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Register for the 2015 WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show!
April 29-May 1 in Tacoma
Experience three days of transformative educational sessions, empowering keynote speakers and innovative experiences in a city that is experiencing its own transformation. Enjoy this unique event blending stories of community change, recreation, and public mission into an integrated educational experience.
Conference Highlights "Transforming Lives Transforming Communities":
Pre-Conference Activities Wednesday — Foot Golf Tournament and 18 Hole Golf Tournament
Key Note Thursday — "Leaving a Legacy" Mike Smith
Key Note Friday — "Leadership Cookbook — Building Diverse Relationships One Pot at a Time" Kostas Voutsas
Accommodations — Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma "WRPA" group discounted rate $106 per night.
Super Early Bird Rate — Register today!
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Professional Development Program —Standing the Heat with Jamie Sabbach
Standing the Heat will examine a range of contemporary adaptive leadership concepts and asks the question whether we are prepared to challenge conventional thinking. Join us on Feb. 5 as Jamie Sabbach speaks on enabling agencies to position themselves for long-term health and effectiveness.
Learn more and register.
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
Build OUR Community. Connect with Colleagues. Go Social!
"Going to the social?" Haven't we all heard that one before at past conferences? Now WRPA is going social and expanding its social networking efforts. So *Like* the WRPA Facebook page and *follow* the new WRPA Twitter feed. Don't have a Twitter account? You don't need one; WRPA members can easily receive WRPA tweets by texting FOLLOW WRPATODAY to 40404. WRPA is now using its social media channels to help keep members updated about breaking news and resources, as well as conference and training opportunities. So yes, we're going to the social and getting connected today ... that's "WRPAtoday on Twitter" and "WRPAtoday on Facebook"!
Meet Tom Tidyman, WRPA Executive Director!
You may have heard at events or in an email that WRPA has a new Executive Director. Tom Tidyman came to WRPA in March of this year with a breadth of experience in both Recreation & Parks and nonprofit management. Tom leads a team at the SBI office that focuses on WRPA, and that group meets weekly to talk about staff support for the association's finances, membership and events. Tom works most regularly with the WRPA Board of Directors, helping carry out their vision for the association. If you have questions about staff support of WRPA, or any questions at all about your membership, please reach out to Tom and his team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 888-459-0009.
How should we pay for WA Roads? — WA STATE OPINION SURVEY
The Washington State Transportation Commission is asking residents to help guide state decision making on the future of our roads, bridges and ferries. These decisions will impact you directly, so please take a minute to let your opinions be known via our survey:
Take the survey
The survey takes about 12 minutes to complete. You may start/stop the survey and pick up where you left off whenever it is convenient for you.
New Positions Added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.
- Recreation Leader, City of Fife
- Assistant Manager – Swim Lessons, William Shore Memorial Pool
- Organization Planning & Development Manager, Metro Parks Tacoma
Washington State Parks Real Estate Policy
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission seeks your input on how it manages land. In response to the agency's increased need to generate revenue for operations, the agency is updating its real estate policy to cover three primary areas, as outlined in the attached document:
1. Providing appropriate opportunities for privately financed development of recreational facilities in existing developed state parks
2. Leasing undeveloped surplus lands for revenue-generating purposes
3. Transferring selected lands to other government or tribal jurisdictions
2015 WRPA Day on the Hill in Olympia
Mark your calendars for Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015! That's the day that WRPA will hold its annual Day on the Hill to take our priority issues and concerns to lawmakers in Olympia. This year we are joining up with the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition, which is holding its Legislative Day on the 12th as well. We hope this tag-team rally day will give us a chance to raise the profile of the 2015-17 Capital Budget request for WWRP and to give local parks and recreation a higher profile and more oomph in making its case. Keep your eyes open for upcoming details regarding a specific agenda and a possible evening reception.
Final Outdoor Task Force recommendations released
On behalf of the task force, the Recreation and Conservation Office is pleased to release the group's final recommendations to Gov. Inslee. This milestone marks the end of the six-month task force process and represents the thoughtful engagement of thousands of stakeholders from across the state who submitted over 3,700 comments.
The final report and appendices are now available on the task force Web page.
Mount Spokane, environmentalists square off over ski area expansion
Mount Spokane is looking to expand their terrain offerings by adding more runs and a new chairlift on the backside of the mountain, but environmental groups say old growth forests and wildlife could be affected. The expansion would total 279 acres, with seven additional trails and a new chairlift.
Lighting Seattle's Green Lake park for safety
The Seattle Times
The 2.8-mile paved trail around Green Lake makes it Seattle's most-used park. But in the low-light winter months of the sun-deprived Pacific Northwest, the trail, which is not lighted, is dark for up to 15 hours a day.
Tubbs Hill work will open trail to wheelchairs
One of the busier urban hikes in the Inland Northwest will become accessible to wheelchair users next year. The city of Coeur d'Alene will smooth out a portion of the trail on the east side of Tubbs Hill on the lakefront.
Best places in the Cascades and Olympics for early season snowshoeing
The Seattle Times
When cold, rainy weather strikes the lowlands, hikers' minds turn to snowshoeing. But finding a trail for snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, in early winter entails a confluence of elevation, accessibility and luck.
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