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WRPA Featured Trainings

Pacific Northwest Aquatics Conference

September 28 – 29 | Great Wolf Lodge

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

Learn from those in the business of Aquatics: it's more than fun and games and getting a tan!

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

Hear from a dynamic list of speakers including: George Deines, Chris Nunes, Greg Schmidt, Pete DeQuincy and Baly Botten.

Early Bird prices are now available. 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

Members on the Move

John Keates started in May with the City of Bothell as the City’s first parks and recreation director. Previously the City combined parks and recreation services under the management of the public works department. During the 2014 budget process the Bothell City Council decided to form a Parks and Recreation Department with recreation services and park maintenance reporting to a Parks and Recreation Director. John’s experience includes nine years with Mason County and twelve years with the City of Enumclaw. Congratulations John!

**Has someone from your office recently moved to a new position? Send their information to the WRPA Office, so that we can feature them in the next WRPAToday!

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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 or family and friends. 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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All the same great information but just a little different

The WRPA Weekly will be looking different starting in June. The Weekly will have a new name (WRPA Today), will be moving to a monthly distribution and will have a new look. If you have any questions, please contact Casey Stanley, Communications Chair at
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Kids Will Get More Out of Sports if we Put the Fun Back In
The Seattle Times
There’s a national movement to put the fun back into youth sports and to make the development of lifelong physical and mental benefits more important than winning.

For a couple of years, people who have expertise in child development, sports and other fields have been meeting to talk about where we are and where we ought to be with regard to children and sports. This year launched a report and action plan, "Sport for All / Play for Life."

Most children ages 6-11 aren’t getting the minimum hour a day of physical activity they need to stay healthy. And between 2008 and 2013, sports-participation rates declined among children 6-12.

Some kids don’t have access to sports programs. Household income makes a difference in access and the age at which children are introduced to sports. The higher the income, the earlier children start participating.

Also, kids’ sports have become extremely competitive, so that more and more children are left out. Often, only kids who can help a team win are valued.

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Dozens of New Positions Added to the WRPA Job Board:
  • Grounds Specialist, City of Vancouver
  • Education Program Specialist, Metro Parks Tacoma
  • Facilities, Parks and Trails Manager, Mason County
  • Lifeguards, City of Shoreline
  • Golf Cart Assistant, City of Tukwila
  • Recreation Specialist, City of Des Moines
View the WRPA Career Center to see all of the current job postings!

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This Just In

Time to give our state parks love and a little money
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Palouse Falls State Park is way out in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Washington, yet the parking lot was full, tents dotted the lawn and visitors were trekking all over the place on a spring Saturday two weeks ago. They were part of 33 million visits each year to Washington’s 130 very diverse state parks. In the words of Gov. Jay Inslee, however, our state park system has operated on "baling wire and duct tape" since the Great Recession.
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Public invited to celebrate June 5 reopening of Lyons Ferry State Park
Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite the public to a reopening celebration at Lyons Ferry State Park, along Highway 261 near Starbuck in Southeast Washington. The opening event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5, at the day-use park, and participants are invited to bring along a lunch and make a day of it.
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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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