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April 29-May 1 in Tacoma, Washington
WRPA Annual Conference & Tradeshow Update:
Hotel Rooms Nearly Gone —
Discounted room rates are available until April 8 or until sold out!
Conference Schedule and Sessions
Join us from April 29 through May 1 for the WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show! Did you know that you can register now and pay later? Our website has a great "invoice me" option that you can utilize for any WRPA event.
Mickey Corso Scholarship — Applications are due on March 31!
There are just 12 days left to submit an application! This incredible opportunity provides the awardees with post-graduate training or courses relating to park and recreation leadership!
Mickey Corso was an avid Park and Recreation leader, including being a President of WRPA. As a tribute to Mickey and his contributions to the field of parks and recreation, his family, friends and co-workers have established the Mickey Corso Leadership Scholarship. Don't miss the opportunity to be the next scholarship winner; submit an application today!
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
Member survey coming soon!
As a proud organization since 1947, we welcome and value your input. Many of you offered feedback in 2012 that helped WRPA update our strategic plan and operating model and helped us get to where we are today. We want to check back in with you and hear how we're doing. What are our strengths? In what areas can we do better? What do you think WRPA should be doing that we currently aren't? Help us continue to evolve and serve you by offering your input here. The Survey will be available in the next couple of weeks, so keep checking back here and we look forward to receiving your input.
The Student Connections Committee still needs your help
The SCC is looking for volunteers to speak to students at the Annual Conference. The primary topics will be interviewing skills and best ways to get noticed when applying for jobs after college. The session is scheduled for Friday, May 1, from 3:15-4:30 p.m. This session will help students learn the "trade secrets" of getting jobs and how to answer interview questions. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please email Sarah Sandquist (email@example.com) or Kevin Witte (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!
Shine a light on your community's support for trails: Host the 2016 Washington State Trails Conference
Every two years, the Washington State Trails Coalition brings 300 trail advocates and agency leaders together for two days of networking and information sharing. WSTC is now accepting proposals from communities who wish to host the 2016 Conference. Learn how to submit an application here.
New positions added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.
- Lifeguards, City of Kent
- Aquatics Director, Mukilteo Family YMCA
- Parks Maintenance Operator, City of Shelton
- Recreation Assistant, City of Marysville
- Several positions for the City of Everett
The radical political implications of spending time outdoors
The Washington Post
Human beings love being outside — an estimated 8 billion visits are made annually to natural protected areas, a number that';s larger than the total world population. But could spending time in natural scenery also have larger implications for how we behave politically, or how we treat one another? A new study suggests the answer is yes.
Parks Commission considers guidelines for recreation business activities, enterprise lands
Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider approving guidelines for some business and enterprise land management activities within its real estate management policy. The Commission will consider approving guidelines for permitting recreation business activities in parks, along with criteria to guide identification and designation of surplus lands for revenue-generating purposes. In January, the Commission adopted changes to the agency's real estate management policies to allow some forms of privately financed development on State Parks land.
Scabland trails: Smell of sage lures hikers, bikers in March
Great horned owlettes are hatching, coyotes are denning and rattlesnakes are still groggy — all signals that it's prime time to hike, bike or ride a horse through the sagebrush country of eastern Washington. Wildflowers are just beginning to bloom if you need more incentive, and songful meadowlarks are back.
WRPA Weekly Legislative updates
Did you know that you could receive weekly updates from the WRPA Lobbyist, Doug Levy? You can find each update on the WRPA homepage until the blog section here. Check back often to see what we are working on and how you can get involved!
Estimate of additional money to Recreational Accounts in Transportation Package
In the pending transportation revenue package, particularly the bill spelling out new gas taxes and fees, there are pieces that specify the proper percentage allocations of non-highway fuel tax refunds for Non-Highway Off-Road Vehicle Account, Snowmobile Accounts and Boating Facilities Programs that are to be directed to the proper accounts. The Recreation and Conservation Office runs the grant programs for NOVA and for the BFP — you may be eligible to apply for trails and boating facilities projects through those accounts.
Here are the estimated 2015-17 and 2017-19 additional funding projections:
BFP: $3.5 million in 2015-17, growing to $6.3 million in 2017-19;
NOVA: $3.3 million in 2015-17, growing to $6.1 million in 2017-19
This is all pending in the House, and debates will be held, but it is not anticipated that these pieces will change.
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