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WRPA Strategic Plan — What's next?
Great news! The WRPA membership approved new governance and bylaws. So, what happens now? Simply put, we begin the transition to a smaller board. That starts with recruitment to fill the seven open board positions. The current executive committee agreed to serve as the transition nomination and election task force. They will help prepare the ballot for board approval at the Nov. 1 board meeting. Actual election will be conducted early 2014. Contact Carrie Hite, WRPA president-elect, by Oct. 15 to express your interest in serving on the 2014 WRPA executive board.
And, we'll also be recruiting folks to serve on the transition team, which will provide as a safety net for the new board until we get things up and running. In fact, there are many opportunities for our members to become involved, and now is a great time to consider volunteering with your association!
Visit the WRPA strategic plan Web page for updated maps, charts, bylaws and more. Please contact Jessi Bon, WRPA president, with your questions.
'Storytelling: Impactful Audience Engagement' at the Business Institute
Oct. 23, Tukwila: $140 member/$170 nonmember
Review session descriptions and pre-select your workshops when you register.
Bring your recent or in-progress work to this hands-on workshop, where we will discuss and practice techniques for impactful storytelling. We will apply storyboarding techniques used in the marketing and animation industries in order to plan final written products. Along the way, we will explore how common organizational storylines apply to audits and practice telling several types of common stories. This workshop sponsored by www.StQry.com
Irrigation Repairs & Tree Safety workshops
Oct. 24, Tukwila: $80 member/$99 nonmember
9 a.m.-noon: Troubleshooting Irrigation Systems by Horizon's Irrigation Team. Basic troubleshooting of problems in controllers, valves and connections. 1-4 p.m. Tree Safety by Robert Williams and Associates. Discuss the concepts that are the basis of ANSI ISA Tree Risk Management, best management practices and more. Register
Registration Software Symposium
Oct. 24, Tukwila: ($29 member if also registered for the Business Institute) $49 member/ $99 nonmember
Have you heard the rumors that CLASS is going away in future years? If may benefit you to attend the Symposium to learn what options are available. WRPA is inviting software companies to present their products and services in 1 hour sessions throughout the day. Visit our showcase room for direct access to company representatives. Register today!
Update on status of sales tax for league fees, amusement and recreation
In a Sept. 18 meeting with WRPA and more than two dozen of our Parks and Recreation members, the DOR reviewed the legislation, which is intended to tightly define amusement and recreation activities in statute so that there is a clearer "bright line" definition of what is and is not subject to sales tax collection by local agencies, non-profit organizations, and for-profit organizations. A summary is provided by our lobbyist with a BIG caveat that there is some confusion — including within DOR — regarding sales taxation of physical fitness activities and that we will be getting more clarity on that in weeks to come.
State Parks preliminary considerations for 2014 legislation
The Washington State Park Commission will be considering proposals from staff that ease opportunities for partnerships, address technical changers to the Ski lift regulatory program, revisions to financing the motorized sno-park program and more. Public comments are encouraged at the upcoming Sept. 26 meeting in Chelan or email Daniel Farber directly.
State Wildlife and Recreation Coalition: A bipartisan success story
Blue herons on Whidbey Island, elk herds in Kittitas County and inner-city school kids in Tacoma couldn't get away for breakfast in Seattle, but 650 of their benefactors did show up.
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
Editorial deadline is Oct. 4 for content for the winter issue of the WRPA Today magazine, the official quarterly magazine of the Washington Recreation & Park Association. Send content to Casey Stanley by Oct. 4 for consideration by the WRPA Public Relations Committee. View the Magazine archive and see our style guide.
WRPA President Jessi Bon and President-elect Carrie Hite will be attending the NRPA Congress Oct. 8-11 in Houston, Texas next month representing WRPA.
Joanna Puthoff, Sammamish, will be attending the NRPA Supervisors Management School, Nov. 3-7 in Wheeling, W.Va. using a $1,000 WRPA scholarship as a recipient of the 2013 WRPA Young Professional Award.
Andrea Clay, Pierce County, will be attending the Pacific Northwest Resource Management School, Feb. 23-28 at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, using $1,000 from a WRPA Mickey Corso grant award.
Volunteers clean some 2,500 pounds of debris from beaches
Peninsula Daily News
Washington state's ocean beaches are a bit cleaner now after 115 volunteers plucked trash from the Olympic coast during the International Coastal Cleanup. The volunteers collected about 2,500 pounds of beach debris in just a few hours, said Jon Schmidt, Washington CoastSavers coordinator.
Cedar River Trail to reopen Oct. 7 as County completes repair project
Maple Valley Reporter
King County expects to reopen a Cedar River Trail section on Oct. 7 as work is completed to curb river erosion that was threatening state Route 169 and a major fiber optic cable. The half-mile-long portion of the Cedar River Trail — roughly 10 miles east of Renton and 4.5 miles northwest of Maple Valley — has been closed since July to all users from 16916 Renton-Maple Valley Road Southesast to 201st Place Southeast.
At last, a sparkly new community center for Rainier Beach
The Seattle Times
Three years ago in the rundown Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool, buckets caught water leaks, and disabled people had to use a difficult ramp to get to the dank, sunless gym in the basement. "It was a definite teardown," said recreation center coordinator Martha Winther.
Mini-parks take over parking spots around Seattle
KING-TV via NWCN
The Seattle Department of Transportation has permitted 40 mini-parks for around the city as part of the annual PARK(ing) Day event. The event takes place to stress the importance of sustainable, healthy cities. Seattle joins cities around the world in converting on street parking to raise awareness.
General campfire ban lifted for state parks
Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the end of a general campfire ban in state parks east of the Cascades. The action follows an announcement by the Department of Natural Resources, lifting a ban on recreational fires on lands under DNR fire protection east of the Cascades. An earlier statewide ban on campfires was lifted in August for Western Washington state park campgrounds.
Seattle Seahawks team with Washington State Parks
Columbia Basin Herald
Many committed boaters continue spending time on Washington waters through the fall and winter, according to an announcement by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. State Parks urge boaters "to be prepared, and take a boater safety class to enhance their skills and learn how to be safe on the water." To encourage participation in these safety precautions, the Washington State Parks Boating Safety Program and Seattle Seahawks teamed up to launch a contest highlighting boating education.
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