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President's Message

Welcome to another year – 2017. 

CARPD turns 55 this year and looks forward to assisting our member districts on several fronts.

First, we continue to advocate for park districts with our sister organization the California Association of Special Districts. Through CSDA, CARPD enjoys a special relationship in developing and addressing efforts to ensure that special districts maintain their unique status. Together we ensure that local values are district priorities, we continue to offer our constituents quality service, we are accountable and transparent, we ensure that we invest local taxes responsibly, and we are prudent in how we spend tax payer monies.

Second, with the help of Ralph Heim and Public Policy Associates, and with our legislative committee, we let our legislators know our priorities and keep them informed of the importance of recreation and park districts, and the variety of community benefits we provide. We also advocate for legislation that will benefit park districts and enhance their funding options.

Third, we continue to support our insurance group – California Association of Park and Recreation Indemnity – to allow access to our member districts to maintain acceptable levels of insurance to manage their risks.

Finally, the Board of Directors of CARPD, which represent our member districts from throughout the State and of varying size, stay abreast of issues and vocalize the needs of districts.

As we enter 2017, we will continue to do these and more. Our great CARPD staff are available daily to address specific need and answer member’s question. Please do not hesitate to contact Pat, Rick or others.

This is my 3rd time being President of CARPD. Each time I am honored to see our member districts continue to meet the challenges they face. Thank you for all you do to make your communities a better place. Remember – Parks Make Life Better.

Joe Gibson
President, CARPD
Board Member, Conejo Recreation and Park District