March 2017 Newsletter
                                                                    
 

In this Issue...

 

Today we remember Charles Sablan

Today we remember Charles Sablan

Charles Sablan, 60, of Chelan, WA, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 in an automobile accident.  Charlie was born in Guam, grew up in Seattle, and raised his family in Bothell.  He is an alumni of CWU, where he met his loving wife Cheryl.  He spent most of his professional life as a public servant in Parks & Recreation.  In his free time, he loved to barbecue, work on his home, and spend time with this family.

"Charles was a dedicated family man and adored animals. He was an energetic member of the community and accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. One major accomplishment was a $3.2 million dollar shoreline enhancement and beach stabilization and marina expansion project in just two short years." - Jane Farris & Staff, City of Chelan Parks and Recreation

Thank you, Charles, for your service to parks and recreation. 

Full obituary


 

Photo of the Month

Todd Cort, Recreation Coordinator for the City of Edmonds pictured fishing at Baker Lake. “It was a great day on Baker Lake."
- Todd







Do you have a must-see photo? Submit your "Photo of the Week" to wrpa@wrpatoday.org.


 

How do you recreate?

City of Issaquah’s Recreation Coordinator, Cathy Jones is pictured at PooPoo Point, Washington getting ready to paraglide up the Chirico Trail!  Smooth sailing Cathy!






How do YOU recreate? Submit your "How do you recreate" photo to wrpa@wrpatoday.org.


 

How do you recreate?

City of Federal Way’s, Recreation Supervisor, Cody Geddes and family pictured at Goat Lake just outside of Mt. Rainier National Park!  Perfect Day for a hike Geddes family!





How do YOU recreate? Submit your "How do you recreate" photo to wrpa@wrpatoday.org.


 

Spotlight Professional in Parks & Recreation

Spotlight Professional in Parks & Recreation

LeslieLeslie Bryson is the new Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Bellingham.  “Be flexible,” says Leslie, as she was not able to secure a job in Parks and Recreation right out of college.  She started her career off in planning, and although not ideal, it gave her valuable experience and a new and different perspective about communities and open spaces that she could incorporate into Parks and Recreation. Read more about Leslie



 

What is Prescription to Play?

National ParkRx Initiative, also known as Prescription to Play, is made up of agencies who are dedicated to using recreation programs and public parks and land to improve an individual’s health and wellness.  The initiative encourages Prescription programs to help practice preventative health. 

Read more about the initiative.

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In the News

Legislative Updates

"Re-Establishing a Statewide Tourism Marketing Program," "Adress Mental Health, Homelessness, Affordable Housing," and "Allow cities/counties to utilize national background check databases to screen prospective employees working with youth & vulnerable adults."  Here are a few of the top conversations going on at the state level.  Read more updates from WRPA Lobbyist's and how to become involved.


 

Let the Year Ahead Be the One Where All Your Dreams Come True!

Members on the Move

  • Traci Bennett, Community Services/Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Ephrata, previously Recreation Supervisor for City of Yakima.
  • Jennifer Berner, Director of City of Burlington Parks and Recreation, previously Director of Mukilteo Recreation and Cultural Services.
  • Courtney Brown, Athletic Scheduling Manager 1 for Seattle Parks and Recreation, previously Recreation Supervisor for City of Shoreline.
  • Kelsey Hayes, Recreation Supervisor of Kirkland Parks and Recreation, previously Recreation Coordinator of Kirkland Parks and Recreation.
  • Cory Jenkins, Parks and Facilities Maintenance Supervisor of Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, previously Parks Worker of Burien.
  • Michelle Larson, promoted to Director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services for the City of Enumclaw, previously the Recreation Manager.
  • Carmen Murrell, Interim Recreation Supervisor for City of Shoreline, previously Recreation Specialist 2 for the City of Shoreline.
  • Dallas Murrey, Recreation Coordinator for the City of Enumclaw, previously Recreation Specialist for Suncadia Resort.
  • Julie Parascondola, Director of Kent Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, previously Regional Parks Manager of Metro Parks Tacoma.
  • Sarah Sandquist, Recreation Supervisor of Kirkland Parks and Recreation, previously Volunteer and Events Supervisor of the City of Kenmore.
  • Nesha Thomas-Schadt, Recreation Supervisor for Pierce County Parks & Recreation, previously Recreation Coordinator for the City of Kirkland.

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We Want Your News!

Do you have news to share with your WRPA colleagues? Send any updates, photos, happenings and socials to WRPA, so that we can feature your article in the next WRPAToday e-newsletter!

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Recent Job Postings

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Calendar of Events
Date: Event:
Location:
 May 1 - 3, 2017 May CPSI

Spokane, WA

 May 2 - 5, 2017 WRPA Annual Conference

Davenport Grand, Spokane, WA

         
  WRPA Volunteer Opportunities
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