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Congratulations WRPA on a very successful 2014 Conference, and your new Board of Directors!

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to your new Board of Directors for WRPA this year:

Carrie Hite, President
Brad Case President Elect
Cheryl Frasier, Vice President
Colin Walker, At Large
Casey Stanley, At Large
Kurt Dahmen, Eastern Washington region
Paul Kaftansk, Northwest Washington region
Dave Johnson, Seattle/King County region
Scott Rive, Southwest Washington region

We have already been working hard at planning for a transformational year for WRPA and will be working on the following goals:
  • Provide robust training, education, and networking opportunities for our membership!
  • Enhance our technology to meet the needs of our members, no matter where they are, or what they need!
  • Engage effective legislative advocacy for the Parks and Recreation field!
  • Create and maintain a financially sound organization!
  • Remember and celebrate our historical roots, engage previous leadership!
  • Provide value, relevancy, and ensure that people want to be a member of WRPA!
Share your talents as a WRPA volunteer
Have you ever wanted to get involved in WRPA and were just not sure how to, or where your skills would fit the best? Let us know! We are recruiting volunteers from our general membership to help out in many areas, and we would like you to get involved! We need your help in Membership, Communications (all things public relations), Professional Development (all educational endeavors), Resource Development (including endowment and fund development), and on our legislative committee. Email with your interests!

Carrie Hite, WRPA Board President, Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director

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WRPA Featured Trainings

2014 AFO Courses
WMS Aquatics
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.

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Best practices in selecting contractors and consultants
May 14 at 10 a.m.
Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, Seattle

What things should you do to select qualified contractors and consultants in a way that complies with laws and regulations? Read more

Instructor: Mike Purdy from Michael E Purdy Associate, LLC

Thank you to our sponsor:

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2014 WRPA Software Symposium
May 28 at 8 a.m.
Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila

Have you heard the rumors that CLASS is going away in a few years? Whether you have or not, it may benefit you to attend the WRPA 2014 Software Symposium at the Tukwila Community Center. The Symposium will take place on Wednesday, May 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, May 29, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WRPA will have up to four Parks and Recreation software companies present their products in 90 minute sessions. There will also be a Showcase and Demo room in which Cities can individually speak with 6-10 software companies if they have additional questions.

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

Washington Recreation & Park Association announces annual award recipients
The Washington Recreation & 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. The 2014 award recipients were honored at our Annual Conference & Trade Show on Wednesday, April 9 in Seattle at Magnuson Park.

Honor Fellow

Mary Dodsworth, City of Lakewood

Young Professional
Jennifer Spane, Pierce County

President's Award
Jana Raasch, City of Mercer Island

Citation of Merit — Professional
Lori Cummings, City of Everett

Citation of Merit — Citizen
Janet Young, Shane Park Playground Foundation, Port Angeles
Mike Arizona, Boeing Employee's Credit Union, Tukwila

Citation of Merit — Organization
Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Wenatchee

Citation of Merit — Legislative
Jim Porter, Former Commissioner of South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District, Langley

Distinguished Service
Barbara Brock
John Hodgson
Kathy Kravit-Smith
Don Sarcletti
Kevin Stoops
Paul Surek
Vicki Vanneman

Courtney Brown, City of Shoreline
Sarah Sandquist, City of Redmond

Special Use Facility
William Shore Pool, William Shore Memorial Pool District

Community Center
Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool, City of Seattle

Waterfront Park
Don Morse Park, City of Chelan

Cultural Competency
Luther Burbank Playground, City of Mercer Island

Park & Outdoor Space
Confluence Park, City of Issaquah

Innovative Facility
Camping Cargo Container, King County

Trail & Outdoor Access
Fennel Creek Trail, City of Bonney Lake

Innovative Outreach
Moving Listening Sessions, City of Tukwila

Marketing Strategy
Summer Day Camps, City of Bellevue

Promotional Material (Population Under 100,000)
Youth & Teen Summer Program Guide, City of Tukwila

Promotional Material (Population Over 100,000)
Monthly e-Newsletter, City of Bellevue

Cultural Competency
Companionship Quarterly Guide, Pierce County

Arts & Cultural Service

Dancing 'til Dusk, City of Seattle

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Did you attend the WASLA & WRPA Joint Conference & Trade Show?
We want your opinion, please complete our survey to share your experience with us.

Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Zumba instructor, city of Kirkland
  • Lifeguards, city of Maple Valley
  • Operations manager, Si View Metro Parks
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

April Pools Day

With spring and sun, comes outdoor fun. Kids and families around the region can participate in free April Pools Day events on Saturday, April 19 to learn about water safety, lifejacket use and other water safe tips to stay safe all summer long around Washington’s lakes, rivers and beaches. Check out the list of the more than 25 participating facilities or click here for more information.
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West Seattle's first city-approved 'parklet' planned
West Seattle Blog
Until now, West Seattle wasn't represented in the city's pilot program turning a few street-parking spaces around the city into "parklets" — a program inspired by other cities including Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. But SDOT has confirmed West Seattle's first parklet is one of a dozen-plus in the works around the city.
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Hundreds of lakes open April 26 for biggest fishing day of the year
Trout fishing in Washington hits full throttle April 26, when several hundred lowland lakes — stocked with millions of fish — open for a six-month season. Although many waterways are open year-round, the fourth Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland lakes fishing season. Hundreds of thousands of anglers are expected to turn out for the big day.
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Bell Street Park, a sign of things to come?
Seattle Pi
The City of Seattle celebrates the official opening of Bell Street Park, with a neighborhood party in Belltown. The new "street park" runs from First through Fifth Avenue along Bell Street. The unique design of the street park allows for cars and bicycles to use the street, while maintaining a park-like atmosphere with artworks, planters and seating.
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Outdoor enthusiasts search for state parks funding
The Herald of Everett, Washington
A task force appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee began work on finding a better way to fund the state parks system and promote Washington's multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation industry. Inslee also wants the panel to come up with ideas for getting children to spend more time recreating in the outdoors which he hopes will help stem the spread of obesity among the state's youngest residents.
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Silver Lake Visitor Center remodel won't require asbestos methods
The Daily News
A $225,000 roof replacement project at the Silver Lake Visitor Center does not require covering the building in plastic to contain asbestos, state Parks Department officials say. The 30-year-old roof shingles are about 20 percent asbestos, but the material is not considered "friable" — easily crushed into powder that can become airborne — and thus not necessary to contain with plastic, parks spokeswoman Virginia Painter said.
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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.
April 28-29AFO Pool Academy WMS AquaticsSuncadia Resort,
Cle Elum
April 30-
May 1
AFO Pool Academy WMS AquaticsWoodmark Hotel,
May 14Best Practices in Contractors and Consultants WRPASeattle
May 28-29Software SymposiumWRPATukwila Community Center
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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