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2015 WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show — Save the Date!
April 29-May 1 in Tacoma, Washington ... Learn more
Experience three days of transformative educational sessions, empowering keynote speakers and innovative experiences in a city that is experiencing its own transformation. Enjoy this unique event blending stories of community change, recreation and public mission into an integrated educational experience.
Pre-Conference Opportunity — Experience Washington's first & only FootGolf Course!
Visit the beautiful STAR Center, a LEED certified, multi-purpose community center located in South Tacoma. STAR is located on the Southeast Recreation Area (SERA) Campus, a growing park and recreation complex with spray grounds, playgrounds and sport fields. See how design impacts programming and operations.
Workshop "How to Audit Your Parks and Websites for ADA-Compliance"
Discover Nature Education Programming in Tacoma — Tacoma Nature Center, nature preschool, homeschool science programs, family focused fun and more!
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, 2015, as Jamie Sabbach speaks on enabling agencies to position themselves for long-term health and effectiveness.
Learn more and register.
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
Meet our WRPA Staff
Have you recently called the WRPA office with questions? Who are those people that answer the phone and how can they support you? The WRPA office staff can address questions about events, membership and job postings. They can also send information out to the WRPA membership and invite them to Network meetings or trainings on your behalf. The WRPA office is staffed by a company called SBI Management Services that has over 20 staff members, but you will most likely interact with 3 or 4 of them. Your main point of contact will probably be Sarah Quick, WRPA Client Service Coordinator. Sarah works closely with the WRPA Board of Directors and committee chairs on a weekly basis. You may have seen Sarah at a recent WRPA event, where she typically runs the registration desk. Sarah can help you with any of the questions you might have about being a WRPA member, or joining as a new member. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-459-0009.
NRPA and NFL Grant Opportunity
NFL Network is reaching out to WRPA members to share about the NFL Play 60 After-School Kickoff Grant! Through a partnership with the NFL and NRPA, we are offering park and recreation sites in the Seattle area the chance to help fight childhood obesity and support health and physical activity in their after-school programs.
The grant, valued at $7,500, can provide new equipment, curriculum and refurbished play spaces, additional staff to run physical activity-based programming or support the start or growth of an NFL PLAY 60 program. Grantees will participate in an NFL PLAY 60 event along with a player or players from the local NFL team.
Apply by visiting this website and clicking "Apply for a Grant."
MPHS Strong with Help from Our WPRA Partners
The city of Marysville was asked to provide adult supervision with recreational activities to the students of Marysville Pilchuck High School following the tragic shooting on their campus. We immediately reached out to partner agencies for help. Literally, within minutes, offers of help poured in from north, south and east of us. We were able to staff the school from 10-2 for four days within 4 hours of the request. Agencies are bringing not only staffing but sharing craft materials as well for the grieving students. This was especially critical to relieve local staff and educators but also provide adults to assist who were not as tied into the community and thus able to provide fresh energy and love to the students and staff. Personally, it was such a blessing to have help and support during such a tragic time. Our WRPA partnership was invaluable during this crisis.
Build OUR Community. Connect with Colleagues. Go Social!
"Going to the social?" Haven't we all heard that one before at past conferences? Now WRPA is going social and expanding its social networking efforts. So *Like* the WRPA Facebook page and *follow* the new WRPA Twitter feed. Don't have a Twitter account? You don't need one; WRPA members can easily receive WRPA tweets by texting FOLLOW WRPATODAY to 40404. WRPA is now using its social media channels to help keep members updated about breaking news and resources, as well as conference and training opportunities. So yes, we're going to the social and getting connected today ... that's "WRPAtoday on Twitter" and "WRPAtoday on Facebook"!
New Positions Added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
View the WRPA Career Center to see more.
- Natural Areas Supervisor, Metro Parks Tacoma
- Senior Guard, Lake Stevens High School Pool
- Sales Operation Manager, DASH Platform
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.
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.
State clears water-recycling splash pad design
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
The state gave official approval for an innovative Washington Park splash pad design, well within the time frame Walla Walla officials said is needed to build Fountains For Youth by May 1. The splash pad will include an design in which water from the facility is reclaimed and stored in a 25,000-gallon storage tank located underground at the park and used to irrigate lawns.
Forest service warns against #bearselfies
Dear park visitors, please don't take selfies with bears. It's stupid.
Love, the U.S Forest Service
That pretty much sums up a warning issued recently by wildlife officials at Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe, California.
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