Catch up on the latest news and happenings around the state.

WRPAToday Newsletter


Photo of the Month

Lake Padden Park

Bellingham’s Lake Padden Park is a favorite spot for locals to get out on the water for a peaceful paddle. Home to many regional events throughout the year including the Padden Triathlonthis 1,000+ acre park also includes nearly 8 miles of walking/hiking trails, picnic shelters, an 18-hole golf course, dog off-leash area and connects to an additional 65 miles of trails on Galbraith Mountain.


How Do You Recreate?

Pickleball Camp

The photo above shows some of the campers and camp volunteers from the City of Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation’s first ever youth Pickleball camp, taking place on the brand new Pickleball courts in Jennings Memorial Park. New to the 2022 summer season after the courts opened, we added in a youth Pickleball camp to our Ultimate Sports Camp series and the participants had a great time. The instructor and volunteers dedicate a lot of their time to helping youth learn the sport and further connecting generations within our community. We love to see it all!


Spotlight Professional: Austin Weber

City of Aberdeen - Assistant Director for the Parks & Recreation Department

As the Assistant Parks Director for the City of Aberdeen, Austin oversees facility operations, community events, directs staff, and various other tasks that keep our parks operational. 


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, at [email protected] ifyou would like to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.


Members on the Move

Congratulations to WRPA member, Mary Tuttle, who was recently selected as the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of SeaTac!  Mary previously worked for Metro Parks Tacoma for 17 years where she was the District-wide Programs Manager. Congratulations Mary! 


NRPA Announces Vernā Myers as the Keynote Speaker for the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference 

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is proud to announce Vernā Myers as the keynote speaker for the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference. Myers is an accomplished author, inclusion strategist, cultural innovator, thought leader, and social commentator. Her insights on diversity, equity and inclusion have made her a highly sought-after speaker around the world.

Watch Vernā Myers TEDtalk - How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them.

Announcements & Highlights

Session Survey Evaluation

We need your feedback

We want to thank you once again for joining us in Spokane, WA, for the 2023 WRPA Annual Conference. Due to some technical issues, your responses on the session survey evaluations were not successfully collected in the app. 


We would like to kindly ask all attendees to take this Session Survey Evaluation for all the sessions you attended during the 2023 WRPA Conference. 

CPSI Fall Course & Exam
October 30–November 1


Want to help keep your community safe? Registration is now open for the Fall 2023 Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course taking place at the Capital Event Center in Tumwater, WA.

Social Media Opportunity 


The WRPA Communications Committee is currently looking for a Social Media person to help with creating and posting content to keep our folks up to date about upcoming news and events. This is a great  opportunity for Emerging Professionals to add to their resumes and get connected with WRPA. If you are interested, please email the WRPA office at [email protected]..

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
  • Bellingham Parks and Recreation 
  • City of Fife
  • City of Buckley
  • Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District
  • Key Peninsula Metro Park District
  • Kitsap County Parks Department
  • Lynnwood Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts
  • Metro Parks Tacoma
  • Si View Metro Park District

Individual Members:

  • Aberdeen Parks & Recreation
  • City of Pasco
  • City of Pullman Parks & Recreation
  • HBB Landscape Architecture
  • Pullman Parks and Recreation
  • Romtec, Inc.
  • White River Community Activities Program
  • WCRP
  • Washington Cities Insurance Authority
  • YMCA of Snohomish County

Member Data from April –June

Thank You Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Northwest Playground Logo

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

Musco Lighting Logo


Washington Recreation & Park Association



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