Community Announcements

  • CPRS Executive Summit 2020

    Just a friendly reminder to register for the 2020 CPRS Executive Summit that begins Monday. We asked what topics you wanted to hear at this year's Executive Summit and we have you covered! If you are looking for inspiration and tools to help you deal with today’s challenges, take a look at this year's lunch and learn series. Thank you to our sponsors: RHA Landscape Architects-Planners, Inc., David Volz Design, The Public Restroom Company, Community Works Design Group, Musco Lighting, and Coast Recreation. First session begins November 2nd. Register now, space is limited.
    Registration Information

  • ZOOM Chat Rooms - 5 to Choose From

    Join in on any one of these Zoom Chat rooms!  


    ZOOM Chat Rooms

    Admin – Mondays, 12:30:

    D&O – Tuesdays, 10:00:

    Aquatics – Wednesdays, 12:00noon:

    Aging – Wednesdays, 12:00noon:

    Recreation – Thursdays, 12:00noon:


    No need to register... just join us! 

    Know that each zoom is limited to 100 people.... Recreation Section has already hit that number!! 

  • ZOOM Chat Room - Sharing Success Stories and discussing how to prepare for the next phase.

    Join the Admin Section leaders in a ZOOM Chat Room to share your Success Stories and discuss how you and your agency are preparing for the next phase of this pandemic.

    No need to register, just join us!

    Monday, March 30
    12:30 - 1:30pm

    Facilitated by Admin Section President, Lisa McPherson


    Join Zoom Meeting, using any camera enabled device:


    Dial by your location, if you want to join us by phone:

            +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

            +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

    Meeting ID: 807 441 243

    Find your local number:

  • Admin Section Social Tonight - Tuesday, March 10, 6-8 pm

    Hi CPRS Admin Section,

    Just a reminder that the Admin Section Social is tonight 6:00-8:00 pm at the Hyatt Pike Centric Long Beach, 285 Bay Street  -- just 300 yards from the Long Beach Convention Center.

    Thanks --

    Frank Carson
    Administrators Section President and
    Director of Parks & Recreation
    City of El Cajon
    (619) 441-1756

  • 20 Hours Left to Register - CPRS Admin Breakfast

    There is 20 hours left and 20 spots left to register for the CPRS Administrators Section Breakfast at CPRS Conference in Long Beach on Thursday, March 12, 7:00 am at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach - Beacon A&B Rooms.  For more information and to register, please see link below:

    Thanks --

    Frank Carson
    Administrators Section President and
    Parks & Recreation Director
    City of El Cajon
    200 Civic Center Way
    El Cajon, CA 92020
    (619) 441-1756


  • REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - Administrator's Section Breakfast at CPRS Conference in Long Beach - March

    Registration is now open for the Annual CPRS Administrator's Section Breakfast in Long Beach on Thursday, March 12, 7:00-9:30 am at the Hyatt Regency, Long Beach, 700 S. Pine Ave.  For more information and to register, please see link below:

    Thanks --

    Frank Carson
    CPRS Administrator's Section President and
    Director of Parks & Recreation
    City of El Cajon
    (619) 441-1756  

  • Administrator’s Section is in need of COACHES for Speed Coaching Sesssion!

    Administrator’s Section is in need of COACHES (Managers, Superintendents and Directors) to assist in the CPRS Conference SPEED COACHING session to mentor and network with young Parks and Recreation professionals.  This session has been highly successful primarily because of your participation and willingness to commit your time and expertise. 



    CPRS Conference in Long Beach

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    4:15-5:30 PM

    Room 104C


    • Speed Coaching is a chance for participants (students, entry level professionals and early to mid-career professionals), to connect with COACHES (Managers, Superintendents and Directors).  A coach and 6-8 participants are at a round table to discuss the participant’s career direction and receive advice from you. Participants will gain a wide variety of ideas, suggestions, tips and contacts to help them on their professional journey.

    How does SPEED COACHING work?

    • Coaches will provide a brief overview of their career path.
    • Coaches will ask participants to briefly describe their education, work/volunteer experience and questions to help them on their professional journey.
    • This will assist the coaches to offer the best professional advice custom to each participant specific interests and needs.
    • Coaches are encouraged to engage participants in conversations for participants to network and mentor each other.
    • Coaches will move to the next participants table after 10-15 minutes of sharing their expertise.
    • At the end of the coaching rounds there will be a short wrap up and feedback session.


    Who do I contact to be a COACH?

    The Admin Section appreciates your assistance to prepare the next generation of leaders by becoming one of our SPEED COACHS. Please pass this invitation along to others you think might be interested in joining us.



    Lisa McPherson


  • Next Exec Talk, 2020-2021 Board & Annual Breakfast Save The Date

    The next Exec Talk will be on Monday, February 3 at 1:00 pm.  Kanten Russell will be presenting on “Designing on the current trends for skateparks.”  Kanten is a semi-retired professional skater and had designed over 250 skateparks.  See attached image for more info and to link on Monday, February 3 please use at 1:00 pm.

     The CPRS Admin Section will install its 2020-2021 Board at their annual breakfast during the CPRS Conference on Thursday, March 12, 7:00 am-9:30 am to be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Beacon Room, 200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802. See "Save The Date" attached.  The 2020-2021 Board is as follows:

    President • Lisa McPherson, Consultant
    President-Elect • Keri Smith, City of Palmdale
    Vice President • Ted Bistarkey, City of Chino
    Treasurer • Kris Farro, City of Brentwood
    Secretary • Aaron Orozco, City of Santa Monica
    Region 1 Rep • Traci Farris, Cosumnes Community Services District
    Region 2 Rep • Nick Calubaquib, City of Watsonville
    Region 3 Rep • Lisa Gonzalez, Coalinga Huron Recreation & Park District
    Region 4 Rep • Silvia Avalos, City of Chino
    Region 5 Rep • Pamela Passow, City of Downey 

    Thanks --

    Frank Carson
    CPRS Admin Section President &
    Director of Parks & Recreation
    City of El Cajon
    (619) 441-1756  


  • Happy New Year Admin Section!

    Greetings Admin Section Membership,

    2020 has arrived and has brought us CPRS Elections, a new Director’s Academy, and all the excitement of the Annual Conference in Long Beach.

    Elections. “If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain” George Carlin.

    • You should have received an email with directions on how to vote from
    • The deadline to vote is January 21, 2020 at

    CPRS Director's Academy.  Join us for a multi-day professional development training designed for current agency executives and those desiring to be in that role in the future.

    • Thursday, Jan 23 – Friday, Jan 24, El Cajon
    • $120 Member / $200 Non-Member
    • Register Now! Early Bird Discount ($80 dollar value) ends Monday, January 13th 

    Conference. Long Beach is the place to be to make CONNECTIONS in 2020!

    We thank you all for the continued support and participation with the Admin Section this past year and look forward to seeing you all very soon! 

  • Exec Talk: Tuesday, December 17 at 2:30 pm

    Exec Talk: Tuesday, December 17 at 2:30 pm
    Topic: Working With Elected Officials
    Presenter: Laura Koval, Council Member at City of Santee & Director of Park & Recreation at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

    Join the CPRS Administrator's Section for a special "Exec Talk" on Tuesday, December 17. The link below will be live at 2:20 pm and we start at 2:30 pm:

    The presenter, Laura Koval, has a unique position to share as she is an elected Council Member for the City of Santee and the Director for Parks & Recreation at the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in San Diego County.  If you can only listen in by phone and not the internet zoom link above, please use the following information:

    Dial: (669) 900-6833 
    Meeting ID: 792 854 055

    Thanks --

    Frank Carson
    CPRS Administrators Section President &
    Director of Recreation
    City of El Cajon
    (619) 441-1756