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

Experience three full days of stellar educational sessions, empowering keynote speeches and innovative social experiences in a campus setting. Enjoy a unique event blending art, recreation and landscape architecture into integrated indoor/outdoor experiences. Full conference and daily conference rates available.

2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference Session Spotlights

Promoting Community Health through Adult Outdoor Fitness Parks
Studies show multiple benefits of outdoor exercise and adults of all ages and abilities engaged through Outdoor Fitness Park initiatives. Explore the benefits and best practices for empowering communities to effectively plan, implement, and sustain Outdoor Fitness Parks as a valid health solution.
Presented by: Tom Norquist, PlayCore

Single Gender Swims: Response to Diverse Community Needs
Seattle Parks and Recreation worked with engaged citizens, community organizations and city government officials to move their single gender swim from a long standing private rental program to a public program to best meet the needs of a diverse community, including immigrant and refugee populations. The presentation will include a walkthrough of the events surrounding the recent City of Tukwila Single Gender Swim public process.
Presented by: Kathy Whitman, City of Seattle; Karl Fields, City of Seattle; Jennifer Calleja, Neighborhood House Healthy Communities; Amy Kindell, City of Tukwila

Getting to What Matters the Most
Do you operate in a crisis mode much of the time? Have coworkers who say "Got a minute?" and then take half an hour? Here's a chance to examine the choices you make each day. Get better at setting goals, managing priorities, and controlling interruptions so you get done what needs to get done and quit wasting time on what doesn't. You'll have more time for what matters the most and be able to lower your stress level.
Presented by: Jan McLaughlin, CSP, Your Communication Connection
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Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance
WRPA Park Resource Network
March 19 from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Bellevue Resource Management Facility
This training session will focus on chain saw safety and maintenance to include safe starting and operation, preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and scheduled maintenance.
Special thanks to Rick Castro, Davey Tree, for arranging this training.
Register

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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

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

Mickey Corso — Jan. 3, 1942-Nov. 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

Volunteers Needed to Evaluate Grants for Parks, Trails, Boating and Farmland Preservation
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is looking for volunteers to evaluate grant applications and help decide where the next parks, trails and boat launches will go in the state, as well as help prioritize farmlands to conserve. Please visit the Washington State RCO website to sign up.
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Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Aquatics manager, City of Prosser
  • Summer day camp director, City of Puyallup
View the WRPA Career Center

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This Just In

The election results are in, and WRPA is proud to announce the
2014-15 Board of Directors:

Vice President — Cheryl Fraser of Seattle Parks and Recreation
At Large, Position 1 — Casey Stanley of Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
At Large, Position 2 — Colin Walker of Bellevue Parks and Community Services
Region 1, King County — Dave Johnson of Tukwila Parks and Recreation
Region 2, Northwestern Washington — Paul Kaftanski of Everett Parks and Recreation
Region 3, Southwest Washington — Scott River of Olympia Parks, Art and Recreation
Region 4, Eastern Washington — Kurt Dahmen of Pullman Parks and Recreation

The current President-Elect is Carrie Hite of Edmonds Parks and Recreation.
The current Vice President is Brad Case of Ellensburg Parks and Recreation.

The newly elected board members will be sworn into office in April 2014.

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Supreme Court sides with landowner in Rails-to-Trails case
The Wall Street Journal
The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government has no claim to rights of way abandoned by rail roads, a victory for property owners that could undermine plans for a nationwide network of recreational trails. During America's westward expansion in the 19th century, Congress gave public land to private railroads to spur development of a transcontinental transportation network. Not every project was successful, however.
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Seattle likely to ask voters for more parks money
KOMO-TV
What's the Emerald City without more green? Voters could be asked to answer that question come August. A parks committee is expected to recommend the Seattle mayor and city council seek $2.9 million from the public through a vote this summer. The money would help restore the city's natural forestland, provided needed repairs to parks facilities, and improve more than 100 miles of trails, said Joelle Hammerstad, communications manager for the Parks Department.
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More than $4,000 raised to help rebuild aviary
KVEW-TV
The "friends" of Pioneer Park Aviary in Walla Walla raised nearly $4,000 to help rebuild the aviary. City council members voted to impose a six-month moratorium on the decommissioning of the aviary, giving the local group time to try and raise enough to rebuild the facility and take over full operation by next year.
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Volunteers needed to evaluate grants for parks, trails, boating and farmland preservation
KBKW-TV
The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is looking for volunteers to evaluate grant applications and help decide where the next parks, trails and boat launches will go in the state, as well as help prioritize farmlands to conserve. Volunteers will serve on advisory committees that will rank grant proposals in the spring and summer for farmland preservation and all types of recreation around the state.
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What does a $198 million bond for parks get you?
Exit133
Tacoma residents will vote on whether or not to fund $198 million of park and zoo improvements and safety upgrades. The Metro Parks Board of Commissioners voted to send the bond measure to the citizens. In recent years the board has worked to develop a comprehensive plan for Tacoma's more than 3,000 acres of parks. That $198 million breaks down as follows.
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Olympic moves to No. 5 among most-visited national parks
The Seattle Times
Washington state's Olympic National Park is No. 5 on a newly issued list of 2013's most-visited national parks in the United States. The park moved up two notches on the list from the prior year. New statistics from the National Park Service show Olympic park visitors numbered 3,085,340 last year, up from 2,824,908 in 2012. The increase came despite the October shutdown of Olympic and most other national parks across the nation for 16 days caused by congressional de-funding of the federal government.
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Meeting focuses on Discovery Park's future
Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Friends of Discovery Park, a volunteer group formed to protect the city's largest park, had its annual board meeting on March 8 to discuss the park, West Point Treatment Plant and the future of Seattle Parks and Recreation. Presenters from different aspects of the park provided brief presentations before moderator Gary Gaffner opened the meeting up to questions from the public.
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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. 19Chainsaw Safety and MaintenanceWRPABellevue Resource
Mgmt. Facility
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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