1. WRPA Award Winners 
  2. RFP Request for Fall Summit
  3. RFP Request for 2017 Conference 
  4. Select Your Network
  5. In the News 
  6. On the Move
  7. We Want Your News! 
  8. Recent Job Postings
  9. Events Calendar


Purple Rain...Purple Rain: Let it Rain Down 2016 Award Winners



  • Honor Fellow, Lori Flemm, City of Lacey
  • Young Professional, Sarah Sandquist, City of Redmond
  • Ron C. Davis II Award, Dave Gilbertson, City of Seattle
  • Ron C. Davis II Award, Kris Stimpson, City of Renton
  • Citation of Merit- Professional, Diane Mortenson, City of Mercer Island
  • Citation of Merit- Citizen, David Vernon, City of Tumwater
  • Citation of Merit- Citizen, Jim & Vicky Reilly, City of Bainbridge Island
  • Citation of Merit- Organization, Piazza Renton, City of Renton
  • Citation of Merit- Legislative, Bob & Bonnie Jacobs, City of Olympia
  • Citation of Merit- Legislative, Pauline Cantor, City of Sammamish
  • Distinguished Service, Donald Harris, City of Seattle
  • Distinguished Service, Craig Larsen, City of Redmond
  • Distinguished Service, Kit Ledbetter, City of SeaTac
  • Distinguished Service, Clark Meek, City of Bothell
  • Distinguished Service, Larry Otos, City of Mount Vernon
  • Distinguished Service, Jennifer Schroder, City of Kirkland
  • Distinguished Service, Terry Higashiyama, City of Renton


  • Tracy Gallaway, City of Tukwila
  • Jennifer Papich, City of Spokane Valley
  • Kevin Witte, City of Mountlake Terrace


  • Indoor space, Bellevue Youth Theater, City of Bellevue
  • Outdoor Space, Jeanne Hansen Park, City of Snoqualmie
  • Trails, Gazzam Lake Park & Recreation 
  • Trails, Primrose Loop Trail, City of Bellevue


  • Innovative Outreach, See You in the Park, City of Tukwila
  • Promotional Materials, Trail Map Book, City of Puyallup


  • Arts & Cultural Service, Mumford & Sons Gentleman of the Road Stopover, City of Walla Walla
  • Cultural Competency, Camp Patterson, City of Everett
  • Cultural Competency, Women's Only Fitness, City of Tukwila
  • Environmental Stewardship, Park Stewardship Program, City of Olympia
  • Health & Wellness, Let's Move Mercer Island, City of Mercer Island
  • Innovative Program, Everybody Swims, William Shore Memorial Pool
  • Innovative Program, KidsCare Coat Drive, City of Bellevue



Little Red Corvette: Do you have the drive?  

Present at the 2016 Fall Summit!

This exciting one-day program, on October 13, 2016, will offer attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education credit while gaining invaluable insight into the Recreation & Park Industry. 

Submit your proposal now!

Registration now open for the Fall Summit!

Register today for the Fall Summit and enjoy the Early Bird rate, then get ready for an inspiring day of professional development and networking!

Learn more and register now! 



Party like it's 1999...err...2017! 

Let's go crazy at the 2017 Annual Conference! We are looking for local speakers and leaders to present programs, ideas, and industry-leading practices at our biggest conference of the year, which will be in Spokane, WA. Topics may range from great maintenance practices, innovative new programs, marketing strategies, risk management issues, leadership, and staff development trainings, to everything in between.

Submit your proposal now! 



WRPA Needs You to Select Your Network!

Why select a network? By selecting your network(s), 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.



 In the News



On the Move!

New Parks and Golf Course Director for the City of Renton:  

Cailín Hunsaker joined Renton from a tenured parks experience in San Diego County.  In 1996, she joined the County of San Diego as a Park Ranger and served at a camping park, an interpretive center, and open space preserves for 10 years.  During her time in San Diego she supervised a large park adjacent to the international border with Mexico and she experienced first-hand the firestorms of 2003 that swept across San Diego County and destroyed parks and thousands of homes, including her own.  In 2006, she became a park manager with the County and oversaw the construction of a new LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) public nature center, the creation of community gardens and sports parks, and stewardship of thousands of acres of preserves and trails.  She and her husband like to sail, fish, hike and travel to visit family located all over the US and in South America.  They have transitioned to Renton with their 100-pound Great Pyrenees, Bodie and "are very excited to explore the Pacific Northwest."



 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

  • Park Planning and Development Manager, City of Bellingham
  • Sustainability Intern, City of Issaquah
  • Parks Maintenance Worker I, City of Issaquah
  • Parks Irrigation Specialist, City of Issaquah
  • Journey Level Maintenance Technician, City of Lacey
  • Maintenance Aide, City of Mountlake Terrace
  • Facilities and Customer Service Supervisor, City of Kennewick 

Visit the WRPA Career Center

Calendar of Events
Date: Event:
June 1, 2016 Park Resources Training Bothell Operations Center 
June 10, 2016 Seattle Mariners Networking Event Safeco Field 
July 31, 2016  Seattle Sounders Networking Event CenturyLink Field 
October 13, 2016 Fall Summit Seattle 
  WRPA Volunteer Opportunities
  Thank You Sponsors!  

Why We Need You!

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 about opportunities that have recently become available!




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