the game and communicating with teams about the weekly challenges, teams are often reminded how enjoyable their lives would be by going on fun adventures outdoors. Teams become better educated park stewards and learn about local natural, cultural and historic resources by attending diverse interpretive programs, outdoor recreation classes and events. They become inspired to get outdoors more often and share their knowledge and experiences with more friends and family. The game is meant to have teams playing together, so participants are encouraged to invite their friends and family on all of their adventures. Teams are also encouraged to attend volunteer opportunities, which helps promote park stewardship and community volunteerism.

The Parks for Life Challenge for Spring 2016 began on May 1 and runs through August 15th. Currently we have over 260 teams registered and this number is climbing. A post-game survey of Parks for Life Challenge team members indicated that 86% of the participating teams rated the game as good to excellent. But to us the best indication of the game’s success is the public comments on the Parks for Life Challenge Facebook page which indicated an increased community awareness of park services. Specific comments include: “…It has introduced us to the outstanding county park system that surrounds San Jose and pushed us to get out and play….” “Having a blast seeing new places, getting healthy, and learning about history and science, too!” “Love this challenge! We have found so many great parks we did not know were in our backyard.” NBC Bay Area’s Open Road featured Santa Clara County Parks and used the Parks for Life Challenge game

What we learned

The Parks for Life Challenge was a surprise to us on how successful the game was and how it increased public awareness of our great Santa Clara County Park system. Over the last three games there were over 700 teams (1,838 people) registered. 26,938 total adventures were submitted by these teams. These incredible numbers signify that this game is doing a great job in supporting the goals of the SPRING 2016 • CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION

u Parks as a way to introduce our Agency and the great places to visit. For more information go to: To learn more about the Parks for Life challenge, visit to view all the game features, prizes, flag making options and photos. The software tool that we use for this game was developed by The California Parks Company. For more information or to purchase a version of this software contact The California Parks Company by emailing info.capture@ or calling 530-529-1512.



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

Associated Students, CSUF, Inc. (Orange) PH: 657/278-4511 FAX: 657/278-2503 800 N. State College, Fullerton, CA 92834 E-Mail: Website: REP: Keith Fonseca, Director Titan Recreation; Alison Wittwer, Safety & Aquatics Coordinator, Farron Fowler, Intramurals & Youth Camp Coordinator. SERVICE: University recreation program. We also provide summer youth programs to the community. AstroTurf (Whitfield) PH: 706/277-8873 FAX: 706/277-5220 2680 Abutment Road, Dalton, GA 30721 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sydney Stahlbaum, Director of Sales Support; Jennifer Young, Territory Manager SERVICE: AstroTurf offers synthetic turf systems with proprietary technologies designed specifically for Parks and Recreation needs.

Atlas American LLC (Butte) PH: 408/836-3542 FAX: 530/343-5167 1700 Bidwell Avenue, Chico, CA 95926 E-Mail: Website: REP: Robert Adamis, President SERVICE: We specialize in vandalism & corrosion resistant washroom accessories that are Made in the USA. Avalon Amenities, Inc. (Riverside) PH: 951/299-9394 FAX: 951/755-8809 31915 Rancho California Rd, Ste 200324, Temecula, CA 92591 E-Mail: Website: REP: David Skalka, President SERVICE: We represent Victor Stanley site furniture in Southern California. BCI Burke Co, LLC (Fond Du Lac) PH: 920/921-9220 FAX: 920/921-9566 660 Van Dyne Road, Fond Du Lac, WI 54935 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike Phelan, President SERVICE: BCI Burke has been manufacturing high-quality and innovative playground equipment for 95 years. Bellinger Foster Steinmetz Landscape Architecture, Inc. (Monterey) PH: 831/646-1383 FAX: 831/373-8653 425 Pacific Street, Suite 201, Monterey, CA 93940 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. Berliner Seilfabrik Play Equipment Corporation (Greenville) PH: 864/627-1092 FAX: 864/627-1178 48 Brookfield Oaks Dr. Suite D, Greenville, SC 29607 E-Mail: Website: REP: Lukas Steinke, CEO SERVICE: State of the art play structures from the world’s leader in net climbing playground equipment.


u Buyer’s Guide Blair, Church & Flynn Consulting Engineers, Inc. (Fresno) PH: 559/326-1400 FAX: 559/326-1500 451 Clovis Ave., Suite 200, Clovis, CA 93612-1376 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. BSN Sports (Dallas) PH: 800/527-7510 FAX: 800/899-0149 1901 Diplomat Dr, Farmer’s Branch, TX 75234 E-Mail: Website: REP: Erik Rios, Division Manager SERVICE: Recreational sporting goods. Facility maintenance, aquatics apparel. Buell Recreation (Sacramento) PH: 916/616-1912 3800 Bayou Way, Sacramento, CA 95835 E-Mail: Website: REP: Doug Buell, Owner/President SERVICE: Buell Recreation is the exclusive BCI Burke Playground Equipment dealership in Northern California. Bull Stockwell Allen (San Francisco) PH: 415/281-4720 FAX: 415/281-4721 300 Montgomery Street, Suite 1135, San Francisco, CA 94104 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) PH: 650/322-1181 FAX: 650/322-1194 675 Gilman Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2528 E-Mail: Website: REP: Eric R. Mart SERVICE: Provides professional park management, security, maintenance, ranger patrol & related services.

The California Parks Company (Tehama) PH: 916/529-1512 FAX: 916/529-4511 2150 Main Street, Suite 5, Red Bluff, CA 96080 E-Mail: Website: REP: Marshall Pike, VP - Business Development, Kohn Koeberer, President, Kris Koeberer, VP, Operations. SERVICE: Recreation Concessions. California State Soccer Association South (Orange) PH: 714/778-2972 FAX: 714/441-0715 1029 S. Placentia Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831 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. California’s Great America (Santa Clara) PH: 408/986-5873 FAX: 408/986-5855 2401 Agnew Road, Santa Clara, CA 95054 E-Mail: edgar.vidal@cagreatamerica. com Website: REP: Edgar Vidal, Manager, Group Sales SERVICE: California’s Great America Theme Park is Northern California’s number one spot for fun and excitement! Callander Associates Landscape Architecture, Inc. (Sacramento) PH: 916/985-4366 FAX: 916/985-4391 12150 Tributary Point Drive, Suite 140, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 E-Mail: Website: REP: Erik Smith, Principal; Mark Slichter, Principal; Benjamin Woodside, Principal SERVICE: Landscape architects.

Capitol Equipment, Inc. (Los Angeles) PH: 626/357-3768 FAX: 626/359-3121 2718 E. Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010 E-Mail: Website: REP: Joe & Sue Guarrera SERVICE: Portable steel equipment shelters, standard and custom sizes. Central Coast Playgrounds (Santa Barbara) PH: 805/878-9509 FAX: 805/934-1814 P.O. Box 2212, Santa Maria, CA 93455 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steve Strachan, Owner SERVICE: Park & Playground construction. Century Products (Orange) PH: 714/632-7083 FAX: 714/632-5470 1144 N. Grove, Anaheim, CA 92806 E-Mail: REP: Tom Smith, President; Diana Bebaeff, Sales Manager; Lisa McCoy, Sales SERVICE: Manufacturer and distributor of landscape materials. CH Bull Company (San Mateo) PH: 650/837-8400 FAX: 800/229-2855 229 Utah Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080 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) PH: 714/619-0100 FAX: 714/619-0106 3151 Airway Ave, Suite A-3, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-4620 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) PH: 503/223-1157 FAX: 503/223-4530 1300 S. W. Sixth Avenue, Ste. 310, Portland, OR 97201-3464 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) PH: 877/794-6227 FAX: 877/794-6329 1121 N. Hawk Circle, Anaheim, CA 92807 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) PH: 951/369-0700 FAX: 951/369-4039 4649 Brockton Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506 E-Mail: Website: REP: Tim Maloney SERVICE: Landscape architects, park planning and design. Cornerstone Studios, Inc. (Orange) PH: 714/973-2200 FAX: 714/973-0203 106 W. 4th, 5th Floor, Santa Ana, CA 92701 E-Mail: Website: REP: Don Wilson, ASLA SERVICE: Park planning, trail design, irrigation master planning, plan checking, sports field design, visual resource analysis.

Buyer’s Guide u Counsilman-Hunsaker (Saint Louis) PH: 310/734-2282 10733 Sunset Office Drive, Suite 400, Saint Louis, MO 63127 E-Mail: Website: REP: Doug Cook, PE SERVICES: Aquatic design, engineering and consulting, programming, Facility Impact studies, existing facility evaluations, and feasibility studies. Crane Architectural Group (Orange) PH: 714/525-0363 FAX: 714/525-9826 110 E Wilshire Ave # 300, Fullerton, CA 92832-1934 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) PH: 925/251-7200 FAX: 925/251-7201 5865 Owens Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588 E-Mail: Website: REP: Karl Danielson, Principal; Gregor Markel, Associate/Senior Architect; Elaine Moal, Marketing Manger SERVICE: Architectural and planning services. DASH Platform (King) PH: 800/881-6515 9040 Willows Road NE, Suite 102, Redmond, WA 98052 E-Mail: Website: REP: Don Amick, VP of Sales; Larry Mana’o, VP of Marketing & Business Development, Janna Chow, Marketing Director SERVICE: DASH Platform is an allinclusive, easy-to-use software solution that allows staff to manage facilities and programs.


Dave Bang Associates, Inc. (Orange) PH: 800/669-2585 FAX: 800/729-2483 P.O. Box 1088, Tustin, CA 92781 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) PH: 909/481-5750 FAX: 909/481-5757 4200 Concours, Ste 150, Ontario, CA 91764-7976 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) PH: 714/641-1300 FAX: 714/641-1323 151 Kalmus Drive, Suite M-8, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 E-Mail: Website: REP: David Volz, Landscape Architect, Leed AP; Gary Vasquez, Landscape Architect; Eric Sterling, Landscape Architect SERVICE: Award winning park planners and sports facility experts! DVD provides assistance with project planning budgets. Deschamps Mat Systems (Essex) PH: 973/928-3040 FAX: 973/928-3041 218 Little Falls Road, Unit 7, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009-1277 E-Mail: Website: REP: Alex Girard, Area Sales Manager, Thierry Darche, Director of Operations SERVICE: We develop, manufacture and distribute state-of-the-art Mobility Solutions.

Doggie Walk Bags (Orange) PH: 949/200-1148 FAX: 949/200-1149 17 New Meadow, Irvine, CA 92614 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chris Crosson, Owner/President; Rondi Alderman, Sales & Marketing Manager SERVICE: The original Blue tie handle bags, dispensers & trash cans for pet waste pick up. Eagle Sports & Awards Company (Los Angeles) PH: 310/384-2540 FAX: 818/886-5554 19918 Bryant Street, Winnetka, CA 91306 E-Mail: Website: REP: Elliot Heffler, Owner SERVICE: Silk-screening, embroidery, awards, banners, advertising & promotional specialties. EcoFert, Inc (Orange) PH: 562/552-4034 1237 S. Wright St., Santa Ana, CA 92705 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steven A. Hunt, Director of Business Development; Lou Franson, President; Steve Hagy, Director of Operations SERVICE: Landscape care solutions through a full service program utilizing organic based amendments applied through fertigation systems. eTrak-Plus (Charleston) PH: 877/513-8725 FAX: 843/763-3877 1095 Playground Road, Charleston, SC 29407 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. Eurmax (Los Angeles) PH: 855/222-6679 FAX: 626/279-1522 9460 Telstar Avenue, Suite 2, El Monte, CA 91731 E-Mail: Website: REP: Joel Delgadillo, General Sales Manager SERVICE: Eurmax manufactures the best quality pop up canopies in the world at the best prices!

Ewing Irrigation Products (Maricopa) PH: 602/437-9530 FAX: 602/437-0446 3441 E. Harbour Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85034 E-Mail: Website: Main Address For Magazine Listing: 3441 E. Harbour Drive Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 437-9530 Fax (602) 437-0446 REP: Michael Haymore, Regional Manager; Bill Snider, Regional Manager; Tom Noonan, Water Efficiency Sales List Harbor Drive address here as Corporate Address: SERVICE: The largest family owned distributor of landscape and irrigation products in the country. Exeloo Public Restrooms (San Luis Obispo) PH: 800/676-5290 P.O. Box 13310, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406 E-Mail: Website: REP: Alex Carter, Business Development Manager SERVICE: Exeloo is the complete public restroom solution. Providing custom prefabricated units for every situation. FlexGround (Placer) PH: 916/275-3588 2029 Opportunity Drive, #3, Roseville, CA 95678 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sandi Walsh, General Manager California SERVICE: FlexGround is the premier provider of rubberized poured in place and recreation surfacing. Gail Materials, Inc. (Riverside) PH: 951/667-6106 FAX: 951/667-6102 10060 Dawson Canyon Road, Corona, CA 92883 E-Mail: Website: REP: David Dzwilewski, Consultant SERVICE: Leading manufacturer of ball field materials, stabilized decompose granite, sports sand and specialty soils. Serving the West Coast


u Buyer’s Guide Glass Architects (Sonoma) PH: 707/544-3920 FAX: 707/544-2514 200 E Street, #100, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 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) PH: 617/744-0772 FAX: 617/744-1037 464 Common Street #148, Belmont, MA 02478 E-Mail: Website: REP: Laura Wilson, Sales Manager SERVICE: Goric specializes in cutting edge play equipment for parks, streetscapes, museums and other public spaces. Grand Slam Safety Fence System (Contra Costa) PH: 925/997-6266 130 Alcosta Court, San Ramon, CA 94583 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jeanette Lewis Chamberlain, West Coast Sales Director, Bob Lyndaker, President, Bob Chamberlain, VP Marketing/Sales SERVICE: Design, manufacture outfield safety fencing system-permanent or removable for multi-sport parks-baseball, softball, little league. Greenfields Outdoor Fitness (Orange) PH: 888/315-9037 FAX: 866/308-9719 2617 West Woodland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92801 E-Mail: Website: REP: Please call to find a rep in your area. SERVICE: Outdoor fitness equipment. GreenFields USA (Fulton) PH: 770/306-4252 4901 Jonesboro Road, Suite 501, Union City, GA 30291 E-Mail: Website: REP: Danielle Byrd, Marketing Manager SERVICE: GreenFields - leading supplier of artificial turf.

Gro-Power, Inc. (San Bernardino) PH: 909/393-3744 FAX: 909/393-2773 15065 Telephone Avenue, Chino, CA 91710 E-Mail: Website: REP: Brent Holden, President; David Diehl, Sales Representative; Jack Engberg, Sales Representative SERVICE: Go “green” with Gro-Power products. They’re safe for the environment and naturally conserve water. Group 4 Architecture Research + Planning, Inc. (San Mateo) PH: 650/871-0709 FAX: 650/871-7911 211 Linden Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080 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) PH: 707/255-4630 FAX: 707/255-7480 1700 Soscol Avenue, Suite 23, Napa, CA 94559 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) PH: 714/776-4340 FAX: 714/776-4395 2221 E. Winston Rd. #A, Anaheim, CA 92806 E-Mail: Website: REP: Patrick Hirsch, President SERVICE: Landscape architecture, park planning, master plans, sports facilities, redevelopment & public work projects.

Harris Design (Alameda) PH: 510/647-3792 FAX: 510/647-3712 755 Folger Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710 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 Design Group, Inc. (Riverside) PH: 760/777-9131 FAX: 760/777-9132 78365 Highway 111, PMB 332, La Quinta, CA 92211 E-Mail: Website: www.hermannandassociates. com REP: Chris Hermann, President/CEO, Kristin Moore Hermann, Managing Director/CFO, Jose Estrada, Project Manager/Vice President SERVICE: Landscape architecture, planning and project management for community parks, sports parks and dog parks. The HLA Group Landscape Architects & Planners, Inc. (Sacramento) PH: 916/447-7400 FAX: 916/447-8270 2600 Capitol Avenue, Suite 120, Sacramento, CA 95816-5928 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steven Canada, ASLA; Greg Hauser, ASLA SERVICE: Landscape architecture and planning emphasizing parks and recreation, urban design, community design and land planning. Hunter Industries (Placer) PH: 916/899-9437 P.O. Box 1005, Meadow Vista, CA 95722 E-Mail: don.franklin@hunterindustries. com Website: REP: Donald D. Franklin, Northern Calif. Specification Manager; Lynda Wightman, Industry Relations Manager; Daniel Kamieniecki, So. Calif. Specification Manager SERVICE: Irrigation Manufacturer - MP Rotator, Sprays, Rotors, Smart Controllers, Valves, Drip


ID Edge, Inc. (Boulder) PH: 303/665-0405 FAX: 303/665-4026 1849 Cherry Street #10, Louisville, CO 80027 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. Innovative Playgrounds Company LLC (Los Angeles) PH: 877/732-5200 FAX: 562/693-5199 12407 East Slauson Avenue, Unit D, Whittier, CA 90606 E-Mail: info@innovativeplaygrounds. com Website: www.innovativeplaygrounds. com REP: Alvino Larios, President SERVICE: Sales, designs, and project management for BCI Burke playground equipment, safety surfacing, shade structures, and fitness/sport/site amenities. International Mulch Company (Saint Louis) PH: 314/373-1163 182 Northwest Industrial Court, Bridgeton, MO 63044 E-Mail: Website: REP: Justiny Coliny, Director of Sales SERVICE: Manufacturer of recycled rubber mulch and molded rubber products. IZone Imaging (Bell) PH: 254/778-0722 FAX: 254/778-0938 2526 Charter Oak Dr., Suite 100, Temple, TX 76502 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike MacEachern, Owner/CEO; Grady Brown, President; Michael Dean, Director of Sales & Production SERVICE: Sign Solutions and Customer High Pressure Laminate (CHPL) graphic panels and decorative surfaces. J2 Engineering, Inc. (Fresno) PH: 559/251-5600 5234 E. Pine, Fresno, CA 93727 E-Mail: Website: REP: James Flynn, President SERVICE: Forensic engineering firm.


Buyer’s Guide u Jacobs, Inc. (Sacramento) PH: 916/929-3323 FAX: 916/929-1772 1050 20th Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95811 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jeff Townsend, Principal SERVICE: Landscape architectural and engineering design services for parks, recreation and open space projects. Jacobsen (Sacramento) PH: 704/614-4550 1060 National Drive, Suite 1, Sacramento, CA 95835 E-Mail: Website: REP: Shane Chaplin, Pro Turf Territory Sales Rep. SERVICE: Jacobsen, Turfco, Smithco, Cushman, Ventrac products. Turf equipment, mowing equipment, etc. JCI SafePark (Orange) PH: 800/734-4882 FAX: 959/588-9776 23052 Alcalde Drive, Suite C, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 E-Mail: Website: REP: James, Clark, Founder, CEO; Dave Sale, Field Operations Manager; Charles Froeming, Lead CPSI SERVICE: Playground Audits, Inspections, Impact Testing-Traix-2010, Playground maintenance, repair, complete certified playground refurbishment and upgrades. JetMulch (Santa Cruz) PH: 866/306-8524 FAX: 831/462-2126 P.O. Box 1667, Capitola, CA 95010 E-Mail: Website: REP: Phil Reiker, President/Manager SERVICE: Blown-In Mulch and ASTM certified playground materials. Jones & Madhavan (Ventura) PH: 805/777-8449 FAX: 805/777-8489 100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd Ste 211, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-8134 E-Mail: Website: REP: Nachi Madhavan, AIA; Doug Jones, PE. SERVICE: Planning, architecture & engineering services for public aquatic facilities.


Keenan & Associates (Los Angeles) PH: 310/212-3344 FAX: 310/787-8838 2355 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA 90501 E-Mail: Website: REP: Betti Paquale, Assistant Vice President SERVICE: Loss Control Services, training and playground inspections and program consulting. Kidz Love Soccer (Santa Clara) PH: 408/774-4629 FAX: 888/391-5114 780 Montague, Suite 602, San Jose, CA 95131 E-Mail: Website: REP: Peter Stanley SERVICE: Age-appropriate youth soccer instruction. Classes and camps for children 2-12 years of age. Knorr Systems, Inc. (Orange) PH: 714/754-4044 FAX: 714/754-7791 2221 S. Standard Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92707 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. KOMPAN, Inc. (Pierce) PH: 530/680-3401 29 Kilbannan, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694 E-Mail: Website: REP: Megan Chase, Sales Manager, KOMPAN SERVICE: KOMPAN designs age-appropriate and high-quality playground products combining stringent environmental standards and exceptional play value. KTU + A Planning & Landscape Architecture (San Diego) PH: 619/294-4477 FAX: 619/294-9965 3916 Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kurt Carlson, Principal; Cheri Blatner, Senior Associate; Sharon Singleton, Principal SERVICE: We Provide Award Winning Landscape Architectural Planning and Design Services for Parks and Recreation Facilities.

The KYA Group (Orange) PH: 714/659-6477 FAX: 714/586-5526 1522 Brookhollow Drive, Suite 3, Santa Ana, CA 92705 E-Mail: Website: REP: Lynne Lees, Marketing and Personal Relations Manager SERVICE: Industry specialist in surface solutions and sustainable plantscapes supported by project management, design and maintenance services. LDA Partners, LLP (San Joaquin) PH: 209/943-0405 FAX: 209/943-0415 4 S. Central Court, Stockton, CA 95204 E-Mail: Website: REP: Eric Wohle, Partner SERVICE: Architectural Services. Lincoln Aquatics (Contra Costa) PH: 925/687-9500 FAX: 925/680-2825 2051 Commerce Avenue, Concord, CA 94520 E-Mail: Website: REP: Charles Luecker, President & CEO Lincoln Aquatics (Orange) 182 Viking Avenue, Brea, CA 92821 PH: 714/990-6015, 800/223-5450, FAX 714/990-4130 E-Mail: Website: REP: Andrea Hickman, Office Manager SERVICE: Distributors of commercial swimming pool equipment, chemicals and aquatic supplies since 1954. LPA, Inc. (Placer) PH: 916/772-4300 FAX: 916/772-4330 1548 Eureka Road #101, Roseville, CA 95661 E-Mail: Website: LPA Inc. (Placer), Roseville, CA; LPA Inc. (Orange) 5161 California Avenue Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92617, 949/261-1001, Fax: 949/260-1190 REP: Kevin Sullivan, Principal (Roseville Office) Steve Kendrick, Principal (Roseville Office) Heather Van De Zilver, Business Development (Irvine Office) SERVICE: Sustainable design solutions in architecture, landscape architecture and planning for community centers, aquatics and parks.

Mariposa Landscapes (Los Angeles) PH: 626/960-0196 FAX: 626/960-8944 15529 Arrow Hwy, Irwindale, CA 91706 E-Mail: Website: REP: Terry Noriega, President SERVICE: Landscape Construction, Hardscape Construction, Landscape Maintenance, Tree Care, Indoor Plantscape. Martin Brothers Consulting Services, Inc. (Orange) PH: 714/654-5980 15391 Cedarwood Avenue, Midway City, CA 92655 E-Mail: Website: REP: Matthew Martin, Vice President; Paul J. Martin, President; Luke Martin, Inspector SERVICE: We provide inspections services for Playground Safety and ADA compliance for all playgrounds. As certified Access specialists we provide ADA consulting for all recreation programming. Marty Turcios Therapeutic Golf Foundation (Contra Costa) PH: 925/957-9441 221 Green Street Near Richardson, Martinez, CA 94553-2359 E-Mail: Website: REP: Marty Turcios, President and Educator, Melody Lacy, Secretary, Pete Schober, Treasurer SERVICE: We teach golf, as recreation therapy, to veterans with traumatic brain injuries and to adults with autism and other severe disabilities. Melton Design Group (Sacramento) PH: 530/899-1616 309 Wall Street, Chico, CA 95829 E-Mail: Website: REP: Greg Melton, Principal SERVICE: Landscape architecture, providing design services for parks. Sports complexes, skateparks & masterplans. We focus on providing personal service.


u Buyer’s Guide Meyer & Associates Architecture (Orange) PH: 949/380-1151 FAX: 949/380-8117 23265 South Pointe Drive, Suite 102, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 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) PH: 510/845-7549 FAX: 510/845-8750 800 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710 E-Mail: Website: MIG Pasadena: 626/744-9872, MIG Fullerton: 714/871-3638, MIG Davis: 530/753-9606, MIG Riverside: 951/787-9222, MIG San Diego: 619/677-2003, MIG Sonoma: 707/282-9008, MIG Menlo Park: 650/327-0429 REP: Susan Goltsman, Tim Gilbert, Mathew Gaber, Steve Lang, Jim Pickel, Lauren Schmitt, Joan Chaplick, John Baas SERVICE: Landscape architecture and recreation and environmental planning for parks, open space and the public realm. Miracle Playground Sales/Miracle Recreation (Riverside) PH: 800/264-7225 FAX: 877/215-3869 9106 Pulsar Ct, Ste C, Corona, CA 92883-4632 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kevin Spence SERVICE: Innovative playground equipment, playground safety surfacing; park shelters & gazebos; tables, benches & athletic equipment & splashpads. Miracle Playsystems Inc. (Contra Costa) PH: 800/879-7730 FAX: 510/893-2163 PO Box 263, Alamo, CA 94507 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kit Stevens, President; Tracey Adams, Project Designer SERVICE: Play equipment design, distribution and specialty contracting firm serving all of central and Northern California.

Most Dependable Fountains, Inc. (Shelby) PH: 800/552-6331 FAX: 901/867-4008 5705 Commander Dr., Arlington, TN 38002-0587 E-Mail: Website: REP: Vince McGrory, Sales; Anita Beachum, Sales SERVICE: Outdoor drinking fountains, pet fountains, showers, misters, play towers, hydrants, jug fillers, handwash stations & grills. Murdock Mfg. (Los Angeles) PH: 800/591-9880 FAX: 626/855-4860 P.O. Box 3527, City of Industry, CA 91744 E-Mail: Website: REP: John S. Mitchell, Manager SERVICE: Pre-engineered buildings, restroom plumbing fixtures, drinking fountains, and water hydrants. Musco Sports Lighting (Orange) PH: 949/754-0503 FAX: 949/754-0637 4 Jenner, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618 E-Mail: Website: REP: Michael Marchetti, Karin Pekala, Michael Higgins, Michael Winfrey, Paul Austad SERVICE: Providing sports lighting solutions for your budget, for the environment. My Bark Co., Inc. (San Joaquin) PH: 209/786-4042 FAX: 209/786-4043 P.O. Box 932, Linden, CA 95236 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mary Yelton, President SERVICE: ReadyPlay, EWF from virgin forest wood, bark products, colored enhanced mulches and soil amendments. NGI Sports a Division of River City Athletics (Hamilton) PH: 775/544-6306 FAX: 423/499-8882 2807 Walker Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421 E-Mail: Website: REP: Cory Brisbin, West Coast Sales; Richard Burke, CEO/COO SERVICE: Nova Pro tennis and track is your guaranteed solution. Specializing in innovation for sports construction.

Noll & Tam Architects (Alameda) PH: 510/649-8295 FAX: 510/649-3008 729 Heinz Avenue, Suite 7, Berkeley, CA 94710 E-Mail: Website: REP: Janet Tam, Principal SERVICE: Architectural design, programming and planning for recreation/ community/senior centers and other civic buildings.

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.

NUVIS (Orange) PH: 714/754-7311 FAX: 714/754-7346 3151 Airway Avenue, Suite J-3, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 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.

Pacific Park and Playground, Inc. (Ventura) PH: 805/581-0252 FAX: 805/581-5959 6166 Goshen Street, Simi Valley, CA 93063 E-Mail: Website: REP: Scott Muscolo, Owner; Cindy Grabow, Playground Design & Sales; Kate Little, Regional Sales & Marketing Manager SERVICES: Providing park and playground products and services to Southern California cities, counties, schools, churches and others.

O’Dell Engineering (Stanislaus) PH: 209/571-1765 x102 FAX: 209/571-2466 1165 Scenic Drive, Suite B, Modesto, CA 95350 E-Mail: ckennedy@odellengineering. com 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) PH: 530/337-6774 FAX: 530/337-6675 2270 Barney Road, Anderson, CA 96007 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 Park At the Santa Monica Pier (Los Angeles) PH: 310/260-8744 x253 FAX: 310/899-1826 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sarah McCann, Marketing Sales Manager SERVICES: Family amusement park located at the Santa Monica Pier. PDPlay (San Diego) PH: 760/597-5990 FAX: 760/597-5991 2458 South Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92084 E-Mail: Website: REP: John Ogden, President SERVICE: California manufacturer of commercial play structures, site furnishings, and poured-in-placed rubberized surfacing.


Buyer’s Guide u Pentair Water Commercial Pool and Aquatics (Lee) PH: 919/566-8332 FAX: 919/566-8910 1620 Hawkins Ave., Sanford, NC 27330 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike Fowler, Commercial Marketing Manager; Justin McCollum, Territory Sales Manager SERVICE: Manufacturer of commercial products and accessories from controllers, pumps, lighting, filters, UV and VFD.

PlaceWorks (Alameda) PH: 510/848-3815 FAX: 510/848-4315 1625 Shattuck Avenue 3rd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94709 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sarah Sutton, Principal; Melissa Erikson, Senior Associate; Sheila Cedervall, Senior Associate SERVICE: Landscape architecture, park, trails, open space planning, community facilitation, environmental planning for healthy, sustainable communities.

Playground Inspection, LLC (Los Angeles) PH: 888/293-7889 FAX: 818/578-3408 P.O. BOX 16654, Encino, CA 914166654 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jim Stein SERVICE: Independent inspector, surface impact testing with Triax, early childhood certified, playground inspections, compliance certificates, insured.

PerfectMIND PH: 604/983-0620 110-980 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC C7P 3N4 E-Mail: Website: REP: Vahia Shababi, VP Business Development and Marketing SERVICE: PerfectMind is a cloud-based Parks & Recreation management software to help grow communities of all sizes.

Play Foundations Inc. (San Diego) PH: 760/721-2993 FAX: 760/721-3837 1338 N Melrose Drive, Suite K, Vista, CA 92083-2923 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jack Cox, President/CEO SERVICE: Certified installer of leading playground, recreational equipment and surfacing manufacturers. Quality maintenance services for existing playgrounds.

PIER 39 (San Francisco) PH: 415/705-5500 FAX: 415/981-8808 P.O. Box 193730, San Francisco, CA 94119-3730 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.

PlayCore (Hamilton) PH: 423/425-3168 FAX: 423/425-3124 401 Chestnut Street Suite 410, Chattanooga, TN 37402 E-Mail: Website: REP: Anne-Marie Spencer, VP Marketing; Bob Farnsworth, CEO; Lisa Moore, VP Strategic Services SERVICE: PlayCore helps build stronger communities by advancing play through research, education, partnerships, and products.

Playgrounds Unlimited (Santa Clara) PH: 408/244-9848 FAX: 408/244-9847 980 Memorex Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95050 E-Mail: mikea@playgroundsunlimited. net Website: REP: Michael Altieri, CEO; Joe Mendes, President SERVICE: Construction services; site preparation; play equipment; water play; shade shelter installation; Pour-inplace & synthetic turf safety surface.

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


Playcraft Direct, Inc. (Josephine) PH: 888/571-7640 FAX: 541/244-2196 123 North Valley Dr., Grants Pass, OR 97526 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kurt Krauss, CEO; Toney Lewis, Sales Manager SERVICE: Seller of playground equipment (commercial type).

PlayMax Surfacing, Inc. PH: 951/250-6039 FAX: 951/356-6550 1950 Compton Avenue #111, Corona, CA 92881 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chris Wolf, General Manager; Rick Denney, Installation Manager; Jim Weaver, Project Manager SERVICE: Manufacture and install rubber playground safety surfaces and tiles. PlaySafe, LLC (Bernalillo) PH: 505/899-9532 PO Box 66056, Albuquerque, NM 87193-6056 E-Mail: Website: REP: Sam “Butch” DeFillippo SERVICE: Playground audits, maintenance training, strategic master plan development, feasibility studies, expert witnesses & recreation program development.

PolyMenders (Sacramento) PH: 916/757-9133 FAX: 916/348-0868 3229 Elkhorn Blvd., Suite 10, North Highlands, CA 95660 E-Mail: Website: REP: Ronald Kipp, Owner SERVICE: PolyMenders specializes in mobile repair of plastic playground equipment. Save money by repairing, not replacing. Precision Concrete Cutting (San Mateo) PH: 650/867-8657 FAX: 650/240-3866 P.O. Box 8013, Foster City, CA 94404 E-Mail: Website: REP: Joseph Ortega, Manager; Joe Fouret, Owner SERVICE: PCC utilizes a unique 100% ADA complaint saw-cutting method to repair uplifted sidewalks to reduce liability. Public Restroom Company (Douglas) PH: 888/888-2060 FAX: 888/888-1448 2587 Business Parkway, Minden, NV 89423 E-Mail: info@publicrestroomcompany. com Website: www.publicrestroomcompany. com REP: Chuck Kaufman, President; Kathy Kaufman, Advertising Mgr.; Chad Kaufman, V.P. Sales; Marie Hunt, Sales Administration; Pat McBride, Sales; Katie Kaufman, Project Development Manager SERVICE: Public Restroom Company is a design build specialist for “odor free, vandal resistant, park restroom and concession buildings. QUAD KNOPF (Fresno) PH: 559/733-0440 FAX: 559/435-2905 6051 N. Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93705 E-Mail: Website: REP: Michael Ratajski, Project Manager/ Senior Planner; Dan Garver, Landscape Architect SERVICE: Land planning, policy planning, landscape architecture, urban design, civil engineering, environmental planning, biology, surveying, construction management.


u Buyer’s Guide Rain Bird Corporation (Riverside) PH: 951/500-1796 34259 Canyon rim Drive, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dennis Mueller, Public Agency Account Manager; Kirt Courty, Public Agency Account Manager; Jim Dansley, Public Agency Account Manager SERVICE: Landscape irrigation products. REC1 (Fulton) PH: 800/335-1863 12460 Crabapple Road, Ste 202 #111, Alpharetta, GA 30004 E-Mail: Website: REP: Landon Schenk, President SERVICE: Web and mobile program registration, facility rentals, point-ofsale, memberships, leagues, ticketing, and more. Recreation Republic (San Diego) PH: 760/510-1886 FAX: 760/282-7082 802 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, # 107, San Marcos, CA 92069 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. (Los Angeles) PH: 818/735-3838 FAX: 818/735-9612 31316 Via Colinas, #118, Westlake Village, CA 91362 E-Mail: Website: REP: Mike Bennett, President SERVICE: Representing Landscape Structures Inc., DuMor Site Furnishings.

Red Hawk Services (Riverside) PH: 951/657-6400 FAX: 951/657-6442 262 East 1st Street, Perris, CA 92570 E-Mail: REP: Luigi Delernia, Estimator/RME SERVICES: General contracting AB, C12, C8, D28, D12, & D34. ReliaPOLE (Montgomery) PH: 281/259-7000 32628 Decker Prairie Road, Suite 1, Magnolia, TX 77355 E-Mail: Website: REP: Parker Denson, Account Manager - Lighting SERVICE: RISC provides professional inspection and remediation services for area and sports lighting structures. RHA Landscape Architects - Planners, Inc. (Riverside) PH: 951/781-1930 FAX: 951/686-8091 6800 Indiana Avenue, Suite 245, Riverside, CA 92506 E-Mail: Website: REP: Randy Hlubik, President; Doug Grove, Principal SERVICE: Park & sports facility planning, LEED certified, water conservation design, community consensus building, park rehabilitation. Richard Fisher Associates (Orange) PH: 714/245-9270 FAX: 714/245-9275 2001 East First St., Ste 160, Santa Ana, CA 92705 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) PH: 949/493-2600 FAX: 949/493-2690 31591 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 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. Robertson Industries, Inc. (Maricopa) PH: 800/858-0519 FAX: 602/340-0402 2414 W 12th, Ste 105, Tempe, AZ 85281 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 PH: 866/786-1635 FAX: 204/774-6099 8-1865 Sargent Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3H OE4 E-Mail: Website: REP: Ken Crozier, President; Cathy Kleeman, Sales & Marketing SERVICE: ROCKCRAFT is the leading manufacturer of concrete park and playground climbing boulders. 10 models available.


Ross Recreation Equipment Company, Inc. (Sonoma) PH: 707/538-3800 FAX: 707/538-3826 100 Brush Creek Road #206, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 E-Mail: Website: REP: Ewing Philbin, Jon Bawden, Casey Hilbert, Alex Hailey & Kris Routh - serving areas across Northern CA. SERVICE: 40 years of providing superior products and service with attention to quality, safety and design. Roy Klopping Enterprises (San Bernardino) PH: 562/696-5780 FAX: 623/388-2966 18380 Lemon St, Hesperia, CA 92345 E-Mail: Website: REP: Roy Klopping, Owner/CEO; Frank Klopping, VP, Sales; Steve Klopping, VP, Production SERVICE: Natural turf restoration machine conditions and restores athletic fields and baseball infield Lips. Royston, Hanamoto, Alley & Abey (Marin) PH: 415/383-7900 FAX: 415/383-1433 225 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 E-Mail: Website: REP: Cordy Hill, Principal SERVICE: Landscape architecture, site planning, master planning, urban design, and recreation planning services locally, nationally and internationally. RRM Design Group (San Luis Obispo) PH: 805/543-1794 FAX: 805/543-4609 3765 South Higuera Street, Suite 102, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jeff Ferber, Principal SERVICE: RRM Design Group designs award-winning recreation areas by collaborating with people who use them.


Buyer’s Guide u RWP Landscape Materials (Los Angeles) PH: 877/476-9797 FAX: 909/868-1162 1313 E Phillips Blvd, Pomona, CA 91766-5431 E-Mail: Website: REP: Hank Egigian, General Sales Manager; Patti Mashikian, Sales Associate; Chris Kiralla, President SERVICE: RWP FIBER FALL-Impact attenuating and ADA wheelchair accessible engineered wood fibers for playground safety surfacing. S & S Worldwide (New London) PH: 800/243-9232 FAX: 800/566-6678 P.O. Box 513, Colchester, CT 06415 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. Safe Sitter, Inc. (Marion) PH: 317/596-5001 FAX: 317/596-5008 8604 Allisonville Rd., Suite 248, Indianapolis, IN 46250 E-Mail: Website: REP: Amanda Briggs, Director of Business Development, Jennifer Seward, Director of Marketing Communications, Barbara Stuckwisch, Executive Director SERVICE: Providing life skills, safety skills, and child care training to youth to build safer communities. Safety Play, Inc. (Los Angeles) PH: 888/878-0244 FAX: 888/878-0244 7095 Hollywood Blvd #1308, Los Angeles, CA 90028 E-Mail: Website: 7095 Hollywood Blvd. #1308, Los Angeles, CA 90028 REP: Scott Burton SERVICE: Playground audits, inspection tool kits, expert witness, safety manuals, safety classes, planning/design services, safety signs/labels.


San Francisco Giants (San Francisco) PH: 415/972-1603 FAX: 415/972-1852 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107 E-Mail: Website: REP: Alexis Lustbader, Director of Guest Services & Tours; Randy Gomez, Director of Maintenance SERVICE: Home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, as well as ballpark tours and public or private events. San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School (Santa Clara) PH: 408/459-6402 1580 Berger Drive, San Jose, CA 95125 E-Mail: REP: Dorsey Moore, Executive Director Sator Sports, Inc. (Los Angeles) PH: 310/464-8171 FAX: 310/464-8175 1455 W. 139th St., Gardena, CA 90249 E-Mail: Website: REP: Milton Cursage, CEO; Tabatha Villa, Sales Manager SERVICE: Retail soccer equipment company (web/catalog). Schmidt Design Group, Inc. (San Diego) PH: 619/236-1462 FAX: 619/236-8792 1111 Sixth Avenue, Suite 500, San Diego, CA 92101 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) PH: 707/430-4300 FAX: 707/430-4319 4745 Mangels Blvd., Fairfield, CA 94534 E-Mail: Website: REP: Gerard Van Steyn, President; John Bliss, Senior Engineer; Blair E. Aas, Senior Planning Consultant SERVICE: New revenue feasibility studies, ballot measures, assessment district formations and administration.

Shaw Sports Turf (Gordon) PH: 706/625-7906 FAX: 770/795-1159 185 S. Industrial Blvd, Calhoun, GA 30701 E-Mail: Website: REP: Cassie Colhran, Brand Manager SERVICE: Synthetic Turf field manufacturer and provider. Siegfried Engineering, Inc. (San Joaquin) PH: 209/943-2021 3244 Brookside Rd., Suite 100, Stockton, CA 95219 E-Mail: Website: REP: Paul Schneider, Vice President, P.E. SERVICE: Design and engineering firm specializing in civil and structural engineering, landscape architecture, surveying, and planning. Sof Surfaces Inc. PH: 800/263-2363 x224 FAX: 519/882-2697 4393 Discovery Line P.O. Box 239, Petrolia, ON N0N 1R0 E-Mail: Website: REP: Brennan Prins, President; Margie Thomas, Sales Associate SERVICE: SofTILE’s patented KrosLOCK edge and 5 year drop height performance guarantee make SofTILE is the logical choice for playground surfacing. Sof’ Solutions Inc. (Salt Lake) PH: 801/523-2452 FAX: 801/501-0762 P.O. Box 667, Draper, UT 84065 E-Mail: Website: REP: Elouise Bird SERVICE: Sof ‘ Solutions is your solution for recreational surfacing. Wet or dry, indoors or out, you’re covered. Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (Los Angeles) PH: 626/448-0853 x16 FAX: 626/4485219 P.O. Box 3605823 Lexington Gallantin Road, South El Monte, CA 91733 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.

Splash Kingdom Waterpark & Big Air Trampoline Park (San Bernardino) PH: 909/335-7275 x222 1101 California Street, Redlands, CA 92374 E-Mail: Website: REP: Lianne Leiss, Director of Sales SERVICE: Twenty acre waterpark with attractions for all ages. Also has Big Air Trampoline Park on site. Spohn Ranch, Inc. Custom Skate Parks (Los Angeles) PH: 626/330-5803 FAX: 626/330-5503 6824 S. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90230 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. SportaFence Marketing Enterprises, LLC (Sacramento) PH: 916/715-6287 P.O. Box 340994, Sacramento, CA 95834 E-Mail: Website: REP: Dan Gentry, President; Joan Drayton, CEO/CFO; Alan Mitchell, Sales Agent SERVICE: Professional grade portable fencing 6’ x 10’ with 8-gauge coated wire and retractable wheels. Sportaflex (Maricopa) PH: 800/511-3596 FAX: 480/209-1455 P.O. Box 2451, Mesa, AZ 85214 E-Mail: Website: REP: Terry Goodin, President; Arnie Silverman, Sales Director, Western Region SERVICE: Portable sport fencing for parks and schools. We turn fields into stadiums.


u Buyer’s Guide Sportdecals Sports & Spirit Products (Mc Henry) PH: 800/435-6110 2632 6th Street, La Verne, CA 91250 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steve Sunderland, Vice President of Sales; Martin Gomez, Outside Sales Rep. SERVICE: Uniforms for teams, spirit wear, rec league wear, fan wear, staff wear, program wear. Sports Turf Solutions (Monterey) PH: 831/484-2138 FAX: 831/484-2139 29001 Falcon Ridge Road, Salinas, CA 93908 E-Mail: Website: REP: Parker Wood SERVICE: Athletic field safety testing specializing in G-max testing of synthetic and natural turf sports fields. SSA Landscape Architects, Inc. (Santa Cruz) PH: 831/459-0455 FAX: 831/459-0484 303 Potrero Street, 40-C, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 E-Mail: Website: REP: Steven Sutherland, Principal SERVICE: Award winning parks & recreation master planning, community workshops/consensus building, construction documentation/administration. Stantec Architecture Inc. (Sacramento) PH: 916/569-2500 FAX: 916/921-9274 1201 J Street, Studio 100, Sacramento, CA 95814 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. Stone Soul (Los Angeles) PH: 310/968-5019 5312 Bellingham Ave #1, Valley Village, CA 91607 E-Mail: Website: REP: Matt Grey SERVICE: Provide quality entertainment.

StructureCast (Kern) PH: 661/833-4490 FAX: 661/280-5626 2800 22nd Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 E-Mail: Website: REP: Larry Turpin, Sales Manager SERVICE: Precast-pre engineered restroom & concession buildings. SVA Architects, Inc. (Orange) PH: 949/809-3380 FAX: 949/809-3381 3 MacArthur Place, Suite 850, Santa Ana, CA 92702 E-Mail: Website: REP: Robert Simons, AIA, President & Partner; Judy Cheng, MBA, LEED AP, Associate Partner SERVICE: SVA Architects is a full-service architectural firm committed to creating sustainable environments for our communities. SyberTech Waste Reduction Ltd. PH: 888/888-7975 FAX: 314/289-2192 13698 Coldicutt Avenue, White Rock, B.C. V4B 3A9 E-Mail: Website: REP: Rob Mitchell, President; Shawn Martin SERVICE: Our in-ground trash system, self-watering planters and other products greatly save operational costs. Techline Sports Lighting, LLC (Travis) PH: 800/500-3161 FAX: 512/977-8882 15303 Storm Drive, Austin, TX 78734 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jim Thomas, Regional Sales Rep; Rodney Hawthrone, President SERVICE: Indoor/outdoor sports lighting solutions. Terracare Associates (Sacramento) PH: 916/714-3999 9722 Kent Street, Elk Grove, CA 95624 E-Mail: Website: REP: Ty Wilson, Vice President SERVICES: Leaders in outdoor maintenance - public works public landscape, traffic control, irrigation management, and aquatic management.

Terracon (Contra Costa) PH: 925/609-7224 FAX: 925/609-6324 5075 Commercial Circle, Suite E, Concord, CA 94520 E-Mail: Website: REP: Noah Smith, Principal Engineer; Patricia Soto, Aquatic Designer, Project Manager; Watt Lei, Staff Engineer SERVICE: Aquatic design and swimming pool engineering, geotechnical engineering, materials testing and inspections, environmental engineering. ThermaGreen Environmental PH: 416/782-5837 FAX: 416/782-2190 180 Bartor Road, Toronto, ON M9M 2W6 E-Mail: Website: REP: Heather Bradley, Inside Sales; Blu Alexander, Director of Business Development; Jeremy Michel, COO SERVICE: ThermaGreen Environmental™ manufactures innovated shock and drainage pads for artificial sportsfield and playground surface systems. TMT Enterprises, Inc. (Santa Clara) PH: 408/432-9040 FAX: 408/432-9429 1996 Oakland Road, San Jose, CA 95131 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. TriActive America (San Luis Obispo) PH: 800/587-4228 FAX: 805/595-1042 178 S. 4th Street, Suite 101, Grover Beach, CA 93433 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.


Trueline (Riverside) PH: 951/817-0777 FAX: 951/817-0770 1651 Market St., Ste B, Corona, CA 92880 E-Mail: Website: REP: Ed Kruse, Owner SERVICE: Resurfacing of tennis courts, basketball courts, game courts, playgrounds, striping, installation of equipment and refurbishment. Turf Star, Inc. (Alameda) PH: 800/585-8001 FAX: 510/785-3576 2438 Radley Court, Hayward, CA 94545 E-Mail: Website: REP: Chuck Talley, Sales Manager, 800/585-8001 x7928, FAX 800/2411997 SERVICE: Commercial mowing equipment & irrigation. United States Tennis Association/ SCTA (Los Angeles) PH: 310/208-3838 FAX: 310/824-7691 P.O. Box 240015, Los Angeles, CA 90024-9115 E-Mail: Website: REP: Melanie Bischoff, Community Development Coordinator SERVICE: To promote & develop the growth of tennis. USA Shade & Fabric Structures (Dallas) PH: 704/346-7498 FAX: 214/905-9514 8505-A, Dallas, TX 75247 E-Mail: Website: REP: Keith Busam, Vice President of California Sales SERVICE: USA Shade! We offer shade solutions for everything under the sun! Verde Design, Inc. (Santa Clara) PH: 408/985-7200 FAX: 408/985-7260 2455 the Alameda, Suite 200, Santa Clara, CA 95050 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.


Buyer’s Guide u VivoAquatics (Los Angeles) PH: 818/952-2121 FAX: 818/952-2122 825 South Primrose, Suite H, Monrovia, CA 91016 E-Mail: REP: Willan Johnson, CEO SERVICE: VivoAquatics provides clients with aquatic equipment and brand standards, the implementation of leading edge chemical automation equipment, and ongoing operational support & remote monitoring. Vortex Aquatic Structures Int’l (Riverside) PH: 514/694-3868 FAX: 514/335-5413 9106 Pulsar Ct, Ste C, Corona, CA 92883-4632 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) PH: 512/392-1155 FAX: 512/392-1154 P.O. Box 807, 4600 Hwy. 123, San Marcos, TX 78667-0807 E-Mail: Website: REP: Bill Hachmeister, AFO, National Sales Manager SERVICE: Leading manufacturer of aquatic playground and fountain equipment. Water Technology, Inc. (Dodge) PH: 920/887-7375 FAX: 920/887-7999 100 Park Ave., Beaver Dam, WI 53916 E-Mail: Website: REP: Stephen Crocker, Principal, PH: 920/887-7375, FAX 920/8877999, SERVICE: Aquatic planners, designers and engineers. Portfolio includes waterparks, resort/hotel pools, aquatic centers, YMCAs and competition pools


Waterline Technologies (Orange) PH: 714/564-9100 FAX: 714/564-9700 620 North Santiago Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701 E-Mail: Website: REP: Harry Watters, Branch Manager, Sarah Ortiz, Territory Sales Manager, Chaz Haltom, Territory Sales Manager SERVICE: Wholesale dist. for swimming pool & water treatment. Wausau Tile (San Bernardino) PH: 909/628-4296 FAX: 909/628-4297 13315 Netzley Place, Chino, CA 91710 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jeff Wren, Area Representative; Ginger Wells, Sales Representative SERVICE: Pre-cast concrete and metal site furnishings, precast concrete ground and roof pavers, precast terrazzo. West Coast Arborists, Inc. (Orange) PH: 714/991-1900 FAX: 714/956-3745 2200 E. Via Burton Street, Anaheim, CA 92806 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 Turf (Riverside) PH: 760/340-7300 P.O. Box 4563, Palm Desert, CA 92261 E-Mail: Website: REP: Danielle Scardino, Director of Marketing; John Marman, Sales Manager; Greg Dunn, Sales Manager SERVICE: Growers and installers of premium quality sod and stolons, and organic fertilizers. Whitewater West Industries Ltd PH: 604/273-1068 FAX: 604/273-4518 6700 McMillan Way, Richmond, BC V6W 1J7 E-Mail: 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) PH: 707/763-6210 FAX: 707/658-2513 P.O. Box 5207, Petaluma, CA 94955 E-Mail: Website: REP: Jana Gebhardt, Owner SERVICE: Installation of play equipment and athletic equipment.

Zasueta Contracting, Inc. (San Diego) PH: 619/589-0609 FAX: 619/697-6031 P. O. Box 866, Spring Valley, CA 91976 E-Mail: Website: REP: Andrew Zasueta, President SERVICE: Playground equipment installation.

WLC Architects, Inc. (San Bernardino) PH: 909/987-0909 FAX: 909/980-9980 8163 Rochester Ave, Ste 100, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 E-Mail: Website: REP: George Wiens SERVICE: WLC Architects provides sustainable architectural/planning services for recreational projects, including community/senior centers, gymnasiums & theaters.

ZGolf Food & Beverage Services, LLC DBA Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center (Riverside) PH: 951/491-8110 FAX: 951/308-1900 43385 Business Park Drive #220, Temecula, CA 92590 E-Mail: Website: REP: Kevin Lyons, Director of Business Development/Operations, John Zaruka, Founder/CEO; Bill Zaruka, President SERVICE: Professional food and beverage management with a focus on weddings and banquets.

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In Memorium

Ed Ricci

Ed Ricci passed away January 10, 2016. Ed was born in Providence, Rhode Island on June 26, 1940 and, at age 13, moved with his family to Los Angeles, California. After graduating from California State University, Long Beach, he went to work for the City of Carson as its Parks and Recreation Director. In 1979 Ed began his second career as a State Farm Insurance agent. Known by friends as “Fast Eddie,” he had a passion for great cars, outweighed only by his love for family. Ed is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rosalie Ricci; his children, Steve & Lissa Ricci, LeAnna Ricci-Farris.

Kathleen McMorrow Walsh

The city of Oakland lost a treasure on April 7, 2016. Kathleen McMorrow Walsh was a bastion of the true spirit of Oakland. Katie was 94 years young when she passed. She was born on November 24, 1921 in Oakland of parents who emigrated from Ireland. Her father, John McMorrow, was an Oakland policeman. Katie was a product of the Oakland public school system until she attended Holy Names College. Katie met her future husband, Bob, while an Oakland playground supervisor at the Park Boulevard Playground. She went on to a forty-five year career with the Oakland Park and Recreation Department as its Director of Personnel. Katie enjoyed her career with park and recreation and the opportunity to have a positive impact on the youth of Oakland. Additionally, Katie was a fervent fan of the California Golden Bears and the Oakland A’s.

Keith B. Vint

Keith Vint passed away peacefully, on April 9th at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes. He was 81. Keith was born in Freeborn County Minnesota on July 21, 1934 to Dagmar and

Floyd Vint. He was the fifth child of seven: James, LaVaun, Lorene, Darryl, Robert and Sandy. Keith attended one year of college at University of Minnesota before joining the army. He was discharged in December 1954 and met the love of his life, Elsie, 17 days later. He returned to college and graduated from the Minnesota School of Business. In 1970 he started work for Miracle Playground Equipment selling to all the cities throughout southern California for 46 years. He was a member of the Lions, CPRS, Thrivent, SCMAF and served on the Board for Bobby Sox Softball.

Recognition East Bay Park District Hires Deputy General Manager

The East Bay Regional Park District this week named Ana Alvarez, a parks official for the City of San Francisco and a longtime advocate for sustainability and civic engagement, as the District’s first deputy general manager.


Alvarez started work March 1. “We’re thrilled to add someone of Ana’s caliber to our ever-growing District,” said East Bay Regional Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. “Her experience, commitment and expertise – especially in matters related to climate change and professional development - will be a tremendous asset to our District.” As deputy general manager, Alvarez will oversee day-to-day oversight of the four executives responsible for finance, operations, planning, land acquisition, stewardship and development, and human resources. She will also work closely with Doyle to navigate long-term planning, as the Park District continues to expand and be a leader in environmental stewardship. Alvarez has a long history of park leadership. She most recently served as deputy director of parks and open space for the City and County of San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, overseeing an annual operating budget of $80 million and directly supervising 10 management staff with indirect responsibility for 368 full-time employees and 200 seasonal employees. Prior to joining San Francisco in 2009, Ana served as director of the City of Santa Fe Spring’s Community Services Department, director of the City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation Department, manager of the City of Burbank’s Cultural Arts Program, and teen programs supervisor for 73

Spotlight u the City of Santa Barbara. Her accomplishments have received numerous awards from professional organizations, including the California League of Cities, California Park & Recreation Society, California Association of Police Chiefs and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment. Alvarez holds a doctoral degree in policy, planning and development from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in public administration from California State University Northridge. Her doctoral dissertation focused on San Francisco’s Park and Open Space Sustainability Plan that establishes climate change adaptation strategies, for which Mayor Ed Lee awarded Alvarez the city’s Green Pioneer Award. She contributes to the development of the next generation of professionals by serving as adjunct faculty for San Francisco State University Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism. She also served as faculty in the Green School for the National Recreation & Park Association, focusing on climate change planning, water conservation, sustainable landscape design and practices.

Chris Conlin

Chris Conlin has been appointed the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Sacramento. He assumed his new position on Friday, February 19. Conlin was recently a Deputy Director in the California Department of Parks and Recreation, a 74

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position he was appointed to by the Governor in 2013. He also concurrently served 19 months as the acting Deputy Director of Boating and Waterways. Conlin oversaw a combined annual budget of over $170 million, the operations of approximately 145,000 acres of Park lands, statewide education and safety programs, and a catalog of local assistance grants and loans. Prior to beginning his career with the State, Conlin served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps for 30 years. He retired with the rank of Colonel. Career highlights include leading an infantry company of 200 Marines during the liberation of Kuwait; serving as the commander of a combined Marine and SEAL Special Operations Unit during operations in the Mideast; and leading a 1,500-person Task Force during the liberation of Iraq. He also served as Provisional Governor of Najaf Province in Iraq with a population of 1.3 million people. In addition, his military service includes extensive duties as an educator and trainer. Conlin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Rochester (New York).

At the 2014 California Park and Recreation Society’s Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet, I was installed as the newly elected Vice President to the CPRS State Board of Directors. This installation marked the beginning of my three year term with the board. I have enjoyed each and every moment as a board member. I feel blessed to be a part of an amazing team of leaders. I was thrilled to be installed as President at this year’s banquet. I had the opportunity to be installed by my professional mentor and close friend of over 20 years, Mike Belknap and my father Mike McClure. Mike Belknap and I met while serving on the District 10 Board together. I owe a lot to my involvement with CPRS both personally and professionally. I am grateful for each and every opportunity and the friendships I have made through my connections with this great organization, which is my third place. Without my involvement I would not be where I am today in my career. Words cannot describe the amazing benefits I have and continue to receive from my involvement throughout the years with CPRS. One of my goals as President, is to work to engage those within our profession, partners and communities who are not yet members and communicate the importance and opportunities that a CPRS membership brings. I am hoping by sharing my story of involvement with CPRS, it encourages you to reflect about your own involvement with CPRS as well as the level of your staff’s involvement. CPRS continues to lead parks and recreation professionals through advocacy, education, networking and resources. As members, it is up to you what level of involvement you chose, but I challenge you to make sure you do not miss out on an opportunity to get involved. I would love to hear your story on the benefits of your involvement with CPRS. Please feel free to reach out to me at



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California Parks & Recreation magazine, Spring 2016, Vol. 72, No. 2  

Official magazine of the California Park & Recreation Society.

California Parks & Recreation magazine, Spring 2016, Vol. 72, No. 2  

Official magazine of the California Park & Recreation Society.