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Park Planner Palooza VI
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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
503.534.5673


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More design charette than lecture, Park Planner Palooza VI is an opportunity for park planners and designers to receive training (and CEU credits), discuss cutting-edge planning initiatives, and view innovative projects with other park and recreation planners from around Oregon in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

 

Highlights include:

1.       Reaching diverse audiences. Learn innovative methods to re-envision the typical public engagement process to better engage, 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 mock engagement scenarios. Speakers include Carolyn Burke (Eugene Parks and Open Space), Maija Spencer (Portland Parks & Recreation), Olena Turula and Karen Vitkay (Metro).

2.       Playful parks. Parks should be fun, active places. Hear from Ian Isaacson (Bend Park & Recreation District) and Mauricio Villarreal (PLACE), then brainstorm ideas and share best practices for making parks playful.

3.       Communicating with consultants and clients. Do you get what you want and need when managing a project? Think things could be better? Join Ben Johnson (Greenworks), Gery Keck (Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District), and Mary Stewart (Alta Planning) in a panel discussion of how to improve verbal and written communication from RFP to project implementation, followed by a hands-on session to try out new skills.

 

The event will be held in the cozy stable at the 68-acre Jenkins Estate in Beaverton, Oregon. We’ll have time to explore the buildings, forest, and gardens. We’ll also visit the Mountain View Champions Park, an all-abilities sports and recreation complex, where park planning and program staff will share tips and tricks for creating a site that works for the users.

 

We’ll wrap up the day with pizza and adult beverages at ExNovo Brewing in Beaverton’s historic downtown.

 

Who Should Attend?

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

 

Agenda

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

Do you get what you want and need when managing a project? Think things could be better? Join Ben Johnson (Greenworks), Gery Keck (Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District), and Mary Stewart (Alta Planning) in a panel discussion of how to improve verbal and written communication from RFP to project implementation, followed by a hands-on session to try out new skills.

9:30 AM

Communication Breakout sessions on specific challenge areas.

Choose a topic and discuss in small groups:

  • Share RFPs in small groups- critique them for what works, what is confusing, where more info could be added- how to clarify and make them better for both parties
  • Q&A about how/why consultants choose to bid or not.
  • Role play about challenging situations like budget, design not meeting expectations, client being unclear or changing mind, and construction challenge.
10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:50 AM   

Reaching diverse audiences mini-presentations

Learn innovative methods to re-envision the typical public engagement process to better engage, 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 mock engagement scenarios. Speakers include Carolyn Burke (Eugene Parks and Open Space), Maija Spencer (Portland Parks & Recreation), Olena Turula and Karen Vitkay (Metro).

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

Parks should be fun, active places. Hear from Ian Isaacson (Bend Park & Recreation District) and Mauricio Villarreal (PLACE), then brainstorm ideas and share best practices for making parks playful.

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.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS

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.

 

REFUND POLICY

Please take a moment to review the ORPA Refund Policy.

 

VENDORS

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

Martha Rainey with:

    

 

Playcraft Systems & Wildwood Playgrounds Northwest:

     

 

SPONSORS

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

PLATINUM SPONSOR

 

 

GOLD SPONSORS

                    


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