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WRPA Business Institute — Early bird rate extended!


Thursday, Oct. 23

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

Early bird registration is extended until Wednesday, Sept. 17!

One of the tracks of the day is Resource & Revenue Development with Chris Nunes. Chris Nunes oversees 75 full-time and 350 part-time staff, a $16 million operational budget and 127 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, and 190 miles of trails as the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas. Read about the two sessions Chris hosts below:

Essential Tools: Ensuring Relevance
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The challenges of today are multi‐faceted and can range from social ills to business models. Do we attempt to solve them all or identify what problems our agencies effectively address? What is most important is to understand how to be relevant, thus making parks and recreation a critical success factor to the success of a community. Along the way identification and development of critical advocates to ensure your success is needed. This session will address how to evaluate where you are, the identification of critical advocates, and the implementation of a plan for relevance.

Revenue Management: From Philosophy to Plan Development
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Today, agencies around the country are being asked to provide additional services but with much less financial support from our sponsoring agencies. A philosophy and plan that addresses who benefits from the service, a cost recovery strategy, and a thorough review of an agencies polices can assist with understanding this difficult paradigm shift. This workshop will address the development and implementation of a revenue management philosophy and plan including analyzing the competition, program pricing, and capturing useful data. Attendees leave able to:
  • Recognize the need for a revenue management plan for the successful operation
  • Outline the elements of a successful revenue management plan
  • Identify the processes used to implement a revenue management plan
Learn more and register

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Certified Playground Safety Inspector course and test

Nov. 12-14, 2014

Bellevue Red Lion
11211 Main St.
Bellevue, WA 98004

Registration will close soon! Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course promotes children's rights to play and promotes nationally the importance play has to a child's development.

Did you know? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it is estimated that each year over 205,850 injuries occur on playgrounds and approximately fifteen children will die from playground related injuries.

This course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. Advanced reading and 15 hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to "sit" for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination offered at the culmination of the certification course.

Learn more and register!

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
Is your agency or city participating in the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance? Join WRPA in sharing how your agency or city is participating by going to the WRPA forum. Visit the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance to learn more.
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On the move
Sammamish Staff and City Council are very pleased to announce, after an extensive and thorough process, the promotion of Kyle Endelman from Infrastructure O&M Manager to Parks & Recreation Deputy Director. Kyle has been with the City since 2002 and has held previous positions in Parks & Recreation. He brings experience, drive and dedication to this new role. We are all very proud of Kyle and look forward to having him back in Parks once again!

As of Sept. 2, Phil Marr is a new Recreation Supervisor for Burien Parks and Recreation. Phil had previously been a Recreation Supervisor for MetroParks Tacoma, where he managed the Norpoint Community Center. Phil will oversee recreation programming for youth, teens and their families.

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New positions added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
  • Planning and Development Manager, Metro Parks Tacoma
  • After School Energy Youth Leader & Supervisor, City of Kent
  • Aquatic Lead Day Laborer, City of Everett
  • Recreation Manager, City of Longview
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.

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This Just In

Become a sponsor!
WRPA is looking for sponsors for the Business Institute and the Certified Playground Safety Inspector program. Share your passion for recreation by supporting our cause! Find out more about the Business Institute opportunities and the CPSI opportunities!
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SpokeFest a sign of regional change
The Spokesman-Review
The 2,200 bicyclists who rode through Spokane during the seventh annual SpokeFest on Sept. 7 are among a growing cadre of riders taking advantage of millions of dollars in investments in busy-street bike lanes, bike trails, trail bridges and other structures across the Inland Northwest. The spending dates back two decades or more and has brought the hugely popular routes of the Centennial Trail, Fish Lake Trail, John Wayne Trail and Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, among others.
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Climate change threatens the newest prescription for children: Time outdoors
The Huffington Post
As the list of health benefits linked to time outdoors grows, so too has the trend in doctors enlisting nature in their practices. Such care, however, may be harder to sustain in the future — a reality that is worrying environmentalists around the country. According to an August report by the nonprofit National Wildlife Federation, climate change is creating obstacles that can impede our time in the outdoors — namely, by increasing the number of pests.
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Seattle gets ready to develop 14 new parks
The Seattle Times
Some people in Lake City, Fremont, South Park and nine other Seattle neighborhoods are living next to new parks. They just don't know it yet. That's because 12 properties purchased by the city with money from the 2008 parks levy haven't been designed or developed. The Parks Department didn't have enough money — until now.
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Artesian Commons is 'work in progress' as problems plague downtown Olympia park
The Olympian
The Olympia City Council voted unanimously on Sept. 9 to allocate $25,000 toward improvements at Artesian Commons as the city explores ways to solve multiple problems at its newest downtown park. The Artesian Commons opened May 3 in a parking lot at 415 Fourth Avenue, site of the historic artesian well. However, the city has received a steady stream of complaints related to unwanted behavior at the 0.2-acre park, including violence, vandalism and drug use.
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Mount Spokane ski park plans may be nearing finalization
The Spokesman-Review
After 15 years of meetings, proposals, appeals and enough red tape to harness a PistenBully, the latest plans for expanding the downhill ski area at Mount Spokane State Park are entering final stages for approval, maybe. Parks and Recreation commissioners and the public are reviewing a thick, new package of environmental documents and alternatives on two related issues.
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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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