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In This Issue...


Legion of Boom

How Do You Recreate?

Kari Bachle, Recreation Assistant for Bothell Parks & Recreation, exploring Palouse Falls, Washington.

Palouse Falls State Park is a 105-acre Washington state park in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington. What a fun place to take a break and go on an adventure.

How DO YOU recreate? Submit your photo to [email protected].


Spotlight Professional

Amazed that he is able to work in the same park system he grew up playing in as a child the City of Port Angeles Parks & Recreation Director, Corey Delikat, and his staff pride themselves on being facilitators of recreation within the community.

"I think Parks & Recreation employees are some of the most passionate employees that I have seen in any industry or profession...It was the passion and encouragement of many of my current coworkers who inspired me to pursue my dream of becoming our department's next director."

Read more about Corey's journey to becoming a recreation & parks professional.

Bigger Faster Stronger Louder

Follow up to Field Allocation Symposium

Thank you to the City of Kirkland for welcoming 40 participants from all over the state back on June 15 for the Field Allocation Symposium. The panel consisted of ball field schedulers from Redmond, King County, Bellevue, and Seattle. Topics discussed included, required paperwork to request fields; which user groups get priority; social equity for different sports or users; fee structures, policies, and guidelines; and returning fields that were requested but were not used.  

To keep in touch after Symposium a group of WRPA members has started a new circle in WRPA's Network Circles called Athletic Field Management Circle! This is a place where professionals can connect, get involved, and share recourses about sports field/complex management, scheduling systems, and processes, allocations, reservations, policies, fees charges, etc.

Member login is required to participate. Learn more about WRPA's Network Circles today! 

Let's Do This

Register for WRPA Risk Management School

This is an exciting two-day program scheduled for January 24-25, 2018 at the Federal Way Community Center. The program will offer attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education credit while gaining invaluable insight into the latest trends and movements of the recreation and park industry.

The complete schedule will be available in mid-October!

Early Registration Rates

Student: $55 | Member: $279 | Non-Member: $329

IRPA Conference - Call for Presenters

Idaho Recreation & Parks Association

Planning for the 2018 Idaho Recreation & Park Association annual conference is underway! Come together to strengthen commitment to the profession and experience inspirational, educational, and fun-filled education sessions.

As a part of the planning process, IRPA is seeking proposals for educational sessions to be presented at the conference. The conference is focusing on the following categories; Parks and Facilities, Recreation Programming, Career Development & Leadership, & Student Development.

Learn more about this opportunity and contact Rachel Lane with questions via phone
(208) 773-0539, or via email [email protected].

We Will Be Heard - Members on the Move

  • Jeff Price, City of Mukilteo Recreation and Cultural Services Director —  previously Recreation & Business Services Manager for the City of Everett.

  • Nick Hamblet, City of Mukilteo Recreation Coordinator — previously Youth and Family Director for Monroe/Sky Valley YMCA.

  • Gina Shaw, City of Kennewick Recreation Supervisor — previously Community Recreation Coordinator for the City of Federal Way.

  • John Lloyd, City of Kirkland Deputy Director for Operations — previously Interim Director of Facility and Business Operations for the University of Arizona.

  • Jairid Hoehn, City of Kirkland Business/Customer Service Supervisor — previously Recreation Application Specialist for the City of Redmond.

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!

 Calendar of Events
 Date:  Event:  Location:

November 2, 2017

WA State Trails Coalition Caucus Meeting Rosehill Community Center
November 28-30, 2017

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course Floral Hall - Everett, WA

January 24-25, 2018

Risk Management School Federal Way Community Center
May 1-3, 2018

WRPA Annual Conference & Tradeshow Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center

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 more about opportunities that have recently become available!

Volunteers are needed for the:









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