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2019 ORPA Conference Field Sessions
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10/14/2019 to 10/15/2019
When: Monday, October 14, 2019
8:30 AM
Where: The Red Lion on the River - Jantzen Beach
909 N Hayden Island Drive
Portland, Oregon  97217
United States
Contact: Amanda Parsons

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Save your spot at one of the conference field sessions.  Register for one, or both.*

Field session registration is free to conference attendees, speakers, and participating exhibitors.

*By registering to attend a field session, your name will be added to the list of participants.  Please only register for a field session you intend to participate in.  Signing up for a field session that you do not attend takes away a spot for someone else who wants to participate.


Monday, October 14th, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Play is an important building block in the development of a whole child.  Exposure to nature is considered essential to a quality life.  How do you bring these two important needs together to provide an opportunity for all children to experience nature and play?

Thanks to a voter approved levy, Metro had funded to improve play experiences at Oxbow Regional Park.  Metro had a strong desire to develop an inclusive play experience; allowing children living with a disability an opportunity to connect to nature through play.  A design team was formed including a nationally recognized expert in inclusive play.  Concepts were formulated around sand & water play and the dynamic nature of the Sandy River and a Kids Kamp where children could emulate camping, play in the woods, and build shelters with loose parts. 

Metro worked with FACT Oregon (Family & Community Together); an advocacy group focused on supporting families of children experiencing disability.  FACT shared their experience of visiting play areas and the barriers they face.  Metro and the design team used the knowledge to refine designs and develop features that reduce the barriers for a quality play experience.  

A contractor was selected during the design phase to develop a partnership and greater ownership in the project.  They provided construction feasibility reviews and "live" pricing such that the design would hit the total budget.  Metro also worked with Oregon Corrections Enterprise, an award winning program within the State of Oregon which provides meaningful work experiences for those that have found themselves within the state corrections system.  OCE took simple conceptual sketches and developed the designs and ultimately fabricated many site furnishings.  Clackacraft provided a drift boat; allowing children of all abilities the opportunity to experience rowing a boat. 

Come listen and learn more about this exciting project.


Tuesday, October 15th, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is located in North Portland, Oregon.  At nearly 2,000 acres, this natural area includes seasonal wetlands, riparian forest and a closed landfill.  A variety of speakers will discuss habitat restoration, rare species conservation, invasive species management, access, education, and integrating the creation of native-dominated prairie with landfill closure activities.  The natural area was established in the early 1990's and is undergoing transformation.  

Specific stops within the natural area and topic areas will include: landfill dome with panoramic view to learn about landfill closure and public access plans; created prairie to discuss grassland birds and lessons learned in seeding and maintaining prairie atop a closed landfill; water control structure to learn about invasive plant management and water level management to support native wetland habitats and wildlife; a walk through floodplain forest to see ancient Oregon ash and learn about education at the natural area.

To sign up for one or both of these sessions, click the Register button at the top of the page.  Then, add these sessions to your schedule in the ORPA Conference App.


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