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



In this Issue...

Photo of the Month

WRPA Members & Leaders at NRPA

Along with park and recreation professionals from around the US many WRPA members have traveled to Baltimore, MD this week for the annual NRPA Conference. WRPA members featured here are (from left to right) Jen Papich, WRPA Incoming President; Sarah Olson, WRPA PDC Chair; and Tiffany Hanzo, Executive Director. We look forward to a full report when they get back!

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

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How Do You Recreate?

Top Row: Kevin Hutchinson, Doug Nelson, Cody Geddes. Bottom Row: Hannah Thayer,
Trisha Plucknett, Cassie Swan, Gregg Gorgan  
Not Pictured: Kimberly Ledyard

Challenge, Face, Conquer, Together

Recreation professionals from the City of Federal Way challenged themselves to the RAGNAR Trail Rainier. This was a grueling, two-day endurance event where each member completed three separate trail running loops, totaling 16 miles per person for a total of 128 miles, in just two hours. “With the support and encouragement from one another, we were all able to exceed our expectations,” said Recreation Manager, Doug Nelson.

Way to go Team Huff-n-Puff!

If you have a photo to share, please submit it to [email protected].

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Metro Parks Tacoma Won NRPA’s 2019 Gold Medal Award!


Fantastic news from the front lines of the NRPA Conference: Metro Parks Tacoma was honored with NRPA’s 2019 Gold Medal Award! 

After three years of ending as a finalist, they will finally bring home the Grand Plaque as the winner in their population category (pop. 150,000 to 400,000).

Watch the video they created as part of their nomination. 

We also learned that they have earned re-accreditation through CAPRA. Only 178 parks and rec agencies in the nation are accredited, which means only 178 agencies can show that they continuously meet the 151 rigorous standards.

These are the top honors in our industry. Join us in our congratulations!

Fall Summit Is Fast Approaching
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.

 WRPA Member Rates:

Non-Member Rates: 

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Risk Management School 2020
February 3 - 4, 2020 | Renton Community Center

RFP deadline extended to October 20! Learn more.

The core objective of the Risk Management School (RMS) is to offer an outstanding educational experience to help professionals mitigate the risks inherent in the park and recreation field.

Attendees of RMS can expect to gain practical risk management skills, a deeper understanding of current trends and best practices, opportunities to network with others in the industry, share field and administrative techniques, and help develop risk management standards for agencies and organizations. RMS is presented every two years by the Washington Recreation & Park Association, the RMS Steering Committee, and affiliated partners.

 WRPA Member Rates
$295 Thru December 16
After December 16

Non-Member Rates
$315 Thru December 16
$315 After December 16

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Share Your Skills; Volunteer with WRPA

WRPA is looking for you!  We are looking for motivated volunteers to join our committees.  This is a chance to broaden your sense of WRPA, build your resume and professional career while networking with professionals alike across the state.

New Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Learn more about these different positions on the Volunteer Opportunities page.

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Cost Recovery Master Class Rescheduled

November 6–7, 2019 | Mercer Island Community & Event Center

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 Mercer Island, 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 October 25, 2019. Learn more today and sign up soon.


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NRPA Parks & Recreation Magazine Highlight
"Encouraging Positive, Proper Treatment of Game Officials"
By Jake PolitoJuly 8, 2019 

Fall sports have begun and it’s a good time to think about game etiquette and what that means. How many times have you heard spectators or coaches heckle a referee?

Studies show there is a direct correlation between poor treatment and the shortage of sports officials today. Hitting even closer to home, these shortages tend to affect recreation departments first as officials prioritize high school and competitive sports over recreational sports. As recreational professionals, what can we do to help influence our local leagues and organizations to ensure they reinforce proper treatment of officials early in the season? Read the full NRPA article to learn more.     


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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!

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WRPA Event Calendar
Date: Event: Location:
October 22 WRPA Fall Summit Lynnwood Convention Center
November 6–7 The Cost Recovery Master Class Mercer Island Community & Events Center
November 14-15 Fitness/Athletic Network Retreat  Chelan County PUD Auditorium
February 3–4 Risk Management School Renton Community Center
April 21–24 WRPA Annual Conference & Tradeshow Tacoma 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:

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

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