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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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New vendors just added this week to the 2014 Software Symposium
May 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | May 29, 8 a.m.- noon
Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila
As of this week, we have two new vendors who will be attending the Software Symposium! The new vendors and the schedule are available to preview.
WRPA will have 10 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
New positions added to the WRPA Job Board
These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
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- Senior Maintenance Technician, City of Lacey
- Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, City of Mountlake Terrace
- Beach Front Manager, City of Redmond
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Thank you to our sponsors!
We want to take a moment and thank our daily sponsors for making the recent 2014 WASLA & WRPA Joint Conference and Trade Show possible. With their help, the conference team was able to plan a phenomenal event to advance the park and recreation profession. Their sponsorship shows commitment to supporting parks and recreation across Washington state, and we send a heartfelt thanks to the following companies:
Sally Jewell announces watershed partnership
The Issaquah Press
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined local conservation leaders, April 25, to announce that Lake Sammamish has been chosen as one of eight pilot partnerships nationwide under the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative. The partnership will help connect people in the Seattle metro-area to the great outdoors and, in particular, efforts to restore kokanee salmon runs in the Lake Sammamish Watershed.
There's a new game in Tacoma
The News Tribune
Meadow Park, which is part of Metro Parks Tacoma, has 27 traditional golf holes. Chris Goodman, the course director at Meadow Park Golf Course, and his grounds crew started their footgolf adventure with a test group of three holes. The result? Meadow Park will open the first footgolf course in Washington.
West Seattle's (secret) Chinese garden
West Seattle Herald
The Seattle Chinese Garden is unmistakable. With it's remarkable courtyard, meandering paths and small pavilion, it is bounded by a sea of over 400 blooming peonies from Luoyang China's peony capital making it home to the largest peony garden on the West Coast.
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