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In This Issue...


Photo of the Month

It’s a Nice Day for a Walk

Our photo of the month comes from Tukwila Parks and Recreation which was featured in the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) monthly magazine this past July for their leadership and commitment to the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. For more information read the full article online. 

Do you have a must-see photo? Submit your “Photo of the Month” to [email protected].

How Do You Recreate?


Enjoying the Outdoors 

Pictured to the left are Moses Lake Parks and Recreation Department Secretary, Pam Escure and her husband taking a moment to enjoy Spokane Falls. Did you know that Spokane Falls is the second largest urban waterfall in the United States?

WRPA wants to see how you recreate. Submit your photo to [email protected].

Register Today for the Pacific Northwest Aquatics Conference!

September 24 & 25 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Great Wolf Lodge
Rates: WRPA Members $229 | Non-Members $239

Online registration for this comprehensive education event closes TONIGHT at midnight! Be sure to check out the conference schedule for the 2018 Aquatics Conference at the Great Wolf Lodge! Come and take part in this amazing opportunity; we have some excellent nationally recognized speakers joining us. Be sure to sign up today so that you don't miss out. 

Remember: If your agency is a WCIA member, one registration is eligible for reimbursement.


Online registration closes at midnight Thursday, September 20!
Walk-In regiratants are also welcome.

WRPA's Fall Leadership Summit Is Just Around the Corner

October 9 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Lynnwood Convention Center
Rates: WRPA Members $249 | Non-Members $299

Attendees can take advantage of a choice between two educational tracks. The Executive Track offersa full day of sessions devoted to the world of data, data insights, and how to use data to better communicate about programs, problems and successes, funding needs, and more. The Leadership Development Track is designed for strengthening confidence and enhancing attendee team building skills for supervisors, managers, coordinators and more. 

Join speaker, Breece Robertson, Director of Planning and GIS for the Trust for Public Land, for a peek into how data is being used to better understand user behavior, geographic mapping, social media, and autonomous cell phone data. Join speaker Rachelle Strawther, Gonzaga University Professor, for her presentations on making mistakes, emotional intelligence, courage, and team success. 

Sign up today for this one-of-a-kind event to improve your leadership skills.

Online registration closes noon on Thursday, October, 5!

Register for WRPA's Fall CPSI Course and Test

November 27-29 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Kitsap Sun Pavilion
Registration for Course & Test: WRPA Members $585 | Non-Members $649

This course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. Advanced reading and 15 hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to "sit” for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination offered at the culmination of the certification course.

Topics include:

  • Identifying hazards on playgrounds
  • Developing risk management tools
  • Legal aspects of having a comprehensive safety program
  • Test methods for entrapment, protrusions, and entanglements

Only 8 Days Left to Submit Your Conference Speaker Proposal

Share your achievements with an audience full of recreation and park professionals. WRPA is looking for talented presenters who can speak to best practices and trends relevant to our audience.

We have extended the submission deadline for our 2019 request for presentations for the WRPA Conference & Tradeshow. Industry professionals from around the Puget Sound region and beyond are encouraged to submit plans to share their expertise, best practices, and tips with their peers.

Learn more about the process and be sure to submit your proposal before September 28, 2018. Remember, accepted speakers can attend the day they are presenting for free, or they can attend both days for the price of one at the member rate.


2018 Conference Speaker Testimonial

"Presenting at WRPA Annual Conferences is the perfect opportunity to share best practices, success stories, and new ideas with colleagues from around the state. It is also a great primer for presenting at larger national conferences like NRPA."

– Sarah Sandquist, CPRE, Director of Fishers Parks and Recreation

NRPA Highlight: Do you want to be nationally certified?

The recreation and park industry is rapidly evolving and many professionals are starting to ask, "How can I stand out from the crowd?" Through national certification, you gain the attention of current and potential employers, you stand out as a leader in our industry, and you are committed to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of park and recreation programs. Learn more about the three NRPA Certifications below.

    Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
This certification is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. Attaining the CPRP designation shows that you have met education and experience qualifications, and illustrates your commitment to the profession as well as your knowledge and understanding of key concepts within parks and recreation.
    Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE)
This NRPA certification establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative, and executive parks and recreation professionals. This mastery-level credential focuses on the practical knowledge and current real-world skills necessary in today’s changing park and recreation environment.
  Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)
NRPA offers the industry-leading certification program in playground safety. The CPSI certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements, and risk management methods. Join WRPA for its November CPSI course and exam event. 

If you are a park and recreational professional pursuing continuing education you can also learn more about WRPA grants and NRPA scholarship

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


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!

 2018 Calendar of Events
 Date:  Event:  Location:
September 24–25
2018 Aquatics Conference
Great Wolf Lodge
September 27 Power Tools for Front-Line Customer Service Auburn Community Center
October 9
2018 Fall Leadership Summit Lynnwood Convention Center
November 27–29
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course Kitsap Sun Pavilion


WRPA Volunteer Opportunities


Thank You, 2018 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 Circle

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

Learn More





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