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

April 29-May 1 in Tacoma, Washington

FIVE benefits to attending this conference include:
1. EDUCATIONAL opportunities
2. NETWORKING with peers, colleagues, heroes
3. ENCOUNTERING new vendors, services & products
4. SHARING what you’ve learned with colleagues who didn’t get to attend, and
5. Having FUN!



    Pre-Conference Activities & Institutes
    Golf Tournament, Foot Golf Tournament, NW Trek, Tour de Tacoma Parks
    Keynote Speakers
    Mike Smith, Kostas Voutsas
    Over 35 Educational Sessions
    Recreation Programming, Professional Development, Resource Management & Park Planning, Business Administration

WEDNESDAY 6 p.m. | Going To The Social?
Following the two tournaments, this year's Conference Social will literally be AT The Social, The Social Bar & Grill, that is. On Tacoma's beautiful downtown waterfront, this no-host networking event is a great place to meet up with friends and colleagues. Says the News Tribune: With its spectacular water and mountain views, The Social offers a sense of place for Tacoma in a way few restaurants can; a restaurant that's named after what it's supposed to be.

AND SPEAKING OF THE SOCIAL, follow all the latest regarding WRPA and the Annual Conference on WRPA's social networking sites — *Like* the WRPA Facebook page, and *Follow* WRPA on Twitter.

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Nominations for WRPA Annual Award Program are due Next Friday!
You don't need a marketing department to prepare a nomination. The process has been simplified with an intent to help the Awards Committee make selections based on merit rather than a fancy nomination. 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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Mickey Corso Scholarship — Applications are now being accepted!
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 will be awarded to professionals in the field of parks and recreation who demonstrate the leadership, commitment and professional qualities for which Mickey will be remembered. Nominate someone today and submit an application!
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Certified Playground Safety Inspector
Spring Program

Registration will close next Monday!

Identify hidden hazards and make changes BEFORE an accident occurs. An inspection by a CPSI can reveal structural problems and environmental conditions that you wouldn't otherwise discover. 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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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

Looking for Interns?
Send your internship job description to the Student Connections Committee and let them help you find a summer intern. The SCC has been meeting with colleges in the state and can help you promote your internship. Send your job description, application, and website link to Sarah Sandquist ( or Kevin Witte ( and they will send it to professors, post it on the SCC Facebook page, and send it to students who have reached out to them for job leads.
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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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Physical inactivity kills

A new report suggests physical inactivity kills more people than obesity
New research: Physical Inactivity vs. Obesity

America Walks launches new webinar series:
Inspiring stories of walkable communities

America Walks has announced its first series of 2015 webinars. Building on the theme of "Inspiring Stories," these free webinars will showcase specific walkable community successes achieved by local elected officials, health care industry leaders and seasoned campaigners. These stories will inspire you with big ideas and equip you with resources and tools to begin to make lasting change in your own communities.

Webinar Dates:
"What's Happening in Health Care?"

Friday, Feb. 20 — 1 p.m. Eastern

"Lessons from the Experts: 10 First Steps to Walkability"
Monday, March 9 — 1 p.m. Eastern

For more details about each webinar, visit the America Walks website.

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WRPA Advocacy News

WRPA & WWRC Legislative Day in Olympia
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Feb. 25! That's the day that WRPA will hold its annual Day on the Hill to take our priority issues and concerns to lawmakers in Olympia. This year we are joining up with the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition, which is holding its Legislative Day on the 25th as well. We hope this tag-team rally day will give us a chance to raise the profile of the 2015-17 Capital Budget request for WWRP and to give local parks and recreation a higher profile and more oomph in making its case. RSVP now!
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This Just In

Klickitat rail-to-trail features winter eagles
The Columbian
The lower two miles are the least scenic — perhaps least appealing — of the otherwise splendid Klickitat Trail. Unless you like bald eagles.
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Study: Parents worldwide say kids need more nature
Nature Rocks
The Nature Conservancy, with support from Disney, recently surveyed parents of kids between 3-18 in the U.S., Brazil, China, France and Hong Kong about kids and nature. This is the first global survey to capture how much time kids spend outside and parents' perspectives on how much importance they place on nature. As it turns out, U.S. parents worry about getting their kids outside as much as they do about bullying, the quality of education and obesity.
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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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