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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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The Changing Economics of Parks and Recreation — Embrace it
Registration: 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Workshop: 9 a.m. – 3 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


It's All in Your Head: Decrease Stress by Re-writing Cognitive Scripts
Physical and psychological impacts of stress are a complex combination of both external and internal factors. Thus, two people experiencing the same "stressful" event can have very different responses. Learn the role of perception on stress and skills to begin adopting new cognitive scripts to help with daily stress management.
Presented by: Donna Hutchinson, On The Edge
Fitness Educators Inc.

"Y" Factor: Managing Millennials
You want a young workforce ready to work; Millennial's want mentoring. How do you successfully meet the needs of both? Explore the research about the younger workforce's needs and how they can be addressed to help you reduce turnover and your frustration.
Presented by: Lori A. Hoffner

Register now and receive the best deal on the conference. To register, visit the WRPA website.

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2014 AFO Courses
WMS Aquatics
WMS Aquatics will be offering two Northwest AFO Pool Academies in April. During this two day course you will learn everything you need to know to become AFO Certified. Registration includes the latest material and AFO Edition Manual, Exam, and Water Balance Calculator. Continental breakfast and lunch provided.
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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

Awards Nominations are now being accepted!

The Washington Recreation and Park Association celebrates people, parks and programs with an award program honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of parks and recreation in Washington State. Awards nominations can be submitted online at More information on the nomination process is available on the WRPA Awards webpage. This includes a complete nomination questionnaire and a list of supplemental items required for all nominations.

Survey Participation Request
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District is in the process of reviewing different components of our fee structure. We are seeking input from our Park and Recreation colleagues and what you currently have in place. Click or copy and paste the following link into your browser. Thank you for taking the time to provide your agencies information. We will be happy to share our results with anyone.

Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Program Support Technician, Mason County
  • Director, Whidbey Island
View the WRPA Career Center

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This Just In

Metro Parks board will decide whether to ask voters for $198 million
The News Tribune
A $198 million bond issue was touted as a way to preserve an outdoors legacy for future generations of Tacoma area residents, including significant upgrades at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and a wide range of work at regional and neighborhood parks. About a dozen people spoke in favor of the Metro Parks Tacoma bond issue proposal — the first in nearly a decade — at a parks board meeting.
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Olympia fine-tunes Neighborhood Pathways Program to connect streets, parks and trails
The Olympian
Olympia is fine-tuning a program to help neighborhoods build new routes for pedestrians and bicyclists. Launched in 2013, the Neighborhood Pathways Program has four projects in the works that would create paths to connect streets, parks and trails. In this neighborhood-driven program, residents identify and pitch potential projects to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which then reviews and narrows the list.
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Projects, classes can help turn space around your place into edible delights
The Olympian
Imagine a city park full of edible berries and mushrooms, or neighborhoods laden with productive fruit trees. Two new projects in Tacoma — the Tacoma Food Forest and the Fruit Tree Steward Program — and an orcharding workshop in Mount Vernon offer chances for people to grow food in the community over the next few months and beyond.
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Poll shows support for permanent parks district
The Seattle Times
Polling conducted on behalf of Seattle parks advocates found that voters support the formation of a Metropolitan Parks District by a 61-percent-to-31-percent margin. This is good news for some parks leaders who are considering the new taxing source to fund the parks system when the current levy expires this year. The other 8 percent said they didn't know.
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Seattle Parks readies for summer-camp signups
West Seattle Blog
Only one month into winter, but it's not too soon to think about summer — especially if you're planning to enroll your child(ren) in local summer camps. Seattle Parks has announced it's almost signup time for its camps.
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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. 3-5Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion
Mar. 6Embracing Economic ChangeWRPAShoreline
Community Center
Mar. 7WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPANorth Bend
April 8-11*WASLA and WRPA
Joint Conference & Trade Show
April 28-29AFO Pool Academy WMS AquaticsSuncadia Resort,
Cle Elum
April 30-
May 1
AFO Pool Academy WMS AquaticsWoodmark Hotel,
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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