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4/4/2019 to 4/5/2019
When: Thursday, April 4, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: Playcraft Systems
123 N Valley Drive
Grants Pass, Oregon  97526
United States
Contact: Amanda Parsons

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This new 2-day event in Southern Oregon explores park planning and development, unique park elements, playground design, community builds, and protection of natural resources.  Perfect for park planners, designers of playgrounds, county parks staff, and outdoor recreation programmers.  




Thursday, April 4th

8:00- 8:45 AM

Check In & Networking Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 AM


9:00 - 10:00 AM

Looking at the Playground Industry: Today & Tomorrow - Tom Norquist, President of IPEMA

10:00 - 10:15 AM


10:15 - 11:30 AM

Accessibility Standards for Play Areas - Tom Norquist, PlayCore

11:30 - 1:45 PM

Lunch & Playcraft Factory Tour

1:45 - 2:30 PM

Fairbanks Parks & Recreation Guest Speaker (+ Laughter Yoga)

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Building a Custom, Inclusive Playground  - Bear Creek Park - Tim Stevens, Medford

 3:30 - 3:45 PM


3:45 - 4:45 PM

Playground Maintenance - Tom Norquist, PlayCore

5:00 PM

Dinner at Oregon Pour Authority

Friday, April 5th

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Check In & Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Placemaking: Creating Outdoor Fitness Spaces that Engage the Community - Anne-Marie Spencer, PlayCore

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Natural Harmony: Bring Music to Park Spaces - Anne-Marie Spencer, PlayCore

10:15 - 10:30 AM


10:30 - 12:15 PM

Interpretive Programming & Watershed Restoration in Jackson County + Field Session


Continuing Education Units

All ORPA workshops are eligible for CEUs to be applied to CPRP.  Learn more about self-reporting.

This workshop also provides CEUs for the following certifications: 

  • International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
  • ASLA Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)


Registration Fees

Members: $75

Non-members: $85



For those attending from outside the area, Playcraft has reserved a group rate at the Hampton Inn & Suites.  Lodging is $99/night for any night from April 3-5th.

To book lodging using this group rate, follow these steps:

  1. Login to the Hampton Inn Grants Pass website.
  2. Enter Arrival/Departure Dates
  3. Click "Add Special Rate Codes"
  4. Use group code: PLA
  5. Click "Check Room & Rates"


Additional Information

Registration for this event includes a networking breakfast on both days, lunch on Thursday, and dinner on Thursday night.  

Registration is for both days of the event.


Refund Policy

Please take a moment to review the ORPA Refund Policy.

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