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WRPA Business Institute — Registration is open!

Wednesday, October 23, 2014

Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S.
Tukwila, WA 98168

WRPA Platinum Members $110
WRPA Members $120 early bird / $140 regular
Non-Members $150 early bird / $170 regular
Early bird rate expires on Sept. 10

The Pacific Northwest's parks and recreation community is full of great strategic thinkers, leaders who come up with bold solutions to daunting challenges. WRPA is grateful that many of those leaders have generously stepped up to share their expertise at our Business Institute. Penny Mabie is one such leader. She is a public participant leader with more than two decades of experience engaging audiences in decisions that affect their lives and livelihood. Read more below about the two programs that Penny will share at the upcoming Business Institute.

Marketing & Communication Workshops

Involving Your Community in Decisions that Affect Them
9 a.m.-noon
Sometimes a decision simply shouldn’t be made without consulting with your community. But how do you know when or if you should be involving your community? What questions should you ask yourself to help make the choice of how to communicate about important decisions? Learn the building blocks to effective, appropriate and meaningful engagement. Participants will learn the difference between marketing communication and stakeholder engagement and gain insights into understanding your audiences’ needs and expectations. During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the International Association of Public Participation’s best practices for effective public participation. Learn about the different levels of community engagement and how to select one. Work a case study to determine the appropriate level of engagement for an impending decision.

Capturing Your Community's Interest & Engaging Them in Important Decisions
1-4 p.m.
You’ve decided you need to get your community’s input into an important decision. It’s a complicated story, and they need to understand it in order to give meaningful feedback. Now what? You need to set objectives to guide your communications work. When you have specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound objectives, you will be able to select tools and techniques from your tool box best matched to help you achieve those objectives. And while we’re at it, let’s take a look at the tool box and add some new items. During this workshop, participants will practice setting SMART community engagement objectives. Learn how to compare techniques to determine the most effective one for your objective. Refresh their communications tool box.

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WRPA Advocacy News

Outdoor Recreation Task Force
We appreciate your active participation and the time you've taken to submit comments! We've received over 3,000 comments since April. Your involvement creates conditions for richer dialogue and helps task force members consider a wider range of ideas and perspectives.

We are nearing the end of our 6-month process, as task force members focus on their draft recommendations due to the governor by Sept. 4. The final report is due by Sept 19.

The Recreation and Conservation Office will post the draft report on the task force Web page for a 10-day public comment period, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 26. Please plan to submit comments on the draft report to by 5 p.m., Thurs, Sept 4.

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

New positions added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
  • Recreation Supervisor, City of Mountlake Terrace
  • Teen Program Leader, City of Shoreline
  • Activities Coordinator & Youth Program Lead, City of Buckley
  • Recreation Specialist, City of Eagle, Idaho

  • View the WRPA Career Center to see more.

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    This Just In

    Port Angeles Basketball Tournaments begin in November!
    Port Angeles
    Please see the Port Angeles flyer for basketball tournament dates for the coming hoops season in Port Angeles. All tournaments have a 4-game guarantee and a $250 entry fee. Flexible scheduling is usually available to help cut down on travel costs.
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    NRPA Young Professional Network events
        — The NRPA YPN's August conference call will be on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at noon EST. Call in information can be found on the YPN's Facebook page.

        — Here are some nice pictures about some beautiful national parks around the country. Reminds us why we got into the profession in the first place.

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    Washington Afterschool Network seeking WRPA liaison
    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 4 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!

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    Park Service to study idea of putting grizzly bears in state
    The National Park Service announced recently it is starting a three-year study whether grizzly bears should be restored to the North Cascades the state. The process begins this week with the agency requesting quotes from contractors to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement this fall.
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    Proof that hiking makes you happier and healthier
    The Huffington Post
    Hikers battle bug bites, blisters and bruises for the sake of overcoming a challenge and enjoying some quality time with nature. But along with the snow-capped mountain tops and ocean views come an abundance of mental and physical perks.
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    Parks, playgrounds offer fresh air alternatives to gym workouts
    From park bench pushups and monkey bar lifts to open air runs, fitness experts say the workout possibilities of playgrounds and parks are worth the consideration of even the most diehard gym users. During the warm, waning summer days, fresh air workouts offer a wealth of new ways to boost the mood, channel the inner child and even burn extra calories.
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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.
    Oct. 23*Business InstituteWRPATukwila
    Nov. 12-14Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion
    Apr. 30-May1WRPA Annual Conference & Trade ShowTacoma Convention Center

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

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