Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course


November 17 - 19, 2015 | Floral Hall at Forest Park

Registration is now closed for the November CPSI because it is sold out.  If you are still interested in attending, please add yourself to the waitlist


Registration Now Open for the WRPA Risk Management School

January 27 - 28 | Rainier Beach Community Center

The purpose of this school is to educate professionals on best practices in risk management for parks, playgrounds, and recreation programs. The sessions are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of risk management including tools to recognize, assess, and control exposure to loss or injury, and minimize adverse effects or impacts to your agency and program participants.

Register Now!


WRPA Annual Conference & Tradeshow May 4-5 SUPER EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPEN

May 4 - 5, 2016 | Xfinity Arena at Everett

Join hundreds of your parks & recreation colleagues May 4–5 at the Everett Xfinity Convention Center. Soak in all that WRPA has to offer in the way of industry know-how. Make new professional connections, and explore innovative ideas.

Visit the WRPA Annual Conference homepage to learn more about our keynote speakers, and registration rates!

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2016 WRPA Annual Conference? 

The 2016 Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held at the Everett Xfinity Convention Center and Arena. This year, our trade show will take place in the arena, on the ice rink! We value our exhibitors and have made some enhancements to make the trade show experience better than ever.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities sell out fast so sign up today to reserve your booth.


Special Thanks!

WRPA held its bi-annual Pacific Northwest Aquatics Conference on September 28 - 29. Formerly known as the Aquatics Retreat, this event was previously managed by the Aquatics Network which consistently put on a great conference with speakers that we have heard from before and a few that are new to WRPA. This two day event was incredible and we just wanted to take a moment and thank those who participated as well as those who worked so hard to make it the smashing success that it was!  Thank you Rose Ploeg (Mountlake Terrace) and Bridget Verhei (Si View Parks) for all your hard work! 

WRPA held its annual Business Institute on October 22.  Thank you Linda Murphy (Kirkland) and Cathy Vonwald (Bellevue) for investing their time and energy in creating a high quality educational experience offered to over 100 parks and recreation professionals.


In the News:


Legislative Updates

August 7, 2015 | Update on Parks Budget:

With the end of the 2015 session - finally! – occurring the second week in July, State Parks leadership has had to scramble quickly to fully understand the financial resources available to us and come up with a program and spending plan for the 2015-17 biennium. The good news is that the Governor and Legislature - and park visitors through the fees they pay and the donations they generously give to State Parks - have provided resources that allow the agency to make some modest but significant investments to basic park operations.  Read more...

July 13, 2015 | Update from WRPA Lobbyist:

An Olympia-based scribe captured it well in his coverage of the Session’s adjournment: “At long last, it’s over.”

The 2015 Legislature will go down in the record books for having the longest single-year set of Sessions in state history, spanning nearly six months (176 days). You can actually dial back to a longer series of Sessions – 229 days in 1975-76 -- but those were spread over two years vs. one. 

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Recent Job Postings

  • Program Coordinator, Kennewick
  • Park Maintenance Superintendent, Friday Harbor
  • Landscape Architect, Spokane
  • Maintenance Worker, Kitsap County
  • District General Manager, Des Moines
  • Operations Manager - Metro Parks Tacoma
  • Fort Nisqually Living History Museum Supervisor, Metro Parks Tacoma

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     Calendar of Events
Date: Event:
November 17 - 19 Certified Playground Maintenance Inspector (CPSI) Course Floral Hall at Forest Park
January 27 - 28, 2016 2016 Risk Management School Rainier Beach Community Center
May 4 - 5, 2016 Annual Conference Everett Xfinity Convention Center
  WRPA Volunteer Opportunities
  Thank You Sponsors!  

Why We Need You!

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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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