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ORPA's Planning and Design Section (PDS) became an official section in fall, 2016.  The section is focused on providing networking and training opportunities for professionals who are responsible for the planning and design of parks, trails, and natural areas.

Contact Katie Dunham to learn more about the Planning & Design Section and to get involved with the section.









There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time.

The Planning and Design Section currently provides one workshop in the spring that offers an opportunity for park planning and design professionals to receive training and CEU credits, discuss cutting-edge planning initiatives and public involvement ideas, and view innovative projects in the hosting city.  The cities of Bend, Eugene, and Portland have hosted the Park Planner Palooza in the past. 

Past Events



The President of the Planning and Design Section is Katie Dunham, CPRP, Senior Park Planner, of Portland Parks and Recreation.  The Secretary is Quinn Keever, Park Planner at Bend Park and Recreation District. 

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Each year the Planning & Design Section presents Park Planner Palooza.  This day-long event hosts a series of presentations from your colleagues around the state of Oregon and the amazing work they have done.  

 2018 - Park Planner Palooza V

Thurston Hills Natural Area: A Collaborative Journey

Kristina Koenig Boe and Fraser McDonald, Willamalane Park and Recreation District

Inclusive Play Area Planning, Design and Programming

Tim Bonnin, THPRD

Inclusive Play Area Planning, Design, and Programming

Katie Dunham, Portland Parks and Recreation

Connecting with Nature: People, Data, and Stories!

Nicole Lewis, Olena Turula, Metro


Terry Bergerson, Oregon Parks & Recreation Department

Salem Park Improvement Fund

Making Park Improvements by Leveraging General Fund Dollars with Public and Private Funding Sources

Toni Whitler


Resident Needs and Behaviors in Portland Parks and Natural Areas

Final Report

Needham & Rushing

 2017 - Park Planner Palooza IV

Collaborative Development Projects

Michele Healy, Bend Parks and Recreation District

Maya Agarwal, Portland Parks and Recreation

Jimbo Ivy, Corvallis Parks and Recreation

This presentation shared various methods and benefits and impacts of working partnerships with the private sector and doing more with less when working with volunteers.  Presenters discussed examples of their relationships with the private sector and the outcomes of working with the private sector and volunteers.  They also discussed methods to measure success of this approach as well as the challenges and benefits of these partnerships.

Equity, Inclusion, and Grant Funding

Michele Scalise, Oregon Parks and Recreation

This session highlights grant opportunities, the future of federal funding, and the importance of equity and inclusion efforts in recreation.  Michele discussed challenges of potential new federal regulations, how it relates to grant funding, and the presentation was followed by a Q&A.

Oregon Parklands Mapping

Terry Bergerson, Oregon Parks and Recreation

Brady Callahan, Oregon Parks and Recreation

The primary learning objective of this presentation was to examine Oregon Parklands for Level of Service Objectives.  This presentation discussed the increasing interest in creating management and master plans to determine community recreation facilities.  Presenters outlined ways to assess the condition and level of service existing facilities can provide and presented details from the Oregon Mapping Project.

Park Inclusive Community

Megan Patton-Lopez, Benton County Health

Sara Hartstein

Rocio Munoz

Learn about innovative methods to engage and design for under-represented community members.  This presentation discussed various methods of engaging people for whom English may be a second language, methods to measure success of this approach, and the challenges and benefits of these partnerships.

 Pecha Kucha Mapita

Rob Layton, Design Concepts

This presentation covered how certain variables, such as park acreage, distance to parks, what's in them, and park quality considerations correlate with perceptions of park system adequacy among residents, and how those things are related to how often someone visits a park may not reliably correlate with an individual's level of satisfaction regarding their park system.  The presenter also discussed ways to correlate people's perceptions and satisfaction of parks in addition to discussing equity and inclusion for people and parks.




The Planning & Design Section does not currently present section awards.


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