We are in unprecedented times concerning COVID-19 and its effects on all our lives. None of us can predict what the coming weeks or even months will hold for us and our agencies. This is a complicated and rapidly evolving situation that will test our patience and resourcefulness.
What we do know is that your entire CPRS family is here as a support system for you. We also know that as park and recreation professionals, we are a caring, resilient and powerfully creative bunch who will weather this storm with exceptional leadership and grace.
To help you navigate this evolving issue, CPRS HQ has created a few new tools for you to stay up-to-date and connected:
New CPRS Online Community to discuss and share resources about COVID-19
Please bookmark this link and share resources with one another! CPRS C-19 Online Community
- How are you communicating with the public?
- How are you handling refunds?
- What resources are you using to care for the vulnerable populations in your community?
- What resources are you sharing with your communities to keep kids active while they are out of school?
To help you navigate this evolving issue, CPRS HQ has pulled together these resources from our state and federal agencies.
This page will continue to be updated as information becomes available.
- Office of the Governor
- Centers for Disease Control
- California Department of Health
- CSDA – Executive Order Provides Brown Act Flexibility for Local Board Meetings - Updated 3.16.2020 -- (PDF version)
- CAL OES – Main News Page
NRPA News and Resources for the Field
- Blog: Urban Park and Recreation Leaders Discuss Fast-Evolving Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Includes how agencies are addressing public use, operations, mitigation, vulnerable populations and employee issues.
- Blog: COVID-19 Guidance for Park and Recreation Sites that Operate USDA Child Nutrition Programs
- Useful information for those who serve meals during out-of-school time.
- Blog: COVID-19 in Parks and Recreation: Supporting Community Health and Wellbeing During an Outbreak
- Tips to encourage health and wellness for community members during social distancing.
- Blog: Coronavirus: What Impact Will COVID-19 Have on Parks and Recreation?
- Podcast: How Park and Recreation Leaders are Addressing Coronavirus — Episode 61
- NRPA Statement on Coronavirus Disease 2019, March 4, 2020
Playground Equipment Cleaning Resources
Check with your equipment manufacturer to be sure that your cleaning solution does not damage the integrity of the equipment. Each manufacturer will have different guidelines.
- Little Tikes Equipment - COVID-19 Cleaning Solution
So often you are looked upon to bring your communities together – especially in tough times such as these. It’s important you take the time to practice self-care, even for just a few minutes each day. Here are a few tips to remember over the next few days, weeks and months…
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Take a walk in your favorite park. We ‘talk the talk’ and ask our communities to do this… don’t forget to ‘walk the walk’ and take some time for yourself as well.
Be safe and stay healthy friends. And if there is something we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here for you.
Your CPRS HQ family