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Sports Turf Workshop

Sports Turf Workshop Exhibitor Registration

9/22/2016 » 9/23/2016
2016 ORPA Admin Directors' Retreat

Recreational Sports Section Annual Meeting

10/13/2016 » 10/14/2016
PMT Exhibitor Registration

Newest Members


November 7th - 9th, 2016

Eugene Hilton
 66 E 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

 This year’s conference theme of Advocacy for Parks & Recreation: Telling our Story reflects the desire and need to ensure that parks and recreation is viewed as a strong economic driver and positive influence for communities all over Oregon.  


Conference Registration is Now Open!

Please follow this link to register:

We are pleased to offer an early bird discount to those registering by August 31st, 2016. Anyone registering by that date will automatically receive $50 off their full conference registration fees. 

Full-Conference Registration Costs

ORPA Members: $360
Early Bird Members (by August 31st): $310

Non-Members: $410
Early Bird Non-Members (by August 31st): $360

Confirmed Speakers: $250

One-Day Registration Costs

ORPA Members: $125
Non-Members: $150
Confirmed Speakers: Free


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September 21-22

Bend Park & Recreation District Community Room

730 SW Columbia St. 

Bend, OR 97702

Admin Section Members only. Price $95


Who Should Attend:

This workshop is specifically designed for Admin Section members who are agency directors or lead staff for their respective organizations. The workshop will inform and update you on upcoming legislative policies which could affect future management decisions of your organization. 


  Wednesday, September 21: 5:00 - 7:30pm

   Evening Social & Dinner at Hampton Inn & Suites

    5:00: Directors' Social

    6:00: Welcoming Remarks - ORPA President Stu Spence, Association Director Michael Klein and Sponsor                                                                      Representatives

    6:00 - 7:30: Dinner and socializing 

  Thursday, September 22: 9:30am - 4:00pm

   Bend Park & Recreation District Community Room 

    9:00 - 9:30am:     Registration & Check-in

    9:30 -                    Welcome and Introductions - Stu Spence Cameron McCarty and SDAO Representatives

    9:45 - 10:30am:   Recreation Immunity Legislation Update - Cindy Robert, ORPA Lobbyist

                                 Portland Parks Case Study - PPRD Representative

                                 Oregon State Parks Case Study - OPRD Representative

                                 Next Steps

    10:30 - 11:00am: Big Tent Coalition - Waiver Immunity for Outdoor Recreation - Cindy Robert

                                 Next Steps

    11:00 - noon:       How to go about developing a funding ask - Nelson Mathews, Trust for Public Land Oregon                                              Director

                                 Don Horton - Group Exercise Lead

    Noon:                   Networking Lunch - Sponsored by Cameron McCarthy

    1:00 - 2:00pm:     Legislation Ask Brainstorming - Don Horton and Cindy Robert

    2:00                      Bend Park and Project Tour

    3:30 - 4:00pm:     Back to Bend Park & Recreation Administration Office


 Hotel Accommodations:

    Hampton Inn and Suites Bend

    730 SW Columbia St.

    Bend, OR 97702

    541-388-3000 Ext "0"

*Workshop fee does not include hotel accommodations. Please contact the hotel directly to reserve your room at the special meeting rate of $169 plus tax. Mention the code "ORPA" for the special rate.





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 Playground Maintenance Technician Training

October 13th & 14th
8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Garden Home Recreation Center
7475 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR

The two-day Playground Maintenance Technician Program (PMT) focuses on practical playground maintenance practices, inspection principles and best practices in making repairs. This program does not focus on play theory or memorizing standards. Course modules explore the maintenance challenges associated with the common materials found in playgrounds, including concrete, metal, wood, plastics, fasteners and various surfacing materials. Through videos and case studies, participants learn about the types of playground inspections, how to repair damaged equipment and associated legal considerations. A virtual playground offers participants the opportunity to apply newly learned skills.

  • Learn by doing! Hands on learning which combines discussion and virtual environments to understand playground maintenance tasks
  • Learn about materials! Learn how to maintain playground equipment made of metal, plastic, wood and concrete
  • Learn about safety! Understand how to take damaged equipment out of service safely, keep proper records, and identify potential legal issues related to playground maintenance
  • Learn about surfaces! Learn how best to maintain unitary and loose-fill surfaces as well as fasteners and connectors
  • Resources to take back to your office! Receive a 250-page textbook, workbook, and upon completion, a Playground Maintenance Technician Certificate
  • Cost Effective! Train front-line maintenance staff at an affordable price
  • Ensure your equipment lasts through its useful life! Improve playground user safety and prolong the useful life of equipment

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