Community 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 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 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

  • Development & Operations Section Wins at CONNECTIONS!

    The past two years have been full of challenges (and opportunities) in the development of section programs due to COVID-19 restrictions. Despite that, D&O was able to host two section trainings dedicated to the operations and maintenance of park facilities. The first was the “2021 Virtual Park Symposium” held in March 2021 via Zoom to an audience of 131 participants representing all 5 CPRS Regions and 15 Districts. The second was "Batteries Required: Transitioning to Electrical Landscaping in Parks” held in January 2022. This hybrid program hosted an audience of 63 participants both in-person and virtually. These successes were heightened by the impeccable leadership from the D&O Board including President Bryan Peck and Secretary John Courtney.

    We are proud to announce that these efforts were awarded during the 2022 CPRS CONNECTIONS Conference and Expo held last week in Sacramento. To begin, the 2021 Virtual Park Symposium was awarded the esteemed CPRS “Board 100 Award” for achieving ENDS objectives in multi-topic education, networking and distinctive connection with members. Next, President Bryan Peck and Secretary John Courtney were both awarded a “Citation of Merit” for their dedication and commitment to CPRS.

    In fact, since 2008, Bryan has served CPRS as a Regent/Regent Emeritus with Maintenance Management School providing excellence in education and mentoring. Bryan has also spent the last 3 years serving on the Development and Operations Board. As the Vice President, Bryan hosted the successful 2019 Park Symposium to record attendance. As the current D&O President, Bryan has led the Board to success in communications, outreach and education.

    Over the past 11 years, John has volunteered his valuable time to serve on a variety of CPRS work groups including District 2, the A-Team Legislative Committee, Development and Operations Board and the Parks Make Life Better Branding Campaign. During his recent tenure with D&O, John has coordinated web-based digital content, created a quarterly newsletter and provided expertise on virtual programming.

    Please join us in congratulating both Bryan and John on their well-deserved accolades. We look forward to seeing you all again soon in 2022!