Sleigh Bells Ring, Sold Out Sip-See. Back-Up Power, In a Jiffy!

The wind storm definitely created some challenges for the sold-out November Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course held in Everett. However, that didnt stop the well received, successful training!

We wanted to take a moment to send a special thank you to Scott Gallacher who assisted in the planning, and Everett Parks and Recreation staff members who assisted with set-up and take down.

We also wanted to recognize attendees Doug Acheson and Mark Harrison, for taking some of their valuable class time to ensure we had backup power during the storm.

Thank you!


Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Don't Miss RMS!

January 27 - 28 |Rainier Beach Community Center

WRPA Risk Management School (RMS) is a training that brings new and critical information to the Parks & Recreation profession. Eight incredible and relevant sessions plus a keynote speaker are scheduled for January 27-28. Dont miss out, register today! If youve attended before, you need to attend again.

Do you qualify for a scholarship or reimbursement?The following risk management partners are providing some registration scholarship/reimbursements:

  • Washington Cities Insurance Authority
  • Association of Washington Cities (AWC Risk Management Service Agency)
  • Enduris Washington
  • Washington Counties Risk Pool

Visit the WRPA partner support page for more details. Check with your risk management pool if they are not listed above to determine if there is an opportunity for your organization to be reimbursed your registration fee.

A special thanks to our sponsor Washington Cities Insurance Authority.

Register Now!


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...Nomination Time!

Dont miss out on the opportunity to recognize parks, programs and projects, as well as deserving professionals in our industry! Nominations open January 4 for WRPA Annual Awards Program.

What Your Peers Are Saying about the WRPA Awards Program.

Recognizing your team for the great work they do is one of the most important aspect of being a supervisor. The WRPA Annual Awards are also a great place to gather awesome programming and facility ideas. I would encourage supervisors to challenge their staff to submit successful programs they are proud of.

--Courtney Brown, City of Shoreline

Weve Made it Easy!

Are you concerned about the time it takes to submit a nomination? Weve got good news! The nomination process has been streamlined to save you time and encourage more submissions. For more information visit our WPRA Awards page.


WRPA Annual Conference & Tradeshow: Preliminary Conference Program Now Available!

May 4 - 5, 2016 | Xfinity Arena

Get your 2016 Preliminary Conference Program now!

Find well-matched sessions for you and your staff, learn about exciting pre-conference activities and socials, and plan for an uplifting, exciting experience at the 2016 WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show in Everett.

Super Early Bird Discount Still Available

Super Early Bird gets the discount! Get an amazing deal on the 2016 WRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show by registering your staff TODAY.

Your conference registration includes keynote addresses, breakout sessions, meals and more! This Super Early Bird offer ends January 8.

Did you know that you can register now and pay later? It's easy! Just select "invoice me" on the payment screen.

Register Now!


Red Cross Humanitarian Spirit Award Recipient: WRPA Member Tara Mizell

Tara Mizell received the award at an annual breakfast honoring those who reached out in times of crisis.

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WRPA Needs You to Select Your Network!

Why select a network? By selecting one or more of the options listed below, you will ensure that pertinent information and trainings that apply to your job and your interests will be sent to you. So help us help you by logging in to your WRPA member profile, and selecting a network today!

Select 1 or more networks based on your job responsibilities:

  • Administrative
  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Board & Commissions
  • Commercial
  • Facility
  • Park Resources
  • Programming
  • Technology

We're here to help!Please contact the WRPA Office with any questions you may have about logging in to your profile or choosing a network.


Legislative Updates

January 8, 2016 | Joint Legislative Day with the WWRC

On January 28 WRPA and WWRC will team up to sponsor a Recreation and Conservation Advocacy Day. We need you to be there!

It does make a difference when parks and conservation advocates make an appearance in Olympia and promote our Agenda. There will be a way to RSVP on the WRPA website in the near future.

View WRPA Legislative Agenda or for more information, email the WRPA Legislative Chair, John Keates or call 425-806-6751.



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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

  • Project Manager,Pierce County
  • Park & Recreation Director, SeaTac
  • Parks, Recreation, & Community Services Director, Chelan
  • Director of Parks & Recreation, Redmond
  • Program Coordinator, Bellevue
  • Park & Recreation Program Coordinator, Everett
  • Extension Regional Specialist, Clallam/Jefferson/Kitsap 4-H, Washington State University Extension

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Calendar of Events
Date: Event:
January 27 - 28, 2016 2016 Risk Management School Rainier Beach Community Center
May 4 - 5, 2016 Annual Conference Everett Xfinity Convention Center
  WRPA Volunteer Opportunities
  Thank You Sponsors!  

Why We Need You!

WRPA is membership driven we achieve only what we ourselves commit to do. By sharing your energy and expertise you will make WRPA an even more effective professional resource.

In fact, without you, we would not be able to offer any programs! Consider volunteering and helping our organization grow. Learn about opportunities that have recently become available!




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