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WRPA Featured Trainings


Risk Management School
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Jan. 14-16, Bellevue: $249 member/$329 nonmember (max 100) | Register
Returning and first-year students will learn from risk management industry leaders important core competencies and emerging trends specific to municipalities. Our trend programming emphasizes crisis communications, crisis management and active shooter situations, in response to the increase in frequency of these occurrences. Registration closes Tuesday, Jan. 7!

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Software Symposium debrief
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Jan. 22, Tukwila Community Center or GoToMeeting.com
We will be hosting a Symposium Software debrief meeting on Jan. 22 at Tukwila Community Center from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. We plan for this meeting to be interactive to facilitate more discussion and information sharing amongst the cities on the different software companies available on the market. For cities that are located farther away we will work to offer a GoToMeeting as well.

Please contact Julie Ryan or Lori Cummings for more information.

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2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference & Trade Show — Keynotes!
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Registration coming soon! | Early bird rates available through Jan. 15, 2014
As one of the highlights to the upcoming joint conference this April, conference attendees will enjoy three dynamic speakers who will provide engaging addresses over the three day conference. Arrangements are still being finalized for Thursday's keynote address, but please take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with the speakers for Wednesday and Friday.

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WRPA Advocacy News


Report: Parks system can't survive without taxpayers
Herald Net
A new report spotlights an inconvenient truth for lawmakers about Washington's public parks system: It cannot survive without help from the state's taxpayers. The agency is reeling from deep budget cuts and needs a reliable source of funds — solely on money collected from park visitors. That's the conclusion of a nine-page analysis delivered in November.
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Proposed Grant Changes
RCO
The Recreation and Conservation Office is proposing to change program policies and evaluation criteria used to award grants for outdoor recreation projects. The changes are in response to a recent update of the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, State Trails Plan, and Non-highway and Off-road Vehicle Account Plan and staff recommendations. If approved, the proposed changes would apply to new grant applications in 2014.
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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


NRPA Knowledge Center a great resource for members
The NRPA Knowledge Center (NRPA.org under the Tools and Resources tab) is a repository of articles, policies, guidelines, information, discussion on trending items, and on all things parks and recreation. If there is a particular item you need help or background on, there is a good chance one of our associates in our field across the country may have uploaded something of interest or information in the center.
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Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
$50 per posting for nonagency members. These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Maintenance Mechanic, Everett
  • Site Lead, Winter Youth Basketball, Issaquah
  • Yoga Instructor, Kirkland

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This Just In


We've moved!
The WRPA office has moved north. Please see our new contact information below. More details on staff changes to follow...

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Attn: Sarah Luczyk, CAE
2150 N 107th St #205
Seattle, WA 98133
Toll free: 888-459-0009
Office: 206-367-8704
Fax: 206-367-8777
Email: wrpa@sbims.com

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Jumpers ring in new year at Long Lake Park plunge
The Olympian
On New Year's Day, 655 jumpers braved the 44-degree water to ring in 2014. The jumpers lined the dock dressed in swimsuits, bikinis, tutus, superhero costumes, gorilla masks, balloons — you name it. Three waves of jumpers splashed into the frigid lake with a chorus of screams. For some folks, there was a charitable reason for the freezing.
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A $15 minimum wage would add nearly $700,000 to Seattle's own labor costs
Crosscut
Increasing Seattle's minimum wage to $15 per hour would create about $690,000 in additional annual labor costs for the city itself, according to a City Budget Office estimate. Mayor Ed Murray's transition team requested a "fiscal analysis" in December to determine how much the wage hike would cost the city.
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Pay attention to snow park rules
SnoValley Star
Pay attention when playing in the snow this winter to what passes are required in which area sno-parks. Washington State Parks' winter recreation program has begun to open its sno-parks in the Snoqualmie Pass area as well as across the region. Winter activities range from playing in the snow, tubing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Sno-parks come in two categories: Snowmobile and nonmotorized, and it's important for visitors to know the difference so they can obtain the appropriate pass.
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Active adult programs on tap for the new year from Seattle Parks
West Seattle Herald
Are you thinking about New Year's resolutions and getting more active? Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering affordable and fun adult sports and activities in 2014. Enjoy bowling, men's flag football, roller derby, women's volleyball, coed dodgeball, men's basketball and get out and go groups during the first quarter of 2014. The programs offer an opportunity to meet new friends, bond with old friends and get moving in the New Year!
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Washington State Parks to consider allowing commercial advertising
Bothell Reporter
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider repealing a policy prohibiting advertising in state parks. Through the 2009-11 and 2011-13 State Parks operating budgets, the Legislature directed the agency to work toward self-sufficiency. At its next regular meeting, the commission will consider repealing the existing policy and approving a new Washington State Parks Advertising Policy to allow commercial advertising on digital and printed material and to set criteria for any such advertising.
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WRPA Event Calendar


Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.
DateEventSponsorLocation
2014
Jan. 14*Risk Management SchoolWRPABellevue
Jan. 23WRPA Legislative Day on the HillWRPAOlympia
Feb. 14King County Directors MeetingWRPASeattle
Feb. 23PNW Resource Management SchoolINPRAPort Townsend
Feb. 26Facility Section MeetingWRPAIssaquah
Mar. 3Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion
Mar. 6Leadership Forum (Formerly P3)WRPATBD
Mar. 7WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPANorth Bend
April 8*WASLA and WRPA
Joint Conference & Trade Show
Seattle
May 14Facility Section MeetingWRPASeattle
Oct. 23*Business InstituteWRPATukwila
Nov. 12Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion

*WRPA recommended trainings to sustain your core competencies in parks and recreation

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