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WRPA Featured Trainings


2014 Software Symposium is two weeks away!
May 28 8 a.m.–5 p.m. | May 29 8 a.m.-noon
Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila

The 2013 Software Symposium was a huge success, so we have brought it back again this year!

Why should you attend?
Save time by learning about 9 companies (listed to the right) in one place, instead of spending endless hours comparing companies on your own.

This opportunity does not come often! Even if your organization is not currently looking for new technology, save time and money now by taking a close look at software packages that might work for your agency in the future. Check out the new schedule and register! Registration ends on Friday, May 23.

Read More and Register.

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WRPA Advocacy News


Online Town Hall opens to collect ideas about how to improve Washington's outdoor opportunities
The Blue Ribbon Task Force is launching an online town hall to get ideas about how to improve Washington's outdoor opportunities. We need your help spreading the word about the online town hall. Will you circulate the message to your colleagues, through your newsletters, Web or social media?

Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Find materials to use to show your support.

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


Calling all WRPA members!
WRPA is bringing back "On the Move," a weekly update on our members. We would like to hear about new and exciting changes that are happening in your professional life. Are you working in a new city? Have you been promoted? Have you retired or have you graduated from school? Let us share these updates with the rest of the association! Pictures are always encouraged, so send them along with your updates to wrpa@wrpatoday.org.
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New positions added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
• Senior Services Assistant — City of Puyallup
• Program Coordinator — City of Kennewick

View the WRPA Career Center

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This Just In


Olympic park chalet on most endangered list
The Associated Press via The Herald
One of Washington's historic buildings was added to the list of endangered historical properties in the state. The Enchanted Valley Chalet is an 83-year-old log cabin in Olympic National Park.
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Natural parks and American cities
The Huffington Post
The idea that our nation's largest cities are repositories of natural areas of significant size flies in the face of not only the popular notion of cities as concrete jungles, but also of the popular image that American city parks follow the tradition begun by Frederick Law Olmsted.
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Columbia Hills State Park dedicates new hiking/cycling/horse trails
The Oregonian
The lower trailhead at Crawford Oaks will be dedicated at Washington's Columbia Hills State Park, a beautiful Columbia River Gorge landscape across the river from The Dalles. The upper trailhead is also complete, but awaits inspection by the Columbia Gorge Commission prior to its opening.
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LED tech poised to revolutionize outdoor sports lighting
Athletic Business
As the idiom suggests, the difference between night and day is dramatic — particularly when viewed from a literal illumination standpoint. High noon on a sunny day will introduce 8,000 foot-candles of light to the earth. By comparison, a moonlit night — one bright enough to read a newspaper by — produces three one-hundredths of one foot-candle. Thus, turning night into something resembling day for sports participants and fans is not a task to be taken lightly.
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Bids for wastewater plant at Dosewallips State Park coming
Peninsula Daily News
Bids for the completion of a wastewater treatment facility for Dosewallips State Park will be opened May 20, with construction to begin in June and the facility scheduled for completion in time for the opening of the 2015 recreational season. Officials from Washington State Parks held a public meeting last week at the Brinnon Community Center, drawing about 25 people for the update.
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Drone dread: Line must be drawn between hobby toys and military machines
By Nick Merrill
Recently, two national parks made headlines when they banned the use of drones inside their parks. Those who violate the ban and use drones in Yosemite National Park and Zion National Park could be punished with six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. This was a strong move — and a first among parks — but only the latest in a string of bans on unmanned aerial vehicles in public. Nine states have at least partial bans on drones, with St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, going as far as to ban civilian use "within the airspace of the city." Why all the mistrust of drones?
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Kids To Parks Day coming
National Parks Traveler
In what is fast becoming a national day of play, families across America are planning to visit to local, state or national parks on May 17 to commemorate Kids to Parks Day. Across America, kids will be taking their first hike, playing in creeks, studying frogs, participating in clean ups, exploring American history, and having picnics.
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State seeks ideas on transforming outdoor recreation
The Spokesman-Review
The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation is accepting comments and ideas on how to engage and transform outdoor recreation throughout Washington. This effort, launched by Gov. Jay Inslee, involves state parks as well as other state lands, including wildlife areas.
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New trail opens at Larrabee State Park
The Bellingham Herald
Visitors to Larrabee State Park near Bellingham, the first in the state park system, have a new trail to check out. The 1.2-mile Rock Trail hiker-only trail has features including a 50 million-year-old sandstone rock formation, streams, cliffs, a log bridge and views of Mount Baker and the Twin Sisters peaks. The trail also features a 100-foot staircase that descends into a steep ravine.
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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
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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