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WRPA Featured Trainings

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 nonmembers
Course Only: $410 WRPA member l $430 nonmembers
Test Only: $110

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Thursday, March 6 — Embracing Economic Change (People, Parks and Politics)

Registration: 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Workshop: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Shoreline City Hall - 17500 Midvale Avenue N., Shoreline, WA 98133-4905 | Register

Full-Day Workshop with Presenter Jamie Sabbach
There's an old saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same result. It's time to stop the insanity and embrace the changes necessary to put our agencies back on track to fiscal health and organizational well-being. Quite simply this means looking at our operations through a business lens and managing our systems in a more responsible, defensible, and logical way. Disruptive, antiquated, special interest driven political winds have placed the public sector at a critical juncture with a critical need for entrepreneurial and innovative leaders. Today, playing it safe is not playing it smart.

Registration Fees: (lunch included in registration fees)
$99 – Platinum agency members
$119 – WRPA members/first agency member
$99 – WRPA members/additional agency members
$139 – nonmembers and registrations received after Feb. 21

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2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference and Trade Show
Engage, Experience and Enjoy
April 8-11 at Magnuson Park in Seattle

Join more than 100 WRPA members and friends that have already registered for the 2014 WASLA and WRPA Joint Conference —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.

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!

*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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WRPA Advocacy News

Recreation and Conservation Grants Workshop — Jan. 29
Washington Recreation and Conservation Office
Save the date: January 29

The Washington Recreation and Conservation Office will hold an Application Workshop Webinar to provide information about the 2014 grants application cycle for recreation, farmland, and habitat conservation projects. The workshop will include general information about the process, programs, types of projects, schedule, and important changes for the upcoming grant round.

If you would like information for logging in to the webinar, please send your name, organization, telephone number, and e-mail to Cindy Gower.

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

New website coming soon!
Now that the new registration system is up and running our staff is hard at work on the final phase to transition our website. While we complete these final tasks, which should take 1-2 weeks total, the ability to post a job is temporarily disabled. The online membership directory is also not currently available. Nothing on the current website requires a member login so please contact our office if you run into any issues.

Once we launch the new website we will focus on adding features to increase member benefits. Members will be able to renew your membership online immediately once the new system is live! We will also be working on creating virtual networking options that members in all specialties can take advantage of.

We will continue to keep members informed as new features are introduced. Thank you for your patience during this time!

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Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
Please note that the ability to post a job is temporarily disabled while we transition to a new system. If you have any questions, please contact the WRPA office at 888-459-0009 or by email to

These job opportunities recently became available:

Parks Maintenance Manager, Olympia
The City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department seeks an energetic individual with a passion for landscaping, athletic fields, environmental stewardship and positive leadership to fill the Park Maintenance Manager position. This individual will have a wonderful opportunity to help build and maintain one of the nicest park systems in the State of Washington. For more detailed information about this opportunity, please read the full recruitment announcement.

To Apply
Apply online here. Submit a resume, cover letter, and salary history by attaching them to your electronic application. The cover letter must be no more than two pages long and include specific examples of how you meet the Ideal Candidate Profile. This is a continuous recruitment. First review will be for applications received by 5 pm February 3, 2014. Only electronic applications are accepted.

Questions may be directed to:
David Hanna, Associate Director

Aquatic Manager, Edmonds
The City of Edmonds is looking for a Summer Aquatics Manager to provide effective, knowledgeable and skillful program leadership to aquatic team and users of Yost Pool. Performs a variety of duties such as supervision, scheduling, administrative support, training, leadership and motivation of aquatic staff.

This position must be available to work 40 hours per week (including early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed). May request 3 days off during regular season (June 23 - Aug. 17). Full details available online.

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This Just In

Register for an Outdoor Leadership Training Workshop
Washington Trails Association
Access to free gear, trip funding and training workshops are now available for teachers and youth organizations who want to get youth, age 10-18, out on the trail.

Outdoor experiences are a powerful tool for positive youth development and Washington Trails Association wants to increase access to these experiences so that the next generation of public land stewards can benefit from fun and safe outdoor adventures.

Who should attend an OLT workshop? If you work with youth, ages 10-18, (or are in training to work with youth) then these skills workshops are for you! Teachers, youth workers from community organizations, program managers and youth ministers have all attended OLT workshops.

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Brier Park playground ready for kids
Everett Herald
The new playground equipment is ready at Brier Park. Mayor Bob Colinas took his grandchildren to check out the improvements on a recent nice day. "It was packed over there," Colinas said. "There were probably 30 people, parents and children playing."
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Improved bill would save Olympic wilderness
The Olympian
The National Park System has grown to more than 450 areas of public reserve, but continuing population growth means the need to protect wilderness areas has increased, not diminished. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Derek Kilmer hope to add 126,554 acres of federal land surrounding Olympic National Park as a designated wilderness, the highest level of federal protection.
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Badger Mountain South development to shape Richland's future
The Bellingham Herald
The 1,500-acre Badger Mountain South mixed-use development is taking shape in Richland — and it will play a role in shaping the city's future. When completed, the development is expected to have 5,000 housing units and about 15,000 residents. It also will feature shops, restaurants and other commercial offerings, schools, health care facilities and 400-plus acres for trails, parks and open space.
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Hoh rain forest dweller featured in new TV series
Yakima Herald
It's easy to understand why people occasionally report sightings of Bigfoot in the mossy forests of the Olympic Peninsula. What else could explain a fast-moving biped with long, flowing hair climbing trees and plunging into icy streams? It might be Sasquatch. But it's probably Mick Dodge.
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Beavers chip away at Golden Gardens Park
Frequent visitors to Golden Gardens Park in Seattle have grown tired of some of its residents — beavers. Seattle Parks and Recreation estimates that beavers have destroyed up to 75 trees in the park. Regular visitors of the north side of the park say beavers are ruining it, and it looks like a tornado ripped through the area.
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State's Discover Pass revenues continue to grow
Daily Sun News
Discover Pass revenue is going up, but not fast enough. With the general fund money gap, it's hard to keep state parks open. But state officials are managing by trying to promote the pass program and reduce staff. Three years after Washington’s Discover Pass program was implemented, revenue from sales of the pass continues to grow.
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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.
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)WRPAShoreline
Community Center
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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