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As 2013 comes to a close, WRPA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the WRPA Weekly a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume January 3.

3 finalists are in the running for Olympia's director of parks, arts and recreation
City of Olympia
From October 3: Over 200 individuals applied for the position. "Olympia and our park system are well respected regionally and nationally as evidenced by the outstanding response to our recruitment," said city manager Steve Hall in announcing the finalists. All of the finalists are career park and recreation professionals who have held numerous leadership positions in state and national associations.
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County to leave Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation
The Columbian
From October 3: Clark County commissioners have made the breakup official: The county is leaving Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation and starting its own department. The move isn't unexpected. The city of Vancouver, which operates the joint city-county department, had been expecting this day to come. And seeing the signs from a distance, the city began planning a "new operational model" for its own parks earlier this year.
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SORP is proud to present the 2015 Land and Water Conservation Fund Act — Adapting the landmark 1965 LWCF to meet the outdoor recreation needs of Americans for the next 50 years
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
From October 3: The paper presents the historical context for the 1965 Land and Water Conservation Act, the SORP platform of core values central to strengthening LWCF, and a proposed 2015 Land and Water Conservation Fund Act.
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Executive selects Tipton as parks and recreation director
Tacoma Weekly
From September 12: County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected Tony Tipton, the county's go-to leader of important projects, as the director of Parks and Recreation Services.
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Geocaching featured at Washington State Parks
The Spokesman-Review
From July 11: Geocacher's have a new reason to find their way to Washington State Parks. To celebrate the state parks centennial, 100 geocaches have been hidden in 100 state parks. Each cache in the Washington State Parks Centennial GeoTour was placed by an active member of the local geocaching community and approved by a ranger at each park.
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Inslee announces $86 million in grants for outdoor recreation and conservation
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
From July 11: Gov. Jay Inslee announced the award of $86 million in state and federal grants that will build parks and boating facilities, maintain backcountry trails and off-road vehicle access, improve the safety of archery and firearm ranges, conserve farmland and protect wildlife habitat. The grants, which are awarded through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, will be given to cities, counties, state and federal agencies, tribes and non-profit organizations for work in 34 of the state's 39 counties.
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Health Care Law Delay: What does it mean for Parks and Recreation?
NRPA
From July 18: The Obama Administration announced on July 2 that it will delay the deadline by which employers must provide insurance to full-time employees and dependents from January 2014 to 2015. These regulations have been a concern for park and recreation professionals who employ seasonal employees as they feared they would be required to offer them health insurance. Regulations released late last year, however, allow employers to create a defined measurement period spanning three to 12 months to determine full-time status.
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5 trails to keep you hiking even in winter
The Herald of Everett
From December 13: The snow is piling up in the mountains, but that's no reason to leave your hiking boots in the closet for the winter. Craig Romano, a guidebook author and expert on the trails of Washington, recommends five hikes for winter adventures. These trails should be hikeable all year, except in extreme weather. Romano also shares his tips for making sure you have a safe, fun trip.
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Proposed grant changes
RCO
From December 13: The Recreation and Conservation Office is proposing to change program policies and evaluation criteria used to award grants for outdoor recreation projects. The changes are in response to a recent update of the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, State Trails Plan, and Non-highway and Off-road Vehicle Account Plan and staff recommendations. If approved, the proposed changes would apply to new grant applications in 2014.
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Wapato officials consider creating park district to fund activities
Yakima Herald
From October 24: Like many small towns, Wapato has watched expenses outpace revenue over the past several years and has made deep cuts along the way just to stay afloat. Outside organizations offering to run the city's community center and lead recreation activities have come and gone. Currently, the local nonprofit Wapato Youth League has the helm of parks and recreation, and raises its funds through donations and league fees. Now, the City Council is exploring the idea of forming a park district that has the potential to create a long-term revenue stream to support youth activities.
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