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Should I vote for the bylaws? Yes!
WRPA
"WRPA is transforming to meet your needs! After an extensive year long process of listening to our members, we crafted a dynamic strategic plan that will be of incredible value to all Washington State current and future Parks and Recreation Professionals. We are excited to present this to our membership, and believe it will be a great launch pad for the future of WRPA. No longer will I question whether I want to join the organization, or go to the conference, or whether I can carve money in the budget for staff to benefit from WRPA. WRPA will be vital to our success as a Parks department." Carrie Hite, WRPA President Elect, City of Edmonds
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WRPA strategic plan update/webinars
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WRPA is hosting two more 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.
  • Thursday, Aug. 15 — 10 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 two 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


2013 Policy Forum — Washington Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
WCPPA
Sept. 26, 2013 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Center at Norpoint
Join leaders from coalition partners, elected officials, and other organizations working to promote physical activity in Washington to help WCPPA, partners and policy makers develop a policy agenda for the coming year. Registration required ($35).

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From Plan to Practice: Helping Transportation Policies Hit the Streets
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
Tuesday, Aug. 27 — Noon - 1 p.m. Free Webinar:
In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Brendon Haggerty discusses "complete streets" policies and how public health agencies can use them to influence transportation planning for health.

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WRPA Featured Trainings


Parks & Recreation Business Institute
WRPA
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. Early bird registration ends Aug. 31. Register today!
Tracks include:
  • Administration & Organization
  • Business & Program Management
  • Resource & Revenue Development
  • Marketing & Communication

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Registration Software Symposium
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Oct. 24, Tukwila: $49 member/$99 non-member (special $29 member if also attending the Business Institute)
Have you hear the rumors that CLASS is going away in a future years? Learn what options are available. WRPA is inviting park and recreation software companies to present their products and services in one hour sessions throughout the day. Visit our showcase and demo room for direct access to company representatives. Register here

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


King County Directors Group meeting — Save the Date!
Friday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. - noon, Bellevue City Hall
For more information contact Travis Stombaugh, Executive Director, Si View MPD



Park benches as business lessons
NRPA Webinar
Thursday, Aug. 22, 11 a.m. WRPA member, Jeff Price, business manager for the city of Everett Parks and Recreation Department found that pricing differentiation on memorial park benches can be a win/win. Join the webinar to hear about more successful strategies that can help public agencies increase revenue and improve customer service. Register $25 NRPA member/$45 non-member
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MRSC rosters save time & money
MRSC
The Municipal Research and Services Center Rosters provide FULL maintenance of your small public works and consultant rosters for the same price as only posting one roster notice independently. Through this shared database system, we are able to host individual rosters, support business registration, and post legal notices more cost-effectively for public agencies. Consider attending the free MRSC Rosters Public Agency Webinar on Sept. 19 to learn more or visit http://www.mrscrosters.org/.



WASLA & WRPA issues call for sessions proposals
WRPA
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. Submission deadline Sept 18.

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- 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



This Just In


Mercer Canyons' soccer field has become a gathering place for Alderdale residents
Yakima Herald
Men sip Modelo and crack jokes in the shade, boys kick a ball around and women visit in lawn chairs. Men play league soccer in the background. Instead of the carrots, garlic or wine grapes that this irrigated corner of the Horse Heaven Hills is known for, this particular plot of ground grows community. "It's fun to come out here and just visit with friends and family," said Yesenia Ibarra, who has lived in the unincorporated farming neighborhood of Alderdale all 25 years of her life.
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Highway 291 closed due to wildfire
KHQ-TV
VideoBriefMultiple fire crews were called out to a 10-acre wildfire just off of State Route 291 at Long Lake. Crews from Washington's Department of Natural Resources and State Parks & Fire Districts 1 and 9 say they are having difficulties getting a handle on the fire because of the steep hill and access to where the fire is currently burning. Crews are also using two planes to drop water and retardant to try and keep the fire from spreading.
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Mill Creek ends gun ban in parks
The Herald
Mill Creek has repealed a decade-old ban on guns in city parks, quietly joining a number of cities and counties moving to erase the prohibition from its books since it had been found illegal. With little discussion, City Council members wiped away the prohibition last month. No residents spoke in favor or against repealing the law, which hadn't been enforced since a judge in 2009 decided Seattle's ban on firearms in parks was invalid.
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Urban forestry restoration focuses on Swan Creek Park in Tacoma
Bonney Lake and Sumner Courier-Herald
Invasive plants will be removed from Swan Creek Park and adjacent Pierce County property over the next few weeks as part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources' Urban Forestry Restoration Project. Non-native invasive plants such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry will be removed by a Puget SoundCorps team starting Aug. 12.
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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, Tukwila
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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