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President's Message
August 2014

With school out for summer vacation, this time of the year is our most productive when it comes to programs, events, outdoor activities and general park usage. The challenge we all face is dealing with the drought in California. Keeping our parks safe and in tip-top condition should be everyone’s top priority. 
At my District (Cordova Recreation & Park District) our Maintenance Supervisor Gerry Dobbs has taken this challenge to heart and in doing so has reduced our water consumption by almost 20%, which when calculated into our budget is a substantial savings. How was this accomplished? An irrigation team was set up to evaluate the competency of the system as well as dialing down the amount of time the system is on. Simply cutting back from 20 minutes to 15 really made a big difference. Also, Gerry reported public outreach and education helped the District identify problems in our irrigation systems. Way to go Mr. Dobbs!

I appreciate all of the 2014 CARPD Conference survey responses we received. Responses overall were very favorable and complimentary. The number one response to conference location preferences for next year was once again South Lake Tahoe. So get ready for a three peat and save the date for May 14-16, 2015. At our last CARPD Board meeting on July 16th our Finance Committee Chairman Al McGreehan reported an increase in our net worth. With this information the CARPD Board decided to allocate more funding towards next year’s conference speakers including a top-notch keynote speaker. Stay tuned for more information about the 2015 CARPD Spring Conference in beautiful South Lake Tahoe.

All of us on the CARPD Board, as well as our Executive Director Pat Cabulagan and staff are constantly looking for ways to improve communication throughout the state and better ways to serve our members. If your District has something to share, whether successful or challenging, we would appreciate hearing from you. You can send your story or comments to Pat Cabulagan at Also on the radar, be looking for a sample advocacy form letter template created by CARPD and our Legislative Advocate Ralph Heim to send to all of our legislators to better get to know them and help support collaborative efforts in getting favorable Bills passed that benefit all of us.

I look forward to communicating to all of you in the near future and thanks again for being a member and supporting our organization. Yours Truly;  

Rick Sloan
President, Board of Directors