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WRPA Featured Trainings


Pruning for Parks Professionals
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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 — Announcing the program!
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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 and Contracts; Crisis Management and Accident Prevention. Early bird registration pricing through Nov. 29.

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WRPA Advocacy News


WRPA 2014 approved legislative agenda
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WRPA encourages our members to share the statewide 2014 legislative agenda with your agencies to help strengthen your local initiatives and increase knowledge of our statewide efforts. Save the date — Jan. 23, WRPA Legislative Day on the Hill.
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Here's what happened this week at Department of Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior
Secretary Sally Jewell makes a major address at the National Press Club, and calls it our moral obligation as a people that we act now to conserve and protect our national treasures for future generations.
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National Legislative Forum on parks and recreation
NRPA
March 25-26, 2014: NRPA members are the most powerful voice for parks and recreation, and the Legislative Forum is the perfect opportunity to meet with elected officials and have your voice heard. These meetings play a key role in advancing legislation that positively impacts parks and recreation. Join your colleagues at the 2014 Legislative Forum and help shape the future of parks and recreation.
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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


Precor receives Sustainability Honor from Seattle Business Magazine
Precor Press Release
Precor, a leading commercial and home fitness equipment manufacturer, announced that Seattle Business magazine named the company to the Washington Green 50 list. The company won the top honor in the manufacturing category for its track record of progressive environmental stewardship, including waste reduction and efficiency, recycling, "upcycling" and manufacturing best practices.
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Carleen Hanscom, Pasco, has accepted a position as the Parks and Recreation director for Transylvania County, N.C., and will be relocating in December. "WRPA has had a positive impact on my career and the direction we have all been able to lead our departments. I have been happy to serve and look forward to continuing to see many of you at future NRPA events across the country. Most notably, next year in Charlotte, N.C. my new home state!" Hanscom is the current WRPA District 5 chair.

Ethan Newton, Covington, has accepted a position managing a facility in California (C V Starr Center in Fort Bragg, Calif.) "It was a tough decision to make as my time at Covington and Washington has been excellent, but I'm also excited about my new opportunity." Newton is a past chair of the WRPA Aquatic Section.

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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:
  • Community Services Supervisor, Bellevue
  • Recreation Office Assistant II, Des Moines
  • Program Coordinator, Mount Si Senior Center
  • Recreation Specialist, Gig Harbor

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This Just In


National, state parks offer free entrance for holiday weekend
The Bellingham Herald
In honor of Veteran's Day, a number of park organizations will not charge admission for the holiday weekend. Entry to all 117 Washington state parks will be free Nov. 9-11. A Discover Pass, $10 a day or $30 a year, will still be needed to access lands managed by the state departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife during state parks' free days.
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Hunter-angler representative sought for state parks panel
Peninsula Daily News
The state Parks and Recreation Commission's Recreational Boating Safety Program invites hunters or anglers who use a boat in their sport to apply for an open position on the program's Boating Safety Advisory Council. Application materials are due Nov. 19. The Boating Safety Advisory Council is a 15-member committee that provides recommendations to the program on ways to enhance boating safety statewide for all types of recreational boating. The term of service for the position is three years.
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Report takes issue with park district's handling of fields
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Three Vashon Park District commissioners elected recently will inherit an agency in debt from a $2 million sports fields project that has been plagued by mismanagement and extreme cost overruns, the details of which were recently outlined by the district's fields Oversight Committee chair.
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WRPA Event Calendar


WRPA Event Calendar
Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.
DateEventSponsorLocation
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. 22People Parks & PoliticsWRPATo be determined
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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