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WRPA President's Message

Welcome to your WRPA Weekly!

Welcome to Fall everyone. Although the weather seems to be hanging on, I can still feel the cold, crisp fall in the air.

As you may recall the WRPA Board meets once a month now, and it is my intent to give updates to the membership once a month in the weekly news.

This past month, WRPA staff and committees have been working hard on the Business Institute, CPSI, and the Annual Conference. In addition, we have been working on developing the online networking capabilities, so our network of members can connect online. This is something we heard loud and clear as part of the strategic planning process, and we are determined to make it happen. This has proved to be somewhat difficult with our software, and the WRPA staff have been working diligently behind the scenes to resolve this, so we can have the tools to connect online.

The Board decided to join with Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition for the annual lobby day, which is scheduled for February 12, 2015. So, please mark your calendars, start making appointments with your representatives and plan to travel to Olympia to join forces to lobby for WRPA interests! You can download the adopted Legislative agenda here. In addition, it is always helpful for you to bring the WRPA agenda to your own jurisdiction, including Park Boards, City Council, County Council and Mayors. The more entities that adopt our agenda, the stronger our message!

This past month, WRPA has also been busy at several events. WRPA was invited to be on the Seattle Superintendent search advisory committee, and I would like to thank those members that sent input to be included in the feedback for the search committee. WRPA was invited to be a partner in the Land and Water Conservation Fund Anniversary, which was held Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Seattle. WRPA was also invited, and I will be speaking at the RCO anniversary on Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. in Olympia.

Washington State was well represented at the National Recreation and Parks Association Conference this year, sending over 50 members. WRPA joined forces with Oregon and Idaho for a meet up on Wednesday night at the conference. A huge thank you goes out to Bob McGarvey of NW Playground for sponsoring the event. We had nearly 100 attendees, with a lot of networking, ideas flowing and fun! Thanks to all those who attended.

In financial news, we have a very active and efficient finance committee who will be preparing the 2015 budget for approval next month. We have been on course with our budget targets, and should be finishing the year in the positive.

In more news, we are still looking for some volunteers to help out with various WRPA needs. In particular, we are looking for people to help on the sponsorship and exhibitor committee for the annual conference. If this is of interest to you, please reach out to myself or Tom Tidyman, our Executive Director, to get more information or sign up!

Thanks for your continued interest and membership in WRPA!

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WRPA Featured Trainings

Professional Development Program — Standing the Heat with Jamie Sabbach
Standing the Heat will examine a range of contemporary adaptive leadership concepts and asks the question whether we are prepared to challenge conventional thinking. Join us on Feb. 5 as Jamie Sabbach speaks on enabling agencies to position themselves for long term health and effectiveness.

Learn more and register.

Thank you to all of the WRPA members who are currently at the Business Institute!


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

Share your photos and experiences with WRPA while you are at the Business Institute. Share on the Facebook page or email the WRPA Office with your photos to be featured on the website.

Special thanks to the Business Institute committee members who made this day possible: Tracy Gallaway, Joanna Martin, Linda Murphy, Cathy VonWald and Casey Stanley.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

Sports/Fitness Coordinator Networking — Thursday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m.-noon at Tukwila Community Center
If you or your staff are involved with planning, organizing and coordinating Youth or Adult Sports & Fitness Programs — this networking meeting is for YOU! We will talk about "Hot Topics," what is "Trending" and brainstorm sticky situations that we all deal with every day! Send topic ideas and RSVP to Group lunch to follow at Foster Golf Links for those whose schedules allow!

Too far to drive ... No problem, join us on GoToMeeting:
    1. Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 10:00 AM
    2. Use your microphone and speakers (VOIP) for audio. You can also call in using your telephone.
    United States (Long distance): +1 (646) 749-3131
    Access Code: 565-151-285
    Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session

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Thanks to NW Playground!
At Mortimer's Café on Wednesday Oct. 15, 80-100 Northwesterners converged on this small pub in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. There were so many of us, we spilled out onto the plaza in the alley. Among the conversations, one could hear about playgrounds, golf courses, recreation programs, natural resource management and general laughter. This was the Washington/Oregon/and Idaho meetup at the National Recreation and Parks Association conference. A huge thank you goes out to Bob McGarvey of NW Playground for sponsoring this event. He has always been a strong supporter and fan of WRPA, and we appreciate him immensely. In other news, Bob McGarvey, John Hodgeson, Daryl Faber and Jeff Wattling showed off Northwest talent at the annual golf tournament! These four gentlemen brought the trophy back to the Northwest this year. Congratulations!
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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.
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New Positions Added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
  • Director of Planning & Development, Metro Parks Tacoma
  • Recreation Manager, Pinedale Aquatic Center
  • Park Arborist, City of Bellingham
  • Recreation Supervisor, City of Walla Walla
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.

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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.

Read more information.

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WRPA Advocacy News

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.
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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 Web page.

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RCO publishes grant lists with funding cutoffs
Attached is the final list by category with acquisition and development projects separated per RCO request, the list by LD with project type in the far left column and the RCO's list that specifies how much funding projects would receive under different funding scenarios. It is incredibly useful in figuring out which partially funded projects are even viable. If a project sponsor has applied for $3 million and partial funding would be a very small percentage of that, odds are the RCFB will choose an alternate project that has lower costs.
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This Just In

A new game for neighborhood parks: marketing
Public parks are different now, and so is the way they're branding themselves. Let's say you want to try a belly-dancing class, or do a little Tai Chi. Forget joining a gym. And seriously, step away from that glowing screen already. Instead, go to the park. That's the message park officials around the country are sending out to workaholics and tech addicts alike.
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Leisure time physical activity linked to lower depression risk
University College London via ScienceDaily
Being physically active three times a week reduces the odds of being depressed by approximately 16 percent, according to new research. The study found a two-way relationship between depression and physical activity. People who increased their weekly activity reported fewer depressive symptoms but those with more depressive symptoms were less active, particularly at younger ages.
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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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