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OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE CALIFORNIA PARK & RECREATION SOCIETY

Volume 72, Number 1 • Winter 2016

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Hogan Park opened September 10th. DVD is proud to have been given the opportunity to partner with the City of Lawndale in creation of this park for it’s citizens to visit and enjoy. The city decided to close a public street to create space to provide land for this wonderful and unique neighborhood park. The community inspired design includes a variety of amenities for residents to enjoy including play lots and ample areas for people to rest and recreate. To the north is an open green area and to the east is a space for group picnics that include picnic tables, BBQ units, and shade structures. Play elements in the park include climbing rocks, ropes and a climbing tower. The main playground area includes music themed elements, including concrete benches with a piano key relief pattern and a musical note adorned play surface. The inspiration for the music theme came from a resident, historian and local musician who recounted the story of an old music shop that was a Lawndale landmark and was frequented by the Beach Boys.

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2016 CPRS CONFERENCE & EXPO HIGHLIGHTS ....................................8 What should you expect from the CPRS Conference & Expo in Long Beach, March 8-11, 2016? Here’s a brief look at the educational sessions, networking opportunities, special events and the Expo.

Editor Stephanie Stephens, CAE Executive Director

GO OUT & PLAY!!! OR HOW TO SURVIVE THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.....................................24 A unique way to solve “Nature Defecit Disorder.”

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 (www.cprs.org). ©2016, California Park & Recreation Society, Inc.

PARKS & RECREATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY: VISION, INSIGHT, PLANNING...............................................................36 A look at what is coming soon for the VIP Action Plan, Creating Community in the 21st Century.


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The Answer, My Friend... by Tim Barry, CPRE, SDA • CPRS President

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n this year of Disney’s resurgence of Star Wars, I really appreciate how some things in our culture really stand the test of time. Good film, good music, good architecture, good books and good ideas often last beyond their introduction and are often embraced, renewed and replicated by future generations. In explaining how he came up with a particular melody, Paul McCartney would often say he took snippets of music he heard growing up, with his father being a musician, and applied them to a new theme or combination of melodies on his mind at the time. We are the sum total of our experiences and apply them as we go through life. So, too, is our cumulative talent and knowledge as parks and recreation advocates. I think Bob Dylan (inset) was on to something when he came up with “Blowin’ in the Wind,” a war protest song he wrote in 1962. In this song, he asked nine questions and offered that the answer to all of them often eludes us and is “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Applying this concept to parks and recreation, we must never underplay how important our work is to the health of our communities. Our purpose and function have indeed stood the test of time. And the challenge we have, at times, is convincing decision makers of the same when resources are scarce. Our secret weapon in the fight for resources has always been the people we serve, who benefit from our good works every day and are willing to stand up and defend our services to elected bodies. Here is my eclectic version of the song, with my apologies to Bob Dylan!

2015-2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

How many trails can a man walk down Before his mind feels more at ease? How many laps can a mom swim alone Before her aching joints are set free? Yes, and how many times will the soccer balls fly Before cares and woes are all banned? The answer my friend, is easy to defend, The answer is Parks and Rec again. How many years does some loneliness exist Before a senior’s health’s in jeopardy? Yes, and how many years will some open space exist Before it’s protected for you and me? Yes, and how many times will politicians turn their heads And pretend parks and rec comes for free? The answer my friend is easy to defend, The answer is Parks and Rec again. How many times must a teen look up To find drugs and crime to tempt his mind? Yes, and how much help will one teen have Before he can resist, survive and thrive? Yes, and how many lives will it take to be changed To prove that parks and rec improves our lives? The answer my friend, is easy to defend, The answer is Parks and Rec again. Well, it won’t make the Top 10, but I like it! What we do changes lives for the better, so engage your local patrons and elected supporters to spread the word! continued on page 66

PRESIDENT Tim Barry Livermore Area Recreation & Park District 4444 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550 925/373-5727 • tbarry@larpd.org PRESIDENT-ELECT Kristi McClure Huckaby City of Chula Vista 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910 619/585-5618 • kmcclure@chulavistaca.gov VICE PRESIDENT Jim Wheeler San Francisco Recreation & Park District 501 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 415/831-6833 • James.Wheeler@sfgov.org SECRETARY-TREASURER Tara Gee City of Roseville 316 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678 916/774-5253 • tgee@roseville.ca.us REGION 1 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 1, 2, 3) Henry Perezalonso Town of Danville 233 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 925/314-3454 • hperezalonso@danville.ca.gov REGION 2 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 4, 5, 6) Traci Farris City of Ceres 2701 Fourth Street, Ceres, CA 95307 209/538-5682 • traci.farris@ci.ceres.ca.us REGION 3 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 7, 8, 15) Darin Budak City of Bakersfield 1600 Truxton Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93312 661/326-3138 • dbudak@bakersfieldcity.us REGION 4 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 11, 13, 14) Tom Boecking City of San Gabriel 250 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776 626/308-2875 • TBoecking@sgch.org REGION 5 REPRESENTATIVE (Dist 9, 10, 12) Aliah Brozowski County of San Diego 5500 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123 858/966-1330 • aliah.brozowski@sdcounty.ca.gov 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 • tomhellmann@csdparks.com (Administrators, Aging, and Educators) Lydie Gutfeld City of Irvine 3 Ethel Coplen Way, Irvine, CA 92612 949/724-6817 • lgutfeld@cityofirvine.org Please contact any Board Member with questions or comments

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Welcome to Long Beach

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u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o A few new views in town… Long Beach’s new revitalized downtown Pike and waterfront areas surround the Long Beach Convention Center. Spend some time shopping at the new Pike Outlet mall, featuring stores such as Nike, Forever 21, The Gap, H&M and many more. The downtown area includes over thirty restaurants, breweries, wine bars, lounges and pubs for your dining and entertainment desires. The nightlife experience is unlike any other, with the World Famous Laugh Factory comedy club, Sgt Peppers Dueling Piano Bar and the Cinemark movie theater, just to name a few.

Fun things to do before and after Conference… Within a few miles of our host hotel, you can step back in time at the historic Queen Mary ship, dive into the Aquarium of the Pacific, or enjoy a bit of art at the Long Beach Museum of Art or Museum of Latin American Art. Steps away from downtown hotels you can take a harbor cruise, ride a Segway, bike or walk on paths next to six miles of beaches. Our playground is endless!

Donations being accepted…

Take advantage of all the events that are planned… • Conference kicks off on Tuesday with enough intensives and tours to satisfy just about anyone. • “From Coves to Marketplaces” The Uniquely Anaheim Walking Workshop, is a 1.5 mile walking tour of the Anaheim Coves trail that will highlight the award winning facilities that contribute to a healthy environment and community. Learn about the site program and development challenges. • The Parks Make Life Better! Park & Facility Tour takes place on Tuesday, March 8 includes stops at Camp Bixby Playground, Edsel Plaza, CSULB Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Farmers Park, Fitness Zone and Sports Center, Pavion Park and Marina Park. • The Opening General Session will leave you inspired by our newly

Photo Courtesy Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

As a way to give back to the Long Beach community, we’re inviting CPRS Conference & Expo attendees to donate items to the local Ronald

McDonald House. Canned goods, gift cards, and cleaning supplies are on their ‘wish list’; gently used sports equipment, games and toys are also welcome. Traveling in and not able to bring physical items? Donations are always accepted. Drop off your items or make your donation at the Info Central booth, located in the Long Beach Convention Center lobby / Registration area.

installed leaders, and ready to tackle any tough leadership challenge by ‘Unleashing Your Inner Tyrant’! • Need to re-charge a bit? Start your Thursday and Friday mornings right with a dip in the pool or by enjoying Yoga with a View. • Evening socials are the place to engage with other professionals… the Party on the Plaza, Sponsored by PlayCore, will light up your night with StoneSoul performing (and a dance floor big enough for all), two screens to test your ‘level UP’ skills at old school Nintendo games, food and libations all under the stars. Don’t worry, should El Nino show that evening, we’ll move indoors! Thursday night, your District and Sections have come together to host an all conference Poker Pub Crawl, showcasing some of our best restaurants and bars along Pine Ave. • Add in the over 100 educational sessions, 200 plus exhibitors, 1,500 professionals and you have yourself one amazing experience. Of course, all of this information is outlined on the CPRS website at www. cprs.org.

One last bit of great news! The CPRS Conference & Expo has gone mobile! CPRS HQ will be launching the CPRS Conference & Expo Mobile App in the coming weeks… be sure to check it out. Visit www.cprsmembers.org for more registration information. We invite you to take advantage of the opportunities at this year’s conference to network with colleagues and expand your awareness of the many ways that “Parks Make Life Better!®” for our residents. We look forward to seeing you here in our amazing city. Welcome to Long Beach!

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where he worked with some of the brightest lights in American comedy and honed the art of engaging audiences through laughter. But his impulse to teach never faded, and soon he began looking for an avenue to combine both of his passions into entertaining and meaningful presentations. The result is Unleash Your Inner Tyrant, and since its introduction Jeff has brought his unique, side-splitting, message-based lectures and keynote addresses to General Electric, Ford Motor Company, University of Wisconsin, Purdue, and hundreds of other corporations and colleges in the United States and Canada. Original, informative, hilarious and powerful, Jeff ’s

speeches have transformed the way business people and college students approach the idea of personal and professional growth. In the words of one conference attendee, “I laughed until I had tears in my eyes – and walked away feeling better about work than I have in years. The reverse psychology is a great way to get the point across, and he does a wonderful job of it.”

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Special Events CPRS Party on the Plaza! Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. It’s a Street Faire and You are invited! Dance to the tunes of our very own live band Stone Soul, take your skills a ‘level up’ in an outdoor video game experience, network with your fellow professionals around cozy fire pits and enjoy delicious finger foods and libations under the stars. This play inspired event is sponsored by our friends at PlayCore. We’ll see you on the Plaza!

CPRS Poker Pub Crawl Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. $5 Come Thursday evening to Pine Ave. for a Poker Pub Crawl. This allconference social will begin and end at Wokcano’s. Prizes will be awarded to the top three Poker hands… there’s also a prize for the worst hand!! Your $5 entry fee automatically enters you into the opportunity drawings at the end of the night. There will be beverage and appetizer specials at eight different restaurants and bars!!!

CPRS Awards Reception & Banquet Morning Fitness Opportunities Thursday & Friday, 7:00 a.m.

Yoga with a View

Join us in front of the Long Beach Lighthouse (located just south of the Aquarium) for an hour of yoga overlooking the beautiful harbor and the Queen Mary. This class will combine many styles of Yoga with a blend of ansana, breathing, meditation and vinyasa. Please bring an able body and a mat.

Friday, March 11 $80 Reception: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Banquet: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Long Beach Hyatt Regency Join CPRS in recognizing agencies that displayed excellence in park planning, facility design, creating community, marketing and communications, as well as individuals, organizations and companies who advance our message of Parks Make Life Better! Thank you to our Award Sponsors:

Aqua Aerobics

Rise and shine for an invigorating hour of water exercise at the host hotel Hyatt Regency pool. This fun, fast paced, low impact class will get your day started with a SPLASH! Swimming skills are not necessary.

Mayor’s Reception

Please visit the CPRS Conference & Expo Website for more information www.cprs.org click on conference link

Thursday, March 10 - 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Garden, 6400 Bixby Hill Road City of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia will host a reception in the beautifully restored ranch house and museum that showcase the history of the area. The event is open to any delegate who brings his or her State Assembly member, local official, and/or parks and recreation board member. Please RSVP to Joy Warren, Recreation Superintendent, Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-3850 or joy.warren@longbeach.gov

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Discover The Newest Products and Services In The Expo Hall

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xplore the largest one-stop shopping extravaganza for park and recreation professionals in California. The expo is the place to be for food, silent auction items and cash drawings. It is the place to learn about the newest trends in park and facility amenities, programs and design. With over 200 vendors, you have a store of resources to find solutions to your most difficult problems. Attendees can visit the expo on Wednesday and Thursday and enjoy a complimentary lunch. The Expo’s grand opening will be held Wednesday, March 9, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. and includes lunch. Thursday the Expo runs from 9:00 a.m.

to 3:00 p.m.; lunch will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The silent auction returns to support the California Foundation for Parks & Recreation Scholarship Fund. Many incredible items will be available for attendees to bid on. Visit the vendor booths to find the variety of items which last year included: iPods, FitBits, gift certificates, digital cameras and gift baskets. The drawings for cash and the grand prize vacation trip will also be returning this year. The drawings are for registered attendees only and you must be present in the Expo Hall to win.

Exhibitor List (as of January 20, 2016) A-G Sod Farms, Inc., Quality turfgrass & installation since 1969. ACTIVE Network Recreation software and marketing services. American Association for Nude Recreation-Western Region Premiere nudist advocacy group working with public and private entities to expand nude use acceptance.

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American Solutions for Business ASB is an industry-leading distributor of promotional products, print, ecommerce and marketing solutions. Anchor Audio Anchor Audio is the leading manufacturer of portable, battery powered PA systems. Made in USA. All About Play Partnering with you for 21 years providing quality outdoor products that make parks better.

Aqua Source, Inc. Commercial swimming pool equipment sales, service, installation and repair. Pool energy rebate programs and evaluations. Aquarium of the Pacific Discounted group rate admission to Aquarium of the Pacific. Aquatic Design Group Planning, Architecture and Engineering of Competition, Recreation and Leisure Aquatic Facilities.

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u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o Arch Pac Aquatics Architecture & Engineering for Aquatics. Architerra Design Group Landscape Architecture and Site Planning. AstroTurf AstroTurf is the inventors and leader of the synthetic turf market. Avalon Amenities, Inc So. CA representative for Victor Stanley line - commercial site furnishings, benches, litter receptacles, recycling centers, bike racks, picnic tables. BCI Burke Company Burke has been in the playground industry 95 years creating quality park and recreation equipment. Berliner State of the art play structures from the world’s leader in net climbing playground equipment.

Big Toys Commercial playground equipment made from recycled and natural materials for children of all ages.

Cal Poly RPTA Cal Poly Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration Department Display Booth.

BMLA Park Design, Water Conservation, and Landscape Architecture Consultant.

California Correctional Health Care Services Recruit Recreation Therapist for CCHCS.

Bobcat Company Leading manufacturer of compact equipment for construction, rental, landscaping, agriculture, government and industrial markets.

California Park & Recreation Society Thirty five 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 & Activities 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 Supervisors Section • CPRS Recreation Therapy Section

Book King Software Book King Software is a user friendly recreation management software solution for municipalities. BSN Sports Sports Equipment and Apparel. Bull Stockwell Allen Architects’ Design & Planning of Community Recreation Facilities, Senior & Childcare Centers.

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C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o u CalRecycle (c/o Louis Berger Group) Recycled-content building and landscaping products made from recycled scrap tire rubber.

California State University, East Bay Hospitality Recreation and Tourism (HRT). California State University, Long Beach Four year university offering Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Recreation and Recreation Therapy.

CH Bull Co Lifts, ladders, safety training.

Capitol Equipment, Inc. Portable equipment shelters.

Challenger Sports Soccer camps, training, tours, tournaments, minikickers & teamwear.

Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures Empowering people with disabilities by creating opportunities through challenging & exciting recreational activities

CityReporter Conduct faster playground inspections with CityReporter, the inspection app for CPSIs that works on tablets & smart phones.

Catalina Express Largest and fastest fleet offering year-round daily departures to Catalina Island from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Clear Comfort Hydroxyl-based advanced oxidation pool sanitation that destroys Cryptosporidium and reduces chlorine, chloramines and water waste.

Cemrock Our whimsical and durable interactive themed play sculptures make Cemrock playgrounds one of a kind. CEW Enterprises/Sportfence Portable/lightweight, breakaway fencing/bleachers.

Colorado Time Systems Timing, scoring, displays, and scoreboards for all recreational sports. Columbia Cascade Company Makers of TimberForm & PipeLine Playground Equipment and outdoor fitness systems and bicycle management products. Commercial Aquatic Services, Inc. Commercial swimming pool repairs, service, installations and chemicals. Service you can trust! Community Works Design Group Providing the highest level of park and recreation planning for over 30 years! Counsilman-Hunsaker Aquatic planning, design, engineering and operations. CXT Incorporated Premium precast concrete restrooms, concession office and utility buildings. Dahlin Group Architecture Planning Architecture and Planning Services. DASH Platform DASH is a cost-effective, mobileready, cloud-based software solution for parks & recreation departments. Dave Bang Associates/NSP3 Specialist in Equipping Parks, Playgrounds Site-Furnishings, Shade Shelters & Athletic Facilities Since 1979.

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u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o David Evans and Associates, Inc. Landscape architectural design services. David Volz Design. Landscape Architecture Design. Dekra-Lite A leader in Commercial decorating brings a fresh, innovative approach to holiday dĂŠcor. Deschamps Mat Systems Inc. Mobi-mat; Mobi-chair. DEACERO Fencing. Discount Playground Supply Replacement parts & supplies for playgrounds, sports fields, and parks. Doggie Walk Bags, Inc. The original blue, tie handle bags, dispensers and trash cans for pet waste pick-up. EnviroTech Soil Solutions, Inc. EnviroTech supplies the No. 1 rated inorganic soil amendments for sportsfields and water conservation. eTrak-plus All inclusive Parks & Recreation Management Software (registration, facility reservations, POS, league scheduling campground reservations, marketing, etc.

GameTime GameTime is a leading US manufacturer of commercial playgrounds, custom play spaces and outdoor fitness equipment. GatorDock and GatorBridge Custom Aluminum pedestrian & industrial bridges and marine access solutions by GatorBridge and GatorDock. Goals Soccer Centers We build and operate soccer centers. Goric Marketing Group USA, Inc. Goric specializes in cutting edge play equipment for parks, streetscapes, museums and other public spaces. Grand Slam Safety LLC Sport fencing for baseball & softball outfields, field houses, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, & more. Greenfields Outdoor Fitness Outdoor fitness equipment.

GreenFieldsUSA GreenFields - leading supplier of artificial turf. Gro-Power, Inc. Natural based fertilizers and soil conditioners for parks and sports fields. HAI, Hirsch & Associates, Inc. Landscape architecture, park planning and design, irrigation design.

CRANE ARCHITECTURAL GROUP Innovations in Architecture

EURMAX CANOPY INC. Commercial grade canopies customized and non-customized branding. Best pop up canopies in the world.

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Specialties include: Community Centers Daycare Centers Recreation/Sports Complexes Restrooms Senior Centers ADA Compliance Studios Picnic Shelters Concession Buildings Arts/Activity Centers Education Centers Historical Preservation and Restoration

FieldTurf Artificial Turf. Fountain People Manufacturer of commercial fountain & aquatic play equipment, specializing in custom creations and design services. FlexGround Playground Safety Surfacing. Gail Materials, Inc. Leading manufacturer of ball field materials, stabilized decompose granite, sports sand and specialty soils. Serving the West Coast.

Services Full Service Architecture ADA Compliance Studies Building Design Space Planning Site Analysis Cost Estimating Land Planning Project Bidding and Negotiation Construction Contract Administration Sustainable Design

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C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o u Little Tikes Commercial Playground equipment solutions from traditional to custom. Everything you need to make your project unique. LPA, Inc. Architecture, landscape, interiors, master planning, graphic design, structural/mechanical/plumbing/ electrical & civil engineering. M Bar C Construction Shade structures for California schools, parks and public works. Maximum Solutions, Inc. A leading software provider for the parks and recreation industry for over 20 years. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Medieval Dinner & Tournament. Hermann Design Group, Inc. Landscape architecture, planning and project management for community parks, sports parks and dog parks. Hunter Industries Irrigation equipment. ID Edge ID printers systems, visitor management solutions, proximity cards, id badge display. Inflatable 2000 Inflatable games, tents, custom replicas, obstacle courses, interactive games. You name it, we’ll inflate it! Innova Champion Discs Disc golf equipment. Innovative Playgrounds Co. LLC Sales designs, and project management for BCI Burke playground equipment, safety surfacing, shade structures, and fitness/sport/site amenities. International Mulch Company Manufacturer of recycled rubber mulch and molded rubber products. IZone Imaging Custom high pressure laminate graphics and signage. JetMulch Inc. Playground safety surfacing. Key Log Rolling The synthetic Key Log brings safe, fun and challenging log rolling to any aquatic site.

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Kidz Love Soccer Non-competitive instructional soccer classes and camps for children ages 2-12.

MIG, Inc. Park and recreation planning, design, environmental planning and communications.

Knorr Systems, Inc. Aquatic equipment and service company specializing in water treatment, filtration systems, high efficiency heating systems, pool covers and deck equipment.

Miracle Playground Sales/Miracle Recreation Playgrounds, swings, site furnishings, surfacing

KOMPAN Playgrounds KOMPAN designs age-appropriate and high-quality playground products combining stringent environmental standards and exceptional play value. www. kompan.com. The KYA Group KYA is an industry specialist in surface solutions and sustainable plantscapes supported by project management, design and maintenance services. L.A. Steelcraft Products Outdoor sports equipment manufacturer. Landscape Structures, Inc. Playground equipment, outdoor music, shade, site furnishings. Lil’Kickers A nationally renowned, child development soccer program for kids 18 months - 9 years old. Lincoln Aquatics Lincoln Aquatics is a national distributor of commercial swimming pool and aquatic supplies.

MityLite Industry leader in lightweight, durable tables and chairs. Most Dependable Fountains Most Dependable Fountains manufactures outdoor drinking fountains, showers, pet fountains, bottle filling stations, misters, playtowers. Murdock Mfg. Designer, manufacturer & supplier of outdoor drinking fountains, hydrants & pre-engineered park & recreation buildings. Musco Sports Lighting Musco specializes in the design and manufacture of sports lighting. My Bark Co., Inc. Manufacturer & supplier of EWF & rubber safety surfacings & other landscaping materials. National Recreation Systems, Inc. NRS is a leader in aluminum bleacher manufacturing, custom design services and project management.

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u C P RS C o n f e r e n c e & E x p o Neptune-Benson Industry leading manufacturer of water filtration and disinfection systems serving recreational, municipal, and industrial markets. NGI Environmentally built NovaPro Tennis courts & TitanTrax Shield. Guaranteed crack repair. Innovative sports construction. No Fault Sport Group Playground and resilient athletic surface. “O” Entertainment Special events, food festivals, city birthdays & events, carnival, tents, temporary power, generators, street festivals, stages, social media marketing. Omega II Security fencing. Outdoor Creations Inc. Manufacturer of precast concrete site furnishings.

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Pacific Park The world famous amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier! Pacific Park and Playground/All About Play/Little Tikes Providers of play equipment, site amenities, safety surfacing, canopies, fitness equipment, and shelters. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway World’s largest rotating tramcars take visitors to 8,516’ and the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. P.W. Athletic Mfg Manufacture of Top quality Athletic, Park & Site Equipment Since 1919 Pentair Commercial Aquatics Manufacturer of commercial products and accessories from controllers, pumps, lighting, filters, UV and VFD. PerfectMind Cloud-based Parks & Recreation Management Software to help communities of all sizes.

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As kids, many of us heard “Go out and play!” time and time again from weary, exasperated parents. Yet in the world which we find ourselves today, these four simple words give us pause. When was the last time you said this to your own children? If it was this afternoon, or yesterday, or even any time in the past month – good for you, but if this particular order is one you can’t ever remember uttering, you can take pale comfort in the fact that you are not alone. The sad fact of the matter is that children, by and large, do not play outside any more. It is a looming crisis that concerns not only parks and recreation professionals, but teachers, pediatricians and parents alike. WINTER 2016 • CALIFORNIA PARKS & RECREATION


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that today’s children still would not play outside. I believe this is because they simply do not know how. It seems ridiculous, and yet it is a scenario I have encountered repeatedly. Parents move to the better neighborhood with the big back yard so their children can get more outdoor time. “Go play outside!” they say, only to look outside fifteen minutes later and find their children sitting on the back deck playing a game on their phone or tablet, or even simply counting the minutes until they are allowed back to their video games – the only form of play many modern children seem to engage in. I am willing to bet that if you really think about it, someone somewhere taught you how to play. As young children, it was probably your parents, engaging you with stuffed animals, or blocks or piggy back rides. They tossed you up in the air and spun you around in all sorts of exhilarating, rough and tumble moments that felt just a little dangerous and perfectly safe at the same time. Then you got a little older, and someone else took your play to the next level. Another child, an older brother or sister perhaps, or that group of kids in the neighborhood would invite you to collect your walkie-talkies and water pistols and join them in the neighborhood war. You played army, built forts, and went on epic quests. Your world slowly expanded in an ever growing adventure beyond your playroom to your back yard to the boundaries of your neighborhood, so long as you were home for dinner. I vividly remember who taught me how to play outdoors. It was the Nemec boys, Doug and Dan, who were a good bit older than my six or seven years. It was a warm June afternoon on the edge of an Iowa cornfield bordered by a cow pasture and a creek. Our fathers were down inspecting a test plot of hybrid seed corn and we were left to our own devices in a battered pickup truck with a roll of black electricians tape and a utility knife in the glove box. In less than twenty minutes, the boys showed me how to cut green branches from a cotton wood tree, strip the bark, bend a bow, whittle some arrows and consume an entire roll of black tape

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into the winding of bowstrings and the fletching of arrows. Thus began a lifelong adventure of soldiers, spies, cowboys, knights, and other fabled heroes armed with the best weapons that Dad’s plundered tool box and some electrician’s tape could provide. I never dreamed that there would come a day when children would not know how to play outdoors, or imagine their own adventure fighting the Imperial Galactic Forces in the battle of Cedar Crest Woods. I never thought of just how important it was to play in the mud, or climb a tree, or catch a frog. Doesn’t that just happen? Apparently, it does not. I have to admit, when I started programming for kids, it was largely against my will. I do not have children. Kids for me, come in two categories: house pets and short adults. They really don’t hold my interest until they are old enough to hold a conversation that ranges somewhere beyond their need for a bathroom, food and drink, or their favorite cartoon character. But once they reach that stage, I find them to be quite interesting, and I have a tendency to give them the same consideration I would anyone else. Therefore, after struggling for several years with a variety of children’s programs that drew a grand total of four participants on a good day, it seemed perfectly reasonable to pick their brains and find out what it was they actually wanted to do. Thus, after a weeklong history day camp, I sat down with my four charges and asked them the fateful question: “If you could have any kind of day camp at all, what kind of camp would it be?” The answer was resounding and unanimous: “Zombie Camp!” On that particular day we had studied Huckleberry Finn, built some small willow rafts and gone down to the river to float them. I hadn’t really paid much attention as we walked back through the woods, short of making sure no one wandered into the poison ivy. I pretty much let them explore the ponds and sand dunes and fallen logs, so long as they stayed within sight and didn’t die. I had vaguely registered that they were picking up sticks and shooting each other, staking their claim on 25


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the vast territories of “Cam-land” and “Hunterdonia,” and somewhere along the swampy path they inevitably began fighting the zombie hordes that emerged from the shallow ponds of their imagination. I didn’t really give it much thought. It’s just what kids do, right? But my youthful captive focus group had requested a zombie camp, and since I tend to treat kids like everyone else, I actually looked into it. I was rather surprised at what I discovered. There was a group on the East Coast offering a week long fully immersive zombie survival experience complete with wilderness survival, weapons training and sporadic zombie attacks for the astounding price of $3,000 per person, per week. Incredibly, people were actually paying it! Maybe the kids were on to something. After a good bit of thought, a lot more research, some brainstorming with staff and a great deal of argument with management, Zombie Survival Camp was born. Offered as a week-long, half-day camp, kids have the opportunity to learn teamwork, basic disaster planning and wilderness survival skills before finishing off their week in an epic water gun battle for survival against the undead. Had you asked me five years ago, I would have insisted that the objective of the program was to teach the kids about nature and survival skills. Today, I will admit it’s really all about the zombies. The true genius of Zombie Survival Camp lies in the staff and volunteers who help me make it happen. I am fortunate enough to have staff members who are still in touch with their inner eight year old, who remember fighting storm troopers in the woods (a.k.a. Endor), and who have enough imagination and creativity to pose the question: What if zombies were real? We don’t teach kids, we play with them. We lead dangerous missions into the dark, swampy backwaters of the Cedar River, obtaining water samples to test for the zombie virus or retrieving caches of government supplies. We track the bloody trail of the zombie-mangled Agent X back to his hidden base and retrieve his mission notebook. Then we use our compasses to calculate back bearings and follow his coordinates to the fabled zombie point of origin. “Ground

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u Zombie Camp that is creative and enthusiastic with enough imagination to still pretend and play like the children we wrangle. That staff also needs to be flexible enough to deviate from the planned activities for the day, stepping back and letting the kids play when their imagination finally kicks in and takes over. Finally, you need leadership with nerve. You need to have management that is willing to take the heat, to stand up and say the benefits of the activities are worth the risk. They need the intestinal fortitude to tell the politically correct anti-gun citizens “Of COURSE we are going to let the kids shoot zombies with water guns! They’re eight! What’s the point of a Zombie Camp if you can’t shoot zombies?” If you don’t have that kind of leadership, don’t even bother. Over the years, Zombie Camp has grown and flourished into its own unique entity. We have a drill cadence for kids to march to on campaign. We could fill a book with our own unique Zombie Camp lore of Ground Zero, Agent X, and the valuable Zombie fighting tactics such as the “Hernandez Maneuver,” (sneaking past the zombies by singing them to sleep). I have many requests for a copy of the Zombie Marching Song, or my Zombie backstory. I do not share it for two reasons. First, it is not entirely mine. It is a collaborative tale spun between our staff and the children and is unique to this place. Second, if I give it to you, you will not imagine or create your own, and your imagination is the key. You have to be able to connect with your inner eight year old. You have to remember how to pretend and imagine that you are the hero of your own adventure, and then you have to use your adult skills, knowledge and resources to make that adventure happen and take a group of kids along with you. Your inner child may have a lot of catching up to do. Mine didn’t know squat about zombies, aside from having watched one of the Bruce Campbell Evil Dead movies. And for you, the answer might not be zombies at all. Whether it is Harry Potter or the Hunger Games, it’s hard to tell what kids will want to play next. However, based upon both my successes and my failures with outdoor programming, I have learned this: To be successful, they have to be imaginative and active. At heart, every kid wishes they were an adult so that they could have adventures, too. I have tried other themed programs like Zombie Camp that weren’t nearly as successful, because they either did not have the intense active activities like orienteering and zombie patrols, and instead focused too much on sit-down-and-make-it projects or crafts, or because they did not have the immersive, imaginative storyline that Zombie camp now has. One of the occasional caveats of Zombie Camp, is that for some children, that imaginative story line can become a bit too real. Not every child who signs up to fight zombies makes Ground Zero

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Ascharya, Kat. “Why So Many Kids Don’t Play Outside Anymore.” Dec. 12, 2015. Modern Parent. http://2machines.com/188164/ Grey, Peter. “Freedom to Learn” Psychology Today http://www. psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201404/risky-play-whychildren-love-it-and-need-it Hanscom, Angela. “How Schools Ruined Recess.” The Washington Post. December 3, 2015. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/04/how-schools-ruined-recess-and-fourthings-needed-to-fix-it/ Hanscom, Angela. “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today.” The Washington Post. December 3, 2015. https://www. washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/07/08/whyso-many-kids-cant-sit-still-in-school-today/ Rosin, Hannah. “The Overprotected Kid,” Atlantic Monthly, April 2014 http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/heyparents-leave-those-kids-alone/358631/ Sandseter, Ellen. Children’s Risky Play from an Evolutionary Perspective: The Anti-Phobic Effects of Thrilling Experiences. http:// www.epjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/EP092572842.pdf Westerveldt, Eric. “Where the Wild Things Play,” NPR ed. http:// www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/04/334896321/where-the-wildthings-play Strauss, Valerie. “The decline of play in pre-schoolers –and the rise of sensory issues.” The Washington Post. December 3, 2015. https:// www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/01/ the-decline-of-play-in-preschoolers-and-the-rise-in-sensory-issues/

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VIP 2.0 u Now 15 years old, the VIP Action Plan: Creating Community in the 21st Century (VIP Plan) has guided us through some challenging times. Its vision and strategies have proven to be timeless and are still relevant today. However, our profession has grown and changed over the last 15 years. New recreation trends influence the services we provide; different organizations, partners and individuals are involved; new professionals and demographics are changing the face of the profession; and new technologies affect the way we do business. It’s time to give the VIP Plan a fresh look to see how it fits in today’s world.

VIP 2.0

A multi-year partnership is underway to update the VIP Plan. VIP 2.0 will validate relevant elements of the original VIP Plan, identify where changes are needed and define a new action plan for the future. The VIP update will address the following:

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• What have we accomplished? What are the key messages, useful tools and resources that were introduced in the original VIP Plan? What successes have we celebrated in the last 15 years? • Where are we now? How did earlier resources help advance the profession to where we are today? What current opportunities and challenges do we face, and what personnel, resources and expectations do we have in moving forward? • What should we do next? How do changing trends influence our efforts to take the parks and recreation profession to the next level? What will inspire the next generation of leaders in our profession? What tools and trainings are needed to build our personal, professional and organizational competencies to best serve our communities and the entire State? These and other questions will be

addressed in a three-phased strategic planning process that will include an Environmental Scan, Strategies and Actions Update, and Strategic Plan Development. We are in the first phase of this work now.

Guidance for our Profession

As a reflection of the California parks and recreation profession, VIP 2.0 will incorporate the insights of CPRS members and non-members, all levels of parks and recreation staff, allied professionals and educators, current and future leaders, baby boomers and millennials, and anyone who knows what is needed to make our profession great. A variety of outreach activities are occurring in Phase 1 to collect this feedback. Many are occurring at the CPRS Conference & Expo, where we will discuss the tools and resources needed to take our profession to the next level. VIP 2.0 activities include:

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u VIP 2.0 • VIP 2.0 Questionnaire. For four weeks in January and February, California parks and recreation professionals are invited to complete a 10-15 minute online survey. It will collect information regarding the professional characteristics and demographics of respondents, their professional memberships, core values, core competencies, trends and tools of our profession. (1/19 – 2/ 19, bit.ly/CPRS-VIP) • VIP Think Tank. In the Conference Expo Hall, a think tank of professionals will convene to brainstorm strategies, identify best practices and make a list of the tools that will be needed to advance our profession. Only a few minutes are needed to share your insights and see what others have to say. (3/9 and 3/10, Expo Hall, Booth #541) • Administrators’ Section Feature Session: X-treme Professionalism: Leaders for 2020 and Beyond. A new generation of professionals

is emerging as leaders in parks and recreation. They bring different ideals, values, skills and knowledge, and they stand poised to rock our profession. If you are one of our profession’s leaders in the next five to 10 years, join this session for a lively discussion about who we are, what we value, the skills we provide, the trends we see and the tools and resources we need to be successful in the future. (Wednesday, 3/9, 4:30-5:30pm) • CPRS Administrators’ Section Breakfast Meeting: VIP 2.0. Many agency administrators and CPRS sponsors have been in the profession long enough to recognize the impacts of the original VIP Plan as well as the new directions needed in the future. The keynote presentation at the Administrators’ Breakfast will include an introduction of VIP 2.0, highlights from questionnaire findings and an interactive polling exercise to incorpo-

rate the expertise of the Administrators’ Section in identifying strategic directions for the new action plan. (Thursday, 3/10, 7:30am-9:00am Hyatt Regency; by invitation.) • VIP 2.0 Roundtable: The POWER of our Profession. Gone are the days of debating whether we provide essential services. In the next 10 years, parks and recreation professionals will be on the front lines in addressing major statewide issues such as community health, social equity and environmental protection. The best of CPRS are being assembled for a one-hour work session. Small groups will define the tools, resources and actions needed to prepare ourselves, our staff and our future leaders for the challenges that lie ahead. (Thursday, 3/10, 11am-12:00pm, Expo Hall Roundtables; by invitation only. If you need an invitation, please drop by Booth #541 to see if there is space for you to attend.)

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VIP 2.0 u

What’s new since 1999 Just how much has the world changed in the last 15 years? The VIP Action Plan: Creating Community in the 21st Century (VIP Plan) was introduced just over 15 years ago. Many portions of the VIP Plan are still relevant today. However, there have been some significant changes in local economies, political landscapes and other demographic changes that neccessitate a look at the plan. To give an idea on just how much things have changed, we present a list of eight things that were invented or have had major affects on society as a whole since the launch of the VIP Action Plan.

Bluetooth (1999)

Bluetooth technology debuted in 1999 and adopted into mobile phones and computers soon after. Now the technology is prevelent in a multitude of electronic products. It is nearly impossible to go an entire day without using a product that requires Bluetooth Technology.

Apple iPod (2001)

Apple’s portable MP3 player was introduced in 2001 and soon meant the death to cassette tapes and CDs. The iPod wasn’t the first MP3 player, but it definitely took them to a completely new level.

Skype (2003)

Skype allowed people to communicate in more ways than just by phone. But it’s strength was that it connected people inexpensively through the internet. Suddenly video chatting was available for the masses.

Facebook (2004)

Can you name another social media channel (or anything else for that matter) that has changed the way people communicate/connect with friends, family and customers from the past 50 years like Facebook has?

YouTube (2005)

Made video sharing easy for everyone.

Nintendo Wii (2006)

Changed the way people perceived video games and made it easy for people of all ages to play.

Apple iPhone (2007)

The iPhone dramatically changed the cell phone market by integrating its use into people’s everyday lives by offering a variety of applications that can be easily downloaded.

Google Driverless Car (2012)

It’s still up in the air just when the driverless car will be available to the public and just how long afterwards it will become mainstream, but it’s still something we thought should be on this list.

• Looking Ahead: 2020 Leadership. This four-hour session continues the conversation about the leaders of tomorrow and the future of our profession. It will include a discussion of the mega-forces disrupting the way that parks and recreation departments do their work, as well as the big challenges facing our communities in the next five to seven years. Using this information, the session will focus on new approaches for doing our work, the organizational culture needed to attract, retain and grow talent and new competencies for 21st century leaders in parks and recreation. (Friday, 3/11, 12:004:00pm, by RSVP.) • CPRS VIP webpage. Visit http:// cprs.socious.com/page/vip for more info about the planning process, the original VIP Plan and future opportunities to be involved.

Parks and Recreation in the 21st Century: a New Action Plan

VIP 2.0 should involve as many people as possible to ensure that the resulting action plan represents the entire parks and recreation profession and carries us forward another 15-20 years. Insights, ideas and comments from Phase 1 outreach activities will be summarized and shared with CPRS Board Members and District and Section leaders in late spring 2016 to incorporate their direction before updating strategies and drafting new actions to achieve our vision for the future. CPRS is proud to enter into this multiyear project with MIG with the goal to create another groundbreaking program for California park and recreation agencies to continue to position themselves as essential community services.

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The following agencies, companies and universities have completed the Parks Make Life Better!® logo policy/agreement application. They are using the logo in their marketing efforts, using the key messages in their promotions and are living the brand promise. Now is the time for you to join the Parks Make Life Better!® branding compaign. Please visit the CPRS Web site (www.cprs.org) and click on the Parks Make Life Better!® logo on the home page for more information on the campaign. California Agency City of Agoura Hills City of Alameda City of Albany City of Alhambra City of Aliso Viejo Aliso Viejo Community Association Ambrose Recreation & Park District City of American Canyon City of Anaheim City of Anderson City of Antioch Town of Apple Valley Arcade Creek Recreation and Park District City of Arcata Arden Manor Recreation & Park District Arden Park Recreation & Park District City of Arroyo Grande City of Artesia City of Atascadero City of Atwater Auburn Area Recreation and Park District City of Azusa City of Bakersfield City of Baldwin Park City of Bell City of Bell Gardens City of Bellflower City of Belmont Belvedere Tiburon Joint Recreation City of Benicia City of Berkeley City of Beverly Hills City of Bishop City of Blue Lake Boulder Creek Recreation & Park District City of Brea City of Brentwood City of Brisbane City of Buena Park City of Burbank City of Burlingame Buttonwillow Recreation & Park District City of Calabasas City of California City California State Parks City of Calistoga

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

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

City of Kerman County of Kern City of King City City of Kingsburg City of La Habra City of La Mesa City of La Mirada City of La Puente City of La Quinta City of La Verne City of Lafayette City of Laguna Hills City of Laguna Niguel City of Lakewood City of Larkspur Recreation City of Lathrop City of Lemoore City of Lincoln Livermore Area Recreation & Park District City of Lodi City of Long Beach City of Los Alamitos City of Los Altos City of Los Angeles County of Los Angeles Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation City of Lynwood City of Madera City of Malibu Town of Mammoth Lakes City of Manhattan Beach City of Manteca County of Marin City of Martinez McKinleyville Community Services District Mendocino Coast Recreation & Park District City of Menifee City of Menlo Park City of Merced City of Mill Valley Mission Oaks Recreation and Park District City of Mission Viejo City of Montclair City of Montebello City of Monterey County of Monterey Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District

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u Parks Make Life Better!® City of Moorpark Town of Moraga City of Moreno Valley City of Morgan Hill Mt. Shasta Recreation & Parks District City of Mountain View City of Murrieta City of Napa City of National City Navy Region South West City of Nevada City City of Newark City of Newport Beach City of Norco North County Recreation & Park District North Highlands Recreation & Park District North of the River Recreation & Park District City of Norwalk City of Oakland City of Oakley City of Oceanside City of Ojai City of Ontario City of Orange Orangevale Recreation & Park District City of Orinda City of Pacifica City of Palmdale City of Palo Alto Paradise Recreation & Park District City of Pasadena Human Services & Recreation City of Pasadena Parks & Natural Resources City of Paso Robles City of Patterson City of Perris City of Petaluma City of Pico Rivera City of Pinole City of Pittsburg County of Placer City of Placerville Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District City of Pleasanton City of Pomona City of Port Hueneme City of Porterville City of Poway City of Rancho Cucamonga Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District City of Redding City of Redondo Beach City of Redwood City City of Reedley

City of Rialto City of Richmond Rim of the World Recreation & Park District Rio Linda Elverta Recreation & Park District City of Rio Vista City of Riverbank City of Riverside County of Riverside Regional Park & Open Space District City of Rocklin City of Rohnert Park Rosamond Community Services District City of Rosemead City of Roseville Rossmoor Community Services District City of Sacramento County of Sacramento City of Salinas Town of San Anselmo City of San Bernardino City of San Bruno City of San Carlos County of San Diego City of San Diego City of San Dimas City of San Fernando City of San Francisco County of San Francisco City of San Gabriel County of San Joaquin City of San Jose City of San Juan Capistrano City of San Leandro City of San Luis Obispo County of San Luis Obispo City of San Marcos City of San Mateo County of San Mateo City of San Pablo City of San Rafael City of San Ramon City of Sanger City of Santa Clara County of Santa Clara City of Santa Clarita City of Santa Cruz County of Santa Cruz City of Santa Fe Springs City of Santa Maria City of Santa Rosa City of Santee Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve City of Saratoga City of Sausalito City of Scotts Valley City of Seal Beach City of Sierra Madre City of Signal Hill

County of Solano City of Solano Beach South Coast Air Quality Management District City of South El Monte City of South Gate City of South Lake Tahoe City of South Pasadena Southgate Recreation & Park District County of Stanislaus City of Stanton City of Stockton City of Suisun City City of Sunnyvale Sunrise Recreation & Park District City of Tahoe City Tamalpais Community Services District Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District City of Temecula City of Temple City Templeton Community Services District City of Torrance City of Tracy Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District City of Tulare City of Turlock City of Tustin City of Twentynine Palms City of Ukiah City of Union City City of Upland City of Vacaville County of Ventura City of Victorville City of Visalia City of Vista City of Walnut City of Walnut Creek City of Watsonville City of West Covina City of West Hollywood City of West Sacramento West Side Recreation & Park District City of Westminster City of Whittier Town of Windsor City of Woodland City of Yorba Linda Town of Yountville City of Yuba City City of Yucaipa

City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Friends of Maryland State Parks City of Franklin, Indiana City of Johnson City, Tennessee Mooresville Park & Recreation District New Haven-Adams Township, Indiana Noblesville Parks & Recreation, Indiana City of Shelbyville, Indiana City of South Bend, Indiana Washington Township, Ohio

Out-of-State Agency Brownsburg Parks, Indiana City of Bluffton, Indiana City of Butte-Silver Bow, Montana Clarksville Parks & Recreation, Indiana

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Company Alfa Products All About Play/Little Tikes Commercial - Nor Cal Buell Recreation California’s Great America Callander Associates Capitol Enterprises Inc. Columbia Cascade Company Community Works Design Group David Evans and Assoc. Inc. David Volz Design Landscape Architects, Inc. Goric Marketing Group USA Innovative Playgrounds Company KPCRadio.Com Land Concern Ltd Leader Manufacturing, Inc./Fairweather Site Furnishings Division Maximum Solutions, Inc. Murdock-Super Secur National Academy of Athletics National Parks Promotion Council NLM Consulting Services PlaySafe, LLC Play Smart Surfacing Play-Well TEKnologies Poimiroo & Partners Public Restroom Company Recreation Republic RHA Landscape Architects Planners, Inc. RJM Design Group, Inc. Robertson Industries, Inc. Shade Structures Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation SpectraTurf SSA Landscape Architects, Inc. Stone Soul Music StructureCast Tri Active America Western Wood Preservers Institute Windsor Parks-Recreation Foundation Vermont Recreation & Parks Association

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Advertisers Index Aluminum Seating 800/757-SEAT www.aluminumseating.com

Aqua Source 800/574-8081 www.aquasource.com

Aquatic Design Group 800/938-0542 www.aquaticdesigngroup.com

Arch Pac 760/734-1600 www.archpac.com

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Architerra Design Group 909/484-2800 www.architerradesigngroup.com p. 19

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Capitol Equipment 626/357-3768 www.capitolequipinc.com

Columbia Cascade Co. 800/547-1940 www.timberform.com

Crane Architectural Group 714/525-0363 www.cranearchitecturalgrp.com

David Evans & Associates 909/481-5750 www.deainc.com

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David Volz Design 714/641-1300 www.dvolzdesign.com

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Greenfields Outdoor Fitness 888/315-9037 www.greenfieldsfitness.com p. 34-35

Hirsch and Associates 714/776-4340 www.hailandarch.com

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iZone Imaging 888/464-9663 www.izoneimaging.com

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Jones & Madhaven 805/777-8449 www.jmae.com

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Lincoln Aquatics 800/223-5450 www.lincolnaquatics.com

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MIG, Inc. 800/790-8444 www.migcom.com

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Most Dependable Fountains 800/552-6331 www.mostdependable.com p. 33

Murdock-SuperSecur 800/825-6030 www.murdockmfg.com

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u Advertisers Index My Bark Co. 209/786.4042 www.mybark.net

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NUVIS Landscape Architectiure & Planning 714/754-7311 www.nuvis.net p. 26

Pilot Rock 800/762-5002 www.pilotrock.com

sofSURFACES Inc. 800/263-2363 www.sofsurfaces.org

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Terracon Consultants 925/609-7224 www.terracon.com

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TriActive America 800/587-4228 www.TriActiveAmerica.com

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Verde Design 408/985-7200 www.VerdeDesignInc.com

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Vortex 866/586-7839 www.vortex-intl.com

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Public Restroom Company 888/888-2060 www.publicrestroomcompany.com p. 47

RHA Landscape Architects-Planners 951/781-1930 www.rhala.com p. 28

RHAA Landscape Architecture + Planning 415/383-7900 www.rhaa.com p. 30

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

Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center 800/246-2087 www.wedgewoodbanquet.com p. 49

Richard Fisher Associates 714/245-9270 www.RFAland.com

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SSA Landscape Architects 831/459-0455 www.ssala.com

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Sator 888/887-2867 www.satorsoccer.com

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Company Members through January 15, 2016

A-G Sod Farms, Inc. (Riverside) PH: 951/687-7581 FAX: 951/687-4869 2900 Adams St., Ste. C-120, Riverside, CA 92504 E-Mail: jaddink@agsod.com Website: www.agsod.com REP: Joel Addink, CFO; John Addink, President; Larry LeMay, Vice-President of Operations SERVICE: Five farms in California & Colorado producing high quality sod for sports fields and parks. Abey Arnold Associates (Marin) PH: 415/258-9580 FAX: 415/258-9780 1005 A Street, Suite 305, San Rafael, CA 94901 E-Mail: pabey@abeyarnold.com Website: www.abeyarnold.com REP: Phillip Abey, Principal SERVICE: Landscape Architecture. Aflex Technology PH: (64) (3) 546-6747 FAX: (64) (3) 546-8112 P.O. Box 1292Nelson 7040 New Zealand E-Mail: admin@aflextechnology.com Website: www.aflextechnology.com REP: Karen Stratford, Sales Manager SERVICE: Giant pool inflatable obstacle courses & slides providing fun & challenging entertainment. AHBE Landscape Architects (Los Angeles) PH: 213/694-3800 FAX: 213/694-3801 617 West 7th Street, Suite 304, Los Angeles, CA 90017 E-Mail: aldaley@AHBE.com Website: www.AHBE.com REP: Calvin Abe, President; Mary Lu, Business Development Manager SERVICE: AHBE Landscape Architects provides comprehensive design services, master planning and urban design.

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All About Play/Little Tikes Commercial - Nor Cal (Sacramento) PH: 916/923-2180 FAX: 916/646-6383 3844 Presidio Street, Sacramento, CA 95838 E-Mail: glen@playgroundpros.com Website: www.littletikescommercial.com REP: Glen Wurster, Principal SERVICE: Accessible outdoor playground equipment including unique theme playscapes and park service equipment. Aluminum Seating, Inc. (San Bernardino) PH: 909/884-9449 FAX: 909/388-2187 PO Box 3310, San Bernardino, CA 92413 E-Mail: sales@aluminumseating.com Website: www.aluminumseating.com REP: Bonnie Gaudesi, Sales Manager SERVICE: Manufacturer of all aluminum outdoor bleachers, picnic tables & benches. Amateur Softball Assoc. (San Francisco) PH: 510/881-6712 FAX: 510/888-5758 1224 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122 E-Mail: ajlouie@netzero.net Website: www.region14.com REP: John Gouveia SERVICE: The objective of the Amateur Softball Association is to develop, direct and promote the sport of softball. American Ramp Company (Jasper) PH: 417/206-6816 FAX: 417/206-6888 601 S. McKinley Ave., Joplin, MO 64801 E-Mail: danny@americanrampcompany. com Website: http://www.americanrampcompany.com/ REP: Danny Phillips, Skatepark Specialist SERVICE: World’s premier skatepark provider, having built over 200 skateparks in over 38 countries.

American Solutions for Business PH: 714/396-1803 FAX: 714/551-2232 400 Princeland Court, Corona, CA 92879 E-Mail: dmeyers@americanbus.com Website: http://home.americanbus.com/ REP: Donna Meyers, Account Representative; Glenn Leonard, Vice President of Sales; Randy Olson, Vice President of Sales Operations SERVICE: Providers of printed documents, promotional products, corporate logo apparel like brochures, uniforms, stationery, catalogs, forms. Aqua Source (Sacramento) PH: 209/745-6401 FAX: 209/745-7179 P.O. Box 1146, Galt, CA 95632 E-Mail: info@aquasource.com Website: www.aquasource.com 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: info@aquaticdesigngroup.com Website: www.aquaticdesigngroup.com REP: Randy Mendioroz, Scott Ferrell, Dennis Berkshire, Justin Caron SERVICE: Programming, planning, design and engineering services for competition, recreation and leisure aquatic facilities. Arch Pac, Inc. (San Diego) PH: 760/734-1600 FAX: 760/734-1611 1351 Distribution Way Suite 1, Vista, CA 92081 E-Mail: kenmoeller@archpac.com Website: www.archpac.com REP: Ken Moeller, AIA, ASLA SERVICE: Consulting Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers & Planners specializing in aquatics, pools, and associated architecture.

Architerra Design Group, Inc. (San Bernardino) PH: 909/484-2800 FAX: 909/484-2802 10221-A Trademark Street, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 E-Mail: rkrumwiede@architerradesigngroup.com Website: www.architerradesigngroup. com REP: Richard Krumwiede, President; Gregg Denson, Director of Design; Jeff Chamlee, Director of Production. SERVICE: Landscape architectural consulting services, new parks, park renovation, and streetscape design & construction documents. Associated Students, CSUF, Inc. (Orange) PH: 657/278-4511 FAX: 657/278-2503 800 N. State College, Fullerton, CA 92834 E-Mail: awittwer@fullerton.edu Website: http://asi.fullerton.edu/src 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 Abutmant Road, Dalton, GA 30721 E-Mail: help@astroturf.com Website: www.astroturf.com 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: robert@vandalstop.com Website: www.atlasamerican.com REP: Robert Adamis, President SERVICE: We specialize in vandalism & corrosion resistant washroom accessories that are Made in the USA.

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Buyer’s Guide u BCI Burke Co, LLC (Fond Du Lac) PH: 920/921-9220 FAX: 920/921-9566 660 Van Dyne Road, Fond Du Lac, WI 54936 E-Mail: mphelan@bciburke.com Website: www.bciburke.com 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: go@bfsla.com Website: www.bfsla.com 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: lukas@berliner-playequipment.com Website: www.berliner-playequipment.com REP: Lukas Steinke SERVICE: State of the art play structures from the world’s leader in net climbing playground equipment. Berry Bowling Systems PTY LTD PH: 61-/417 - 946 102 3 Cochrane Street, Mitcham, Victoria 3132 E-Mail: daarons@berrysportsurfaces. com.au Website: www.berrysportsurfaces.com.au REP: David Aarons, General Manager; Alan Berry, Director SERVICE: Designers, suppliers & installers of world bowls approved synthetic lawn bowling greens. 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: dbriley@bcf-engr.com Website: www.bcf-engr.com REP: Dave Briley, Landscape Architect SERVICE: BC&F provides civil engineering and landscape architecture services for parks, playgrounds, trails and athletic facilities.

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Bobcat Company (Cass) PH: 701/241-8700 FAX: 701/280-7860 250 East Beaton Drive, West Fargo, ND 58078 E-Mail: Lee.Jordheim@doosan.com Website: www.bobcat.com REP: Lee Jordheim, Nat Acct./Gov Sales Account Manager; Mike Kozbacher, Government Accounts Manager SERVICE: Bobcat Company provides compact equipment for global construction, industrial, landscaping and agricultural markets. BSN Sports (Dallas) PH: 800/527-7510 FAX: 800/899-0149 1901 Diplomat Dr, Farmer’s Branch, TX 75234 E-Mail: svarn@bsnsports.com Website: http://www.bsnsports.com/ 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 Website: www.buellrecreation.com 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: dross@bsaarchitects.com Website: www.bsaarchitects.com REP: David D. Ross, AIA, LEED A.P. SERVICE: Specialists in community and recreation centers, fitness and sports facilities, and senior and childcare centers. CA Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA) (Sacramento) PH: 916/928-1625 x202 FAX: 916/928-0705 2300 River Plaza Drive, #120, Sacramento, CA 95833 E-Mail: lien@capca.com Website: www.capca.com REP: Terry W. Stark, President/CEO; Charlotte Carson, Director Continuing Education SERVICE: Pest control advisors.

California Land Management (Santa Clara) PH: 650/322-1181 FAX: 650/322-1194 675 Gilman Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2528 E-Mail: clm@clm-services.com Website: www.clm-services.com 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: mp@calparksco.com Website: www.calparksco.com 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: lsalcedo@calsouth.com Website: www.calsouth.com 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: www.cagreatamerica.com 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: bfletcher@cavalleyoffice.com Website: www.callanderassociates.com 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: capitolequipmentinc@yahoo.com Website: www.capitolequipinc.com 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: ccplaygrounds@aol.com Website: www.centralcoastplaygrounds. com REP: Steve Strachan, Owner SERVICE: Park & Playground construction. CH Bull Company (San Mateo) PH: 650/837-8400 FAX: 800/229-2855 229 Utah Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080 E-Mail: abull@chbullco.com Website: www.chbullco.com 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: thodges@coastrecreation.net Website: www.coastrecreation.com 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.

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Buyer’s Guide u 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: hq@timberform.com Website: www.timberform.com 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: info@swimcas.com Website: www.swimcas.com 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: tim@comworksdg.com Website: www.comworksdg.com 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: info@csstudios.com Website: www.csstudios.com REP: Don Wilson, ASLA SERVICE: Park planning, trail design, irrigation master planning, plan checking, sports field design, visual resource analysis.

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Counsilman-Hunsaker (Saint Louis) PH: 310/734-2282 10733 Sunset Office Drive, Suite 400, Saint Louis, MO 63127 E-Mail: info@chh2o.com Website: www.chh2o.com 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: www.cranearchitecturalgrp.com REP: Rick Crane, Owner SERVICE: Architectural services: community centers, senior centers, sports complexes, concession stands, park restrooms, ADA improvements. CSI Software (Harris) PH: 713/942-7779 x245 FAX: 713/942-7731 3333 Richmond, 2nd Floor, Houston, TX 77098 E-Mail: ryan@csisoftwareusa.com Website: www.csisoftwareusa.com REP: Ryan Wehmeyer, Marketing Manager, Steven Green, Regional Sales Manager; Ken Heineman, VP Sales SERVICE: CSI Software offers many software module choices that facilitate management and improve operational effectiveness. Dahlin Group Architecture Planning (Alameda) PH: 925/251-7200 FAX: 925/251-7201 5865 Owens Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588 E-Mail: emoal@dahlingroup.com Website: www.dahlingroup.com 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: sales@DASHPlatform.com Website: http://www.dashplatform.com 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: pete@davebang.com Website: www.davebang.com 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: ksr@deainc.com Website: www.deainc.com 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: plevitus@dvolzdesign.com Website: www.dvolzdesign.com 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: assistant@mobi-mat-dms.com Website: www.mobi-mat.com 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: chriscrosson@gmail.com Website: www.doggiewalkbags.com 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 St., Winnetka, CA 91306 E-Mail: eaglemanelliot@hotmail.com Website: www.eaglesports.org 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: cbarsam@ecofert.org Website: www.ecofert.org 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: jerry@etrak-plus.com Website: www.eTrak-plus.com REP: Jerry Plybon, Director, National Business Development SERVICE: The complete parks & recreation software management solution for (online/on-site) reservations, registration, POS, membership management.

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Rowley International, now a part of Terracon, provided aquatic design services for the newly reopened swimming pool at Hollywood Recreational Center in Los Angeles, CA.

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Buyer’s Guide u Eurmax (Los Angeles) PH: 855/222-6679 FAX: 626/279-1522 9460 Telstar Avenue, Suite 2, El Monte, CA 91731 E-Mail: joel@eurmax.com 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: tnoonan@ewing1.com Website: www.ewing1.com 602/437-9530 Fax 602/437-0446 wgorowitz@ewing1.com REP: Michael Haymore, Regional Manager; Bill Snider, Regional Manager; Tom Noonan, Water Efficiency Sales SERVICE: The largest family owned distributor of landscape and irrigation products in the country. Flexground (Placer) PH: 916/275-3588 2029 Opportunity Drive, #3, Roseville, CA 95678 E-Mail: swalsh@flexground.com Website: www.flexground.com 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: daved@gailmaterials.net Website: www.gailmaterials.net REP: David Dzwilewski, Consultant SERVICE: Leading manufacturer of ballfield materials, stabilized decompose granite, sports sand and specialty soils. Serving the West Coast. Gates & Associates (Contra Costa) PH: 925/736-8176 FAX: 925/838-8901 2671 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583 E-Mail: tyoung@dgates.com Website: www.dgates.com REP: Todd Young, Principal; Chuck Gardella, Sr. Associates; Vanessa Lindores, Associate SERVICE: Landscape Architecture.

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Glass Architects (Sonoma) PH: 707/544-3920 FAX: 707/544-2514 200 E Street, #100, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 E-Mail: eglass@glassarchitects.com Website: www.glassarchitects.com REP: Eric M. Glass, AIA SERVICE: Architectural design and master planning. Specializing in indoor and outdoor aquatic, community and recreational facilities.

Gro-Power, Inc. (San Bernardino) PH: 909/393-3744 FAX: 909/393-2773 15065 Telephone Ave., Chino, CA 91710 E-Mail: gropowerinc@verizon.net Website: www.gropower.com 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.

Goric Marketing Group USA (Middlesex) PH: 617/744-0772 FAX: 617/744-1037 464 Common Street #148, Belmont, MA 02478 E-Mail: laura@goric.com Website: www.goric.com REP: Laura Wilson, Sales Manager SERVICE: Cutting edge play equipment: unique playpoints, sensory and musical elements, and water/sand play systems.

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: dmerkes@g4arch.com Website: www.g4arch.com REP: Dawn Merkes, President, Andrea Will, Architect, Associate; Jonathan Hartman, Architect, Associate SERVICE: Architectural, research and planning services.

Grand Slam Safety Fence System (Contra Costa) PH: 925/997-6266 130 Alcosta Court, San Ramon, CA 94583 E-Mail: jeanette@grandslamsafety.com Website: www.Grandslamsafety.com 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: info@greenfieldsfitness.com Website: www.greenfieldsfitness.com REP: Please call to find a rep in your area. SERVICE: Outdoor fitness equipment. GreenFieldsUSA (Fulton) PH: 770/306-4252 4901 Jonesboro Road, Suite 501, Union City, GA 30291 E-Mail: d.byrd@greenfieldsusa.com Website: www.greenfieldsusa.com REP: Danielle Byrd, Marketing Manager SERVICE: GreenFields - leading supplier of artificial turf.

GSM Landscape Architects, Inc. (Napa) PH: 707/255-4630 FAX: 707/255-7480 1700 Soscol Avenue, Suite 23, Napa, CA 94559 E-Mail: gretchen@gsmlainc.com Website: www.gsmlainc.com 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: pat@hailandarch.com Website: www.hailandarch.com 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: office@hd-la.com Website: www.hd-la.com 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: chris@hdg-inc.com 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: scanada@hlagroup.com Website: www.hlagroup.com 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: www.hunterindustries.com 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

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Buyer’s Guide u ID Edge, Inc. (Boulder) PH: 303/665-0405 FAX: 303/665-4026 1849 Cherry Street #10, Louisville, CO 80027 E-Mail: dlippoldt@idedge.com Website: www.idedge.com REP: Dianne Lippoldt, Operations Manager SERVICE: ID provides photo ID, key fob, wristband, and reusable name tag solutions to the parks and recreation industry. iFLY Indoor Skydiving (Los Angeles) PH: 818/985-4359 FAX: 818/301-2269 1000 Universal Studios Blvd., Bldg 6520 Suite 1, Universal City, CA 91608 E-Mail: veronica@iflyworld.com Website: www.iflyworld.com REP: Veronica Salazar, Director of Sales & Marketing SERVICE: Indoor skydiving activity, training facility & educational programming. Innovative Playgrounds Company LLC (Los Angeles) 12407 East Slauson Avenue, Unit D, Whittier, CA 90606 PH: 877/732-5200 FAX: 562/693-5199 E-Mail: 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. IZone Imaging (Bell) PH: 254/778-0722 FAX: 254/778-0938 2526 Charter Oak Dr., Suite 100, Temple, TX 76502 E-Mail: mike@izoneimaging.com Website: www.izoneimaging.com 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: accounting@j2eng.com Website: www.j2eng.com REP: James Flynn, President SERVICE: Forensic engineering firm.

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Jacobs, Inc. (Sacramento) PH: 916/929-3323 FAX: 916/929-1772 1050 20th Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95811 E-Mail: jeff.townsend@jacobs.com Website: www.jacobs.com 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: schaplin@textron.com Website: www.jaconbsen.com 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 23372 South Pointe Drive, Suite C, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 E-Mail: safepark@hotmail.com Website: www.SafePark.com 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: info@jetmulch.com Website: www.jetmulchinc.com 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: nachi@jmae.com Website: www.jmae.com 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: tcaton@Keenan.com Website: www.keenan.com 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: info@kidzlovesoccer.com Website: www.kidzlovesoccer.com 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: nicholec@knorrsystems.com Website: www.knorrsystems.com 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: megcha@kompan.com Website: www.kompan.com REP: Megan Chase, Sales Manager 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: kurt@ktua.com Website: www.ktua.com 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: SalesAdmin@KYASurfacing.com Website: www.KYASurfacing.com 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. L.A. Steelcraft Products, Inc. (Los Angeles) PH: 626/798-7401 FAX: 626/798-1482 PO Box 90365, Pasadena, CA 91109 E-Mail: info@lasteelcraft.com Website: www.lasteelcraft.com REP: James Holt, President SERVICE: Equipment Manufacturer: Playgrounds, schools, fiberglass tables & benches, court & field equipment, bike racks, flagpoles & site amenities. Landscape Structures, Inc. (Wright) PH: 763/972-5200 FAX: 763/972-3185 601 7th Street South, Delano, MN 55328-0198 E-Mail: info@playlsi.com Website: www.playlsi.com REP: Tim Barrett, Regional Sales Manager SERVICE: Commercial playground designer and manufacturer. LDA Partners, LLP (San Joaquin) PH: 209/943-0405 FAX: 209/943-0415 4 S. Central Court, Stockton, CA 95204 E-Mail: ewohle@ldapartners.com Website: www.ldapartners.com REP: Eric Wohle, Partner SERVICE: Architectural Services. Lincoln Aquatics (Contra Costa) PH: 925/687-9500 FAX: 925/680-2825 2051 Commerce Ave., Concord, CA 94520 E-Mail: sales@lincolnaquatics.com Website: http://www.lincolnaquatics.com 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: ahickman@lincolnaquatics.com Website: http://www.lincolnaquatics.com REP: Andrea Hickman, Office Manager SERVICE: Distributors of commercial swimming pool equipment, chemicals and aquatic supplies since 1954.

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u Buyer’s Guide LPA, Inc. (Placer) PH: 916/772-4300 FAX: 916/772-4330 1548 Eureka Road #101, Roseville, CA 95661 E-Mail: ksullivan@lpainc.com Website: www.lpainc.com REP: LPA Inc. (Placer), Roseville, CA;LPA Inc. (Orange) 5161 California Avenue Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92617, 949/2611001, Fax: 949/260-1190 E-Mail: ksullivan@lpainc.com REP: Kevin Sullivan, Principal (Roseville Office) Steve Kendrick, Principal (Roseville Office) Heather Van De Zilver, Business Development (Irvine Office) SERVICE: Sustainable design solutions in architecture, landscape architecture and planning for community centers, aquatics and parks. Mariposa Landscapes (Los Angeles) 15529 Arrow Hwy, Irwindale, CA 91706 PH: 626/960-0196 FAX: 626/960-8944 E-Mail: terry@mariposa-ca.com Website: www.mariposa-ca.com 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: mattmartin@mbconstructionserv.com Website: www.mbconstructionserv.com 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.

DESIGNING OUTSTANDING FACILITIES FOR COMMUNITY RECREATION OUR PROJECTS: • Landscape Design • Playgrounds • Themed Play Areas • Open Play Areas • Picnic Areas • Sports Fields • Stadiums • Tennis Facilities • Hard Courts • Support Facilities • Civil Engineering

OUR SERVICES: • Facility Assessments • Feasibility Studies • Master Planning • Schematic Design • 3-D Modelling • Community Facilitation & Outreach • Construction Documentation • Irrigation Design and Audits • Cost Estimating • Construction Management • Maintenance Planning • Sustainable Site Design

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Buyer’s Guide u Marty Turcios Therapeutic Golf Foundation (Contra Costa) PH: 925/957-9441 221 Green Street Near Richardson, Martinez, CA 94553-2359 E-Mail: martyturcios@yahoo.com Website: www.therapeuticgolfclinic.com 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. www. therapeuticgolfclinic.com MCE Corporation (Alameda) PH: 925/452-2709 FAX: 925/803-4404 6515 Trinity Court, Dublin, CA 945682627 E-Mail: sloweree@mce-corp.com Website: www.mce-corp.com REP: Steve Loweree, Vice PresidentMaintenance Division; Dean McDonald, Project Manager SERVICE: Full service park maintenance contractor & consultant for QA programs, maintenance standards and transition to contracting. Melton Design Group (Sacramento) PH: 530/899-1616 309 Wall Street, Chico, CA 95829 E-Mail: greg@meltondg.com Website: www.meltondg.com REP: Greg Melton, Principal SERVICE: Landscape architecture, providing design services for parks. Sports complexes, skateparks & masterplans. We focus on providing personal service. Meyer & Associates Architecture (Orange) PH: 949/380-1151 FAX: 949/380-8117 23265 South Pointe Drive, Suite 102, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 E-Mail: meyerarch@earthlink.net REP: Randall K. Meyer SERVICE: Architecture/Landscape Architecture; New/Renovated recreation facilities; Community/Senior Centers; Park Restrooms; Facility Repair; ADA Improvements.

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MIG, Inc. (Alameda) PH: 510/845-7549 FAX: 510/845-8750 800 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710 E-Mail: sallym@migcom.com Website: www.migcom.com REP: 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: sales@miracleplayground.com Website: www.miracleplayground.com REP: Kevin Spence SERVICE: Innovative playground equipment, playground safety surfacing; park shelters & gazebos; tables, benches & athletic equipment & splashpads. Most Dependable Fountains, Inc. (Shelby) PH: 800/552-6331 FAX: 901/867-4008 5705 Commander Dr., Arlington, TN 38002-0587 E-Mail: info@mostdependable.com Website: www.mostdependable.com 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: bmurdock@acorneng.com Website: www.murdock-supersecur.com REP: John S. Mitchell, Manager SERVICE: Pre-engineered buildings, restroom plumbing fixtures, drinking fountains, and water hydrants.

Musco Sports Lighting (Orange) 4 Jenner, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618 PH: 949/754-0503 FAX: 949/754-0637 E-Mail: mike.marchetti@musco.com Website: www.musco.com 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: mybarkco@me.com Website: www.mybark.net 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: cbrisbin@ngisports.com Website: www.ngisports.com 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: annika.dukes@nollandtam.com Website: www.nollandtam.com REP: Janet Tam, Principal SERVICE: Architectural design, programming and planning for recreation/ community/senior centers and other civic buildings. NUVIS (Orange) PH: 714/754-7311 FAX: 714/754-7346 3151 Airway Avenue, Suite J-3, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 E-Mail: info@nuvis.net Website: www.nuvis.net 5 Crow Canyon Ct. #110, San Ramon, CA 94583 (Contra Costa County) REP: Leslee A. Temple, FASLA, President, (714) 754-7311 SERVICE: NUVIS landscape architecture - over 40 years of design solutions for people, environments, and experiences worldwide.

O’Dell Engineering (Stanislaus) PH: 209/571-1765 x102 FAX: 209/571-2466 1165 Scenic Drive, Suite B, Modesto, CA 95350 E-Mail: ckennedy@odellengineering. com Website: www.odellengineering.com 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: ODC@outdoorcreations.com Website: www.outdoorcreations.com REP: Scott Puhlman SERVICE: Precast concrete site furnishings, includes picnic tables, benches, BBQs, fire pits, planters, signs and concrete products for outdoor use. Pacific Design Concepts/Little Tikes Commercial - Southern California PO Box 1909, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 PH: 714-846-4885 FAX: 714-846-3485 E-Mail pacificdzn@aol.com Website: www.littletikescommercial.com REP: Scott Muscolo SERVICE: Accessible outdoor playground equipment including unique theme playscapes and park service equipment. Pacific Park and Playground, Inc. (Ventura) PH: 805/581-0252 FAX: 805/581-5959 6166 Goshen Street, Simi Valley, CA 93063 E-Mail: scott@pacparkplay.com Website: www.PacParkPlay.com 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.

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u Buyer’s Guide 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: cmendez@pacpark.com Website: www.pacpark.com 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 Ave., Vista, CA 92084 E-Mail: sales@pdplay.com Website: www.PDPLAY.com REP: John Ogden, President SERVICE: California manufacturer of commercial play structures, site furnishings, and poured-in-placed rubberized surfacing. Peak Software Systems (Salt Lake) PH: 801/572-3570 x307 FAX: 801/572-7834 45 W 9000 S #2, Sandy, UT 84070 E-Mail: josh@peakinfo.com Website: www.sportsmansql.com REP: Debbie Nelsen, V P Sales; Josh Smith, Sr. Acct. Mgr. SERVICE: Since 1993, SportsMan SQL has been a leading innovator of recreation management software. PerfectMIND PH: 604/983-0620 110-980 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC C7P 3N4 E-Mail: sophia.munoz@perfectmind.com Website: http://www.perfectmind.com/ 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. PIER 39 (San Francisco) PH: 415/705-5500 FAX: 415/981-8808 P.O. Box 193730, San Francisco, CA 94119-3730 E-Mail: jodi@pier39.com Website: www.pier39.com REP: Jodi Cumming, Manager, Travel Industry Sales SERVICE: PIER 39, San Francisco’s Premier Bay Attraction, includes 110 shops, 13 restaurants and numerous attractions.

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

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: info@playfoundations.com Website: www.playfoundations.com REP: Jack Cox, President/CEO SERVICE: Certified installer of leading playground, recreational equipment and surfacing manufacturers. Quality maintenance services for existing playgrounds.

PlaceWorks (Alameda) PH: 510/848-3815 FAX: 510/848-4315 1625 Shattuck Avenue 3rd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94709 E-Mail: melissa@dceplanning.com Website: www.dceplanning.com 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.

PlayCore (Hamilton) PH: 423/425-3168 FAX: 423/425-3124 401 Chestnut Street Suite 410, Chattanooga, TN 37402 E-Mail: info@playcore.com Website: http://www.playcore.com/ 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.

Playcraft Direct, Inc. (Josephine) PH: 888/571-7640 FAX: 541/244-2196 123 North Valley Dr., Grants Pass, OR 97526 E-Mail: sales@playcraftdirect.com Website: www.playcraftsystems.com REP: Kurt Krauss, CEO; Toney Lewis, Sales Manager SERVICE: Seller of playground equipment (commercial type). Playground Inspection, LLC (Los Angeles) PH: 888/293-7889 FAX: 818/578-3408 P.O. BOX 16654, Encino, CA 914166654 E-Mail: jim.a.stein@gmail.com Website: http://www.inspectorplayground.com REP: Jim Stein SERVICE: Independent inspector, surface impact testing with Triax, early childhood certified, playground inspections, compliance certificates, insured.

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Buyer’s Guide u Playgrounds by Design, Inc. (Alameda) PH: 925/426-6705 FAX: 925/426-6735 1811 Santa Rita Road, Ste. 103, Pleasanton, CA 94566 E-Mail: playbyds@pacbell.net REP: Jim Bruno, President; Susan Lee, Sales Associate SERVICE: Park Structures, playground safety, surfacing material, concrete products, site furnishings, bleachers, recycled plastic picnic tables and benches. Murdock Super Secur restrooms and drinking fountains. Playgrounds Unlimited (Santa Clara) PH: 408/244-9848 FAX: 408/244-9847 980 Memorex Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95050 E-Mail: mikea@playgroundsunlimited. net Website: www.playgroundsunlimited.com REP: Michael Altieri, CEO; Joe Mendes, President SERVICE: Construction services; site preparation; play equipment; water play; shade shelter installation; Pour-inplace & synthetic turf safety surface. PlaySafe, LLC (Bernalillo) PH: 505/899-9532 PO Box 66056, Albuquerque, NM 87193-6056 E-Mail: playsafe@play-safe.com Website: www.play-safe.com 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: ron@polymenders.com REP: Ronald Kipp, Owner SERVICE: PolyMenders specializes in mobile repair of plastic playground equipment. Save money by repairing, not replacing.

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Precision Concrete Cutting (San Mateo) PH: 650/867-8657 FAX: 650/240-3866 P.O. Box 8013, Foster City, CA 94404 E-Mail: jortega@safesidewalks.com Website: www.safesidewalks.com 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: michaelr@quadknopf.com Website: www.quadknopf.com 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. Quadriga Landscape Architecture & Planning (Sacramento) PH: 916/441-2129 1415 21st Street, Suite a, Sacramento, CA 95811 E-Mail: Christine@quadriga-inc.com Website: www.quadriga-inc.com REP: Christine Talbot, Associate Principal; Russ Mallard, Landscape Architect SERVICE: Landscape architectural and planning services.

Rain Bird Corporation (Riverside) PH: 951/500-1796 34259 Canyon rim Drive, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532 E-Mail: DMueller@rainbird.com Website: www.rainbird.com REP: Dennis Mueller, Public Agency Account Manager; Kirt Courty, Public Agency Account Manager; Jim Dansley, Public Agency Account Manager SERVICE: Landscape irrigation products. Recreation Pros (Marin) PH: 415/990-5019 3 Marsh Road, Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920 E-Mail: curt@recreationpros.com Website: www.recreationpros.com REP: Curt Jackson, Owner SERVICE: Providing summer camp and community recreation programming publications and downloads. 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: info@recrepublic.com Website: www.recrepublic.com REP: Suzanne Anderson, President; Mark Anderson, V.P. S. CA Office: 7668 El Camino Real, Suite 104-287, Carlsbad, CA 92009 N. CA. Office: 151 Petaluma Blvd., Unit 212, Petaluma, CA 94952 888/843-6128 SERVICES: Playgrounds (Kompan), Aquatic climbing walls, Splashpads, waterslides, site furnishings, shelters, boulder/net climbers, surfacing, skate parks. RecWest Outdoor Products, Inc. (Ventura) PH: 818/735-3838 FAX: 818/735-9612 31316 Via Colinas, #118, Westlake Village, CA 91362 E-Mail: mike_b@recwest.net Website: www.playlsi.com REP: Mike Bennett, President SERVICE: Representing Landscape Structures Inc. - park, playground and skate park equipment.

Red Hawk Services (Riverside) PH: 951/657-6400 FAX: 951/657-6442 262 East 1st Street, Perris, CA 92570 E-Mail: luigi@redhawkservices.us REP: Luigi Delernia, Estimator/RME SERVICES: General contracting AB, C12, C8, D28, D12, & D34. RHA Landscape Architects - Planners, Inc. (Riverside) PH: 951/781-1930 FAX: 951/686-8091 6800 Indiana Avenue, Suite 245, Riverside, CA 92506 E-Mail: rha@rhala.com Website: www.rhala.com 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: rfisher@rfaland.com Website: www.rfaland.com 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: bob@rjmdesigngroup.com Website: www.rjmdesigngroup.com No. California Office: 601 University Ave. Suite 181, Sacramento, CA 95825 PH: 916/570-2050 FAX 916/570-2233 email: john@rjmdesigngroup.com 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.

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u Buyer’s Guide Robertson Industries, Inc. (Maricopa) 2414 W 12th, Ste 105, Tempe, AZ 85281 PH: 800/858-0519 FAX: 602/340-0402 E-Mail: rhawley@totturf.com Website: www.totturf.com 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: info@rockcraft.net Website: www.rockcraft.net 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: info@rossrec.com Website: www.rossrec.com 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.

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: jcferber@rrmdesign.com Website: www.rrmdesign.com REP: Jeff Ferber, Principal SERVICE: RRM Design Group designs award-winning recreation areas by collaborating with people who use them. RWP Landscape Materials (Los Angeles) PH: 877/476-9797 FAX: 909/868-1162 1313 E Phillips Blvd, Pomona, CA 91766-5431 E-Mail: hank@rwpmulch.com Website: www.rwpmulch.com 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: cwodsworth@ssww.com Website: www.ssww.com 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: jennifer@safesitter.org Website: www.safesitter.org 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.

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Buyer’s Guide u Safeplay By Design, Inc. (Sacramento) PH: 916/647-0912 9666 Sheldon Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624-9437 E-Mail: david@spease.com Website: www.spease.com REP: David Spease, Landscape Architect SERVICE: Certified Playground Safety Inspections, inspection programs, safety training, ADA inspections and Landscape Architectural services. Safety Play, Inc. (Los Angeles) PH: 888/878-0244 FAX: 888/878-0244 7095 Hollywood Blvd #1308, Los Angeles, CA 90028 E-Mail: safetyplay@mindspring.com Website: http://www.safetyplay.net/ 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) 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107 PH: 415/972-1603 FAX: 415/972-1852 E-Mail: alustbader@sfgiants.com Website: www.sfgiants.com 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: dorsey@sjcccharterschool.org 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: mcursage@satorsports.com Website: www.satorsoccer.com REP: Milton Cursage, CEO; Tabatha Villa, Sales Manager SERVICE: Retail soccer equipment company (web/catalog).

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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: info@schmidtdesign.com Website: www.schmidtdesign.com REP: Glen Schmidt, President; Jeff Justus, Senior Associate SERVICE: Landscape architecture, park planning, and design that balances artistic expression with environmental sensitivity.

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: e.chartrand@sofsurfaces.com Website: www.sofsurfaces.com 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.

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: info@spohnranch.com Website: www.spohnranch.com REP: Aaron Spohn, Kirsten Bradford www.trueride.com SERVICE: Skate park design, construction, operation and insurance. The leader in responsible skatelite, concrete and hybrid parks.

SCI Consulting Group (Solano) PH: 707/430-4300 FAX: 707/430-4319 4745 Mangels Blvd., Fairfield, CA 94534 E-Mail: gerard.vansteyn@sci-cg.com Website: www.sci-cg.com 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.

Sof’ Solutions Inc. (Salt Lake) PH: 801/523-2452 FAX: 801/501-0762 P.O. Box 667, Draper, UT 84065 E-Mail: info@sof-solutions.com Website: www.sof-solutions.com REP: Elouise Bird SERVICE: Sof ‘ Solutions is your solution for recreational surfacing. Wet or dry, indoor or out, you’re covered.

SportaFence Marketing Enterprises, LLC (Sacramento) PH: 916/715-6287 P.O. Box 340994, Sacramento, CA 95834 E-Mail: dgentry@sportafence.com Website: www.sportafence.com 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.

Shaw Sports Turf (Gordon) PH: 706/625-7906 FAX: 770/795-1159 185 S. Industrial Blvd, Calhoun, GA 30701 E-Mail: jessie.weaver@shawinc.com Website: www.shawsportexe.com 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: pjs@siegfriedeng.com Website: www.siegfriedeng.com REP: Paul Schneider, Vice President, P.E. SERVICE: Design and engineering firm specializing in civil and structural engineering, landscape architecture, surveying, and planning. SMG Equipment, LLC (King) PH: 253/350-8803 2002 West Valley Hwy N. Suite 200, Auburn, WA 98001 E-Mail: info@smgequipment.com Website: www.smgequipment.com REP: Kevin Dorney, Owner/Member SERVICE: World’s leading manufacturer of tools & equipment for installation and maintenance of synthetic turf and track.

Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (Los Angeles) PH: 626/448-0853 x16 FAX: 626/448-5219 P.O. Box 3605823 Lexington Gallantin Road, South El Monte, CA 91733 E-Mail: timIttner@scmaf.org Website: www.scmaf.org 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: Lianne@splashkingdom.net Website: www.splashkingdom.net REP: Lianne Leiss, Director of Sales SERVICE: Twenty acre waterpark with attractions for all ages. Also has Big Air Trampoline Park on site.

Sports Turf Solutions (Monterey) PH: 831/484-2138 FAX: 831/484-2139 29001 Falcon Ridge Road, Salinas, CA 93908 E-Mail: pwood@turftest.com Website: www.turftest.com 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: steve@ssala.com Website: www.ssala.com REP: Steven Sutherland, Principal SERVICE: Award winning parks & recreation master planning, community workshops/consensus building, construction documentation/administration.

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u Buyer’s Guide Stantec Architecture Inc. (Sacramento) PH: 916/569-2500 FAX: 916/921-9274 1201 J Street, Studio 100, Sacramento, CA 95814 E-Mail: paul.marcillac@stantec.com Website: www.stantec.com 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: stonesoulmusic@yahoo.com REP: Matt Grey SERVICE: Provide quality entertainment.

Techline Sports Lighting, LLC (Travis) PH: 800/500-3161 FAX: 512/977-8882 15303 Storm Drive, Austin, TX 78734 E-Mail: jt@sportlighting.com Website: www.sportlighting.com 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: twilson@myterracare.com Website: www.myterracare.com REP: Ty Wilson, Vice President SERVICES: Leaders in outdoor maintenance - public works public landscape, traffic control, irrigation management, and aquatic management.

StructureCast (Kern) PH: 661/833-4490 FAX: 661/280-5626 2800 22nd Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 E-Mail: larry@structurecast.com Website: http://www.structurecast.com/ REP: Larry Turpin, Sales Manager SERVICE: Precast-pre engineered restroom & concession bldgs. SVA Architects, Inc. (Orange) PH: 949/809-3380 FAX: 949/809-3381 3 MacArthur Place, Suite 850, Santa Ana, CA 92702 E-Mail: jcheng@sva-architects.com Website: www.sva-architects.com REP: Robert Simons, AIA; Judy Cheng, LEED AP SERVICE: SVA is an architecture, planning and interiors firm with over 35 years of experience. SyberTech Waste Reduction Ltd. PH: 888/888-7975 FAX: 314/289-2192 13698 Coldicutt Avenue, White Rock, B.C. V4B 3A9 E-Mail: rmitchell@swrl.com Website: www.swrl.com REP: Rob Mitchell, President; Shawn Martin SERVICE: Our in-ground trash system, self-watering planters and other products greatly save operational costs.

Terracon (Contra Costa) PH: 925/609-7224 FAX: 925/609-6324 5075 Commercial Circle, Suite E, Concord, CA 94520 E-Mail: noah.smith@noanderson.com Website: www.noanderson.com 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.

Tri Active America (San Luis Obispo) PH: 800/587-4228 FAX: 805/595-1042 178 S. 4th Street, Suite 101, Grover Beach, CA 93433 E-Mail: staff@triactiveamerica.com Website: www.triactiveamerica.com REP: Chris Litvinchuk, Co-Director of Sales SERVICE: Outdoor exercise equipment for parks, community centers, active aging communities, schools and other organizations.

TMT Enterprises, Inc. (Santa Clara) PH: 408/432-9040 FAX: 408/432-9429 1996 Oakland Road, San Jose, CA 95131 E-Mail: matt@tmtenterprises.net Website: www.tmtenterprises.net 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.

Trueline (Riverside) PH: 951/817-0777 FAX: 951/817-0770 1651 Market St., Ste B, Corona, CA 92880 E-Mail: trueline40@aol.com Website: http://gotrueline.com/ REP: Ed Kruse, Owner SERVICE: Resurfacing of tennis courts, basketball courts, game courts, playgrounds, striping, installation of equipment and refurbishment.

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Buyer’s Guide u Turf Star, Inc. (Alameda) PH: 800/585-8001 FAX: 510/785-3576 2438 Radley Court, Hayward, CA 94545 E-Mail: chuckt@turfstar.com Website: www.turfstar.com 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: bischoff@scta.usta.com Website: www.usta.com 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: kbusam@usa-shade.com Website: www.usa-shade.com 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: derek@verdedesigninc.com Website: www.verdedesigninc.com 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. 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: info@vortex-intl.com Website: www.vortex-intl.com REP: Kevin Spence, General Manager SERVICE: Vortex designs and manufacturers Aquatic Playground Solutions: Splashpad®, ElevationTM multilevel interactive structures, PoolplayTM and Spray pointTM.

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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: cthomas@fountainpeople.com Website: www.waterodyssey.com 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: info@wtiworld.com Website: www.watertechnologyinc.com REP: Stephen Crocker, Principal, PH: (920) 887-7375, FAX (920) 887-7999, www.wtiworld.com 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: hwatters@waterlinetech.com Website: www.waterlinetechnologies.com REP: Harry Watters, Branch Manager, Sarah Ortiz, Territory Sales Manager, Chaz Haltom, Territory Sales Manager SERVICE: Wholesale dist. for swimming pool & water treatment. Waterplay Solutions Corp. PH: 250/712-3393 FAX: 250/861-4814 1451 B. Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A3 E-Mail: info@waterplay.com Website: www.waterplay.com REP: Mike Wright, Director of Sales SERVICE: Waterplay is a world-wide provider of aquatic play features, slide activity centers, urban water features and water management systems.

West Coast Arborists, Inc. (Orange) PH: 714/991-1900 FAX: 714/956-3745 2200 E. Via Burton Street, Anaheim, CA 92806 E-Mail: vgonzalez@wcainc.com Website: www.wcainc.com 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: danielle@westcoastturf.com Website: www.westcoastturf.com 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: whitewater@whitewaterwest. com Website: www.whitewaterwest.com REP: Steve Brinkel, Vice President and General Manager of Parks & Recreation SERVICE: WhiteWater is the global leader in waterpark design, engineering, manufacturing and 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: george@wlcarchitects.com Website: www.WLC-architects.com REP: George Wiens SERVICE: WLC Architects provides sustainable architectural/planning services for recreational projects, including community/senior centers, gymnasiums & theaters. Zasueta Contracting, Inc. (San Diego) PH: 619/589-0609 FAX: 619/697-6031 P. O. Box 866, Spring Valley, CA 91976 E-Mail: azplaygrounds@cox.net Website: www.zasuetacontracting.com REP: Andrew Zasueta, President SERVICE: Playground equipment installation. 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: kevinl@wedgewoodbanquet.com Website: www.wedgewoodbanquet.com 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.

Who Built Creative Builders Inc. (Sonoma) PH: 707/763-6210 FAX: 707/658-2513 P.O. Box 5207, Petaluma, CA 94955 E-Mail: Jana@whobuilt.biz Website: www.whobuilt.biz REP: Jana Gebhardt, Owner SERVICE: Installation of play equipment and athletic equipment.

Wausau Tile (San Bernardino) PH: 909/628-4296 FAX: 909/628-4297 13315 Netzley Place, Chino, CA 91710 E-Mail: jeff@wausausouthwest.com Website: www.wausautile.com 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.

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City of Tracy Names New Parks and Community Services Director

The City of Tracy is pleased to announce the appointment of André Pichly as its new Parks and Community Services Director. Pichly comes from the City of West Sacramento where he has worked for the agency’s Parks and Recreation Department since 1996, and served as the Recreation Superintendent since 2000. “We are very excited to have André as our new Parks and Community Services Director,”stated Tracy City Manager, Troy Brown. “He brings to our community a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of Parks and Community Services, as well as innovative ideas 64

that will add to the richness of our programs.” Pichly has over 25 years of experience working in recreation in the public sector. During his tenure he provided oversight on two major public projects: the 36,000 square-foot West Sacramento Recreation Center and the 21,000 square-foot West Sacramento Community Center. He has taught part-time in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Department at Sacramento State University, and is a certified Park and Recreation Professional. “I’m so excited to be joining the staff at the City of Tracy. I see a lot of opportunities to develop new parks, while continuing to deliver quality programs. I’m really looking forward to developing the department that will deliver these facilities and provide these programs to help make Tracy a better place for its residents,”stated André Pichly. Pichly’s professional involvement includes serving as a site visitor for the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), and for the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (COAPRT). He has also been involved in the California Park & Recreation

Society as a district and state board member. He speaks at state and national conferences on the subjects of branding, customer service, social media, professional certification, program facilitation, and strategic planning for the parks and recreation profession. Pichly holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Recreation Administration from Sacramento State University. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Alene. They have three adult children: Andy, Alexa, and Alyse. Pichly began his duties as Parks and Community Services Director on January 25, 2016.

For 24 years, his work has helped Vista play By Teri Figueroa For nearly a quarter century, Bill Fortmueller’s work has helped Vista play. Wearing several hats over the years in the city’s parks department, Formueller helped bring a disc golf course to Brengle Terrace Park, and pushed forward the city’s public arts program, including the whimsical “Kites Over Vista” pieces in the city’s historic downtown core. He’s overseen the still-inthe-works development of two new skate parks, and he brought ghost-hunting tours to Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. Fortmueller, 63, is retired in December as director of Vista’s Recreation and Community Services Department, where he oversees not just Vista’s

13 parks and recreational programs, but facilities including the Wave Waterpark and the Moonlight Amphitheater. The growth of Vista’s public arts program is likely to be his most visible legacy. “Under Bill’s direction, Vistans experienced the creation and flourishing of the arts program to what we now know,” City Manager Patrick Johnson said. He added that Fortmueller “should be very proud of his accomplishments.” Notable projects that took flight over the past several years include the Kites over Vista program, which helps bring new sculptures to the city’s downtown core every 18 months or so. The “kites” — made out of materials like steel, wood or other durable materials — hover perhaps 10 feet off the ground atop a pole. Although the idea for the sculpture program wasn’t Fortmueller’s, the implentation was. In addition, 22 of 32 colorful murals adorning public spaces in Vista were commissioned under Fortmueller. The same is true for 34 of the 48 public art sculptures that have been installed around the city He said one of his favorite places in town is the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, which the city owns and his department runs. He’s particularly thrilled with the venue’s new ghost-hunting tours — an after-hours specter search with lights off and spirit-sensitive equipment on. Fortmeuller said he’s had experiences at the adobe that “make your hair kind of stand up.”

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u Buyer’s Guide The tours are among many things that have changed since Fortmueller first came to the city in 1991 as a parks superintendent. After 16 years, he was tapped as the department’s second in command in 2007. Two years later, with the economy flagging, the previous park director departed and Fortmueller took the helm, though technically he was still the assistant director. The city was struggling amid the Great Recession and was forced to make steep cuts in nearly all areas of government, including the recreation department, which had to lay off staff and dramatically scale back its programs. Fortmueller said those were the darkest days in the years that he worked at City Hall. In 2013, with the economy on the upswing, Vista officially bumped him to the top recreation job. Since then, the economy has begun to recover and the department has been able to revive a few of the recreation programs that had been cut. “We are slowly trying to bring them back,” Fortmueller said. He said he hopes that in the years to come, Vista will continue to bring its recreation programs back to pre-recession levels. He’d also like to see more opportunities for underprivileged kids in the community. In retirement, aside from playing golf and completing projects around the house, Fortmueller said his biggest goal will be securing a permanent spot among

the ROMEOs, or “retired old men eating out,” a breakfast club made up of his buddies. And there’s another luxury he’s eager to enjoy: “If I feel like taking a nap, I’ll take a nap.”

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District Names Track for ‘Grandpa’ By Kevin James Keckeisen Chino Champion Newspaper The track at Chino High School will be named after Ray “Grandpa” Ortiz, a volunteer coach of more than 40 years. The Chino Valley school board approved the name at its Dec. 10 meeting. Mr. Ortiz, a former Chino resident, volunteered 46 years to coach youth track and football to thousands of students, his son Richard said at the Oct. 15 school board meeting. The naming of the track for Mr. Ortiz’s name was presented as an information-only item at the request of Chino High sports booster and former teacher Ruben Chamorro. It was also supported by a District Citizen’s Advisory Committee. A sign will be attached to the support beams under the stadium scoreboard and lettered on the track in front of the home side bleachers, according to a report provided to the school board in October. At that meeting eight people spoke in favor of naming the track after Mr. Ortiz, including Chino High principal Felix

Melendez, athletic director Michael Hinkle and student athletes. All costs associated with the request will be covered by the Ortiz family and Mr. Chamorro, according to the school district. Mr. Ortiz, a longtime Chino resident who had coached youth track and field since 1954, died Jan. 13, 2015. He was a charter member and organizer of the Pumas, a Chino youth track team founded in 1978. He was involved in Chino Pop Warner and Chino Youth Sports Foundation. In 1998 he was named Chino Sports Legend, an honor presented by the City of Chino to recognize contributions to the local sports community. In 2006 he was named California Park and Recreation Society District XI Layman of the Year, and inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Southern California Association Hall of Fame.

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Mr. Ortiz had also organized the annual Chino Youth Track Meet, his son said.

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In Memoriam By Ron Agostini Modesto Bee Longtime USC football fans remember the northwest corner of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the name attached to that spot. It was called “Sam’s Corner” for Sam Dickerson, who dashed there to make arguably the most famous and controversial touchdown catch in the history of the USC-UCLA rivalry. Dickerson also was known locally for his 33 years of work as an upbeat and likeable recreation supervisor for the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department.

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Spotlight u Dickerson fought cancer for nine years until he died on Dec. 23 at his Modesto home. He was 66. “He was very much a standup guy and always had your back. If you did something wrong, he’d let you know and say, “Let’s go on from here,’” recreation coordinator Sandy Wolfe said. “You knew you meant something to Sam.” Raised in the Fair Oaks area of east Stockton, Dickerson – 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds – was blessed with 9.7-second speed in the 100-yard dash and excelled in all sports. The Franklin High graduate turned to football at USC to make his name. He caught 13 touchdown passes in his career for the Trojans, four of them in his corner and none more memorable than the November night in 1969. Both USC and UCLA were unbeaten and the Bruins led late in the game when Dickerson impacted everything on back-to-back plays. He drew a pass interference penalty on fourth down – UCLA argued that the pass was overthrown – to keep USC alive. On the next snap, Dickerson ran a curl-post pattern to the corner and somehow stayed inbounds to make a sliding catch of the 32-yard pass from Jimmy Jones for the winning touchdown with 1:32 left. The Trojans won 14-12 and advanced to the Rose Bowl for the then-record fourth-straight year. “The ball seemed to stay up there forever,” Dickerson told the Los Angeles Times in 2009. “There was a brick wall 66

five or six yards behind the end zone and I rolled into that. I looked up and the ref was signaling touchdown and our guys were running at me.” Dickerson appeared in two Rose Bowls, was an honorable-mention All-American and finished fifth in career receptions at USC. His proudest achievement, however, was his participation in the 1970 USC game at Alabama. USC, which won that night, was the first fully integrated team to play in Alabama. Dickerson was selected by San Francisco in the third round of the 1971 draft but injuries stalled his pro career. He eventually played briefly for the Green Bay Packers and finished with the Portland Storm of the WFL in 1974. In 2012, he was inducted to the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame. He’s also a member of the African American Athletes Hall of Fame of Stockton. Dickerson remained loyal to USC over the years and often was seen on the sidelines at the Coliseum. Last month at the USC-UCLA game, Dickerson was honored and his famous catch was shown on the Coliseum screen. “He had a great life and he wants people to celebrate and not to mourn. He wants smiles and laughter,” said TaMiya Dickerson-Stallworth, the oldest of Dickerson’s three children.

Presidents Message, continued from page 6 Our efforts to emphasize parks and recreation’s positive impact on the health and wellness of communities this year have generated valuable educational sessions and workshops at our Conference and throughout our Districts and Sections. Thanks go to those professionals and CPRS staff who helped me pick up the mantle and run with that priority this year! The annual CPRS Conference in Long Beach is just ahead, so be sure you’re planning to attend, learn new things, network with fellow professionals, compare best practices, visit the beach and take a break from your routine back at home! As a Long Beach native, I’m particularly psyched to return to the place of my formative years, growing up in Naples, attending the local college and university, working for Cypress Recreation and Park District as well as the parks and recreation departments in Long Beach, Torrance, Buena Park, and Anaheim before heading up to Northern Cal. What a ride it’s been! Don’t forget to enjoy Thursday night’s Poker Pub Crawl, too, and enjoy downtown Long Beach’s colorful hospitality! As my Presidential year comes to a close all too quickly, I’m inspired by the many talented and passionate people I’ve met on the state board the past three years and those serving you well in our Districts and Sections across the state. You’re in good hands with the newly elected state board and incoming President Kristi McClure Huckaby. I’m confident of a strong future for CPRS, from the creative and smart leadership of our Executive Director, Stephanie Stephens, to the passion of our seasoned professional staff, to our legislative advocacy team led by chair Pilar Alcivar-McCoy and our Legislative Advocate Doug Houston, to the emerging leadership and intelligence of our younger professionals holding important positions on our District and Section boards up and down the state. Give them your support and attend local trainings and gatherings and help keep our profession strong, built to last long! May the Force Be With You!

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