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WRPA Featured Trainings


2014 AFO Courses
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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Sports Coordinators Brainstorming & Networking Meeting
Some of us that were formerly known as the WRPA Athletic/Fitness Section are hosting our second 2014 Sports Coordinators Brainstorming & Networking Meeting next Tuesday, April 29 at the Puyallup Recreation Center from 10 a.m. — noon! We held our first networking meeting in January and Tukwila and had a great turn-out. We hope you can join us and share your success as well as some of the struggles you might be having. If you are unable to attend, you can listen in via conference call. Get information on the conference call and RSVP by emailing marlus.francis@tukwiliawa.gov.
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Best practices in selecting contractors and consultants
May 14 at 10 a.m.
Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, Seattle

What things should you do to select qualified contractors and consultants in a way that complies with laws and regulations? Join instructor Mike Purdy from Michael E. Purdy Associates, LLC as he discusses best practices and answers your questions. This event is free and very informative!

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2014 WRPA Software Symposium — New vendors added!
May 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | May 28, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila

There are now new vendors that will be attending the Software Symposium! The WRPA 2014 Software Symposium at the Tukwila Community Center and is a two day event you will not want to miss.

WRPA will have nine Parks and Recreation software companies present their products during this two day symposium. There will also be a Showcase & Demo room in which cities can individually speak with nine software companies if they have additional questions.

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

You Are Invited!
To the Dedication Ceremony for the Meadow Crest Playground

Saturday, May 17 - 10 a.m.
3000 NE 16th Street
We are ecstatic to announce the Dedication Ceremony and Grand Opening for our own unique Meadow Crest Playground! Clamber over the 25-foot long caterpillar, ramble up a rock wall, strike the chimes and roll on a wavy walk. Bring your inner child, the neighbor's kid and a sense of playful adventure. Join the City of Renton, Renton School District and Highlands neighborhood for a memorable event you won't soon forget. For more information, call 425-430-6600.

Park Resources Section presents Outstanding Field Staff awards at annual conference!
The Park Resources Section awarded Justin Wilkinson and Mike Bowers, both from City of Bellevue Parks & Community Services, the 2014 Outstanding Field Staff award. Wilkinson is a grounds crew leader responsible for sports field maintenance and Bowers is a structural crew leader responsible for building and playground maintenance. Recognition was also given to Adam Partin with City of Olympia Parks for being nominated. Congratulations to you both!

Volunteers needed to help city of Bellevue with playground equipment replacement
On May 3-4, the city of Bellevue will be replacing the playground equipment at Tam O'Shanter Park. The existing equipment is obsolete and parts for its maintenance and repair are no longer available. The city is looking for 24-30 volunteers (12-15 each day), age 18 or older, to help with the installation of the playground equipment under the supervision of the equipment supplier (SiteLines Park & Playground Products). If you would like to volunteer, or have any questions about this project, please call Lisa Brown at 425-452-6454 or e-mail lmbrown@bellevuewa.gov.


Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Senior maintenance technician, city of Lacey
  • Lifeguard/swim instructor, city of Mountlake Terrace
  • Beach front manager, city of Redmond
View the WRPA Career Center

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'Sea Star Wasting Syndrome' found at Redwood National and State Parks
National Parks Traveler
A disease that afflicts sea stars has taken root in Pacific waters from Alaska down to California, including portions of Redwood National and State Parks. Biologists say this year's mass mortality tied to the disease is "unprecedented." While the cause of "sea star wasting syndrome" hasn't been pinned down, biologists believe it has to do with ocean waters that are warmer than normal.
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Demolition underway for Puget Ridge Edible Park
West Seattle Herald
The house that has been on the site of the future Puget Ridge Edible Park came down under the claw of construction equipment on April 21. This project, selected for the first round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding, will now move into its next phase. The concept is to create an urban community farm which is a neighborhood meeting place, a community food garden and a test site for environmentally conscientious sustainability.
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Coalition urges Olympia to save wooded area from development
The Olympian
Several residents want Olympia to buy a chunk of urban forest and turn it into a park. The biggest obstacle, however, is money. The LBA Woods Park Coalition is trying to prevent nearly 150 wooded acres in southeast Olympia from becoming two subdivisions. The coalition is focusing on the southern parcel, known as Bentridge. Supporters say time is running out for Olympia to buy the 72-acre Bentridge property and save it from development.
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National Parks looking internally to fill Seattle post
Tacoma News Tribune
The National Park Service is looking for an internal candidate to transfer to Seattle to oversee various programs including interpretation at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. According to the job posting, the job comes with several other duties that require overseeing 12 employees and more than 70 volunteers.
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Mercury found in sport fish in remote Northwest lakes
NPR
Some bad news for backcountry in the West: Some of the fish in the region's wild alpine lakes contain unsafe levels of mercury, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. In the broadest study of its kind to date, the USGS tested various kinds of trout and other fish at 86 sites in national parks in 10 western states from 2008 to 2012.
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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 28-29AFO Pool Academy WMS AquaticsSuncadia Resort, Cle Elum
April 30-May 1AFO Pool Academy WMS AquaticsWoodmark Hotel, Kirkland
May 14Best Practices in Contractors and
Consultants
WRPASeattle
May 28-29Software SymposiumWRPASeattle
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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WRPA Advocacy News


RCO Grant applications due in 14 days
The Recreation and Conservation Office is accepting grant applications through PRISM Online to build parks, trails boating facilities and shooting ranges, as well as grants to conserve wildlife habitat and working farms. These grant programs are the largest source of state funding for many of Washington's outdoor recreation experiences, and the only state funding aimed at conserving farmland.

Wondering which grants are available this year and which programs will work for you? Check out our Web site and contact an RCO grants manager who can help you decide.

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