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There Is Still Time to Register!

Have you seen the amazing videos highlighting this year's WRPA Conference and Tradeshow destination, SeaTac, WA?

There are so many exciting activities and opportunities for this year's three-day event that you don't want to miss, including:

This is one of the largest conferences dedicated to recreation and park professionals in Washington State. Don't miss out! Learn more about what the conference has to offer on our website.

And the Award Goes to…One of Our Very Own


Kevin Witte, CPRP, Recreation Supervisor for Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks was highlighted at the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Kevin was awarded the Young Professional Fellow Award and able to attend the NRPA Annual Conference as well as take part in an amazing mentorship program.

Read more about Kevin’s experience on the NRPA website.

Do you have a must-see photo?  Submit your photos to [email protected].

Future Park Designer and WRPA Member Hard at Work


Our photo of the month comes from Bodhi Ching who visited mom, Milissa Ching, City of Issaquah Parks & Recreation at work last week.

Great work Bodhi, we can see the vision now…"And the award for Innovation in Park Design goes to…"

WRPA wants to see what you and your colleagues are up to in the office. Submit your photo to [email protected].

Visual Tree Assessment Training

April 19, 2018 | Crossroads Community Center 
WRPA Members $149 | Non-Members $159

Join us on April 19 for this incredible Park Resource Network event, Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) Training. This course is designed to expand attendees' understanding of Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) and help you gain practical field experience in the company of other practicing arborists.

VTA is an important skill that takes practice and experience to understand. Tree climbers can increase safety and improve their pruning skills using VTA and tree assessors of all kinds, including those involved in tree service sales, can provide a better service to their clients using VTA. Come learn from speaker Scott D. Baker, Principal and Founder of Tree Solutions Inc. (Seattle, WA) to learn more.

NRPA Blog Highlight: Opioid Abuse in Public Areas

Limited Duty Applicable to Overdose Cardiac Arrest

By James C. Kozlowski, J.D., Ph.D.

With opioid abuse on the rise, many parks and recreation agencies have been faced with serious and life-threatening situations in their facilities and parks. In response to the epidemic, “some local governments have spent tens of thousands of dollars on Nalaxone,” a prescription medicine that reverses an overdose. Whether or not your organization has faced a similar situation, this is a trending crisis and something to start talking about. NRPA put out a great article to help professionals learn about the risk management side of this issue.

2018 Risk Management School Was Sold Out 


Thank You for Joining Us January 24–25

WRPA hosted another informative and crucial WRPA Risk Management School (RMS) in January. We sold out registration and had more than 170 recreation and park professionals join us in Federal Way to learn more about best practices in risk management for parks, playgrounds, and recreation programs. 

A Message from the RMS Committee

On behalf of the RMS Committee, we want to thank all of the January RMS attendees, volunteers, and presenters for your time and commitment.

Please know that from the beginning, we were excited to offer you a school that was interactive, informative, and educational. We are proud to have provided attendees with the opportunity to connect with one another and share not only their passion to play, but also their passion to learn and embrace risk, as it is a part of the good work we all do every day.

Members on the Move

  • Lori Briere, City of Richland Parks and Recreation Coordinator — previously with Belton Christian Youth Center, Texas

Did we forget someone? Are you a "Member on the Move?" Email us [email protected].

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 Career Center Today!

 2018 Calendar of Events
 Date:  Event:  Location:
March 28–30
Mercer Island Community and Event Center
April 19 Visual Tree Assessment Training Crossroads Community Center
April 26
Facilities Marketing Network Meeting Environmental Services Building
Chambers Creek
May 1–3
WRPA Annual Conference & Tradeshow Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center


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:




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