4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


A New Look at Aquatic Lessons (through Seasoned Eyes)

  • Examine new concepts, through discussion and active engagement, which can increase staff performance in lesson programs
  • Communicate new program ideas by using the collective experience of the attendees

Carol Berendsen, WSIT, LGIT, Retired, Aquatics Director, Mills College
Sharon Grant, WSIT, LGIT, Retired Aquatics Director, Livermore Area Park and Recreation District

Create Meaningful Leadership Experiences for Volunteers

  • Communicate the difference between worker bees and volunteer leaders to understand the characteristics needed of a leadership volunteer
  • Examine tools you will want to have in place to set volunteers up for success 

Becky Lunders, Trainer/Consultant, teamWorks

Exploring Homelessness in Parks: Strategies for Compassionate Co-existence

  • Analyze the current impact of homeless populations in your parks, and analyze whether the strategies implemented by other agencies can be replicated in your situation 
  • Articulate different priorities and strategies for responding to homeless in parks, including staff training and access to resources 

Casey Smith, Deputy Director, City of San Diego
Brian Albright, CPRE, Director of Parks and Recreation, County of San Diego
Scott Reese, ASLA, Retired Assistant Director, City of San Diego

Igniting a Shared Vision for Joint-Use

  • Identify opportunities (new models) and challenges for partnerships to increase park acreage and programming
  • Discuss skills to build relationships, work collaboratively and establish ongoing communications with schools/cities/counties through joint-use efforts

Eloisa Gonzalez, Director of Cardiovascular Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Kathline King, AICP, LEED AP, Chief of Planning, County of Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreation
Albert Grazioli, Asset Development Director, Los Angeles Unified School District

Pathway to Nature-Based Programming in an Urban Park

  • Explain the benefits of connecting children with nature and that nature abounds even in an urban park
  • Describe and demonstrate at least three hands-on, nature-based activities and a variety of other resources that can easily be used to help children connect with nature

Margie Valdez, CIG, CIHT, CIT, Interpretive Services Supervisor, Riverside County Parks & Open Space District

Put a Park on It! Redevelopment in a Post-Redevelopment World

  • Explain how redevelopment opportunities create opportunities for new parks for activating space and improving quality of life in neighborhoods that aren’t attracting commercial investment
  • Communicate how to develop, engage and lead the public in effective public forums, and learn strategies for communicating technical information about environmental assessment and cleanup to lay audiences

Aeryn Donnelly-Terrey, ASLA, Park & Environmental Planner, City of Carlsbad
Sarah Sieloff, Executive Director, Center for Creative Land Recycling
Tori Kjer, PLA, Los Angeles Program Director, The Trust for Public Land

Practical Ideas – Innovative Highlights from Maintenance School

  • Collect appropriate maintenance-oriented strategies developed by your peers, local agency parks and recreation staff
  • Apply concepts of evidence-based efficiency techniques to determine usefulness at your workplace

Moderated by Dennis Churchill, Regent, Maintenance Management School, Lead Parks Maintenance Worker, City of South Lake Tahoe

Presentations by:
Emry Pensinger, City of Flagstaff, Arizona
Chris Costanzo, City of Los Altos Recreation Department
Wister Dorta, City of Santa Monica Community & Cultural Services
Billy Sosa, Conejo Recreation & Park District

Strategies to Having a Positive Influence with Teammates

  • Explain attitudes and behaviors that hinder us from developing constructive and productive relationships with our colleagues and people we encounter 
  • Identify opportunities that we have in our daily workplace and life that will assist us in being a positive influence on others 

Don Equitz, Sr Landscape Project Coordinator- Landscape Architect, City of Orange

Sustainability of Aquatics: How Partnerships Will Allow Our Programs to Grow and Thrive

  • Analyze public organization’s roles and responsibilities regarding operations/management, legal and financial obligations
  • Discuss the goals of the partnership to have a clear understanding of how to execute a successful program

Sylvia Lam, Executive Director, Burlingame Aquatic Club

What’s Hot in Sacramento

  • Expand your knowledge regarding the legislative process and CPRS’s legislative priorities and efforts
  • Summarize the current bills affecting the field of parks and recreation as well as what WE need to do to positively impact our communities 

Pilar Alcivar McCoy, Lecturer, California State University, Long Beach
Douglas Houston, CPRS Advocate, Houston Magnani & Associates