May 2017 Newsletter

In this Issue...


United We Stand

How do you recreate
Shawna Davis, Customer Service Specialist for City of Kirkland, Sarah Atwood, Park Maintenance for City of Monroe, Jordan Nordstrom former Park Maintenance for City of Redmond, Gary Brown, Parks District Maintenance Coordinator for King County Parks, and Chun Song, Park Maintenance for City of Sammamish are pictured here snowshoeing at Gold Creek Basin. What a refreshing and beautiful hike, but we are so glad to have the warm weather!

Submit your own "How do you recreate" photo to [email protected].


Fiji Airways... More Like, Maui Airways

How do you recreate
City of Renton’s, Tania Thomas is pictured here snorkeling in Maui. Can we go next time Tania?!

Submit your own "How do you recreate" photo to [email protected].


Join Northwest Playground for their excited Open House event next Thursday.


Soaring High

Congratulations to John Keates, the Honor Fellow Award winner. 
John received his award at the 5/16/2017 Bothell City Council Meeting. The award was presented by WRPA Past Presidents Carrie Hite (far left) and Arvilla Ohlde (far right). See the video of his award acceptance.

Congratulations to all of our 2017 WRPA Award Winners. Be sure to check out the entire list of winners.


Southwest Airlines Pairs-Up with NRPA

New Grant Opportunity
In partnership with Southwest Airlines, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) aims to build resilient communities, whose residents are engaged and empowered to create solutions for the challenges facing their communities. As a component of NRPA's Great Urban Parks Campaign, this grant opportunity will support innovative strategies around community-driven, green infrastructure projects in parks. The goal of this grant is to support community engagement activities that provide best practice strategies and lessons learned on how to effectively engage and empower residents in green infrastructure projects.

Grants of $10,000 will be awarded to three communities to fund community engagement activities that educate and empower local residents to be active drivers in planning, design, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of a green infrastructure project in their local park. Matching funds of at least 1:1 will be required. Matching contributions may include cash, in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, materials and services donated, or other tangible contributions to the project objectives.

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En Flight

Members on the Move

  • Todd Cort, promoted to Recreation Supervisor for the City of Edmonds, previously Recreation Coordinator
  • Kari Bachle, Recreation Assistant for the City of Bothell, previously the Education Director for Kirkland Boys and Girls club.
  • Jen Burbidge, Director for Lacey Parks and Recreation, previously the Supervisor at Star Center for Metro Parks Tacoma.
  • Joanna Martin, Community Center Manager for the City of Marysville, previously Recreation Supervisor for City of Sammamish.

Did we forget someone? Are you a Member on the Move? Email us at 
[email protected].


We Want Your News!

Do you have news to share with your WRPA colleagues? Send any updates, photos, happenings and socials to WRPA, so that we can feature your article in the next WRPAToday e-newsletter!

Send us your news now!


Recent Job Postings

Visit the WRPA Career Center

  Calendar of Events
  Date: Event:
  June 15, 2017
Field Allocation Symposium

Kirkland, WA

  June 17, 2017
Aquatic Skill Builder

Renton, WA

  June 23, 2017 Seattle Mariners Night

Seattle, WA


Meet up with fellow Parks and Recreation members at the
2017 National Conference!

WRPA Volunteer Opportunities

Thank You, Sponsors!


Why We Need You!

WRPA is membership-driven. We achieve only what we ourselves commit to doing. By sharing your energy and expertise you will make WRPA an even more effective professional resource.

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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