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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. Read more

2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference Session Spotlights

Position Your Agency for the Future

While we know the power of a good story, are we telling our story effectively? To help parks and recreation professionals more effectively tell our story, NRPA has created a Three Pillars initiative which takes everything we do and places them into the following categories: Conservation, Health and Wellness and Social Equity. Participants will be encouraged to think about how to adopt these pillars in their organization, discuss using PRORAGIS as a tool to accomplish this task, and the many professional tools offered by NRPA.
Presented by: Eric Hamp, National Recreation and Parks Association

Magnuson Maintenance Tour
Tour Magnuson Park with the staff that are responsible for the day to day maintenance of it. This 350 acre park boasts a mile-long stretch of Lake Washington shoreline, natural and artificial fields, p-patch, facilities, picnic shelters, a dog off leash area, playground, wetlands, trails and public art. Learn how staff address all the unique maintenance challenges that the park has.
Presented by: City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Staff

Increasing Organizational Capacity for Volunteer Engagement
Examine factors that affect and influence an organization's capacity to effectively engage volunteers. Discuss and share best practices, strategies and tips for increased successful volunteer engagement.
Presented by: Patrick Tefft, City of Kirkland

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
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 Advocacy News

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
RCO grant applications due May 1 and July 1. For more information about the grants available this year, visit the RCO Website.

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Program Support Technician, Mason County
  • Director, Whidbey Island
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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Mayor Murray supports creation of parks district
The Seattle Times
Standing in a West Seattle community center where he played as a kid, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray threw his support behind creating a parks district — a new, permanent taxing authority that would help finance the city's parks and community centers.
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Veterans climb above trauma on Mount Rainier
The News Tribune
Joshua Brandon says: After three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. Many of my brothers and sisters and arms have faced the same challenge upon returning home from war. Yet too few of them have access to a resource that, at least for me, was ultimately life-saving. For me and many like me, recovery is a lifelong journey that we will always strive for but may never quite reach.
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Is Golden Gardens Park slipping into the Sound?
Ballard News-Tribune
Sandy beaches and majestic views of the Puget Sound attract crowds to Golden Gardens with every cloud break. However, the ever-increasing rise in sea levels might someday water down Ballard's sink-your-feet-in coastline. According to sea-level measurements, global sea levels rise an inch per decade. As carbon emissions and climate temperatures increase, these levels are projected to be even more dramatic for coastal areas in coming years.
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Mayor proposes new taxing district to help Seattle parks
Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray gave his stamp of approval to a citywide parks taxing district that would establish an ongoing fund for maintenance and programs for Seattle parks. The mayor's proposal initially would raise $54 million in funding, allowing the city to begin to tackle a near $270 million backlog in maintenance to parks and community centers — roughly 300 projects in all — and to restore or expand popular community programs cut back during the recent recession.
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A woman's adventure to every secret park in Seattle
MyNorthwest.com
What to do on a beautiful day like this? Don't just hit the obvious spots like Green Lake or Seattle Center or the Arboretum. There are more than 425 official parks in Seattle. That's one for every 1,500 residents of this city. There are probably four or five parks in your own neighborhood that you don't even know exist.
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Jefferson Park Pond to get 1st stock of hatchery trout
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Jeffrson Park Pond is expected to get this year's first load of rainbow trout from Lyons Ferry Fish Hatchery. More deliveries from Lyons Ferry and the Tucannon Hatchery are expected over the next two months. The pond, designated for fishing by youths 14 and younger, is at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Malcolm Street.
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Cape Disappointment State Park - Multi-use trail extension
Chinook Observer
Washington State Parks is seeking coverage under the Washington State Department of Ecology's Construction Stormwater NPDES and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The proposed project, Cape Disappointment State Park — Multi-use trail extension, is located at the intersection of SR Loop 100 and North Head Lighthouse Rd in Pacific County. This project involves 2.9 acres of soil disturbance for road, utilities and trail construction activities.
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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
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
May 28-292014 WRPA Software SymposiumWRPATukwila Community Center
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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