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WRPA Strategic Plan — Next steps
The WRPA membership approved new governance and bylaws so now we begin the transition to a smaller board. We are currently recruiting to fill seven open board positions. Contact Carrie Hite, WRPA president-elect, by Oct. 15 to express your interest in serving on the 2014 WRPA executive board.
Visit the WRPA strategic plan Web page for updated maps, charts, bylaws and more. Please contact Jessi Bon, WRPA president, with your questions.
Hiring for Success: Optimize selection, hiring and orientation processes at the Business Institute
Oct. 23, Tukwila: $140 member/$170 nonmember | Register
One of the most important and challenging responsibilities a supervisor faces is selecting the "right" job applicant to join the team. Workshop attendees will learn strategies to assist with finding the best candidate.
Join over 200 parks and recreation professionals at the New Park & Recreation Business Institute. Review session descriptions and pre-select your workshops when you register. WCIA members are eligible for one scholarship per agency.
Aquatic Section Retreat
Oct. 21-22: Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, Wash. $185 member/$225 nonmember | Register
Featured speaker: Juliene Hefter, Executive Director/CEO for the Association of Aquatic Professionals
Juliene Hefter received her bachelor of science in recreational leadership from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and holds a master of science in organizational leadership and quality from Marian College. Hefter has a long and illustrious career in aquatics and park and recreation administration, and has been the deputy director for the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association for the past eight years. She is a renowned speaker and author on a variety of management and administrative topics.
Registration Software Symposium
Oct. 24, Tukwila: ($29 member if also registered for the Business Institute) $49 member/ $99 nonmember | Register
Have you heard the rumors that CLASS is going away in future years? If may benefit you to attend the Symposium to learn what options are available. WRPA is inviting software companies to present their products and services in one-hour sessions throughout the day. Visit our showcase room for direct access to company representatives.
Irrigation Repairs & Tree Safety workshops
Oct. 24, Tukwila: $80 member/$99 nonmember | Register
9 a.m.-noon: Troubleshooting Irrigation Systems by Horizon's Irrigation Team. Basic troubleshooting of problems in controllers, valves and connections. 1-4 p.m. Tree Safety by Robert Williams and Associates. Discuss the concepts that are the basis of ANSI ISA Tree Risk Management, best management practices and more.
The governor's office is seeking Recreation and Conservation Funding Board applicants
The governor's office is seeking applications from individuals who wish to serve on the state's RCFB, beginning in January 2014. Applicants should be willing to commit to a three-year appointment. Individuals who are interested in being considered for appointment to this board must apply through the governor's website In addition, a letter to the governor and a resume are appreciated; both can be attached to the online application. Contact Rebecca Connolly at 360-902-2637 with questions about the board. More about the RCO
Public comment needed on trails, LWCF and NOVA plans
The Recreation and Conservation Office seeks public comments. All plans are approved by the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board and support the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. To comment, email Leslie Connelly. Comments are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Materials related to the draft plans can be found on RCO's website on the public comments page.
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
Exhibitor Open House
Help Washington Society of Landscape Architects & Washington Recreation and Park Association plan for the 2014 Joint Conference and Trade show during an upcoming exhibitor open house and site visit Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 12-2 p.m. at Magnuson Park — Hanger 30.
Fall WRPA Today Magazine is online
Check out the digitized issue and learn about the power of social norm marketing, the value of association, Burien's new app, and much more! Read more
Paul Simmons, parks director for the City of Cheney, has been chosen to direct Olympia's parks department, City Manager Steve Hall announced Tuesday night. Cheney is a small city near Spokane. Simmons beat out more than 200 applicants for the job, and three finalists. He replaces Linda Oestreich, who stepped down in July.
WRPA membership renewals for 2014 will be crossing your desk soon if your renewal date is January 1, 2014. We encourage agencies to consider our new Platinum membership and share WRPA's resources to all your park and recreation employees. Please contact Jen at 1-888-459-0009 should you have questions about your renewal.
Effort to bring back Seattle's only indoor skate park rides on community support
In a city that sees more rain than sun, it seems pretty simple to Bryce Phillips — Seattle is the perfect place to have indoor skate parks. Yet, it doesn't — not even one. "It's insane," Phillips says. "There are thousands and thousands of people who skate, and they have nowhere to go when it rains."
City of Burien seeking public's help in naming new trail in NERA area
The B-Town Blog
The City of Burien's Parks and Recreation advisory board is looking for suggestions and nominations to help name a new trail to be located in the Northeast Redevelopment Area. The trail, currently called Miller Creek Trail, would follow the planned Miller Creek greenbelt between Des Moines Memorial Drive and S. 140th Street. Suggestions must be received by Friday, Nov. 8, and should include a short explanation of why the name is appropriate for the trail.
Washington State Parks supports America's State Parks Ambassador program
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites eligible young people to apply to the America's State Parks Ambassador Program, a nonprofit organization promoting the value and beauty of state park systems across the country. Young adults between the ages of 16 and 28, who enjoy the outdoors and like to write, blog, take photos or videos and use social media are eligible to apply. Prizes of outdoor gear are being offered to new ambassadors as an incentive to join the movement. The recruitment effort for 2013 ends Nov. 1.
Sheriff's Office offering boater education coarse
The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Montesano Fire Department, will offer a boater education course for Washington boaters. This eight-hour course provides boaters the basics of safe boating for recreational boaters. This course was developed specifically for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and is taught by members of the GHC Sheriff's Marine Unit.
'Tread Town' No. 7 opens in Pasco
American Tire Distributors Holdings Inc.'s Tire Pros franchise unit has opened a "Tread Town" accessible playground in Pasco. It's supported by local Tire Pros affiliate Tri-Cities Battery Inc. and Boundless Playgrounds, which designed the park. The "Tread Town" playground in Pasco is the seventh Boundless Playground park — designed to allow children with and without disabilities to play together — that ATD/Tire Pros has opened in partnership with its franchisees.
Koi fish in Seattle park served eviction notice
Koi fish in the ponds above Volunteer Park in Seattle are doing so well they need to find a new home. According to a release issued by Seattle Parks and Recreation, 30 koi that swim in ponds in Volunteer Park will be moved. The Washington Koi Association is going to move the fish into quarantine for the winter, and in the spring will distribute the fish to members' homes.
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