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Wishing all our parks and recreation departments "spooktacular" Boo Bashes, Pumpkin Throws, Corn mazes, and safe trick or treating as we celebrate Halloween with our communities!
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WRPA Featured Trainings


Certified Playground Safety Inspector
WRPA
Nov 13-15, Bellevue: $510 member/ $540 nonmember | Register
This course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. Advanced reading and 15 hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to "sit" for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination offered at the culmination of the certification course.

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Pruning for Parks Professionals
WRPA
Dec. 5, Bellevue: Early bird rates $25 member/$35 nonmember | Register
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Bellevue: Alan Haywood from Issaquah will again be providing his excellent knowledge about pruning and has pared his previous two-day session down to one day. Sponsored by Davey Tree Expert Company.

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Risk Management School — Early registration through Nov. 29
WRPA
Jan. 14-16, Bellevue: $249 member/$299 nonmember | Register
This program is specifically designed for parks and recreation administrators, managers and supervisors. Core topic areas include the Recreation Immunity Act; Employment Law; Risk Transfer & Contracts; Crisis Management; and Accident Prevention. Program to be launched next week!

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WRPA Advocacy News


Newly Issued Rules on I-502 Marijuana Initiative — Affecting Park & Recreation Districts
WRPA
The Liquor Control Board has now issued the final version of a rule-making regarding the new retail marijuana Initiative 502. The rule-making includes definitions of various facilities — including "public parks" — where there must be at least a 1,000-foot separation between the marijuana outlet and those defined facilities. WAC 314-55-010(17) defines "public park." The Liquor Control Board did address much of our WRPA concern on the definition of "public park," but not all of it. We strongly recommend that you immediately be in touch with your city or county planning department, to ensure they are aware of public park facilities you operate, and to ensure that the 1,000-foot circles they establish in zoning rules INCLUDE your facilities.
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Legislative Matter
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The WRPA Executive Board will be reviewing the proposed 2014 Legislative Agenda for approval at the Nov. 1 meeting. Look for an announcement on our approved Legislative Agenda early next week. Save the dates — Jan. 23, WRPA Legislative Day on the Hill.
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House Republicans launch survey on transportation funding

House Republicans have launched a short survey on a transportation revenue package. Questions include whether the gas tax should be raised again, and whether a special session is needed. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and to share the link with others.
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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


WRPA Strategic Plan — Next steps
WRPA
The WRPA Executive Board continues work on strategic planning at the Friday, Nov. 1 meeting. The WRPA membership approved new governance and bylaws so now we begin the transition to a smaller board. 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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Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
$50 per posting for nonagency members. These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Program Coordinator, Mt Si Senior Center
  • Recreation Division Director, Seattle
  • Recreation Aide I — Preschool Sports Coach, Lacey
View the WRPA Career Center.


Megan Vining, Pullman, will be attending the Athletic Business Conference in San Diego, Nov. 21-23, with $182.50 support in scholarship from by the WRPA Athletic Section. Congratulations Megan!

Erin Thim, formerly with the City of Puyallup, has accepted the recreation coordinator position for the White River School District. She begins her new position on Nov. 4 and will continue to be involved in WRPA. Congratulations Erin!

Proposed Master's Program — Recreation Administration: HELP NEEDED!
Central Washington University (CWU)
CWU is moving towards developing an online Master's program in Recreation Administration and is looking for park and recreation professionals to assist with the development of this program. Time commitment for the Focus Group is anticipated to include one group meeting, review of materials, and one or two phone meetings. If you are interested in sitting on a Focus Group to assist with program review and design contact Tim Gallagher.

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This Just In


'Eye-to-Eye' shark dive now open at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Experience the heart-pumping thrill of getting up close to more than a dozen massive sharks, including a 9-foot, 450-pound lemon shark. Eye-to-Eye Sharks is the only warm-water exhibit dive in the Pacific Northwest with so many sharks. You will wear a specially designed dry suit that zips over your street clothes and seals out water. No need to bring a swimsuit! Whether you're a certified diver or an adventurous nondiver, there's an exhilarating, underwater journey that is perfect for you.
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State to recognize Washington Trails Association for top ranked trail project
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board will recognize the Seattle-based Washington Trails Association for three outstanding trail projects at a special presentation. The association's projects will help pay for volunteer trail teams who will maintain more than 600 miles of trails throughout the state. The teams will remove fallen trees, fix drainage structures, cut overgrown bushes and repair trail surfaces in state parks, national parks and forests, in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, in eastern Washington and at other destinations.
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$500,000 outdoor recreation grant for Tacoma waterfront trail
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Metro Parks has been awarded a $500,000 outdoor recreation grant to complete work on the "missing link" of Tacoma's waterfront trails. The grant will fund the completion of the final half-mile of the seven miles of trails that connect downtown Tacoma to Point Defiance. An interim version of the connector opened last month, connecting Ruston Way to Point Defiance Park along the water, but the final version will be even nicer.
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State preservation panel says parks listing not ready
The Spokesman Review
Historic preservation agents sent Spokane back to work on its effort to list the city's signature parks and boulevards on historic registers. Spokane's Park Board is seeking listings on the local, state and national historic registers to document the deep history of the city's wide-ranging park system that includes work by the renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape firm.
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WRPA Event Calendar


DateEventSponsorLocation
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
2014
Jan. 14*Risk Management SchoolWRPABellevue
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
Oct. 23Business InstituteWRPATukwila

*WRPA recommended trainings to sustain your core competencies in parks and recreation

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