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2015 WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show:
'Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities'

April 29-May 1 in Tacoma, Washington

Have you registered yet? The conference will provide three days of transformative educational sessions, empowering keynote speakers and innovative experiences in a city that is experiencing its own transformation. Enjoy this unique event blending stories of community change, recreation, and public mission into an integrated educational experience. Session details will be posted soon!

  • Check out the tracks:
       Professional Development
       Business & Administration
       Recreation Programming
       Resource Management

  • Pre-Conference Fun
  • Foot Golf Tournament and 18 Hole Golf Tournament
  • Key Note Speakers
       "Leaving a Legacy" Mike Smith
       "Leadership Cookbook — Building Diverse Relationships One Pot at a Time” Kostas Voutsas

    Learn more and register.

    Thank you to our sponsors!



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    Mickey Corso Scholarship — Applications are now being accepted!
    Mickey Corso — January 3, 1942-November 9, 1990. WRPA President, 1989-1990. As a tribute to Mickey and the professional leadership he provided in the field of parks and recreation, his family, friends and co-workers have established the Mickey Corso Leadership Scholarship. Each year scholarships are awarded to professionals in the field of parks and recreation who demonstrate the leadership, commitment and professional qualities for which Mickey will be remembered. The scholarship awards can be used for post-graduate training such as NRPA schools, graduate courses or other areas relating to park and recreation leadership. Recipients apply their awards toward desired continuing education in the field of parks and recreation. Scholarships are awarded at our annual conference in April.

    Nominate someone today and submit an application!

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    Certified Playground Safety Inspector Spring Program
    WRPA is dedicated to promoting children's right to play in a safe and challenging play environment. Join us in the challenge to have at least one person from every community across Washington become a Certified Playground Safety Inspector. The CPSI program offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date training and playground safety.

    Our spring program will take place from March 3 – 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bothell.

    Learn more and register

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    Nominations are now being accepted for the WRPA Annual Awards Program!
    This is your chance to help WRPA recognize the best of the best in the recreation and park industry. Perhaps you know a professional, a legislator or an organization that should be honored for their hard work and dedication? Or maybe, your agency built a new park, trail or facility in the past two years? And let's not forget the cutting edge marketing and programming that so many of you have recently rolled out. WRPA recognizes the highest performers in all of these categories, but we can't celebrate our successes without your nominations!

    Information on the awards program and the nomination process is available on the WRPA website. Nominations are due on Feb. 27. Winners will be notified in early April and recognized at the WRPA Annual Awards Banquet in Tacoma on April 29.

    If you have questions about the awards program, please contact Awards Committee co-chairs Jessi Bon or Dave Hall. If you are having trouble submitting a nomination, please contact the WRPA office at or 888-459-0009.

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    WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

    New Positions Added to the WRPA Job Board
    The following job opportunities recently became available:
    • Maintenance Technician, City of Redmond
    • Program Specialist, City of Tualatin
    • Groundskeeper, City of Everett
    • Maintenance Worker positions, Kitsap County
    • Several positions available for the City of Lacey
    View the WRPA Career Center to see more.

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    Join the Ethnic Minority Society
    The Washington Recreation and Park Association is seeking members for its Ethnic Minority Society. The EMS's mission is to "unite the communities of ethnic minorities in the field of parks and recreation." EMS provides individuals with technical information, advocacy and professional networking opportunities, but more importantly, access to the Mentor Program where new and young professionals are paired with middle and senior managers and retired professionals.

    If you're interested in becoming a member of the state affiliate or would like more information, please contact Kelly Guy, Recreation Division Director, at or at (206) 684-7157. As the state affiliate EMS lead, Kelly will be working on a meet-and-greet, informational session for the upcoming WRPA April conference.

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    Kent Students Hooked on Habitat Conservation:
    1,000 Volunteer Hours in Less Than Four Months

    Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services
    Since the start of the 2014-15 school year, Kent high school students have already chosen to give over 1,000 hours of community service by getting cold, dirty, wet and scratched. And they keep coming back for more.

    The students are digging out blackberry roots and other invasive weeds, planting native trees and doing additional restoration work for the Green Kent Partnership. The long-term goal is to restore more than 1,300 acres of publicly owned forests and other natural areas back to healthy, functioning habitats. Key partners with the city are Forterra, King Conservation District, Kent Parks Foundation and community members.

    Kent's four high schools and three academies each sets its own number of community service credits required for graduation, and additional credits are earned by honor society and service club participants. Students choose where they want to volunteer, and the city's Parks Department competes with any number of nonprofit and faith-based organizations. What's remarkable is that so many of these teens return to Green Kent events time after time, some even after they've met their requirements. They can see that they're part of something bigger than a one-time experience.

    The City of Kent has done an incredible job of getting students engaged in the community. Read more about their efforts.

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    This Just In

    Outdoor recreation in Washington generates $21.6 billion each year
    The Bellingham Herald
    Washingtonians love to play outdoors, especially in local parks and public waters. That is the basic conclusion of a report released recently that studied the effect outdoor recreation has on the state's economy. The study was done for the State Recreation and Conservation Office by Earth Economics in Tacoma. Requested by state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, this is the first comprehensive look at the state’s recreational economy.
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    Bicyclists and pedestrians, the best of frenemies
    Next City
    How many times have you biked down a multi-use trail and had to slam on the brakes every few seconds to avoid joggers, walkers, children and dogs? According to a study published in the new issue of the BMJ Open medical journal, biker and walker interaction is more than a question of convenience and comfort. It’s often a question of safety.
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    6 things we learned about connecting kids with nature
    University of Minnesota
    Why should we help children connect to the natural world? And how can we best do so? Cathy Jordan, University of Minnesota Extension specialist and associate professor of pediatrics in the Medical School and Sarah Milligan-Toffler, executive director of the Children and Nature Network, shared their thoughts on the subject recently.
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    WRPA Event and Education Calendar

    Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.
    Feb. 25Joint Legislative Day State Capitol, Olympia
    March 3-5Certified Playground Safety Inspector ProgramHilton Garden Inn, Bothell
    Apr. 30-May 1WRPA Annual Conference & Trade ShowTacoma Convention Center

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

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