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We love Tacoma

A special thank you to Metro Parks Tacoma for all the time, energy and creativity that went into hosting the 2015 WRPA Annual Conference. Thank you for a wonderful conference!

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Pacific Northwest Aquatics Conference

September 28–29 | Great Wolf Lodge

WRPA's Aquatics Network two-day Conference will be an amazing opportunity that provides training locally and inexpensively to meet the needs of facilities with limited training budgets.

Learn from those in the biz — it's more than fun and games and getting a tan!

This program is designed specifically for aquatic professionals at all levels including Head Lifeguards, Aquatic Directors, Managers, Supervisors and Coordinators. This is your chance to gain skills and knowledge about Facility operations and the relevance of aquatic recreation. Learn how to overcome the challenges of training staff and how to have a stronger customer service experience.

Hosted at Great Wolf Lodge, an exciting resort that features a complex water park including six waterslides, an extreme tube ride, three activity pools, an indoor/outdoor hot tub and an interactive treehouse water fort.

Early Bird prices are now available, so don't miss your chance to join your aquatic colleagues at this incredible conference.

Register Now!

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2015 Business Institute

October 22 | Tukwila Community Center

Join hundreds of your colleagues from across the region for an inspiring day of professional development and networking.

Your day will include a fantastic mix of subjects to help navigate the ever-changing landscape of parks and recreation. Choose from four tracks featuring Administration, Management, Communication and Marketing. You can learn best practices on how to resolve and prevent workplace conflict, how to successfully plan for the future, recruiting or how to create culturally competent processes. Learn more by previewing the schedule, which is where you will find session information and speaker biographies. Speaking of speakers, we will be joined by:
-Wallace Wilkins, Ph.D. with Resolution Resource Center
-Connie Poulsen with Management Training & Consulting
-Heidi Schillinger with Equity Matters
-Debra Hentz with Washington State's Local Government Performance Office
-Penny Mabie with EnviroIssues

Learn more and register!

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WRPA Member Highlights & Happenings

WRPA Mariners and 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 non-members. We encourage you to invite staff in your department, family and friends, or 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!

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Congratulations to all of the WRPA Award Winners!

The Washington Recreation & Park Association (WRPA) 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 2015 award recipients were honored at our Annual Conference & Trade Show on Thursday, April 30th at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

Honor Fellow
Tara Mizell, City of Marysville

Young Professional
Nate Robinson, City of Tukwila

President's Award
Ron Davis, City of Seattle

Citation of Merit — Professional
Katie Anderson, City of Redmond

Citation of Merit — Citizen
Bruce Higgins

Citation of Merit — Organization
Partners for Parks
Verdant Health Commission
Bainbridge Island Land Trust

Citation of Merit — Legislative
Mary Norton

Distinguished Service
Richard Deal
Kevin Henry
Pat Parkhurst
Bonnie Rerecich

Tammy Rankins, City of Edmonds
Meredith Smith, Pierce County
Todd Cort, City of Edmonds

Parks & Outdoor Spaces — Playground
SERA Playground and Sprayground, Metro Parks Tacoma

Parks & Outdoors Spaces — Park
Seahurst Park, City of Burien
Miner’s Corner County Park, Snohomish County

Cultural Competency — Inclusive Play
Meadow Crest Playground, City of Renton

Trail & Outdoor Access
May Creek Trail, City of Renton

Special Use Facility
Bellevue Botanical Garden and Visitor Center, City of Bellevue

Community and/or Aquatic Center
Snohomish Aquatic Center, Snohomish School District

Innovative Outreach
Zip Tour Campaign, City of Bellevue

Promotional Materials
Parks and Recreation Marketing Videos, City of Mercer Island

Arts & Cultural Service
Pianos in the Parks, City of Seattle
Arts-a-Glow Lantern Festival, City of Burien

Cultural Competency
Race and Social Justice Initiative, City of Seattle

Environmental Stewardship
Heritage Park Stewards, Kitsap County

Health & Wellness
Million Stair/Million Step Program, City of Shoreline
Track and Field Program, Pierce County

Innovative Program
EZRocks: Skate for the Cure, City of Bellevue
S.T.E.M. Fair, City of Lacey

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Dozens of new positions added to the WRPA Job Board
  • Day Camp Counselor, City of Bellevue
  • Teen Camp Supervisor, City of Federal Way
  • Code10 Day Camp Counselor, City of Everett
  • Recreation Specialist, PenMet Parks
  • Senior Lifeguard, City of Lakewood
  • Administrative Assistant, City of Renton
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.

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This Just In

Kids plus the outdoors equals a good investment
The Seattle Times
From the snow-capped peak of Mount Rainier to the roaring waters of the Spokane River to the lush canopies of the Hoh Rain Forest, we Washingtonians have incredible outdoor experiences right at our doorsteps. This beautiful natural setting brings us many economic and educational benefits. It's also the underpinning of a unique opportunity to support Washington's kids and economy that has brought Democrats and Republicans together in Olympia.
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Toxic turf? Momentum grows against synthetic turf
New England Center for Investigative Reporting
Artificial turf fields, cushioned with recycled crushed tires and increasingly in demand for U.S. athletic complexes, are getting some serious pushback. Increasingly, many places nationwide are debating costly plans to build new, or refurbish old, artificial turf fields, and sports enthusiasts who love the vivid-green fields for their durability and easy maintenance are bracing for new opposition from parents of budding athletes about the safety of crumb rubber pellets.
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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.
June 19WRPA Night with the MarinersSafeco Field
Aug. 1WRPA Night with the SoundersCentury Link Field
Sept. 28-29Pacific Northwest Aquatics ConferenceGreat Wolf Lodge
Oct. 22*Business InstituteTukwila Community Center
May 4-52015 Annual ConferenceXfinity Convention Center

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

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