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Register for the 2015 WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show
"Transforming Lives Transforming Communities"
April 29-May 1 in Tacoma, Washington
Experience three days of transformative educational sessions, empowering keynote speakers and innovative experiences in a city that is experiencing its own transformation. Enjoy this unique event blending stories of community change, recreation, and public mission into an integrated educational experience.
Professional Development Program — Standing the Heat with Jamie Sabbach
Standing the Heat will examine a range of contemporary adaptive leadership concepts and asks the question whether we are prepared to challenge conventional thinking. Join us on Feb. 5 as Jamie Sabbach speaks on enabling agencies to position themselves for long term health and effectiveness.
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Certified Playground Safety Inspector Spring Program — Registration is open!
Certified Playground Safety Inspector course promotes children's right to play and promotes nationally the importance play has to a child's development.
The CPSI classroom course trains individuals to identify hazards on public playgrounds and playground equipment, and how to apply that knowledge and establish a playground safety program. This two-day course covers the material necessary to pass the Certified Playground Safety Inspector certification exam. Join us from March 3–5 at the Hilton Inn in Bothell. This event typically sells out, so register soon!
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New Positions Added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
On the Move
Kevin Witte accepted the City of Mountlake Terrace Recreation Supervisor position. His new area of focus will be athletics, youth and fitness. You can now contact him at email@example.com or 425-640-3105.More
Washington State Parks Real Estate Policy
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission seeks your input on how it manages land. In response to the agency's increased need to generate revenue for operations, the agency is updating its real estate policy to cover three primary areas, as outlined in the attached document:
1. Providing appropriate opportunities for privately financed development of recreational facilities in existing developed state parks
2. Leasing undeveloped surplus lands for revenue-generating purposes
3. Transferring selected lands to other government or tribal jurisdictions More
Should grizzlies be restored to the North Cascades?
Today the grizzlies of the Northwest exist mostly in legend. The few fleeting glimpses in the woods are so rare, some suspect there are no bears left in the jagged spine of the Cascade Mountains that splits Washington. That, however, might soon change. More
Bothell will ask lawmakers to help save forest
The Daily Herald
Preservation of undeveloped space in Bothell is in doubt after voters rejected a bond measure last month. Bothell now is counting on lawmakers in Olympia and Washington, D.C., to allocate money to save the North Creek Forest.More
In new drainage projects, long-buried urban streams see the light again
In the past, burying streams created problems, including pollution, which would make its way to waterways. What's more, paving and piping often make flooding worse. In recent years many cities have been undoing the past century's drainage projects, uncovering or "daylighting" buried streams. More
Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.
|Feb. 5||Professional Development Program||Shoreline Community Center|
|March 3-5||Certified Playground Safety Inspector Program||Hilton Garden Inn, Bothell|
|Apr. 30-May 1||WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show||Tacoma Convention Center|