Catch up on the latest news and happenings around the state.



In This Issue...


Photo of the Month


Stars, Stripes, and Softball

Our photo of the month comes from the Moses Lake Parks and Recreation Department, who hosted the USA 14U Girls Fastpitch State Tournament over July 6–8, 2018.

The teams played into the evening while the local fireworks show boomed in the background. What a cool experience for these girls!

Do you have a must-see photo? Submit your “Photo of the Month” to [email protected].


How Do You Recreate?

Take Me Out to a Ballgame! 

Pictured above is the City of Ellensburg's Parks and Recreation Director, Brad Case, with his 14U Girls Softball team, Ellensburg Synergy. Brad's team most recently participated in the USA State Tournament in Moses Lake. Great job, team!

WRPA wants to see how you recreate. Submit your photo to [email protected].

2018 Aquatics Conference

September 24 & 25 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Great Wolf Lodge
Early Bird Rates thru August 24: WRPA Members $199 | Non-Members $239

Join us this year at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA  for the Pacific NW Aquatics Conference. This two-day event is planned and hosted by the WRPA Aquatics Network.

Speakers Include Industry Leaders:

  • Angela Eddy, Seattle Parks & Recreation
  • George Deines, Counsilman-Hunsaker Aquatics Consultants
  • Matt Haynes, American Red Cross
  • Bill O'Melia, Drennen's Dreams Foundation
  • Jim Wheeler, San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department

Upcoming WRPA Network Events


WRPA Athletics/Fitness Network Meeting

September 13 | Tukwila Community Center
Join the Athletics/Fitness Network for their September meeting. This group of professionals coordinates youth, adult, and senior athletics and provides fitness and wellness offerings for their community. This creative and action-oriented group tries to meet quarterly to share ideas and discuss topics like recruiting of contract instructors, instructor manual development, referee training, facility tours, industry best practices, and more.

Contact Steve Batz, Fitness & Athletic Specialist, Tukwila Parks & Recreation for more information.


Power Tools for Front-Line Customer Service

September 27 | Auburn Community Center
Join speaker Karin Peabody and the Marketing & Facilities Network for a two-hour customer service training. This intensive discussion will focus on highly effective best practices and it will provide tools for dealing with difficult customers. 

Registration: WRPA Members: $60 | Non-Members: $75

Registration Early for WRPA's Fall Leadership Summit to Save

October 9 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Lynnwood Convention Center
Early Bird Rates thru August 31: WRPA Members $199 | Non-Members $299

Enhance your leadership skills at this year's WRPA  Fall Leadership Summit.

This intensive training will help participants learn new tactics that they can immediately implement within their organization. There are two featured educational tracks: Leadership Development (for supervisors and managers) and Executive (for executives, directors, and senior planners).

NRPA Blog Highlight: Tick Tricks

How to Prevent Ticks and Still Enjoy the Outdoors
Article By Rich Dolesh

They are small, they are gross, and they give us the heebie-jeebies...Yes, ticks!

If you are an outdoorsy person or if you live around tall grasses or in a wooded area, then you have most likely encountered ticks. Not only are they gross, but they can spread diseases that have long-lasting effects on the human body. Some of these include Lyme disease and Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI). Lyme disease can produce a large rash, cause severe headaches, and cause many other side effects, while STARI can give a lifelong allergic reaction to red meat.

Read more about ticks and ways to prevent tick bites.

It's Not Too Late to Promote Paddle Safe Week

As the popularity of paddlesports grows, the Washington State Parks Boating Program is leading a statewide awareness effort to promote safe paddling while having fun. Earlier this year, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation declaring July 20 through 26 Paddle Safe Week. Partners, law enforcement, and boating safety professionals are encouraged to amplify paddle safety tips that educate people about the precautions they can take before heading out on Washington’s diverse waterways in any type of paddle craft.

This is the first statewide public safety campaign that focuses solely on paddlesports. Help to increase awareness about paddlesport safety. You can participate by posting on social media, creating a message on your website, writing a newsletter article or blog post, publishing a news release, or meeting with your local reporters/media.

Below are a few recourses for you and your agency to communicate about paddle safety.

Certified Playground Safety Inspector

November 27–29 | Kitsap Sun Pavilion

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course (CPSI) is one of the most comprehensive training programs on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered in the United States.

Nationally certified playground safety experts will take participants through 15 hours of training before they "sit" for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination.

Course Costs:
   Course & Test: $585 WRPA Members | $649 Non-Members
   Course Only: $479 WRPA Members | $519 Non-Members
   Test Only: $199 WRPA Members | $249 Non-Members

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!

Send Us Your News Now!

Recent Job Postings


See what new opportunities await you in the field of recreation and parks by checking out WRPA's Job Board!

Visit the WRPA Job Board Today!

 2018 Calendar of Events
 Date:  Event:  Location:
September 13 Athletic/Fitness Network Meeting Tukwila Community Center
September 24–25
2018 Aquatics Conference
Great Wolf Lodge
September 27 Power Tools for Front-Line Customer Service Auburn Community Center
October 9
2018 Fall Leadership Summit Lynnwood Convention Center
November 27–29
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course Kitsap Sun Pavilion


WRPA Volunteer Opportunities


Thank You, 2018 Sponsors!

WRPA is membership-driven. We achieve only what we ourselves commit to doing. 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 more about opportunities that have recently become available!

Volunteers are needed for the:

Join a WRPA Network Circle

  • Administrative
  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Climate Change
  • Park Resources
  • Park Rangers
  • Facilities/Rentals/Marketing
  • Programmers
  • EMS
  • Student Connection Committee

Learn More





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