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Park Planner Palooza IV

Park Planner Palooza IV is an opportunity for Oregon park planners to receive training (and CEU credits), discuss cutting-edge planning initiatives, and view innovative projects. Participants will learn about innovative methods to re-envision the typical planning public engagement process to better plan and design community projects that foster unity and diversity. We will explore creative interventions that leverage our limited public funding to serve the recreational needs of a diverse and growing population, and agency responses to the increasing public demand for diverse and inclusive access. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other park and recreation planners from around Oregon in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

The Details


Friday May 19, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


MLK Jr., Park

Corvallis, OR 97330

What You Will Learn

  • Measures for community based visioning and design for social unity and equity.
  • Creative ways that parks and recreation professionals can increase awareness of unity and diversity in parks and recreation through design and outreach.
  • Walking tour: visit to a park that has both developed and natural areas, impending development, and a master plan that highlights unity and conservation in the landscape.

Who Should Attend

Park planning and design professions.

Workshop Agenda

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM  Partnerships between the public and private sectors and volunteers.

Learn about innovative methods to facilitate public/private partnerships and volunteer partnerships.

  1. Share various methods and benefits and impacts of working partnerships with the private sector and doing more with less working with volunteers.
    1. Presenters will discuss examples of their relationships with the private sector.  
    2. Participants will share and collaborate on their agency's outcomes of working with the private sector and volunteers.
    3. Opportunities to improve/increase programs and facilities.
  2. Discuss methods to measure success of this approach.
  3. Discuss the challenges and benefits of these partnerships.


  • Jimbo Ivy, Corvallis Parks and Recreation
    • Jimbo Ivy is the Theatre Supervisor for the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation department at the Majestic Theatre.  Educated at Kansas State University, he has been managing theatre and entertainment venues for 15 years.  Helping to develop and sustain arts and culture programs at The Majestic has been culmination of education, training, and passions.
  • Brady Callahan, Oregon Parks and Recreation
    • Brady Callahan has led the Geospatial Team at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the past 13 years.  He and his team are responsible for geospatial data collection and management at Oregon's 363 State Parks including 52 campgrounds and more than 1000 miles of trails.  His favorite way to collect trail data is hiking with a GPS but his team makes extensive use of high resolution Lidar and scanning as well as imaging and structure from motion (SfM) techniques.
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM Presentation 2: Oregon Parklands Mapping

Examine Oregon Parklands for Level of Service Objectives

  1. Discuss increasing interest in creating management and master plan to determine community recreation facilities.
  2. Learn about the ways to assess the condition and level of service existing facilities can provide.
  3. Oregon Mapping Project Q&A


  • Terry Bergerson, Oregon Parks and Recreation
    • Since 200, Terry Bergerson has worked as the Oregon State Parks Project manager for three SCORP Plans and two Statewide Trails Plans. The 2013-2017 Oregon SCORP plan was chosen by the National Park Service and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals as the recipient of the SCOPR Excellence Award for 2014.  
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch Break


12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Presentation 3: Equity and Inclusion in Park Design

Learn about innovative methods to engage and design for under-represented community members.

  1. Share various methods of engaging people for whom English may be a second language.
  2. Discuss methods to measure success of this approach.
  3. Discuss the challenges and benefits of these partnerships.


  • Megan Patton-Lopez, OSU College of Public Health
    • PhD, RD Post-Doctoral Research Associate, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University.
  • Sara Hartstein, Benton County Health Department
    • MPH, Health Policy Specialist
  • Rocio Munoz, Benton County Health Department
    • BA, Equity and Inclusion Specialist

Continuing Education Units

Participants will learn: 

  • Innovative methods to work with the private sector and volunteers.  1.5 hour.
  • Oregon Parkland Mapping.  1.5 hour.
  • Incorporating a diverse community into park planning and design. 1.5 hour.

Total Learning Time: 4.5 hours.

Materials presented in this workshop are eligible for CPRP and ASLA continuing education units (CEU). Attendees will receive a certificate of completion demonstrating that you have attended the course with a specified number of learning time on the course. Attendees are responsible for tracking and logging all CEU credits with their respective certification programs.


Member Fee = $60

Non-Member Fee = $75

Registration includes light continental breakfast and lunch.

Additional Information

Dress for unpredictable weather (heat, sun, wind, rain).  Bring a refillable water bottle.  The education sessions will be followed by a short walk to MLK, Jr. Park, and a park tour through the developed and natural areas.  The day will end with a social at the Walnut Barn in MLK, Jr. Park.  Optional happy hour to follow workshop from 4-5pm in Walnut Barn at MLK, Jr. Park.

Sponsors & Co-Hosts

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Refund Policy

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