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4/6/2020 at 4:03:10 PM GMT
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Online Community Workshops or meetings

Good Morning Planning & Design Section members!

I hope this message finds you well.  ORPA gets questions from members all the time asking for help with making connections and networking.  People ask what others are working on, if there are any policies or procedures developed for this and that, etc.  We know now is the time to stay connected.  Especially since we have had to postpone the annual Park Planner Palooza, and many of us are working from home or doing other jobs during the COVID-19 quarantine.  To that end, ORPA has developed a forum on the ORPA website.  Please visit the page and contribute.  Ask a question, help answer a question, etc.  This is our way of connecting.  The forum will be announced to members this week.  This is our chance to engage with others.  Please take a moment to answer the following question, start a new thread by asking a question relevant to our section, or linking to a resource members may like.


Katie Dunham, ORPA Planning & Design Section President

My first question is: Our agency has a few site master planning or community engagement projects where community open houses or meetings were planned to be held in May, and we are wondering whether we should try an online meeting.  Have you done online park site master planning meetings before?  If so, what tools did you use?  How many people attended the meeting?  What worked well?  What didn't?  How did you connect with people and let them know about the meeting?  Thanks!  Katie


4/7/2020 at 8:14:15 PM GMT
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Hi- Hillsboro Parks is in the same situation, so thanks for bringing this up! We are especially concerned about how to reach all socio-economic groups, including those not typically on line as much, and English as a second language residents. I'll share ideas and approaches once we get to that point.
Thanks, Laurie

4/24/2020 at 6:57:44 PM GMT
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See below for a link to a helpful webinar on this topic hosted by the Landscape Architecture Foundation:

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