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WRPAToday Newsletter


Photo of the Month

Gee Creek Repairs

Featured in the image above is a picture of Abrams Park. The tree, which happens to look like a dragon, is going to be used in the Gee Creek repairs. More updates to come. 


Spotlight Professional: Galina Burley

City of Ridgefield - Manages parks, trails, and recreation services

Galina currently manages parks, trails, and recreation services for the City of Ridgefield WA. With her position being new in the city, the programs are still being built as they go. So far, she has had tons of fun in her current role.

Advice from Galina:

"Keep an open mind, have fun, and be ready for ups and downs. "


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.

NRPA Webinar: Using Equity to Advance Learning

The Geographic Information System (GIS) Asset Management and Work Order (AMWO) Equity Project, led by Seattle Parks and Recreation, had an initial goal: help staff set equity-driven goals that could be used to prioritize routes, restructure existing routes, and plan out crew projects in historically marginalized communities. 

National Day of Racial Healing

Have you heard about the National Day of Racial Healing?

This annual event hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation was created with and builds on the work and learnings of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) community partners. 


Communities of Opportunity Human Resources and Equity Toolkit

Racial equity, as a value, is central to the community work that is happening today. Because equity is a common value for many organizations, this toolkit provides tools and resources on how to embed equity into your employment policies.


City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI)

Analysis, data, and community stories about racial equity topics like youth wellbeing and food insecurity. Use this research to plan and evaluate your projects.

Board Member News

As we close out the year, the WRPA Board of Directors wanted to recognize Michelle Larson, who will be rolling off the Board as of January 1. Her path leads her to new adventures outside of the parks and recreation world. She will truly be missed and departs with a few words to share.

Watch: Renaming Squaxin Park

Squaxin Park is the new name for the regional destination formerly named Priest Point Park, and the City of Olympia has released a video that celebrates the cultural significance of this from the perspectives of the Squaxin and Olympia communities. 

Announcements & Highlights

Join the Sponsorship Committee


The Sponsorship Committee plays a very important role within the WRPA. The primary goal is to create relationships with member professionals and organizations, to grow funding sources that strengthen the association and serve the objectives of professional and agency members.

Maintenance & Operations Funding Webinar

January 18 | 12:30pm–1:15pm

Maintenance and operations funding is a challenge for all agencies. We have a rare opportunity to petition the legislature for $5M in one-time funding for grants to help with projects deferred due to the pandemic, economic shifts or pressing requirements, like completing your agency’s ADA Transition Plan.

             Legislative Day

                February 1, 2023

Join the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition and the Washington Recreation & Park Association on February 1, 2023 at our annual Parks and Great Outdoors Legislative Day. 

Register for WRPA 2023

                    May 16–19

Sign Your Team Up for the WRPA 2023 Annual Conference! Next year's WRPA Conference will be taking place May 16–19! Early bird registration is now open and there are great deals for Agency Members!

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.

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:

  • Burien Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department
  • City of Lake Stevens
  • City of Othello, Parks & Recreation Department
  • City of Sumner
  • Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation
  • Puyallup Parks & Recreation
  • Samena Club
  • Stevenson Community Pool District

Individual Members:

  • Allplay Systems
  • City of Chelan
  • City of Enumclaw
  • Columbia Cascade Company
  • South Kitsap School District
  • South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District
  • MT-LA

Member Date from November –December


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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