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Taco Tuesday at Riverfront Park 

Tuesday, May 16 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join us for the opening night social of the 76th Annual WRPA Conference in Spokane! This great evening of connecting with friends and colleagues will kick off on the North Bank of Riverfront Park at the Ice Age Floods Playground and picnic shelter. The evening of fun is sponsored by NW Playground Equipment hosting delicious tacos and beverages. The amazing authentic food catered by Tacos Camargo will get you fueled up for the week. After enjoying great food and company, take a rip down one of the Ice Age Floods playground slides, test your bouldering skills on the Roskelly Climbing Rock, play some corn hole on the grass, and soak in the sites and sounds of Riverfront Park. This will be a blast!

Don’t forget to sign up for the Podium Sportsplex tour happening before the Taco Tuesday Social. 

Meeting Location: 
Meet at the WRPA Registration Desk to be transported off site



 Flatstick Pub-A-Palooza

 Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Are you READY for the social truly created for the Parks and Recreational Professional?! Join us at Flatstick Pub for an exclusive experience of free mini golf, duffleboard, pockets, and wickets. Our social sponsor for this event is Great Western Recreation hosting WRPA conference attendees for a night of fun. Come enjoy all these games and more for free! You and your colleagues won’t need to worry about figuring out where to go for dinner that night as they have graciously provided, pizza, wings, and salad to keep your bodies running as you recreate the night away. A limited number of sponsored beverages will also be available to quench your thirst after your thrilling round of min golf on their unique nine-hole course. We can’t wait to see you there!

Meeting Location:
Meet at the large hexagonal shelter at the North end of Riverfront Park near the Ice Age Floods Playground and Hooptown USA Basketball Court



Networks Meeting

Thursday, May 18 | 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Meet up with your WRPA Network at the conference.

WRPA has a large variety of groups that meet on a regular basis to connect about their specific field. We have networks for  Aquatics, Park Resources, Programming, Fitness/Athletic, Administrator, Park Rangers, and more. These groups will be meeting up for socials at the conference. 

Admin Network: Sylvana Niehuser, Russ Harington
Info for Park Resource / Park Maintenance: Joanna Martin
Park Ranger NetworkDavid Green
Program NetworkKeisha Taylor, Kendall May

Facilities Network: Rachiah Whipple

2023 WRPA Awards Banquet 

Thursday, May 18 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

WRPA Awards Program: The Washington Recreation & Park Association celebrates people, parks, and programs with an annual awards program honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of parks and recreation in Washington State. We have three major categories that we recognize: Professional Awards, Citation of Merit Awards, and Spotlight Awards. Each year we celebrate the award winners at a banquet during the Annual Conference.  

Riverfront Pavilion Partay

Post-Awards Banquet Social 

Thursday, May 18 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

EVERYONE must make their way after the banquet and finish off the conference with a night under the lights at the Riverfront Park Pavilion. This amazing social sponsored by Berger Partnership will host drinks, games, dance party on the screen by Funflicks, light show, giant trikes on an inflatable racetrack, photo booth, Hoopfest half-court basketball, and more. Don’t miss out on this one, it’s going to be insane!

Meeting Location: Riverfront Park