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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


News from WRPA Board President Carrie Hite

Greetings WRPA members! I hope you are enjoying a fabulous summer.

The WRPA Board of Directors met last Friday, and had a very productive meeting. I want to take the opportunity to update you on all the happenings at WRPA.

First of all, thanks to a lot of hard work from our Communications Committee and WRPA staff, we launched a new website at the beginning of July. The website has a new look and feel, has a very robust membership section, and provides up-to date-news. Please take the opportunity to check out and update your profile, and take advantage of the ability to network with other members on this site.

The Communications Committee has also been working with staff on creating a Communications and Marketing plan for WRPA. The Board has an interest in improving communications, both effectively and efficiently. To that end, we are working on enhancing the Weekly e-news, and have been evaluating the effectiveness of the print magazine. Upon recommendation from the Communications Committee, the Board voted to discontinue the Magazine as it is presently, but to work on improved and efficient communication with our members. The print magazine was very time intensive and costly to produce, and the vendor we worked with has not reached the revenue goals they projected for WRPA. We will be moving toward more timely communication, and the use of the website, a robust e-news option, some direct mailers, and developing the networks. If there are other ways we can improve communications, we would like to hear from you!

In other news, the WRPA staff has been working with an ad hoc committee of members to create a sponsorship plan. WRPA appreciates and values our sponsors greatly, and we are interested in maximizing their experience and exposure to our members, and also helping the WRPA bottom line. We think this plan will be a win-win and will hit the streets in the next month.

On the financial front, we have been meeting both our expenditure and revenue projections, but it has been very tight. We have a strong finance committee working on financial sustainability policies and practices to help keep WRPA on solid ground.

Keep your eyes open for a new leadership opportunity. We have a subcommittee of our Professional Development Committee working on a new leadership program for WRPA members. It is currently in progress, but from what I can see early on, it is going to be a tremendous asset for our mid-level professionals. Stay tuned!

Our next Board meeting is on Aug. 8, 2014.

Carrie Hite
WRPA Board President

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New positions added to the WRPA Job Board
WRPA
The following job opportunities recently became available:
  • Parks Planning & Development Manager — City of Auburn
  • Communications Marketing Support, Metro Parks Tacoma
  • Lifeguard, City of Port Townsend
  • Parks & Recreation Planner 2, Pierce County Parks


  • View the WRPA Career Center to see more.

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    This Just In


    Celebrate Parks & Recreation month!
    WRPA
    While each of the Parks & Recreation agencies celebrate in the month of July, we thought it would be nice to share some photos, thanks to the City of Edmonds of children at the beach as part of the Junior Beach Rangers camp. Do you have photos to share? We would love to see them! Send them to the WRPA office.


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    Update your profile in the new WRPA website to enter to win prizes

    The WRPA Board and Staff members have worked hard to update the WRPA website. Check out your new profile and update your information to be entered into a month-long drawing to win prizes. We will select winners each week to win! Read the Network forum and submit questions relating to your specific field. Have questions? Contact the WRPA office via email at: wrpa@wrpatoday.org.

    Congratulations to Angie Feser and Julie Orta who both recently won!

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    Doctor prescribes a trip to the park to help with children's health
    NPR
    In this day and age, many children are not used to going to parks. One doctor finds a way to cut back on child obesity by prescribing a trip to the park.
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    City + Town Officials Directory app available
    WRPA
    One of MRSC's most popular publications, The Washington City + Town Officials Directory, is now available as an app for your phone and tablet. This comprehensive database provides you with the names, positions, and contact information for elected officials and key employees of the 281 cities and towns in the state of Washington. It also includes useful information on local government, such as city hall addresses, phone numbers, population, classes of government and much more.
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    Submit content for the WRPA E-newsletter
    WRPA
    We have streamlined the process, so that submitting E-news content is extremely easy! Share your news with us now.
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    State unveils new online map of public lands in Washington
    Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
    The Recreation and Conservation Office announced a new online, interactive map of natural resource and recreation lands owned by government agencies. The statewide map, allows people to click on a location and learn which agency owns the land, the number of acres, the main use of the land and the cost of acquisition if acquired within the past 10 years.
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    Horseshoe Lake County Park closed after swimmers report illness
    Kitsap Sun
    Horseshoe Lake County Park in South Kitsap is closed until further notice while the Kitsap Public Health District investigates reports of a "norovirus-type illness outbreak." The health district and Kitsap County Parks and Recreation Department began getting reports of people experiencing diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps within two days of swimming at the lake.
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    'People first' planning could transform traditional zoning
    Chattanooga Free Press
    Imagine a city where residents can walk to coffee shops and bike to a nearby grocery store, where each neighborhood is built specifically to the makeup of that community. Where the question is no longer, what can we put here that fits the zoning? Instead, it's, what kind of place or community do we want to create in this area?
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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
    2015
    Apr. 30-May1WRPA Annual Conference & Trade ShowTacoma Convention Center

    *WRPA recommended trainings to sustain your core competencies in parks and recreation

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