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2016 Annual Conference
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November 7th - 9th, 2016

Eugene Hilton
66 E 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401

This year’s conference theme of Advocacy for Parks & Recreation: Telling our Story reflects the desire and need to ensure that parks and recreation is viewed as a strong economic driver and positive influence for communities all over Oregon.  

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The full conference schedule including speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and events is now available on our free conference smartphone or tablet app. We're trying to go as paperless as possible this year, no printed book of sessions and speakers. All schedules, speaker bios, exhibitor and sponsor information is easily found on the app. You'll also find supporting documents from the speakers that have provided them. If room locations or sessions change, they will be updated only on the app.


On both the Apple and Android markets you can find our app by searching "ORPA 2016 Annual Conference" or by clicking on one of the following links:


Apple App Store click here


Google Play - Android Market click here


The conference app will update you with schedule adjustments as they occur including time or venue changes. You can also post pictures from the conference or view what others have posted. If you still have last year's app, opening or reloading it will automatically update it to this year's version.



Click here to download our conference schedule with tracks or here to download a printable schedule!



Online Conference Registration is Now Closed!

Please follow this link to go to registration:

We are pleased to offer an early bird discount to those registering by August 31st, 2016. Anyone registering by that date will automatically receive $50 off their full conference registration fees. 

Full-Conference Registration Costs

ORPA Members: $360
Early Bird Members (by August 31st): $310

Non-Members: $410
Early Bird Non-Members (by August 31st): $360

Confirmed Speakers: $250

One-Day Registration Costs

ORPA Members: $125
Non-Members: $150
Confirmed Speakers: Free

Note: This year, we are only offering single day or full-conference registrations. We will not be offering two-day registrations. 

We will be using registration to get head counts for meals and events, so please select all of the sessions and meals you would like to attend while registering. 

Here are the events and meals we would like you to register for in order to attend: 

 Monday, November 7th  Tuesday, November 8th  Wednesday, November 9th
 8:30 - 12:15, Spencer Butte Challenge  Course (Pre-Registration Required)  6:30 - 7:30, 5K Fun Walk/Run  6:30 - 7:30, 5K Fun Walk/Run
 9:00 - 11:30, Disc Golf Tournament (Ticket  Purchase Required, $10)  7:30 - 9:00, Hearty Breakfast (Pre-  Registration Required)  7:30 - 9:00, Hearty Breakfast (Pre-  Registration Required)
 10:00 - 12:00, NRS Networking Hike  9:45 - 11:00, Exhibitor Showcase &  Networking Break  11:30 - 1:30, MACS BBQ (Pre-Registration  Required)
 10:30 - 11:30, Newcomers Orientation  12:15 - 2:00, ORPA Annual Awards  Ceremony and Luncheon (Pre-Registration  Required)  1:45 - 4:30, Salad Grinds, Nollies, &  Helipops: The WJ Skatepark Story (Pre-  Registration Required)
 10:45 - 12:00, Adaptive Cycling (Pre-  Registration Required)  2:00 - 4:45, Wild Iris Ridge Tour (Pre-  Registration Required)
 1:00 - 2:30, Opening Ceremony & Keynote  Address  4:30 - 7:00, Exhibitor Reception &  Showcase Bingo Drawing
 2:45 - 5:30, Skinner Butte Walking Tour                               Full  5:00 - 6:30, Silent Auction Close & Live  Auction
 5:30 - 6:30, Opening Reception (Pre-  Registration Required)  8:00 - 11:00, Election Party
 6:30 - 8:30, Eugene Dine-Around (Pre-  Registration& Restaurant Choice Required)
 8:30 - 10:00,President's Ball


You must select the restaurant you would like to receive a $10 Dine-Around credit for at the time of registration. Please check out the following options before you select your restaurant. You will not be able to change your selection after you've finalized your registration, but feel free to swap with other conference attendees during the Opening Reception!

Ambrosia Restaurant and Bar:
Italian cuisine in vibrant Pacific Northwest style. Nightly seafood specials, house made pasta, desserts  and meats, handmade pastas, wood-fired pizza and house-made Italian desserts.

Tap & Growler/ Beergarden:
Cozy spot with elevated pub fare & beer, wine, cider, craft soda & cold-pressed espresso all on tap.

Falling Sky Brewing House & Pub, 1334 Oak Alley, Eugene 97401 541.505.7096
Classic pub food, but made from scratch, with the best  local, seasonal ingredients.

Falling Sky Pour House Delicatessen, 790 Blair Blvd, Eugene 97402 541.653.9167
Northwest Delicatessen featuring house cured and smoked meats and house baked bread.

Casual American spot serving big burgers & sandwiches in a converted house with a beer garden.

Marche Restaurant:
Polished bistro with French-inspired & Northwest farm-to-table eats, a wood-fired oven & a full bar.

Refined French cuisine & craft cocktails in a rustic-chic setting with outdoor seating.

6th Street Grill:
Locally owned Sixth Street Grill has a bar and restaurant that serves a dynamic menu from burgers and gourmet salads to seafood and the best steaks in town along with a delicious wine menu!


As ever, if you have any questions or need help with your registration, please call the ORPA office: 503.534.5673


 We are pleased to announce our 2016 Keynote Speaker:


Dr. John Crompton

Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor

Join us as Dr. Crompton shares his wealth of knowledge the economic impact of P&R, marketing and financing P&R and more! Dr. Crompton's primary interests are in the areas of marketing and financing public leisure and tourism services. He is author or co-author of 18 books and a substantial number of articles which have been published in the recreation, tourism, sport and marketing fields. He is the most published scholar in the history of both the parks and recreation, and the tourism fields. Dr. Crompton has conducted many hundreds of workshops on Marketing and/or Financing Leisure Services. He has lectured or conducted workshops in many foreign countries and has delivered keynote addresses at the World Leisure Congress and at Annual National Park and Recreation Conferences in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand,South Africa, and the United States. ORPA is honored to have Dr. Crompton have the keynote speaker for the 2016 conference!




Hotel Block Reservation Information 

Hotel Rooms are sold out for most nights! Limited space may be available.

All booked up? If so, click here for information on hotels nearby

 Reservations for the Eugene Hilton ORPA block can be made via the Hilton reservations line 1-800-937-6660 and referring to booking code "ORP"


Or via the booking link: Oregon Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference


The cutoff date to make reservations and to turn in the rooming list is 10/21/16. Reservations must be made by this date as the discounted group rate will no longer be available after this date has passed.


The current government rate is $106.00 single occupancy, $126.00 double occupancy, but is subject to change in October. You will be charged the updated government rate in November when you arrive.

Oregon Recreation & Park Association | PO Box #202, Lake Oswego OR 97034 | 503.534.5673
ORPA is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization