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WRPA strategic plan update
As part of the ongoing strategic planning process, the board approved the revised bylaws at the June 14 board meeting. Members will be asked to ratify the proposed new bylaws by vote, which will take place in August. Visit the WRPA strategic plan Web page for updated maps, charts, bylaws and more.
See page 9 of the Summer Issue of the WRPA Today Magazine to learn more about the strategic plan and proposed changes.
Inslee announces $86 million in grants for outdoor recreation and conservation
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
Gov. Jay Inslee announced the award of $86 million in state and federal grants that will build parks and boating facilities, maintain backcountry trails and off-road vehicle access, improve the safety of archery and firearm ranges, conserve farmland and protect wildlife habitat. The grants, which are awarded through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, will be given to cities, counties, state and federal agencies, tribes and non-profit organizations for work in 34 of the state's 39 counties.
Final report on regular and special sessions of the 2013 legislature
After two overtimes, 153 days of session, and nearly six months, the 2013 Legislature gaveled to a close, with members having finally ended bruising partisan battles over the Operating and Capital budgets — and without Senate action on a 12-year, $9.5 billion transportation revenue package.
League fees meeting summary
WRPA Legislative Committee Meeting Via Conference Call — Deciding Course of Action on the issue of the taxability of fees charged for Amusement & Recreation Services — & How/Whether to Support Pending Appeals by Olympia & Play-Well TEKnologies
Washington State Yearbook
The Yearbook contains more than 8,000 key contacts in the cities, counties, agencies, boards, commissions, special districts, legislature, executive branch, and courts of Washington State. The 2013 Yearbook is completely updated with the results of the 2012 elections and census projections, the yearbook also contains key reference information about the cities and towns, counties, special districts, regional authorities, economics and demographics, state government, and congressional delegation of the state. The Yearbook is popular as an in-depth research tool and is also a powerful business and marketing tool.
Introducing the WRPA Parks & Recreation Business Institute
Intensive business training for all levels of parks and recreation professionals.
Wednesday, Oct 23, Tukwila, Wash.
WASLA & WRPA issues call for 2014 Annual Conference Sessions proposals
The Washington Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects and the Washington Recreation & Park Association are issuing a Call for Proposals for our first joint conference. In the spirit of collaboration and our conference theme, "Engage, Experience and Enjoy," we invite parks and recreation staff, landscape architects, allied professionals and vendors to the professions to submit proposals that reflect the synergy of these two like-minded organizations.
Have you heard that CLASS may be 'going away' in a few years?
Whether or not you have heard that concern, please consider joining CLASS / Active Net at one of two information sessions to discuss their software platforms, see a demo, clarify information and respond to questions that will help municipalities understand their future plans. Registration is required due to limited space.
Geocaching featured at Washington State Parks
Geocacher's have a new reason to find their way to Washington State Parks. To celebrate the state parks centennial, 100 geocaches have been hidden in 100 state parks. Each cache in the Washington State Parks Centennial GeoTour was placed by an active member of the local geocaching community and approved by a ranger at each park.
Healthy snacks now available at Spokane parks
The Spokane Park Board is making it easier for families to grab a healthy snack while on the go. In addition to healthy options at park concession stands, Riverfront Park has added new healthy vending machines. The healthy vending machines are located in the Riverfront Park Pavilion lobby and have options ranging from crunchy snacks, to natural cookies as well as protein bars and shakes.
New campgrounds proposed on Yakima, Columbia rivers
Ellensburg Daily Record via Yakima Herald
Two new riverside recreation projects are proposed in Kittitas County, one on the Columbia River and the other near the Yakima River northwest of Ellensburg. Proponents of the developments, one public and the other private, are seeking conditional-use permits from the county Community Development Services Department, according to permit applications in the CDS office.
Public space at artesian well has promise
The creation of a gathering place at the artesian well site in downtown Olympia that includes food vendors and a covered stage and outdoor seating, sounds like a good idea to benefit downtown. Whether it will or not depends on who uses the space, and how. This latest proposal from the city's parks department is well intended and fits nicely with other actions that the City Council has taken to clean up and revitalize the downtown area.
Lake Forest Park shoreline program approved
Washington Department of Ecology
The Washington Department of Ecology has approved Lake Forest Park's updated shoreline master program. The city's shoreline program will result in significant improvements in the protection, use, development and restoration of 2.2 miles of shorelines and the water quality of Lake Washington. The updated master program combines local plans for future shoreline development and preservation with new shoreline development ordinances and related permitting requirements.
Continuing education is a primary service of WRPA in effort to keep our members informed about best practices, emerging trends and develop core competencies related to parks and recreation management and service delivery.
- Sept. 30 - Cultural Competency Skill Builder, Bellevue
- Oct. 21 - Aquatic Section Retreat, Grand Mound
- Oct. 23 - WRPA Park & Recreation Business Institute, Tukwila
- Oct. 24 - Software Symposium, Bellevue
- Nov. 13 - Certified Playground Safety Inspector, Bellevue
- Jan. 14 - Risk Management School, Bellevue
- April 8 - WASLA and WRPA Joint Conference & Trade Show, Seattle
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