Development & Operations Section


The Development & Operations Section is comprised of professionals involved in the development, design, management, operation and maintenance of parks, facilities, open space, trails and other infrastructure developed and maintained for public recreational purposes. The mission of the section is to provide educational, networking and technical support programs and services to professionals who operate and develop public facilities.
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  • Development & Operations Sections Wins the 2022 Board 100 Award!

    The Development and Operations Section prides itself on providing best practices to staff involved with the planning, development, maintenance, and operations of park facilities. Late in 2021, members of the D&O Board began tracking the progress of Assembly Bill 1346 which aimed to ban the sale of new small off-road engines (SORE) under 25 gross horsepower by 2024.This includes pivotal landscaping equipment utilized to maintain parks daily including, but not limited to leaf blowers, lawnmowers, chainsaws, and pressure washers.

    After the adoption of AB 1346 on October 9, 2021, the D&O Board immediately began planning outreach and engagement opportunities for all interested parties. The goals set by the D&O Board included: 

    1) Inform agencies of the impacts of AB 1346 via web announcements, social media posts and programs.

    2) Develop partnerships with equipment manufacturers and battery-powered advocates.

    3) Host outreach and engagement programs which include hands-on demonstrations of battery-powered landscape equipment and feature informative educational sessions.

    4) Provide resources, training opportunities and essential contact information.

    5) Provide feasibility studies for informed decision making.

    Throughout 2022, the D&O Section successfully achieved these goals by “spreading the word” via web announcements, social media posts and hosting outreach and engagement programs. This included one dedicated program to SORE legislation held on January 13, 2022. Strong partnerships were formed with the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), B&M Landscaping and Mean Green Mowers. Additional programs in 2022 featuring SORE content were held during the annual Park Symposium in March and the Park Planning and Development Institute in October. Program content included grant opportunities for battery-powered equipment purchases, hands-on training on battery-operated landscape equipment and networking opportunities with advocacy and partner organizations. Last, park specific feasibility studies were presented on equipment conversions with pertinent information regarding charge times, equipment lifespans, performance, and pricing (courtesy of the cities of Glendale and Redwood City).

    We are thrilled to announce that these outreach and engagement efforts have been acknowledged by the CPRS Board of Directors by awarding the Development and Operations Section the "2022 Board 100 Award". Special thanks and gratitude to our partners with the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), B&M Landscaping, Mean Green Mowers, City of Glendale and City of Redwood City for their support and expertise. These programs would not have been successful without them. 

  • 2022 Park Planning & Development Institute

    On October 13, the CPRS Development & Operations Section proudly hosted the 2022 Park Planning & Development Institute at Mayfair Park in the City of Lakewood. This hybrid program featured two educational tracks presented both in-person and virtually via Zoom. A total of 82 participants enjoyed a day of enjoyable sessions on content ranging from drone mapping to budgeting for CIPs. 

    Thank you to all our attendees and guest speakers for creating such an amazing day of collaboration! Hope to see you all at CONNECTIONS in April 2023!

D&O Events

  • Monday

    2023 Park Symposium

    Member Training

    Apr 3, 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM (PT)
    Join the CPRS Development & Operations Section for our annual Park Symposium featuring the latest and greatest in park operations, maintenance, planning and design. Activities include hands-on field and classroom demos, great food, and opportunities to network with other attendees, experts, and vendors. Perfect for professionals responsible for the planning, construction, project management and maintenance of parks, open space, sports fields and recreational facilities. Monday, April 3rd: 8:00am - 2:00pm Taking place at: Junipero Serra Museum 2727 Presidio Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 CPRS Members $80 Non-members $100 To register, please visit
    San Diego, CA, United States

  • Wednesday

    Tailgate Talks

    RSVP Only

    Apr 26, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (PT)
    Need a break from safety training? Interested in discussing innovations in park operations and maintenance? Curious about park planning and design? Then grab some lunch and gather your crew for a virtual “brown bag” lunch session with the CPRS Development & Operations Section. Each session will feature a safety training, park maintenance hot topic, trend in park planning and design and open forum to address challenges and seek solutions. This is a free quarterly program open to anyone who is interested. Pre-registration is required. Zoom link and session agenda will be emailed to all registrants the Monday prior to each session.