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Tuesday Sponsored Social: Park’d and Rec'd!

Tuesday, May 21 | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Start your conference adventure by checking in and then head over to Esther Short Park for a night of epic proportions! Mighty Bowl food truck will be dishing out delicious rice, veggies, and meat bowls. Plus, grab a drink ticket that unlocks fun at Loowit Brewing Company. PSST!

Redeem your ticket any day during the conference but be sure to check in on Tuesday to snag the magic.

Sponsored by Great Western Recreation

Wednesday Sponsored Social: Operation Craft Karaoke

Wednesday, May 22 | 6:00 PM-8:30 PM


Join the wild side at Heathen Brewing, Feral House on Washington St. Dive into a world of craft beer, karaoke, digital photo booth shenanigans, and oversized outdoor games. It's a midweek celebration that's bound to leave you roaring for more!

Wednesday night is also "Alumni Pride Night"! Show your pride and represent your alma mater with style. Tables will be assigned to different schools, so be true to your school and let your colors shine! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to unite with fellow alumni and showcase your school spirit at WRPA 2024. See you there!

Location: 1109 Washington St, Vancouver, WA 98660

Sponsored by Great Western Recreation

Network Meetings

Thursday, May 23 | 3:00 PM-4:15 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. 

Park Resources Network: Joanna Martin | Location: Hemlock

Programming Network: Kiesha Taylor | Location: Spruce/Pine

Facilities/Rentals/Marketing Network: Shannon Kaopua | Location: Oak

Admin Network: Sylvana Niehuser | Location: Discovery Ballroom ABC

Aquatics Network: Landon Labowsky | Discovery Ballroom D/E

Athletic & Fitness: Curtis Carlson & Molly Barnett | Cedar

NEW Hispanic Professional Network: Angie Rance | Location: Alder

Equity, Inclusion, Belonging: Jennifer Gessley Gayman | Location: Ash



2024 WRPA Awards Banquet

Thursday, May 23 | 5:30 PM-7:00 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. 

Location: Discovery Ballroom ABC

**Dinner will be provided 

Sponsored by Kaizen

Post-Awards Banquet Social: 5-Alarm Fun!

Thursday, May 23 | 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Prepare for an explosive night as Heathen Brewing's firetruck tap takeover in the City of Vancouver City Hall courtyard! Sip on a variety of craft beers, indulge in light snacks, groove to the beats of a DJ, and ignite the competition with LED miniature golf. This is no ordinary party – it's a 5-alarm blast of excitement

Location: City Hall - 415. W 6th St Vancouver, WA 98660 (Behind The Hilton)

 Sponsored by Northwest Playground