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'Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities'

April 29 - May 1 | Tacoma, Washington

Online Registration Ends next Friday, April 24!

Don't miss your chance to join us for the WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show! Registration will end in just one week, but you can still register online. Did you know that you can register now, and pay later? The WRPA website has a great "invoice me" option that you can utilize for any WRPA events. Hurry and register yourself and your colleagues before online registration closes. Can't attend the entire Conference? Check out our One-Day Registration options!

Check out these other Conference details:
  • Pre-conference activities — Northwest Trek, Tour de Tacoma and Golf!
  • Conference schedule and sessions — Plan ahead and find the sessions that you are want to attend


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    WRPA Member Highlights & Happenings

    Introducing Landry
    We would like you to meet Landry. He is the son of Dave Hall at Marysville Parks and Recreation Department. Landry just turned 2 and the following week it was discovered he has leukemia.

    Landry has two big brothers and a sister and lives with Mom, Katie and Dad, Dave in Stanwood. Landry has a long road ahead and has spent the last week having surgeries, transfusions, and receiving lots of medicines to fight the cancer.

    Here are some ways to help the Hall Family:

    Dave and Katie are asking for thoughts and prayers for their family.

    A CaringBridge Site was created for Landry Hall. The family will use this online space to share health news, and you can write messages of encouragement in return.

    Landry's friends at the parks and recreation department are collecting funds to provide Dave and Katie with prepaid Costco/gas cards. If you would like to donate please drop off donations to Jim Ballew or Tara Mizell at the park office* and we will be sure they receive the support. Treatment will be a long process and the treks to Children's Hospital will be often, when he isn't staying at the hospital. (*Mailing Address: Tara Mizell, Marysville Parks and Recreation, 6915 Armar Road, Marysville, WA 98270)
    On behalf of the Hall Family we appreciate your support!

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    Member Survey
    Have you filled out the member survey yet? WRPA invites you to participate in our 2015 Member Survey. What are our strengths? What can we do better? What do you think WRPA should be doing that we currently aren't? Help us continue to evolve as an association and serve you by offering your input. Take the Member Survey Now! We welcome and value your input.
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    Dozens of new positions added to the WRPA Job Board:
    • Facility Rental Monitor, City of Bellevue
    • Park Maintenance Help, City of Maple Valley
    • Tennis Instructors, City of Kirkland
    • Recreation Internship, City of Puyallup
    • Recreation Specialist, City of Burien
    View the WRPA Career Center to see more.

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    Connect with Future Professionals at Conference!
    The Student Connections Committee is looking for current professionals who are willing to connect with students who will be attending the conference. All you need to do is drop a business card in the bowl that will be at the registration table on Thursday. The students who will be attending conference will draw a card and it is one of their goals of conference to track down the person on the card they drew. We would like professionals who contribute to this task to be willing to spend a few minutes with the student to talk about working in the industry. If you have any questions, please email Kevin Witte at
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    Washington youth sports administrator joins inaugural CYSA Leadership Committee
    CYSA Leadership Committee is first of its kind to unify youth sports administration
    The National Alliance for Youth Sports is proud to announce the formation of an inaugural CYSA Leadership Committee. The committee consists of Rick Bruya, recreation coordinator at Auburn Parks and Recreation and Certified Youth Sports Administrator, as well as other CYSAs from around the world, dedicated to operating youth sports programs with integrity and professionalism.
    The CYSA Leadership Committee is the first of its kind and brings together youth sports administrators to further promote the need for education and professional standards of those overseeing youth sports programs. The Committee will also help guide policy and standards in youth sports programming and administration.

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    This Just In

    User's guide to Mount Spokane unlocks park's secrets
    The Spokesman-Review
    The biggest peak in Spokane's backyard is so familiar, yet so unknown. A new book, "Mount Spokane State Park: A User's Guide," answers questions and packs a ton of other information past and present into 150 pages.
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    Could a dose of nature be just what the doctor ordered?
    American Institute of Biological Sciences via ScienceDaily
    Numerous studies over the past 30 years have linked exposure to nature with improved human health and well-being. These findings are of growing importance: In the near future, 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities, where they will face a rising tide of lifestyle-related disease. Still, little is known about the mechanisms underlying the nature-health connection, and confusion awaits those who would transform existing findings into action.
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    Protecting gym lighting, sprinklers and scoreboards
    Athletic Business
    A gymnasium is a high-activity environment, and while most of the components found within are designed to live up to the abuse of its users, overlooking the few vulnerable elements can prove costly for gym operators.
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    WRPA Advocacy News

    'YAF' Funding in the Senate Capital Budget — Your Input Welcomed
    Last week, the State Senate allocated $10 million in its 2015-17 Capital Budget for the Youth Athletic Facilities program — with $7 million set aside for competitive grant funding and $3 million earmarked for two specific projects. Sec. 3170 of the budget bill also comes with the following conditional language for YAF grants:
    The appropriation is provided solely for grants for acquisition, development or renovation of youth athletic fields. The recreation conservation office must require grant recipients of youth recreation field grants to have a fee waiver policy for youth athletic clubs who use the fields acquired, developed or renovation with funds from this appropriation. The fee waiver policy must discount or waive fees based on the youth athletic club's rates charged and scholarships provided to low-income athletes compared to other clubs using the fields.
    WRPA's Legislative Committee met via conference call and is prepared to work with this language and not seek changes. The Legislative Committee decision is based on the fact that the funding allows for a flexible "acquisition, development or renovation of youth athletic fields," that the proviso simply requires a policy vs. demanding specific on-the-ground actions, and that the proviso allows all of us at the local level to either discount or waive fees at our discretion.
    That said, we are sending this language and our preliminary direction on it out to the broader WRPA Membership. If you have serious concerns, please don't hesitate to contact WRPA Lobbyist Doug Levy at (425)922-3999 or

    Read more legislative updates here.

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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.
    Apr. 30-May 1*WRPA Annual Conference & Trade ShowTacoma Convention Center
    Sept. 28-29Pacific Northwest Aquatics ConferenceGreat Wolf Lodge
    Oct. 22*Business InstituteTukwila Community Center

    *WRPA recommended trainings to sustain your core competencies in parks and recreation.

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    WRPA Weekly
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