WRPA Weekly
Dec. 2, 2013

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Risk Management School — Early bird registration pricing through Nov. 29
Jan. 14-16, Bellevue: $249 member/$299 nonmember | Register
Returning and first-year students will learn from risk management industry leaders important core competencies and emerging trends specific to municipalities. In 2014, our trend programming emphasizes crisis communications, crisis management and active shooter situations, in response to the increase in frequency of these occurrences.More

Pruning for Parks Professionals — Early registration through Nov. 22
Dec. 5, Bellevue: Early bird rates $25 member/$35 nonmember (max 25) | 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.More

2014 WASLA & WRPA Joint Conference sneak peek program
Register | Early bird rates available through Jan. 15, 2014
Thank you to the Conference Education Committee (CEC) for reviewing and selecting sessions for the 2014 WASLA & WRPA Joint Conference and Tradeshow on April 8-11 at Magnuson Park in Seattle. Click here to peruse the "sneak peak" program and be sure to check back as there are additional sessions that are being developed, finessed and scheduled that are currently not listed. The preliminary program is scheduled to be released in January with the final program available in March. For questions please contact CEC Co-chairs Joanna Puthoff or Keith Bates.More

Land Water Conservation Fund state assistance program
Success stories and specific examples of unmet need by Dec. 11
With your help, we've successfully introduced legislation in the House of Representatives (H.R. 2727) which would require a minimum of 40 percent of annual LWCF appropriations be made to the State Assistance Program. Namely, at least 40 percent of whatever dollars Congress decides to allocate each year to the LWCF must go to the State Assistance Program. Now we need success stories. We will create "Success Story" summary reports for each State which we will use in our 2014 advocacy. More

Proposed grant changes
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.More

Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members

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:


County pays $1 million for land to close gap in Foothills Trail
Tacoma News Tribune
Pierce County has purchased a crucial, missing link for connecting the popular Foothills Trail from South Prairie to Buckley. The price tag: $1.05 million. That's what the county is paying for a strip of land through Dwight Partin's RV park in South Prairie. The purchase represents a major step toward completing the walking and biking trail whose main 20-mile corridor stretches from a trail head just east of Puyallup to Buckley. It runs atop an abandoned railroad bed.More

Construction begins on Lower Woodland ballfields
City Living Seattle
Seattle Parks and Recreation began construction on the Lower Woodland Park ballfields at Green Lake Way North and North 50th Street. The project provides lighting improvements at Lower Woodland Park's cloverleaf ballfields (Nos. 3-6). The upgrade begins with demolition of the existing, outmoded lighting system and replacement with a state-of-the-art system. The goal of the project is to enhance play ability with safe, efficient lighting for field users, and to eliminate as much objectionable glare and light spill into the neighborhood as possible.More

Olympic facilities make switch to winter schedule
The Bellingham Herald
Operations at Olympic National Park are switching to a winter schedule, even as park managers keep a wary eye on funding. "Every season at Olympic brings its own magic, and for the prepared visitor, winter can be an excellent time to experience the many facets of the park," superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said.More

Greenest ski areas ranked
Although skiers want to see their resorts snowy white this time of year, being called green isn't necessarily a bad thing. Recently, the Ski Area Citizens' Coalition released its annual Ski Area Scorecard, which ranks the best and worst environmentally friendly resorts. Topping the list were resorts with solar panels and wind turbines. Stevens Pass Ski Area is ranked first for installing a solar panel arrays to power the lift station lights, heaters and backup batteries.More

Education calendar

WRPA Event Calendar
Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.
Dec. 5Pruning for Parks ProfessionalsWRPABellevue
Dec. 10Athletic Section MeetingWRPATukwila
Dec. 11Facility Section MeetingWRPADes Moines
Jan. 14*Risk Management SchoolWRPABellevue
Jan. 23WRPA Legislative Day on the HillWRPAOlympia
Feb. 23PNW Resource Management SchoolINPRAPort Townsend
Feb. 26Facility Section MeetingWRPAIssaquah
Mar. 3Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion
Mar. 6Leadership Forum (Formerly P3)WRPATBD
Mar. 7WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPANorth Bend
April 8*WASLA and WRPA
Joint Conference & Trade Show
May 14Facility Section MeetingWRPASeattle
Oct. 23Business InstituteWRPATukwila
Nov. 12Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion

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