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WRPA Business Institute — Registration is open!
The annual Business Institute is happening this year on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Tukwila Community Center for a day of networking and training. This event offers a variety of workshops that span all levels of park and recreation professionals. Early bird registration is open until Wednesday, Sept. 10!
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Washington State Trails Coalition
The Washington State Trails Coalition is excited to invite you to the 2014 Washington State Trails Conference happening Oct. 16-18 at the Lakeway Inn Conference Center in Bellingham. By far the state's largest and most comprehensive gathering of trail users, planners, funders and supporters, you won't want to miss out on the more than 30 breakout sessions, field trips and keynote presentations!
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Request for Letters of Intent for Youth & Community Athletic Facilities Grants
Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)
This message comes with high importance from the WRPA lobbyist, Doug Levy. The RCO office is accepting letters of intent for the Youth and Community Outdoor Athletic Facilities programs until Aug. 22, 2014. You must submit a letter of intent in order to be eligible to apply for grant funds. Submit your letter of intent online.
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
City of Wilkeson needs a lawn mower
We received a request from the City of Wilkeson and you may be able to help! They are a small town of about 485 and don't have tons of extra funds. They are in search of a good used mower because they have lots of grassy areas and a part-time person who does it. Please email Trisha if you have any leads for her.
BESTGuard Lifeguarding Course
Greg Schmidt is offering the full course of the new BESTGuard Lifeguarding program approved by the Washington State DOH this spring. It will be Sept. 5-19 and can include an instructor tract for those (Spokane-area folks) interested in becoming BESTGuard instructors. Anyone wanting to become an instructor will likely need to attend the entire course to learn the material. The only charge is for processing the records, so the fee is $5. The course is 40 hours in length and will be Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. for two weeks. Sept. 5 is the pretest day.
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News from Let's Move!
There are three exciting funding opportunities to help advance Let's Move! Opportunity No. 2 is particularly timely given the recent changes made to Goal III: Smart Servings for Students. Please note the application due dates, which are right around the corner.
1. National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program: This program helps community groups, not-for-profits, state and local governments, and tribes plan and establish trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers and natural areas, and create outdoor recreation opportunities. Applications for 2015 projects are due by Aug. 1, 2014. Visit www.nps.gov/rtca for more information and to apply.
2. Cities Combatting Hunger Through Afterschool and Summer Meals (CHAMPs) grant program: The National League of Cities invites cities to apply for grant awards of up to $50,000 to build the capacity of municipalities to raise awareness of and increase participation in the federal Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs through the Cities Combatting Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meals (CHAMPs) Initiative. Proposals are due Aug. 15. For more information, contact: Jamie Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-626-3160.
3. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize: RWJF recently released a call for applications for the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize, awarded annually to communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change. Phase I applications are due on Sept. 17, 2014; winners will be announced in the fall of 2015.
New positions added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
Parks Planning & Development Manager — City of Auburn
Recreation Specialist, City of Eagle, Idaho
Preschool & Youth Sports Coach, City of Issaquah
Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, City of Metro Parks
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.
Washington Afterschool Network seeking WRPA liaison
Washington Afterschool Network
The Washington Afterschool Network is a statewide effort open to anyone that is willing to take some type of action to support the vision that all children and youth should have access to high quality programs when school is not in session.
The Partnership Group is the overall advisory group that provides leadership, advice and completes workgroup tasks as necessary to achieve the established goals. This group helps to set the annual work plan and ensure that progress is made in achieving the goals. The group moves its four meetings around the state so that participation is not hindered by geographic location. The group works in smaller committees on such key issues as programming for middle/high school youth, addressing regulatory issues, promoting quality systems and standards, funding and professional development. Contact Janet Schmidt for more information!
Jamie Sabbach with 110 Percent LLC shared an article about, "The 'business' of public parks and recreation (and arguably, governmental services in general) is at a critical crossroad and has been profoundly impacted by a number of key issues including: increased interest in governmental accountability; increased competition from all sectors; stable or declining revenues with increasing costs; rampant arbitrary pricing and antiquated financial accounting processes; rapidly changing demographics; and maintenance backlogs and deteriorating infrastructure that seem far beyond recovery."
Camera helps Spokane police monitor downtown skate park
Spokane police are keeping an eye on a longtime problem park downtown. Downtown officers are able to watch a live feed of a surveillance camera overlooking the Under the Freeway Skate Park, a property that has drawn much public attention because of its reputation as a haven for crime.
Changing course: Monroe Golf Course to reopen for disc golf
The Monroe Monitor & Valley News
After 70 years of mowers and fertilizers, the turf on the Monroe Golf Course is shot. Now, since new owner Paul Clark has hired the world's top disc golf course designer to redevelop the historic course for disc play, Tall Firs Disc Golf Course is on the verge of a grand opening.
Company softball in slump, thanks to fitness programs
The Journal Gazette
Companies have stepped up to the plate when it comes to workplace activities — minus softball. Once viewed as a corporate morale mainstay, the sport has taken a back seat to in-house fitness and wellness programs, 5K races and other forms of recreation that executives view as beneficial for the rank-and-file.
Paddlers try to keep public in touch with Spokane River
The Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club is reviving a paddling event of fun and competition to help refocus community attention on the importance of recreational access to the Spokane River. The Spokane River Classic is set for a stretch of the river from the Don Kardong Bridge near Gonzaga University downstream to the Division Street Bridge and back.
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