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WRPA Business Institute
Thursday, Oct. 23
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98168
Jamie S. Sabbach, founder of 110 Percent, LLC, will be speaking on the Business & Program Management Track. Jamie is an active member of the National Recreation and Park Association, having served in a variety of leadership capacities. She is a past President of the American Park and Recreation Society, and in 2008 was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, whose membership is limited to 125 practicing professionals and academicians from across the United States. Read about her two sessions below.
The First Through the Wall is Always the Bloodiest
Breaking the four-minute mile barrier was one of many signs that the impossible is possible. Widely held four-minute mile equivalents suggesting "it can't be done" inhibit some in organizations from believing that they are able to do the impossible. Whether it be trying something unconventional and putting yourself on the line like or advocating for an unpopular yet necessary change like eliminating senior fees, it just might be worth the effort to see if the impossible is indeed a possibility.
- Participate in a group discussion focused on risk aversion in the public sector.
- Engage in activity that challenges traditional management practices in public parks and recreation.
- Discuss various methods to "dare to do things differently."
Business is not a Four-Letter Word
Why is it that sound, defensible business practices are not yet embraced across our industry? How long can we keep kicking the can down the road employing the same archaic planning practices? Is the failure to address organizational inadequacies leading to public parks and recreation systems that are not sustainable, let alone resilient? Today's dynamic social, economic and environmental changes are requiring that we think differently.
- Engage in dialogue around the critical importance of organizational philosophy, values and purpose (promise).
- Engage in dialogue regarding strategy and strategic thinking.
- Employ various business principles that are central to operational effectiveness and enhance performance.
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Certified Playground Safety Inspector course and test
Registration will close October 10!
Nov. 12-14, 2014
Bellevue Red Lion
11211 Main St.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Certified Playground Safety Inspector 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 15 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 fifteen 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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On the Move
- City of Mountlake Terrace has promoted Jeff Betz to Director of Parks and Recreation.
- The City of Lynnwood has promoted Sarah Olson to Deputy Director of the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department.
Share your success (or 'experience') at the 2015 Annual Conference!
Do you have a few inspiring stories that you would like to share? Or do you know someone that should speak at the 2015 conference? WRPA is inviting proposals for accomplished individuals who wish to present a topic at the 2015 Annual Conference. Fill out the RFP form today.
New Positions Added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.
- Parks Maintenance Worker, City of Renton
- Recreation Aides, City of Covington
- Recreation Leader – Facility Monitor, City of Fife
- Executive Director, Northern Wasco County
Department of Natural Resources wants your opinion on a model trail policy
The DNR is holding several public meetings to get public input as it seeks to establish a model recreational trails policy as a result of legislation enacted in 2014. This is your chance to get your 2 cents in!
See the schedule here!
Final Outdoor Task Force recommendations released
On behalf of the task force, the Recreation and Conservation Office is pleased to release the group's final recommendations to Gov. Inslee. This milestone marks the end of the six-month task force process and represents the thoughtful engagement of thousands of stakeholders from across the state who submitted over 3,700 comments.
The final report and appendices are now available on the task force webpage.
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!
Selah explores plan for 'all-inclusive' park
Thanks in part to a father's dedication, Selah is planning central Washington's first "all-inclusive" park, with playground equipment designed to allow children with disabilities to play alongside their able-bodied peers.
Forest Service: Media needs photography permit in wilderness areas
The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country's wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas. Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation's 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone.
Washington's outdoor recreation goal: No child left inside!!!
Washington is short of money, but Gov. Jay Inslee is visibly hooked on recommendation of his Blue Ribbon Task Force on Outdoor Recreation. Its theme: "No Child Left Inside." "We need to get more children into the great outdoors,” Inslee told a recent breakfast of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. "We want to foster a recreation culture in our state."
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