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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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Announcements

  • 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!

  • 2022/23 Development and Operations Section Scholarship Opportunities

    The Development & Operations Section proudly announces the 2022/23 Scholarship Opportunities for students or staff interested in furthering their knowledge of park planning, design, operations and maintenance. 

    2022 CPRS Maintenance Management School (MMS)

    Every year, 150+ park and recreation professionals, representing over 60 public agencies, arrive in stunning Lake Arrowhead to participate in this five-year program. The school teaches a systematic approach for determining the resources needed to maintain a public facility, with lifelong professionals providing knowledge and opportunities not available anywhere else. The Development and Operations Section offers multiple full and partial scholarships annually. Scholarship funds school fees-and meals on campus. Travel is not included. Visit www.cprs.org/education/multidayevents/mms for more information. MMS is typically held the second week of November.

    Application Opens: July 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022
    Application Deadline: September 1, 2022
    Award Notifications Sent by September 30, 2022

    2023 Fred Brooks Scholarship

    The Brooks Scholarship was created by the CPRS Development and Operations Section in the name of Fred A. Brooks EdD., an outstanding educator, park and recreational resource planner and manager and organizational administrator. The purpose of the scholarship is to bring attention to his accomplishments and dedication to his field of endeavor as an example for others and to support the education and development of young professionals in fields of study related to the planning, design, construction and management of public spaces, parks, and natural resources. PLEASE NOTE this scholarship is awarded via the California Foundation for Parks and Recreation. Visit www.cprs.org/resources/student-scholarships for information on the Brooks scholarship and more scholarship opportunities!


    Application Opens: August 29, 2022
    Application Deadline: November 23, 2022
    Award Notifications Sent: January 2023
    Scholarship Award Recognition Ceremony at CPRS CONNECTIONS 2023: April 3-6, 2023

    2023 Development & Operations Section Conference Scholarship

    The CPRS Development and Operations Section Board created scholarship opportunities for members to attend the annual CPRS Conference to provide valuable educational and networking opportunities to enhance members personal and professional development. This includes providing scholarships for students, staff and volunteers to attend the annual CPRS Conference and Expo. Scholarships fund conference registration only.


    Application Opens: September 1, 2022 – January 6, 2023
    Application Deadline: January 6, 2023
    Award Notifications Sent by February 1, 2023

    2023 Development & Operations Section Park Symposium Scholarship

    The CPRS Development and Operations Section Board created scholarship opportunities for members to attend the annual Section Park Symposium for professionals responsible for the planning, construction, project management and maintenance of parks, trails, open space, sports fields, and facilities. Attendees are given a hands-on training that demonstrate the best management practices for park development and maintenance. Event includes education sessions, demonstrations, networking opportunities, and a vendor expo. Scholarship funds symposium registration and food provided at the event.

    Application Opens: September 1, 2022 – January 6, 2023
    Application Deadline: January 6, 2023
    Award Notifications Sent by February 1, 2023


D&O Events


  • Wednesday
    25
    January

    Tailgate Talks

    RSVP Only

    Jan 25, 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.

  • Wednesday
    26
    April

    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.