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WRPA strategic plan update
Why are we having a member vote? What is changing? Why the new bylaws? Why eliminate so many positions? Will I still have a vote? How will people volunteer to serve their association? What happened to the sections?
New Q & A with President Jessi Bon
As part of the ongoing strategic planning process, the board approved the revised bylaws at the June 14 board meeting. Members will be asked to ratify the new bylaws by vote at the end of August. Visit the WRPA strategic plan Web page for updated maps, charts, bylaws and more. Please contact Jessi Bon, WRPA President, with your questions.
Process to Evaluate & Re-Examine the WWRP
Given the very real possibility that the WWRP may undergo some modifications, we are asking WRPA members to participate in a series of upcoming work sessions to discuss the grant program and identify issues/modifications worthy of pursuing. Our goal is to come as close as we can to a consensus on a short list of items we would bring to the WWRC Listening Sessions. We also hope to engage as many WRPA members as possible. The following meetings for WRPA members are scheduled.
Aug. 1 – Cheney, 1:30 p.m.
Aug. 2 – Ellensburg, 10:00 a.m.
Aug. 12 – Everett, 9:00 a.m.
Aug. 13 – Tacoma, 10:00 a.m.
Aug. 14 – Bellevue, 10:00 a.m.
Action Alert: Senate Amendment Threatens Funding for Walking & Biking
We have learned that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is planning to offer an amendment — Senate Amendment 1742 — to the Transportation Appropriations bill (Senate Bill 1243) to transfer all funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program to pay for bridge repairs instead. The Transportation Alternatives Program includes all the funding for the Recreational Trails Program, in addition to funding for what used to be known as Transportation Enhancements as well as Safe Routes to School.
Action on the amendment could happen in the very near future. WRPA urges our members to contact Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray and ask them to vote NO on Senate Amendment 1742 to Senate Bill 1243.
Michelle Obama thanks parks and recreation at 'Let's Move!' event
Two NRPA staffers recently attended a 'Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties' event hosted by Michelle Obama at the White House, where they learned about the exciting progress communities across the country are making against childhood obesity. The first lady and other speakers specifically highlighted the role parks and recreation plays in combating this epidemic, and a professor of health at the University of Washington shared some excellent graphical data maps that illustrate the changing health of America.
Legislation introduced to designate 40 percent of annual LWCF appropriations to the State Assistance Program
A group of five bipartisan Members of Congress introduced legislation to designate a minimum of 40 percent of total annual Land and Water Conservation Fund appropriations for the State Assistance Program. The bill would amend the existing LWCF Act in a manner which places the State Assistance Program on a level playing field with the federal land acquisition program (which is guaranteed a minimum of 40 percent of total LWCF appropriations).
Aquatic professionals gather for biannual summit
October 21-22: Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, Wash. $185 member/$225 nonmember. Daily rates available. This is the place to advance your knowledge and skills to position your aquatic facilities and programs for now and the future.
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
Paul Surek is retiring from the City of Tukwila after serving for 21 years as the Parks Superintendent! Paul has played an important role in expanding Parks and Trails in the City. A retirement celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 31, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center. For more information about the celebration contact Stephanie.
The City of Longview is requesting proposals for the management and operation of Mint Valley Golf Course effective Jan. 1, 2014. Proposals are due by Aug. 29, 2013. For more information, including a copy of the Request for Proposals, call 360-442-5400 or visit Longview's recreation website. | Review the RFP
Current Job Opportunity: Administrative Office Supervisor — Issaquah Parks & Recreation: Under general direction of the Parks and Recreation Manager, this position has primary responsibility for coordinating and directing office operations for the Parks and Recreation Department — Recreation Services Division.
Visit the WRPA Career Center for more information.
Community health worker training
Washington State Department of Health
The Department of Health is pleased to announce that registration is open for the Community Health Worker training available in 2013. This free online training is part of the Healthy Communities Washington initiative which works to increase access to quality preventative health care services and other community resources. We are working with local health jurisdictions and the Breast, Cervical and Colon Heath Program to facilitate these trainings four times a year in seven regions around the state.
Washington State Parks offer video contest for kids
The contest, called "Why I Love My State Park," features prizes up to $500, is run by the Farrington Foundation. Kids must submit their videos by Sept. 15. The idea behind the contest is to get kids outside and provide a fun focus for a video project. Winning videos may be used to promote the park system.
Edmonds City Park to get facelift, including new spray play area
My Edmonds News
The City of Edmonds announced that plans have come together for an expanded play area and spray feature to City Park, located at 3rd and Pine. The nearly $1.35 million project includes an expanded footprint of the play area, complete replacement of aging play equipment, and addition of a 5000 square-foot spray play area.
State Park plan to sell land near Nolte draws questions
The Enumclaw Courier-Herald
Washington State Parks hopes to take in perhaps a half-million dollars by selling unused land adjacent to Nolte State Park, but descendants of the Nolte family are none too thrilled with the idea. At issue is a 27-acre parcel of land directly opposite the popular park north of Enumclaw, just across Veazie-Cumberland Road. Members of the State Parks Commission declared the land surplus months ago after determining it has no potential value to the state system.
Continuing education is a primary service of WRPA in effort to keep our members informed about best practices, emerging trends and develop core competencies related to parks and recreation management and service delivery.
Sept. 30............ Cultural Competency Skill Builder, Bellevue
Oct. 21.............. Aquatic Section Retreat, Grand Mound
Oct. 23.............. WRPA Park & Recreation Business Institute, Tukwila
Oct. 24.............. Software Symposium, Bellevue
Nov. 13.............. Certified Playground Safety Inspector, Bellevue
Jan. 14.............. Risk Management School, Bellevue
April 8................ WASLA and WRPA Joint Conference & Trade Show, Seattle
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