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2017 Basic Tree Risk Assessment & Management

2017 Playground: Safety, Surfacing, Maintenance & Repair Workshop

2017 Playground: Safety, Surfacing, Maintenance & Repair Workshop Exhibitor Registration

2017 Round Trip Recreation

6/14/2017 » 6/15/2017
2017 Certified Playground Safety Inspector Exhibitor Registration

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Join the MACS Section as they host the Basic Tree Risk Assessment and Management workshop.


Click here to register now!



This course is designed to help natural resource managers understand and manage tree risk based on current best management practices for hazard tree assessment and tree risk management. Assessment methods are based on the International Society of Arboriculture's Best Management Practices - Tree Risk  Assessment publication.


What You Will Learn:

Introduction to Tree Risk, Tree Biology and Mechanics, Assessing Tree Hazards and Defects, Tree Risk Assessment Methods, Tree Risk Management Strategies, & Field Practicum


Who Should Attend: 

Maintenance Staff, Supervisors, Project Managers, & Risk Assessment Employees



8:00    Registration

8:30    Introduction to Tree Risk

9:00    Tree Biology and Mechanics

10:00  Break

10:15  Assessing Tree Hazards and Defects

11:15  Tree Risk Assessment Methods

12:15  Lunch (Provided)

1:00    Tree Risk Management Strategies

2:00    Field Practicum*

3:15    Wrap-up

3:30    Adjourn

    *Dress for the weather


Speaker Info:

Paul Ries - Paul manages the statewide Urban Forestry Program for the Oregon Dept of Forestry and teaches online urban forestry and arboriculture courses at Oregon State University. He has been teaching hazard tree and tree risk courses for almost 25 years. He holds a MS degree in Natural Resources from Ohio State University and has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1988. He currently serves as President-Elect of the International Society of Arboriculture.



Members $75 Non-Members $85

Registration Deadline: January 30th, 2017


For workshop questions or more information contact:

Scott Bernards - Maintenance Coordinator or 503.629.6360


Exhibitor Registration: Member $50 Non-Member $75* (7 spaces available) 


Join the MACS Section as they host the Playground: Safety, Surfacing, Maintenance & Repair workshop!


Attendees click here to register 

Exhibitors click here to register


The workshop will include:

Discussion, testing & usage of a Portable Drop Test Impact Analyzer.

Discussion on playground safety surfacing testing, maintenance, repair of unitary (poured in place, tile & engineered wood fiber).

Powerpoint on safety inspection & reporting for opening up a new playground and procedure and steps to take in the event of an emergency     closure of a playground.

Maintenance results of combining usage of matting and engineered wood fiber.


What Will You Learn?

Usage and understanding of how an Impact Analyzer can be useful to help gauge when surfacing materials require replacement or replenishment.

Techniques for repairing Unitary Surfacing (poured in-place & Smart Surfacing).

Steps to take when re-opening or opening up a new playground.

How to develop emergency plans for when a playground has been compromised by vandalism or a storm.


Who Should Attend?

Maintenance Staff, Supervisor, Project Managers, Risk Management Employees



 8:30  Welcome & Introduction

 8:45  Drop Test Impact Analyzer Testing & Usage

 9:45  Break-time & MACS Drawing

10:15 Safety Surfacing Repair & Maintenance

11:45 Break for Lunch (Provided)

12:45 Repairing Poured in-place Surfacing

1:30   Safety Inspection & Opening Procedures for New Playgrounds

2:00   Preparedness for an Emergency Playground Closure

2:30   Engineered Wood Fiber with Rubber Matting Combination Usage

3:00   Question & Answer

3:15   End of Session



$75 for OPRA members

$85 for non-members

Group Discount: $5 off each additional attendee when registering as a group

Registration Deadline:3/2/2017

For workshop questions or more information contact:

Jerry Burgess - THPRD Project Coordinator/Manager or 503.619.3931


*Exhibitor registration includes an *8' table, 2 chairs, & lunch for two


Click HERE to Register!

Who Should Attend: Recreation professionals and frontline/part time staff who wish to build their skills in marketing programs and events.

What You'll Learn: Get a refresher course or learn the latest and greatest of social media tools and how to create dynamic online marketing campaigns designed to reach a broader audience with a focus on new customer recruitment, family promotions and more. Get tips on acquiring sponsorships in-house in a DIY format. Learn how to put together enticing sponsorship packages that will keep businesses coming back to support your programs.  Build your skills in customer service and learn how to retain customers through service-based practices.


9:30-10am: Sign in

10-10:15am: Intro

10:15a-11:15a: SPEAKER 1

11:15a-12p: Program Share Lunch, Sponsored by SOAR

12-1p: SPEAKER 2

1p-2p: SPEAKER 3


Jodie Davaz, Social Media Assistant, Willamalane Parks & Recreation: As Willamalane's Multimedia Assistant, Jodie Davaz manages the district's multiple social media pages, helps with website and design work, and fulfills the district's photography and videography needs. She earned her HBA in Digital Communication Arts from Oregon State University, where she managed a student magazine and radio station. In her off hours, Jodie snuggles with her cat and makes cool hats.

Kate Reid, Resource Development Supervisor, Willamalane Parks & Recreation: Kate Reid is a resource development professional who hails from the nonprofit world. With 4 years of hands on experience, Kate also holds a Bachelor's from the University of Oregon with an emphasis in Nonprofit Administration and Fundraising. She has been uniquely successful within the Parks and Rec world, increasing the resource development dollars at Willamalane Park and Recreation District using strategic partnerships and nonprofit fundraising techniques.

Craig Ward, Portland Parks & Recreation: Craig has been in recreation for 14 years. His full-time career is an example of determination, flexibility & a knack for customer communication. His flexibility & training skills have been a staple of his career & a tangible increase in customer satisfaction has followed. He supervised customer service at a facility with over 500,000 annual visits & $2.8 million in revenue. He is an accomplished speaker, performing quarterly customer service trainings for 300 staff. In ‘08, Craig was selected to lead a session on the Rockwall program he had built from conception, a program that was featured on Good Morning America. His customer service & cultural building trainings have taken place at 2015 NRPA in Las Vegas & 2016 NRPA in St. Louis.

Registration Fee: ORPA Members $40 Non-Members $50; includes breakfast snacks, lunch sponsored by SOAR and an afternoon of awesome!

Registration Deadline: Tuesday March 6th, 2017

Workshop Questions Contact: 

Cydny Fletcher - Teen & Youth Program Coordinator Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation




CPSI Registration is now open!

Oregon's only 2017 Certified Playground Safety Inspector certification course and certification exam, June 14-16. Class is June 14 & 15. Certification exam is June 16. Participants may register for the class and exam, the class only, or the exam only.


Attendees click HERE to register

Exhibitors click HERE to register

The purpose of the CPSI course is to educate participants on national playground standards and guidelines for children aged 2-12 years old and to enable those who successfully complete the course to:

identify hazards on public playground equipment and the playground

rank the hazards according to injury potential

apply the knowledge to remove the hazards and establish a system of inspections.

The Program Schedule: TBD Check back here for further program schedule details. 

Wednesday, June 14th:
7:30-8:00am Registration
8:00-9:00am Course Introduction and Injury Statistics
9:00-12:00pm Hazard ID Parts 1 & 2
12:00-1:00pm LUNCH (Provided)
1:00-2:00pm Applied Exercise 1 – Use of test probes and gauges
2:00-4:30pm Hazard ID Parts 3 & 4
4:30-5:00pm Exam Prep/Q & A/Homework Assignment

Thursday, June 15th:
8:00-9:30pm Surfacing Parts 1 & 2
9:30-11:00am Safety Management
11:00-12:00 Applied Exercise 2 – Hazard ID Prioritization
12:00-1:00pm LUNCH (Provided)
1:00-3:00pm Applied Exercise 3 – Site Investigation
3:30-4:30 Site Investigation Wrap Up
4:30-5:00 Question & Answer Period (Program Ends) 

Friday, June 16th:
8:00-9:00am Check in
9:00-11:30am Exam Instructions/2-Hour Certification Examination

** Breaks will be provided throughout the day

ORPA Members: $595 Class & Exam, $475 Class Only
Non-Members: $645 Class & Exam, $525 Class Only
Exam-Only: $195 regardless of membership

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the ORPA office: 503.534.5673.


Thank you to all those that made the 2016 ORPA Annual Conference a tremendous success. In sharing their experience and knowledge, over 400 park and recreation professionals, speakers and exhibitors contributed to the conference theme of "Advocacy for Parks & Recreation,Telling our Story".


The Board of Directors, staff, and the Conference Committee invite you to make plans to attend the 2017 ORPA Annual Conference, November 13-15, at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, Oregon.











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