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WRPA Featured Trainings

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Training
Monday - Wednesday, March 3-5, Red Lion Hotel, Bellevue | SOLD OUT!
Contact the office to be added to the waitlist.

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

2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference Keynote Address
In preparation for the upcoming joint conference in April, please take a moment to review the keynote speaker presenting at the conference on Wedensday.

Bill Stainton — Wednesday Keynote
Bill Stainton is a multiple Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer and performer; an author; a business humorist; and an internationally-recognized Beatles expert. He blends the business smarts he learned from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he gleaned from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jay Leno to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences around the world!

2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference Session Spotlight

Surviving the angry mob: Presenting to tough crowds and living to tell about it
Sooner or later most professionals have the "opportunity" to present information to a "difficult" or hostile crowd. Review the essential foundational skills a speaker must use to help an audience be receptive to information and strengthen a point of view; several speaking techniques and methods will be shared that can help reduce speaker/audience conflict and foster a less adversarial atmosphere. These techniques will have the effect of helping to create open-mindedness and making people feel more comfortable being present at a meeting.
Presented by: Paul Kaftanski, City of Everett

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
April 28-29 in Cle Elum and April 30-May 1 in Kirkland

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 Advocacy News

Inslee will form task force to boost outdoor recreation industry
Everett Herald
Gov. Jay Inslee will soon sign an executive order aimed at expanding the state's outdoor recreation industry which produces billions of dollars in spending and tax revenues each year.
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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:
  • Seasonal Recreation Leader, Fife
  • Seasonal Recreation Assistant, Fife
  • Seasonal Park Maintenance Aid, Redmond
View the WRPA Career Center

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This Just In

Eagle Scouts of 1925 government trail building project honored at Pacific Harbors Council
Thirteen Eagle Scouts and their scoutmasters were recognized by the Pacific Harbors Boy Scout Council for their work in building the first trails by Eagle Scouts for the National Park Service in 1925 which forged a partnership between BSA and the NPS that has continued to this day. The history of the project was presented by way of a wall display to the Pacific Harbors Council by the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation highlighting the pioneering project by 13 hand-selected Eagle Scouts from Tacoma, Seattle, Bellingham and Everett.
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State parks launches new interactive website
The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced a new interactive website that allows the agency to provide improved public service and information about parks and programs. The website has undergone a seven-month redesign process with staff working with CivicPlus, a private company that specializes in government website development.
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Pioneer Park Aviary should be kept open
Union Bulletin
It would be a mistake — and incredibly unpopular — to close the Pioneer Park Aviary. Since the Walla Walla City Council voted 5-2 to shut down the Aviary, citizens have been sounding off — mostly via social media. The Council's decision is being lambasted on Facebook and pummeled in a poll. With 573 votes cast — the poll generally gets under 100 votes — about 93 percent of respondents disagree with the Council's decision.
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Ad revenue likely to start flowing to state parks
The Herald of Everett
Operators of Washington's cash-strapped parks system are getting closer to tapping a source of revenue that's been off-limits since the establishment of the state. The state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to lift the ban on the sale of commercial advertising in the state's 117 developed parks. Lawmakers promised it won't mean visitors encounter flashy signs on a hiking trail or see their favorite park renamed after a mega-corporation like Boeing or Microsoft.
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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. 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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