About CPRS



Our Mission

The California Park & Recreation Society's mission is to advance the park and recreation profession through education, networking, resources and advocacy. CPRS members are united in their commitment to improving people's lives. This networking happens across disciplines and agency boundaries to achieve together what we cannot do alone. CPRS strives to educate policy makers so that they vote with the premise that parks and recreation is an essential community service.

Elderly Couple in Park
Children Swimming


Who We Are

Founded in 1946, CPRS is a nonprofit, professional and public interest organization with over 4,000 members who are central to why Parks Make Life Better!

CPRS membership is well-distributed, with 86 percent of park and recreation agencies in California boasting at least one CPRS individual member. CPRS also has local, national and international company members that provide solutions to help our members work smarter and faster.

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Importance of individual membership and the strength in numbers of CPRS as a collaborative.


Celebrating Over 75 Years

In 2021-22 CPRS celebrated its 75th Anniversary. As part of the celebration we asked many influential leaders to share their thoughts on being CPRS leaders and the impact of parks and recreation in their communities.

CPRS Leadership


CPRS Governance

CPRS State Board


CPRS Sections

CPRS Districts

California Foundation for Parks & Recreation