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On the Trails of Change
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The Washington State Trails Coalition is excited to invite you to the 2014 Washington State Trails Conference happening Oct. 16-18 at the Lakeway Inn Conference Center in Bellingham. By far the state's largest and most comprehensive gathering of trail users, planners, funders and supporters, you won't want to miss out on the more than 30 breakout sessions, field trips and keynote presentations!

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Request for Letters of Intent for Youth & Community Athletic Facilities Grants
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This message comes with high importance from the WRPA lobbyist, Doug Levy. The RCO office is accepting letters of intent for the Youth and Community Outdoor Athletic Facilities programs until Aug. 22, 2014. You must submit a letter of intent in order to be eligible to apply for grant funds. Submit your letter of intent online.
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City of Wilkeson needs a lawn mower
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We received a request from the City of Wilkeson and you may be able to help! They are a small town of about 485 and don't have tons of extra funds. They are in search of a good used mower because they have lots of grassy areas and a part-time person who does it. Please email Trisha if you have any leads for her.
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BEST Guard Lifeguarding Course
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Greg Schmidt is offering the full course of the new BESTGuard Lifeguarding program approved by the Washington State DOH this spring. It will be Sept. 5-19 and can include an instructor tract for those (Spokane area folks) interested in becoming BESTGuard instructors. Anyone wanting to become an instructor will likely need to attend the entire course to learn the material. The only charge is for processing the records, so the fee is $5. The course is 40 hours in length, and will be Mon-Fri noon-4 p.m. for two weeks. Sept. 5 is the pretest day.

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News from Let's Move!
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There are three exciting funding opportunities to help advance Let's Move! Opportunity No. 2 is particularly timely given the recent changes made to Goal III: Smart Servings for Students. Please note the application due dates, which are right around the corner.

1. National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program: This program helps community groups, not-for-profits, state and local governments, and tribes plan and establish trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers and natural areas, and create outdoor recreation opportunities. Applications for 2015 projects are due by Aug. 1, 2014. Visit www.nps.gov/rtca for more information and to apply.

2. Cities Combatting Hunger Through Afterschool and Summer Meals (CHAMPs) grant program: The National League of Cities invites cities to apply for grant awards of up to $50,000 to build the capacity of municipalities to raise awareness of and increase participation in the federal Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs through the Cities Combatting Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meals (CHAMPs) Initiative. Proposals are due Aug. 15. For more information, contact: Jamie Nash at nash@nlc.org or 202-626-3160.

3. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize: RWJF recently released a call for applications for the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize, awarded annually to communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change. Phase I applications are due on Sept. 17, 2014; winners will be announced in the fall of 2015.

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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
  • Parks & Open Space Planner, Kitsap County
  • Shallow Water Fitness Instructor, City of Mountlake Terrace
  • Aquatic Leader, City of Bellingham


  • View the WRPA Career Center to see more.

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    This Just In


    Go OUTside Every Day This July

    Washington State parks and recreation held programs throughout the month of July to celebrate OUT is IN. See some of our favorite photos of the events that were held:


    Volunteer & crews worked in Kent to restore various parks and wetlands.


    Children enjoyed a microorganism viewing at Chambers Creek during the Chambers Creek Eco Adventure Camp in Pierce County.


    Photos from the City of Edmonds at the Summer Concert that took place on July 12.


    Students from Cedar Valley Community School joined Opening Day of the Lynnwood Farmers Market, Fourth of July spirit at the Lynnwood Farmers Market and Opening night of Shakespeare in the Park in Lynnwood

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    Standards of Quality Matter in Helping Youth Succeed
    By Danielle Baer, Communications Manager, School’s Out Washington
    A growing body of research shows that quality matters in positively impacting youth who participate in afterschool and youth development programs. Many child and youth development professionals and organizational leaders strive for quality, but are missing a framework that provides staff with guidelines for what quality looks like as a practitioner and in a program setting.

    Municipal parks and recreation staff, many of whom are WRPA members, represent one of the largest provider groups of after-school and youth development programming across our state. With such a significant impact on young people's health and well-being, being aware of and engaging in processes to implement quality improvement practices into a program and organization can make a difference in the experience of both staff and youth participants.

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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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