WRPA Weekly
Sep. 19, 2013

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Congratulations WRPA!
The new association bylaws were approved by a 97 percent margin! Many thanks to our members for supporting the strategic planning efforts and the new governance structure. And, thank you to the WRPA Executive Board for your vision and commitment this past year. It took "a village," but we got it done — and now we have a sleek and nimble governance structure to look forward to!

So, what happens now? Simply put, we begin the transition to a smaller board. That starts with recruitment to fill the seven open board positions. The current executive committee is serving as the nomination and election task force. They will help prepare the ballot for board consideration and approval at the Nov. 1 executive board meeting. The actual election will be conducted early 2014. Contact Carrie Hite, WRPA President elect, by Oct. 15 to express your interest in serving on the WRPA executive board.

And, we'll also be recruiting folks to serve on the transition team, which will provide as a safety net for the new board until we get things up and running. In fact, there are many opportunities for our members to become involved, and now is a great time to consider volunteering with your association!

Visit the WRPA strategic plan Web page for updated maps, charts, bylaws and more. Please contact Jessi Bon, WRPA president, with your questions.More

Aquatic professionals gather for biannual summit
Oct. 21-22: Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, Wash. $185 member/$225 nonmember. Daily rates available. This is the place to advance your knowledge and skills to position your aquatic facilities and programs for now and the future. Register today!More

WRPA Business Institute

Oct. 23, Tukwila: $140 member/$170 nonmember
Review session descriptions and pre-select your workshops when you register. Register today!
Using public relations in your communications mix is a very effective event marketing tool. Learn how to boost your brand and increase awareness of your products and services by leveraging the power of the media. Participants will gain insights about what is considered newsworthy, about proper formatting guidelines for submitting a press release, developing a press list appropriate for your organization, and the best methods of ensuring news coverage. Presenter: Barb Morgen, Brown Paper Tickets.More

Registration Software Symposium
Oct. 24, Tukwila: ($29 member if also registered for the Business Institute) $49 member/ $99 nonmember
Have you heard the rumors that CLASS is going away in future years? If may benefit you to attend the Symposium to learn what options are available. WRPA is inviting software companies to present their products and services in 1 hour sessions throughout the day. Visit our showcase room for direct access to company representatives. Register today!More

Senate Transportation Forums
Senate Transportation Committee co-chairs, Sen. Curtis King, R- Yakima, and Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, announced the dates and cities that will be included in a statewide listening tour aimed at gathering input from Washington residents on building a new package of transportation projects.More

Washington State Parks Commission Meeting Agenda
Sept. 26, 2013 — Chelan, Wash. This is the public's opportunity to provide input to the Commission. The Commission will be making crucial decisions on how to proceed in pursuing adequate funding for our state parks; what legislative priorities to set; what supplemental budget requests to pursue, and what to include in the Oct. 28 report regarding the fiscal health of the state park system. More

Ways to celebrate 'Visit a Park Day' on Oct. 4
Have you heard that Oct. 4 is National Visit a Park Day? This is something that NRPA and the Young Professionals Network have celebrated over the last couple of years to help promote the wonders of our natural and treasured resources out there — local parks. In past Visit a Park Days, local and state recreation and parks programs, nonprofits and related civic groups have united nationwide to support this initiative.More

You've tracked down hundreds of accessible playgrounds. Help find more!
When NPR launched a national guide to accessible playgrounds in early September, it wasn't perfect. The guide launched with nearly 1,290 locations cobbled together from a variety of sources, including the generous folks at AccessiblePlayground.net. Since launch, more than 400 locations have been added, with another 200 edited or deleted. Has your agency added your inclusive and accessible play areas to the database? More

Washington Forestry Council meeting highlights
WA State Department of Natural Resources
Sept. 11 — Issaquah, Wash. The council is accepting award nominations for community urban forestry projects. The Green Kent Stewards were the recipient of the award this quarter. October is Urban and Community Forestry Month (formerly known as "Neighborwoods Month".) The next meeting will take place on Nov. 13 in Seattle.More

WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings/News

Ray Towry, Ephrata, has accepted an offer to serve on the NRPA Public Policy Committee.

John Keates, Mason County, shares this video about the Senior Softball Tournament. Notice in the license plates from teams coming to Mason County from places far and wide. One of the attractions of MCRA is the new all weather infields that were funded in part with a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant through the Recreation and Conservation Office.More

3 proposals arrive to invigorate state park
The Issaquah Press
Three project proposals for Lake Sammamish State Park, including one to totally remake the park with a hotel/convention center, came to the city's Economic Development Department by the deadline Sept. 9. In a joint effort with Washington State Parks, the city released a request for proposals in August, asking for project ideas to reinvigorate and make use of the park under the redevelopment and restoration plan adopted in 2007. Economic Development Director Keith Niven said the three full project outlines are markedly different, but he found positive aspects across the board.More

County wise to explore ways to keep parks open
The Daily News
In a few weeks, visitors to Mount St. Helens will be able to explore a new trail, thanks to the work of volunteers. The nearly completed Ape Cave Vista Trail wouldn't have been built without volunteer work parties because the Forest Service didn't have the funding for it. The success of that project can be an inspiration to Cowlitz County and the entities it's working with to assume operation of county parks.More

Volunteers will clean, fix up on Public Lands Day
The Bellingham Herald
Dozens of projects around the state are planned for Sept. 28, the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. More than 2,000 events will take place across the nation, drawing more than 170,000 participants who want to give back to the public lands they enjoy year-round.More

A trail that's truly for the birds
Methow Valley News
In the current issue of Audubon magazine there is a feature article titled "Eight Great Fall Birding Trails." At first glance this might be of little interest to anyone other than bird watchers, but where the birds are, there would be other wildlife in the area — which makes it a nice place to hike or even take a leisurely stroll. Of the eight trails listed in the United States, Washington is first on the list.More

Ski expansion at standstill
The Spokesman-Review
A state appeals court has halted a major expansion at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, saying that the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission erred by not requiring a detailed study of how a new chairlift and runs would impact old-growth forest, meadows and wetlands.More

Education calendar

Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.

Sept. 24WWRC Fundraising BreakfastWWRCWestin Hotel, Seattle
Sept. 30Cultural Competency Skill BuilderWRPABellevue City Hall
Oct. 9NRPA CongressNRPAHouston, Texas
Oct. 21Bridge From School to AfterschoolWANSeattle
Oct. 21Aquatic Section RetreatWRPAGreat Wolf Lodge,
Grand Mound
Oct. 23Park & Recreation
Business Institute
Community Center
Oct. 24Software SymposiumWRPATukwila
Community Center
Oct. 24Irrigation Repairs & Tree SafetyWRPATukwila
Community Center
Nov. 1WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPAMercer Island
Nov. 13Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion
Jan. 14Risk Management SchoolWRPABellevue Red Lion
Jan. 22People, Parks & PoliticsWRPAPhoenix Inn, Olympia
Jan. 23WRPA Legislative Day on the HillWRPAOlympia
Feb. 23PNW Resource Management SchoolINPRAPort Townsend
Mar. 7WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPANorth Bend
April 8WASLA and WRPA
Joint Conference & Trade Show
Magnuson Park,