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WRPAToday Newsletter

Photo of the Month

                          Mount St. Helens National Monument

City of Edmonds Director, Angie Feser, and City of Longview Director, Jen Wills, met down at Mount St. Helens National Monument. Angie was running the Volcanic 25k and Jen was running the Volcanic 50k the weekend of August 6-7. Both were successful in their endeavors and had a "blast"! 

How Do You Recreate?

                                                        Alice Busch

I have been blessed to be in the profession of providing recreation opportunities for people with disabilities for the past 36 years. Growing up on Whidbey Island, I spent my free time tending to animals on our little farm, riding horses, bowling, camping, 4-H and growing a garden. When moving to Eastern Washington for school, I added skiing, rafting, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, photography, and mountain biking.

Often in this field, one forgets to recreate for themselves as we are so busy making sure others do. I constantly remind myself of this and thankfully my husband, Steve and children assist me in this area. I am grateful my family is a part of this lifestyle and enjoy sharing the love of the outdoors with our TRS family.

Since Covid, I have had a new appreciation for the value and meaning of recreation in all our lives. I have gotten back to my roots of passion and rediscovered why I chose this profession. I love making memories with people and look forward to making many more.

Spotlight Professional: Virginia Smith

Member Services Coordinator for the Shore Aquatics Center

Virginia is a Member Services Coordinator for the Shore Aquatics Center in Port Angeles, WA. She has been working for the center for about eight years and has seen the transition of the center during the past few years. One of the most rewarding parts of her current position is having the opportunity to educate our youth on the benefits of being active and living a healthy lifestyle.  

Advice from Virginia:

"Work together as a community! Communicate, collaborate, learn from other professionals and be bold!"

Share Your Story: WRPA is looking to spotlight members with different backgrounds, experiences, and work histories. Please complete this form and send it to our Communications Committee chair, Carl Strong [email protected] if you would like to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Equity in Practice Resource Library

NRPA works to ensure that everyone has fair and just access to quality parks and recreation. The Equity in Practice Resource Library is a set of vetted and carefully curated resources available to our members. 


NRPA Diversity Scholarship Recipient Olivia Salazar de Breaux

Meet awardee Olivia Salazar de Breaux who was one of two chosen across the nation and the only from Washington State to receive the Diversity Scholarship this year. 

The NRPA Diversity Scholarship (up to 2) supports individuals from historically underrepresented groups in the parks and recreation community and demonstrates outstanding contributions serving diverse communities.


Announcements & Highlights

September 21
WRPA Northwest Social

RSVP for the Northwest Social happening Wednesday, September 21 during the National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona at the Hilton Garden Inn rooftop bar.  

September 19–20
Aquatics Conference

The 2022 Aquatics Conference is less than a month away! This year the conference will take place at McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell, WA. Register today!

November 3
2022 Fall Training

Registration is still open for the 2022 WRPA Fall Training taking place on Thursday, November 3, at the Lynnwood Convention Center. You will have the opportunity learn new skills that you can immediately implement within your organization.

November 14–16
CPSI Fall Course & Exam

Want to help keep your community safe? Registration is still open for the Fall 2022 Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course taking place at the McClelland Arts Center in Longview, WA.

2023 Partnership Opportunities

WRPA 2023 Partnership Opportunities are now available. Being an WRPA Sponsor provides our members and non-members with educational resources and networking opportunities.

Become a WRPA Speaker

WRPA is accepting 2023 speaker proposals. This is an excellent opportunity to share your expertise, speak about past success stories, and boost your resume.  Upcoming speaking opportunities will include the Annual Conference, the Fall Training Event, webinars, and more.

WRPA Social Media

Want to stay up-to-date and maybe become a top fan? Follow WRPA on social media!


Volunteer Opportunities

WRPA is a membership-driven organization. By sharing your energy and expertise, you can help make WRPA an even more effective professional resource.


Become a volunteer and help WRPA grow. Learn more about valuable opportunities today!

Join a WRPA Network

WRPA Networks are specialized groups that meet on a regular basis and communicate online. Joining a WRPA network gives you the opportunity to meet others in your specific field, like aquatics, maintenance, and programs.


Find your WRPA Network today.

Thank You Renewing Members

Agency Members:

  • Asotin County Public Facilities District
  • City of Shelton
  • Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District
  • Federal Way Parks & Recreation
  • Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services
  • Key Peninsula Metro Park District
  • Lynnwood Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts
  • Metro Parks Tacoma
  • Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation
  • Redmond Parks & Recreation
  • Sammamish Parks & Recreation
  • San Juan Island Park & Recreation District
  • Shoreline Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services
  • Spokane Parks & Recreation
  • Tukwila Parks & Recreation

Individual Members:

  • City of Pasco
  • Olympic Peninsula YMCA
  • Pullman Parks and Recreation

Member Data From June–July 2022


Thank You Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Northwest Playground Logo

Gold Sponsor

Great Western Logo

Gold Sponsor

Play Creation Logo

Silver Sponsor

Musco Lighting Logo

 Washington Recreation & Park Association



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