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



In this Issue...

Photo of the Month

Innovative Ideas Lead to
a Pump Track

After the City of Olympia’s first successful season of ice skating at Isthmus Park, it was clear the public wanted more.  Jonathon Turlove, Associate Director of Parks Planning & Maintenance came up with the innovative idea to turn the ice rink into a pump track until Oly on Ice returns. Pictured is an experienced rider doing a 360 during a demonstration at the grand opening ceremony.

Do you have a must-see photo? Submit your photos via email to [email protected].

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How Do You Recreate?

Three Generations of Skiers

Thank you, Sarah Stoner, from the City of Burlington for sharing this month's How Do You Recreate photo.

This picture depicts three generations of active energetic skiers out on the slopes this past March celebrating grandma's 79th birthday. Listed from left to right Sarah, her mother, and her children Noah (13), and Katherine (9).

Do you have a "how do you recreate photo"? Submit your photo to [email protected].

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Discounted Fall Summit Rates Are Available for a Limited Time
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | Lynnwood Convention Center

Join WRPA for a full day of professional development, networking, and education with the return of our 2019 Fall Summit. This year we are offering the choice of two workshops in the morning and four breakout sessions in the afternoon. Learn more about the speakers below and explore the schedule.

Registration Rates

 WRPA Member Rates:
Before July 14

$205 July 15 thru August 19
$255 After August 19

Non-Member Rates: 
$299 Before July 14
$305 After July 14

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WRPA Legislative Updates

Washington Recreation & Parks Association (WRPA) would like to give a big shout out to our lobbyist Doug Levy for his outstanding legislative efforts on behalf of the WRPA and the profession. We also would like to make a shout out to all Parks & Recreation professionals who contributed to efforts.

WRPA's three key funding targets had some great final funding outcomes in the capital budget:

  • WWRP $85M
  • Aquatics Lands Enhancement Acct (ALEA) $6.6M
  • Youth Athletic Facilities (YAF) $12M

For a full report and to learn more review WRPA's legislative priorities.

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Learn About Forterra
Forterra secures land for a sustainable future.

Washington's park and recreation professionals help create and curate spaces for our community. Take a moment to meet another organization working to build a more sustainable future for us all. 

Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) is one of Washington State's largest non-profit land conservation, stewardship, and community building organizations. Forterra has helped secure more than 275,000 acres in over 450 land transactions since 1989.

The things we love about living in the Northwest depend on land—local food at the farmer’s market, parks and green spaces, neighborhood community gardens, affordable housing near transit, hiking trails to beautiful peaks, and unparalleled wilderness.

Forterra has a long list of partners that include cities like Arlington, Everett, Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle, Snoqualmie, and many more. Learn more about Forterra and how you and/or your agency can partner with them.

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Cost Recovery Master Class

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | Lynnwood Fire Station 15

110% has developed a Master Class in Cost Recovery that is being held in eight cities across the US in 2019. Host cities include Englewood, Colorado; Mesa, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; Oak Park, Illinois, and Lynnwood, Washington!

This program was developed as a two-day immersive course that will cover the essentials of financial management and responsibility in public parks and recreation. Given the current economic landscape and the recurring interests in our profession being “recession-ready,” the timing could not be better for a program like this.

Registration for this event is $329.00 (taxes waived). This course is limited to 30 registrations and registrations will only be accepted through May 31, 2019. Learn more today and sign up soon.


NRPA Parks & Recreation Magazine Highlight
Building Awareness and Use of Parks and Programming
By Roth, Kevin, Ph.D.

Have you heard someone in your community say, “I didn’t know Parks and Recreation offered that?”  Well, you are not alone.

NRPA conducted research that shows users are not getting the awareness and information about programs being offered in their parks and facilities. In fact, almost 3 out of 10 respondents reported they were not aware of parks and recreation offerings. Find out what actions you can take to help develop an action and implementation and awareness plan that fits your agency from this NRPA article.     


Read the full article on pages 12-15 of NRPA's Parks & Recreation Magazine.

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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!

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Recent Job Postings


See what new opportunities await you in the field of recreation and parks by checking out WRPA's Job Board!

Visit the WRPA Job Board Today!

WRPA Event Calendar
Date: Event: Location:
June 8 Aquatics Skill Builder: Not on Your Watch & Training Better Trainers Henry Moses Aquatic Center, Maple Valley
June 11 The Cost Recovery Master Class

Lynnwood Fire Station 15,

June 18 WRPA Programming Network Meeting Federal Way Community Center, Federal Way
October 22 WRPA Fall Summit Lynnwood Convention Center

WRPA Volunteer Opportunities

Thank You, 2019 Sponsors!

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 more about opportunities that have recently become available!

Volunteers are needed for the:

Join a WRPA Network

  • Administrative
  • Aquatics
  • Athletics & Fitness
  • Climate Change
  • Park Resources
  • Park Rangers
  • Facilities/Rentals/Marketing
  • Programmers
  • EMS
  • Student Connection Committee

Learn More

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