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WRPA strategic plan update/webinars
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WRPA is hosting four strategic plan informational webinars. President Jessi Bon will provide an overview of the strategic planning process, review key changes to the bylaws and respond to member questions. Get the most up to date information here in preparation for the member vote later this month.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 13 — 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 15 — 10 a.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 16 — 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 21 — noon
Pre-register: (Required)
Once you access the registration page, find the drop down menu at the top of the page to access the four webinar options and select a date. An email with a unique access code will be sent to you. You will need that access code to join the webinar on the selected date.

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


Process to Evaluate & Re-Examine the WWRP
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Given the very real possibility that the 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. The following meetings for WRPA members are scheduled.

Aug. 12 – Everett, 9 a.m.
Aug. 13 – Tacoma, 10 a.m.
Aug. 14 – Bellevue, 10 a.m.

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Funding for trails
Washington Trails Town Hall - The place to comment on the future of trails in Washington
People are telling us that funding is one of the most important issues. So far, comments are split between taxes and user fees. Some feel they already pay enough and some feel it's worth it to pay. Still, other people feel like the money they are spending on taxes should be prioritized to address more important issues than trails or that they pay enough already. We would like to know your ideas for solutions.
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MRSC releases 2014 Budget Suggestions
MRSC
The Municipal Research and Services Center has released its 2014 Budget Suggestions in a comprehensive document. The MRSC Budget Suggestions document is a great tool to use in regards to how new legislation can affect your budget in the new biennium. Highlights include a description of preserved lodging tax revenues, popular with many cities and counties.
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WRPA Featured Trainings


Cultural Competency Skill Building
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Sept. 30, Bellevue: $135 member/ $165 nonmember
Increase your ability to effectively engage diverse communities. This interactive training provides a foundation for building individual and organizational cultural competence skills. Participate in exercises that help us get beyond cultural festivals and PC language to transforming our organizations to genuinely serve all members of our community. Walk away with resources and tools that can be used immediately. Deadline to register is Aug. 30.

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Parks & Recreation Business Institute
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Oct. 23, Tukwila: $120 early bird member/ $170 nonmember
The Business Institute offers a variety of intensive training workshops on important business practices that span all levels of parks and recreation professionals. Review the workshop descriptions in the program and pre-select your options to confirm your registration into a specific workshop. Space is limited. Tracks include:
  • Administration & Organization
  • Business & Program Management
  • Resource & Revenue Development
  • Marketing & Communication

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


WASLA & WRPA issues call for sessions proposals
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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.

Engage with us at the 2014 WASLA & WRPA Joint Conference and Trade Show at Magnuson Park April 8-11, 2014. Experience three full days of stellar educational sessions, empowering keynote speeches and innovative social experiences in a campus setting. Enjoy a unique event blending art, recreation, and landscape architecture into integrated indoor/outdoor experiences.

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Full time and part time job opportunities posted this week: Visit the WRPA Career Center for more information.
  • Golf Instructor - Kitsap County
  • Recreation Program Coordinator - Redmond
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructors - Keyport



Senior Managing Director to work for City of Olympia
Leonard Bauer, Senior Managing Director for Growth Management Services for the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce), will assume the role of Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development at the City of Olympia. Bauer will begin with the City on Sept. 3 and will remain at Commerce officially through Aug. 31.



Contagious enthusiasm — Building a winning team
Tips From the Great Ones - Don Yaeger (Keynote speaker at the 2013 WRPA Annual Conference)
Identify at least one thing your co-workers have done that shows improvement or advancement, and praise them for it. Even if it is only a small step, remember that small steps come together to make big strides. Challenge yourself today to help your teammates catch sight of your common goal, and encourage them in every little step they make along the way toward it. By doing so, you are not only making progress toward bigger things, you are helping to build a positive culture of greatness!
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This Just In


Extreme fire risk prompts call for extreme caution
KBKW-Radio
With fire danger continuing to increase across Washington, officials from four state agencies today urged residents to recognize that even seemingly low-risk activities, such as parking on a grassy field or using motorized yard tools, can spark a wildfire. Thirty-seven of the state's 39 counties have declared burn bans. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has banned fires on all lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, including wildlife areas and other facilities managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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King County Parks Levy passing with 69 percent
KING-TV
King County Proposition 1, the Parks Levy, is passing with 69 percent of the vote. Proposition No. 1 Parks Levy would pay for maintenance and operations of King County parks, trails and habitat and water quality, along with the Woodland Park Zoo. It replaces two existing levies about to expire, but it also raises the rates by about 40 percent. The Parks Levy would authorize an additional property tax of $.1877 per $1,000 of assessed value of a home for 2014.
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Fish and Wildlife Commission extends octopus protections and sets hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl
KBKW-Radio
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission extended protections for giant Pacific octopuses in Puget Sound by prohibiting the recreational harvest of the species at seven popular scuba diving sites from Whidbey Island to Tacoma. The commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the Governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, also adopted 2013-2014 hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl and approved several land acquisitions designed to conserve fish and wildlife habitat during the first day of its Aug. 2-3 meeting in Olympia.
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Seattle Aquarium to moonlight as solar power provider
KOMO-TV
Don't let the rain and the clouds fool you, Seattle City Light says this is the perfect place to harness the sun's power, and a new partnership with the Seattle Aquarium could soon give interested customers a break on their utility bill. City Light recently announced plans to install a series of solar panels on the Aquarium's roof as part of its Community Solar program. The installation will be the largest solar array at any West Coast aquarium and allow residents who may not be able to install or afford panels of their own some solar purchasing power, City Light spokesman Scott Thomsen says.
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Longview to add Nutty Narrows squirrel bridge to historic register
The Daily News
Longview's first squirrel bridge will be preserved for posterity, joining Lake Sacajawea Park, Community Church and other local landmarks on the city's historic register. The Longview City Council has accepted the Historic Preservation Commission's recommendation to designate the Nutty Narrows Bridge onto the register so its significance to the community can be recognized and the miniature span protected. In addition, the council directed the mayor to nominate the little bridge, which hangs between two trees at Olympia Way and 18th Avenue, for consideration to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or, if that doesn't happen, the Washington Heritage Register.
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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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