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WRPA Featured Trainings


Certified Playground Safety Inspector Training
WRPA
Monday - Wednesday, March 3-5, Red Lion Hotel, Bellevue | SOLD OUT!
Contact the office to be added to the waitlist.


Certified Playground Safety Inspector course promotes children's rights to play and promotes nationally the importance play has to a child's development. This course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. Advanced reading and fifteen hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to "sit" for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination offered at the culmination of the certification course. Help our children by designing, installing, and maintaining safe playgrounds.

Course & Test: $510 WRPA member l $540 Nonmembers
Course Only: $410 WRPA member l $430 Nonmembers
Test Only: $110

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The Changing Economics of Parks and Recreation — Embrace it
WRPA
Registration: 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Workshop: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Shoreline City Hall - 17500 Midvale Avenue N., Shoreline, WA 98133-4905 | Register

Full-Day Workshop with Presenter Jamie Sabbach
There's an old saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same result. It's time to stop the insanity and embrace the changes necessary to put our agencies back on track to fiscal health and organizational well-being. Quite simply this means looking at our operations through a business lens and managing our systems in a more responsible, defensible, and logical way. Disruptive, antiquated, special interest driven political winds have placed the public sector at a critical juncture with a critical need for entrepreneurial and innovative leaders. Today, playing it safe is not playing it smart.

Registration Fees: (lunch included in registration fees)
$99 – Platinum agency members
$119 – WRPA members/first agency member
$99 – WRPA members/additional agency members
$139 – nonmembers and registrations received after Feb. 21

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2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference and Trade Show
Engage, Experience and Enjoy
April 8-11 at Magnuson Park in Seattle

2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference Keynote Address
In preparation for the upcoming joint conference in April, please take a moment to review the keynote speaker presenting at the conference on Wedensday.

Debrena Jackson Gandy — Thursday Keynote
Debrena is a two-time national best-selling author of Sacred Pampering Principles, and All the Joy You Can Stand. She's been a popular guest on over 40 radio shows, and is quickly becoming recognized as a thought leader in the area of attracting and sustaining healthy love relationships. She's been seen on TV on CNN, CNN Live, Good Day New York, Good Morning Texas, C-SPAN, In Style, the Wisdom Channel, Fox 5 Morning News in Washington D. C (three-time guest), and several ABC News affiliates and regional news stations. She is a business consultant and trainer to large and small business businesses, multi-level marketing companies and their top field leaders, and to solo-preneurs. She resides in Seattle, is a graduate of Pepperdine University, and is also one of the TV show hosts of Public Report on TBN's station KTBW Seattle/Tacoma.

2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference Session Spotlights

"I" CANN: Tackling Obesity as a Community
"I" CANN is a new regional, partnership approach to battling obesity happening in South King County. Panel explains how they are tackling obesity as a joint community effort.

Serving Different Generations than Yours
Look at the different customer service expectations each generation enters your doors with and then learn how to train staff to meet the large variety of needs.
Presented by: Kim Arellano, Workforce Evolution

Register now and receive the best deal on the conference. To register, visit the WRPA website.

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2014 AFO Courses
WMS Aquatics
April 28-29 in Cle Elum and April 30-May 1 in Kirkland

WMS Aquatics will be offering two Northwest AFO Pool Academies in April. During this two day course you will learn everything you need to know to become AFO Certified. Registration includes the latest material and AFO Edition Manual, Exam and Water Balance Calculator. Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

Awards Nominations are now being accepted!
WRPA

The Washington Recreation and Park Association celebrates people, parks and programs with an award program honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of parks and recreation in Washington State. Awards nominations can be submitted online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/AwardApplication. More information on the nomination process is available on the WRPA Awards webpage. This includes a complete nomination questionnaire and a list of supplemental items required for all nominations.

Mickey Corso Scholarship Applications now being accepted!
WRPA
Deadline: March 14, 2014

Mickey Corso — January 3, 1942-November 9, 1990. WRPA President, 1989-1990.
As a tribute to Mickey and the professional leadership he provided in the field of parks and recreation, his family, friends and co-workers have established the Mickey Corso Leadership Scholarship. Each year scholarships are awarded to professionals in the field of parks and recreation who demonstrate the leadership, commitment and professional qualities for which Mickey will be remembered.

The scholarship awards can be used for post-graduate training such as NRPA schools, graduate courses or other areas relating to park and recreation leadership. Recipients apply their awards toward desired continuing education in the field of parks and recreation. Scholarships are awarded at our annual conference in April.

Use this link to download the application today. | Read more

Survey Participation Request
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District is in the process of reviewing different components of our fee structure. We are seeking input from our Park and Recreation colleagues and what you currently have in place. Click or copy and paste the following link into your browser. Thank you for taking the time to provide your agencies information. We will be happy to share our results with anyone.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TualatinHillsParkDistrictSurvey

Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Seasonal Recreation Leader, Fife
  • Seasonal Recreation Assistant, Fife
  • Seasonal Park Maintenance Aid, Redmond
View the WRPA Career Center

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WRPA Advocacy News


Big Tent Event a success
Dive News Network
Nearly three dozen Washington for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations, known as The Big Tent Outdoor Coalition, held a series of events on Feb. 13, in the lobby of the Natural Resources Building in Olympia to increase awareness of the importance of outdoor recreation in the state's economy and quality of life.
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This Just In


New website launched!
Our new website is now live. The URL will stay the same, www.wrpatoday.org. Staff and volunteers from the PR Committee are still hard at work making sure that everything is working right. Once all systems are in place we will begin to launch new and improved member benefits. Stay tuned!

Our launch announcement was sent earlier this week. If you did not receive it please contact our office to get your username.

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Ex-Seattle parks chief joins State Parks commission
The News Tribune
The former head of the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department was named, Feb. 11, to serve on the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Ken Bounds of Seattle was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve a term that runs until Dec. 31, 2018. "I am looking forward to working with the other commissioners and staff to strengthen the park system and help ensure its viability into the future," Bounds said.
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Smoking ban in Lakewood parks rejected in close vote
The News Tribune
The Lakewood City Council has decided not to ban smoking in the city's 12 parks. Instead smokers and tobacco users must be at 50 feet away from play areas, fields, picnic shelters and other gathering places.
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Aviary friends offer new idea to save facility
Union-Bulletin
Friends of the Pioneer Park Aviary have a new idea to save the popular bird sanctuary. The group filed a proposal at City Hall asking city officials to turn over all operation of the aviary to the nonprofit through a long-term lease agreement. It was filed quickly so that it could be reviewed and voted on by City Council at its Feb. 26 meeting.
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Olympia can't afford to expand LBA Woods Park
The Bellingham Herald
A group of citizens wants the city of Olympia to expand LBA Woods Park in southeast Olympia at the expense of two housing developments planned there. This will challenge the city to assess its balance of open space and urban density. At the end of the day, the city must conclude that it has neither the resources to purchase and maintain more parkland, or sufficient urban density to justify its acquisition.
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Multipurpose center would add to lure of Yakima River Canyon
Yakima Herald
The Yakima River Canyon is a valuable scenic and recreational gem for central Washington. And like anything of value, the canyon must be handled with care. The Kittitas Environmental Education Network seeks to do just that with a proposed interpretative center on Canyon Road, just north of the canyon's entrance near Ellensburg.
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Kopachuck State Park master plan moves forward
The Peninsula Gateway
The master plan for Kopachuck State Park now envisions a day-use function only. The park will stay open without a campground in the future due to laminated root rot issues with the park's trees. Clear-cutting will end, but trees that are considered to be dangerous or in an area where new building will happen will be felled, project coordinator Brian Yearout said.
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After 10 years, Gig Harbor to open Eddon Boat Park
The News Tribune
Ten years ago, a "sold" sign posted on a prominent piece of Gig Harbor shoreline brought the community together with a common cause: Save the historic downtown waterfront. That vision for Eddon Boat Park will be realized with a ceremony marking the completion of the project.
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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
Mar. 3-5Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion
Mar. 6Embracing Economic ChangeWRPAShoreline
Community Center
Mar. 7WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPANorth Bend
April 8-11*WASLA and WRPA
Joint Conference & Trade Show
Seattle
April 28-29AFO Pool Academy WMS AquaticsSuncadia Resort,
Cle Elum
April 30-
May 1
AFO Pool Academy WMS AquaticsWoodmark Hotel,
Kirkland
May 14Facility Section MeetingWRPASeattle
Oct. 23*Business InstituteWRPATukwila
Nov. 12-14Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion

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

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