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WRPA strategic plan update
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"I fully support the strategic plan proposed by the WRPA board and believe this is exactly what we need to do as an organization. This new direction provides a clear and concise vision which will meet the needs of the membership more effectively and position WRPA as a significant resource for Parks and Recreation professionals in the state."
Tami Cobb, CPRP, Program Coordinator, City of Redmond - WRPA Teen Section Chair Elect
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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 new bylaws by vote at the end of August. Visit the WRPA strategic plan Web page for updated maps, charts, bylaws and more. Please contact Jessi Bon, WRPA President, with your questions.

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WRPA Advocacy News


WRPA work sessions scheduled to discuss WWRP
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Given the possibility that the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) may undergo some modifications, we are asking WRPA members to participate in a series of upcoming work sessions to discuss the grant program and identify issues/modifications worthy of pursuing. Our goal is to come as close as we can to a consensus on a short list of items we would bring to the WWRC Listening Sessions. We also hope to engage as many WRPA members as possible. Please join us:

Aug. 1 – Cheney, 1:30 p.m.
Aug. 2 – Ellensburg, 10 a.m.
Aug. 12 – Everett, 9 a.m.
Aug. 13 – Tacoma, 10 a.m.
Aug. 14 – Bellevue, 10 a.m.

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LWCF zeroed out by House Appropriations Subcommittee
Seattle PI
A House appropriations subcommittee has passed out a spending bill that cuts deeply into major federal energy efficiency programs, slashes the Environmental Protection Agency budget, and "zeroes out" a popular acquisition program that has protected key recreation land and habitat across Washington.
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Communication among trail user groups
RCO
We are heading toward closure of the research for Trails and NOVA planning. More than 150 people have commented so far on the online discussion sites. This time we are asking for 'how to' advice on improving communication among user groups. You can quickly share your views by visiting the Trails Town Hall website.
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WRPA Featured Training


Parks & Recreation Business Institute
WRPA
Announcing the institute program! The Business Institute offers a variety of intensive training workshops on important business practices that span all levels of parks and recreation professionals. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. Tracks include:
  • Administration & Organization
  • Business & Program Management
  • Resource & Revenue Development
  • Marketing & Communication

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

Welcoming our newest commercial member: Commercial Fitness Solutions
Commercial Fitness Solutions provides high quality commercial fitness equipment from the fitness industry's leading manufacturers. Our experienced staff is able to provide you with a full range of commercial fitness equipment options, facility planning and design, and education services that emphasize understanding of your project goals. Jeffrey Giblin, West Coast Regional Manager 206-856-3719

Full time job opportunities posted this week: Visit the WRPA Career Center for more information.
  • Director of Parks, Arts and Recreation - City of Olympia
  • Parks Planner- City of Covington
  • Customer Service Lead - Mercer Island
  • Aquatics Manager - Everett Naval Station
The WRPA website is undergoing a facelift. The site was last refreshed in 2007 and is overdue for a systems upgrade. Your new website will be launching mid-August!

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This Just In


Burn ban escalated to campfires on state land
Kitsap Sun
All outdoor fires — including campfires in state parks and on private forestlands — have been banned across Washington state. The burn ban, issued by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, will be in effect until Sept. 30. The previous ban, issued July 1, did not include campfires in approved campgrounds. "Now is the time to be vigilant," Goldmark said. "It is everyone's responsibility to be appropriately cautious during this season."
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Riverside State Park names top volunteer
The Spokesman-Review
Timothy Woods jokingly admits that his career as a volunteer for Riverside State Park began for purely selfish reasons: to keep the Centennial Trail free of pinecones and pine needles so it is easier for him to ride his bike there. "I was out riding and I stopped and asked the man who was weeding and cleaning up the trail if he needed any help. He said yes," Woods said. That was three years ago. This year, Woods received Riverside State Park's Volunteer of the Year award.
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Park's dog days may be numbered
The Columbian
Most mornings, he lets the dogs out. It's become a cherished part of David Clarke's daily routine — letting his two energetic pups loose in Washougal's seven-acre Stevenson Off-Leash Dog Area. But he and others have lingering feelings the park's dog days may be numbered, especially now that the fenced property at 2801 Addy St. and surrounding land was purchased for $7.08 million from the Stevenson family by a prominent developer intent on seeing the town of nearly 15,000 transformed into a true "gateway to the Gorge."
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King County Parks receives $750,000 state grant for Northshore Athletic Fields
Bothell Reporter
State Sen. Andy Hill presented a symbolic check for $750,000 to local little leaguers for improvements to the Northshore Athletic Fields on July 25. The funding is a grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office and will cover needed improvements at the fields, including restroom facilities, equipment storage, handicapped access, batting cages, a concessions stand, and field improvements. The ball fields are managed under a public/private partnership with King County Parks.
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WRPA Education Calendar


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
Jan. 22.............. People, Parks & Politics, Olympia
Jan. 23.............. WRPA Legislative Day on the Hill
April 8................ WASLA and WRPA Joint Conference & Trade Show, Seattle

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