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Register for the 2015 WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show
"Transforming Lives Transforming Communities"
April 29-May 1 in Tacoma, Washington
What do you get when you register? 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. Session details will be posted soon!
Check out the tracks:
Business & Administration
Foot Golf Tournament and 18 Hole Golf Tournament
Key Note Speakers
"Leaving a Legacy" Mike Smith
"Leadership Cookbook — Building Diverse Relationships One Pot at a Time” Kostas Voutsas
Learn more and register.
WRPA Annual Award Nominations — Coming Soon!
The Washington Recreation and Park Association celebrates people, parks and programs with an annual award program honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of parks and recreation. We will begin accepting award nominations in early February. Details on the nomination process along with nomination deadlines will be announced at the end of January. In the meantime, general information on the awards program is available on the WRPA website.
Professional Development Program — 'Standing the Heat' with Jamie Sabbach
"Standing the Heat" will examine a range of contemporary adaptive leadership concepts and questions 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.
Learn more and register.
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Spring Program
This program is almost sold out! Register soon to save your place!
WRPA is dedicated to promoting children’s right to play in a safe and challenging play environment. Join us in the challenge to have at least one person from every community across Washington become a Certified Playground Safety Inspector. The CPSI program offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date training and playground safety.
Our spring program will take place from March 3–5 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bothell.
Learn more and register.
WRPA Business After Hours
Join us tonight in Lynnwood! As WRPA evolves from our old system of “sections” to our new system of "networks" we all want opportunities to meet with our colleagues. Business After Hours are casual gatherings for anyone who can make it, regardless of prior section or new network — like a social at a conference. The more the merrier, so please spread the word to fellow staff and friends who might be interested. Although a beginning and ending time is listed, they're not firm, so come and go as you please. We will be meeting at 5:00pm at the Rock Wood Fired Kitchen & Spirits on 196th St.!
This is intended to be the first of many such events throughout the state. If this Business After Hours isn't near you, please contact the WRPA office if you'd like to host one.
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
New Positions Added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.
- Recreation Events & Marketing Program Administrator, City of Redmond
- Day Camp Director & other positions, City of Issaquah
- Park Maintenance Horticulture Coordinator, Bainbridge Island
- Parks & Recreation Director, City of Bothell
Join the Ethnic Minority Society
The Washington Recreation and Parks Association is seeking members for its Ethnic Minority Society. The EMS mission is to "unite the communities of ethnic minorities in the field of parks and recreation." EMS provides individuals with technical information, advocacy and professional networking opportunities, but more importantly, access to the Mentor Program where new and young professionals are paired with middle and senior managers and retired professionals.
If you're interested in becoming a member of the state affiliate or would like more information, please contact Kelly Guy, Recreation Division Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 684-7157. As the state affiliate EMS lead, Kelly will be working on a meet-and-greet, informational session for the upcoming WRPA April conference.
Kids and the outdoors: It's natural
Parks and Recreation
A growing body of research has demonstrated that both structured and unstructured outdoor play and learning have numerous benefits to children. So whether Nature Immersion Therapy with kids includes summer camps, field trips or just exploring at the local park, you can make a difference.
7 tips for keeping athletic storage rooms in order
Whether it's a rec center, arena or field house, when you run an athletic program, it's important that all of your equipment and important information be organized and easy to access. When properly managed, the athletic storage room can be one of the most useful, specialized storage areas in your facility. It can increase security, space, productivity and convenience.
WRPA Event and Education Calendar
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