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Recreation funding advocates lay out list of priority projects for Legislature in 2015
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The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition has released its annual list of projects that is asking Gov. Jay Inslee and the Legislature to include in the 2015 state capital budget. The price tag is $97 million, higher than recent levels, but this reflects growing needs spurred by a growing population and also rising costs for construction and to buy lands, according to Peter Dykstra, president of the bipartisan group's board.
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Send a letter to Gov. Inslee to help support the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
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Thank you for your ongoing support for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program and federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, the primary funding sources for recreation and conservation projects in our state.

This is a key time for both programs, and the Coalition is organizing sign on letters of support to send to key decision makers to ensure their future — we hope you will join us. Please email Tom Bugert (Tom@WildlifeRecreation.org) if your organization, business, agency or elected office will be signing the letter by the end of the month, June 30.

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


On the Move
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Casey Stanley accepted a position with the City of Renton as the Neighborhood, Resources and Event Manager. Her new contact information is cstanley@rentonwa.gov | 425.430.6624.

Eric Peterson was hired as the Superintendent of Park Maintenance, City of Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Eric has worked 20 years for the city and we are extremely pleased he has been hired in this position.

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New positions added to the WRPA Job Board
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The following job opportunities recently became available:
  • Parks Planning & Development Manager — City of Auburn
  • Facility Program Attendant — City of Kirkland
  • Recreation Supervisor — City of Lynnwood
  • The City of Sammamish is currently recruiting for a Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation. The position closes on Monday, June 30.
  • Apply Now!

    View the WRPA Career Center to see more.

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    This Just In


    Big Day of Play
    WRPA
    Sunday, June 29, 2014
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
    3800 Lake Washington Blvd S., Seattle, 98118

    At the Big Day of Play there will be plenty of opportunities to learn about what Seattle Parks and Recreation and our community partners offer in the way of fun activities and healthy food.

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    Go OUTside Every Day This July
    WRPA
    It's a challenge! Do you think you and your community can get OUTside every day this July? During this Park and Recreation Month, we want everyone to take the OUT is IN 31-day challenge. Attempt to get outside every day in July and take one thing you normally do inside — maybe it is a meeting or even a meal — and do it outside. Take a picture and Tweet it or Instagram it with #JulyOUTisIN during the month and you may just win a prize. Encourage your community to get in on the challenge too! It is a great way to get people OUT and IN to your parks and recreation.

    Click here for more information on the Park and Recreation Month challenge.

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    Just in from NRPA
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    Greetings! Parks and recreation professionals are in full swing across the country but we wanted to take a minute to let you know about happenings within NRPA's Young Professional Network:
  • Those who have extensive student loans to pay off might be interested in this article about a student loan forgiveness program for those who work in the public sector for 10 years. Many young professionals who are on the fence about getting their master's degree might want to look into this as an affordable option if committed to public service.
  • The Young Professional Network's June conference call is set for Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m. CT. An agenda and call details will be posted to our Facebook page:

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    WRPA Event and Education Calendar


    Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.
    DateEventSponsorLocation
    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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