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2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference and Trade Show
WRPA Members and Friends,
We invite you to Engage, Experience and Enjoy our first ever multiday joint conference April 8-11 at Magnuson Park in Seattle. The 2014 WASLA and WRPA Joint Conference and Trade Show is expected to be the largest gathering of landscape architects, parks and recreation professionals, colleagues from allied professions, students and vendors. The beautiful and expansive Magnuson Park offers a campus like setting for four days of networking, education, and fun.
Kicking off the conference on Tuesday, April 8 is a golf tournament at Jackson Park Golf Course in Seattle. Wednesday, April 9 through Friday, April 11 is jam packed with inspirational keynote addresses, over eighty enlightening educational sessions, two awards banquets, a food truck rodeo, a rockin' party, and a tradeshow with over fifty vendors representing the best in our industry.
Super early bird registration ends on Jan. 15, 2014. Register now and receive the best deal on the conference. To register, visit the WRPA website.
We look forward to seeing you in April for what is sure to be our most attended and successful annual conference to date!
Adrienne Caver-Hall and Eric Friedli, WRPA Conference co-chairs
Risk Management School
Jan. 14-16, Bellevue: $249 member/$329 nonmember (max 100)
Returning and first-year students will learn from risk management industry leaders important core competencies and emerging trends specific to municipalities. Our trend programming emphasizes crisis communications, crisis management and active shooter situations, in response to the increase in frequency of these occurrences. Online registration is now closed. Late registrations may be accepted by phone or in-person if space is available. Please call the office for more details.
Software Symposium debrief
Jan. 22, Tukwila Community Center or GoToMeeting.com
We will be hosting a Symposium Software debrief meeting on Jan. 22 at Tukwila Community Center from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. We plan for this meeting to be interactive to facilitate more discussion and information sharing amongst the cities on the different software companies available on the market. For cities that are located farther away we will work to offer a GoToMeeting as well.
Please contact Julie Ryan or Lori Cummings for more information.
WRPA Legislative Day
Jan. 23, State Capitol, Olympia
8 a.m. Orientation — Rules Room, second floor of the Legislative Building
WRPA Legislative Committee Co-chairs, Paul Simmons and John Keates, would like to invite you to join them for a day of lobbying, networking and building connections in Olympia on Jan. 23. Our day will begin at 8 a.m. at the State Capitol Legislative Building, 2nd floor for a briefing by our lobbyist Doug Levy. Participants are encouraged to schedule appointments with legislators in advance. Legislative packets will be provided for distribution to all legislators. Doug Levy is also working to schedule a lunchtime meeting with Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate and House who oversee the Capital budget. Stay tuned — more information to follow on key meetings!
If you're planning to attend, please RSVP here with your name and your confirmed legislative appointments. We look forward to connecting with all of you on Jan. 23!
Please contact our lobbyist, Doug Levy with any questions.
Request for proposals for Washington State Trails Conference
The Washington State Trails Coalition is now accepting presentation proposals for "On the Trails of Change", the 2014 Washington State Trails Conference on Oct. 16-18 in Bellingham. All submissions are due Feb. 28. This year's conference will pay special attention to how trail organizations and agencies are adjusting to changing conditions, with an emphasis on innovation and adaptation in trail planning, advocacy and management in both urban and rural trail settings. See the RFP and application form for complete details.
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
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:
- Maintenance Mechanic, Everett
- Site Lead, Winter Youth Basketball, Issaquah
- Yoga Instructor, Kirkland
The WRPA office has moved north. Please see our new contact information below. More details on staff changes to follow...
Attn: Sarah Luczyk, CAE
2150 N 107th St #205
Seattle, WA 98133
Toll free: 888-459-0009
Efforts to restore seminary at Saint Edward Park revived
The Bellingham Herald
The public will have a chance, Jan. 14, to hear about plans for a potential new long-term lease that could help preserve the historic seminary building at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore.
Staffers from Washington State Parks will explain the agency's process for evaluating a long-term lease proposal and seek comments from the public about things the agency should consider in evaluating a long-term proposal. Comment will be included in a report to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission at its meeting, Jan. 23, in Olympia.
Spokane County trails plan updated
An update to the 2008 Spokane County Regional Trails Plan will help integrate routes for walkers, runners, skaters, cyclists and equestrians into planning and development as the population grows, officials say. The draft plan, up for county approval this month, identifies 677 miles of routes ranging from single tracks to the 12-foot-wide Centennial Trail, said Parks Department planner Paul Knowles.
Low snow stymies snowshoers, Sno-Park users — but there's hope
The Seattle Times
While the Polar Vortex screws with the rest of the nation, the Pacific Northwest continues the Great Snow Slump of 2013-14. And it's not just downhill skiers and the owners of the Summit at Snoqualmie who are tearing their hair out from under the ear flaps of their winter hats. Snowshoers and cross-country skiers, too, are starting to feel picked on because of the lack of snow on many of Washington's mountains.
Volunteers battle rampant ivy overtaking parks
Voice of America
In Olympia, teacher Kevin Head rises long before dawn on school days to go alone to a city park. There, Head's routine begins by asking the rampant ivy vines for forgiveness. "Thank you ivy for your tenaciousness, your strength," he said. "I ask you to let me take you out for the benefit of the world here." And then Head leans down with gloved hands and for the next half hour, rips and yanks out as much ivy as he can.
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