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Voting closed Sept. 11 — Results to be verified and announced next week
"The WRPA Board is focusing significant attention to devising the best strategic and tactical plans to strengthen, transition and prepare the organization to support us as professionals for many years to come. This is not a process taken lightly by the board. Some of our fellow professionals are spending an impressive amount of time, energy, research and hard work to create a strategic plan that meets member needs. Member involvement is key to success. The exceptional outreach efforts and input by members during the process will result in an end product that reflects member's culture, values and principles. Being a part of the changes coming over the next year and beyond will be exciting. While WRPA has always been an organization I have been proud to be a part of I look forward to an even stronger organization. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to get involved thus far! We are better together." Lori Cummings, admin section chair, city of Everett
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As part of the ongoing strategic planning process, the board approved the revised bylaws at the June 14 board meeting. Members have been asked to ratify the new bylaws by vote at the end of August. Visit the WRPA strategic plan Web page for updated maps, charts, bylaws and more. Please contact Jessi Bon, WRPA president, with your questions.
Coming soon: 334 pot stores in Washington state
The Seattle Times
Revised rules for Washington's legal pot system are adopted, including the location of stores, caps on pot production, and changes aimed at making it easier to site stores and growing operations. WRPA lobbyist, Doug Levy, is tracking this development and we are seeking to also specifically include "park districts" to the definitions.
Amusement and Recreation — Potential Legislation for 2014
Department of Revenue is requesting comments concerning the attached bill draft for potential request legislation. WRPA recommends agencies review the draft proposal to learn how this affects your operations and current practices. We have confirmed an in-person meeting with call in option for up to 20 with DOR for Wednesday Sept. 18, 10-11 a.m. - 4th floor of the DOR's Capital Plaza Building, 2015 Union Avenue S.E. Olympia 98504. Space is still available. Please R.S.V.P. your attendance and indicate whether you plan to participate in person or by phone so we can give a count to DOR.
Senate Transportation Forums
Senate Transportation Committee co-chairs, Sen. Curtis King, R- Yakima, and Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, announced the dates and cities that will be included in a statewide listening tour aimed at gathering input from Washington residents on building a new package of transportation projects.
Best Practices to Next Practices workshop
WRPA Business Institute
Wednesday, Oct. 23, Tukwila
To remain successful and relevant, park and recreation agencies need to develop operational staffing models that are outcome focused and sustainable. This workshop focuses on new and emerging operational and staffing models by discussing successful case studies.
Presenter: Michael Shellito, Shellito Training & Consulting
Review session descriptions and pre-select your workshops when you register.
$120 early-bird member/$170 nonmember. WCIA members are eligible for one scholarship per agency. Deadline for early bird registration is Sept 13. Register today!
Cultural Competency Skill Building — Space available
Monday, Sept. 30, Bellevue City Hall
Increase your ability to effectively engage diverse communities. This interactive training provides a foundation for building individual and organizational cultural competence skills. Participate in exercises that help us get beyond cultural festivals and PC language to transforming our organizations to genuinely serve all members of our community. Walk away with resources and tools that can be used immediately.
Presenter: Heidi Schillinger, Equity Matters
$135 member/ $165 nonmember | Register
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
Executive selects Tipton as parks and recreation director
County Executive Pat McCarthy has selected Tony Tipton, the county's go-to leader of important projects, as the director of Parks and Recreation Services.
2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference and Tradeshow exhibitor planning meeting
Help WASLA and WRPA plan for the 2014 Joint Conference and Tradeshow during an upcoming exhibitor site visit Monday, September 16 at Magnuson Park. Input is desired to help determine layout and planning for the tradeshow occurring on April 9-10, 2014. WASLA and WRPA staff will be on hand to discuss exhibitor options, tour the facilities, gauge interest to guide in planning, and gather feedback in an effort to make the tradeshow an outstanding experience. Please come and share your thoughts! RSVP here.
WASLA & WRPA issues Call for Sessions Proposals — Sept 18 deadline is nearing
The Washington Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects and the Washington Recreation & Park Association are issuing a Call for Proposals for our first joint conference. In the spirit of collaboration and our conference theme, "Engage, Experience and Enjoy," we invite parks and recreation staff, landscape architects, allied professionals and vendors to the professions to submit proposals that reflect the synergy of these two like-minded organizations.
WRPA Executive Board meets on Sept. 13
The Mountaineers Building at Magnuson Park is the location for the upcoming WRPA Executive Board meeting. Board members will have an opportunity to tour the site for our 2014 conference in addition to a full agenda including a preliminary 2014 budget presentation and next steps on our strategic planning.
Washington State Parks partners with Seattle Seahawks on boating safety education
Washington State Parks
Washington boaters are invited to learn how to boat safely this year and qualify for prizes. The Washington State Parks Boating Safety Program and the Seattle Seahawks are launching a contest to highlight boater education. Although summer is coming to a close, there are still committed boaters on the water during the fall and winter months. State Parks urges boaters to be prepared, take a boater safety class to enhance their skills and learn how to be safe on the water, get a boater education card and enter to win prizes from the Seattle Seahawks, including a VIP game package.
Volunteers needed to complete Ape Cave trail
Rockford Register Star
Volunteers have several chances to help complete the first phase of a new trail near Ape Cave during work parties this month. The Ape Cave Viewpoint community trail project will give visitors additional opportunities to explore the unique natural area that surrounds Ape Cave. When completed, it will lead from the Ape Cave day-use area to a scenic vista of the south side of Mount St. Helens. The work is expected to be completed in October.
Oregon, Washington split over snow park permits
The Associated Press via Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Oregon and Washington state are ending a 35-year agreement to honor each other's permits for winter recreation areas. Washington said its more expansive snow park program, which costs more, no longer matches Oregon's. "Why are we doing reciprocity when our programs are not reciprocal?" said Pamela McConkey, manager of Washington's winter recreation program. "Washington pays for much more out of the Snow Park permit."
W. Richland not planning major changes to Flat Top Park
Contrary to rumors floating about town, West Richland Mayor Donna Noski said neither the city council nor city officials have any plans to make drastic changes to the city's beloved Flat Top Park. "If anything, we want to enhance it," she said. In response to "Save Flat Top Park," signs posted around town and what Noski calls misinformation, the city made up a flier and inserted it in residents' utility bills.
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