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WRPA Business Institute
Registration will close October 20!
Thursday, Oct. 23
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98168
Wallace Wilkins, Ph.D., serves as organizational coach, conflict mediator, licensed psychologist and personal consultant for successful leaders. He is Master Trainer and Senior Consultant for the Resolution Resource Center. Wallace will be presenting, "Developing Resilience During Stressful Times." Read more about the session below:
Rapid change and turmoil provide opportunities for advancement — if you know how to navigate. The competitive edge goes to resilient people who skillfully maintain upbeat, robust attitudes while others complain. Modify your negative perspectives and become more engaging when you encounter difficult situations and difficult people. Instead of just managing stress after it begins, you can learn strategies to prevent unwanted stress altogether. Convert that harsh, critical inner voice into an uplifting, personal mentor. In this interactive seminar, you'll identify a unique, personal guidance system to advance your‐self regardless of your situation.
Janice Corbin has over 28 years of human resources experience. She worked as a Labor Relations Manager for the International Harvester company before joining the Seattle Police Department. Janice will be speaking about
"Providing A+ Customer Service in a Public Section Environment." Read more about her session below:
Most public employers expect employees to provide exceptional customer service. Indeed, effective customer service is essential to the sustainability of the public employer, but the limitations placed on public sector customer service employees pose unique challenges not faced in the private sector. In this seminar, designed for front-line customer service providers and their supervisors.
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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.
- Urban Forester, City of Everett
- Sales Representative, GameTime
- Youth Basketball Official, City of Redmond
- Planning & Development Project Manager, Metro Parks Tacoma
Celebrate RCO's 50th anniversary
The time is quickly approaching for the celebration of RCO's 50th anniversary! The event should be a very positive celebration. Gov. Jay Inslee will be participating and the media will be invited, as well as dozens of our friends in recreation and conservation. Join us on October 29, 2014 at 3 p.m. in Olympia.
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2015 WRPA Day on the Hill in Olympia
Mark your calendars for Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015! That's the day that WRPA will hold its annual Day on the Hill to take our priority issues and concerns to lawmakers in Olympia. This year we are joining up with the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition, which is holding its Legislative Day on the 12th as well. We hope this tag-team rally day will give us a chance to raise the profile of the 2015-17 Capital Budget request for WWRP and to give local parks and recreation a higher profile and more oomph in making its case. Keep your eyes open for upcoming details regarding a specific agenda and a possible evening reception.
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!
Washington eyes taxes to support state parks
A task force appointed by the governor has recommended bringing back two unpopular taxes to help fund Washington state parks and boost the outdoor recreation industry. The report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation recommends a sales tax on bottled water and an excise tax on motor homes and travel trailers. They could collect $100 million in the next two-year budget, the task force reported.
Saving Dead Man's Pond: Puyallup teams up with nonprofits to protect urban wetlands
The Bellingham Herald
Dead Man's Pond isn’t a swamp from some pirate movie, as its mysterious name might suggest. It's part of an island of forested wetlands surrounded by suburban developments in Puyallup, and local officials are taking steps to preserve it.
Swing sets becoming scarce on school playgrounds
Swings, once the emblem of school playgrounds, are slowly disappearing, with only two swing sets remaining in the Spokane Public Schools, Washington's second-largest school district. Swings are becoming less common on school properties throughout the country for liability reasons and because school officials are looking for new ways to engage students in activities using safer equipment.
Spokane Parks and Rec cleaning up Manito Park's Mirror Pond
Those who have been to the Mirror Pond at Manito Park lately probably noticed it isn't looking very good, but much of what they're seeing is part of the city's plan to improve it. Mirror Pond has been lowered by more than a couple feet and that's to make shoreline improvements, water conservation system improvement, and also landscaping and path improvements around the pond, said Steve Nittolo, the horticulture supervisor at Manito.
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