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 Export to Your Calendar 5/16/2019
When: Thursday, May 16, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: The Jenkins Estate
8005 SW Grabhorn
Beaverton, Oregon  97007
United States
Contact: Amanda Parsons

Online registration is available until: 5/10/2019
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Park Planner Palooza VI is an opportunity for Oregon park planners and designers to receive training (and CEU hours), discuss cutting-edge planning initiatives, and view innovative projects with other park and recreation planners from around Oregon in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.  We'll have a variety of presentations, discussions, and interactive sessions where participants can share their experiences, ask questions, and learn new skills.

We'll explore three focus areas:

  1. Reaching diverse audiences.  Learn innovative methods to re-envision the typical public engagement process to better plan and design community projects that foster unity and diversity.  We'll hear presentations on what has worked and what hasn't, then we'll stage our own mock engagement scenarios.
  2. Playful parks. We'll brainstorm ideas and share best practices for making parks fun and active spaces for adults and children.  Activities will cover risk reward ratios and breakouts for being creative with limited funds.
  3. Communicating with consultants and clients.  There will be a panel discussion on how to improve verbal and written communication from RFP to project management, followed by a hands-on session where we try out new skills.

You will gain the benefit of making new contacts, learn how to reach out to your constituents better, and how to make your parks more engaging and active.


Who Should Attend?

Planners, Designers, Landscape Architects, and Community Involvement professionals.



8:00 AM Check In and Registration with Breakfast
8:30 AM Introduction to the Day
8:45 AM Communicating with consultants and clients panel discussion
9:30 AM Communication Breakout sessions on specific challenge areas
10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:50 AM    Reaching diverse audiences mini-presentations
12:00 PM Lunch, networking, and walk around the estate
1:00 PM Mock community engagement activities
2:00 PM Playful parks best practices share-a-thon
3:00 PM Field tour of Mountain View Champions Park with design and program staff
4:15 PM Optional social featuring local food and beverages (downtown Beaverton)


Registration Fees

Member: $60

Non-Member: $75


Additional Information

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and social hour snacks.

Dress for unpredictable weather (heat, sun, wind, rain).  Bring a refillable water bottle.  The education sessions will be followed by time exploring and touring the buildings, grounds, and natural areas of the Jenkins Estate.  The day will end with a social at Mountain View Champions Park, which is designed for full accessibility for the whole community.  Design and program staff will join us to share lessons learned about the planning process and how the site is programmed.



Participants will learn: 

  • Methods for communicating with consultants and clients. 1.5 hour.
  • Design techniques and products for increasing physical fitness and fun in parks. 1.5 hour.
  • Incorporating a diverse community into park planning and design. 1.5 hour.

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: none.



Please take a moment to review the ORPA Refund Policy.



You can visit with the following vendors who have supported this workshop and will be in attendance at the event:

Martha Rainey with:




Workshops like this are made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:






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