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'Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities'
April 29 - May 1 | Tacoma, Washington
The Conference is happening now! A special thank you to all of the amazing people that put such a successful event together!
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WRPA Member Highlights & Happenings
WRPA Mariners/Sounders Networking Events
Join WRPA for a night of fun and networking while enjoying a great game! WRPA has partnered with the Mariners and Sounders to offer discounted tickets to each game with a portion of every ticket sold benefiting WRPA. This offer is open to WRPA Members and nonmembers. We are encouraging you to invite any staff in your department, your family and friends and anyone else who might enjoy the game. The more tickets we sell, the more it benefits WRPA!
There will be some special opportunities for the department/city that has the most attendees. Perks include team gear and the opportunity to go on the field at the game!
Friday, June 19, 7:10 p.m. Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners. Tickets $15/ea. Tickets available by visiting the WRPA events page.
Saturday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m. Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders FC. Tickets $18/ea. Tickets available by visiting the WRPA events page.
If you have any questions about either event, please contact Kevin Witte at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you at the game!
Dozens of new positions added to the WRPA Job Board:
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.
- Recreation Lead Supervisor/Sports Camp Director, City of Tukwila
- Recreation Specialist - Beach Manager, City of Mercer Island
- Teen Development Recreation Leader, City of Seattle
- Assistant Mountain Biking Leader, City of Bainbridge Island
- Facility Rental Monitor , City of Bellevue
ORPA offering ADA Workshop with national expert John McGovern
May 7 | Lake Oswego OR (just 18 miles south of Vancouver)
The Oregon Recreation & Park Association invites WRPA members to its May 7 ADA workshop with John McGovern, nationally recognized parks and recreation ADA expert. John will present the following half-day sessions for ORPA on May 7 in Lake Oswego:
Accessibility for New and Existing Facilities and Sites | 8 a.m. to noon The facilities and sites component covers the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design for new and existing facilities, the Final Guideline for Outdoor Recreation Sites and ADA Title II administrative requirements.
Recreation Inclusion Mandate and Access Policy Issues | 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. Inclusive recreation content includes legal requirements, the eight-step inclusion process and funding and staffing inclusion, and ADA Title II compliance.
Register by May 1 for either half-day session or for the entire day. Half-day registration is $55, and full-day registration is $85; registration includes the program, refreshments and lunch.
Learn more and register!
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 (NAYS) 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 (CYSA), 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.
Study: Americans were less active in 2014, despite surge in fitness trackers
AFP via New York Daily News
Americans reduced their physical activity in 2014, despite the exploding popularity of wearable fitness trackers and apps, marked by a burgeoning market offering countless options. The Physical Activity Council recently released its 2015 Participation Report, which found that 82.7 million Americans, or 28.3 percent, matched the council's definition of physically inactive last year.
New sections extend Cushman Trail to Gig Harbor North
Since the first section was completed in 2000, Kitsap's Cushman Trail has slowly and steadily grown from 2.5 miles to more than six miles, as Phases 3 and 4 of the popular trail officially open on May 1. The trail now goes from the Narrows Bridge all the way to Borgen Boulevard in Gig Harbor North.
Technology, outdoor sports converge at drone conference
The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee
Surfers catching waves and mountain bikers pedaling through forests are used to the occasional low flying pelican or diving hawk, but these days outdoor recreationalists can find what's up in the air isn't a bird at all, it's a drone. As prices go down and drone technology advances, park and wilderness visitors who want to use drones also need to make sure that everyone is having a safe and enjoyable experience, said Sergio Capozzi at the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals.
Keep our public lands public
By The Herald Editorial Board
For nearly 50 years, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has invested nearly $17 billion nationwide and $500 million in Washington in state and federal land conservation projects and matching grants for state and local parks, trails, recreational facilities and to support working forests and family farms.
Among the projects that the fund could aid in Washington state next year would be preservation of 165 acres of historic farmland at Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island through the use of conservation easements. Ebey's Landing, a National Historical Reserve, has protected public land with stunning vistas and farmland that has been in working production since the 1850s.
No taxpayer has ever paid a dime into this fund. Each year the conservation fund receives about $900 million from a portion of the fees collected from offshore oil-drilling operations, but over the years some of that funding has been diverted by Congress for uses other than the act's language intended.
That loss of funding should be corrected, but the fund itself faces a questionable future, judging by recent symbolic votes in Congress.
What bills got passed, what got blocked, and what hovers in limbo as Olympia prepares for a special session
The Seattle Times
OLYMPIA — Most of the state politics talk lately has focused on the impasse over a budget agreement and the special session that starts Wednesday. But a reader asked recently: What have lawmakers gotten done? And what have they yet to do?
Good question. Read the bills that passed the Legislature and got signed by Gov. Jay Inslee here.
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