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2014 AFO Courses
April 28-29 in Cle Elum
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.
Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Outdoor Recreation —
an opportunity to participate, an invitation to donate
On Feb. 19, Governor Inslee signed Executive Order 14-01, which establishes a Blue Ribbon Task Force to help transform the way the state looks at outdoor recreation. We see the Task Force, which will include Mason County Parks Director John Keates as one of its 17 voting members, as a unique opportunity to promote outdoor recreation as a key part of Washington State’s diverse economy and quality of life. The Task Force also provides unique opportunities to promote the role of local parks and to perhaps suggest policy and funding ideas to assist us. On Wednesday, April 9, the Task Force held the first of what are expected to be several meetings.
The Task Force is funded in part by state general fund monies and in part by outside contributions from the private sector. If you or anyone you know is interested in contributing to the Task Force through either a financial donation, or by sponsoring lunches or events in conjunction with the Task Force, please contact our state lobbyist Doug Levy via email or at 425-922-3999. For those who want to know more, links to the Task Force page (which can be found on the Recreation and Conservation Office website) and Task Force Membership, and to the Governor's Executive Order, can be found here: Task Force Membership | Governor's Executive Order
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
Seasonal maintenance positions open for various county parks and facility locations!
- Zumba instructor, city of Kirkland
- Lifeguards, city of Maple Valley
- Operations manager, Si View Metro Parks
View the WRPA Career Center
- There are multiple opportunities for seasonal maintenance positions listed on our website
The Youth Recreational Facilities grant
The Youth Recreational Facilities Grant for the 2015-17 funding cycle is now open! The deadline is on Thursday, May 15 at 5 p.m.
This link has everything you need to know about the grant opportunity. Here are the changes you should know about:
All projects must be reviewed by the Dept. of Archaeology and Historic Preservation before the application can be submitted and approved. This is a free service, and DAHP has been very good about quick turnaround times (usually less than a week). Everything you need can be found here.
Second, we have finally switched to an online application and scoring/review system called ZoomGrants. All of us here at Community Capital Facilities have been very impressed with this system so far. To apply for the YRF Grant you must first create a login here.
Here are some simple videos and slideshows for applicants to help with the process:
The Overview Video | How to apply for a grant: Video | Slideshow
If you have any programmatic questions or need any assistance at all, please contact us at Capprograms@commerce.wa.gov or call 360-725-3075.
For technical assistance with the ZoomGrants application, please contact Questions@ZoomGrants.com or call 866-323-5404 x2.
Fulfilling Metro Parks plan means $198 million more for Tacomans
The Bellingham Herald
More than eight years ago Tacomans approved a bond issue to pay for improvements to dozens of parks, the zoo and natural areas throughout the region. Now, Metro Parks Tacoma is asking voters to double down on that support.
Discovery Park's North Beach Trail back in top form
The Seattle Times
A section of the North Beach loop had been closed for two years after the pedestrian bridge and steps washed out. Due to budget constraints, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department couldn't afford to build another bridge until about six months ago, with the help of volunteers. But this route has always been a priority.
Carving driftwood leaves an artistic public mark in Lincoln Park
West Seattle Herald
If you've been for a walk in Lincoln Park over the last few months you may have noticed that one or two pieces of driftwood bear a certain mark of distinction. They've been carved with unique and creative designs.
Walla Walla awaits Memorial Pool rebuilding study
A new plan to rebuild Memorial Pool is treading water as city officials await word from an aquatic design and engineering firm hired to study reusing and rebuilding the facility. Memorial Pool closed after the summer season of 2006 and never reopened because it needed too many costly repairs and got too little use, city officials said. A bid to build a new water complex was sunk by voters in 2012.
Recreation events in Tacoma help kids with disabilities
The News Tribune
Tacoma Public Schools and Metro Parks have launched a pilot recreation program to help youths with disabilities who are about to age out of the public school system. Monthly outings will be designed to teach students about specialized recreational opportunities they can enjoy now and in the future. The goal is to help ease their transition from school to community.
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