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Parks & Recreation Business Institute next week — it's not too late to register
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Oct. 23, Tukwila: $140 member/$170 nonmember | Register
Join over 225 parks and recreation professionals at the New Park & Recreation Business Institute. Review session descriptions and pre-select your workshops when you register. WCIA members are eligible for one scholarship per agency. From social media to key messages and logo design, participants will learn how to create content and share it in a way that resonates for your target audiences and brings you closer to your goals.

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WRPA Featured Trainings


How to present a department justification at the Aquatic Section Retreat
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Oct. 21-22: Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound. $185 member/$225 nonmember | Register
Featured speaker: Juliene Hefter, Executive Director/CEO for the Association of Aquatic Professionals
Juliene Hefter received her bachelor of science in recreational leadership from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and holds a master of science in organizational leadership and quality from Marian College. Hefter has a long and illustrious career in aquatics and park and recreation administration, and has been the deputy director for the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association for the past eight years. She is a renowned speaker and author on a variety of management and administrative topics.

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Registration Software Symposium
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Oct. 24, Tukwila: ($29 member if also registered for the Business Institute) $49 member/ $99 nonmember | Register
Registration closes 10/22 or max 98 — whichever is first (83 registered as of 10/16)
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 one-hour sessions throughout the day. Visit our showcase room for direct access to company representatives.

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Irrigation Repairs & Tree Safety workshops
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Oct. 24, Tukwila: $80 member/$99 nonmember | Register
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.

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WRPA Advocacy News


Legislative Matters
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This Friday, the WRPA Legislative Committee will meet to discuss priorities for the 2014 session. This will be a short 60-day session. Please contact Doug Levy if you have recommendations. Save the dates:
Jan. 22, People, Parks and Politics training
Jan. 23, WRPA Legislative Day on the Hill.

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Salmon Recovery Funding Board
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The Salmon Recovery Funding Board will soon have a vacancy in one of the governor-appointed positions. The role of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board is to provide grants for salmon habitat restoration and protection projects and other salmon recovery activities across the state. The Salmon Recovery Funding Board meets approximately four times per year. To learn more about the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, check out their website. The board is administered by the Recreation and Conservation Office, which is responsible for managing many of the state's conservation and recreation grant programs.
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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


WRPA Strategic Plan — Next steps
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The WRPA membership approved new governance and bylaws so now we begin the transition to a smaller board. We are currently recruiting to fill seven open board positions. Contact Carrie Hite, WRPA president-elect, by Oct. 18 to express your interest in serving on the 2014 WRPA executive board. Election will be conducted early 2014.

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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Next week (Oct. 21-24) WRPA hosts four trainings! Featured speakers are industry leaders and several are traveling from as far as Wisconsin, Texas and California. Connect with your industry professionals here: Register today!
  • Aquatic Section Retreat, Great Wolf Lodge
  • Business Institute, Tukwila Community Center
  • Software Symposium, Tukwila Community Center
  • Irrigation & Tree Safety Workshops, Tukwila Community Center
Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
$50 per posting for nonagency members. These job opportunities recently posted at the WRPA Career Center. View the WRPA Career Center:
  • Customer Service Representative, Mercer Island
  • Recreation Coordinator, Puyallup
  • Arborist, Everett
WRPA membership renewals for 2014 will be crossing your desk soon if your renewal date is Jan. 1, 2014. We encourage agencies to consider our new Platinum membership and share WRPA's resources to all your park and recreation employees. Please contact Jen at 1-888-459-0009 should you have questions about your renewal.

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This Just In


No easy choices for light rail in Lynnwood
The Seattle Times
Lynnwood residents want light rail and parks. They also want a viable downtown and a community not inundated by flooding. So with the Sound Transit moving into the final planning stages of the Lynnwood link, there are no easy choices. Two routes would eliminate or severely damage Scriber Creek Park, one of the few parks in the city, and would impact hundreds of homes. An alternative would mean placing pilings in some of the city's last surviving wetlands, affecting birds and wildlife with light, noise and vibration.
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Creek at Qualchan celebrates final bond payment
KXLY-FM
The Spokane Parks and Recreation Golf Committee is celebrating the final payment on the Creek at Qualchan Bond with a Burn the Mortgage Party. All four city golf courses will be offering special discounts in honor of the milestone.
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City may move Spokane's skate park
The Seattle Times
The Spokane Parks Board is thinking about moving a skate park from downtown Spokane to Riverfront Park. Police say the skate park has become a magnet for the homeless and crime. Funding for a new park would come from a park bond issue if it's approved next year by voters.
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Washington State Parks staff member receives national boating safety award
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Jim French, a longtime employee of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's Boating Program, has received national honors from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. French received the NASBLA Lifetime Achievement Award for his long devotion to recreational boating safety and his work in supporting the national organization.
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Washington State Parks support America's State Parks Ambassador Program
Maple Valley Reporter
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites eligible young people to apply to the America's State Parks Ambassador Program, a nonprofit organization promoting the value and beauty of state park systems across the country. Young adults between the ages of 16 and 28, who enjoy the outdoors and like to write, blog, take photos or videos and use social media are eligible to apply.
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Parke Diem: A new tradition taking root in Portland?
Portland Parks Foundation via KATU-TV
"Parke Diem," Portland Parks Foundation's citywide work party, is challenging the community to get out, get their hands dirty and make a difference in the parks and outdoor spaces they love to enjoy. The first citywide volunteer event for parks will bring together 30 organizations and more than 1,000 volunteers to rake, dig, prune and get active at 55 work sites across the city. But Parke Diem isn't just about volunteering, organizers say. It's also meant to highlight the serious needs they're trying to address.
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WRPA Event Calendar


DateEventSponsorLocation
Oct. 18Legislative Committee MeetingWRPAGotomeeting
Oct. 21Bridge From School to AfterschoolWANSeattle
Oct. 21Aquatic Section RetreatWRPAGreat Wolf Lodge
Oct. 23*Business InstituteWRPATukwila
Oct. 24Software SymposiumWRPATukwila
Oct. 24Irrigation Repairs & Tree SafetyWRPATukwila
Nov. 1WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPAMercer Island
Nov. 13Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue
Nov. 15King County Director's Group MeetingWRPATukwila Community Center
Dec. 5Pruning for Parks ProfessionalsWRPABellevue
Jan. 14*Risk Management SchoolWRPABellevue
Jan. 22People, Parks & PoliticsWRPAOlympia
Jan. 23WRPA Legislative Day on the HillWRPAOlympia
Feb. 23PNW Resource Management SchoolINPRAPort Townsend
Mar. 7WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPANorth Bend
April 8*WASLA and WRPA
Joint Conference & Trade Show
Seattle

*WRPA core training opportunities

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