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

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 Friday.

Emily Pilloton – Friday Keynote
Emily Pilloton founded Project H in 2008, believing deeply in the power of design and building to excite learning and citizenship. Her first crush, MacGyver, sparked her love of constrained problem-solving and tinkering. She went on to study architecture and building because it was the one thing that allowed her to geek out about everything,from math and structural engineering to ethnography and the fascinating behavior of people. Read more about Emily.

Golf Tournament
Enjoy 18 holes of fun in a scramble format at Jackson Park Golf Course in Seattle in a tournament from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April. A tournament awards ceremony will follow. Take this opportunity to engage with your WRPA counterparts and friends as the joint conference kicks off. An estimated 70-75 people are expected to participate.

NEW Fun Run
Consider starting the joint conference on the right foot by joining this year's conference 5K Fun Run around Magnuson Park. The run is on Wednesday, April 9 starting at 7 a.m. Showers and a changing area will be available. You may select this event during the registration process. If you are already registered and would like to add the event, please send an email to

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Chainsaw safety and maintenance
WRPA Park Resource Network
March 19 from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Bellevue Resource Management Facility.

This training session will focus on chain saw safety and maintenance to include safe starting and operation, preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and scheduled maintenance.

Special thanks to Rick Castro, Davey Tree, for arranging this training.

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UW Husky Athletic Facility Tour present by the Pacific Northwest Sports Turf Managers Association
Tim Werner, Kirkland Parks Maintenance and Operations
The Pacific Northwest Sports Turf Managers Association is hosting tours of the University of Washington Husky Athletic Facilities on March 27. Registration is now open for members and nonmembers. Email Tim Werner with Kirkland Parks Maintenance and Operations for more information!
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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 Member Highlights/Happenings

Mickey Corso Scholarship Applications now being accepted!
Deadline: March 14, 2014

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.

Use this link to download the application today. | Read more

Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Camp WAKAPALA Co-Director, City of Kent
  • Program Director, City of Friday Harbor
  • Recreation Assistant, City of Marysville
Seasonal Maintenance Positions open for various county parks and facility locations!
There are multiple opportunities for seasonal maintenance positions listed on our website.

View the WRPA Career Center

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This Just In

New Website Launched!
Our new website is now live. Staff and volunteers from the PR Committee are still hard at work making sure that everything is working right. Once all systems are in place we will begin to launch new and improved member benefits. Stay tuned!

Our launch announcement was sent earlier this week. If you did not receive it please contact our office to get your username and password.

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Bill making Palouse Falls state waterfall heads to Inslee
The Seattle Times
A plan to name Palouse Falls the official state waterfall passed the Senate and was sent to Gov. Jay Inslee. On a 46-3 vote, a plan devised by grade school students in Washtucna cleared its last legislative hurdle and seems likely to become law. The falls is one of the nation's tallest, and the park around it is one of the few state parks that operate in the black, said Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville. Nearby Lyons Ferry State Park, among those closed because of budget constraints, will be one of the first to reopen and a hiking trail will link the two parks, he said.
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Citizens panel calls for vote on new Seattle parks district
The Seattle Times
A citizens committee recommended creating a new, permanent taxing district that would raise $57 million a year for Seattle parks after the current levy expires this year. In an 11-1 vote, the Parks Legacy Committee approved forwarding to the mayor and City Council a proposal to create a Metropolitan Parks District with its own taxing authority to address an almost $270 million backlog in parks maintenance and to restore community-center hours that were cut during the recession.
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Seattle plans more work in upper Me-Kwa-Mooks
West Seattle Blog
Seattle Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Green Seattle Partnership, is undertaking another project to preserve portions of Me-Kwa-Mooks Park off SW Jacobsen Road. Activities will include control of 4 acres of invasive weeds, planting thousands of native plants, erosion control and litter removal with the help of urban forestry crews and volunteer support. The public will still have access to enjoy Me-Kwa-Mooks Park on established trails throughout the duration of the project.
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Walla Walla city council backtracks on aviary; grants 6 month delay
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Plans to close Pioneer Park Aviary are on hold for the next six months. The Walla Walla City Council, which voted recently to close the facility due to funding woes, voted 6-0 to give Friends of the Pioneer Park Aviary time to work out a lease to take over the facility and raise half the capital to repair it. Mayor Jerry Cummins was absent. "This is probably the best of all possible outcomes," said Council member Barbara Clark, noting that since voting for closure she has had numerous letters and comments from both aviary supporters and closure supporters.
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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.
Mar. 7WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPANorth Bend
Mar. 19Chainsaw Safety and MaintenanceWRPABellevue Resource
Mgmt. Facility
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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