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'Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities'
April 29 - May 1 in Tacoma, Washington
Online Registration Ends on Friday, April 24!
Join us for the WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show! Did you know that you can register now, and pay later? The WRPA website has a great "invoice me" option that you can utilize for any WRPA events. Hurry and register yourself and your colleagues before online registration closes.
Can't attend the entire Conference? Check out our One-Day Registration options!
What to know before you go:
Hotel rooms nearly gone — Discounted room rates are available until April 8 or until sold out!
Pre-conference activities — Northwest Trek, Tour de Tacoma and Golf!
Conference schedule and sessions — Plan ahead and find the sessions that you are want to attend
WRPA Member Highlights & Happenings
SURVEY SAYS ...?! Well, we won't know until you take part. WRPA invites you to participate in our 2015 Member Survey. What are our strengths? What can we do better? What do you think WRPA should be doing that we currently are not? Help us continue to evolve as an association to better serve you. Take the Member Survey Now! We welcome and value 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 or Kevin Witte. 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.
Dozens of new positions added to the WRPA Job Board:
The following job opportunities recently became available:
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.
- Aquatic Manager, City of Lacey
- Seasonal Park Aide, Whitman County
- Building Attendant, City of Federal Way
- Park Ranger, Whatcom County
- Rental Sales Coordinator, Metro Parks Tacoma
Seattle's emerging EcoDistrict
Since 2011, the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, which is funded by the Bullitt Foundation and led by Capitol Hill Housing, has sought to improve the sustainability of the community and the equity of its constituents. This EcoDistrict is partnering with the Seattle 2030 District, a high-performance business district in downtown Seattle, that aims to reduce carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030. In 2015, Seattle's City Council formally passed a resolution recognizing the EcoDistrict.
ATV rider presses commissioners for beach access
Pacific County Commissioners again took pointed questions about the fairness of wind-powered vehicles on Peninsula beaches while ATVs are banned. Gerry Amacher, an all-terrain vehicle enthusiast, asked about beach land sailers. It appears state parks will allow the wheeled craft at Ocean City State Park, north of Ocean Shores, he said. Amacher has pressed the board to allow ATVs on county roads leading to the beaches in the past.
Breaking: WWRP Funded at 75 Million in House Budget
The state House released their proposed capital construction budget, which includes $75 million for the WWRP grant program. This is a solid number that represents an improvement over the Governor's proposed budget. While the Coalition is very pleased with the proposed House budget, we have heard that the state Senate may come in at a lower amount. This means that while this first step is positive, there's still a real possibility that the final number is much lower. We're preparing outreach to the Senate to urge support for the program, and as a past beneficiary of the program your unique voice is very valuable. Ensuring a high level of funding every year ensures that the program is sufficiently funded in future years as well, including when you again apply for a grant for your community. Please urge the senator to support the House appropriation for WWRP and underscore the value of the program to your community.
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