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ORPA's Planning and Design Section (PDS) became an official section in fall, 2016.  The section is focused on providing networking and training opportunities for professionals who are responsible for the planning and design of parks, trails, and natural areas.

The President of the Planning and Design Section is Katie Dunham, CPRP, Senior Park Planner, of Portland Parks and Recreation.  The Secretary is Quinn Keever, Park Planner at Bend Park and Recreation District.  Contact Katie Dunham to learn more about the Planning & Design Section and to get involved with the section.

Become a Section Leader.

The Planning and Design Section currently provides one workshop in the spring that offers an opportunity for park planning and design professionals to receive training and CEU credits, discuss cutting-edge planning initiatives and public involvement ideas, and view innovative projects in the hosting city.  The cities of Bend, Eugene, and Portland have hosted the Park Planner Palooza in the past. 

A Special Message

July 2017

Thank you for joining us this year for the ORPA Park Planner Palooza in Corvallis! 

We hope you enjoyed your time in Corvallis as much as we did, networking and bringing back plenty of great ideas to implement in your community.  Thanks again to Corvallis Parks and Recreation for hosting us!  Materials from the Palooza are available below.

What's Next?

We would like to continue the annual tradition of Park Planner Palooza and are looking for a volunteer host city, park district, or organization.  We are looking for a host that has innovative ideas and solutions to share, and fun parks and facilities to visit and learn from.  This will be the 5th Planner Palooza.  Previous hosts are Bend, Portland, and Eugene/Willamalane.  The Planning & Design Section Board will assist you in planning for the event, and has resources available from past events to help you along your way. 

The goals of Park Planner Palooza (2017) are:

Park Planner Palooza is an opportunity for Oregon park planners and design professionals to receive training (and CEU credits), discuss cutting-edge planning initiatives, and view innovative projects.  Participants will learn about innovative methods to re-envision the typical planning public engagement process to better plan and design community projects that foster unity and diversity.  We will explore creative interventions that leverage our limited public funding to serve the recreational needs of a diverse and growing population, and agency responses to the increasing public demand for diverse and inclusive access.  Participants will have an opportunity to network with other park and recreation planners from around Oregon in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. 

Call to Action


If you are interested in hosting the 2018 Park Planner Palooza and/or would like to give a presentation at Palooza, please email Katie Dunham.  We will decide the location for Palooza 2018 at the annual Planning & Design Section meeting at the ORPA conference on Tuesday, November 14th in Bend.


Sincerely, your Planning & Design Section Team:

Jacqueline Rochefort, Emily Proudfoot, Quinn Keever, and Katie Dunham




Thank you for joining us at Park Planner Palooza IV on May 19th, 2017!  We had so many great speakers and we wanted to be able to share these awesome presentations for your reference.  

If you couldn't make it, hopefully these resources will helpful for you.  


Collaborative Development Projects

Michele Healy, Bend Parks and Recreation District

Maya Agarwal, Portland Parks and Recreation

Jimbo Ivy, Corvallis Parks and Recreation

This presentation shared various methods and benefits and impacts of working partnerships with the private sector and doing more with less when working with volunteers.  Presenters discussed examples of their relationships with the private sector and the outcomes of working with the private sector and volunteers.  They also discussed methods to measure success of this approach as well as the challenges and benefits of these partnerships.

Equity, Inclusion, and Grant Funding

Michele Scalise, Oregon Parks and Recreation

This session highlights grant opportunities, the future of federal funding, and the importance of equity and inclusion efforts in recreation.  Michele discussed challenges of potential new federal regulations, how it relates to grant funding, and the presentation was followed by a Q&A.

Oregon Parklands Mapping

Terry Bergerson, Oregon Parks and Recreation

Brady Callahan, Oregon Parks and Recreation

The primary learning objective of this presentation was to examine Oregon Parklands for Level of Service Objectives.  This presentation discussed the increasing interest in creating management and master plans to determine community recreation facilities.  Presenters outlined ways to assess the condition and level of service existing facilities can provide and presented details from the Oregon Mapping Project.

Park Inclusive Community

Megan Patton-Lopez, Benton County Health

Sara Hartstein

Rocio Munoz

Learn about innovative methods to engage and design for under-represented community members.  This presentation discussed various methods of engaging people for whom English may be a second language, methods to measure success of this approach, and the challenges and benefits of these partnerships.

 Pecha Kucha Mapita

Rob Layton, Design Concepts

This presentation covered how certain variables, such as park acreage, distance to parks, what's in them, and park quality considerations correlate with perceptions of park system adequacy among residents, and how those things are related to how often someone visits a park may not reliably correlate with an individual's level of satisfaction regarding their park system.  The presenter also discussed ways to correlate people's perceptions and satisfaction of parks in addition to discussing equity and inclusion for people and parks.


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