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WRPA Featured Trainings

WRPA Legislative Day
Jan. 23, State Capitol, Olympia
8 a.m. Orientation — Rules Room, second floor of the Legislative Building

WRPA Legislative Committee Cochairs, 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, second 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. 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.

Also, please consider joining us for an after hours gathering at the Fish Brewing Co. located at 515 Jefferson Street SE, Olympia. We'll gather as soon as folks wrap up with their legislative appointments, likely sometime between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

We look forward to connecting with all of you on Jan. 23!

Please contact our lobbyist, Doug Levy with any questions.

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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.

Early bird rates last until March 1, 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

*Please note we have recently changed our registration system. Be sure to follow all of the prompts as they are a bit different from our old system. If you require any assistance registering feel free to contact our office by phone or email.

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Software Symposium debrief
Jan. 22, Tukwila Community Center or

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.

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Certified Playground Safety Inspector Training
Monday - Wednesday, March 3-5, Red Lion Hotel, Bellevue | Register

Certified Playground Safety Inspector course promotes children's rights to play and promotes nationally the importance play has to a child's development. This course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. Advanced reading and fifteen hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to "sit" for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination offered at the culmination of the certification course. Help our children by designing, installing, and maintaining safe playgrounds.

Course & Test: $510 WRPA member l $540 Non-members
Course Only: $410 WRPA member l $430 Non-members
Test Only: $110

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WRPA Advocacy News

Mike Deller appointed to Recreation and Conservation Funding Board
Governor Inslee has appointed Mike Deller to the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. Mike just retired from the Trust for Public Land, where he was the Washington State director. Before that, he led a distinguished career in the banking industry, serving as president of two banks in Everett. He also was the executive director of the Port of Everett, spent time in the real estate industry, and serves as vice chair of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. Mike is active in the Snohomish community having served as director of many organizations, including the Snohomish County Economic Development Council, Everett Community College Foundation, YMCA of Snohomish County, Everett Golf and Country Club, and both the Everett Area and the South Snohomish County Chambers of Commerce.

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 by 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.

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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:
  • Golf Instructor, Port Orchard
  • Summer Beach Program Supervisor, Seattle
  • Parks Maintenance Supervisor, Bothell

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This Just In

Mitigation work brings boardwalk to McKinley Park
The News Tribune
Visitors to McKinley Park in Tacoma can now use a new boardwalk that offers access to the wetlands as part of a nearly 3-mile loop trail. The boardwalk was part of a project to mitigate work done to extend the Sounder rail line south to Lakewood. That work filled in 0.46 acres of wetlands, streams and buffers, the result of excavation required to build retaining walls and utilities in and near the wetlands. To mitigate those impacts, Sound Transit partnered with Metro Parks Tacoma to build a new project in McKinley Park that excavated fill material to re-create 0.45 acre of wetland adjacent to an existing wetland, created a new stream channel, removed invasive species and planted native trees and shrubs.
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State, federal park entrance fees take a holiday off
The Olympian
State and federal park agencies are offering fee-free days throughout 2014, starting with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend. At Washington State Parks, visitors will not need a Discover Pass to enter a park on Jan. 19-20. Other fee-free days in 2014 for State Parks will be March 19, State Parks birthday; April 19, Spring Saturday Free Day; April 22, Earth Day; May 11, Spring Sunday Free Day; June 7-8, National Trails Day and state Free Fishing Weekend; June 14, National Get Outdoors Day; Aug. 25, to honor the National Park Service's birthday; Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.
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More Washington boaters to require mandatory boater education card in 2014
As of Jan. 1, 2014, all Washington boaters aged 59 or younger must have the state's mandatory Boater Education Card on board when operating a motorboat with 15 horsepower or greater, reminds, a leading online boating educator. The state's boating education program, which is being phased in by operator age, added boat operator ages 50 to 59 this year. In Washington state, 2014 is the final year for phasing in the state's Boating Safety Education Bill.
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WRPA Event Calendar

Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.
Jan. 22Software Symposium debriefWRPATukwila Comm. Center
Jan. 23WRPA Legislative Day on the HillWRPAOlympia
Feb. 14King County Directors MeetingWRPASeattle
Feb. 23-28PNW 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 8-11*WASLA and WRPA
Joint Conference & Trade Show
May 14Facility Section MeetingWRPASeattle
Oct. 23*Business InstituteWRPATukwila
Nov. 12-14Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion

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

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