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ORPA:  Advocating for Parks and Recreation Interests in Oregon


ORPA maintains a robust advocacy program providing a voice for Oregon park and recreation interests at the state and federal levels.  ORPA maintains an active presence before the Oregon State Legislature and key state agencies.  The association also maintains regular communication with Oregon's congressional delegation. 


2015 Legislative Session Activities




Click here to review ORPA's 2015 Legislative Session Report

Click here to review ORPA's 2016-17 Legislative Platform. 




The 2015 legislative session was a lively one. ORPA tracked around 90 bills relating to parks and recreation - ranging from state agency appropriations to procurement, to minimum wage increases and mandatory sick leave, to pesticide regulations, and more. If you have a question about a legislative matter from this session, please click below to contact our legislative leadership.



Click here to view ORPA's Feb. 9, 2015 letter of support for the Oregon State Marine Board biennial budget.

Click here to view ORPA's March 3, 2015 letter of support for the Oregon Park and Recreation Department biennial budget.

Click here to view ORPA's verbal testimony in support of the Oregon Park and Recreation Department biennial budget on March 4, 2015. (Oregon Legislature's archive video; starts at approx. 20 minutes into hearing.).

Click here to view ORPA's March 9, 2015 letter of concern regarding Senate Bill 629, the homeless "Right to Rest" legislation.

Click here to view ORPA's March 18, 2015 letter of support for House Bill 3027, a bill to create a commemorative Mt. Hood license plate and companion bicycle/pedestrian tourism grant program for the Mt. Hood region.

Click here to view ORPA's March 23, 2015 letter of opposition to House Bills 3321 and 3322, which would establish excessive and burdensome contract disclosure procedures for private service providers and contracting public agencies.

Click here to view ORPA's April 7, 2015 letter of opposition for House Bill 3367, a bill that would establish recreational trails as a conditional use in exclusive farm use (EFU) zones.




About the ORPA Legislative Committee

The ORPA Legislative Committee plays an essential part in ORPA's advocacy efforts in cooperation with the association's Legislative Advocate and Association Director. 

During the Oregon legislative session, the committee meets regularly to review and take positions on legislation affecting the parks and recreation field in Oregon.  Committee members also provide testimony on critical legislation and promote parks and recreation interests through one-on-one meetings with legislators, legislative staff, and agency personnel.  On an ongoing basis, committee members act as policy advisors to ORPA's Legislative Advocate, Association Director, and board of directors.  The committee also develops ORPA's annual legislative platform and plans the ORPA Day at the Capitol.

Click below to contact ORPA's legislative leadership with your legislative concerns, questions, and suggestions. 

Don Horton, Legislative Committee Chair

Michael Klein, Association Director

Cindy Robert, ORPA Legislative Advocate




2017 ORPA Legislative Committee Members




Don Horton, Bend Park & Recreation District

Ivan Anderholm, Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation

Scott Archer, North Clackamas Park & Recreation District

Brian Carroll Linn County Parks

 MG Devereux, Oregon Park and Recreation Dept. Liaison

Larry Fetter, City of Hermiston

Ed Hodney, Albany Parks & Recreation

Jennifer Holland, Willamalane Park & Rec. District

Bob Keefer, Sisters Park & Rec. District

Trang Lam, Portland Parks & Recreation

Steve Lambert, Jackson County Parks& OR Parks Assoc.

Vincent Martorello, Willamalane Park & Recreation Dist.

Aisha Panas, Tualatin Hills Park & Rec. District

Rochelle Parsch, Oregon City Parks & Recreation

Justin Patterson, Northwest Playground

Jim Row, Woodburn Community Services

Brian Sjothun, Medford Parks & Recreation

Stu Spence, La Grande Parks & Recreation

Hasina Squires

Frank Stratton, SDAO

Eric Wold, City of Eugene Parks & Open Spaces






Cindy Robert, ORPA Legislative Advocate

Michael Klein, ORPA Association Director





Legislative Links / Information

Oregon State Legislature:  Learn about the state legislature, the legislative process, and the status of bills

Find Your Legislator - click here to identify state and federal legislators by address

Oregon Recreation & Park Association | PO Box #202, Lake Oswego OR 97034 | 503.534.5673
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